Standing on a grassy knoll in a tightfitting V-neck T-shirt and gold-rimmed aviators, views of the Los Angeles basin and a cluster of sunbathing women sprawled out behind him, developer Nile Niami looked every bit the king of the city’s megamansion scene.

“Seven years ago, I had an idea to create the biggest, most expensive house in the urban world,” he boasted in a video posted to his roughly 60,000 Instagram followers last month. “And I did it.”

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