Dream Investments: The 4 Most Unique Architectural Masterpieces in the World

Updated: Oct 14, 2019

Real estate is one of the most lucrative industries in the world.

In fact, it’s so lucrative that people who invest in real estate properly can overcome generational poverty. American businessman and author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki once said:

“Real estate investing, even on a very small scale, remains a tried and true means of building an individual's cash flow and wealth.”

There are several ways to become involved in real estate from property development and property sales to property investments. Over at my business Infinite Property Works, we are passionate about all of the above. However, we find that many real estate beginners lack one thing: the ability to DREAM BIG. With Dream Investments, our goal is to help those interested in property investment do just that.

Unfortunately, many property investment amateurs get stuck in a box. They think that the only way to generate passive income with property investment is to purchase a rental property. While this is one way to make money on an investment property, it is not the only way.

With Dream Investments, we want to help you think outside of the box. Sure, a house is a viable income property. So is an apartment or office building. In fact, we will feature some of the most exquisite rental properties in the world on our Dream Investments page.

However, there are so many different types of investment properties from vacation rentals and hotels to museums.

If you want to generate passive income on a property, you need to consider all of your options. In order to do that, you need to expand your imagination and get inspired. With Dream Investments, you can get monthly inspiration by learning about the most incredible luxury investment properties around the globe.

This month, we are highlighting some of the most unique architectural masterpieces around the world that operate as investment properties.

1. La Sagrada Familia

Property Location: Barcelona, Spain

Property Use: Roman Catholic Church and tourist attraction

Property Value: Unknown. The exact value of La Sagrada Familia is unknown because it has been under construction for over 100 years. However, it’s value can be estimated at hundreds of millions of USD due to the income it generates annually- which is then used to pay construction fees.

Property History: La Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic Church located in Barcelona, Spain. It was designed in the 1880’s by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí.

The church was commissioned in 1882, but its construction plans changed when Gaudí was appointed director in 1884 and drew up a new design. [1] By the time Gaudí died in 1926, only 25% of the construction was finished.

However, thanks to the detailed plans left behind by Gaudí, the construction continued. In 2019, La Sagrada Familia is still under construction. It is estimated that it is only 70% finished and should be completed by 2026. However, despite being incomplete, it is one of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona. Mass is held every Sunday and tourists can visit every day of the week.

Income: Over $85.8 million annually. The amount of income generated by the Sagrada Familia annually can be estimated at more than $85.8 million, although it is not confirmed. The estimate is calculated based on the general admission ticket cost of €17 and 4.5 million visitors annually. [2] However, it’s important to note that most of the income generated goes towards construction costs.

2. Petronas Twin Towers

Property Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Property Use: Office building and tourist attraction

Property Value: $1.6 billion. This is how much it cost to build the Petronas Twin Towers. [3]

Property History: Petronas Twin Towers, completed in only 6 years, was designed for several different reasons. Finished in 1998, Petronas Twin Towers was meant to act as a 21st century icon in Malaysia, as well as house national gas and oil company Petronas offices.

Twin skyscrapers stand at 451.9 metres tall and the building itself was listed by CTBUH as the world’s tallest building from 1998-2004. [4] Today, the building houses offices for several major corporations. Tourists visit to see the observation deck located on the 86th floor, as well as the sky bridge that connects the towers on the 41st and 42nd floors.

Income: Unknown. Petronas Twin Towers is the single biggest provider of income in Malaysia. The towers generate income from several different sources. While tower one is reserved for Petronas, offices in tower two are leased to different companies. The towers also have a retail centre, park, and skybridge. Up to 1,000 visitors are allowed at Petronas Twin Towers daily. These visits generate an average of $6.2 million in revenue annually just from ticket sales.

3. Buckingham palace

Property Location: London, England

Property Use: Royal residence, home of The Queen’s Gallery (public art gallery) and tourist attraction. Art shows, the Queen’s garden parties, and the changing of the guard all take place at Buckingham Palace.

Property Value: $2.7 billion [5]

Property History: Buckingham Palace is the Royal Family’s London residence and administrative centre. It was first known as Buckingham House when it was built in 1705, then as the Queen’s House in 1761 after it changed ownership, then finally as Buckingham Palace in the 1830’s after it was fully renovated and expanded.

Buckingham Palace officially became the Royal Residence in 1837 when Queen Victoria took the throne and moved in. Final renovations were completed in 1853. The palace currently stands at 77,000 square metres and boasts 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

Buckingham Palace is used today to entertain foreign leaders, host diplomatic meetings and parties, house the Royal Family, and much more. [6]

Income: Hundreds of millions of USD. Buckingham Palace attracts 15 million visitors every year. [7] An adult ticket for the State Rooms is £25, so you can do the math. [8]

4. Galilei Rotating House

Property Location: Somerset West, South Africa

Property Use: Private home (And it’s for sale!)

Property Value: $1.8 million

Property History: Named after 17th-century scientist Galileo Galilei and built in 2001, the Galilei Rotating House is arguably one of the most unique dwellings in South Africa. [9] Why? Because it is the only house in the world with a first floor that can rotate 360 degrees.

Located on a large hill, the house offers beautiful views of False Bay. Designed by architect Raymond Alexander, the house has panoramic views as well as 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, and a 2-bedroom cottage out back.

Income: $1.8 million. The owners of this house are going to make income from selling it to a lucky buyer. This was an investment property. The current asking price is R25,000,000.

There are so many architectural masterpieces that double as investment properties. Some make money from ticket sales and others from getting sold.

But the four properties highlighted in this article barely scratched the surface!

Which properties would you like to see next?

Hi, I’m Ezra Rasethe, an entrepreneur, real estate investor and coach who facilitated millions of rands in investment opportunities in just 3 years. This year, I am launching my Real Estate Wealth Mentorship Program where I help 20 real estate investors start, grow and scale their businesses. Are you interested in becoming a real estate mogul? Click HERE to schedule a FREE mentorship call with me and gain access to exclusive resources.