Location: 18 Carlton House Terrace, London, England

Square Footage: 50,000

Bedrooms & Bathrooms: N/A

Price: £250,000,000

This massive home is located at 18 Carlton House Terrace in London, England. It is said to be owned by a Saudi royal who will not allow updated pictures to be taken of the home. The 6-story Grade I listed Regency mansion features approximately 50,000 square feet of living space. The last two pics were taken in the 1890’s and shows a grand y-shaped double staircase. It is secretly on the market for a whopping £250,000,000 or $381,275,000. So not only is it one of the largest private residences in London, but it will also be the most expensive if it ever sold for that much money.

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  • Daniel

    Not allowing any updated photos? Probably the most horrific interior ever, or it’s completely bare and he’s embarrassed to show it. Stunning vintage interior photos though.




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  • Grrrowler

    Um, OK. To be honest, it’s not the greatest location in London. It backs up right to The Mall and it’s neighbors are a lot of government buildings. This is definitely not the first street in London I’d choose to live on, and I certainly wouldn’t pay £250,000,000 for the privilege.

    The 19th century pictures are great (here’s another, of the ballroom: http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6007/5914706257_1d3700b4d1_z.jpg) but you can guess that it probably looks nothing like that now. I’m picturing a lot of straight-back sofas and chairs covered in Versace-like fabrics, all either pushed back against the walls or arranged in square groupings in the centers of the rooms.




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    • Daniel

      The only reason I can think why no one would want to have photos of their home online, especially at this price range, is because of the incredibly expensive artwork collection they may have. Perhaps he doesn’t want to be a target of theft? It’s not like the agent would put photos and the location of the panic room on the site…




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  • Grrrowler

    Many times artwork in listing photos is blurred. There may be a concern over theft, but there are apparently also copyright issues. I would think that whatever commission an agent will make on this place would more than cover 30 minutes of Photoshop work by an intern to blur the art in the photos.

    If the owner feels that being obvious makes him a target of theft, he’s living in the wrong house. A 50,000 square foot house on The Mall next to Admiralty Arch is nothing if not obvious!

    Edit: This was supposed to be a reply a Daniel’s post. :-/




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  • Doug

    Eh idk, I can see a wealthy person not wanting to have the interior of their home photographed and online. After All, in today’s world once something is online, it is always there and you have little control over what forum it is seen in. But it’s really irrelevant whether or not there’s photos online or not. I find that when houses are asking absurd prices and splash photos and videos in every possible forum (online listing, magazines, newspapers, tv segments, movies, etc.) it usually means the property is overpriced. (Think “The Manor,” which sold considerably below asking, or Fleur de lys, which I believe still hasn’t sold.) By giving the property all that publicity they attempt to get someone to pay an exorbitant sum because they want/or have to have that house which everyone has seen, and they want everyone to know how much they paid.

    In reality, listings of this caliber, and even far less, need little to no publicity to sell. All that is necessary is for the right broker or “socially connected person” to be made aware you will part with your home for xx amount of money, or will negotiate with anyone interested. Anyone who is either actively searching for properties like yours, or who isn’t necessarily looking but would be interested, will be notified through brokers/society people And a deal is worked out. If you can afford a home and are interested in it you can always get inside, even if you’re not “really looking to buy” just pretend and brink bank statements/financials showing you are Able to purchase and its a go. Meaning that at this price range pictures online really don’t mean much to the property selling, it’s just nice for the rest of us lol. Should someone very wealthy be interested, but not able to travel, I’m sure they would make an exception and send some photos through encrypted files, or through the mail since it’d be less likely for some lazy rich bum to scan them for HOTR to see.




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  • Teddi

    A quarter of a billion pounds? And here I thought the Spelling Manor was outrageous.Now I’m exceedingly curious to see the interior because nothing special is happening on the outside. Who pays that kind of money to back up to a mall. Why not have an elementary school across from it as well.

    And I get that at this price point it pays to be security conscious, but, would it really have been a threat to security to show, say, a pic of the kitchen, guest bedroom, powder room. They didn’t need to put pics up of anything that might be a target to thieves, though I would assume they would have better security measures than Buckingham Palace.




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  • Sam

    I’ve never heard of this house in my life, for £250m I would expect to be living in a landmark or something atleast heard of… It’s really pointless in keeping all this low key, I mean for £250m you really are drawing attention to yourself. As much as I love houses and if I was rich would own properties around the world I would never even consider buying a house worth this much! I don’t think anything beats having a house set far back behind wrought iron gates with acres of beautiful gardens surrounding it. I’d feel clostrophobic waking up every morning and seeing people in their offices staring down at me or having pedestrians walking past my dinning room window drunk.




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    • Teddi

      Thank you, Sam! You hit the nail on the head.

      I wasn’t raised in the US, and the one thing that really hit me when I moved here permanently was the fact that so many middle class homes weren’t gated, and were situated so close to the road. I cannot tell you how it freaked me out that someone could just walk or drive right up to your house and you don’t even know they are right there until they ring the doorbell. Growing up, everyone I knew had a gated property. It was just how it was. No one just walked up to your front door.

      Having now lived here for a while, I have gotten somewhat used to the concept of ungated properties, but I definitely still carry over that bias to upper class homes. It is INSANE to me that a house of this price is just sitting on the curb like this. I guess not that different from some Manhattan TH’s, but none of them go for this price. I could discover oil, gold and diamond deposits in my backyard and become an instant billionaire and STILL would never buy this property.even with all the future money saved as there is no need for a gardener it seems.

      For this price, you would have to give me an estate size property to go with the estate sized house. Acres. I want to see stocked lake(s), maybe a fruit orchard or vineyard, rose garden, something green for God’s sake. A long winding driveway flanked by majestic trees. At that price, no idiot should be able to just walk up to the house and start taking pics. Because I’m assuming someone with this kind of money, has powerful and (perhaps) media-shy friends.

      I like Oprah’s Promised Land idea of having a separate gated service entrance and service driveway located on a different street than where the main entrance is. A house well back from the roadway, privacy and green. 0 for 3 on this one.




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  • Venom

    $380 million? Holy God…

    We don’t need to see the interior photos, I am 100% is it tacky and gaudy and filled with lots of gold everything. I am sure some equally tacky Arab or Russian will buy it and be overjoyed with the purchase, for how much though, I am not sure.




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    • Doug

      Probably. But some new money younger type may decide to rip out all the gold and re-do it all “London modern” like alot of the other high prices properties, which is just as tacky. When you figure the demographics of London and New York, it makes one wonder why NY properties haven’t been fetching the London prices. However I would attribute this to the fact that many purchasing the high end properties in Manhattan are still “New Yorkers” or at least American. And they’re apparently savvy enough (or sane enough?) to not even consider purchasing such an obscenely overpriced residence. Whereas in London there’s a glut of Arab royals and enemies of Putin (Russian billionaires) who still wish to be close to family and businesses in the homeland. Also I suppose it’s worth noting that the places in Manhattan comparable to this type of property are co-ops, thus not an option for flashy foreigners. It must be awkward for all these types to try and make all their gold fixtures and “Louis xvi chotchskies” work in a modern, glass walled, Manhattan high rise. Unless of course you hire the Trump’s decorator.




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