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Big Bucks. Big House.1

A billion dollars.  I can’t even conceive of that much money. 

I can, however, say that it’s a 1 followed by nine 0s.  Like this: $1,000,000,000.

And if you spend that much money on a house,  this is what you can get:


I can’t say that I find it aesthetically pleasing on the outside.  It looks like a Jenga  tower that’s about to collapse.


See what I mean?

Built by Indian gazillionaire tycoon Mukesh Ambani, the house is called Antilia and it’s 27 stories tall.  I’d call that a bit extravagant for a family of four.  Hell, I’d call that a bit extravagant for a family of 40!

Located in Mumbai, India, Antilia sports quite a few amenities, including a movie theater (with 50 seats), a ballroom, a dance studio, a health club, and at least one pool.


Note that there are not one . . . not two . . . but three helipads.  And really?  Six floors of parking?  Why????

I suppose I would be tempted to go bug-nuts crazy with my money if I were the fourth richest man in the world.  And a giant house wouldn’t be out of the question.

But I’d at least try to make it look pleasant on the outside.  And if I had three helicopters, I surely would not place my home in the middle of the city.  It’d be in the country somewhere.  Seriously—if I had a house that big, I’d never need to go out for anything . . . and what fun would that be?

 by John Barker

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Comments / Discussion

  1. mashoud
    It is intriguing to imagine having wealth to burn and in turn leave no legacy of having a sense of proportion or aesthetics except to boast living in a most expensive house on the planet. Rather distasteful ,really!! Just got back from the Emirates and its bombastic statement of orgasmic real estate and concrete jungle. Absolutely nothing projects culture and subtly reeks of an expensive ghetto in a few years from now. It is the fashion and the fashionistas are having a ball with their wealth however shameless that is.
    November 10, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Permalink
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