If you are interested in purchasing the most interesting home in Southern California, you might want to take a closer look at the Volcano House. Situated atop a 150-foot tall volcanic cone within the Mojave Desert, the Volcano house has recently been put on the market for just $650,000.
The History of the Volcano House
Originally constructed in 1968, the Volcano house resembles a flying saucer perched high up on the air between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Nevada in Newberry Springs, California. The home was originally commissioned by aircraft mechanics genius Vard Wallace to serve as his personal retreat. The design was dreamt up by Southern California architect Harold Bissner, Jr., who was inspired by the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station nuclear plant located in northwestern San Diego County. Lucille Ball was rumored to have been a guest at the home while owned by Wallace
Following Wallace, the home was owned for a time by British developer Richard Baily. Eventually, the home switched hands to broadcaster Huell Howser, who described the home as his “dream home.” Despite being his dream home, Howser put the home on the market in 2009 for $750,000. After experiencing problems with selling it, Howser decided to donate the entire 60-acre property to Chapman University in Orange, California in April 2012. In addition to gifting the house to Chapman University, Howser also gave the university all of his “California’s Gold” tapes and books about California to the school. He also donated money for school scholarships.
Today, the university remains the owner of the unique property. After receiving the home as a gift, the university had it renovated and made it available as a vacation rental and special events. It has also been used for photo shoots. Now, the university hopes to sell it to someone else who can make the property their dream home.
Looking Inside the Volcano Home
While the Volcano Home sits on 60 acre near Interstate 15, the home itself is relatively small at just 1,800 square feet. Boasting two bedrooms, two bathrooms and open entertaining areas, the key feature of the circular home is its massive windows and wraparound deck. Thanks to this feature, the property offers impressive views of the surrounding desert. Other features include a central fireplace that serves as a focal point within the home as well as a sunken conversation pit. The fully-equipped kitchen boasts classic wood cabinetry. The property also features a separate two-story building with a garage and an upstairs apartment as well as a private lack.
Due to the location of the Volcano Home, it offers quick access to some of the area’s quirkiest attractions. Among these are Big Al’s Pistachio Ranch, Buffalo Ranch, the Bagdad Café and the Ostrich Farm. While modern conveniences are not located very near to the home, it offers a peaceful sanctuary with plenty of space for landing a plane or enjoying outdoor activities.
The Volcano House is one of many interesting homes that can be found in Southern California. Whether you are looking for quirky, luxury or a combination of the two, our team of professional real estate experts can help you find the perfect property.
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