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America's most expensive home boasts $250 million price tag. This mansion designed for the "ultimate billionaire" in Bel Air, Los Angeles, has set the record for the priciest home ever listed for sale in the USA.

America's most expensive home boasts $250 million price tag

For $250 million (£198 million), a proud owner can live among 12 bedroom suites, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, five bars and a 40-seat theatre – all within a new 38,000-square-foot (3,530-square-metre) building at the foot of the Santa Monica mountains. The property at 924 Bel Air Road – in one of LA's most exclusive neighbourhoods – was designed and developed by real estate tycoon Bruce Makowsky. "This home was curated for the ultimate billionaire who wants the best of everything that exists in life," he said. A 'radical alternative': how one man changed the perception of Los Angeles. “Now I know subjective opinions can vary,” the journalist Adam Raphael wrote in the Guardian in 1968, “but personally I reckon LA as the noisiest, the smelliest, the most uncomfortable and most uncivilised major city in the United States.

A 'radical alternative': how one man changed the perception of Los Angeles

In short, a stinking sewer ...” Three years later, Raphael’s words appeared in print again as an epigraph of Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies – the most exuberantly pro-Los Angeles book ever written. Ever since publication, it has shown up on lists of great books about modern cities – even those drawn up by people who consider Los Angeles anything but a great American city.

Somehow, this book that drew so much of its initial publicity with shock value (“In Praise (!) Of Los Angeles”, sneered the New York Times review’s headline) has kept its relevance through the decades, such that newly arrived Angelenos still read it to orient themselves. 马路如虎口, Tom Ford Ranch / Tadao Ando. Drop $18 Million of Facebook Cash on L.A. Mansion. Go West Young Men: Winklevoss Twins Buy $18M L.A. Mansion To Dive Into SoCal Tech Scene. Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss are heading west.

Go West Young Men: Winklevoss Twins Buy $18M L.A. Mansion To Dive Into SoCal Tech Scene

The Winklevoss twins, the 31-year-old Harvard grads who are probably best known for their years-long legal fight with Mark Zuckerberg over the founding of Facebook, have put $18 million of their Facebook settlement cash toward buying a brand new bachelor pad in the Hollywood Hills, according to a report today out of TMZ.* The reason for the move out west? It’s not because the statuesque pair wants to give Armie Hammer a run for his money on the silver screen.

“The Winklevii have their eye on SoCal as the new Silicon Valley (which is home to Facebook and Apple) thanks to L.A.’s booming tech scene.” The new mansion will reportedly be inhabited mostly by Tyler, who will use it as his home base while launching West Coast operations of the brothers’ new NYC-based venture capital firm, Winklevoss Capital. If you’re in the mood for gawking and feeling vaguely jealous, you can leaf through the photos of the Winklevii’s new house on this slideshow. Hopen place, hollywood hills. Black Desert House. Oller & Pejic architecture ont conçu la maison du désert située à Yucca Valley, en Californie.

Black Desert House

Un projet à couper le souffle donnant sur le désert de Mojave. La maison remplace la montagne manquante qui a été grattée, telle une ombre ou un négatif de la roche. Des photos qui donnent envie de visiter ce site époustouflant. Glass boxes offer ocean views from Russet Residence by Splyce Design. This Vancouver house by Canadian studio Splyce Design comprises a stack of glazed boxes set into a hillside, designed to maximise ocean views and create terraces on all three levels (+ slideshow).

Glass boxes offer ocean views from Russet Residence by Splyce Design

Russet Residence is built on a steep south-facing hill several blocks from the ocean, and enjoys clear views of the water, so Splyce Design created a stepped building with large glazed sections and a series of terraces. "The form of the house was shaped by the conditions of the site," architect Nigel Parish told Dezeen.

"It pushes out and pulls back to gain views, satisfy the client's requirements, and satisfy zoning requirements. " The house was designed for a family with two young children and has rooms arranged across three storeys. The main entrance is on the middle level, which opens on to a double-height stairwell topped with a skylight. The entrance leads down to the kitchen and living room, which opens on to a covered terrace. Photography is by Ivan Hunter. L’architecture californienne par Julius Shulman. Julius Shulman est un photographe américain né en 1936 qui pendant des années photographia les maisons et bâtiments créés par les plus grands architectes en Californie, certaines de ses images sont devenues de véritables icônes reprises dans une multitude de livres et de films.

L’architecture californienne par Julius Shulman