Magazines are filled with pictures of the homes of the rich and famous. They seem to fly off the shelves at the market. Even today, I drove through a lovely neighborhood where I saw a sign for a Vanguard House. Every year in the spring, some homes are decorated and put on display for people to pay to visit and see how the other half lives…..and dream. What would your house be if money was no object and you could have anything you wanted? I have actually given this some thought and I would want a Mediterranean Villa with an central interior garden surrounded by rooms. There would be flowers and a lovely fountain and every room would have a view and access to the garden. I would never have to wash all those windows, and the site would be somewhere other than upstate New York and the cold snowy winters. Actually, India would be a great place for my dream house even if the Mediterranean Sea is quite far away.
The picture at the top is the dream house in India. Actually, it is the dream house of the world. It was built for the Mukesh Ambani family in Mumbai. Mr. Ambani has the distinction of being the wealthiest man in India. He certainly has the Midas touch when it comes to his fortune; made from a conglomeration of oil companies and communications under the name of Reliance. He is worth a cool $43 billion and is listed by Forbes as the 4th richest man in the world. So we don’t need to worry about his bank account being depleted by this sky scrapper house which cost $1 billion dollars…yes billion!
The family had great fun planning their dream house! It is filled to the brim of its 400,000 square feet with crystal chandeliers and sterling silver railings, for Mrs. Amani, though,to me, much of the interiors resemble a very fancy hotel instead of a home.
There is a health club, a gym, and a dance studio for any form of exercise as well as a swimming pool. There are guest rooms , a variety of lounges as well as 3 helicopter pads on the roof. If they are having a large party there is a car garage in the skyscraper to park 160 cars. Something really fun for the three children is a snow-room, perfect for those hot , humid Mumbai summer days when they might just need to cool off in the man-made flakes. So as not to bore the family, no two floors have the same floor plan or repeated building materials. Yes, this 27 floor personal house for one family has a mother, father, and three children. No word of an extended family living there, but to make sure that all runs smoothly in the Antilla House, there are six-hundred..yes 600 servants! This is to insure that Mr. Ambani can return now to his next building project of the world’s largest oil refinery knowing that all is running smoothly at home.
This is the view from the Ambani’s house….the Arabian Sea and the infamous Mumbai slums. I wonder if ever they give a thought to “Loving their neighbors as they love themselves?”
Oh if you do have some idea of a plan for your own personal dream house, do please share it with me!
Nameste….T I I