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America’s Most Expensive Home Is $250 Million


America’s most expensive home is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)

America’s most expensive home is for sale in Los Angeles, California for $250 million.

The new 12,000-square-meter home has 12 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms. The home also has three kitchens, a 25-meter swimming pool, a 40-seat movie theater, spa and bowling alley. It has an elevator to take people up and down four floors.

The bowling alley is shown inside America’s most expensive home, which is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)
The bowling alley is shown inside America’s most expensive home, which is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)

The home sits on a hill in the Bel Air neighborhood, a favorite living area for movie stars and other famous people. It has great views of the city, mountains and ocean.

American developer Bruce Makowsky built the house. He said only about 3,000 people in the world have enough money to buy it.

The pool with a view is shown as part of America’s most expensive home, which is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)
The pool with a view is shown as part of America’s most expensive home, which is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)

But what makes this home different from the many other expensive ones in Los Angeles? It also comes furnished with many built-in luxuries.

A collection of luxury cars is included for the buyer of America’s most expensive home, which is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)
A collection of luxury cars is included for the buyer of America’s most expensive home, which is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)

The buyer gets $30 million worth of expensive cars and motorcycles, including a Rolls-Royce, a Ferrari and a Bugatti.

The home also includes many furnishings and art pieces created by well-known designers and artists.

The lounge is shown inside America’s most expensive home, which is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)
The lounge is shown inside America’s most expensive home, which is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)

Included in the price are seven full-time workers who live in a separate part of the home.

Makowsky says people who visit the home quickly run out of words to describe it. “Every single thing in this house makes you feel like you’re in heaven,” he told the Associated Press.

The deck is shown outside America’s most expensive home, which is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)
The deck is shown outside America’s most expensive home, which is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)

He does not think the $250-million price is too high. He said the right person will be willing to pay for the luxury it provides, rather than just watching their billions of dollars sit in the bank.

“It’s the kind of thing where I can’t sell it," he said. "Somebody has to fall in love with it, and die over it.”

The helicopter is shown outside a window of America’s most expensive home, which is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)
The helicopter is shown outside a window of America’s most expensive home, which is for sale in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $250 million. (Bruce Makowsky / BAM Luxury Development)

One of the most unusual parts of the home is a helicopter sitting on the roof. But the helicopter – an old model used on an American television show in the 1980s – is just for show. Even for $250 million, you cannot buy takeoff and landing rights.

I’m Bryan Lynn.

Bryan Lynn adapted this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times. Hai Do was the editor.

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Words in This Story

kitchen n. room in a house where food is prepared

span. a place where people go to improve their health and appearance by relaxing, getting massage, etc.

bowling alleyn. place where the sport of bowling takes place

elevatorn. machine that carries people up and down in buildings

furnishv. to supply things needed for a space

luxuryn. something expensive that is not necessary

heavenn. according to some religions, a place where God lives and where good people go after they die

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