For £300 million ($487 million), you can buy 1,900 solid houses in Britain, or just one, but it would be 45-bedroom mansion, No.2 to 8a Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge – the most expensive in the Britain.
The 60,000sqft residence, decorated with millions of pounds worth of gold leaf, spreads over seven floors, and has several lifts, underground parking, industrial-sized kitchen, and a large swimming pool. It also boasts rumoured the 68 windows facing the park are said to be made of bullet-proof glass.
Gary Hersham of agents Beauchamp Estates said: “It is a trophy piece in a remarkable location. The views across the park are spectacular.”
Originally built as four homes, this stucco-fronted property, was owned by the late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. When he was assassinated in a Beirut bomb blast in 2005, the building was gifted to Sultan bin Abdulaziz, crown prince of Saudi Arabia who died last October.
The house, one of the largest single homes in London, is being offered to a select list of ultra-rich international players in the hope of finding a buyer.
“It is a truly rarefied property on the market and whoever buys it is going to pay a lot of premium for the unusual size in that location,” said Charles McDowell, a London property consultant.
The current UK record house price of £140 million ($227 million) was set in August last year when 300-year-old Park Place near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was sold to a Russian buyer.