What happens when a tech entrepreneur has a little too much fun designing a house but never has a chance to complete it? This completely over-the-top (and unfinished) home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The 25,000-square-foot mansion just sold to a developer for $5 million, and from what we can tell, it has some pretty crazy features. There’s a private IMAX theater (apparently the first of its kind), an indoor bowling alley and an acre of lawn (which is a big deal because it’s in a mountainous region of Arizona).
The original plans for the home were even more ambitious, according to The Arizona Republic, and included nine buildings connected by tunnels, a man-made river and a stand-alone spa. Alas, those amazing ideas never came to fruition because the owner of the house, tech entrepreneur Jason Hope, faced lawsuits in 2011 from the Texas Attorney General and Verizon after his company Jawa was accused of using a cell phone scheme that cost users millions of dollars. The suits were settled in 2012, but Hope never resumed construction of the house.
Still, he was able to enjoy himself there at one time; he threw a major party in the completed sections of the home in 2010 which was attended by the likes of Snooki and Caitlyn Jenner (when he was Bruce).