Real Estate Report: Buy The Extinct Volcano of Your DreamsAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Hip arch-villains will love this quasi-futuristic desert lair. It’s on the market for $750K.
The Basics: A two-bedroom, two-bath house, plus a guest/staff house, on sixty acres, asking $750K. Not So Basic: This 1968 hideaway, perched at the top of an ancient and currently extinct volcano, is perfect for your collection of mid-century furniture along with your plans for universal domination. It belongs to the preternaturally-enthusiastic Huell Howser, host of public television’s California Gold. We all have our dark sides. Or it might have been just an impulse purchase.
The domed, arched structure is set above a carport so nothing gets in the way of the 360° views, with all utilities underground.
Worried about groceries? Fear not. The house is located just outside of Barstow, roughly between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Yes, it has air-conditioning. No pool, but it does have a lake, which looks saline enough that you could probably make your own home-grown salt. Nearby is a second structure, billed as a one-bedroom/one-bath guest house. Other than mentioning the lake, the listing is silent on other sources of water. Maybe arch-villains don’t shower, although there are probably some great natural hot springs nearby.
Although you can forget about pizza delivery, this house has its own eccentric and cinematic charms. Which might or might not wear off after a week.
Listing: 50451 Silver Valley Road, Newberry Springs [Redfin]