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Location: Riverside, Calif.
The Skinny: Construction on this sprawling contemporary estate began in 1990. Five years later, the home was finally ready, after $8.5M in planning and construction costs. All of that cash went to one highly unique product, one that probably suited the owner just fine, but that even he knows won't fetch anything close to what he paid. Listed for just under $2M, the ten-acre estate includes the personalized, 14,500-square-foot mansion, with five bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a gym, an elevator, a bar, a private "night club," a wine cellar, and even a "bank vault." The real highlight is the sprawling indoor swimming pool, complete with glass roof, faux boulder staircase, and glass walls opening to the living room. This ultimate bachelor pad could suffer from the location in Riverside, an hour at least from downtown L.A.
· Boulder Bluffs [Windermere Real Estate]