In 2015, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud purchased a massive estate in Louveciennes, France. The Prince paid around $300 million for the Most Expensive House with an Underwater Meditation Room and a Nightclub, which is famously known as Chateau Louis XIV., one of the most expensive homes in the world today. According to The New York Post, Chateau Louis XIV is one of the most expensive homes in the world today and almost ready for the Crown Prince to move in.Image Credit: TheMilliardaire
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud is a little-known Saudi Prince who is associated with the royal family through a lesser branch. He possesses no history of holding great wealth. But the Prince is the mystery buyer of the popular painting of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi,” which he bought for a whopping $450.3 million at an auction last year. The sale of “Salvator Mundi” is said to hold the record for the most expensive paintings ever sold – a beautiful piece of art that Prince will add to the list of expensive treats in Chateau Louis XIV.
The massive home is modeled on 17th-century French castles that have been known for their lush and expansive gardens, and the property is undoubtedly keeping up with this tradition. This unique project was built by Emad Khashoggi and his property development company COGEMAD, who wanted to give the estate a touch of French residence. With Emad’s passion and dedication, he and his company have done a remarkable job with the marble statues and the magnificent replica of Chateau de Versaille’s Fountain of Apollo. Around 120 craftsmen were assigned to achieve this impressive project.
The grounds surrounding the house have colorful flower beds, topiary sculptures, and small vegetable gardens. The house even has a functional farm.
At a glance, the 53,800 square foot property looks like a castle from 1800s France, but the house was built from scratch in 2009, and the construction lasted for about two and a half years. The main aim of the mansion’s design was to combine the look of the Versailles-era castle with all the latest amenities and modern systems.
Inspired by 17th-century design, this beautiful property is a mix of both luxury and technology. The ground floor boasts a grand reception with 5.3 meters high painted ceilings that have been inspired by the Chateau de Versailles decor.
The first level of the house has four rooms with attached marbled bathrooms and a guest room. The lower level of the property has plenty of entertainment activities. There is an indoor swimming pool that has a rain spout falling from the ceiling, a squash court, gym, a 12-seater internal movie theatre, and even a nightclub! The nightclub is filled with fascinating and the most expensive art from Prince’s personal collection. The lower level holds a discrete and massive wine cellar that can store up to 3,000 wine bottles.
The chateau has gold-covered doors and fixtures. The house has almost 200 chandeliers and handcrafted wall-mounted lamps.
The underwater meditation room is the most spectacular feature of this beautiful mansion. The meditation room is built inside the house’s moat and is surrounded by a transparent underwater chamber with giant fishes swimming above the visitor’s head. Kim Kardashian was seen posing in the underwater chamber on her Instagram post from April 2014, when the 34-year-old Prince had not even taken possession of the house. According to reports, Kim Kardashian, who has a net worth of $350 million, considers this magnificent property as a potential wedding location.
The buyer of the world’s most expensive house, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud acquired Chateau Louis XIV under a veil of secrecy. However, the purchase eventually came out in public and has already raised eyebrows.
The Prince will finally move into the house, which is surrounded by a great level of opulence that even the Prince might not be really accustomed to.