The Real-Life Inspo For the Home in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is Worth Billions

You read that right. Billions.

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If you haven't seen (or read) Crazy Rich Asians, you know at least one thing about the storyline for sure—the people in it are, obviously, crazy rich. Sure, the title may give it away, but it's also set in one of the most expensive places to live in the world: Singapore.

Of course, the most expensive city to live is going to have the most expensive property to own—AKA two abandoned palaces in the middle of Tyersall Park, located near the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Reported by Bloomberg, that property is valued at a hefty $3.5 billion (yes, billion), if sold for development. Coincidentally enough, those abandoned palaces are exactly like where the fictitious Young family lives in Kevin Kwan's novel—also set within Singapore's Tyersall Park. So you can only imagine how crazy rich they are once you put a price to that palace.

Although the ancestral home seen in the movie is beautifully designed and fully furnished, its real-life counterpart is, well, not so much. Decaying from fire damage, and basically in ruins, the 210,875-square-meter plot is currently owned by the Crown Prince of Johar, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim—and looks nothing like the Young estate.

So why doesn't this prince sell the decaying homes for a few billion? Turns out the property is set on a "special use of green space," meaning that absolutely nothing can be developed, residential or commercial. If that ends up changing, the Crown Prince could see an even steeper payout of $4.7 billion.

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