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The Desert House

Written by Christopher Alm • February 9th, 2009
The Desert House

Here is another very swank and swizzle cool house for sale in California for those of you who are immune to the recession. Located in Desert Hot Springs and nick named The Desert House by architectural firm Marmol-Radziner & Associates.

Built in 2005 with the use of prefabricated modules and environmentally consciousness using solar powered energy, high efficiency glass and recycled steel framing. In total it consists of a nearly 7.5 acre site on which the main house, guest house, studio and nearly 2,400 square feet of outdoor decks reside.The price? $1,195,000.

For more information and images visit Crosby Doe Associates. Thank you again Royalton for the tip.

Thanks Royalton

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Anonymous

    impossible to heat, impossible to cool, exposed to sandstorms to ruin glass and exterior… this useless indulgence in inappropriate design features a pricetag that is ridiculous.

  • Keith

    I like it myself. Now if I just had that couple of million on hand.

  • Diego

    I don’t know about impossible to heat or cool but yes, it probably is exposed to sandstorms and earthquakes and bad juju and for all that it’s really expensive! It is still a really cool looking house right out of the Case Study book and I like it!!

  • Anonymous

    The foreigners who don’t live in Desert Hot Springs may enjoy the pretty picture style and high maintenance expense but good design is not stupid design. A “cool looking” house right out of some Case Study book rightly ought to honestly state the obvious. This house is a classic construction of designer ego and as impractical as living in a very expensive cardboard box. This astronomically expensive banal box is a useless construction that does not in any way create a valuable environment to live in. What remains is a waste of time and materials that will only be purchased by a thoughtless person with excessive money to throw away. Give this home designer a big grade of “F”

  • Anne and Charles

    Wow! SOMEONE had an opinion.

    The minute I saw this, I thought “Wow! I could build this at the Salton Sea for probably 1/10 the price and have a sea view as well.

    Clearly, this is not a daily living house intended for a family with kids. This is a “show” house for someone or a couple who likes to entertain.

  • Diego

    Anonymous, sometimes impractical is fun! Some fun takes impractical amounts of resources (so yes, this is indeed an extremely wasteful building), but isn’t the question about what kind of inspiration the inhabitant is looking for?

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