The most expensive new property ever is sold in Britain. “Israeli diamond billionaire Lev Leviev paid £35million ($70mil) for the seven-bedroom home and plans to move in with his wife Olga and two of his nine children.”
The article in Telegraph provides a short description of the house as well, as the new owner’s. “Mr Leviev, 51, is a close friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and is estimated to be worth £3.25 billion.”
“The vast entrance hall boasts a £750,000 stone staircase which was carved using techniques last used 150 years ago to construct French chateaux.
In the drawing room, a £100,000 hand-carved stone fireplace is a replica of one at Cliveden.
As well as an armour-plated front door which weighs half a tonne and cost £50,000, the house has a nightclub, a cinema and an indoor swimming pool decorated with gold-plated mosaic tiles.
The house has the most up-to-date entertainment and communication system.
Infra-red cameras, lights, music, electronic doors, heating and air conditioning can be monitored and controlled externally “from a yacht in the Caribbean if necessary,” according to a source.
The family room transforms into a cinema at the touch of a button and the pool room can convert into a ballroom.
He arrived in Israel from Uzbekistan in 1971 and went on to own the country’s largest diamond company.
He is the 278th wealthiest person in the world, and is believed to be moving to be closer to the City’s institutional investors.”
Click on the link “The House” to see the pictures (when at the paper’s site, click on the line “in pictures”, positioned in the lower corner of the picture. You’ll get a pop-up page. Navigate by clicking “Previous” and “Next” over the picure of the house): The House