“As Close To Heaven As You Can Be”: The 250 Million Dollar Mansion

A newly-built Bel Air mansion has been listed for sale for $250 million, making it the most expensive home currently on offer on the American market. The 38,000 square foot property features four floors, 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, five bars and three kitchens and comes complete with its own moat, four-lane bowling alley and an 85-foot Italian glass infinity pool with a swim-up bar and 270-degree hilltop views from downtown to the ocean.

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Bruce Makowsky, the owner of BAM Luxury Development group, built the home on spec, from the ground up, without a buyer lined up. It took over four years to construct and furnish, and it is designed to cater specifically to the needs of a select few billionaires who are looking for a move-in-ready home, stocked with designer wares made by Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes , Fendi and the like.

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The house comes with a seven-person staff for two years, including a masseuse, world-class chef, and a chauffeur, who live in a separate staff wing.
 

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The 85-foot Italian glass infinity pool is fitted with a hydraulic outdoor screen programmed to rise from the hillside and a swim up bar.

The fully furnished home comes with a $30-million fleet of exotic cars and motorcycles parked in the foyer, including a custom Rolls-Royce, a Bugatti and a vintage Allard. Two wine cellars are stocked with hundreds of bottles of Champagne and wine. There are glass ping-pong and billiards tables that were custom-built, and 130 artworks collected from around the world. And on the penthouse rooftop? What's arguably the most striking ornament- a helipad with the original Airwolf Bell 222 helicopter.
 

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The art collection is comprised of more than 100 carefully curated pieces including an interactive installation by British artist Dominic Harris and an oversized Leica camera by Chinese sculptor Liao Yibai, valued at $1 million.

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The four-lane bowling alley has shoes in every size, and the candy room is filled with towering cylinders of sweets.

The foundation for Markowsky's dream was simple. "I wanted to make sure that when you come into this house, you have the feeling that you're as close to heaven as you can be...so special that you just never want to leave."
 

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Fall Into Wonderland: MacKenzie-Childs

Established in 1983, MacKenzie-Childs combines vibrant colors and patterns to create a whimsical collection of tableware, furniture, and decorative accessories that epitomize "tradition with a twist." The company's designers draw inspiration from the pastoral setting of their studios, located on a 65-acre former dairy farm in Aurora, New York.

Chicken Palace Jewelry Armoire

Chicken Palace Jewelry Armoire

Right outside their windows, their very own Chicken Palace provides the inspiration for the spectacular Chicken Palace Jewelry Armoire. Add imagination and the result is uniquely MacKenzie-Childs: crackle finish and mirror mosaics; floral decals; hand-painted checks, stripes, and faux marbling; handmade ceramic finials, feet, and rabbit drawer pulls; and a sweet blue bird perched on the rooftop.

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Kaleidoscope Wing Chair & Kaleidoscope Footstool

Kaleidoscope Wing Chair & Kaleidoscope Footstool

A Broadway melody of magic, wit, and candy-striped enchantment; furniture so deliriously offbeat, it is welcome anywhere. The Kaleidoscope Wing Chair features a vivid fuchsia seat back with a fabulous floral design, surrounded by zigzags, stripes, and Bittersweet Checks.

Rabbit Tassels - Argyle, Courtly Check & Parchment Check

Rabbit Tassels - Argyle, Courtly Check & Parchment Check

The adorable Courtly Check Rabbit Tassel is made of handcrafted, hand-painted ceramic with passementerie tassels and trims. Use to decorate doorknobs, finials or curtains, or as a stylish ceiling fan pull.

Wall Street Setting Seat & Courtly Check Pedestal Table Base

Wall Street Setting Seat & Courtly Check Pedestal Table Base

Dashing and debonair, this handcrafted seat and pedestal table are all decked out in MacKenzie-Childs signature stripe and check patterns.

Poppy & Tulip Shades

Poppy & Tulip Shades

Can’t get enough MacKenzie-Childs? Add more, on a lamp that needs a little something extra. Garden-fresh Poppy and Tulip Shades are a quick swap for a bit more pizazz.

Courtly Check Teapot, Teacup, Saucer & Plates

Courtly Check Teapot, Teacup, Saucer & Plates

This chubby old-fashioned teapot crafted of clay and hand-painted with the iconic, bold Courtly Check pattern is a charmer.  A beautiful juxtaposition of ivory and onyx, the deceptively simple signature checks reveal an intricate spectrum of jewel-toned colors. Handmade, fired, glazed, fired again, hand-painted, fired again, and embellished with luster, each piece is stamped by the artisans involved in its creation.

Bittersweet Wing Chair & Dressmaker's Floor Lamp

Bittersweet Wing Chair & Dressmaker's Floor Lamp

The Bittersweet Wing Chair is upholstered in a charming pastiche of rich patterns: vibrant jewel-toned velvet stripes, plush chenille velvets in olive and coffee shades, plum-and-chocolate Bittersweet Checks, and a dreamy embroidered centerpiece floral. Adorned with passementerie medallions and tassels, checked piping, and multicolored hand-painted accents. Reversible cushions.

Detail Of Dressmaker's Floor Lamp

Detail Of Dressmaker's Floor Lamp

The vintage-style dress form of the Dressmaker’s Floor Lamp is meticulously outfitted from head to toe with handcrafted details: a translucent wire-form lampshade; terra cotta and mirror shards; gold-tone passementerie necklace with beads, chains, and charms; hand-painted landscape mural and Courtly Checks; floral decals; brass nailhead trim and dotted glass-bead fringe; and stainless steel skirt form with Argentina tassels. Sturdy base is brass, and a songbird on a Cheltenham ball crowns the shade.

Small Dark Everlasting Chandelier & Arlecchino Bookcase

Small Dark Everlasting Chandelier & Arlecchino Bookcase

Highland Console & Accent Table

Highland Console & Accent Table

Foxtrot Tumbler, Wine & Water Glass

Foxtrot Tumbler, Wine & Water Glass

Tango Mirror & Wall Street Setting Seat

Tango Mirror & Wall Street Setting Seat

Architect's Centerpiece, Courtly Palazzo Sofa & Wing Chair

Architect's Centerpiece, Courtly Palazzo Sofa & Wing Chair

Medium Courtly Check Pendant Lamp, Courtly Check & Courtly Stripe Square Hanging Lamps & Simply White Square Hanging Lamp

Medium Courtly Check Pendant Lamp, Courtly Check & Courtly Stripe Square Hanging Lamps & Simply White Square Hanging Lamp

Courtly Check Triple-Tier Topiary

Courtly Check Triple-Tier Topiary

Sunset Outdoor Love seat

Sunset Outdoor Love seat

Exotic yet familiar, the Sunset Outdoor Love seat can instantly turn any terrace or porch into a luxurious retreat. Rich golds, oranges, purples, and blues, with flashes of magenta, recall blazing summer sunsets over Cayuga Lake. Hand-woven resin wicker is as durable and comfortable as it is striking. Cushions feature a printed pastiche of patterns, quintessentially MacKenzie-Childs: checks, squiggles and dots, scallops and leaves, and bold stripes.

Large, Medium & Small Aerial Candlestick and Glasses

Large, Medium & Small Aerial Candlestick and Glasses

Small Owl Luminary, Small & Large Courtly Check Pumpkin, Large Courtly Stripe Pumpkin

Small Owl Luminary, Small & Large Courtly Check Pumpkin, Large Courtly Stripe Pumpkin

Courtly Check Fluted Cake Stand, Courtly Check Compote,  Courtly Check Bent Pie Server & Cake Knife

Courtly Check Fluted Cake Stand, Courtly Check Compote,  Courtly Check Bent Pie Server & Cake Knife

Rabbit Garden Dressing Table & Dressing Table Perch

Rabbit Garden Dressing Table & Dressing Table Perch

Ceramic Bird Tassels - Black & Gold, Red & Gold, Harlequin And Rose

Ceramic Bird Tassels - Black & Gold, Red & Gold, Harlequin And Rose

Courtly Check Hammock, Sunset Outdoor Throw Pillow, Sunset Outdoor End Table

Courtly Check Hammock, Sunset Outdoor Throw Pillow, Sunset Outdoor End Table

Courtly Candle Lamp

Courtly Candle Lamp

Autumn Harvest Turkey

Autumn Harvest Turkey

Autumn Harvest Entrance Bouquet

Autumn Harvest Entrance Bouquet

Large Courtly Stripe & Small Courtly Check Pumpkin

Large Courtly Stripe & Small Courtly Check Pumpkin

Courtly Check Large Vase

Courtly Check Large Vase

Large Peacock Chest

Large Peacock Chest

The Peacock Large Chest features a Peacock design, copper leaf, Courtly Stripes, and a speckled finish inside the drawers. Amber glass knobs with two layers of ruched ribbon and brass filigree are like jewelry-the perfect accessory. The front features an irresistible color-dragged harlequin pattern with asparagus green, blues, plums, and chocolate tones, and is topped with green Cheltenham faux marbling.

Roost Compote & Odd Fellows Taylor Small Serving Bowl

Roost Compote & Odd Fellows Taylor Small Serving Bowl

Inspired by the feathered residents of the farm's Chicken Palace, the Roost Collection is handcrafted majolica, hand decorated in Aurora. Each piece is stamped by the artisans who had a hand in its creation.

Roost Compote

Roost Compote

Courtly Check & Parchment Check Spoon Rest

Courtly Check & Parchment Check Spoon Rest

Courtly Check Butterhouse

Courtly Check Butterhouse

Black Tie Chandelier

Black Tie Chandelier

Blooming Champagne Flute, Blooming Wine & Martini Glass, Courtly Check Column Candlesticks

Blooming Champagne Flute, Blooming Wine & Martini Glass, Courtly Check Column Candlesticks

Tabletop Tassels & Tango Wine Glasses

Tabletop Tassels & Tango Wine Glasses

Large, Medium and Small Aerial Candlesticks

Large, Medium and Small Aerial Candlesticks

With colored accents and lustrous details, the handcrafted Aerial Candlesticks elegantly evoke an exotic locale.  MacKenzie-Childs designers work closely with an artisanal studio in Giza, Egypt, where this intricate glass-forming technique has been perfected. The artisans start with hollow glass rods that are flame-heated, and—once the glass is malleable—are mouth-blown, twisted, and manipulated to produce each delicately detailed shape. Frills on the stems are bits of glass that are melted on and crimped with a tool while still hot. To create the raised lines on the stemware bowls and the candle cups, glass rods are melted and dripped onto the blown glass bowls.

Courtly Check Large Vase, Courtly & Parchment Check Column Candlesticks And Gold Glitter Diagonal Taper Beeswax Candles

Courtly Check Large Vase, Courtly & Parchment Check Column Candlesticks And Gold Glitter Diagonal Taper Beeswax Candles

Blooming Champagne Flutes

Blooming Champagne Flutes

The delicate floral design, matching the one you know from our Aurora Enamelware, is inspired by antique traditional patterns from Stoke-on-Trent, home of the English pottery industry. With their long, leggy stems and significant weight, they bring notable stature to your table, adding instant sophistication and opulence. Beyond impressive for formal entertaining. Mouth-blown Eastern European glass with hand-painted Courtly Checks, Courtly Stripes, and soft gold and colored lustres, as well as hand-applied decals.

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Studio Video Tour

Enjoy an inside view of the MacKenzie-Childs production process in a short behind-the-scenes video below.

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Crush of the Day: Cutting Edge Contemporary Architectural Home

4533 Estrondo Drive Encino, California. The ultimate in luxury, style & cutting edge design, this newly constructed, architectural home is imaginative & inspired! The open floor plan boasts soaring ceilings & incredible volume. Open spaces make way for stylish living against walls of glass that open to incorporate outdoor spaces as beautifully executed as the interior. The gourmet kitchen features top of line finishes; Calacatta gold marble, Viking appliances & SS fixtures. Upstairs, find 6 generous ensuite bedrooms. The secluded master boasts glass walls, pvt. balcony w/dramatic views of the yard below, huge walk-in closet & deluxe bath w/infinity tub, dual sinks & steam shower. The upper roof deck provides an incredible space for outdoor entertaining & the yard is complete w/ limestone patios, infinity pool w/spa, waterfall, & a guest house with additional roof deck. Special features include: home theater, elevator, expert landscaping, vertical garden, 3-car garage, private gate & more. Truly one-of-a kind!
 

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Crush of the Day: Second Empire Style Van Dyck Mansion, Paris, France

Van Dyck is a remarkable Mansion built in 1870 in the style of the Second Empire for industrial Emile Mencier by architect Henri Parent and decorated with sculptures by Jules Dalou. The 1st floor apartment offers 400 sq m, 8 rooms with more than 20 windows and a 25 sq m terrace with magnificent views of the Parc Monceau and the courtyard. The entrance is a majestic private staircase of polychrome marbles and reception rooms with a 4.5m high ceiling, and 3 bedrooms and bathrooms.