Hot New Feature for Luxury Homes: Moat
Also: Dental chairs, Botox stations
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2013 9:34 AM CST
OK, so it's not exactly a moat like this...   (©)

(Newser) – The Los Angeles Times takes a look at the latest bells and whistles attached to luxury real estate, and they're definitely not of the "media room" or "five-car garage" variety. One hot one: a moat. Seriously. JLo's former Bel-Air villa has a "stone-lined waterway," and Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady's Brentwood manse has a moat (crafted to look like "a winding stream") as well. The Times cites a $36 million Beverly Hills home with one, too.

Other fringe benefits for buyers with bank, many dreamed up by builders looking to wow—and rake in a little more per square foot:

  • Botox stations
  • dental chairs
  • closets absolutely covered in hand-stitched leather
  • a $17 million "hand-carved" bathroom
  • a poker room featuring a jewel-encrusted table
  • room-sized safes
  • a fully-equipped hospital room
  • a 3,000-bottle, wall-long wine cellar ... in the kitchen

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Lou Bernardo
Dec 29, 2013 4:59 AM CST
As the country turns into a third world, broke, country, stories like this remind me of the excesses a priviledged few had in the Roman and French Empires before the whole mess collapsed. I'm not a share the wealth advocate, but some people seem to have more money than brains and too much time on their hands and they could do as the old Robber Barrons did pre the IRS, and spend someof their money on public projects like libraries, schools, museums, public gardens, etc. rather than 38 room mansions with moats. The Hollyweird crows seems to be rich and have the worst private lives of all --- drugs, troubled marriages, problem kids and their fablous mansions do them little good.
Dec 27, 2013 4:41 PM CST
Moat, mosquito farm - not much difference. Most any artificially created body of stagnant water invites mosquito proliferation unless mosquito-eating predators are introduced to keep things in balance, like mosquito hawks, mosquito fish and bats.
Dec 26, 2013 9:16 PM CST
Enjoy yourselves, rich bitches. If you ever heard what your gardeners and pool boys say away from work you would be scared; very, very scared. It's gonna happen, and when it does, well, you're the first to find out your money ain't crap. In my land here of million -dollar RVs, the elites think they are insulated from the hungry and desperate. I hear constant rumbles among the "will-never-be-allowed-to-have"-nots, and tell you- the day will arrive you'll be getting dragged out of your mobile palaces and Bentleys. Rome fell, King Louis XIV fell, and you will too. I'm old and could GAF but the young with no hope? A friggin' moat won't help.