A sci-fi-inspired residence on 67.5 acres captures architectural brilliance, interior design magnificence, and environmental harmony.
Joshua Tree, California
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: BRIAN ASHBY, CHRIS HANLEY, AND MASEK IMAGINING
Producers Chris and Roberta Hanley are known for their innovative film projects, including cult-hit American Psycho and Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides. Before his film career, Chris worked in art, dealing in pieces by such luminaries as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. When it came time for the couple to design a house, they once again wanted something cutting-edge. The Hanleys partnered with architect Tomas Orsinski, a Frank Gehry collaborator, to create their one-of-a-kind Invisible House in Joshua Tree, California.
Inspired by the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, the home is a 5,500-square-foot mirrored box that reflects the surrounding desert scenery and seems to blend into the landscape. Heat-reflecting Solarcool glass gives the house its unique look, keeps the interiors temperate despite the harsh desert weather, and filters out harmful UV rays. An eco-friendly foam roof and solar-electric system make the house a model of sustainability.
The glass walls open on three sides for a novel take on the indoor-outdoor living concept. Inside, a 100-foot heated indoor swimming pool capped by a 224-square-foot projection wall is perfect for screening films. The three large bedrooms each have an en-suite bathroom with Boffi fixtures. The primary suite has a giant glass bed frame and features a 5-star resort-inspired bath with a soaking tub, floating vanities, and a rain shower. A world-class chef’s kitchen sports dual ovens, separate refrigerator and freezer storage, marble surfaces, and Miele, Sub Zero, and Wolf appliances anchored upon sleek concrete flooring, making ready-to-cater events a breeze. A Flos lighting system creates radiant ambient lighting with different colors to fit the mood.
Sitting on 67 acres of tranquil desert, the home provides seclusion and oneness with nature. With cameos in numerous film projects and more extensive coverage on Netflix’s The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals, the home has been available as both a film location and a luxury Airbnb stay with a per-night price of $2,500. A good mix of home and nature, the property borders national parkland and a gated tortoise reserve, but it is only ten minutes from Joshua Tree’s downtown. Other nearby options for entertainment include the Noah Purifoy Art Museum and endless hiking trails.
The Invisible House, Joshua Tree, California, is offered at $18,000,000.
For more information and a private showing,
Aaron Kirman and Matt Adamo
AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate.