The L.A. landscape is chock full of unique, extravagant and over-the-top properties – see the Witch’s House in Beverly Hills, Frank Gehry’s Santa Monica pad, the Chemosphere in Hollywood Hills West . . . the list goes on and on! You can’t shake a stick in this town, it seems, without hitting someplace extraordinary! But it is not every day you come across a residence shaped like the hull of a ship poking out of the Los Angeles hillside. Just such a dwelling exists above the Mulholland Corridor in Bel Air, though, and not only has it graced both the big and small screens, but it is currently seeking a buyer!
The singular property, which stands like a beacon at 15105 Mulholland Dr., has actually floated on and off the market on a fairly regular basis ever since last changing hands in 1999. Known as the Bel Air Yacht Mansion and the Mulholland Drive Boat House, the structure was designed by architects Glen Howard Small and Michael Rendler for Daniel Hafid, the then vice president of the Rene of Paris wig company who went on to establish Follea International.
At the time of its inception, the residence was outfitted with a decidedly drab grey exterior resembling concrete, which gave it a much less ship-like appearance than its current sleek white façade. But the slab-look was fabricated. As Small explains on his website, the veneer was actually stucco fashioned with a “smooth trowel cement finish.”
Completed in 1992, the five-bedroom, eight-bath property is being offered by Yar Meshkaty of Coldwell Banker Realty – Beverly Hills for $7.95 million – a significant price reduction from the $12.9 million it was listed at in 2019.