Inside the $250m Bel Air mansion built by Bruce Makowsky. What billionaires’ dreams are made of: The most expensive home ever listed in America goes on sale for $250MILLION – complete with a helicopter, two champagne cellars and a $220K candy room Priciest property in the country went up for sale Wednesday in Los Angeles’ Bel Air neighborhood The 38,000-sqft home has 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, 130 works of art and a $30M car collection QVC handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky developed the home, inspired by his own glamorous lifestyle The Bel Air property has a bowling alley, a movie theater and – of course – a pool with its own swim-up bar Makowsky has also factored in the costs of seven live-in employees who will work at the property full-time
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Wow. Just wow.