Writer Clare Boothe Luce once said, “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.” That theory plays front and center on “Loot,” the new Apple TV+ series centering around Molly Novak (Maya Rudolph), a Melinda Gates/MacKenzie Scott-inspired character who discovers that her uber-wealthy tech entrepreneur husband, John (Adam Scott), has been having an affair with his much-younger assistant. The ensuing, heavily-publicized divorce leaves a devastated Molly with an $87 billion settlement and ownership of her marital home but facing an uncertain future. Lost and alone, she starts working with her charitable foundation full-time and, in the process, makes some unlikely friends and begins to find herself, forging a new life path.
Just renewed for a second season, the series is a bright addition to the Apple TV+ lineup, thanks mainly to the fabulous ensemble cast, heartwarming storylines and Rudolph’s hilarious and poignant portrayal of Molly. Despite her unimaginable wealth, in Maya’s expert hands, the character becomes highly relatable, with her ostentatious lifestyle serving up plenty of comedic fodder as well as an endless array of gorgeous settings, not the least of which is the billionaire divorcée’s mega-mansion.
As series co-creators Matt Hubbard and Alan Yang discovered during pre-production, there was only one spot in all of Los Angeles large and lavish enough to pull off the role. Yang explained to Australia’s News.com, “When we were researching and location scouting, we were finding these places and saying, ‘Yeah, that’s a $40 million or $50 million mansion, what’s the next level?'” They pinned down that “next level” aesthetic with The One, a gargantuan estate situated atop a nearly 4-acre promontory overlooking the entire city at 944 Airole Way in Bel Air. (Please remember this is a private home. Do not trespass or bother the residents or the property in any way.)
Boasting almost inconceivable specs, the massive residence counts 21 bedrooms and 49 baths in a staggering 105,000 square feet and, according to Architectural Digest, has the distinction of being the largest private home in the U.S.! The owners’ suite alone is larger than most houses, measuring in at an incredible 5,500 square feet!