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Inside incredible £36Million mansion with three swimming pools and a jaw-dropping secret


PERCHED almost 1,000 feet above a desert floor sits a stunning mansion fitted with luxurious swimming pools and even an indoor shark tank.

The sprawling villa built into a mountainside in Palm Desert, California, boasts incredible views from every room and offers “a world-class resort lifestyle” – all for an eye-watering £36million.

The incredible mansion comes with a hefty £36million price tag

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The incredible mansion comes with a hefty £36million price tagCredit: Anthony Barcelo
The property has its own walk through aquarium featuring exotic fish and sharks

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The property has its own walk through aquarium featuring exotic fish and sharksCredit: Anthony Barcelo
It features a private office carved into the rocks

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It features a private office carved into the rocksCredit: Anthony Barcelo
The Californian mansion also has three pools with stunning views

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The Californian mansion also has three pools with stunning viewsCredit: Anthony Barcelo

But the sky-high price will buy you what listing agent Steve Frankel of Coldwell Banker Realty describes as “your own private resort” – complete with waterfalls and a pickleball court.

It even features a private office carved into the rocks as if straight out of a James Bond movie.

Designed by Coachella Valley architect Guy Dreier, the impressive home features three pools, seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and six kitchens as well as a slew of other amenities.

Described as “one of the most spectacular estates ever built”, it stretches over 20,000sqft and even has a jaw-dropping secret.

To access the large-scale dining room, residents must walk through a breathtaking aquarium tunnel comprised of two tanks of exotic fish and rare sharks for guests to admire.

The property, co-listed by Mr Frankel and Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker alongside Bighorn Properties, was designed with overlapping planes and serpentine walls that “form a series of asymmetrical pavilions”.

Its primary suite comes complete with panoramic views, a patio, private outdoor spa, fireplace and dual bath, while the main residence has staff quarters.

The guest pavilion features four large bedrooms as well as lounge areas.

It is up for sale following the death of its builder and former owner, publishing and resort magnate Duana Hagadone, earlier this year.

After making a fortune as a newspaper publisher and through investments in tourism-focused real estate, he bought land in Palm Desert.

The multi-millionaire then had the mansion built inside the Bighorn Golf Club roughly 15 years ago, according to property records.

According to Mr Frankel, the process involved a massive amount of planning, including a year-long wind study by a Colorado-based firm that had previously helped design facilities for the Beijing Olympics.

“This property can not be duplicated. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind in the world,” he added.

“I don’t know of any other homes with an aquarium tunnel featuring a shark tank.”

The mansion was built about 15 years ago

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The mansion was built about 15 years agoCredit: Anthony Barcelo
It sits almost 1,000 feet above the desert floor

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It sits almost 1,000 feet above the desert floorCredit: Anthony Barcelo
Guests and residents can enjoy panoramic views

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Guests and residents can enjoy panoramic viewsCredit: Anthony Barcelo
The site is described as 'your own private resort'

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The site is described as ‘your own private resort’Credit: Anthony Barcelo
The site stretches over 20,000sqft

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The site stretches over 20,000sqftCredit: Anthony Barcelo
It has seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and six kitchens

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It has seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and six kitchensCredit: Anthony Barcelo
It was designed with overlapping planes and serpentine walls

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It was designed with overlapping planes and serpentine wallsCredit: Anthony Barcelo





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