America’s Most Expensive Home: Flamboyant Display of Wealth or Ultimate Party Pad?

PUBLISHED ON Jan 19, 2017

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Breaking records as the most expensive home ever to be listed in the United States—and easily one of the most expensive homes in the world—this newly built, $250 million estate in Bel Air is a theme park of designer names, bespoke leathers and fabrics, and one-off pieces. Every detail of the 38,000-square-foot home was meticulously curated to create an experience that is purely Hollywood, and one that developer Bruce Makowsky says was inspired by yachts. “People pay $100 to $200 million for their yacht, but were content paying only $30 million for the home that they live in everyday,” explains Makowsky. “The real estate market wasn’t keeping up.”

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The spec estate’s four stories are stacked in a horseshoe shape around a centralized 85-foot infinity pool and 17,000-square-foot entertainment space, which is visually reminiscent of the decks aboard a ship. And similar to a yachting experience, everything you need is at your fingertips. Just beyond the pool is a row of canary palm trees and a quintessential view of Los Angeles, sweeping from Santa Monica Beach to downtown L.A. A hydraulic 18-by-10-foot television, guarded by two eye-catching metallic crocodile sculptures, seemingly rises from the pool’s depth at the touch of a button. Flanking the pool on one side is a hair salon and spa and an outdoor pavilion with a bar on the other.

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Overall, the bright, open-aired spaces boast two master suites (one with what Makowsky believes is the largest hot tub ever built), 10 oversized guest suites, 21 bathrooms, five bars, two wine cellars, a gym with Technogym equipment, three gourmet kitchens (one with a beautifully restored vintage Berkel deli slicer), and three dining areas (one of which features a custom-made Fendi dining table and Roberto Cavalli tableware). Downstairs the fun continues with a four-lane bowling alley with Louis Vuitton decor; a massive candy selection; Teckell Ping-Pong, pool, and foosball tables; a 40-seat 4K Dolby Atmos theater; and a $30 million auto gallery with 10 motorcycles, including an electric Lito Green Motion Sora, and 12 cars, featuring a limited-edition Bugatti Veyron, a 1936 50K Mercedes Benz, and a Pagani Huayra.

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Sold turnkey, the estate also comes with an extensive collection of artwork. Highlights include an oversized metallic sculpture of a Leica camera by Chinese artist Liao Yibai, a vertical pinball machine made from Veuve Clicquot Champagne bottles, and framed Rock Royalty custom guitars. Not to be forgotten is a functional Hobie 16 catamaran and an original Bell 222A helicopter from the television series Airwolf that has been restored with orange Hermès and Louis Vuitton leather.

Source: Robb Report