BUYER: David Copperfield
PRICE: $17,550,000
SIZE: (approx.) 31,000 square feet, 8 bedrooms, 10 full and 3 half bathrooms (total)

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: According to the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, master illusionist David Copperfield shattered the record for the highest price ever paid for a single family residence in the Las Vegas area when he shelled out $17.55 million, as was first reported by the property gossips at The Wall Street Journal, for a massive, über-modern mega-mansion in a prestigious, guard-gated enclave in the master-planned Summerlin community on the western outskirts of town. The estate was not officially available on the open market but was sold at its premium price by heath-care industry executive Kevin Hooks who acquired the pancake flat parcel in 2005 for $2.575 million, according to property records, and custom-built the approximately 31,000-square-foot stone, steel and glass behemoth.

The four-story main house — there are two main levels plus a roof terrace and a 6,177-square-foot subterranean garage that includes an auto detailing room — sits on 1.58 landscaped acres with 6 bedrooms and 8 full and 3 half bathrooms plus two guesthouses that each have another bedroom and bathroom. The mega-mansion’s front door stands an astonishing and, let’s be honest, butter beans, unapologetically melodramatic 18-feet tall and literally weighs a ton, 2,000 pounds, according to a press release provided by a helpful PR envoy of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices luxury team Shapiro & Sher Group who represented both buyer and seller in the record-breaking transaction. The hotel-sized home’s extra-added creature comforts and copious recreational luxuries include a golf simulation room, movie theater, wine cellar, a glass-walled gym, full-service spa facility, and not just one but two commercial grade elevators. The house also provide three antique arcade exhibit rooms, a nice feature for Mister Copperfield who happens to collect antique arcade games and magic memorabilia, and a tricked out nightclub complete with bar and dance floor. The house opens through numerous and vast disappearing walls of glass to a resort style yard that incorporates a variety of outdoor living/dining/lounging spaces, well-watered tropical landscaping that includes a Zen garden, and a four-edge infinity pool and spa.

Some of the equally lavish and similarly proportioned mansions that back up to the same manicured golf course as Mister Copperfield’s new digs are owned by veteran casino honcho Stephen Greathouse, gaming industry executive Barry Shier, gasoline and gaming magnate Jerry Herbst, Victoria Fertitta, the widow of billionaire gambling pioneer Frank Fertitta Jr., multibillionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, and the even richer octogenarian gaming tycoon and deep-pocketed Republican Party mover and shaker Sheldon Adelson.

Property records and other online resources indicate Mister Copperfield, a veteran Strip headliner whose lifetime worldwide ticket sales reportedly top four billion bucks, continues to own a small apartment in an unassuming Las Vegas complex snatched up in 1985 for $83,500 as well as string of 11 islands in the Bahamas that he rents out in its entirety to groups up to 24 for between $273,000 and $399,000 per week. The master illusionist also maintains a four-story penthouse of about 8,000-or-so-square-feet in a Midtown Manhattan high-rise that he bought in October 1997 for $7.4 million and includes a roof top lap pool that burst open last year flooding his penthouse along with a number of apartments on lower floors.

Photos: KuDA Photography courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices