Are you a Powerball winner who suddenly has enough cash to buy a vacation home? Don’t settle for something that’s just run-of-the-mill — live it up like an A-list influencer in a one-of-a-kind SoCal landmark that looks like something straight out of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Sitting smack dab in the middle of the Mojave Desert — on 60 remote acres of land bordering Joshua Tree National Park, about two hours from Los Angeles — the so-called “Invisible House” resembles a mirrored 22-story skyscraper resting on its side, all while reflecting and blending seamlessly into the rugged landscape; and it’s now up for grabs, asking $18 million.
Primarily used as a rental property since its 2020 inception, the striking glass and steel-framed structure has been showcased on the Netflix series “The Most Amazing Vacation Rentals,” and frequented by the likes of Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Diplo, The Weeknd and Demi Lovato — who reportedly spotted some aliens while staying there!
Designed by L.A.-based architect and Frank Gehry collaborator Tomas Osinski in collaboration with current owner Chris Hanley — a film producer best known for “American Psycho” and “The Virgin Suicides” — the three-bedroom, four-bath dwelling offers 5,470 square feet of minimalist living space anchored by a 100-foot indoor pool flanked on one end by a massive projection wall for watching movies. There’s also a prefab guesthouse on the property.
Sustainability also is at the forefront of the home’s design, complete with eco-friendly features such as a heat-reflecting Solarcool Glass exterior, whole-house Halo water-filtration system, foam roof, and solar panels for generating electricity and hot water, just for starters. Suspended on concrete columns, the 2,000-square-foot foundation also has “one of the smallest footprints in Joshua Tree,” per the listing.
Among the highlights: a sleekly designed eat-in kitchen outfitted with marble countertops, Boffi fixtures, and top-tier Miele, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, along with a spacious living room/lounge area boasting a wall of sliding glass doors. All of the bedrooms are sequestered on each end of the house, including a resort-like master retreat sporting a bath equipped with dual floating vanities, a soaking tub and rain shower.
In addition to the Invisible House, Hanley and his wife Roberta own and operate the Honeymoon House in Lamu, Kenya, and recently renovated an old cannabis grow property known as “Grow House,” which is set to launch publicly in 2024. Hanley also plans to build James Whitaker’s Starburst Container House, inspired by the architect’s proposed German office comprising a cluster of angled shipping containers.
The listing is held by Aaron Kirman and Matt Adamo of AKG|Christie’s International Real Estate.