Posh Dwellings: Mukesh Ambani’s billion dollar home
Estimated Price: US $1 billion (Figures vary wildly from $1 billion to over $2 billion).
The Property: Antilia is a 27-story, 173m high skyscraper in Mumbai, India and is owned by Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries. As of July 2010, Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani is the richest man in Asia and the fourth richest man in the world with a personal wealth of US $29 billion. Named after the mythical island in the Atlantic, the posh dwelling Antilia is said to have 600 full-time staff members for its maintenance.
Mukesh Ambani’s Antilia is currently the world’s most expensive home. The luxurious home comes complete with health club, gym, multiple swimming pools, multiple studios, a ballroom, guestrooms, a cinema and a range of lounges.
The Setting: Mukesh Ambani’s Antilia sits on a 4,532-square-meter (48,780-sq-ft) plot at Altamount Road on the Cumballa Hill in the Southern Mumbai, India. The billion-dollar skyscraper home is visible from a distance in every direction.
Interiors: The Antilia is said to be constructed from various materials, including glass, steel and tiles. The billion dollar home includes six floors of parking, a 50-seat cinema, outdoor gardens, swimming pool with spa and gym, guest apartment, two-story health center, maintenance floor and family residence, multiple studios, a range of lounges and a ballroom.
The ballroom is made to look like the Mandarin Inn in New York. The parking area can house 160 vehicles. The hanging garden keeps the interiors cooler in summer and warmer in winter. There are nine elevators in the lobby.
Exteriors: The lavish building, completed after seven years of labor, has three helipads on the top floor with an air traffic control area. The guest apartments are grass-fronted to offer spectacular views. The rooftop of the mini theater doubles as a garden. The amazing glass tower has been designed keeping in mind the magnificent views of Mumbai and its waterfront.
Antilla‘s shape is based on Vaastu, an Indian tradition much like Feng Shui, which is said to move energy beneficially through the -building by strategically placing materials, rooms and objects.
• Parking space for 160 cars
• A ballroom
• A salon
• Two-story health and fitness center with a gym and dance studio
• Three floors of hanging gardens
• 50-seat cinema
• Nine elevators
• A number of lounges
• Indoor swimming pool
• Three rooftop helipads