Entertainment Drone’s View of the Most Expensive Mansion in History

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  1. dawg

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    High above Bel Air, Nile Niami is looking down on the tiny mansions of mere millionaires as he stands on a plywood platform that will soon be the roof deck of the house he's selling for $500 million. When you expect a half billion dollars, everything has to scale up, including the views, and from this hilltop, they span 360 degrees—encompassing the San Gabriel Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and, today, Niami's Rolls-Royce Phantom convertible, parked in the driveway below. The 47-year-old developer is taking it all in . . . and explaining why he believes the property is not really so expensive when you think about it.

    The home itself, when it's finished in 2017, will have five swimming pools, a casino, a nightclub with a VIP area, a lounge with jellyfish tanks in lieu of walls and ceilings, and various other amenities that might seem excessive at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi. It will be more than 100,000 square feet, twice the size of the White House. So the price works out to about $5,000 per square foot, which, Niami notes, is less than half what several billionaires have paid for their casino-less Manhattan penthouses. "We have a very specific client in mind," says Niami, who is wearing a slim-fitting polo shirt and a Breguet watch. "Someone who already has a $100 million yacht and has seven houses all over the world, in London and Dubai and wherever."

    Niami rarely gives interviews, which is perhaps a wise choice. Brusque, blunt, and palpably cologned, he isn't one to make apologies about his new project's size or price tag. "To be able to say that the biggest and the most expensive house in the world is here, that will be really good for L.A.," he says. That's not necessarily a universally shared sentiment. He's been unpopular in Bel Air since last fall, when he sliced off the top of a hill in order to enhance the panoramic vistas on the four-acre lot. For weeks, a convoy of dump trucks snaked up and down the narrow streets, removing approximately 40,000 cubic yards of dirt. And although Niami has avoided the public legal scuffles that have ensnared other high-rolling Los Angeles developers who build on spec (construction has been frozen on Mohamed Hadid's spaceshiplike megavilla nearby because of permit violations), this $500 million listing has marked him as the embodiment of the market's unbridled extravagance.



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    The guy who buys that is a sucker, a rich sucker
     
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    Imagine the taxes on that. Mich st just beat ohio
     
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    Yeah, Bel-air is a real Liberal shit hole.
     
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    love it; fuck urban meyer. type AAAA asshole
     
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    Why build something so over the top? Seems gauche, you know, just way too much.
     
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    :jj: @ your avatar! :up:
     
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    If you can afford a half $$$billion house, property taxes probably are not a big concern for you.
     
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    A casino lol Howard has a bowling alley
     
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    Yet the trailer dwellers still vote for tax cuts for the rich

    Amazing
     
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    Government is already overfed. Giving it more money will just make it spend more -- and you'll create more problems than you solve.
     
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    Eventually when you concentrate so much wealth at the top the peasants will rise up and take it back... history shows that it happens time after time.
     
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    Landslide :pray:
     
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    I wonder what rich oil Shiek will end up with that ridiculous piece of property.
     
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    In a free society, we aren't peasants. We are self-determining individuals who can thrive and make life better for ourselves.

    When government is so huge, so regulatory, and so intrusive, you wind up with big businesses and other organizations, because they are the only ones who can deal with all the red-tape and still turn a profit. In fact, those big businesses will actually lobby for certain bits of more regulation, because they can handle it where the little guy can't. (oh by the way, you also have much less liberty for the citizen, because big government doesn't care about individuals)

    Reduce regulation and other barriers to market entry and you will see small and medium sized businesses rise up and churn the market. Consumers will benefit, those who make money will have to earn it, and we will be more free.
     
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    broccoli rob thanks for the memories DW3

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    how many more losses before he fakes another heart attack?
     
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    Oh please... without those regulations we would be living in India

    I suggest you read a few books on the Russian and French Revolution. We may not see it in our lifetimes but it will happen.
     
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    How many chimneys?
     
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    All of them? Every one? And when's the last time we were close to being India? I suggest you read up on the concept of "The Law of Diminishing Returns." We are so there on regulation it's ridiculous.
    I have. We were incredibly blessed that the founding fathers of the American Revolution insisted on the ideals of limited government. Else we probably would have fallen down the similar paths of authoritarian governments and massive bloodshed.
    So...eventually, there will be upheaval and violent change to the government and society. Yep, that's been a constant through history. Nothing profound there. And whether or not there is a half $$$billion house in LA will not matter a whit to that outcome.
     
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