We all know that Roman Abramovich is known for his conspicuous consumption and this is no exception. You might think his purchases are insane, however, he can afford these insanely extravagant and expensive things. After all, he is currently the fourth richest person in Russia and the 50th richest person in the world, with an estimated fortune of $11.2 billion. Roman’s new 30,000 square foot mega mansion is located in London and is worth around $230,000,000.

From the Daily Mail:

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has purchased all nine flats of a prime London block with Harvey Nichols and Harrods as their corner shops.

Spread across two stucco-fronted properties in Knightsbridge in London, the eight-bedroom building is expected to be worth up to £150million.

‘It looks as though it will be palatial,’ said a source familiar with the plans. ‘He wants a very plush interior in the style of high neoclassical Victoriana to match the exterior.

‘This is clearly a personal project, because men like him would normally hand such a massive undertaking to some upmarket interior design firm.

‘He’s going to be very hands-on and there will be nothing minimalist about his taste. Inside will be all cornices, thick pile carpeting and heavy drapery.’

The proposals, approved by Kensington and Chelsea council, should also prove more than adequate for Mr Abramovich, if his older five children do occasionally visit.

The  development, over five storeys above ground and three basement levels, boasts a cinema/entertainment room, an indoor pool, steam room and sauna, as well as a children’s study and entertainment room.

All six family bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, as do the two guest rooms. In a linked mews development behind the main building, four flats above a multicar garage will be used as staff accommodation.

The total size is 30,000 sq feet, five times the area of a normal five-bedroomed family home.

The home is currently two adjoining townhouses, which were split into nine apartments in 1998.

Mr Abramovich has been buying up the individual flats over the years to convert the building into the single home, but did not change the exterior.

  • Siobhan

    So extravagant! I’d love to be an overnight guest there. And for all the criticism this is sure to garner, I do appreciate that it’s not just another Chateau-esque monstrosity in Plano, Texas.

    If you didn’t know (this is a single-family home), you’d never know.




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  • Daniel

    Three words: Kensington Palace Gardens.

    At the end of the day, you can have the thickest carpet and plushest furnishings, but it’s still a townhouse, albeit a VERY nice one. The only place where I would pay this much to share walls is Monaco and nowhere else.

    I am happy that he decided to keep the inside neoclassical, and not some horrible white contemporary sh*thole. However, I doubt we will get to see any detailed pictures considering Mr. Abramovich’s penchant for privacy. All in all, I’d rather have his former yacht Ecstasea than this home.




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  • Venom

    Damn.

    I know I should not like him, but there is something about Abramovich that I just love.
    He is a baller on a whole nother level.
    From the multiple yachts to the palatial homes, it is almost like he is trying to see if he could possibly go broke and failing at it.
    I could only hope he is equally generous with the less fortunate, but seeing as he is Russian, I highly doubt it.
    He does seem like he would be fun to hang out with though.




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  • kieran

    I LOVE THIS!!
    Very Impressive




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  • Al Robinson

    I guess I just don’t get it. It looks way too boxy, and stacked, even at 30,000 sq ft. I realize that’s how you have to build if you want a “flat” in London, but still. I guess I just prefer the more traditional “spread out” mansions of America.

    I think Roman himself is a cool dude like others have said, I agree with that.




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  • Grrrowler

    I saw this earlier this week and I think it’s great. It will be an amazing house when it’s finished I’m sure.

    @Daniel: if you want to live in London but not live in a townhouse, you have very few options. Personally, I would gladly take some of the townhouses in London I’ve seen over many detached houses in other places. Also, you wouldn’t want Ecstasea; it has MAJOR vibration problems when the central waterjet is kicked in, and even Feadship can’t fix them. I’m dying to see the inside of Eclipse, which was also done by Disdale.




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    • Daniel

      With $11 billion, blowing money is probably a task Roman MUST do every once in a while. I’d knock on Lakshmi Mittal’s door and offer him $250 million for his ‘Taj Mittal’. I knew his ‘house’ was spectacular, but I had no idea how incredible the stonework is! And I’m sure he’d throw in the Phantom for free:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/svenster/237890319/sizes/o/in/photostream/

      I love London, and if I had billions Kensington Palace Gardens would certainly be on my radar for a seasonal residence. The security and tranquility of the street is truly wonderful.

      As far as yachts are concerned, I have the same view that many people have of 30,000+ square-foot homes – after a certain point (perhaps 300 feet), it just becomes ludicrous. Eclipse really is impressive, but it should be used as a boutique cruise-ship. I could not fathom owning something so huge with an equally huge upkeep; Sydell Miller’s 80,000+ square-foot house is no problem for me, but a ship that size is a waste in my eyes. And I heard about the problems with Ecstasea’s turbine as well, but I still think it has one of the most beautiful profiles I have ever seen. Pelorus is also at the point where it is just too big, and I don’t think it is a very nice design inside or out. I’d prefer to have a boat that I could dock at my house, and Pelorus/Eclipse/Le Grand Bleu all require a port. My dream boat is the Mangusta 165. I love the size coupled with the sleek design and relatively quick top speed (37 knots):

      http://www.jameslist.com/advert/50181/for-sale-mangusta-overmarine-mangusta-165




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    • kieran

      Exactly, @Daniel, you cant live in London and not live in a townhouse …he is not in anyway shape or form settling for less. A townhouse would have been his first choice and he has land else where as well all know




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    • Iemand

      To me a yacht shouldn’t be to big either. A yacht is meant to be a way to relax with easy access to the water. Being on a superyacht like mentioned here – which are more a cruiseship or something like that -doesn’t bring the joy I want.
      Give me a nice yacht up to 50 meters or so, and I’m perfectly happy.

      By the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR!




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  • Marie

    I hope we get to see some finished pics and clips when it’s close to completion. This guy seems to have tons of mega mansions.




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  • Barney

    Hey Guys……..Hope EVERY had a really good Christmas, and are in good health.
    I won’t even repeat my opinion on this “home”, ’cause I pretty damn sure you all know it. (Besides, I don’t feel like ranting & raving right now 🙂

    The facade is historically, perfectly accurate & verrrry beautiful, but the entire interior plan is violently nauseating in it’s mind-boggling excess………..EXCEPT for the indoor pool. PERFECT for rainy, gray London.




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  • Ademola wasiu

    Roman abramovich is my role model,I love your mansion kudos to you.




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  • Nick

    London is offered for luxury townhouse living, but I prefer life in wealthy suburbs like Oxshott,Epping and Surrey.This townhouse is great, but in stead of this I would prefer Peter Aven’s (another Russian billionaire) 30.000 sq.foot:

    http://homesoftherich.net/2010/01/robert-adam-architects.html

    Much better, eh?




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  • Kyle

    Why does the home cost $230 million? The location of the real-estate, or the construction and craftsmanship…? Because a 30,000 square-foot home, even with a very plush interior, should not cost THAT much!!!

    That said, I love the sound of the interior design plans!




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    • Chance

      It’s worth $230 million, it doesn’t cost that much to build. Prices in that area of London are about $7,000 per square foot.




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  • Lordhawwhore

    Get outta here! He’s a mafiosa…..Paris Hilton’s got more taste!




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  • irene

    please i need to know who is the Real State Agency that help Roman Abramovich to find propertys




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