W Hollywood Penthouse Promises to Be a Blockbuster

The top floor of a hot Hollywood location is about to become the nation’s largest penthouse, with luxurious amenities sure to make it a big hit.

Photo courtesy of The Residences at W Hollywood The penthouse is designed to accommodate large gatherings in rooms like this "ballroom," which actually could be used as a massive combination living room, banquet room and solarium. It features a bar, a gallery and vast terraces accessible by disappearing walls of glass.

Make sure you’re holding onto something big and solid when you read this, because you’re about to be blown away. The nation’s largest and possibly chicest penthouse is currently being constructed in the heart of Hollywood, and its dimensions will astound you.

The condominium, which takes up the entire 15th floor of the Residences at W Hollywood on historic Hollywood and Vine, totals 25,000 square feet. That’s more than half an acre up there at the top of the building, and the 360-degree views from 10-foot windows make it seem even bigger.

What, you might ask, could possibly take up that much space in a private residence? Well, there’s the 4,000-square-foot master suite, which includes a sitting room; an entry foyer; a huge bath with an oversized shower and tub; a gigantic and well-appointed walk-in closet/dressing room area; and a spacious terrace with a view of the city as well as the Pacific Ocean.

Then there’s the massive “ballroom,” which is made up of a living room, banquet room and solarium meant for entertaining. It features a bar, fireplace, dining room and vast terraces, with the capacity to accommodate about 200 party guests comfortably. Just off this room is a commercial-sized service pantry and service lavatory, so the hoi polloi don’t have access to private medicine cabinets or kitchen cupboards. It’s just the place for a $25,000-per-plate fundraiser.

And what private residence of that size would be complete without a large gallery for displaying important artwork, or a wine room and wine vault equipped with a commercial icemaker, freezer, refrigerator and microwave oven, plus a bar, and plenty of tasting and storage space?

While there are only three bedrooms in addition to the master suite, those bedrooms are all suites in and of themselves, complete with massive marble-walled bathrooms and huge walk-in closets.

Plans also call for a taproom, screening room, library, fitness center, trophy room, multiple kitchens and ample live-in servant space, just to name a few other features.

And parking. Did we mention parking? The place comes with 17 spaces and the use of valets 24/7, right in the center of Hollywood. Other amenities shared with the rest of the residents include a very posh pool with two outdoor kitchens and a mini dog park for four-legged family members.

Award-winning architect Richard Robertson describes his vision for the residence as “a futuristic version of art deco that made its way into product design, cars, lamps, home furnishings, yachts and buildings in the 1930s and 1940s. Very sleek, with graceful curves and flowing forms in a geometric framework. Where 1920s art deco Hollywood meets the early 20th century. Sleek and whimsical, brimming with joie de vivre and every contemporary luxury (including hands-free pneumatic doors); designed for grand living and stylish entertaining.”

Robertson developed the initial floor plans for this unique penthouse as a way to show potential owners one possible interpretation of the expansive property, but since it’s in the very early stages of development, with concrete walls, pipes and insulation still evident, if you’re going to spend that kind of money, there’s still time to do anything you want with the space.

Which leads us to the ultimate question: What exactly is the asking price for such a monumental home? Still hanging onto that solid object? It’s a whopping $45 million. And believe it or not, Ron Barnes of Power Play Destination Properties, who is the listing agent along with Aaron Kirman, president of the luxury division of John Aaroe Associates, says several parties have shown interest.

“They’re mostly young and insanely wealthy,” laughs Barnes. Probably the types of people who are living the Hollywood dream and want to own an even bigger piece of it.

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