I ventured inside the Shark House to experience the live critters in person, as well as all the other killer amenities.
Spec homes in Los Angeles are engaged in an elaborate game of “Can you top this?” It’s no longer enough to have a negative-edge pool overlooking the city, a walk-in closet with a champagne bar, or a second kitchen for the catering team.
To that end, developer Ario Fakheri hopes that the world’s only residential open-air shark tank will lure in a buyer willing to spend $35 million for his latest project.
I had the unique opportunity to visit the fascinating Shark House recently, and chat with listing agent Sam Real of Nest Seekers International, about the home’s finer features. And of course, I had to step into the shark tank and sit a spell. I have to say, it was quite intriguing.
The 2.5-foot deep shark tank is situated so that residents and guests can admire it via “floating” steps placed above the water, or from the adjacent walk-in humidor featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Don’t worry—no one is in danger of Jaws leaping up to chomp off a leg. Aquatic life in the open-air tank currently includes seven stingrays, one horned-back stingray, three hound sharks, one remora shark, one horn shark, one cat shark, one starfish, and three yellow tangs.
But if the finned friends make you nervous, you can always take your gaze upward and enjoy the spectacular living wall hanging over the tank. The wall was designed and produced by California-based Habit Horticulture.
“We specially designed this wall to create an allure and luxurious effect,” said David Brenner, botanical artist and creator of the SFMOMA Living Wall. “This wall is the only one of its kind, because it uses a revolutionary wicking system to ensure irrigation is 100% efficient and can reduce runoff—making it eco-friendly. We used titanium steel in its construction to prevent corrosion from the saltwater of the shark pond below.”
The living features on the wall include copper-velvet shamrocks, coral bells, spike moss, button ferns, and cranesbill flora to help regulate the interior temperature—helping to decrease energy consumption.
But the home isn’t all about the shark pond and the living wall. “It’s a pretty insane house,” says Real of Nest Seekers International. “It has more amenities than any other house I’ve seen of its kind in L.A.”
With 12,000 square feet of living space, the Shark House features two pools, seven bedrooms, and 11 bathrooms.
The master suite in the Shark House not only has huge his-and-hers closets, but a lavish bathroom with an open double shower. In addition, the suite has its own office, a 500-square foot deck, and a full kitchen with a luxury appliances, including a wine refrigerator, mini dishwasher and a built-in espresso machine.
“People walk in and say, ‘I’d never have to leave this bedroom,'” Real laughs. I Know I never would.
As the new ownerof the Shark House might want to venture out of the master suite long enough, however, to enjoy a vintage from the 500-bottle wine cellar, puff on a cigar in the custom humidor room, linger in the 25-person spa, or perhaps watch a film in the theater that seats up to 30 people.
“Every aspect of this house—from the top-of-the-line finishes to the full spa and gym, wine cellar, and tequila freezer—exudes the luxury that Nest Seekers’ clientele have come to expect. Unique features like the shark pond, humidor room, and living wall, however, capture the future of innovation and design.”
For more info and photos on the Shark House, see my feature on Realtor.com.
Lisa Johnson Mandell
Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.
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