Nile Niami: ‘The One’ mega mansion once worth $500 million defaults on $100 million in debt, forcing a sale
Niami borrowed $82.5 million from Hankey Capital in 2018 to proceed constructing the house. However in March of this yr, Hankey served a discover of default sending the property towards a foreclosures sale. Niami had 90 days to pay or renegotiate the debt, which had grown to greater than $110 million, in keeping with courtroom paperwork.
With no fee made by July, the house was positioned in court-ordered receivership, which is a substitute for foreclosures for sophisticated actual property offers. The receiver, Theodore Lanes of Lanes Administration Providers, is tasked with accounting for money owed towards the property, readying then promoting the property and, ideally, repaying lenders and collectors with the proceeds.
Hankey Capital declined to remark concerning the default or receivership. Nile Niami didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Some gadgets Lanes outlined are pretty typical closing particulars when constructing a house — the fuel firm will not present service till there’s a certificates of occupancy issued, as an illustration. However others are specific to the property: the allow to construct a commercial-grade catering kitchen was denied and that house stays empty.
Lanes stated in an e-mail to CNN Enterprise that he’s nonetheless studying about new points that must be handled, together with acquiring the plans and permits and checking out agreements with artists whose work is in the home, a furnishings staging firm and the gardener.
“It is a fairly intensive checklist,” he stated.
Different issues the property faces, in keeping with the report: the insurance coverage had lapsed in early 2021, challenges from social media customers to sneak onto the property have led to intruders.
“Clearly something that might fall below security would have precedence,” stated Lanes in his e-mail. “As for the opposite tasks, they’re all being evaluated primarily based on necessities to realize the certificates of occupancy. If they’re obligatory for certificates of occupancy, they’re getting precedence.”
The house additionally has greater than $2 million in unpaid taxes and invoices to distributors for concrete, air con and scaffolding, in keeping with Lanes’s report.
“It is a very sophisticated property with fairly a couple of open points,” Lanes wrote in his report. “At current, the main focus is to acquire full insurance coverage and develop a timeline and funds to safe the certificates of occupancy to be able to maximize worth and to make the property extra marketable.”
The house is promoted as having a four-lane bowling alley, a 50-seat movie show, a placing inexperienced, wellness middle and fitness center, magnificence salon, juice bar and tennis courtroom.
Regardless of Niami repeatedly teasing that the house was weeks away from coming to market, it by no means arrived.
As a substitute, over the previous yr, Niami has been unloading different properties — at discounted costs.
And Niami is being sued by different collectors seeking to get their cash. Actual property agency Compass is suing for non fee of a $200,000 mortgage he took out whereas making an attempt to promote a unique residence in Bel Air, in keeping with courtroom paperwork.
It’s not clear at what value “The One” will in the end be listed, or when it’s going to come to market.
“I’m nonetheless evaluating proposals and methods from numerous potential itemizing brokers,” Lanes stated in an e-mail.
“I gave them every part right here,” Niami stated within the video. “We’ve got every part anybody may ever need on this home.”