Three of the most expensive homes in the world

It's been estimated that housing prices will rise in 2014, but spare a thought for the sums paid by the buyers of these properties – some of the most expensive homes in the world. Whether you've always dreamed of owning your own in-house ballroom or you long for the constant protection of a batch of SAS-trained security guards, here you can read about the homes where dreams are made reality – as long as you can pay for it.

Antilla Mumbai

This 27-floor tower in Mumbai might look like a luxury apartment or office building, but in fact the Antilla Mumbai is a single home, lived in by one family. Created by the world's fifth richest man, Mukesh Ambani, the building features everything from a four-storey garden, to a ballroom and a 50-seat theatre. It's estimated that the Antilla Mumbai is worth anywhere between $1-2 billion.

One Hyde Park, London

You might be surprised to learn that the most expensive property available to buy in the UK is a flat, but One Hyde Park in London is certainly in a league apart from your typical apartment. The One Hyde Park is worth an estimated £140 million, and boasts an impressive array of security features such as bullet-proof windows and SAS-trained security guards, as well as its own private tunnel through to Heston Blumenthal's restaurant.

Buckingham Palace, London

Unless there's some kind of revolution, Buckingham Palace will never be up for sale, but it's estimated that the home of the current monarch is worth close to £1 billion. The palace has 775 rooms, including 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms, as well as a cinema, swimming pool and 40 acres of land.

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