House built on a Southern Calif. volcano.
Not every day you come across a unique home that looks like a UFO. And you certainly wouldn’t come across one that is built on top of a volcano. But there is a curious dwelling located between Las Vegas and Los Angeles that is sitting atop a volcano. To be precise, the home is located in Newberry Springs, CA on top of a volcanic cinder cone. (Pics)
Originally commissioned by aircraft-mechanics genius Vard Wallace as a personal retreat, the home was designed by prolific and versatile Southern California architect Harold Bissner, Jr. and completed in 1968. The inspiration? San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a nuclear plant in northwestern San Diego county.
The property now belongs to local semi-celebrity Huell Howser, who has hosted California’s Gold, a travel show on the Los Angeles radio station KCET, for the past 20 years. Howser listed the property in September 2009, at which point Curbed LA described it as a “secret hideout where you watch your dastardly plans unfold on flat screens and cackle at your minions.”
This home design was inspired by a nuclear power plant.
Still lingering on the market for its initial ask of $750K, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom main house features a dome formed from concrete and bent-fir beams and grounded by glass walls; inside, a conversation pit keeps things centered around a fireplace.
There’s also a one-bedroom guest house, a lake, 60 acres of untarnished land, a three-car carport, a rooftop observation deck on top of that dome (360-degree views of the desert, anyone?) and, of course, the best part: brokerbabble that references a “stark, strong almost lunar landscape.”
Fun times! Anyway, despite the fact that it’s had zero luck selling—with nary a price chop, either—over the last two years, Howser’s clearly holding out for that one special architecture geek who wants a serious story to tell. Or perhaps just some rich kid who wants to live in a spaceship.