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An American property widely known for attracting A-listers and blending in with its desert surroundings is looking for a new owner.
The creators of Joshua Tree’s Invisible House are moving on to their next big building project and looking to sell their 511 sqm “2001: A Space Odyssey”-inspired estate for (AU$26.13m).
“I just drew a rectangle on paper and said, ‘OK, we’ll build this,’” Chris Hanley told the Wall Street Journal of the blueprint for his three-bedroom, four-bathroom creation.
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“I thought it could just be a monolithic, reflective, ultra-minimal thing.”
Hanley and his wife Roberta have been living at the abode — the exterior of which is composed fully of reflective glass — since they finished constructing it in 2019, but are now selling it and shifting their energy to their new Starburst Container House, also located in Joshua Tree.
In addition to its unique, landscape-reflecting facade, the 69m-long “smart” home — which is vaulted to sit more than 30m off the ground — also boasts a prefab guesthouse, a 100-foot indoor “solar” pool and has been featured on Netflix’s “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals.”
It’s set on 90 acres of land, with all furniture included in the price — and it has previously been visited by Lizzo, Diplo, Lil’ Kim and Demi Lovato, among others
“I think Demi Lovato saw aliens there,” Chris Hanley told the Journal of the pop star’s experience at the home.
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The property’s $18m price point makes it the most expensive property in the Californian region of Joshua Tree by far.
But its uniqueness, fame and the fact that it is arguably being sold as a piece of liveable artwork make the dollar figure achievable, Kirman added.
“It’s definitely expensive for Joshua Tree,” he said. “But good pieces of art command premium prices.”
The Hanleys partnered with architect Tomas Orsinski, a Frank Gehry collaborator, to design their one-of-a-kind Invisible House.
The home is a mirrored box that reflects back the surrounding desert scenery and appears to blend into the landscape.
Heat-reflecting Solarcool glass gives the home its unique look and keeps the interiors temperate, despite the harsh desert weather, and filters out harmful UV rays. An eco-friendly foam roof and solar-electric system make the house a model of sustainability.
The property is listed with Aaron Kirman and Matt Adamo of AKG Christie’s International Real Estate.
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Parts of this story were first in The Post and republished with permission.
Story Credit: news.com.au