Just as you would never dare to judge a book by its cover, you really shouldn't judge a mansion by its aerial view. Because yes, at first glance, looks like your typical one-story Rolling Hills, California estate located on a casual 7.4 acres of land, but to most people’s surprise, they have incredibly unique features hidden underground.
Aside from its chameleon-like ability to blend in with the other homes in its guarded gate community, this place is truly unlike anything I've ever seen. In total, this mega mansion spans 51,000 square feet, a measly 4,000 square feet smaller than the White House (which clocks in at ).
But why hide such extravagance below the terrain? Because John Z. Blazevich, a wealthy importer, faced many restrictive building codes in the neighborhood that prevented him from "building up." With the help of Spanish architect Rafael Manzano Martos, Blazevich's previously single story home gained five more stories — all but the first are located below the surface.
Previously, was listed for $53 million in 2013, but it is now set to go to no-reserve auction on July 26. Here are some of the coolest parts of the place (the list is endless):
I thought Derek Jeter's 12 bathrooms were impressive ... Living in Hacienda de la Plaza would offer you a different loo every day for nearly one month.
This fountain and garden offer just a glimpse at some of the impeccable detail that went into building this home. In fact, an "artist in residence spent a decade painting elaborate frescoes around the property and bedroom ceiling murals." Yes, TEN YEARS!
Of course you can swim in the indoor pool as well. This place has no shortage of options.
BTW, the indoor court was designed to also be a ballroom.
Can you even imagine having six cars and enough room in your garage for all of them?
You know, for when your friends really want a Turkish bath experience without dealing with other people.
Fun fact: The entire spa design is an original by world renowned architect, Raphael Manzano Martos. He and Blazevich had the "sandstone ceilings, columns, and archways crafted by nomadic families in the Moroccan desert."
Being underground offers protection from hot and cold temperatures, but a geothermal system "reduces 70 percent of the home's utility costs." And I thought the Nest was cool.
If the gym, bocce court, Renaissance-inspired chapel, and/or wine cellar don't really appeal to you, at least you can sit back with a stiff drink and take in this vista.