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So you’re in the market for a shiny new home to entertain friends and knock the vicuna wool socks off business associates. And you don’t care what it costs.
Los Angeles developer Bruce Makowsky has just what you’re looking for. He’ll even sweeten the deal with a wall full of candy in the gaming centre of his latest creation, just unveiled in the celebrity-strewn neighbourhood of Bel Air.
Modestly dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world,” the ultra-luxurious showplace is America’s most expensive home, priced at a quarter of a billion-with-a-“b” dollars.
It comes with a 40-seat home theatre, two fully stocked Champagne/wine cellars, an 85-foot infinity swimming pool flanked by a hydraulic pop-up 18-by-10-foot theatre, and a garage — oops, “auto gallery” — occupied by a dozen cars and 10 motorcycles worth about $ 30 million. A limited-edition Bugatti Veyron and 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K are among the stars of that show.
Then there’s the practical side of the all-inclusive retreat: oodles of sleeping, eating and relaxing space loaded with every comfort and convenience Makowsky could think of.
Over the top? That’s the whole idea. Until now there’s been nothing to match the calibre of mega-yachts and private jets bought by the world’s wealthiest, he states.
“This home was curated for the ultimate billionaire who wants the best of everything that exists in life.”
Makowsky, who made his millions selling women’s purses, believes he’s checked off all the must-haves for the rolling-in-dough bon vivant.
For starters, the trophy residence he designed and built on speculation boasts 270-degree views of mountains, ocean and cityscape from its half-hectare perch in the “coveted enclave” popular among the hundreds of new billionaires Makowsky says are popping up every year.
Indoor spectacles include more than 100 art installations curated from around the world, such as the giant stainless-steel Leica camera sculpture by artist Liao Yibai.
The contemporary mega-mansion boasts four levels of indoor and outdoor “nirvana,” according to Makowsky. That means not just all the bells and whistles but enough treats and toys to amuse any sybaritic fun-seeker.
There’s a four-lane bowling alley in a spacious entertainment lounge, decorated with brightly coloured candy dispensers, and the 4K Dolby Atmos theatre provides the ultimate immersive audio experience from its sumptuous leather recliners.
The entire posh playground is equipped with the most advanced home-tech system in the country, with 150 outdoor and 300 indoor speakers.
Add to that a tranquil massage studio and wellness spa; 17,000 square feet of integrated entertainment decks; a full-time, trained staff of seven, and you’ve got your own personal utopia that you never need to leave, says Makowsky.
On the business side of things, there’s a penthouse office that looks out onto a helipad with a real, though non-functioning, Bell 222 chopper. It’s the original Airwolf helicopter from the hit TV series of the 1980s, deactivated and customized to serve as an art installation.
Makowsky, who travelled the globe with his team to source the best materials and exclusive pieces for the home, notes the project took four years and a crew of 250 to complete.
To put its $ 250 million (U.S.) price tag — about $ 327 million in Canadian funds — into perspective, Toronto’s 65-storey Trump International Hotel & Tower is for sale for just under $ 300 million.
Makowsky is confident his newly minted masterpiece will be right on the money with the super affluent. It is, he maintains, “the most beautiful new home on the planet.”
Price: $ 250 million (U.S.)
Size: 38,000 square feet
Master suites: 2
Guest suites: 10
BRING IT HOME
You don’t have to be a billionaire when sweet dreams are made of this: candy dispensers that provide gumballs, jelly beans and Smarties within easy reach whenever you crave a confection.
Best Buy has a $ 30 container that dishes out treats with a wave of the hand. Walmart’s options include a cotton-candy machine and popcorn makers ranging from $ 20 to $ 80.
You can fill your dispensers with just about every bonbon ever invented by shopping online at CandyFunhouse.ca.