Fittingly for a real estate white elephant - unoccupied since it last changed hands - the Genesis mansion comes equipped with its own tusks. A magnificently mounted set guards the entrance to one of the many huge entertaining areas in the home. Tusks also prop up the room's gilt-and-glass coffee tables. Rugs made from the pelts of a zebra and lion paw and claw at the vast expanse of marble flooring. But the tiger carries the safari theme the furthest. The main sitting room features a tiger-skin rug, complete with snarl, tiger-print bar stools, a tiger sculpture and a coffee table depicting the animal. The room's cream leather rubbish bins match 24 doily-adorned lounge seats, enjoying a view that stretches from Victoria Harbour to the south side of Hong Kong Island through massive two-storey windows. Dubbed a Carrara bunker by the New York Times - after the town of that name in northwestern Tuscany - because of all its Italian marble, the luxurious 28,000-square-foot house features huge chandeliers, jade sculptures, a gym, sauna, spa, hand-painted trompe l'oeil walls, a snooker table covered in gold felt and a 24-seat dining table. An industrial-size kitchen near the dining room is - according to our guide from Jones Lang LaSalle at a recent viewing - second only to an even larger kitchen elsewhere in the house. The entire place is built on a grand scale. The mansion has more than 80 cupboards, including three that are refrigerated to accommodate fur coats in one dressing room, which is less of a 'walk-in' than a 'jog-through' wardrobe. Our photographer joked that the main en-suite was as big as his entire flat. However, for all the staff employed to maintain the property, time has taken its toll on the grandeur of Genesis. The mirrored ceilings of the indoor pool have become spotted with rust, the exterior walls are tinged with green and it smells damp in places.