Fresh on the Market: America's Most Expensive Home is For Sale

How much money would you shell out to "live the dream"?

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  • LOCATION: Bel Air, California
  • LISTING PRICE: $188 million
  • TYPE: Single-Family
  • FLOOR SIZE: 38,000 square feet

Back on the market and now on sale after the first buyer pulled out of his contract, last year's most expensive U.S. home is now in third place in the highest price pecking order with a 25-percent reduction from $250 million to $188 million.

"This home was curated for the ultimate billionaire who wants the best of everything that exists in life," said developer Bruce Makowsky when he put the turnkey Bel Air giga mansion on the market for the first time in early 2017. Then it was the highest priced single-family residence for sale in the country at $250 million. It was lauded to be the 21st century's answer to a new housing niche in the luxury market where the new owner would only have to bring his toothbrush and a bathing suit — or not — to begin living the dream. Everything else was supplied: furnishings, walls and niches filled with curated art, a $30 million collection of exotic cars and motorcycles, two fully-stocked champagne-and-wine cellars, the most advanced home-tech system in the world, two alligator-upholstered elevators and a massive candy wall in the game room. Oh, and let's not forget the helicopter!

But that's not all. For two years from the onset of ownership, the developer supplies a personal chef, a masseuse and five other full-time employees who live on site in a separate staff wing and whose salaries have been paid.

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Awash with every conceivable amenity for comfortable living and entertaining, the 38,000-square-foot manse has two master suites, 10 large VIP guest suites, 21 luxury baths, three gourmet kitchens, five bars, a massage studio and wellness spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Makowsky studied land from the ground and air until he found the perfect spot in the hills of Bel Air with a 270-degree view reaching from the San Gabriel Mountains to the beaches of Malibu. From all levels of the house and from the glass-tiled pool and wide terraces, the view is spellbinding both day and night.

It's the second chance for the next round of billionaires to get in line for an opportunity to snag this luxurious and edgy, new mansion that comes fully staffed and a garage filled to the brim with glamorous cars and neighbors like Rod Stewart and Steve Martin.

Co-Listing Agents: Rayni Williams and Branden Williams of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills; Shawn Elliott of Nest Seekers International, Beverly Hills

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