The most expensive home ever listed in the United States has just hit the market in Bel Air, Los Angeles at a whopping US$250 million ($350m).
Handbag tycoon and owner-developer Bruce Makowsky dreamed up the extravagant property, drawing inspiration from his own glamorous lifestyle, so he could flip it and sell it on to a wealthy owner.
The palatial property has dethroned the previous record-holder, a US$195million mega-mansion in Manalapan, Florida.
The 3530-square-metre mansion, which comes with custom-made luxury furnishings, houses 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, a bowling alley, a movie theatre, an 26m infinity pool with its own bar, and a candy room filled with US$200,000 worth of treats.
Makowsky also included a car collection worth $30million, made up of a variety of vehicles including 1930s roadsters and 21st century supercars.
The mogul also has 130 works of art, and topped his billionaire's paradise with a helicopter. He developed the property without a buyer lined up but says more than half a dozen people are interested.
The US$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
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 US$300million on a boat, and they use it about eight weeks a year," he told the newspaper. "Then they are living in a US$30million to US$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.
It took four years and more than 250 people to finish the US$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, US$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 property also has a garage filled with 12 luxury vehicles, including a US$15-million-plus Von Krieger 1936 Mercedes 540 K Special Roadster and a US$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
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 US$250million house," he said