Dubai’s glitzy reputation has been given a major shot in the arm, with the world’s most beautiful woman buying a home there too.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has followed in the footsteps of Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, settling on a villa in the exclusive Jumeirah Golf Estates property.
According to reports, the villa is one of 97 in a gated community that has the luxury of its own golf course. Residents can avail of a concierge service, and also have access to the pool, club house and ample open space as part of the 1,119 acre estate.
Can you imagine Aishwarya practicing her golf swing? Something tells us she’ll be one to look out for on the greens.
Mansions of the rich and famous
The central dome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan
Rashtrapati Bhavan, one of the most stunning and well-maintained structures in Delhi, is also home to the President of India. The flag on the central dome overlooks the Jaipur Column, created by the British sculptor Charles Sargent Jagger.
The library at Rashtrapati Bhavan
The library has white marble and sandstone floors with geometric and floral inlays, while the pillars feature stone bells. The painting over the fireplace was specially commissioned for this room.
The passage to connect the halls and corridors.
The passage linking the halls and the corridors has a marble ceiling. And the objects in the alcoves are gifts given to the President by visiting head of states.
The Golden Archway
The ceiling was handpainted by skilled artisans and the sweeping strokes on the patterned floor are a sharp contrast to the finely gilded ceiling.
The grand stairway
The stairway leads to the Ashoka Hall at the Bhavan. The inlay star pattern on the floor is a recurring motif in architect Edwin Lutyen’s (the architect of Rashtrapati Bhavan) designs.
Guards wait at the stairway
At the entrance to the grand stairway which leads to the Ashoka Hall, uniformed guards await guests.
The veranda at the Rashtrapati Bhavan
The building is framed by a veranda with pillars on the outer side. The concentric cirlces on the ventilation window are a recurring pattern in Lutyen’s design.
The perfectly symmetrical Mughal Garden was precisely plotted by Lutyens, with plants, trees and flowers planted carefully and interspersed with water channels.
The Royal ballroom
The central mural on the ceiling was presented by the Persian ruler Fateh Ali Shah Qajar to King George IV. The carpet was woven by Kashmiri carpet makers.
The bedroom at the Rashtrapati Bhavan
The wooden chair with the backrest carved in the pattern of a spider’s web was designed for the Rashtrapati Bhavan specifically. All other furniture in the wood paneled bedroom was added later.
The President's study
Located on the ground floor, the President’s study is decorated with intricate patterns on the ceiling, mirrored in the chandeliers. A handwoven Kashmiri carpet covers the floor.
The formal meeting hall
This is the formal meeting room where the President meets visiting delegations. The chairs and armchairs in the room were designed by Lutyens.
Villa in the sky
When John Abraham decided to create the ultimate gentleman’s penthouse, he turned to Abraham John Architects, the firm run by his father and brother.
The living room in the Villa in the sky
The design of the penthouse, called ‘Villa in the sky’ reflects John’s modern minimalist style.
The bathroom in the penthouse
Luxurious and spacious, the bathroom fits into the house’s open plan concept.
The glass walled bedroom
The bedroom has glass walls to expand the sense of space by allowing a direct sea-facing view.
The garden terrace in the penthouse
The spacious wooden deck overlooks the ocean and there is plenty of natural light in the garden terrace making it a favoured spot in the house.
The sea facing house
The hi-tech glass walls blur the boundaries of indoors and outdoors, allowing a great view of the scenic surroundings.
Chris Gayle's house
The most recent addition to Chris Gayle’s house is a room designed to resemble a strip club. Yes, he has one at home now, which cuts the drive time down to about zero.
Padma Lakshmi's house
Filled with character, Padma Lakshmi’s house is a carefully curated space. The unique coffee table and artwork are collectibles from different places, while the oversized lamp and chandelier provide soft lighting to the room.
The kid's dinner table
A miniature dining table was specially created for Padma Lakshmi’s 5-year-old daughter Krishna.
The artworks on the wall
The French wooden dining table was sourced from a vintage store in Queens called Golden Oldies. Artworks by Kim McCarty and Henri Matisse hang on the brick walls.
Padma Lakshmi's a foodie
Padma Lakshmi’s kitchen is an open plan and fuctional space where the TV host and food writer practices her recipes.
Jennifer Lopez's house
This was the home that Jennifer Lopez shared with then-husband Marc Anthony. The 17,129-square-feet house features nine bedrooms and a dozen bathrooms, which cost the couple a whopping $8.2 million. The luxury house is located in the Hidden Hills area in California, and is now up for sale.
Wayne Rooney's house
Manchester United fans were able to get a peek into Wayne Rooney’s cosy family home — with a packed-to-capacity trophy room — in the BBC documentary, The Man Behind The Goals.
Britney Spears new house
Popstar Britney Spears recently dropped $7.4 million on a 21-acre property in California’s upmarket Thousand Oaks area. The Italianate villa itself covers about 13,264 square feet, but if Spears and her brood are ever suffering from cabin fever, they can practice their swing at the three-hole golf course also on the property.
Cristiano Ronaldo's New York penthouse
Now that he’s single, Cristiano Ronaldo invested in the ultimate bachelor pad in New York’s Manhattan area. The Upper East Side apartment offers the award-winnign footballer an unrestricted view of Manhattan’s most iconic buildings.
The winning view
Whether he’s wining and dining his next supermodel girlfriend or just enjoying a family meal with his son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, the floor-to-ceiling windows of the dining area offer a vantage point over the Manhattan skyline.
In the middle of NYC
Ronaldo bought this 2,500-square-feet plush apartment in New York city for US$18.5 million.
The master bedroom has a clear view of Central Park, but we doubt he’ll be spending much time looking out from the bedroom windows.
Three and half bathrooms give the footballer and his guests enough personal space.
The throne room
One of the most stunning actresses ever to grace Bollywood’s big screen, it’s obvious that Sonali Bendre would have a few A-list friends on speed dial. When the home she shares with producer husband Goldie Behl was due for renovation, Bendre turned to long-time friend and interior designer Sussanne Khan. The moss rabbits are from Sussanne’s Pret Collection.
The unique coffee table
Sussanne had found the antique filming trolley in Paris and converted it into a coffe table.
The Gothic armchair
Bendre’s house is full of eye-catching pieces. Like this Gothic inspired arm-chair which guests pass on their way to the dining area. And no doubt stop to take a second look.
God's own room
The sacred space in the home features a small silver temple (mandir) which is placed against a wall lined with gunmetal sheets.
The tin metal drawers are the highlight of this cabinet.
The White House
The home of the most powerful man in the world is almost as famous as he is. Here, you see the north portico of the White House.
The Vermeil Room
The Vermeil room is the designated sitting room for formal occasions held at the White house.
The Roosevelt room has a portrait of Theodore Roosevelt and is used for staff meetings and sometimes for press conferences.
The Green room
It was called the green drawing room by John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States.
The Oval Office
The most prestigious office in the whole of the United States, the Oval Office is where the President runs the daily affairs of the nation.
The room in the White House
This room was redecorated by then-First Lady Laura Bush, wife of George W. Bush.
Emily Ratajkowski's LA home
Take a good look, because this is about as close as you’ll ever get to being invited inside Emily Ratajkowski’s LA loft.
Emily's living room
A self-admitted “messy person”, Ratajkowski’s aesthetic is very eclectic. Abstract paintings hold pride of place on her walls, many of which are works by her father John Ratajkowski.
At Ratajkowski’s home, you’ll always find a gin martini on hand.
Kylie Jenner's new home
She may have only just turned 18, but the youngest in the Kardashian-Jenner clan is already raking in the big bucks. Kylie bought a house in California’s Calabasas neighbourhood worth $2.7 million, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a pool and courtyard spread out over 4,900 feet.
Kylie Jenner has a glam room in the house
This social media maven knows a thing or two about essentials. Her new home, purchased with a little help from mom Kris Jenner, has an eight-shelf shoe rack, a library, home theatre, spa area and ‘glam room’. Because, you know, selfies.
Sonam Kapoor's lavish house
For a 30-year-old who still lives at home with her parents, Sonam Kapoor’s Juhu bungalow isn’t too shabby. Ethnic wooden interiors, bouquests of fresh flowers and white upholstery define the space. And of course, enough full-length mirrors for her not to fight for space with Mr Preener himself, Anil Kapoor.
Another glimpse of Sonam's house
Plenty of space for that massive couture wardrobe.
Bill gate's house in Medina, Washington
Of course the richest man in America and the co-founder of Microsoft would live in a techno geek’s paradise. Called Xanadu 2.0, the house is currently worth over $123 million and has, apart from the basics, a trampoline room, a ballroom which can accomodate 200 people, six kitchens, 24 bathrooms and a library which houses a Leonardo Da Vinci manuscript that Gates paid over $30 million for. Despite his excesses, the US government undoubtedly loves the entreprenuer. He pays them over $1 million a year just in property tax.
Shaquille O'Neal's Orlando home
The Lakers now-retired star player Shaquille O’ Neal lives an enviable life. He bought the Orlando house in 2012 for $235,000 and sold it in 2014 to a businessman.
When he sold the house, Shaq upgraded to his 70,000 square feet area mansion in Florida which has eight bedrooms, 13 baths, an indoor basketball court and an outdoor swimming pool which is called ‘Shaqupulco’.
Shaquille's entertainment room and spacious baths
Shaquille’s 3,904-square-foot Orlando house had five bedrooms, four baths, cherry cabinets, a wet bar and an entertainment room.
When Shaquille sold his house for $10
There were rumours that he sold his Orlando house for a mere $10. We’re thinking someone’s missing a few zeroes.
Dwayne Wade's La Gorce island home
Basketball star Dwayne Wade checked out some 50 houses before he bought this one and ironically, this was the only property he didn’t explore before buying. With a personal army of pooches, Wade makes sure even his dog house is air-conditioned.
Dwayne Wade Mediterranean styled house
Wade’s $10.65 million house, which he shares with Hollywood actress wife Gabrielle Union, has sixbedrooms, a cabana with a wet bar and tennis court which the Miami Heat star player plans to convert into a basketball court.
Donald Trump's NYC penthouse
Donald Trump’s opulent home in New York’s Trump Tower has an amazing view of Central Park and Manhattan city. The three-storey penthouse was designed by Angelo Donghia and features crystal chandeliers and gold walls.
Trump's house with gold walls
Donald Trump also went to the extent of admitting that he wouldn’t change the interiors of the White House to his favourite ‘golden theme’, if he gets elected President, that is.
Floyd Mayweather's Big Boy Mansion
Floyd Mayweather’s Las Vegas home is called ‘Big Boy Mansion’. The boxing champion has stacks of money lying around the house which is not suprisng at all for someone who is ranked No.1 on the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid celebrities.
Mayweather's Big Boy Mansion
The ‘Big Boy Mansion’ is spread across 20,000 square feet and has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms (one with a 12 person shower — let your imagination run wild) and a huge garage to fit in all his Rolls Royce and Bentleys.
Michael Jordan's House in Chicago
The NBA star better known as MJ wants to sell his Chicago mansion. The house which is spread across a 56,000 square foot area has 9 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a regulation sized basketball court with ‘Jordan’ sprawled across the floor and the usual gym, tennis court and cigar room.
Michael Jordan has the Air Jordan life size logo
Chicago Bulls star player MJ who always played with the jersey number 23 has the number emblazoned on his front gate. This isn’t it, he has an enlarged Nike Air Jordan logo fixed to the ceiling of his entertainment room.
Michael Jordan's Island
The basketball legend has been trying to sell his house for over two years now and one of his marketing stunts involves a series of videos showcasing all that’s on offer, including the miniature island right in the middle of the property.
Mukesh Ambani's Antilia
Mukesh Ambani is India’s richest man, and his 27-storey ‘Antilia’, spread over 400,000 square feet, is a loud and proud claim of that title. The building houses three helipads, a six-storey garage and nine elevators… for a family of four.
The Ambani's Mumbai home-Antilia
In an interview, matriarch Nita Ambani mentioned how the house is a modern home with an Indian heart. The interiors are based on the ‘sun and lotus’ theme. The family resides in the upper part of the building, probably because it’s breezier up there.
Cristiano Ronaldo's Madrid mansion
Cristiano Ronaldo rolled back the years when he gave the internet a MTV Cribs-style guided tour of his £4.8 million Madrid mansion. Situated in Pozuelo de Alarcón, which is about a 20-minute drive from his club Real Madrid’s stadium Santiago Bernabeu, took viewers into just one of the seven bedrooms in his 8,600-square-foot home. The reigning Balloon d’Or winner’s one-story home also features eight bathrooms, a trophy room, a swimming pool, a hot tub and of course a mini-football pitch.
Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion
It’s every red-blooded male’s ultimate fantasy house. The infamous Playboy Mansion, owned by founder Hugh Hefner, is spread across a 6-acre estate and has 29 rooms. Along with the usual gym, wine cellar, theatre and games room, the mansion has a waterfall and three zoos. And we don’t mean a zoo with just (Playboy) bunnies, the property has an actual zoo license and houses peacocks, pelicans, African cranes and monkeys.
Located in the plush Holmby Hills in California, the mansion will soon be up for sale for $200 million. The only glitch? You’ll have to make do sharing your digs with Hugh till the end of his life.
Satya Nadella's $3.5 million home
Satya Nadella, who became CEO of Microsoft last year, has put his 4,050 sq ft house for sale for $3.5 million. The four bedroom house has scenic views of the Olympic mountains and Lake Washington and has already been listed on real estate website, Redfin.
Inside Satya Nadella's house
The Clyde Hills house has a modern industrial structure with floor to ceiling glass windows giving it a spacious feel. And with views like that, who wouldn’t want to have glass windows. May be a bigger house on a private island is what he plans next if he is following in Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s footsteps.
The Buckingham Palace, the seat of British Royalty and a favourite obsession of James Bond, has 52 bedrooms, 19 state rooms, 188 staff rooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms and these just make up 429 of the total 775 rooms in the palace.
The dining room for delegates at the Buckingham Palace
So what if you can’t go to the Buckingham Palace for the tour and don’t have the patience to wait in long queues. The Queen (and Google) will bring the palace to you. How? The royal family collaborated with Google to give users a virtual tour of the palace. Mainly launched for educational purposes, this will be available for all on the official YT channel of the royal family — the British Monarchy.
Designed by Karl Molt Von Heinz for the Nawab of Pataudi, Iftikhar Ali Khan, this beautiful white property in Haryana is now home to Saif Ali Khan and his family. Immaculately manicured private lawns, water fountains and a badminton court decorate the premises, providing for the ideal vacation home. Being home to former Indian cricket captain, the late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the grounds also have a private cricket pitch.
Adele's Beverly Hills Mansion
Adele just copped a million dollar mansion in celebrity haven, Malibu. The singer’s new neighbours include the who’s who of tinseltown including A-listers Jennifer Aniston, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz and other Hollywood royalty.
Costing a whopping $9.5 million, the 6,600 square foot house boasts 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and a pool along with a treehouse. Given that she recently signed a $130 million contract, $9.5 million for a Beverly Hills mansion seems like loose change. Especially when you throw in this cool outdoor train set to go with house.
Suniel Shetty's holiday home
Suniel Shetty’s holiday home is located at Khandala in a gated community of premium villas. The house is a perfect getaway for the actor and his family to unwind. The house has a pool along with an artificial lake with landscaped gardens and bridges.
Suniel Shetty's home- interiors
Apart from the sculptures of the lions adorning the gardens, there are other farm animals (real ones) at this holiday home. Suniel Shetty and wife Mana have decorated the house with old artefacts they’ve collected during their travels. Their house has a perfect balance of modern and artistic interiors.
Gardens and artificial lake at Suniel Shetty's Khandala house
The house is surrounded by greenery, which explains why they chose the tall ceiling, glass doors and large windows giving it a naturally lit and spacious feel. The plan for this beautiful house was created by the Abraham John Architects team, who also created John Abraham’s villa in the sky.
Mark Wahlberg's Beverly Hills house
Mark Wahlberg’s Beverley Hills Mansion spread across 11,500 sq ft is now up for sale for $30 million. The house has 7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and the celebrity house staples including a home theatre, wine cellar, putting green and artificial landscaped pool. Apart from that the house has an aeroplane hangar turned into an indoor gym. The house also has a professional boxing rink and a full sized basketball court which could have memories from his movies- The Basketball Diaries and The Fighter.
The boxer who announced his retirement last year is one of the highest paid athletes in the world with a net worth of $400 million. He makes $100 million for every fight, with that its not surprise that he bought a new house in Miami Beach for $7.7 million in cash. The floor to ceiling windows make the house look spacious and naturally lit allowing him to enjoy the beach views Miami has to offer. This 5200 sq.ft house has glass floating staircase with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. His Miami Beach home seems less adventurous than his ‘Big Boy Mansion’.
Jay Z and Beyonce's Los Angeles Mansion
Hip-hop power couple Jay Z and Beyonce are reportedly looking at dropping $93 million on a 30,000 sqft home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. The house has 10 bedrooms and 20 bathrooms. Apart from the usual swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court and professional grade movie theatre, they also have a beauty salon, massage room, lap pool, wet bar and a hiking trail on the 2.17 acre property. For Jay Z’s collection of luxury cars, there’s also a 10 car garage. Considering that the house was listed for $150 million, they’re getting a great deal.
Kendall Jenner's home
One of the sisters from the Kardashian clan- Kendall has recently purchased a $6.5 million house in the Hollywood Hills area in LA. The 20 year old model had a smaller apartment before which she purchased in 2014 for $1.39 million. The new 4,800 sq ft house has 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. The three storey house even has an outdoor swimming pool and an outdoor patio.
Kendall Jenner's house
The entire house has hard wooden flooring and the large ceiling to floor glass windows providing natural light and giving it a spacious feel. There’s a wine cellar and a massage table for times when the model feels like unwinding and to add to it the house has a beautiful view of the West Hollywood neighbourhood. At the age of 20 when most people can’t take care of their own hostel rooms, she is buying a house worth millions.
Katrina Kaif's house
Known to be a very private person she didn’t have a Facebook account till recently when she celebrated her 33rd birthday and as a gift to her fans finally got on social media. She put up a video of her strolling around her sea facing Bandra house and the scenic view from her terrace garden has already managed to get over a million views.
Pete Sampras's Brentwood home
The 14 time Grand Slam title winning tennis player Pete Sampras has listed his Brentwood house for sale. The 6,900 sq ft house has two master suites, 4 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms and 1 half bathroom. Along with this it has a library that can double up as a theatre, the usual pool and spa and an outdoor kitchen. The two storeyed house has wooden flooring with picture windows. There is also a running stream and dense lawn surrounding the house to give it a natural look.