Thursday, 31 January 2013

The 5 Most Opulent Celebrity Mansions

Celebrity life is now more lavish than ever before. When you have a few hundred million dollars in the bank, virtually every convenience, comfort, and amenity is within reach. For the wealthiest celebrities, this includes the finest clothing, priciest meals, and most refined automobiles in the world. Of course, the life of a world-famous celebrity is not complete without a home extravagant enough to rival the Taj Mahal. Here are some celebrity homes that set the standard for opulence.

Ecclestone's Manor

Sometimes, being a daddy's girl pays off in a big way, especially when your father is Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone. In 2009, Ecclestone bought his daughter The Manor, a 4.7 acre home with an asking price of $150 million. Its listed price made the Los Angeles home the most expensive property in the United States. The Manor features a bowling alley, an ice rink, and a gym. It even has three rooms for the exclusive purpose of wrapping presents.

The Calabasas Castle

Hollywood superstardom certainly has its perks, and no celebrity knows this better than Will Smith. The actor and rapper is now the fresh prince of his own castle. The home was dubbed a "Calabasas castle" due to lavish facilities like a basketball court, tennis court, and two golf courses. A lake on the premises allows visitors to escape the warm California sun. The inside of the home is equally opulent, and every room in the house has a bar in it.

The Malibu Cove Mansion

Halle Berry's £4.5 million beach home in Malibu, California offers some of the best beachfront views in the world. The home is covered with balconies and windows that give every room a spectacular view of the shoreline. Its four bedrooms and five bathrooms allow plenty of people to enjoy the scenery. Constructed of maple, limestone, granite, and marble, the house itself is as striking as an ocean sunset.

Beckingham Palace

David and Victoria Beckham purchased the Georgian style Rowneybury House soon after their marriage. The home, better known as "Beckingham Palace," is currently worth about £18 million. Posh and Beck have put the home up for sale, and the new residents will be able to take advantage of its recording studio, billiard room, gym, and seven bedrooms. The 17-acre estate contains a petting zoo, multiple swimming pools, and a helipad. These luxuries have not gone unguarded as ex-SAS agents patrol the premises.

Celine Dion's Water Park

Florida summers can be excruciatingly hot and humid. Of course, the heat is no problem when you build a water park in your backyard. Canadian singer Celine Dion did just that with her $20 million mansion on Florida's Jupiter Island. Dion's water park, which requires 500,000 gallons of water, annoyed locals when it used up Jupiter Island's fresh water supply. Luckily, the singer was able to defuse the situation by building six wells on her property that can house 6.5 million gallons of water. The park itself is equipped with two Olympic-sized swimming pools, a water slide, and a lazy river.

The Author: Liam is a Home Builder from the Gold Coast in Australia. He builds many of the best house and land packages the Gold Coast has to offer, but has never built anything as opulent as these five mega-mansions - although he plans to retire in one!

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