The most expensive house in the United States is going on the market this week. For a staggering $250m (£200m), you can buy this Bel Air fantasy. Developer and QVC handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky is known for his ultra-luxury developments, but in this magnum opus, he has surpassed himself.
“This home was curated for the ultimate billionaire who wants the best of everything that exists in life,” he said.
He noticed that the super-rich might spend up to $300m on a yacht – yet their main home might only cost them $40m. “Until now, the ultra-luxury market was void of homes that even came close to matching the level of mega-yachts and private jets that billionaires spend millions of dollars on every year,” he said.
While it’s opulent in every possible way, 924 Bel Air Road is not Trump Towers. The property is a contemporary statement with stark geometry and walls of plate-glass. It comes fully furnished and the only bling you will find is among the 130 works of art on display. The giant Leica camera sculpture is stainless steel and it alone is valued at $1m. And the champagne pinball machine, isn’t real – it’s artwork, too.
You also get a whole set of collectable cars – full size – worth $30m and seven live-in, full-time staff, paid for by Makowsky for the first two years. There are 12 bedroom suites, a movie theatre that seats 40 in hand-made Italian leather recliners, a four-lane bowling alley and several bars, including one you can swim up to in the 85ft pool. The two wine cellars are filled with bottles personally chosen by Makowsky.
“I wanted to redefine what super high-end luxury homes are all about,” added Makowsky. “I wanted to break all the moulds.” He reckons he already has several people who are interested, so, if you’ve got the cash, don’t hang around! There’s only one property like this!
If you were a billionaire and could build your own, perfect home, what would you include? An infinity pool, perhaps. Views and massive rooms with luxury finishes. But how about those quirky touches that set it apart from all the rest? Maybe a champagne pinball machine, or a candy wall? Or, instead a summer house with a view over LA to the Pacific? This property certainly has it all.
The house is listed with Hilton & Hyland for $250m (Tel: +1 310 278 3311; www.hiltonhyland.com)