The Wall Street JournalCandace Taylor
June 28, 2018
The competition to build the most over-the-top spec house just got an impressive new entrant: A $35 million home in Los Angeles with a sit-in shark tank.
In the Hollywood Hills, the newly built home has a roughly 300-gallon indoor tank containing around 8 sharks, including houndsharks, a catshark, a remora shark and a horn shark, plus stingrays and other fish. The tank is about 3 feet deep, with steps that lead to a platform in the center where residents can sit and watch the sharks. Adjacent to the tank is a “living wall.” A cigar room with its own air filtration system has a floor-to-ceiling glass window overlooking the tank.
“I’ve always wanted” a shark tank, said the seller, real-estate developer Ario Fakheri. “I’ve always loved sharks.”
The home, which measures about 12,800 square feet with seven bedrooms, has plenty of other flashy amenities. There are two swimming pools and two hot tubs, one inside and one outside, said listing agent Sam Real of Nest Seekers International. There is also freezer specifically intended for storing tequila. “If a freezer is too cold for tequila, it destroys the texture,” said Mr. Fakheri, who is developing the home with his father Dar. The house also has a home theater and a gym measuring about 1,900 square feet—“the size of my first house,” said Mr. Fakheri.
Mr. Real said he has been in touch with representatives for the stars of the television show “Shark Tank” in hopes that they’ll consider buying it. “This is the ideal house for a billionaire, especially one on a show called ‘Shark Tank,’” he said.
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