The Volcano House will do instead. Privately (or is that desolately?) situated on 60 acres of Mojave Desert, this Midcentury/Star Trekkian abode lists for $650K–a fraction of the rumored $4.2M the Flintstone House commands. The property at 50451 Silver Valley Road is a saucer-shaped, 2,206-square-foot home perched, “on top of a 150-foot cinder cone, offer[ing] rare architectural elements paired with unique 360 degree views.” Said views include horizontal desert topography, surrounding mountains and personal lake.
If the house seems a little bit show business, it is. It was once owned by Huell Howser, the late producer and host of the TV show “California’s Gold.” Built in 1970, it captures a late ’60s modern aesthetic in a completely unique way–and apparently has kept that aesthetic through the decades, even in its furnishings.
Aside from the striking facade and elevated situation, the Volcano House offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, wrap-around observation decks and a separate two-story structure at its base, complete with oversized garage and upstairs apartment. The location, which seems like the middle of nowhere, is actually 45 minutes east of Barstow. Sotheby’s International has the listing.