If you’re reading this I trust you have a few million Euros, Dirhams, Pounds or Dollars sitting around in your petty cash jar. This post discusses the most expensive currently listed apartment in all of Dubai. I think you should buy it. If I could afford it I’d probably buy it. After all, what’s more interesting: a giant pile of cash or a chance to own the tallest penthouse apartment in the World’s Tallest Building? I mean, I’d also buy it because the views are AMAZING….what a place to live!
It’s a 21,000 square foot mega-penthouse near the top of the world’s tallest building, the world-famous Burj Khalifa. It enjoys 360 degree views and on a cloudless day the panoramas are dizzyingly awesome. It only rains a few days a year in Dubai. This means spectacular views are more or less guaranteed and this is built into the price. At just AED 76,000,000 or about $21,000,000 U.S. you’ll be paying about $1000 per square foot which certainly isn’t terrible.
One thing: It’s worth considering that the price tag is just for the “shell and core” of the apartment. All you get is the concrete shell. No dividing walls, just a big open space waiting for your customization. You literally have to have all the rooms walled off the size you want, plumbing and electrical all finished, everything fitted out and decorated and of course you’d want to add your own oozing-with-opulence furniture too.
If you’d like to see some pictures of the bedrooms, kitchen, massive living area etc. it proves you’re not paying attention. Remember, there is nothing but ONE BIG OPEN 21,000 square foot concrete and glass space. You do get your own private lift (or “elevator” for our American friends not satisfied with one syllable words).
I doubt that the finishing work on such a place would cost less than AED 10 – 20,000,000 although for this you’d get the highest standards of workmanship and materials possible. Imagine the fun you’d have watching your lofty creation take shape. How many bedrooms would you want? Six or Seven, perhaps? How about your own cinema, two separate living areas plus of course at least two kitchens? Goodness knows how many bathrooms you’ll need when you’re a walking ATM determined to create the world’s finest apartment?
Of course, when your home is 2500ft above the ground and comes with its own private elevator (or “lift” for the rest of the world that decided the original English was just fine) spending an extra few bucks on those extra little touches will come naturally. Living above the swarming masses below will mean making a substantial dip into your shipping container-sized petty cash jar but when you’ve got it you gotta flaunt it.
How about your service charge? I’m no Einstein but my calculations were fairly scientific. I reckon the Service Charge for your finished lofty beauty will be around $36,000 a month, or AED 132,000. Remember this includes the servicing and maintenance of your very own private 1/2 mile long lift and shaft. Don’t give up your day job! Below is a video giving you an alternative to using your private Burj Khalifa elevator/lift to get to the ground floor. It’s quicker than the high speed lift, but not by much. Those Burj Khalifa lifts are FAST.
The Burj Khalifa “elevators” take longer. But not by much.