The desert hosts weird things. Aliens. Nuclear testing facilities. Odd houses.
Like this one in the Coachella Valley near Joshua Tree National Park in California.
I’m starting 2015 off with this stylin’ house because it pretty much encapsulates how I feel about the new year: optimistic, bold, and slightly dizzy.
Without question, it is stunning. Whether in a good or bad way, is in the eye of the beholder. I happen to love unusual dwellings in desert settings, so I am very impressed with this home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
It looks teeny-tiny from the exterior, but the living space actually extends back into the cave some 3000 square feet.
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!
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
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.
Located on the outskirts of Palm Springs, this home is currently listed for sale at $279,000.