The most expensive home ever listed in the United States has just hit the market in Bel Air, Los Angeles at a whopping $250million.
Handbag tycoon and owner-developer Bruce Makowsky dreamed up the extravagant property, drawing inspiration from his own glamorous lifestyle. It has dethroned the previous record-holder, a $195million mega-mansion in Manalapan, Florida.
The 38,000-square-foot mansion, which comes with custom-made luxury furnishings, houses 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, a bowling alley, a movie theater, an 85-foot infinity pool with its own bar, and a candy room filled with $200,000 worth of treats.
Makowsky also included a car collection worth $30million and 130 works of art, and topped his billionaire’s paradise with a helicopter. The mogul developed the property without a buyer lined up but says more than half a dozen people are interested.
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The most expensive house ever listed in the United States (pictured) hit the Bel Air, Los Angeles market on Wednesday
At $250million, the 38,000-square-foot, 12-bedroom house includes luxurious amenities, such as this massage room
Inside the mega-mansion lies a candy room (pictured) filled with $200,000 worth of treats and several foosball tables
Next to the candy room, guests can walk to the property’s private bowling alley (pictured) with custom-made furnishings
An extravagant James Bond-themed, $2million screening room (pictured) can sit 40 guests on Italian leather reclining chairs
Inside the home is this Hermes Equateur Blanket, made out of cashmere and hand-embroidered with fine beads and pearls. IT has been encased between starfire glass panels with custom-made standoffs
Also included in the art collection is this stainless over-sized Leica camera sculpture made by artist Liao Yibai
The $250million price tag doesn’t just include material amenities. Makowsky has also factored in the costs of seven live-in employees who will work at the property full-time, the Los Angeles Times reported. He will pay their salaries for two years.
The tycoon, who built his fortune selling handbags on QVC, has sold nine billionaire homes in the past six years. He got the idea for the mega-mansion by watching wealthy travelers invest in yachts.
‘Today, people are spending $300million on a boat, and they use it about eight weeks a year,’ he told the newspaper. ‘Then they are living in a $30million to $40million home.’
Makowsky thought this didn’t make sense and resolved to build a property akin to a luxury yacht, but on land. He said some have already expressed interest in the listing.
Inside the property is this sculpture by Gale Hart, who has produced several gun-themed works of art over the years
The owner of the property will enjoy these Lamborghini clock walls and vintage gas cans and fire extinguishers from 1892
A Hobie Cat is displayed next to the infinity pool, in keeping with other nautical nuances scattered around the estate
Two more of Gale Hart’s firearm-themed works of art can be found in a different part of the extravagant, artsy property
On the roof sits the original helicopter from the TV show Airwolf, which ran from 1984 to 1987. The helicopter was refurbished over twelve months and customized to incorporate the luxurious details of the house
Rock on! The home even has a couple of rock royalty guitars displayed inside cases as part of its incredible art collection
Handbag tycoon and owner-developer Bruce Makowsky dreamed up the property, inspired by his own glamorous lifestyle
A helicopter (left) is parked on the roof of the home and is only one of many modes of transportation included in the price tag
The house also comes with a collection of 130 works of art and a garage filled with expensive vehicles (pictured at the back)
Two wine and champagne cellars (one of which is pictured) house bottles carefully selected by Makowsky himself
Makowsky oversaw every single detail inside the property and wanted to created ‘the greatest feeling’ one can get at home
The house also comes with this installation that looks like a pinball machine but is actually a Veuve Clicquot-themed artwork
It took four years and more than 250 people to finish the $250million home. Makowsky picked every last detail, including the Champagne bottles store in both wine cellars.
The television in the entertainment room takes up almost 30 feet, while the James Bond-themed, $2million screening room can sit 40 people on Italian leather reclining chairs.
‘I wanted to redefine what super-high-end luxury homes are all about,’ Makowsky told CNBC. ‘I wanted to break all the molds. The level of quality and attention to detail in this house is unsurpassed. And I wanted to create the greatest feeling that you can have being at home.’
The home was built in four years without a buyer lined-up – and only about 1,810 billionaires around the world can afford it
It took more than 250 people to build the massive Bel Air property, which has panoramic views of the Los Angeles area
There is also a garage filled with 12 luxury vehicles, including a $15-million-plus Von Krieger 1936 Mercedes 540 K Special Roadster and a $2 million one-of-a-kind Pagani Huayra
Makowsky believes the home will appeal to a rich homebody who won’t want to venture outside too much – and will be able to work out at home in the fitness center
The tycoon doesn’t plan to host an extravagant open-house and wants instead to show the property to restricted groups
Only one of the world’s estimated 1,810 billionaires could possibly afford the home – maybe one of the 540 who live in the US
Bruce Makowsky is pictured above attendsing The Three Little Bears cocktail reception to Benefit Operation Smile at Banchet on October 10, 2011 in New York City
The property also has a garage filled with 12 luxury vehicles, including a $15-million-plus Von Krieger 1936 Mercedes 540 K Special Roadster and a $2million one-of-a-kind Pagani Huayra.
He doesn’t plan to host an extravagant open-house and wants instead to show the property to restricted groups of potential buyers. Only one of the world’s estimated 1,810 billionaires could possibly afford the home – maybe one of the 540 who live in the United States according to Forbes.
Makowsky believes the mega-mansion’s occupant will have homebody propensities, someone who will be too busy enjoying their billionaire haven to explore the area.
‘People spend over half their lives in their home,’ he told CNBC. ‘So when you’re home, it should be the ultimate oasis. You should have every single entertainment feature you could have in one home.’
Real estate professor Paul Habibi meanwhile told the LA Times who he think will not be interested in the extravagant home.
‘Anybody who has had money for a long time knows better than to spend it on a $250million house,’ he said.