Realtor.com contributor Jamie Wiebe depicts a minimalist home in the California desert that brings together elements of fantasy and science-fiction.
The $189,900 home in Joshua Tree Calif., was built in 2004 and described by listing agent Paul Karr as "a cross between a hobbit house and Luke Skywalker’s home.” The rock-like exterior of the building evokes the feel of a home on Tatooine, while the arched design faintly resembles a hobbit home. But the futuristic design isn't just aesthetic, it also serves to insulate the property even in the scorching dessert heat. The home is also powered by solar panels and a generator.
The 755-square-foot interior features reclaimed wood floors and rounded ceilings divided by rustic beams. The kitchen appliances aren't full-size, but it's packed with storage and offers ample counter space.
The entire layout of the home, located on more than an acre of land, creates a beautiful desert compound that defies the standard perception of a tiny home. Karr says the home is ideal for buyers looking for a second home that can double as a vacation rental. It’s located a stone’s throw from Joshua Tree National Park, and its unique décor is a bonus when listed on sites such as Airbnb. “Most people looking to get away in the desert are looking for an experience,” Karr says. “There’s nothing like this out there. It’s great for someone who’s looking for something really unique.”