There are houses with wow-factors and there is the “Shark House” in Los Angeles. This spectacular modern abode offers impeccable style and an extravagant array of amenities. Among the many killer design features that make the property so distinctive, the home boasts the world’s only residential open-air shark aquarium. With its commanding position atop the prestigious Doheny Estates enclave in the highly sought after and ideally located Bird Streets neighborhood, 9255 Swallow Drive offers privacy and some of the most astonishing jetliner views in all of L.A.
Once inside the expansive, open architecture and warm elegant furnishings create an awe-inspiring space. The U-shaped design of the house allows every room to open up to the zero-edge infinity pool and 25-person spa. Gleaming stone interiors, fireplaces made of marble and travertine and sumptuous furnishings create a space that is both inviting and outrageously chic. A sensational collection of modern art adorns the walls throughout infusing each space with color and distinction.
The enormous, state-of-the-art kitchen anchors the first floor connecting the formal dining room with a more casual family room. The kitchen is a dream space featuring professional-grade Miele appliances, an espresso maker. Custom cabinets by Aran Cucine in contrasting earth tones create a look that is modern yet with a warm ambiance. A dining table extends from the main island making the kitchen a wonderful place for the family to gather or friends to congregate. An Italian water purification system offers clean drinking water throughout the house.
One of the best features of the home is opportunity to entertain on a grand scale. The gorgeous formal dining room easily accommodates large dinner parties and opens up to the pool patio for sensational views and easy movement for larger parties. Featured in the corner is a temperature-controlled, glass-encased 250 bottle wine cellar. A butlers pantry with a separate service entrance is the perfect set up for formal hosting and catering.
The family room just off the kitchen is a warm and sophisticated space that showcases the beautiful indoor-outdoor flow of the home. Massive sliding glass walls open with the push of a button, leading to a sensational covered lounge with an additional fireplace and television to enjoy outdoors.
Take the floating stairs to the upper level were 4 of the 7 bedroom suites are located. Taking the concept of a personal retreat to the next level, the elegant master suite offers so much more than a sumptuous place to lay your head. Two massive walk-in closets flank a lavish en-suite bathroom with an open double shower. You will want for nothing as the suite also offers an office and a full kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. With a tap on your smartphone, open up the curtains to reveal a 500-sq-foot private balcony. Guests in the other six luxurious bedrooms will enjoy en-suite bathrooms and two of the rooms also have their own balcony.
Like the main floor, the windows and doors are automatic and can be controlled with a smartphone or tablet. Grab an espresso from the built-in machine in the kitchen and make your way out onto your private balcony to luxuriate in the enthralling view. Close out the day by savoring the setting sun with a bottle of wine from the suites wine-refrigerator. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Catalina.
The entrance to the home is via a bridge over the infamous open-air shark aquarium is designed to be a Zen oasis with the therapeutic benefits and beauty of nature in the comfort of your own home. You and your delighted guests can enjoy the thrill of sharks, stingrays, starfish and other aquatic life gliding around them from a series of floating steps placed above the water or from behind the floor-to-ceiling glass windows of the adjacent walk-in humidor.
Above the 2.5-foot deep shark tank is an enchanting one-of-a-kind botanical wall bursting with an abundance of copper-velvet shamrocks, coral bells, spike moss, button ferns, and cranesbill flora. Designed by the creator of the SFMOMA Living Wall the show-stopping installation is a visually stunning testament to green luxury design. Fashioned from titanium steel the living walls utilizes a revolutionary wicking system while the lush greenery helps to regulate the interior temperature for decreased energy consumption.
The shark atrium is the ultimate conversation piece and is part of the incredible informal entertainment level. Every aspect of the home is ideally designed for hosting but the lower level is dedicated to fun, whimsy and outstanding hospitality. In addition to the shark adjacent humidor room, this floor offers a comfy lounge for catching a game, a pool table and a full-sized wet bar with a tequila and vodka freezer inspired by the Vodbox in Nic’s Martini Bar in Beverly Hills around the corner.
The lavish home theatre is a great spot to kick back and enjoy a film on the 4k cinema projector. State-of-the-art surround sound, subwoofers and acoustic insulation will give viewers the authentic movie theatre experience they are missing at the moment. Completing the impressive lower level is a series of spa and wellness offerings including a resistance pool, a plunge jacuzzi, a dry sauna & an attached gym/massage room. The designers of this home truly thought of everything.
From the top of the line designer finishes and the dizzying array of amenities, every aspect of this painstakingly crafted luxury estate embodies the essence of the ultimate yachting lifestyle. Unique features like the open-air shark aquarium and living wall showcase forward-thinking design and innovation. As a fully integrated smart home system with iPads throughout the property, controlling the lighting, security, temperature, music, blinds and camera access is as simple as the push of a button.
Together with its idyllic location, endlessly spectacular jetliner views and elegant furnishings, infamous “Shark House” of the Hollywood Hills is a definitively one of the most exciting and exclusive properties in all of L.A. The best part? The house can be purchased turnkey with all of the exquisite furnishings, art and yes sharks. The dream can begin today.
With 12,000 square feet of living space, the Shark House features two pools, seven bedrooms, and 11 bathrooms. Listed at $19,999,000, contact the Sally Forster Jones Group to learn more and schedule a private showing today.