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Peek Inside America's Most Expensive Home, Which Can Be Yours for $250 Million

Real estate developer Bruce Makowsky estimates that there might be only 3000 viable buyers for his newest housing project. If that sounds like a gamble, it is—but one that could pay off in a major way. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the $250 million price tag dangling from the front door of his newly built luxury property at 924 Bel Air Road in Bel Air, California, makes it America’s most expensive home.

The specs are a few degrees removed from what you might find in your standard Century 21 booklet. The 38,000 square-foot construction boasts 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, a 4-ton stainless steel spiral staircase, a fully loaded 40-seat home theater, a poolside movie screen, three kitchens, and five bars.

The property also comes with plenty of character. There’s a parking garage with more than $30 million worth of luxury automobiles, including Ferraris and Bentleys; a massive candy dispensing wall tops off a game room next to a bowling alley; the helicopter from the 1980s television series Airwolf sits on the grounds. (It’s non-operable.)

Makowsky has good reason to be optimistic: He sold a $147 million spec home in 2014 and told The Hollywood Reporter that if the wealthy spend $200 million on yachts, they’ll be open to spending a little more on a land-locked property.

 All images courtesy of Hilton and Hyland.

 [h/t The Hollywood Reporter]

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5 Scrapped Designs for the World's Most Famous Buildings
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When an architect gets commissioned to build a skyscraper or a memorial, they’re usually not the only applicant for the job. Other teams of designers submit their own ideas for how it should look, too, but these are eventually passed over in favor of the final design. This is the case for some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks—in an alternate world, the Arc de Triomphe might have been a three-story-tall elephant statue, and the Lincoln Memorial a step pyramid.

GoCompare, a comparison site for financial services, dug into these could-have-been designs for Alternate Architecture, an illustrated collection of scrapped designs for some of the most famous structures in the world, from Chicago's Tribune Tower to the Sydney Opera House.

Click through the interactive graphic below to explore rejected designs for all five landmarks.

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For Sale: The Safest House in America, Complete With Hidden Command Center
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Paul Wegener

For some people, locking the front door just isn't enough to feel fully safe at home. Maybe they set up a home security system. Maybe they go out and buy a fancy smart home hub with a security camera. Or maybe they spend six years and $30 million to build a veritable fortress mansion, as one guy in Atlanta did. That house, called the Rice House and referred to as one of the safest homes in America, is now up for sale for $14.7 million.

Built by an entrepreneur who hired a security architect with a background designing Justice Department buildings (and his own bunker/house), the Rice House is billed as a "modern fortress" in the real estate listing.

For its owner, creating an impenetrable home was more of a personal challenge than a real security need, according to Bloomberg. But by its features, you'd think it was built for a Bond super-villain or a head of state, not a businessman in a wealthy Atlanta neighborhood.

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It has its own water and power supply, a 5000-square-foot command center hidden behind a waterfall, a vault, and doors capable of withstanding machine gun fire. There’s an indoor gun range, in case you need some target practice. There’s enough room in the garage for 30 cars, in case you have a few dozen Batmobiles—or you want to invite friends to hunker down with you during the apocalypse.

And since anyone who lives there might be more invested in staying safely inside the gates than going out on the weekends, the place has plenty of amenities that make it a standalone mini-community. It’s got its own art gallery, a gym, a bowling alley, a wine cellar, a home theater, and a pool. It has three kitchens and two commercial elevators, with staff quarters so the servants you inevitably need to cater to you never need to leave, either.

But wait, there’s more. If the house lacks something you want, that’s fine! Because according to the listing, “the property purposefully awaits final personalization.” In other words, for your $14.7 million, it’s not finished.

Check it out here.

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