Real estate developer Bruce Makowskys eighth wonder of the world targets a narrow market. Ive found a niche. Im trying to build houses only for billionaires
Bruce Makowsky does not believe in underselling, which is just as well because hes listed a house in Los Angeles for $250m Americas most expensive home.
I wanted to build the most spectacular house in the United States, said the developer. I wanted to have every spectacular thing in that house, in one place. This house is the eighth wonder of the world.
That may sound brash even for real estate speak, but 924 Bel Air Road is designed for a modern pharaoh.
Perched in the rarified hills of Bel Air, which make Beverly Hills feel ghetto, the 38,000 sq ft property boasts panoramic views, 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, five bars, a massage studio, a fleet of luxury cars and motorbikes, an 85-foot Italian glass infinity pool, an outdoor hydraulic theater-sized screen, a James Bond-themed indoor cinema, a bowling alley, 130 art installations and, as a roof adornment, the helicopter from the 1980s TV show Airwolf.
Oh, and a crocodile-embossed elevator, a Hobie Cat sailboat, glass ping pong and billiard tables, two wine cellars, 56 TV screens, Willy Wonka-style cylinders filled with sweets and an interactive digital work starring Disneys Seven Dwarfs.
The aim, Makowsky said in an interview, is shock and awe. Its purely emotional. Someone walks through here and thinks, I have to have it.
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