Inside The Most Expensive Home For Sale In California

California isn't exactly known as an affordable place to live. With Hollywood, multiple beaches, historic sites like the Golden Gate Bridge, and a wide range of experiences from national parks to Silicon Valley, California has always been a desirable locale for a diverse array of people. If you've ever tried to purchase a home in California, you know the median home price is higher than most other parts of the United States. But while the typical real estate prices can leave the average househunter with sticker shock, some properties go above and beyond in a way that would stop even some wealthy Hollywood stars in their tracks. Enter 924 Bel Air Road in Los Angeles – a 12-bedroom, 21-bathroom luxury home. With its own wellness spa, outdoor pop-up movie theater, and multiple roof lawns, this house is a Southern California dream come true for anyone who loves to host extravagant parties.  

A sun lover's paradise

According to the Zillow listing, this luxury estate sold for $94 million in 2019, seemingly a bargain compared to its original for-sale price of $250 million. The house contains 38,000 square feet of living space plus 17,000 square feet of "entertainment decks." With so much additional outdoor space, any visitor will appreciate Southern California's ideal year-round climate. 

Enjoy the 270-degree views of both mountains and ocean, along with Los Angeles's famous skyline. Go for a swim, take in a movie, or relax in an outdoor seating area on one of four floors throughout the house. Even the indoor dwellings of this home pay homage to the beautiful sites surrounding it — many rooms feature oversized windows and glass walls, allowing you to take in a stunning view even during those occasional rainy days. This home is a perfect oasis for a sun lover looking to relax and unwind after a long day. 

Bel Air indulgences

Looking for more detail on what you get with a Bel Air mansion? Every bedroom feels like its own enclave with two master suites and 10 oversized VIP guest suites. Grab a bite to eat or relax with a drink in one of the three gourmet kitchens or five bars. 

According to The Pinnacle List, this property also includes a massage studio, fitness center, 85-foot glass infinity swimming pool, a 40-seat movie theater, a four-lane bowling alley, an auto gallery with cars valued at over $30 million, 100 curated art installations, the most advanced home tech system in the country, two champagne/wine cellars, and — brace yourself — a massive candy wall. This house is truly a California paradise for all ages. Best of all? It comes with a seven-person full-time staff, so if you were worried about who cleans all this square footage, it wouldn't be your problem if you were to be lucky enough to own this home. 

When there's no budget

While this Bel Air mansion finally sold after three years on the market, even the wealthiest of LA thought the price tag was a bit ludicrous. While the designer named the house "Billionaire" and justified its $250 million listing price by comparing it to yachts that cost the same and are only used several weeks out of the year — it couldn't find a buyer at that rate. When it was first listed in 2017, it was the most expensive home for sale in the United States. 

According to Insider, the price was reduced to $150 million, and finally to its selling price of $94 million, which is (apparently) reasonable in the millionaire universe. After all, where else can you buy a house with a faux helipad (decorative helicopter included) or several velvet-roped lounge areas for your friends and family? Only in Bel Air. 

The home's designer, Bruce Makowsky, probably said it best when he spoke about the house's building design, "The budget was there is no budget."