The Wall Street Journal just did an absolutely drool-worthy article on massive mega mansions being built. Suh-weet! This is complete and utter mega mansion porn! Here are the homes that they covered. There are only pictures for 4 of the homes. The other three homes mentioned at the bottom do not have pictures.

 

Mega Mansion #1 –Remember this “home”? Well I did a post on it before and most of you guys thought that it was a hotel under construction. You would be wrong. It is actually the home of Anthony Pritzker, the heir to the Hyatt Hotel Fortune and Managing Partner of the Pritzker Group, who has a net worth of $2.5 billion. The gargantuan 49,300 square foot mega mansion is located off of Angelo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA and was finished in November of last year. The home was designed by an architecture firm in Paris and built by Peter McCoy Construction. It boasts a central courtyard and  a two-level basement with amenities including a game room, bowling alley, bar and media library. Above ground, there’s a gym with changing rooms, his-and-hers offices, an arts-and-crafts room and a hairdressing area. Other buildings on the property, including a detached recreation room and a guest house, bring the total square footage of the compound to just over 53,000 square feet. The home has a large skylight, roof-mounted solar panels and a curving driveway. A lawn spreads around part of the home, with a “floating pool” and spa anchoring one end of the property.

Mega Mansion #2 – This roughly 70,000-square-foot compound (downsized from 85,000 square feet) is awaiting permitting for Prince Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, son of the king of Saudi Arabia. It will be located 9941 Tower Lane in Beverly Hills, CA and is being designed by Richard Landry of Landry Design Group. The compound is on three lots and would include a main home of 42,000 square feet—part of it underground—a guest house, pool cabana, gate house and another residence of up to 20,000 square feet. It is another one of Peter McCoy’s projects.

Mega Mansion #3 – We already did a post on this mega mansion, but we had to talk about it again since the Wall Street Journal has an awesome aerial picture of it. This roughly 30, 000 square foot mega mansion belongs to Douglas and Melissa Bernstein. It is located at 167 Cross Highway in Westport, CT. The Bernsteins are the founders of Melissa & Doug, LLC, a toy company based in Wilton, CT. The home, which was built in 2008, is situated on 7.53 acres and has a current appraised value of $19,753,300, down from $23,220,100 in 2010. The home has a total of 12 bedrooms and 15 full bathrooms and 5 half bathrooms.

Mega Mansion #4 – This mega mansion is being built by Hedge-fund manager Cliff Asness on Conyers Farm Drive in Greenwich, CT. The 25,900-square-foot, Colonial-style home will feature an indoor swimming pool and tennis court.

 

MORE MEGA MANSIONS BEING BUILT 

 

A 31,500-square-foot mansion is being built for Lee Weinstein at 41 Hurlingham Drive in Greenwich, CT. Lee is the founder of data-center concern Xand, with 15 bathrooms (plus additional powder rooms), a 2,500-square-foot master suite and a basement with a theater, wine cellar, juice bar, dance studio and sauna, records show.

They also talked about a 25,000 square foot mega mansion being built in Silicon Valley by Jim Ellis, who co-founded a cellphone insurance provider. Plans show the home, which at 430 feet in length is longer than a football field, is expected to have multiple garages, including a showroom garage joined to a family room by a glass wall, allowing viewing of the car collection from inside the home.

There is also a massive 50,000 square foot mega mansion being built by Gene Pretti, who heads an investment-management firm. Plans show a more than 50,000-square-foot lakefront home, including spaces such as decks; inside the home, plans show a half-basketball court, trampoline, climbing wall and indoor tennis court with a viewing area. It is being built in Incline Village, NV , right by billionaire Larry Ellison’s new mansion. I’m pretty sure it’s being built at the intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and Pine Cone Circle. Check it out for yourself!

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  • Chance

    The Pritzker Estate is smaller than I expected, considering it was mentioned in Vanity Fair at an estimated 80,000 sq.ft. Either way, considering my love of modern homes, I’m sure I’d like the interior, because I like the exterior.

    I hope the Saudi mansion is done tastefully. I know Richard Landry is great, but Arab’s don’t have a great reputation for “taste” and “subtlety”.




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  • weisser

    I can’t imagine 70,000 feet mansion on 1.5 acres (9941 Tower Lane in Beverly Hills, CA).
    This will be another multi-level monster, which has no grass or other living outdoor space. OMG …
    Why Saudi prince can’t demolish the outdated Beverly Hillbillies or Geffen’s waste, which have 8-10 acres? These and several other plot of land has serious potential for development. Prince can to buy these properties without being financially ruined, isn’t it? These are things that I don’t understand.




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    • Jason

      are you out of your mind? demolish the French style home that was the stand in for the Beverly Hillbillies mansion? you must not know anything about architecture and the preservation of well done residential architecture. I own R. Landry’s first monograph and will probably buy his second monograph but I have never seen a French design home by him that would come remotely close to being an accurate & tasteful example worthy of replacing what’s existing on that lot. please don’t let he allure of shiny and new as well as a gross amount of square footage fool you into thinking that makes for a better home.




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      • weisser

        Yes, of course, I propose to demolish The Beverly Hillbilies and a few another artifacts. I would have done so. But this is my IMHO only. Sorry, but your architectural preferences doesn’t interest me. I am confident that this will inevitably happen in the future. This house is not a landmark. You are not out of your mind if you think that someone should live in a monument of architecture. To do this, there are museums. Most houses in LA are the private property and owners is entitled to do with their houses as they please.
        I am glad that you have an old photo. It may be a good memory 🙂




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        • Doug

          Yeah you are either out of your mind or have absolutely terrible taste. There is no reason to demolish the Beverly hillbillies house or geffen’s house. They are spectacular and sit perfectly on their properties, to knock one of them down to build a larger home would be absolutely idiotic. And as to why he bought this piece of property as opposed to one of the others you mentioned, I hate to state the obvious but neither of those properties has been up for sale anytime recently, and aren’t likely to be on the market any time in the near or far future. Also your grammar is absolutely appalling.




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          • Hussein

            Who was the architect of the Jeffrey Perenchio residence?




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          • weisser

            I don’t care what you think about my taste. You are in my opinion are a set of several kb.
            I don’t like these houses. In first of all it pertains to the Geffen Estate. It’s my huble opinion.
            You say the obvious stupidity about of the potential sale of these houses. I haven’t discussed the possibility of buying or selling of these properties.
            Also English is not their my native language. I have very little experience of learning English. You should be ashamed. Grammar is the last argument of a loser argument.
            So … Stop f … g my brain!




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          • Doug

            You said “prince can to buy these properties without being financially ruined…” therefore you did discuss the possibility of buying or selling these properties. It’s not even a matter of your taste that bothers me its your suggestion that it would be fine to demolish two architecturally significant historic homes to build some steroidal ugly faux whatever in their place. Whether or not you like them is not the issue, it’s about disrespecting the significance of two properties that have stood for the better part of a century and are some of the only remaining great homes in LA that have not been demolished. And I have nothing to be ashamed of, and you say that grammar is the last argument of a loser argument and then you end your argument with a statement “so stop f…ing my brain”? Classy.




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          • weisser

            I just used the idiom that stop communication with you. Understand? May I find in my dictionary more meaningful expression for you?
            I didn’t enter into a personal dispute. I just expressed my opinion. I have that right.
            First, you rude because it is discourteous talk to foreigners about poor of English grammar. You would look very silly if you try to talk in my native language. I think it demeaning to use such poor arguments. This is similar to the proof of superiority over the deaf-mute. Yes, I am very hard to be eloquent by using a foreign language.
            Inference: (you may choose your version)
            You are cad.
            or
            I suspect your foolishness because you don’t able to identify the alien
            or
            You have no other arguments in addition to grammatical
            or
            You are a troll because you are personal attacks.
            These four situations give me a variety of emotions (a shame, perplexity, pity etc)
            I’ll be honest with you and say that I like the second case.
            Anyway, In all four cases, I did not want to continue our conversation.
            Secondly, I repeat my assertion that I didn’t discuss the purchase or sale of properties. I just suggested some possibilities. I think you are confusing your opportunities and opportunities for people who buy a home in Bel Air. Publicly offer is not mandatory condition. Do you have heard about of the private offers? This is a rhetorical question.
            So, I repeat for you: I don’t like some houses. Any private property owner will demolish your own house it without asking permission of talkers like you.
            Thank you for the opportunity for a free English training!
            This is the only reason for my answer to you.




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      • Nightmoves

        That House is one of the best in the area. Great piece of land very private.




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        • Hussein

          I’m not really sure that the Geffen house is an architecturally significant one?




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          • weisser

            Oh, yes…




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          • Doug

            It was designed in the 1930’s for Jack Warner, and the landscape (which still remains) was designed by renowned landscape architects Florence Yoch and Lucile Council, who were very influential landscape architects and also designed the Getty gardens among others. While you can disagree as to whether or not it’s architecturally significant, it is certaintly historically significant.




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  • Daniel

    1) It has visible solar panels on the roof. Pass. Although I must say Peter McCoy seems to have built some cool homes, including what looks like the home next door to Mohamad Hadid.

    http://www.petermccoyconstruction.com/

    2) Love it, and since Landry is doing it, it will probably be overly formal and over-the-top. Fantastic.

    3) Eh.

    4) Much nicer than 3.

    Overall, I applaud all of these homeowners for spitting in the face of modesty. If you have it, flaunt it.




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    • Chance

      Why do the solar panels on the roof matter, you can’t see them unless you’re in a helicopter. Interesting fact about homes, you live inside them, not on the roof 😀

      Also, yes that is the Robb Report Ultimate Home next to the Hadid mansion in the McCoy Construction gallery. Interesting that, that home and the Pritzker mansion are right across from each other.




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  • Critic

    As much as I love mansions, measuring your home in terms of acreage is a bit too absurd.
    realestated.blogspot.com




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  • Tay

    I love this article. All very different but very beatiful homes. Ive been waiting to see a view of the two Conyers Farm(Greenwich) mansions for a while now.




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  • Joejoe509

    1.) Ha. Wow. That thing is crazy. It looks like a fortress perched on the ridge like that. I still think it looks like a shopping mall or a scientific laboratory. It’s way too corporate. That said… this is definitely where Tony Stark would live. 🙂

    2.) Bleh. If I had more photos I could comment further. I think this will be WAY too opulent for my tastes however.

    3.) I kinda like this mansion. It’s a bit of a hot mess with pieces of the house shooting off in all kinds of directions. You might get lost in this one!! It’s my favorite of the four.

    4.) It’s very stately and important looking, but also hides its weight well. It’s a close second, but only because it’s slightly boring.




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    • NOVA Ben

      I was worried I would be the only one thinking #3 was the favorite, good call 😉




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  • Hussein

    Does anybody know which Paris-based firm designed the Pritzker residence?

    The photographer who did the photo, Mark Holtzman, also did some others and I was wondering whether anyone knows where this house might be: http://www.photopilot.com/photo.php?p=39&cat=8 – the last one in the series?




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    • Kenny Forder

      Davies Drive in Beverly Hills




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      • Hussein

        Thank you, Kenny! It’s The Hills finale house, owned by Igor and Marina Greenberg. Here are some more photos:

        http://www.sunsetlocations.com/location/6832/page/1




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        • Kenny Forder

          You’re welcome.




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          • GeorgeL

            Thx for sharing the Sunset locations site. If only people could decorate these houses.




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  • Hussein

    Where is the Jim Ellis house located?




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  • Plain J.

    I love it!




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  • Marie

    Thanks Kenny saw this article today at work but what you’ve set up here is so much better, it is so beyond appreciated :)))




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    • Kenny Forder

      You’re very welcome, Marie!




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  • NOVA Ben

    I have no interest in the first two…the first because it looks like an ego-fest, even just from the outside, and the second because it’s being built for a Saudi prince, and Middle Eastern design aesthetics are definitely NOT my thing.

    The third home looks fabulous and I’d kill for a walking tour of the thing. The fourth looks good too, just another Greenwich stone mansion, which is fine by me.




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    • weisser

      I partially agree with you though not quite.
      Is a second home is not a good mediterranean style?
      By the way a source of inspiration for a Mediterranean style is Moorish (Arabic). Isn’t it?
      Do you like the interiors of Donald Trump or ? Is he Arab?




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      • Doug

        While the Moorish people were of Arab descent, their homeland and territory was in present day Morroco and Spain, which are the homes of Moorish architecture. Arab refers to people of the Arabian peninsula, and most people of Moorish descent in Morroco and Spain would be incredibly offended to be called Arab. It is not accurate to think that Moorish style is Arab, and also not correct to in any way assume that the terms Moorish and Arab are inter-changeable as you suggested.




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      • NOVA Ben

        I should have clarified what I meant…I have no problem with the exterior of the home or with Mediterranean homes. I was referring to how homes of Middle Easterners are usually decorated. The structure itself will be fine I’m sure, but once they’re done decorating it, it will be according to a design aesthetic that I do not appreciate as much.

        Take as an example pretty much any home in Dubai that’s been featured on this site and you’ll see what it is that I don’t appreciate in home decor.




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  • Hussein

    The source of inspiration for a Mediterranean-style house are Italian and Spanish houses. Low-pitched roof with red tiling, stucco facade, projecting front porch, centrally located front door etc.

    If anybody finds the French architecture firm that designed the Pritzker house, let us know!




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    • weisser

      The source of inspiration for a Spanish-style house are Moorish. History…




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  • Hugh

    Love #1




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  • Shannon

    And they say size don’t matter… Got me excited!




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  • Tony

    Hey Kenny, you know you stole the “PORN” phrase from Real Estalker Mamma, he always says Floor Plan Porn lol, you should come up with an original saying lol




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    • Kenny Forder

      Um, did he trademark it? NO. I used it, big deal. Articles on Forbes.com, Msn.com and Nymag.com have all used the word “porn” before in real estate related articles. So please back off. Thanks 🙂




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  • yanko@teza.bg