The house in the desert

In March 1986, Beverly and Jay Doolittle, envisioned a home that would blend into desert of the Coachella Valley. Now this otherworldly home near the Joshua Tree National Park has come onto the market.

At first glance the home looks more like an alien ship that landed in the bare landscape and proceeded to blend into its surroundings. The mastermind behind this unusual home is organic architect, Kendrick Bangs Kellogg who captivated the world with his designs of buildings with curved arches and walls. His designs were rounded, with the look of molded clay.

They gave Kellogg creative freedom to create the home, what he designed cannot be described as anything but a work of art. The house is a mixture of concrete, steel, glass and copper overlays. What remains one of the most amazing aspects of the house is that while it blends into the landscape, it also stands out without taking over the natural beauty.

Beverly Doolittle has said that her favourite part of the house was the large concrete pedestal with a wide, circular area on top, close to the high ceiling - the couple turned this mushroom pedestal into the master suite and from their pedestal they could watch the stars and the moon without any interference.

After living in the house for more than a decade the couple has decided to sell the property. It has been listed at an asking price of $3 million.

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