Desert homes

Artist’s sculpted home in the Cuyamaca Mountains

image from: http://www.deasypenner.com

image from: http://www.deasypenner.com

I love seeing inside the homes of artistic people. A peek into these abodes is like a voyeuristic peek into the unquiet creative minds that so wonderfully enrich the human experience.

So when I saw on Curbed.com that artist/architect James Hubbell’s house in the Cuyamaca Mountains east of San Diego in California was for sale, I couldn’t wait to see inside.

image from: http://www.deasypenner.com

image from: http://www.deasypenner.com

James Hubbell designed the house himself in 1972. It is a sculpted cement dome-like residence with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

The listing lingo declares that Hubbell has an “uncanny ability to blend Art, Architecture, Sculpture & Craft” – and indeed, this is apparent in every inch of his home.

image from: http://www.deasypenner.com

image from: http://www.deasypenner.com

The sculpted retreat is listed for sale at $385,000.

Hubbell no longer owns the house (it last sold in the year 2000 for $238,000) But his mark is still all over this very unique property.

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Frank Lloyd Wright ‘Pottery House’ for sale

image from: http://curbed.com

image from: http://curbed.com

When you think of Frank Lloyd Wright, probably the last thing to come to mind is adobe constuction. Frank Lloyd Wright is famous for his signature prairie style of architecture so it is somewhat surprising that he designed one of the most beautiful abode homes in the American southwest.

image from: www.realtor.com

image from: www.realtor.com

Located just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, this home goes far beyond the traditional adobe box. The plans were drawn up by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1942 after he was commissioned by newspaperman Lloyd Burlington. He based his plans on an earlier design he first started working on in 1928.

Unfortunately, Wright died in 1959 so he did not live to see his design for the adobe completed.

image from: realtor.com

image from: realtor.com

Another developer eventually expanded the design and had the house built, but it was not actually finished until 1984. From first drawing to date of completion, it took a whopping 56 years!

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The Chulo Canyon Cave House in Arizona

image from: http://galleries.forbes.com/

image from: http://galleries.forbes.com/

Tired of the risk of fire, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes? Then consider the option of a cave house.

This one is located in Chulo Canyon, Arizona and it is up for sale!

image from: www.interiorunity.com

image from: www.interiorunity.com

It looks teeny-tiny from the exterior, but the living space actually extends back into the cave some 3000 square feet.

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image from: http://thecavehouse.com/

I’m a bit claustrophobic and I hate dark rooms with no natural light so you probably couldn’t pay me to live in a house like this. I sure as heck would not pay to live here…

Especially at a price of $1,500,000!

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From the funky files: three iconic Palm Springs homes

image from: http://teamaks.windermeresocal.com/PropertyDetails.asp

image from: http://teamaks.windermeresocal.com/PropertyDetails.asp

Palm Springs, California is famous for its mid-century desert architecture. In fact, the area probably has the greatest collection of preserved mid-century specimens anywhere in the United States.

It was also a mecca for experimental architecture and design during the 1960′s.

Have a look at these 3 iconic Palm Springs originals…

1. The D’Angelo House, 1963

image from: http://teamaks.windermeresocal.com/PropertyDetails.asp

image from: http://teamaks.windermeresocal.com/PropertyDetails.asp

This tiny 857 square foot home has only 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom but is internationally known due to it being one of only a few homes in the world that rotate electronically.

image from: http://teamaks.windermeresocal.com/PropertyDetails.asp

image from: http://teamaks.windermeresocal.com/PropertyDetails.asp

Located on the outskirts of Palm Springs, this home is currently listed for sale at $279,000.

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Artistic Hacienda in New Mexico

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This unique hacienda is located in Silver City, New Mexico. It is a treat of southwestern warmth and New Mexican charm. And it is currently for sale!

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Named Emory Oak Farm, this property also includes an artist’s studio, wood-working shop, and a large equine facility on 15 acres of high desert land with mountain views. List price is $498,000.

image from: http://www.newmexicohomeequine.com/newmexicohomeequine/Home.html

The eco-friendly adobe main house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathroom in 2,600 square feet. It sports hand-plastered walls, stained concrete floors and custom rough-sawn cabinets with river rock knobs.

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~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"






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