Nile Niami’s “The One,” the mega-mansion to end all mega-mansions, is finally on the market for $225 million. But you’ll never get inside.
Unless you can flash a bank account with more zeroes than the GDP of a small country, you’ll never walk the halls of the 105,000-square-foot glass-and-marble fortress. Unless you can land representation from one of L.A.’s top real estate agents, celebrities in themselves, you’ll never get a glimpse of the nightclub, or the moat, or the six-hole putting green, or the golf simulator, or the bowling alley, candy room or multiplex-size movie theater.
The One and its myriad extravagances are reserved for sheiks and nobles, celebrities and CEOs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t spend this weekend touring some of L.A.’s other mansions on the market.
At any given moment in Southern California, in markets hot and cold, hundreds of stellar estates are listed for sale. And each weekend, dozens of these houses open to the masses, letting potential buyers — or just people bored on a Sunday afternoon — experience the opulence that’s supposedly reserved for the ultra-rich.
This $33.95-million listing is hosting at open house Sunday.
Take it from a luxury real estate reporter who lives with roommates: There’s a bizarre thrill that comes from entering spaces meant for those in tax brackets several above your own. If developers insist on cramming huge houses onto tiny lots, replacing the few vacant hills that L.A. has left with massive monuments to opulence and excess, why shouldn’t the general public at least be able to bear witness to such estates?
The voyeurism of online photo galleries is great, but it’s much more surreal in person. The views are better. The cavernous floor plans, staged and ready to woo a deep-pocketed buyer, are more impressive.
Typically, open houses for listings of $10 million or more are either appointment-only or exclusively for other real estate agents, but the sheer number of mansions on the market in Southern California means that there are dozens open to the public every single weekend.
Finding them couldn’t be easier: just click this link, which automatically searches real estate database Redfin for open houses happening this weekend in L.A. County and sorts them from most expensive to least expensive. For example, this weekend, anyone and everyone can go tour a $34-million modern mansion in Beverly Hills, a $22.5-million compound in Holmby Hills and a $17.4-million retreat above the Sunset Strip.
As of Thursday, there are eight properties with open houses this weekend listed at $10 million or more. Getting inside is as simple as driving up, putting on a mask and writing your name down on the sign-in sheet.
The agent for 410 Doheny Road, listed at $17.38 million, is hosting an open house …….