Take A Look Inside The Most Expensive House In The World With An Underground Nightclub And 50,000sqft Of Luxury Space
‘How much is too much?’ is a question I generally only find myself asking at an all-you-can-eat Chinese Food buffet but I found myself pondering that question whilst looking at this sprawling palace outside of Versaille.
Chateau Louis XIV in Louveciennes, France sold as the most expensive house in the world several years back when Mohammed bin Salman purchased the 50,000-square-foot mansion for $300 MILLION. The house itself looks like a 17th-century royal estate but it was actually built just a few years ago, back in 2009 when Emad Khashoggi (nephew of late billionaire Adnan Khashogg) bulldozed a 19th century estate to build Chateau Louis XIV.
According to reports from global media outlets like the Post and Sun, the house which was purchased in 2015 for $300 MILLION is now finally ready for Mohammed bin Salman, heir to the Saudi Kingdom, to move into now that it’s undergone a series of outrageous renovations including an underground nightclub, massive aquarium, theater, two ballrooms, 3,000 bottle wine cellar, and plenty of more amenities.
Spanning 57 acres, the chateau has a wine cellar that can hold 3,000 bottles, gold-covered doors and fixtures, elaborate frescoes, two ballrooms, a squash court, a movie theater, two swimming pools — the indoor one has a rain spout falling from the ceiling. The underground nightclub is filled with priceless art from MBS’ personal collection.
Most spectacularly perhaps is the underwater meditation room built inside the castle’s moat, which features a transparent underwater chamber with fish, including sturgeon and koi, swimming above, according to the Sun.
A statue of Louis XIV made of Carrara marble stands watch over the grounds.
“The idea is tacky, and then once you visit, it isn’t,” Marianne Merlino, who was the town’s deputy mayor during construction told The New York Times.
“Like in Versailles, that was way over the top too, and like Louis XIV, he achieved something really quite incredible.” (via NYPost)
According to The Sun, inside the house you will find ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’s £350m Salvator Mundi masterpiece’ hanging on the wall which is a nice touch.
Footage of the house has leaked little by little over the years, understandably so. I imagine the heir to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wouldn’t want to provide the world with a schematic to his sprawling estate outside of Versaille. Here’s some footage that has been shared over time:
Here’s Kim Kardashian posing in front of the underground meditation room aquarium a few years back:
I’m having trouble processing what someone would ever do with that much space. You could spend all day walking around your palace and not walk past the same tree twice. It’s so large it would take a mini economy to sustain it with hundreds of workers all working in unison around the clock to keep the place in order, and all of that for an owner who might only spend a few weeks there each year.