The billionaire mansion

America’s new most expensive “Billionaire” mansion lists for $250 million

A new over-the-top development is on the market from developer Bruce Makowsky the likes of which have been seen in the high end of the Los Angeles real estate market. The Luxury home builder and handbag tycoon is previously been known to have sold a property for $70m in 2015, and has now listed a new home for the spectacular price of $250 million.

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The 38,000-square-foot property, located in the wealthy enclave of Bel Air, is known as the most expensive home ever listed for sale in the U.S. It consists of 21 bathrooms and three whole gourmet kitchens along with two spacious master suites and 10 additional guest suites. The property also includes a 17,000 square-foot entertainment deck, 6 bars, a bowling alley lounge, 2 wine-champagne cellars, a private fitness center, home theatre, and a glass tile infinity swimming pool.

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Bel Air’s new estate for the ultra-affluent comes completely furnished. A unique twist is added by the fact that aside from the high-end furniture, this includes a collection of 12 super rare, vintage cars in the “auto gallery,” estimated at $30 million as well as 100 art installations, including a larger-than-life Leica camera.

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The price also includes a service team of 7 full-time staff members (including a chef, chauffeur, and masseuse), paid-for for two years and the helicopter featured in the 1980s TV show Airwolf.

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With sweeping 270-degree view of the L.A. skyline, ocean, and mountains, the home is expected to attract the interest of about 3,000 buyers, who are able to afford the wildly over-the-top home.

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Bel Air Mansion

35,000-Square-Foot Bel Air Mansion for $85 Million

A luxurious 35,000-Square-Foot Bel Air Mansion hit the market for $85 Million. Surrounded by a labyrinth of eight rose gardens with exquisite fountains and sculptures, Le Belvédère is revered as one of the most memorable estates in Bel Air. The Southern California mansion is inspired by a French chateau and decorated generously throughout with ornate chandeliers, 14 elaborately carved fireplaces, and painted ceilings. It is a residence that is the very epitome of old-world opulence.

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The main level boasts a grand entrance with a curved staircase and chandelier, both formal and informal living and dining rooms, a kitchen, powder rooms, and an office with built-in bookshelves and a fireplace. The lower level was designed as the ultimate entertaining zone and comprises a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, a Turkish hammam, a gym, a game room, a movie theater, and even a grand ballroom with room for up to 250 guests. The upper levels house a master suite with his-and-her bathrooms and dressing rooms, an office, and an outdoor terrace.

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On the outside grounds guests can lounge by the 70-foot infinity pool, dine in the 100-person courtyard, or stroll by a private swan pond located near the motor court entrance. Other amenities include a 12-person spa, an alfresco dining area, and a kitchen with a pizza oven in the pool pavilion.

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The home last sold in 2010 for $50 million, becoming the most expensive sale in the United States at the time is now on the market for $85 million, making it the ultimate interest for the wealthy buyer who is looking for a blend of superb design, comfort and old-world opulence.

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A stunning Seven-Story Mansion in New York

The City That Never Sleeps is inviting wealthy buyers to tap into another exclusive real estate resource that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes! A fabulous seven-story townhouse located at 357 West 17th Street solves that issue of space in the bustling metropolis resoundingly. Situated in the prestigious West Chelsea Arts District, the 11,000-square-foot abode comprises five bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Decorated in muted shades of brown and grey with rich accents such as Swarovski crystals and a chandelier canopy of stars gives this urban haven a homey yet chic aesthetic.

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The expansive living room comes with an austere gas fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city. A nearby glass-walled terrace offers plenty of space for more than a dozen guests. Every aspiring chef is sure to appreciate the kitchen – equipped with two enormous islands, two ovens, two refrigerators, and two freezers. The temperature-controlled, brick-lined wine cellar can hold up to 400 bottles of the finest wines and palatable whiskeys.

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Spread across an entire floor, the opulent master suite boasts a show-stopping headboard, a built-in television, and full-size windows. An exquisite flower mosaic serves as the focal point to the his-and-her bathrooms. The floor’s amenities go on to include sitting lounges, a powder room, and a kitchenette.

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The cellar level is equipped with a soundproof movie theater with stadium seating, 3D projection, and THX Dolby surround sound. There is also a swimming pool, sauna, and fitness center for additional opportunities for R&R. Outside areas include a garden, an al fresco dining space, and a rooftop deck that overlooks the iconic city skyline. The home can be purchased furnished for an additional price, but is on the market for $36.8 million.

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A $25,000,000 estate Down Under

500 acres of elevated pristine oceanfront land with a spectacular 8 bedroom sandstone manor can be purchased for $25,000,000 in sunny Australia. Well known as one of Australia’s most coveted retreats – Maitraya is a paradise private strip of land, where some of the most exclusive coastal properties reside.  It is located near Nanarup Beach, and is a 20-minute drive from Albany on Western Australias south coast.

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The latest offering on the marker it an ample homestead set on over 222 hectares of breath-taking Western Australian coastline for anyone who wants open spaces, unspoilt wilderness and modern comfort – all in one unforgettable package. Perched on a cliff top, the dramatic and beautifully appointed eight bedroom sandstone homestead boasts 270 degree views over ocean, mountains and nature reserve. A total of 6,000 square metres of living space includes not one but two fully equipped kitchens, a pool, spa, light-filled garden atrium and children’s play area. There is a retractable ceiling in the master bedroom for hours of romantic star-gazing.

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Outdoors, the grounds offer multiple kayaking at the lake-side gazebo, a tennis court, cricket pitch, putting greens, bird hides, a chicken coop and walking trails scattered with wildflowers and artworks. Guests can spot whales, dolphins and kangaroos from the homesteads expansive windows. Private tracks lead to an idyllic swimming beach. The external areas of the property are decorated with sculptures and works of art by famous international artists. There is also a 500 acre pristine bushland area, which is a wildflower paradise in spring.

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Remote, relaxed and completely private, the estate comes with a 5 bedroom Fisherman’s Lodge and 2 bedroom Aviator’s Cottage as well as 900m airstrip & helicopter pad part from the main manor. The retreat has security controlled entry and a private sealed driveway. Owning a piece of paradise has never been more real.

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A home fit for a king – one of Britain’s last moated castles

A historic castle with a moat, 18 bedrooms, a library, billiard room, an old dungeon, three converted turrets and a wine cellar has hit the market for £3 million. The Grade I property has been fully restored and renovated to meet the discerning taste of a wealthy buyer who is looking to combine the regal decorum of the past with the comfortable luxuries of modern life.

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Built in the 13th century, Caverswall Castle has a distinctly medieval feel with its large moat, towering turrets and old dungeon. The fine masonry craftsmanship is amply demonstrated in the stone bridge, the archway in the converted gatehouse as well as throughout the historic building. The interior of the property also includes many medieval references.

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The main house is fully renovated and includes original wood panelling throughout and impressive four poster beds in many of the 11 luxury bedrooms. Its impressive setting is surely going to appeal to a buyer who appreciates the historic relevance of a property.

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With a total of 18,000 square feet – the interior is rich in the wood carving decorations, original stone fireplaces and spectacular furniture. The large rooftop terrace provides sweeping views of the picturesque Stoke-on-Trent countryside. No expense has been spared on the property’s makeover with new luxury fixtures and fittings in the bathrooms and the entrance to the dungeon transformed into a cosy seating area, complete with the original iron staircase.

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Some of the furniture is being sold with the property, although individual items open to separate negotiation to complete the medieval aesthetic of the castle. Fully surrounded by lush gardens and a large moat – the castle boasts unsurpassed privacy for its owner and there are plenty of opportunities for additional outdoor development to install amenities, such as a swimming pool and a tennis court.

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Britain’s most over-the-top homes for sale

Britain’s long been a top destination for the wealthy who look for a combination of value, location and the clear theme that connects them: expense.

The most-viewed properties of 2016 have a price tag of more than £600,000 and most cost at least £1million, with the most expensive at almost £12million.

A five bedroom maisonette in London’s prestigious South Kensington is on the market for £7,950,000. Situated on one of the most expensive roads in the country – London’s Victoria Road, dubbed Billionaire’s row, the property is the epitome of modern urban style and lavish aesthetics. It is bright and beautifully designed with high ceilings, wooden floors and large windows.

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Another favourite location the wealthy are flocking to is London’s Highgate burrow, where a seven bedroom new build is available for £11,750,000. It boasts biometric locks that use fingerprint technology to gain access in its state-of-the-art security system. French-polished panelled doors are made of American black walnut and complete the look of the property. In total there are five bedrooms and five en-suite bathrooms as well as a large study, kitchen and living room areas.

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£3.75M buys you a spectacular seven bedroom detached house in Bolton. Built to resemble a traditional Georgian manor house, the property comes with a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi in the lower ground floor indoor leisure area. In addition to this the large garden at the back of the house is shaped to accommodate a football pitch.

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The design of Knowsley Manor incorporates wooden beams and staircases, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and traditional fireplaces to recreate the ambiance of Southern living.

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Full Floor Penthouse in the Heart of Manhattan

A three-floor penthouse located at the prestigious 135 West 52nd Street in Midtown Manhattan is listed for for $16.8 million by Douglas Elliman. It boasts a total of 5,153 interior square feet arranged across  five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, along with a private rooftop lounge. The penthouse benefits from a private elevator entrance, a triple-height sculptural staircase, and three separate terraces.

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Situated in a brand new condominium building developed by Clipper Equity and The Chetrit Group – the property presents top of the line amenities including a 24-hour concierge service, 75-foot lap pool, a private club for residents and a golf, soccer and baseball simulator. It mixes elegance with sophistication and is the standout feature of the dazzling 47-story building.

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Each floor is designed with 100 panels of handmade curved glass. There is a double-sided gas stone fireplace and a glass and marble staircase leading to the second floor from the living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows add to the ambiance, revealing panoramic views of New York City below. On the second floor is a spacious room with 18-foot ceilings and a curvilinear balcony with glass railings.

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The master bedroom is adjacent to ample dual custom closets and an en-suite bathroom with Siberian Mink marble-top vanities, hand-blown glass pendant lamps, heated floors and glass shower. One of the three private terraces is located off the master bedroom.

On the roof, the spectacular penthouse is topped off with a private skyline lounge, which boasts a six-foot wet bar, outdoor kitchen, and sweeping views of the Hudson River.

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A Tuscan Masterpiece for $6,900,000

An exquisite Tuscan-style estate can become home to the wealthy buyer who’s willing to spring $6,900,000 for it. Located at the renowned Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Georgia, the residence is surrounded with lush forests and expansive fields for an unsurpassed balance between modern luxury and unspoilt natural wonder.

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The entire property comprises ten gated, expansive acres and the house itself has a total area of 20,010 square feet. Two outdoor pools, a tennis court, a media room, private SPA and a gym are the amenities that owners and guests have at their disposal. There is also an outdoor fireplace with a spacious lounge and barbecue areas as well as a fountain.

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There are nine bedrooms and eight en-suite bathrooms, and one separate bathroom. All room boast generous living proportions complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, plush carpeting and drapes, wooden cabinets and Tuscan-style furniture and decorations. The first floor houses the kitchen, adjacent dining and living room spaces and is fitted with stainless steel appliances and wooden cabinets.

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Situated atop a premiere golf course lot, this custom home is a stylish blend of Mediterranean ambiance and uncompromising style and comfort. Equipped with everything the discriminating buyer may desire, the generous estate even boasts its own helipad, amongst other things. The place is ideal for musicians or artists as it boasts a custom $2 Million Dollar professional recording studio – the best in the South! No detail is spared in making this beautiful home a one-of-a-kind real estate gem.

The sale is directed by the Atlanta branch of international luxury auction house Sotheby’s International Realty.


Seychelles as Your Next Luxury Vacation Destination

There is a new star on the pristine horizon of the Seychelles and it is the newly-opened Six Senses Zil Pasyon resort.  Twenty-eight luxurious two-bedroom villas with individual pools and an airy, bohemian style invite guests to the private isle of Félicité in the Indian Ocean.  The tropical-chic retreat is an ideal way to explore the island’s world-class, water-based activities—with diving and sport fishing being the top choices of tourists. Other activities are also available – there is hiking in the lush Coco de Mer Valley, sunbathing, or golf on nearby Praslin Island’s 18-hole championship course.

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Balance your core and relax with one of the resort’s more grounding experiences like the restorative treatments at the on-site Six Senses Spa (which is due to open in January). Its dramatic location on rock formations signature to the Seychelles allows guests to enjoy breath-taking views of the tropical paradise while they enjoy some much-needed pampering.

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The lavish living areas exhibit casual elegance with a sense of space and place defined by vaulted ceilings, vast windows, and expansive sundecks. The dining selections are equally inviting, which range from the interactive Chef’s Kitchen (including meals prepared to personal taste in front of the guest) to the Ocean Kitchen (freshly caught seafood complemented by locally sourced, organic ingredients), and the Wine Vault (where the chef and sommelier partner for a customized culinary experience). Guests can choose from a selection of additional amenities, such as cooking classes, a full-service gym (with personal trainer), a library, and an outdoor cinema. In keeping with the resort’s ethos for environmentalism, the resort has its own reverse-osmosis refinery for potable water, a chicken farm, and an organic garden for a fully sustainable experience.

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Availability rates can be checked through Six Senses Zil Pasyon’s website and rates for the villas start from EUR 2,170 / Night.

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Jackie O’s Childhood Summer Home

The 11-acre East Hampton, NY estate – Lasata  - where Jackie Kennedy spent her summers as a child, is on the market. Its current owner, fashion designer Reed Krakoff, has listed the property for more than $50 million, split into two parcels: $38.995 million for the eight-bedroom main house, built around 1917, pool, and poolhouse spread across 7.2 acres and $14.995 million for an adjacent four-acre parcel with a grass tennis court.

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The previous owner has gone to great lengths to extensively renovate the estate and the result is a lavish colonial home with a laid-back, modern vibe. Beautiful original hardwood floors and fireplaces add a certain charm to the sun-filled rooms with tapestry and large windows. The house is surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns with hedges.

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The main house was built in 1917 and designed by architect Arthur C. Jackson. A total of 8,500 square feet comprises of 10 bedrooms and 12 full bathrooms. The entry consists of herringbone-patterned hardwood flooring. There is a spacious white kitchen that has been fitted with stainless-steel counters and wood plank floors. The modern formal dining room seats 12 if you count the breakfast nook by the windows and is flanked by a massive library of books and magazines. There is also a sunroom, where guests can converse under the vaulted ceilings with French doors leading to an outdoor patio.

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The property is located near the ocean and includes a one-bedroom guesthouse, two-bedroom pool house, formal English gardens, and a three-car garage. An outdoor pool and grass tennis court provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun.