SELLER: Sam Nazarian
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nev.
PRICE: $17.5 million
SIZE: 14,464 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 6 full and 3 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Since he just flipped a stately Bel Air mansion on the market for $33.5 million just weeks after he bought it for $25 million, we thought it might be fun — or something — for the children to have a look-see at the lavish and far flashier Las Vegas estate that Qualcomm heir and hospitality industry mogul Sam Nazarian also has up for sale on the open market with a $17.5 million pricetag. Property records and reports from the time indicate Mister Nazarian acquired the contemporary spread in September 2012 for $8.35 million, a sale price that suggests the restaurant, hotel and nightclub impresario thinks — or hopes — his big ol’ Sin City manse has more than doubled in value in less than three years.
Set on 1.65 mostly landscaped acres in a triple-gated section of the swanky Ridges development at the very western edge of the city, the operatically composed residence — a series of arch-roofed volumes held aloft by muscular stacked stone columns and linked by impressive expanses of glass — measures in at a considerable but not quite mega 14,464 dramatically voluminous square feet.
A circular drive orbits hotel-style around a snazzy fire and water feature as it passes under an also hotel-like porte-cochère. A solid glass door opens all but directly into a capacious hotel lobby-like double-height living room with head of views of the glittering lights of world-famous Strip in the eastern distance. Public spaces include a foyer with circular floating staircase and a surprisingly intimately scaled formal dining room, while the vast family and entertaining spaces include a colossal combination kitchen and family room that spill out to a huge outdoor living space and comprises an informal dining area wrapped in a curved wall of floor to ceiling glass panels that open up directly to the swimming pool. Other living spaces include a glass-walled and high-ceilinged office and a den/library with wet bar, at least one slot machine and multiple flatscreen televisions. The mansion’s half a dozen bedrooms and six full and three half bathrooms include a master suite with private outdoor living space, supersized bathroom and a wardrobe lined closet and dressing room that, frankly, looks bigger than this property gossip’s entire house. Additional super-luxe amenities include a professional theater with tiered seating in black leather recliners; a glass-fronted and climate controlled walk-in wine storage room; and a huge gym and adjoining spa with massage suite, beauty salon and party-sized steam room.
The estate’s LED-enhanced resort-style grounds offer multiple fire features and built-in seating options, a couple of side-by-side ramadas — one for dining one for lounging, and a whole lotta flat, terraced lawns that are so uniformly green and perfectly groomed that either the grass is faux or it costs an absolute fortune to water and maintain in the hot-as-Hades desert climate. The meandering, lake-sized swimming pool sits largely under a deep overhang, butts right up against the back of the house and features a multi-stool swim-up bar and negative edge. Additional features include a 10-car garage with glass doors and in some sections a double-height ceiling that would accommodate parking lift, a half-court basketball court and — natch — a kick-ass security and surveillance system.
Mister Nazarian’s mansion is essentially across the street from a similarly sized mansion owned by athletic eyewear tycoon, digital movie camera entrepreneur and well-known real estate baller Jim Jannard, and other notable homeowners in the fancy-pants golf course community include race car driver Patrick Carpentier, master illusionist David Copperfield as well as his fellow magician and headline entertainer Penn Jillette, who only just recently purchased his modern manse for $3.3 million.
Listing photos: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices