Address: Somewhere in Bel Air
Listing agent: Jennie Priel & Aaron Kirman
When most people think of a dream house, it’s hard not to think of Hollywood. It’s what the crusty old detective, pulled from retirement to solve one last case, is shown working on in between gun battles and love scenes. I’m getting too old for this %#$@!
The only problem is that Hollywood is a liar. What they never tell you about dream houses (or dreams, for that matter), is that most of them, even the most beautiful ones, are always, well, a little bit weird.
Although California is a shade or two removed from reality, it’s the one place on earth where we regularly see dream houses made real. Like their Hollywood counterparts, the dream houses built in California’s tony enclaves never quite come together. Always a little too plastic-y, a little too cold, a little too cheesy—they just never really work as anything but curiosities that start to look dated even before the paint is dry.
The Kid Stays in the Picture
Unless, of course, you happen to be B movie producer turned over-the-top-and-then-some real estate developer Nile Niami. Sure, even his name sounds like it’s from a dream, and we’d bet the rent that he worked on a few retired-cop-goes-rogue movies, but paired up with Los Angeles starchitect Paul Mclean, he’s one of those rare birds who manages to keep his head in the clouds and his feet firmly planted on terra firma.
With a track record that includes the truly opulent $100 million OPUS house in Beverly Hills that would make Tony Stark blush, it’s hard not to imagine this duo’s creations surviving as architectural icons for future generations to gawp at in wonder.
Luckily, you don’t have to wait a generation to it. This dream house is real. It exists. Want to take a peek inside?
With interior vistas like this, whoever comes up with the $65 million asking price for this Bel Air dream home might not even bother leaving the house. We’re getting some serious Le Corbusier vibes here, but mellowed just enough to make sense in Bel Air instead of Manhattan. Can you imagine what this hallway would look like at sunset?
As far as exteriors go, it doesn’t get much more dramatic than this. Oh, and yes, the sculpture comes with the house.
Once inside, you’re welcomed by 25-foot ceilings, a staircase that wouldn’t look out of place in a museum, and what seems like acre upon acre of Calacatta marble. Seriously, there’s probably a quarry (or two) in Italy with nothing left but scraps.
Then we have this master suite. Huge without feeling overwhelming (thanks in part to the lower ceilings), with a zinc-clad fireplace that’s actually holding the roof up. It even somehow manages to look, dare we say it, cozy?
This sitting room boasts even more Calacatta marble and yet another fireplace that doubles as a structural element. We love the simplicity and symmetry here.
Stunning. Absolutely stunning!
Can you ever go wrong with book-matched marble?
You know you’ve made it when your kitchen looks like the monolith from “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Or when your home office looks like it came from an Art Deco landmark in Paris.
Or maybe when your home theater looks like a somehow even more exclusive hidden VIP section of SOHO House.
Over to You
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