California’s Mojave Desert hides an undiscovered architectural gem-a luxurious stone house that looks like it was made for a fashionable Bond villain. Organic architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg (79) designed the house in Joshua Tree for a couple, artist Bev Doolittle and her husband Jay Doolittle, who are now selling it for $3 million.
The house was completed in 1993 but its interior designer, John Vugrin, spent another few years with the finishing touches. It is an otherworldly space made of concrete, steel and glass, nestled into a rocky hillside in the Mojave Desert. The works began in 1988, two years after the couple met the architect for the first time.
Its heavy walls and rib-like structure make it look like a robust shelter during desert storms. It is a 4,643 square foot space with 26 columns that fan out of its rooflines like wings. Its sturdiness was successfully tested back in 1992, during the Landers earthquake.
During the construction, the Doolittles lived in a nearby home and finally took up residence in the early 2000s. Today, the couple hopes to downsize and live a simpler life, which is why have decided to sell the property. The gorgeous Doolittle home is one of many luxury properties currently on the market of the Coachella Valley area overflooded with celebrity homes.
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