A 10-bedroom French-inspired "chateau" in Los Angeles' Bel-Air area has come on the market for the cartoonish asking price of $85,000,000, vaulting it into the weird position of being the Los Angeles area's second-highest-priced listing on the market at this time.
It's hard to know where to begin when it comes to this mansion, which is owned by hotel developer and residential homebuilder Mohamed Hadid and which came on the market on February 20. Located in Bel-Air and known as Le Belvedere, the mansion measures either 35,378 square feet (according to public records) or 48,000 square feet (according to listing information).
Built in 2007 by Hadid, the mansion has 14 baths, a grand ballroom that seats up to 250, a game room, a professional screening room, a total of three master suites (our question: how exactly can a house have *three* bedroom suites and call *all* of them "master suites"?), 19 fireplaces, a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, an elevator, a Moroccan room, a Turkish hammam, a gym and a commercial kitchen, according to public records and listing information. Outdoor features on the 2.2-acre (96,023-square-foot), walled and gated property include 280-degree city views, seven fountains, a 20-car motor court, a loggia, terraces, a 70-foot infinity pool, a 12-person spa, and a swan pond, according to public records and listing information.
Check out an online listing sheet for the house -- complete with photos -- here.
We are truly the last ones to write about this listing. The Wall Street Journal's "Private Properties" column wrote first about it on Friday, and the Los Angeles Times' Ann Brenoff also wrote about it online on Friday (with a Saturday dateline). Then, our friends over at the Real Estalker also wrote about it shortly thereafter.
"Once you finish with your creations, you start to have other ideas," Hadid told the Journal. Hadid also mentioned to the paper that he built the mansion for his own use -- an assertion that we're having a little trouble believing, given just how recently the mansion was completed -- and he noted that he paid $59 million in construction costs.
The Journal also reported that Hadid is in the process of building a 35,000-square-foot chateau-style mansion near the Beverly Hills Hotel. We're not sure exactly where that is, but we're fairly certain that that mansion will also end up in the Journal's "Private Properties" column -- since it's pretty clear that listing agent Joyce Rey pitched the exclusive on the $85 million listing to the Journal -- at some point in the next year or two. Stay tuned.