A West Coast Palace in the California Hills
This luxury estate with castle-like interiors is located in Hidden Hills, Calif., one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S. Some of the community's more celebrated residents have included Britney Spears and members of the Kardashian family.
The foyer in this home, with its majestic dual staircase, detailed ironwork and domed skylight, offers a fitting first glimpse of the opulence to be found inside. The cost of this staircase alone was more than $350,000.
Architect Brian Lerman was the creative force behind this extravagant 22,000-square-foot Southern California estate. Though it sits on the opposite coast from Gatsby's fabled West Egg, the home's size, scope and appointments could easily have drawn inspiration from the resplendent mansions described in F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel. There are, in fact, six rooms in this house that cost more than $1,000,000 to construct.
The home includes a two-story state-of-the-art workout facility outfitted with a full spectrum of pro-level exercise equipment.
Fire and Water
After a tiring workout in the home gym, this luxury bath with fireplace offers an ideal environment for winding down and relaxing.
Body and Spirit
The spa adjacent to the gym has several distinct spaces custom-designed for relaxation and healing, including this private massage room.
Another soothing and tranquil space within the spa area is this secluded meditation and prayer room.
Transitioning into the home's spectacular basement level, this winding stair is the entrance to the wine cellar. The wooden stairs are made from 300-year-old reclaimed barn wood. The walls and ceilings of this room, as well as several others in the below-ground space, are covered in European limestone.
The basement level is characterized by cavernous, stone-lined spaces designed to capture the feel of an old-world castle.
The cigar room is one of six rooms in the home with an estimated cost of more than a million dollars. The room is equipped with a special ventilation system designed to remove cigar smoke, preventing it from permeating other rooms in the house.
In Vino Veritas
Adjacent to the downstairs bar is this impressive 3500-bottle wine cellar featuring beautiful limestone masonry and heavy wood beams. The wine cellar's design was inspired by the owners' travels in Italy.
Basement Lounge and Theater
A three-story glass elevator opens in the basement level onto this plush downstairs bar and lounge area that's worthy of a luxury hotel. The lounge is immediately adjacent to a spectacular home theater. Remote-controlled theater curtains open up the space so that the lounge can extend directly into the theater. The theater ceiling is equipped with special fiber-optic accent lighting that creates the effect of a starlit sky complete with shooting stars. The AV system in the home is valued at more than $1.5 million.
The home is equipped with discrete touchscreens that control the home theater equipment and the audio and video systems throughout the house.
Game Room for Grownups
The downstairs bar with adjacent billiards room has the comfortable feel of a neighborhood pub and is an ideal space for informal gatherings.
The home's kitchen features two marble-topped islands: a prep island and a separate dining island. The prep island is more than 50 square feet, and installing it required 10 men.
The cabinetry in the kitchen alone is valued at more than $100,000. The total cost for all of the cabinetry in the estate is more than three quarters of a million dollars.
The luxury kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances, beautiful granite counters and distinctive accents such as this ornate stone backsplash and surround.
This sunken spa bath, with marble tile and columns on either side, divides the "his" and "her" sides of the massive walk-in closet.
Ample Closet Space
The "her" side of the walk-in closet has lots of shelf, drawer and hanging storage for clothes, a dressing area and plenty of full-length mirrors. The adjoining vanity features marble countertops, a domed tile ceiling and chandelier.
A Massive Bed for a Master Bedroom
The master suite includes this bedroom, two lounges and master bath. The 83-square-foot bed was custom-made by a company that manufactures beds for extra-tall basketball players. This one was specially designed to be wide enough for the whole family, kids and all, to climb into.
The massive dimensions of the foyer are intended to help convey a sense of space and grandeur that's echoed through many of the rooms inside the home.
The ornate wrought iron in the stair's curved bannister ties in with that of the front doorway and establishes a visual motif that can be found in several of the interior spaces.
Lit From Above
The domed skylight provides natural light for the foyer and features custom stained glass at its center.