Scalpel: Surgeon-turned-developer slices asking on Bel Air spec manse

Raj Kanodia, a celebrity doctor, will also rent the massive property for $1.5M a month

Raj Kanodia’s Bel Air spec home (Credit: Simon Berlyn)
Raj Kanodia’s Bel Air spec home (Credit: Simon Berlyn)

Amid a widespread decline in Los Angeles’ high-end residential housing market, a celebrity surgeon-turned-spec developer is ready to sell his massive Bel Air mansion project at a big price cut.

Raj Kanodia told CNBC that he will consider offers starting at just over $120 million on his 34,000-square-foot glass-box style home. Kanodia listed the property a year ago for $180 million.

He’s also willing to rent it out for $1.5 million a month.

“In Las Vegas terms it’s called ‘all in,’” he told CNBC. “I’m all in times a million.”

The house hit the market as median sales prices topped out and deals soon slowed for high-end homes. Sales have remained sluggish in the last several months in L.A.

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When Kanodia listed the house last July, developer Bruce Makowsky had recently cut the price on his spec mansion next door, from $250 million to $188 million. That put the properties in direct competition for top sale in L.A.

Kanodia and Makowsky are just two of a number of spec developers left holding onto high-end homes built during the bubble in that exclusive market. Makowsky has since dropped his price again, to $150 million.

Kanodia recently took out a loan secured by the home with Bank of Internet — now called Axos Bank — although he said he has enough equity in the house to pay off any loan, according to CNBC. He reportedly spent $50 million to develop the 1.2-acre estate.

Kanodia said he’ll live in the house himself and sell his home next door if he can’t find a buyer.

“If the bubble bursts… I will accept whatever is there,” he said. [CNBC]Dennis Lynch