America's costliest house: developer takes $500m gamble on Bel Air eyrie.
Niles Niami specializes in homes for the super-rich. All he needs is a billionaire to snap up his LA hilltop mansion called The One.
Nile Niami at his completed property The Opus in Los Angeles, California. He is due to put an even more luxurious property, known as The One, on the market later this year. Photograph: Dan Tuffs for the Guardian
Niles Niami stands on the rooftop of the most expensive house in America, the latest property he has built for billionaires, and considers the best way to describe his design aesthetic. “Badass,” he grins. “Yeah. Badass.”
Sweeping in every direction is a panoramic view of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. Beneath him is a gargantuan glass and marble residence with moats, four swimming pools, 20 bedrooms, a nightclub, a bowling alley, a cinema and walls and ceilings made of jellyfish aquariums. Price: $500m.
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