26 January, 2017

A newly built Bel Air mansion has become the most expensive house ever listed in the US when a press release announced it would set you back an eye-watering £198m ($250m).

The developer, Bruce Makowsky, stated that the “home was curated for the ultimate billionaire who wants the best of everything that exists in life,” and surely one who has exceptionally deep pockets and a lot of friends.

The gigantic 38,000 square foot property features no less than 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, five bars and three kitchens as well as its own moat, four-lane bowling alley and an 85-foot infinity pool fitted with a theater-sized movie screen, if you don’t fancy using the 40 seat James Bond themed cinema inside.

The extras that are included within the property are what really begins to set it apart and give an indication of where the value comes from.

The property comes complete with a 12 car garage including a Bugatti Veyron, a Pagani Huayra, a Rolls-Royce Dawn and a range of other rare vintage classics which are valued at a total of over £23 million.

One of the main attractions to the property is an expertly curated art collection featuring over 100 pieces, including an enormous Leica camera sculpture by artist Liao Yibai which is valued at just shy of £800,000 and an interactive champagne pinball machine.

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There’s also a decommissioned helicopter, that starred in the 1980’s television series Airwolf before being refurbished with a luxury interior and becoming the rooftop adorning piece of art it is today.

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In a statement, the billionaire developer stated that “the home took over four years to construct and furnish, and is designed to cater specifically to the needs of a select few billionaires.” and that it baffled him that no one was developing luxury real estate at such high levels for the super wealthy.

Over the course of those 4 years, over 250 people were employed to bring the property to its extravagant final state which included furnishing by luxury French high fashion manufacturer Hermes and a 30-ft TV screen in the lounge, which is believed to be the biggest in any private residence.

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Bruce Makowsky, told the Los Angeles Times that “It comes with everything. You don’t even need a toothbrush.” and that all your wants and needs will be catered for by seven full-time staff, including a chef, chauffeur, and masseuse who will live in a separate wing.

However, it may not be the most expensive property in the US for long as developer Nile Niami is currently building a 100,000 sq ft property in Bel-Air dubbed the “giga-mansion,” which he hopes to list for $500 million.