Château Louis XIV built in honour of Louis the Great way back in the mists of time (2011) and it’s now been sold to an anonymous middle eastern buyer for $444m, making it the most expensive home in the world.
Located between Versailles and Marly-le-Roi on a 57-acre walled property, the Château Louis XIV is surrounded by moats and has a constructed surface area of 7,000 m2, 5,000 m2 of which are living space.
According to Finest Residences “this sumptuously decorated residence boasts, among others, two master suites, several guest suites, numerous reception halls, two custom-made artisanal kitchens, a floor designed for recreational activities, extraordinary swimming pools, a movie theater, a wine cellar and a squash court. The fabulous castle features an underwater room with aquarium walls built in the heart of the moats, the only one of its kind in Europe.”
The house that has been empty for the last 3 years has 13 types of marble and 15,000 sheets of gold used to gild it. Kim Kardashian also considered the place for her wedding.
Talking to Emad Khashoggi the founder and CEO of COGEMAD the firm that put built Château Louis XIV, the oddest request for the building was the Aquarium lounge.
“We would never think that in a 17th century French chateau, our client would ask us to create a place where he be submerged in the moat surrounded by thousands of fish. Thanks to our Mr. Khashoggi’s exotic inspirations from his travels, he proposed a spherical dome room made in acrylic located in the moat and connected to the Chateau with a tunnel. Today, this underwater lounge is considered unique in its kind in Europe.”