On a five-acre parcel in posh Bel Air, the 105,000 sq ft mega house is called The One. (That’s not pretentious…)
Like a modern-day castle, it’s surrounded on three sides by a moat. Designed by architect Paul McClean it took 8 years and 600 workers to build. Along with and interior designer Kathryn Rotondit, they were enlisted by owner and developer Nile Niami.
The entrance has 26-foot-high ceilings and panoramic 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, downtown LA, and the San Gabriel Mountains.
For a size comparison, Mar-a-Lago is 62,500 square feet and The White House, just 55,000 square feet.
Here are the stats of The One:
- 42 bathrooms
- 21 bedrooms
- 5,500-square-foot master suite (bigger than most homes)
- 30-car garage, with two car “turntables”
- a four-lane bowling alley
- an entire level devoted to an in-home spa
- a 30-seat movie theater
- a “philanthropy wing” (capacity, 200) for charity galas with floating pods
- a 10,000-square-foot sky deck
- and not two or three or four, but FIVE swimming pools
(Hey, where’s the mall of shops, food court and the helipad?)
OK, so I have no problem with the opulence or the price tag, although it is RIDONKULOUS, but hey, people can spend their money on whatever they want. But the design inside and out is rather unremarkable. It’s not that interesting, it’s just BIG.
If you’re going to swing for the fences, hire an amazing architect and build a real masterpiece, something completely unique that has a WOW factor! This, I’m sorry, looks like any hotel anywhere in the world. The size and scale of everything makes it a resort, which is fine if you want to live in a gigantic resort, but as a home, as I said in the headline, it’s kinda MEH.
Branden and Rayni Williams of The Beverly Hills Estates, along with Compass’s Aaron Kirman, have the listing. Good luck.
(Photos, Douglas Friedman; via AD)