GenesisCare’s Dan Collins Pays $15.4 Million for Striking Bel Air Mansion
Back in September, Australian entrepreneur Dan Collins and his longtime wife Cassandra "Cass" Collins sold their lavish Sydney home for $ 16 million, which at today's exchange rates is about $ 12.2 million. This modern extravaganza is located in the exclusive coastal district of Bronte and is four stories high. It has a five car garage, elevator and direct ocean views.
Listing agent Alexander Phillips did not identify the buyer, but told the Wentworth Courier that the Collins "look forward to moving to Los Angeles". Sure enough, the couple has resurfaced in LA's ever-posh Bel Air enclave, where they spent $ 15.4 million earlier this month on a brand new mansion that appears remarkably similar to their previous Australian excavations.
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The modern structure was designed and built by prolific developer Ramtin "Ray" Nosrati and offers six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and more than 12,000 square meters of living space. Like many properties in the upper part of Bel Air, the house sits pretty hard on the road with essentially no front yard, despite being fully walled and fenced for privacy. A smooth concrete path winds past a calm water feature that surrounds a small island with a small olive tree before reaching the front door.
Inside, the three-story house has a completely open floor plan with living, dining and family rooms, all of which are combined into one huge space. The living and family area is warmed by linear marble fireplaces in monolithic glossy walls. The latter are also served by a marble wet bar and overlooked by a colorful aquarium.
Across the main level, the chef's kitchen has designer appliances and a T-shaped marble island with an attached breakfast bar and custom cabinetry. Floor-to-ceiling Fleetwood sliders disappear with the push of a button, blurring the line between inside and outside, revealing direct access to V-decks and an L-shaped, infinite pool with views of the LA skyline and the Pacific. (Aside from those jetliner vistas, the pool is guaranteed to pop eyeballs with its glass bottom and shimmering waterfall dropping way down to the property's lower level.)
The cinema is of course soundproof and offers space for 16 people in its soft rows of seats. Soft ambient lighting and a fiberglass star bank - as found in a modern Rolls Royce - round off the decorative frame. A dramatic “floating” staircase takes you to the lower recreation-themed level, which includes a wine cellar and gym, both surrounded by glass walls, a lounge with a giant “video wall” as listed, and an onyx wet room. Bar wouldn't look out of place in St. Tropez's best nightclubs.
In addition to the five guest rooms, which are all en-suite, there is a master suite on the top floor with a linear fireplace, a stylistically haute couture bathroom and a private balcony with endless views of the city lights.
The Collins new home is right next to the $ 14 million mansion of English sports agent Aidy Ward and just a short walk from the vast mansions of producer Michael Bay, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, son of Michael Milken, Lance, and away from Salma Hayek - who recently demolished their 1930s Paul Williams mansion to make way for a much larger, far more contemporary new mega mansion.
Dan Collins, a native Brisbane American in his early 40s, founded health giant GenesisCare in 2005. Today the company is the largest provider of cancer and heart services in Australia, the UK and the US, and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. In 2016, around 56% of the business was sold to China Resources Group for $ 1.7 billion, which is about $ 1.3 billion today.
Sally Forster Jones and Shauna Walters of Compass kept the listing; Cassandra Bloore, also from Compass, presented the buyers again.
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