Billionaire bling in bucket loads
In the furniture world, Michael Amini is known as the ‘King of Bling’, thanks to his crystal-infused creations and penchant for Russian palace décor. So, when the designer's private home landed on the market, we couldn't help but take a peek inside – and you won't quite believe what we found. Dripping in diamonds, Amini's OTT abode is almost too extra to be true. Click or scroll through, put on your sunglasses and let's take a tour of his blindingly beautiful mansion...
1. Palais de Cristal
Aptly named 'Palais de Cristal', which literally translates to 'Crystal Palace', Amini's opulent spread is imposing and impressive in equal parts. The property can be found on a prominent 26,600-square-foot parcel on the coastline of Newport, California, in an area rather amusingly named Crystal Cove. The upscale Mediterranean-style mansion was designed by Amini and only recently finished, after he paid $5.1 million for the plot in 2007, Realtor reported.
2. Dazzling décor
Step through the front door and you'll be confronted by a dazzling entrance foyer that wouldn't look out of place in Abu Dhabi. Glistening surfaces, gilded accents, palatial columns and a soaring ceiling render this hallway truly one-of-a-kind. The sweeping imperial-style staircase takes center stage. Reportedly inspired by The Peninsula Hotel in Paris, the staircase is decorated with 24-karat gold detailing for a glamorous finish.
3. Bling-tastic extras
Everywhere you look you'll find a medley of onyx, gold and brightly colored glass – the very finest materials money can buy. In the very center of the foyer's ceiling lies a spectacular glass dome finished with dozens of delicate Swarovski crystals. According to the listing agents, Compass, the dome is the only one of this magnitude in a residence in the United States. Perhaps this is why the bling-tastic beauty has been given a $69.8 million asking price...
4. 24-karat touches
The entrance leads into the home's many extravagant living spaces, each one more luxurious than the next. Spanning 15,500 square feet, the property comes complete with seven bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, we well as a spectacular lounge finished with a gigantic bespoke chandelier, white Jordanian marble and onyx walls. Every door handle has also been plated with 24-karat gold.
5. Entertaining in elegance
Elsewhere, you’ll find a dramatic library with remarkable ocean views, a grand formal dining room with a luxe wine cellar and three kitchens – two indoors and one outside. The property also provides an impressive 'entertaining pavilion', which comes equipped with everything you might need to host lavish parties with endless VIP guests.
6. Plenty of surprises
The luxurious basement level offers a state-of-the-art movie theater that puts public facilities to shame, as well as a gorgeous bar that appears plucked from a high-end hotel. There’s also a fitness center and a wellness spa, complete with a massage room, steam shower and dry and wet saunas.
7. Fit for a king (or queen)
Of course, the master suite epitomizes Amini’s signature style. Grand and oversized, it offers a custom cove ceiling, a kitchenette and two enormous spa-inspired bathrooms with heated marble floors and Kohler Numi 2.0 'intelligent toilets', which cost a staggering $8,000. The room also offers dual walk-in closets and a decorative balcony that overlooks the home's palatial garden.
8. All about the view
The lucky new owner need not worry about guest parking, either, because there's a 3,725-square-foot, climate-controlled garage for up to 10 vehicles. The garage doubles as a nightclub and boasts its own smoke machine and sound system, while its car turntable acts as a rotating dancefloor whenever the party gets started, the Wall Street Journal states. It also boasts 3,640 square feet of exterior decks, all of which offer unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby Los Angeles.
9. Record-beating beauty
Of course, Amini's garden isn't without bling, either. Taking inspiration from the panoramic views that lie beyond, the furniture guru commissioned a one-of-a-kind swimming pool, which was masterfully crafted by British artisans. Aptly named 'Sunrise to Sunset', the pool boasts handmade tiles, assembled to form a functioning piece of art. According to the LA Times, it will beat Orange County's record of $61 million in 2020 if the house sells for $69.8 million.
10. READ MORE: Billionaire mansions that take bling to the next level
They say money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a whole heap of stuff – and when you own a mega-mansion that spans tens of thousands of square feet, there's a lot of space to fill. From estates adorned in 24-karat gold to plush pads dripping in diamonds, click or scroll on to take a look inside the world's most ostentatious homes...
11. Magnificent mega-mansion, California, USA
Perfect for the VIP lifestyle, this contemporary home in the exclusive area of Bel Air is currently on the market with Joyce Rey for $46 million. Hidden behind guarded gates, the contemporary estate is surrounded by stunning landscaped gardens and offers luxury amenities in abundance.
12. Magnificent mega-mansion, California, USA
Inside, the luxe residence is spread over 36,000 square feet and boasts eight bedrooms and no less than 20 bathrooms. Decked out in the most luxurious of materials, the opulent interiors have been likened to a 'resort oasis', and we can't say we disagree.
13. Magnificent mega-mansion, California, USA
The showstopping mansion has been designed to perfection, from the glamorous sweeping staircase in the vaulted entryway to the plush lounge complete with a stunning marble fireplace. Elsewhere, there are a whole host of extravagant living spaces, including the chef-style kitchen, a beautiful dining room and this bar complete with LED strip lights and plush seating.
14. Magnificent mega-mansion, California, USA
However, deep underground the mansion is hiding a secret. The 20,000-square-foot basement is home to a state-of-the-art entertaining space complete with a resort-style spa with a pool, massage room, sauna and steam bath. If that wasn't enough, there's also a games room, movie theatre, bar and sports courts – everything a billionaire could ask for!
15. Playa Vista Isle, Florida, USA
Once one of America's most expensive homes when it was first listed for $159 million, this mega-mansion in Florida's Hillsboro Beach sold in November 2018 for the cut-down price of $42.5 million. The expansive grounds offer a 4,500-square-foot infinity pool, complete with a swim-up bar and slide, plus a glass-bottomed hot tub suspended above the pool. If that wasn't enough, there's also a putting green and an outdoor kitchen for entertaining alfresco.
16. Playa Vista Isle, Florida, USA
Inside, the 60,000-square-foot estate features 11 bedrooms and 22 bathrooms, with almost every inch of the property draped in gold. All of the property's bathrooms are exquisite, with the main guest bathroom offering muraled walls and a golden pedestal and sink, while the grand VIP suite has a Jacuzzi tub and a custom inlaid mother-of-pearl shower.
17. Playa Vista Isle, Florida, USA
As well as separate wings for VIP guests, the master suite is an opulent marvel, with incredible ocean vistas and direct balcony access. There's an incredible amount of gold leaf spread throughout the property, ensuring that each room is outrageously lavish. It won't come as a surprise to hear that this decadent dwelling was inspired by the Palace of Versailles.
18. Playa Vista Isle, Florida, USA
There’s also a 1,300-gallon aquarium, a 20-car garage and a temperature-controlled wine cellar that can accommodate 3,000 bottles of the finest vino. Plus, with the world's first residential IMAX 3D theatre on its lower level, this house is perhaps the most extravagant we've seen.
19. The One, California, USA
As one of America's most expensive homes ever, 'The One' was developed over the course of eight years by high-end developer Nile Niami. Set on a five-acre parcel of land and surrounded by a moat on three sides, the home seems to float above the city. The details of the newly-completed Bel Air property have been kept private apart from the occasional picture on the residence's dedicated Instagram account, but what we do know is that it's magnificent...
20. The One, California, USA
With a reported price tag of $350 million, the home was designed by architect Paul McClean and interior designer Kathryn Rotondi. Featuring 26-foot-high ceilings and an eye-catching rotating sculpture, the main entrance gives a taste of what's to come in the super-luxury home. The wow-factor entryway leads through to an array of lavish living areas that boast panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific.
21. The One, California, USA
The opulent interior sprawls across an enormous 105,000 square feet and offers a neutral color palette that was specially chosen to let the surrounding landscape do all the talking. There are 42 bathrooms and a whopping 21 bedrooms, which include a private 5,500-square-foot master suite.
22. The One, California, USA
Elsewhere, there's a 30-car garage gallery with two display turntables, a four-lane bowling alley, an entire spa floor, a 30-seat movie theatre and a so-called philanthropy wing that can host up to 200 people. Talk about the perfect party pad! Outside you'll find a 10,000-square-foot sky deck and five swimming pools. A truly unique property, the city recently passed new ordinances that mean a house of this sprawling scale can never be built again in Los Angeles.
23. Casablanca estate, Cape Town, South Africa
Over in Cape Town, South Africa, there's no shortage of bling either. The Casablanca estate, located on the shoreline of Camps Bay, features a whole host of decadent amenities that have us packing our bags already. With plenty of custom wrought-iron work, crystal chandeliers and gold leaf detailing inside, the mansion is every bit as spectacular as it appears from the outside.
24. Casablanca estate, Cape Town, South Africa
Described as South Africa's most expensive house, the property was built in 2014 and hit the real estate market in 2015 for $35 million. At the time it was South Africa’s most expensive house to date. The property offers 33,723 square feet of living space, eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, each lined with white Carrara marble flooring. The ocean-view master suite even boasts an enormous spa bath carved from marble.
25. Casablanca estate, Cape Town, South Africa
The estate also contains a Technogym fitness room, a full-sized squash court, a massage room and a sauna that can accommodate 12 people at a time. Downstairs you'll also find possibly the swishest garage we've ever seen with space for up to 14 supercars.
26. Casablanca estate, Cape Town, South Africa
If all this hasn't made your heart race, then check out the home's luxury cinema room, complete with velvet furnishings, walnut paneling and 15-foot ceilings. After you've watched the latest blockbuster, head over to the wine cellar or the whiskey bar for a tipple, or hit the billiard room for a game or two. There's even an 82-foot swimming pool, complete with its own automatic thermal pool cover for the ultimate billionaire's backyard!
27. Lavish Bel Air mansion, California, USA
Described as a voyage of the senses, this jaw-dropping mansion is considered one of the most innovative contemporary estates on the planet. Nestled on a hillside in exclusive Bel Air inside LA's platinum triangle, the mansion is surrounded by the homes of some of the world's richest people. The colossal 12-bedroom, 21-bathroom pad was designed by real estate developer Bruce Makowsky to suit the needs of the mega-wealthy.
28. Lavish Bel Air mansion, California, USA
Covering 42,000 square feet, every aspect of the building, which includes over 100 art installations, has been meticulously designed. In the main living room are two light fixtures made from gold-encrusted Brut Champagne bottles, while the 17,000-square-foot outside deck offers a luxury glass-tiled infinity pool and a giant flat-screen TV so you don't get bored while you bathe.
29. Lavish Bel Air mansion, California, USA
The home’s fully-stocked champagne and wine cellars are ideal for the adults, while the wall of candy in the games room is every kid’s fantasy realized. Fancy a change of scenery? There's a helicopter parked on the rooftop deck for a quick weekend getaway. If you prefer wheels to wings, downstairs you'll find an enormous garage where more than $30 million of supercars can be browsed.
30. Lavish Bel Air mansion, California, USA
Elsewhere in the house, there are three luxurious gourmet kitchens, a four-lane bowling alley and a state-of-the-art fitness room. For leisure time, head to one of the property’s five bars, enjoy a treatment in the wellness spa or recline in the 40-seat cinema. Originally listed for $250 million, the home finally sold in October 2019 for $94 million. The unnamed buyer also purchased most of the high-end furniture for around $7 million.
31. Luxe Swiss chalet, London, UK
This gorgeous property might look like it belongs in the Alps, but it's actually located in Hampton Court, London. The Grade II-listed chalet was imported from Switzerland around 1882 and situated on the scenic banks of the River Thames.
32. Luxe Swiss chalet, London, UK
Inside the 5,478-square-foot house, there are four decadent bathrooms where homeowners can relax and unwind in the lap of luxury. One offers a pair of $12,000 freestanding copper bathtubs, gilded Italian washbasins worth $23,500 apiece and bespoke Japanese toilets. Even the parquet flooring is made from gold!
33. Luxe Swiss chalet, London, UK
Talk about a billionaire bathroom! The luxurious ensuite also boasts a central rainfall shower and two hand basins carved from marble and 24-karat gold. Elsewhere, sliding double doors adorned with Swarovski crystals dazzle in each room, while the Italian-designed kitchen features no less than five Gaggenau fridges, worth thousands of dollars each.
34. Luxe Swiss chalet, London, UK
If the home's private River Thames frontage and moorings weren't enough, the luxurious basement contains its very own beach with 40 tons of sand. The indoor beach features underfloor heating, a performance stage and bespoke wine racks. Large skylights allow light to flood inside, while nautical murals adorn the walls. There's also a Japanese water garden complete with koi carp, plus a bridge decorated with samurai swords.
35. Opus, California, USA
This glistening property is another brainchild of real estate developer Nile Niami. Positioned in the sought-after heights of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, the pad, known as Opus, is dripping in gold from top to bottom. The marketing video for the development turned quite a few heads too as it even featured gold-painted models.
36. Opus, California, USA
The 20,500-square-foot mansion, which is the ultimate bachelor pad, has a solid marble façade with veins of gold running through it. Even the house sign and front gate are made from solid gold. The estate also comes with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, one of which features a waterfall. In 2017, the lavish property hit the real estate market for a colossal $100 million. Listed for three years, the price was bumped down to $60 million, when it was snapped up by a real estate investor.
37. Opus, California, USA
The house also includes a 10-car museum, complete with a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster and a Rolls-Royce Dawn in, you guessed it, gold! Priceless artwork on display ranges from works by Damien Hirst to a portrait of Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol, equating to over $2 million in value.
38. Opus, California, USA
Over in the gold-gilded champagne vault, you'll find 170 pristine bottles of Cristal just waiting for a special occasion. There are also seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a spa, a beauty salon and a 15-person cinema. The main living rooms feature Roberto Cavalli flooring and Longhi doors in suede and embossed leather, meanwhile, in the kitchen you'll find an iPod-controlled coffee machine – what could be more bling than that?
39. Exclusive luxury villa, Dubai, UAE
Over in Dubai, opulence abounds. The XXII CARAT Palm Jumeirah development offers luxury waterfront villas for the mega-rich. Designed with flawless attention to detail, every property on the estate is dripping in gold, marble and the finest furnishings from around the world. No wonder then that the likes of David and Victoria Beckham own property here! Let's step inside...
40. Exclusive luxury villa, Dubai, UAE
Each luxury villa was designed with Renaissance architecture in mind. Picture stucco masonry, classical columns, pergola terraces, handmade ceramics and dramatic wall murals. Almost every room is decorated with fine gold and silver leaf, from the trims of the kitchen cabinets to the faucets in the bathrooms.
41. Exclusive luxury villa, Dubai, UAE
In fact, the bathrooms are perhaps the villas' most luxurious rooms, offering everything from floor-to-ceiling marble to 18-karat gold finishes. All this luxury comes with a hefty price tag though, with costs starting at $9.5 million. But, to soften the blow, every villa also has direct access to a private beach and unobstructed views of Dubai's iconic skyline.
42. Exclusive luxury villa, Dubai, UAE
In some of the villas, the lucky owner can also take a soak in a bathtub carved from rock crystal. The colossal tub weighs in at 10 tons and was sourced from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The opulent bath comes with an equally lavish price tag, with a single tub costing anywhere up to $1 million.
43. Modern mega-mansion, California, USA
You know you've found a fine piece of real estate when the likes of Beyoncé and Jay Z are vying to buy it! Yet despite the power couple's attempts, they lost out on owning this extravagant home. Instead, it was snapped up by billionaire video game creator Markus Persson, who paid a whopping $70 million for the Beverley Hills pad in 2014.
44. Modern mega-mansion, California, USA
It's not hard to see why A-listers would be fighting over this home. Kitted out in top designer furnishings from the likes of Bentley and Hermès, the interior is immaculate. In fact, the Bentley couch and cushions are thought to be worth $500,000 alone! In the living room, there's also a giant James Dean mural and a replica of the motorcycle he drove in the classic Hollywood film Rebel Without a Cause.
45. Modern mega-mansion, California, USA
Covering 23,000 square feet, the property offers eight luxury bedrooms and a staggering 15 bathrooms, including one decked out with bespoke Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel fire extinguishers in their own display cabinet. Outside, the poolside dining area has 24 Roberto Cavalli place settings – we wouldn't want to go spilling anything on those...
46. Modern mega-mansion, California, USA
As with all ultra-luxe LA pads, there's no shortage of space to store supercars. The basement level is dedicated to showcasing some of the finest motor vehicles in the world, with rotating platforms and a car lift. If this wasn't enough, the house also offers a dazzling infinity pool, a temperature-controlled glass wine cellar and a giant candy wall for the ultimate sugar fix.
47. Baroque palace, Rublyovka, Russia
Rich Russians are renowned for their decadent tastes – think caviar and Fabergé eggs – and when it comes to their real estate, they're no different. This Baroque-style billionaire pad went on the market in 2015 with Sotheby's International Realty for $109 million, making it one of the most expensive homes on the planet.
48. Baroque palace, Rublyovka, Russia
Located in the exclusive Moscow neighborhood of Rublyovka amongst 97 acres of pine forest, the bedazzled property oozes opulence and is covered from floor to ceiling in marble, gold and precious gems.
49. Baroque palace, Rublyovka, Russia
While the master bathroom is home to an opulent gold shower, the grand hallway offers delicate chandeliers, stunning drapery and more marble than we could ever imagine. Fine antiques are scattered around every room, while intricate wall and ceiling murals make each space feel like the seat of royalty.
50. Baroque palace, Rublyovka, Russia
Some of the rooms, including this lavish master bedroom, offer bespoke wooden floors and lashings of gold, velvet and crystal. Bursting with regal finishes and costly décor, this Russian palace is by far one of the world's most blinged-out properties.
51. Swish super-mansion, California, USA
Also competing for the crown of most luxurious property in Bel Air is this mega-mansion, known as Sarbonne. With nine stunning bedrooms, the property extends to 25,000 square feet and offers an additional 20,000 square feet of outdoor space, including sundecks and manicured gardens.
52. Swish super-mansion, California, USA
One of the most jaw-dropping home features money can buy, a film screen rises up from the edge of the stunning infinity pool, which features statues that are reminiscent of Academy Awards. If that wasn't enough, there is also a library, art studio, gym, temperature-controlled wine cellar and billiards room.
53. Swish super-mansion, California, USA
The perfect property for petrol heads, the mansion boasts its own state-of-the-art glass car elevator, which allows luxurious supercars to be stored safely and offers the perfect super-sized display case to show-off a treasured collection.
54. Swish super-mansion, California, USA
As well as 15 luxury bathrooms, many offering panoramic views across Los Angeles, there is also a private at-home spa, complete with treatment rooms and a sauna. In December 2018, the lavish home went on the market for $88 million and sold in July 2019 for $75 million. Talk about opulent!