Real estate heaven: Twin villas built on giant pillars on TOP of three-storey building

According to neighbours the architectural anomaly has been in place for years and is owned by a Hong Kong businessman who has family in the area

This house give the phrase 'real estate heaven' another meaning.

The bizarre building has a pair of two-storey red villas perched on top of a grey building - attached by eight large concrete pillars.

The pair of villas in Dongguan, China, can be accessed from the original building by the back.

According to neighbours, the architectural anomaly has been in place for years and is owned by a Hong Kong businessman who has family in the area.
The house is the latest in a long line of legally dubious sculptures in China. (Rex)
Chinese officials said the owner of the bizarre houses did have planning permission. (Rex)

Chinese planning officials confirmed the owner had permission to build on top of the dull grey building - but the finished results looked markedly different from the original blueprints he had submitted.

This 'chateau in the clouds' is just another addition to the growing list of illegal structures in China.

Last month the owner of a fake mountaintop villa built on top of a 26-storey tower block was ordered to leave the property in Beijing.

And an impressive temple-like structure on an apartment block in Shenzhen, which was criticised by neighbours, has also received worldwide attention.