Markus Persson is the ultimate bachelor—35 years old, a billionaire, and newly single. And now he's got the ultimate bachelor pad to live out his dream.
Persson snatched up a 23,000-square-foot glass palace perched atop the posh Hillcrest Drive in Beverly Hills, California, for $70 million, according to sources. The price makes it the most expensive home ever sold in the Hills— and marks a big win for developer Bruce Makowsky, the former handbag tycoon who built the home and who's quickly reinventing the hyper-priced home market in California.
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Those who viewed the house when it was on the market included high-profile names such as Jay-Z and Steve Wynn.
The house isn't huge by California standards, with eight bedrooms, 15 baths, and a small plot of land. Yet it is the ultimate turnkey mansion—filled with over-the-top artwork, furniture, wine and even table settings that are all included in the house. Makowsky, who sold his companies for hundreds of millions of dollars before moving to Los Angeles, designed every detail to match the quality seen on top yachts and private jets.
"I understand that world, so I know what the clients want," he told me.
So what will Persson be getting for his $70 million? Here are some of the home's features:
- A massive living room with a 54-foot, retractable wall of glass that opens to an infinity pool and one of the best views of LA and the ocean in all of Beverly Hills.
- The ultimate candy bar. The house has a massive wall of candy dispensers with more than $200,000 worth of candy. Conveniently, it's right next to the home gym.
- A gallery for your Bugatti. Every bachelor needs a place to keep their Lambo. But Persson's new garage is more of a high-tech viewing gallery, with hydraulic floors that lower cars into the home's downstairs lounge and giant rotating floors to turn the car to the perfect viewing angles.
- Living in the fast lane. The living room has a sofa and chair set built by Bentley Motors, with their signature leather and wood. Cost: $500,000.
- The wine cellar is stocked with hundreds of bottles of Dom Perignon and other fine champagne and wine, so Persson will never go dry.
- The 24-person dining table has place settings by Roberto Cavalli at $3,700 each.
- A lot of skin. There are rare animal hides everywhere in the house, with the drawers of the men's dressing room lined with alligator skin and the door to the cinema room (one of the most expensive in LA) lined with Italian lizard skin.
- Logos everywhere. From the Fendi logos on the rugs to the Bentley "B" on the couches and logos in the paintings, this house screams status. The walls of the master bedroom suite were covered in a highly crafted material found only in Louis Vuitton stores.
- Tons of art. From a giant Leica camera to a replica of James Dean's motorcycle and a massive $250,000 sculpture of a hand-grenade and antique machine gun, the art in this house plentiful but manly.
- A gold toothbrush. Persson can move right in, since everything in the house is included. He even gets a special gold toothbrush made specifically for the house.