Perched high atop the scenic shores of Folsom Lake, in the Sacramento suburb of Newscastle, is this unique house. The home’s outer shell bears an uncanny resemblance to a ship that’s run ashore, smack-dab amid the rugged terrain. Fittingly known as the “Shipwreck House,” the place has a wave-shaped roof with a trio of mast-like iron columns and rectangular solar panels made to look like sails, plus a white cubic volume that could easily double as a crow’s nest. Floating on and off the market since it was built in 2015 — originally for $3.8 million — the home has resurfaced for sale once again, this time for a more palatable $2.4 million.
Custom designed and owned by California architect Martin Tarafdar of Border Studios, the modern steel and concrete behemoth is nestled on a secluded one-acre parcel in the Sierra Nevada foothills, within a remote area known as Rattlesnake Bar. Inside, just over 4,400 square feet of minimalist, open-concept living space — mimicking the damaged underside of a ship’s hull — features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, with a detached guesthouse adjacent to a three-car garage hosting an additional bedroom and bath.
Occupying the main level are metal and wood-beam ceilings accented by blue-stained concrete floors to give off a “flooded” appearance, along with a stainless kitchen outfitted with a bespoke crescent-shaped, five-burner range and matching sink, and a combined living/dining area. The master bedroom, which can be easily sectioned off for privacy via a retracting screen, boasts dual vanities, a standalone shower and a distinctive rectangular-shaped aluminum soaking tub with a view.
Especially standing out are floor-to-ceiling walls of glass framing breathtaking panoramic vistas of the water and mountains beyond; and, hovering just outside, is a wooden cantilevered deck showcasing a striking infinity-edge pool and spa. Sustainability also is at the forefront, with the undulating roof holding tanks designed to collect and store up to 12,000 gallons of rainwater (totaling about 50,000 gallons a year), and a grid-connected solar design that sells power back to the Pacific Gas & Electric company on sunny days, producing an annual credit balance.