My childhood was spent dreaming up mansions on The Sims. I distinctly remember putting 20 egg chairs in the lounge, and they’d all be different colours because that’s obviously what people do when they have too much money.
I could afford to create mansions in The Sims thanks to a little-known cheat called rosebud, but I had resigned myself to believing that these kinds of mansions would never exist in my real life. I was then introduced to MTV’s Cribs, and the rest was history. My eyes had been opened to the life of the luxury home, and I’ve never looked back.
There’s a new mega mansion on the block, and it’s owned by handbag tycoon and property developer Bruce Makowsky. It’s located in Bel Air, Los Angeles, and is on the market for a measly $250 million. So affordable, right?
This mansion spans 38,000 square feet, and contained 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, a bowling alley, a movie theatre, 85-foot-long infinity pool, massage room and games room. The mansion took four years to build, and required more than 250 builders to create Makowsky’s masterpiece.
Bruce Makowsky created the mansion after feeling that his fellow billionaires weren’t spending their money wisely: “Today, people are spending $300million on a boat, and they use it about eight weeks a year […] then they are living in a $30million to $40million home”. How do these people have $300million to spend on a boat when I have 34p in my bank account which has to last me until payday? Life just isn’t fair.
Seeing as this mansion is so large, it’ll take a small army to maintain it. Thankfully, Makowsky has included seven full-time staff to keep the mansion clean, as well as two years of salary for each member of staff.
Speaking to CNBC, Makowsky said: “People spend over half their lives in their home, so when you’re home, it should be the ultimate oasis. You should have every single entertainment feature you could have in one home.” I’m not sure if this opinion justifies spending $2million on a James-Bond-inspired home cinema, but I’m sure Makowsky is happy with his decision.
The handbag tycoon also included his car collection, which is worth $30million, and his artwork collection, which includes over 130 paintings throughout the house. One of the cars included in the estate is the one-of-a-kind Pagani Huayra, which is worth $2 million, and the famous “Von Krieger” 1936 Mercedes 540 K Special Roadster, which is worth over $15 million. Makowsky also bought the original helicopter from TV show Airwolf, which ran from 1984 to 1987, to use as decoration. Yes, this house does include a decorative helicopter.
Speaking to CNBC, Makowsky said this: “I wanted to redefine what super-high-end luxury homes are all about. 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”. Imagine the house parties you could throw in this mansion. If someone could lend me $250million, I would be packing my bags for Bel Air straight away.
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