To speak of “The One”, the mega residence located on top of a hill in Bel Air, Los Angeles, just nine kilometers from the beach, is to speak of luxury. And in XXL sizes. So much so, in fact, that it is often referenced as the largest and most expensive modern mansion in the entire United States. Tables certainly do not lack: in terms of surface, it measures no less than about 105,000 square feet, the equivalent of 9,700 m2; and as far as price is concerned, a few weeks ago its sale was announced for 295 million dollars, 259 million euros.
Beyond its Guinness record-breaking dimensions or the fact that it would almost take a street map to navigate its kilometer-long corridors and its labyrinth of rooms, lounges and bathrooms, “The One” stands out for another very rare peculiarity: it incorporates so many gadgets, so much electronics, that it has its own server room. One, by the way, located in the heart of the house.
“The One”, or how to build big. As the commercial agent Rayni Williams explains to Enes Yilmazer, a youtuber who is dedicated to showing great mansions in the United States —especially in the Los Angeles area— “The One” is “an entity” more than a home to use, a Legendary space that has earned its fame through large numbers.
Yilmazer details that the complex houses 21 rooms and more than 40 bathrooms, a stunning display that is completed with a garage with capacity for 30 cars, a cellar with nearly 10,000 bottles of wine, its own private party room, bowling alley, cinema, beauty salon, kitchens, saunas, swimming pools, miniature golf, dining rooms, lounges, a 3,000 square meter terrace with privileged views, a glass sculpture designed by Simone Cenedese in the middle of the patio, a 460 m2 suite, rooms with ceilings almost cathedral, located eight meters high… A vast sum and continues that dwarfs most mansions.
And in the center, his big brain. Unlike mansions that relegate electrical equipment to basements, between boilers and brooms, the creators of “The One” wanted to show off the technological muscle of the complex. Not only with large screens and appliances, deployed throughout the building; also, and that is its great peculiarity, with its own server room, located in a glass room, next to one of its rooms.
“This is the brain of the house. They spent so much money on it and it takes up so much space that they wanted to make it a kind of showroom. For that reason it has this glass wall. There you have it: if you want to power a house like this, with all those iPads and other devices, this is what you need”, Yilmazer jokes as he shows the server room, larger than most rooms that you can surely find in the standard buildings of any city in Spain. You can check the exact moment in the video above, at minute 18.
A movie house, created by a film professional. “The One” looks like a movie mansion and in a way, it does indeed have ties to the film industry. Its promoter is Nile Niami, a film producer turned real estate developer. Beyond grabbing headlines due to the enormous dimensions of the mansion, as a business, however, it does not seem that it is not getting off to a good start. After ten years of work, Business Insider explains that his intention was to sell it for 500 million dollars. A month ago, however, it was announced that it was going on sale for 295.
To build the complex, Realtor specifies, the Niami company had to pay about 28 million dollars for the land alone and during the work, which lasted nearly a decade, it mobilized 600 workers. In September, however, CNBC reported that the owner had defaulted on loans and debts worth more than $165 million, which in turn led to a receivership and the property going up for sale. Whoever is interested in the online auction must assume that, at the outset, they will make a deposit of $250,000.
The future of “The One”, hand in hand with cryptocurrencies? In a plot twist and an unexpected attempt to change the future of “The Point,” Niami recently posted a video on YouTube in which he proposes to investors interested in “walking hand in hand with me into the stratosphere” a peculiar plan: to create “The One Coin”, a cryptocurrency backed by the value of the mansion. Its objective is to transfer it to the currency, “tokenizing” the house, and to make the construction profitable by renting it for weddings and other events. Then part of the profits would be distributed among the investors.