For $188 Million, You Could Live in This Bel Air Mansion Fully Stocked With Wine, Candy, and Luxury Cars

Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

If you're going to shell out $188 million for a new house in one of the ritziest areas of the U.S., you might as well get a few luxury cars out of the deal. At least, that seems to be the rationale behind this insane mansion in Bel Air, a 38,000-square-foot palace with interiors that will stun you—just maybe not in the way that most mansions of this caliber might.

Spotted by Business Insider, the fully furnished home at 924 Bel Air Road first went on the market in January 2017 for $250 million, then one of the highest prices on the U.S. housing market. The property was built on spec by luxury developer Bruce Makowsky, whose company, the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2017, "caters to billionaires who pay tens of millions for his move-in-ready homes stocked with countless amenities and hand-picked designer wares."

A bright white dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out upon Los Angeles
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

This eye-boggling mansion—literally named "Billionaire"—is no exception. It comes with a decommissioned helicopter used in the show Airwolf perched next to the swimming pool, decorative chrome-plated guns, a Champagne-bottle pinball machine, a lounge area that has enough sofas and chairs to host a whole nightclub, a 40-person movie screening room, a four-lane bowling alley, two fully stocked wine cellars, a game room that comes loaded with enough candy to rival an M&M store, a spa room that comes equipped with its own massage tables, and a personal gym. Ah yes, and the "auto gallery" filled with $30 million in luxury cars.

As for the actual accommodations, the four-story house also has two master suites, 10 "oversized VIP guest suites," 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, and five bars. The real estate listing notes that it also has a "seven-person full-time staff," though it doesn't mention if their salaries are included in the price tag.

It's truly a sight to behold. See the listing from real estate firm Hilton & Hyland here.

A game room with custom foosball tables and a wall filled with candy dispensers
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

A lounge filled with white leather chairs with a full bar and large TV screen
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

An office desk looks out on a helicopter sitting on the lawn at night.
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

A mansion property with four levels and a pool, lit up at night
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

[h/t Business Insider]

Here's How Much it Would Cost to Build Hogwarts in Real Life

Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video

At some point, every Harry Potter fan has dreamed of going to Hogwarts. But a lack of magical ability isn't the only reason that the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will have to remain in the realm of fantasy. Even recreating the physical structure would be nearly impossible in real life ... unless you're a billionaire looking to burn a lot of cash.

​BigRentz, an online marketplace for renting construction equipment, recently calculated the costs of building various fictional locations, such as Batman's Bat Cave, The Wall from Game of Thrones, and you guessed it—Hogwarts. And it turns out, magical castles are even more expensive than you might think.

According to the company's calculations, the castle itself would cost $169,740,000. Built in the style of Windsor Castle, Hogwarts stretches over 414,000 square feet. The Great Hall, which measures 5800 square feet, would alone cost a whopping $870,000.

Moving beyond the castle walls, the eight greenhouses would cost $175,000, and Hagrid's hut would come in at $400,000. Building the Quidditch pitch would cost another $1,031,980. And for the One-Eyed Witch Passage running between Hogwarts and Honeydukes? A full $2,490,000.

In total, BigRentz calculates that Hogwarts's construction bill would come to a whopping $174.5 million. And that's just construction costs. The cost of furnishing, supplying, and running the school—where tuition is free—would add significantly to that figure.

New LEGO Sets Let You Recreate the Iconic Skylines of San Francisco and Paris

In 2016, LEGO began releasing architecture-themed sets that let toy-loving designers recreate the world’s most famous skylines in their own homes, beginning with re-creations of New York, Venice, and Berlin. And now, the company is adding Paris and San Francisco to the mix, according to Archinect.

The new LEGO Architecture kit for Paris will feature the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe (both already available as stand-alone skyscraper kits) as well as the Louvre, the Tour Montparnasse, and other famous buildings. The LEGO San Francisco kit features the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid, Coit Tower, 555 California (formerly the Bank of America Center), Alcatraz Island, and the new Salesforce Tower, which recently became the city’s tallest building.

LEGO sets of the Paris and San Francisco skylines
LEGO

No doubt residents of both cities will have some gripes about which buildings were included and which were nixed from the kits. The Tour Montparnasse, in particular, was so deeply loathed upon its completion in the 1970s that the city of Paris promptly imposed a strict height restriction on buildings taller than 11 stories. Meanwhile, many San Francisco residents are still adjusting to the sight of the Salesforce Tower, which opened in 2018—it has been called “an atrocious spectacle,” its height described as “really offensive.”

You can check out all the kits from LEGO’s Architecture line here. Keep an eye out for the San Francisco and Paris versions starting early next year.

[h/t Architect]

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