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What billionaires’ dreams are made of: The most expensive home ever listed in America

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Complete with a helicopter, staff paid for two years and a $30MILLION car collection

  • 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
  • He also has a collection of cars, including 1930s roadsters and 21st century supercars, worth $30million
  • 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, 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 most expensive house ever listed in the United States (pictured) hit the Bel Air, Los Angeles market on Wednesday

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

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.

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 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.

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