- Name: The Palladio Residence
- Price: $70,000,000 USD – (£35,000,000 – 2008 GBP/USD 2.0)
- Size: Over 17,000 sq. ft.
- Bedrooms: 8
- Staff: Separate accommodation and entrance
- Foyer: Hand carved $1.5 million stone staircase
- Fireplace: Hand-carved $200,000 drawing room stone Cliveden fireplace
- Bathroom: 1-ton basin carved from a single piece of white Iranian onyx
- Entertainment: In-house nightclub/ballroom automatically converted over pool
- Indoor Pool: Gold plated tiles on pool and spa level
- Entrance: Bulletproof armour-plated $100,000 front door
- Security: Guard gated with 25 remote infrared CCTV cameras
- Purchased: 2008
The Palladio Residence is one of the most expensive homes ever sold in Britain. In 2008, Israeli diamond king, Lev Leviev purchased The Palladio Residence for a reported $70,000,000 USD (£35,000,000), setting a record at the time as the highest price ever paid for a newly constructed residential property in London.
The Palladian-style home features a stunningly elaborate mirrored entry hall, said to be modeled after the ‘Hall of Mirrors’ in the Palace of Versailles as well as an immaculately hand-carved $1.5 million ornately grand dual stone staircase. Equipped with an elite level of ‘one-of-a-kind’ technology and bespoke design, this remarkable home includes a family room that can be converted into a cinema at the touch of a button and a stunning basement indoor poolroom that can be converted into a ballroom/nightclub setting.
Named after the 16th century Italian considered to be the father of post-Renaissance architecture, the Palladio Residence is arguably one of the finest newly-build examples of those principles in Europe, if not the world today. Built with a level of hand-carved craftsmanship last used over 150 years ago to construct the most extravagant of French Chateaux’s, the 17,000 sq. ft. estate was designed to last for 300 years representing a compelling achievement of grandeur and style from a bygone era.
Located adjacent to the infamous ‘Billionaires Row’ on ultra-exclusive Compton Avenue, a private gated road with 24-hour security in the Highgate area of London, no expense was spared on the estate. It’s numerous jaw-dropping attributes include a nightclub, a cinema, an indoor subterranean swimming pool decorated with gold-plated mosaic tiles, a gym with a steam room, a sauna and spa bath, a hair salon with a treatment room and a security system with a $100,000 bulletproof armour-plated front door and 25 infrared camera’s that can be remotely controlled from a “yacht in the Caribbean,” if necessary.
- Architect: William Bertram of Bath (Royal Architect)
- Interior Design: Bill Bennette
- Lighting Design: The Light Corporation
- Developer: Mansour Namaki
- Owner: Lev Leviev (Billionaire – Diamond Tycoon)