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Joshua Tree’s ‘Invisible House’ could be yours for $18m

A surreal desert structure that ‘flaunts its abundance’ has attracted celebrities and more: ‘Demi Lovato saw aliens there’ Joshua Tree’s real estate boom may have reached a symbolic peak, as the desert town’s iconic, mirror-walled mansion goes on the market for $18m in what is said to be a record-setting asking price. The Invisible House, constructed in 2019 by film producers Chris and Roberta Hanley, has hosted celebrities like Lizzo, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande and The Weekend, and been featured in the Netflix series The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals. The house is a surreal, box-like structure, with glinting glass walls that reflect the desert landscape, and a massive, 100ft indoor pool that stretches nearly half the length of the house. Its owners have touted the meditative aspects of the property. “I think Demi Lovato saw aliens there,” Roberta Hanley told the Wall Street Journal. The house had previously been available to rent for $150,000 a month, $6,000 per day, or $1,000 per hour, Mansion Global reported last summer. A rental website touted the house’s “dramatic desert contrasts” and the “oversized” pool that “flaunts its abundance in a seemingly barren land”. The residence, which offers a modest three bedrooms and four bathrooms, has a “fully-mirrored exterior which ‘disappears’ into the surrounding desert”, as well as high-end kitchen appliances and charging stations for three Teslas. “To our knowledge, it is the most expensive listing in Joshua Tree now,” said Matt Adam, one of the property’s listing agents. Even if the Invisible House ends up selling for $9m, half the current asking price, “it will be the most expensive home ever sold in Joshua Tree”, local newspaper San Bernardino Sun reported. Just a few years ago, Joshua Tree, a tiny town in California set next to a stunning national park, was a refuge for artists and oddballs, a place where locals said it was possible to rent an apartment for $500 a month. But during the pandemic, the town’s two-hour proximity to Los Angeles, and the social media-fueled popularity of Joshua Tree national park, led to one of the largest increases in housing prices in the state. The result has been a worsening local housing crisis, with many longtime residents and local service industry employees saying that skyrocketing rental costs have forced them out of their homes. In recent months, the booming desert housing market has started to slow. Average Joshua Tree housing sale prices were down 25% in December 2022, compared with the year before, and the number of houses sold was down by more than 50%, according to Redfin, a real estate company that publishes housing data. The Invisible House, of course, is not even close to an average Joshua Tree home, the median price of which was $343,000 last month, according to Redfin. Real estate agents at AKG Christie’s International Real Estate have been “bombarded with calls” from journalists and others since the house was put on the market, Adamo said. Much of the interest so far has come from potential buyers interested in the house as an investment property, Adamo said. The house has previously brought in as much as $1.4m in income in a single year in rental and production fees, he said. So far, there has been more interest from potential American buyers than from international customers, Adamo said, since Americans have a better understanding of the cultural appeal of Joshua Tree’s remote desert landscape, while international buyers are more interested in properties closer to the bright lights of Los Angeles, a two to three hour drive from Joshua Tree. Chris Hanley, known for producing films like the Virgin Suicides, American Psycho, and Spring Breakers, has described the “Invisible House” as part art project, part residence, which was inspired in part by a monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey and by his old friend, Andy Warhol. Just buying the glass for the house’s construction cost nearly $700,000, he told the Wall Street Journal. Hanley did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the property. “It’s so close with nature and so integrated with the rock formations and everything in the desert. That’s probably the most exciting and appealing aspect,” Adamo said. One of Adamo’s favorite aspects of the house is that “the sun literally goes from sunrise to sunset in the [master] bedroom. You could stay there all day and see the house light up in different ways from the angle of the sun and the stars”. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/20/joshua-tree-invisible-house-18m

John Lautner’s Garcia House, Seen in Lethal Weapon 2, Lists for $16M

The house, owned by producer Bill Damaschke and business manager John McIlwee, sits on 60 foot stilts and includes a pool, spiral staircase and sunken living room. Back in 2002, John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke bought a historic John Lautner-designed residence towering high above Los Angeles. The couple never intended to purchase the modernist-style home — per an article in The Wall Street Journal — but they went on to visit the eye-catching cantilevered structure, and subsequently wound up with the deed to what was then an almond-shaped fixer-upper that resembled something straight out of The Jetsons. Now the showbiz pair — McIlwee a longtime entertainment business manager, and Damaschke a Tony-winning Broadway producer — have decided to sell their unique and updated Hollywood Hills home off Mullholland Drive, asking a whopping $16 million. That’s almost $15 million more than they paid actor/director Vincent Gallo for the property, which made an appearance in the 1989 film Lethal Weapon 2. But the pair did undertake an extensive restoration of the premises during their tenure, working with the interior design firm Marmol Radziner — known for its renovation of Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs — to bring it as close back to its original state as possible. Originally built in the early 1960s for film composer and arranger Russell Garcia and his wife Gina, and aptly named the Garcia House, the two-story structure features three bedrooms and a matching number of baths in just over 2,500 square feet of living space crafted by interior designer Darren Brown. Perched atop a steep and heavily wooded hillside parcel spanning over an acre, the dramatic home is distinguished by a signature parabolic roof, 50-foot wall of colorful stained-glass windows — hence its other nickname, The Rainbow House — and 60-foot concrete caissons elevating the structure high above the canyon below. A large balcony and sweeping spiral staircase also are part of the home’s appeal, while a hillside garden designed by landscape architect John Sharp leads via a meandering pathway lined with agave, cacti and a huge rubber tree down to an ellipse-shaped pool that was tacked on around 2008 using Lautner’s original sketches. A lava rock entryway opens into interiors adorned throughout with the original terrazzo floors. From there, a sunken living room displays a massive stone fireplace, built-in banquette seating, stained walnut cabinetry and walls of glass. Other highlights include a media room and curved dining area topped by a custom chandelier original to the house, along with an updated kitchen that retains the original sink and boasts newer Dacor appliances. The aforementioned spiral staircase separates the living area from the main bedrooms, which include a master suite outfitted with a seating area overlooking the L.A. Basin. According to The Wall Street Journal, McIlwee and Damaschke are selling because they are spending more time in New York, where they maintain a Tribeca home. They also own Gerald and Betty Ford’s former Rancho Mirage getaway. The listing is held by Weston Littlefield, Aaron Kirman and Dalton Gomez of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/real-estate/john-lautner-garcia-house-hollywood-hills-for-sale-1235305737/amp/

Iconic John Lautner-Designed House Lists in the Hills

Back in 2002, John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke bought a historic John Lautner-designed residence towering high above Los Angeles. The couple never intended to purchase the modernist-style home — per an article in The Wall Street Journal — but they went on to visit the eye-catching cantilevered structure, and subsequently wound up with the deed to what was then an almond-shaped fixer-upper that resembled something straight out of “The Jetsons.” Now the showbiz pair — McIlwee a longtime entertainment business manager, and Damaschke a Tony-winning Broadway producer — have decided to sell their unique and updated Hollywood Hills home off Mullholland Drive, asking a whopping $16 million. That’s almost $15 million more than they paid actor/director Vincent Gallo for the property, which made an appearance in the 1989 film “Lethal Weapon 2.” But the pair did undertake an extensive restoration of the premises during their tenure, working with the interior design firm Marmol Radziner — known for its renovation of Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs — to bring it as close back to its original state as possible. Originally built in the early 1960s for film composer and arranger Russell Garcia and his wife Gina, and aptly named the “Garcia House,” the two-story structure features three bedrooms and a matching number of baths in just over 2,500 square feet of living space crafted by interior designer Darren Brown. Perched atop a steep and heavily wooded hillside parcel spanning over an acre, the dramatic home is distinguished by a signature parabolic roof, 50-foot wall of colorful stained-glass windows — hence its other nickname, “The Rainbow House” — and 60-foot concrete caissons elevating the structure high above the canyon below. A large balcony and sweeping spiral staircase also are part of the home’s appeal, while a hillside garden designed by landscape architect John Sharp leads via a meandering pathway lined with agave, cacti and a huge rubber tree down to an ellipse-shaped pool that was tacked on around 2008 using Lautner’s original sketches. A lava rock entryway opens into interiors adorned throughout with the original terrazzo floors. From there, a sunken living room displays a massive stone fireplace, built-in banquette seating, stained walnut cabinetry and walls of glass. Other highlights include a media room and curved dining area topped by a custom chandelier original to the house, along with an updated kitchen that retains the original sink and boasts newer Dacor appliances. The aforementioned spiral staircase separates the living area from the main bedrooms, which include a master suite outfitted with a seating area overlooking the L.A. Basin. According to The Wall Street Journal, McIlwee and Damaschke are selling because they are spending more time in New York, where they maintain a Tribeca home. They also own Gerald and Betty Ford’s former Rancho Mirage getaway. The listing is held by Weston Littlefield, Aaron Kirman and Dalton Gomez of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. https://www.dirt.com/gallery/showbiz/entertainment-industry/john-lautner-garcia-house-hollywood-hills-1203613937/rd_garcia_0574_v2_f3/

This John Lautner House Starred in ‘Lethal Weapon: 2’. Now It Can Be Yours for $16 Million.

Remember that scene in Lethal Weapon 2 when Mel Gibson dragged a glassy manse down a hill with just his truck? Thankfully, the home in question was just a replica, but the real-life version of that modernist masterpiece is up for grabs for the first time in 20 years. Built in the ‘60s by late California architect John Lautner, the Garcia House is one of the most significant midcentury properties in all of Los Angeles. Mirroring the shape of an almond—or a rainbow, depending on who you ask—the Mulholland Drive dwelling appears to defy gravity. That’s because it’s actually floating 60 feet off the ground on stilts. Its owners, Broadway producer Bill Damaschke and his partner, John McIlwee, bought the abode back in 2002 and are now offering up their prized pad for a cool $16 million, reported The Wall Street Journal. “This isn’t one of those houses where you’re basing it off price per square foot. We’re basically going to market it as an art piece that fortunately you can live in,” listing agent Weston Littlefield of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate, told WSJ. Spanning 2,600 square feet, the residence has three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and even includes an ellipse-shaped pool, which was added in 2008 using Lautner’s original design. In 2012, the home underwent a massive renovation led by Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner, the same architecture firm that restored Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs. “The Garcia House is just such a beautifully exuberant, graceful structure,” managing partner Leo Marmol told the publication. “Lautner’s work is always such a celebration but, with this project in particular, the scale is so small and delicate.” It took the team roughly a year and $1 million to complete the remodel, but rest assured all the updates adhere to Lautner’s style. You’ll find original terrazzo flooring throughout, lava rock walls and colorful stained-glass panels. Some of its most defining features include soaring 30-foot windows, a large spiral staircase that connects the living area to the bedrooms and, of course, its sweeping, parabolic roof. “This house has changed our lives, but 20 years is a long time,” McIlwee told WSJ. “We’ve kind of experienced everything we’re going to experience here. We’re ready to pass the torch.” Weston Littlefield, Aaron Kirman and Dalton Gomez of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate hold the listing together. https://robbreport.com/shelter/homes-for-sale/john-lautners-garcia-house-in-lethal-weapon-2-can-be-yours-16-million-1234797229/

John Lautner’s Garcia House Lists for $16 Million

For John McIlwee, living in John Lautner’s Garcia House has been nothing short of life-altering. “It’s been empowering and substantial,” he tells AD. An entertainment business manager, McIlwee and his partner, Bill Damaschke, bought the 1962 modernist masterpiece from Vincent Gallo in 2002, who told them the property would change their lives. McIlwee says it did. “John Lautner has kind of a cult following with people from all walks of life, so it’s been an amazing way to be part of a bigger collective world of art and architecture,” he says. Now, it’s time to pass the torch—or, better phrased, the keys—to a new owner. Designed by the acclaimed American architect, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, the teardrop-shaped home is one of Lautner’s most recognizable works. Suspended 60 feet above Mulholland Drive on steel caissons, the property’s wall of windows provides unobstructed views of the canyon below. “The Garcia House is a notable architectural masterpiece that is renowned for its unique design, which seamlessly combines organic architecture with a modernist aesthetic,” Weston Littlefield, one of the home’s listing agents, says. The 2,596-square-foot home features three beds, three and half bathrooms, terrazzo flooring, a lava rock entryway, and a pool, which was added in 2008. Built for Russell Garcia, a composer and arranger, the home not only has a unique architectural legacy, but also a Hollywood one. Previous owners—including Garcia, Gallo, and McIlwee and Damaschke—have worked in the film industry, and the house has even made its own big-screen appearances, most notably in Lethal Weapon 2 in 2011. “This is a true architectural masterpiece that is not only a functional home, but also a work of art,” Littlefield says. “The buyer should be someone who is not just looking for a house, but also a piece of history, a statement, and an opportunity to own something that is truly one-of-a-kind.” The property—which is listed for $16,000,000—is represented by Littlefield, Aaron Kirman, and Dalton Gomez of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. According to the agents, the home is in great condition following an extensive restoration in 2012 overseen by Marmol Radziner. “It may sound corny, but the house really opened our minds to so many different cultural opportunities,” McIlwee adds. “I would tell the new owner to let the house be a vessel of creativity and to enjoy being part of the process. During our time there, we felt like we worked in tandem with the structure and creative design.” https:https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/john-lautners-garcia-house-lists-for-16-million?redirectURL=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.architecturaldigest.com%2Fstory%2Fjohn-lautners-garcia-house-lists-for-16-million

Movers: Former Italian basketball star named partner, the Gitlins move to Coldwell Banker

Marco Salari has worked at Coldwell Banker for five years. He was recently named partner in the Beverly Hills-based boutique firm helmed by Brent Watson. The group renamed itself Watson Salari Real Estate Group this month. Salari will serve as a broker for the Coldwell Banker-affiliated firm, which has a focus on enclaves in Beverly Hills, Sunset Strip and Hancock Park. The Watson-Salari duo worked together in the past on notable deals. In November, Watson and Salari represented Italian fashion star Brunello Cucinelli for the designer’s purchase of a $5 million Hollywood Hills home. The boutique firm also does commercial work. In June, they represented Marian Goodman Gallery when it leased a 12,000-square-foot space in Hollywood. Before working in real estate, Salari was a professional basketball player in Italy and was on the roster for that country’s national basketball team from 2014 to 2016. Salari said sports was a good preparation for real estate. “In my role as a point guard, you have to read the situation before everyone else. You have to be disciplined and deliver under pressure. You can’t give up if you lose a game,” Salari said. Drew and Susan Gitlin have moved to Coldwell Banker Realty after working with Berkshire Hathaway for 20 years. The Gitlins will be based at Coldwell Banker’s Brentwood office. The couple were ranked on Real Trends’ 2021 Small Teams by Volume listing, based on 2020 sales volume. According to the list, the Gitlins made more than $85 million in 2020. The Gitlins made a splash in 2019 when they were among the listing agents in the sale of the $150 million Chartwell Estate, a Bel Air mansion which was sold to Lachlan Murdoch by the estate of late Spanish-language television tycoon Jerry Perenchio. ➤Luxury agent Aaron Kirman made headlines in November when his firm Aaron Kirman Group made the jump to Christie’s International Real Estate from Compass. Recently, it was announced that Trent Luxury, helmed by former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Morgan Trent, also would change affiliations from Compass to Christie’s. One of Trent’s major recent deals took place in October when he represented Russell Westbrook of the Los Angeles Lakers in the basketball player’s purchase of a $37 million home in Brentwood. ➤Michelle Montany joined Eklund|Gomes at Douglas Elliman and she will serve as a director of sales at luxury condo building 8899 Beverly. A condominium sold at the West Hollywood area building for $10.6 million. Montany worked in sales for Pendry Residences West Hollywood from 2019 to January 2023. During her time at the hotel-branded residence, she worked on the sale of a $22 million penthouse. The transaction holds the record as the most expensive condo deal in the L.A. market in 2022. ➤Bob Rubinstein joined Douglas Elliman and will work out of the brokerage’s Malibu office. Other agents who recently hopped aboard Elliman include Desiree Walker and Adam Renteria, both of whom will work in the brokerage’s Newport Beach office. Aaron Gallagher also recently joined Douglas Elliman and will work in the brokerage’s Beverly Hills office. ➤Nichole Shanfeld has moved to Carolwood from The Go Group at Sotheby’s International Realty. She will focus on Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Beverly Hills and much of West Los Angeles. https://therealdeal.com/la/2023/01/18/movers-former-italian-basketball-star-named-partner-the-gitlins-move-to-coldwell-banker/

One-Of-A-Kind ‘Invisible House’ With 100-Foot Pool For Sale In California

An "invisible house" was recently added to the California housing market, and it is certainly one-of-a-kind. According to Zillow Gone Wild, the large, architecturally pleasing home is located in Joshua Tree and encompasses nearly 60 acres of land. The property is extremely sustainable, featuring an abundance of solar panels and a 100-foot solar-heated swimming pool. The Zillow listing mentioned that the home was designed by Chris Henley, Frank Gehry, and Tomas Osinski with the purpose of the inhabitant connecting with their environment as the mirrored exterior allows it to blend in with the surrounding scene. The house features three bedrooms and four bathrooms among a "world class chef's kitchen," and "five-star-resort inspired baths." The property is being sold for $18,000,000. Here is what Aaron Kirman and Matt Adamo detailed about the property in the Zillow listing: "Each spacious living area featuring modern Flos lighting is connected to an entire wall of sliding glass doors all opening to the breathtaking landscape, offering a one-of-a-kind living experience that blurs the line between home and nature. Awaken every morning in each of the large three bedrooms to sweeping views of the landscape all equipped with sliding doors, as well as en-suite Boffi bathrooms with a custom all-glass exposed shower in bath #3. For the true visual artist, a massive 224 square foot white wall at the end of the pool is designed for screening films or projecting photographs." https:/https://www.iheart.com/content/2023-01-17-one-of-a-kind-invisible-house-with-100-foot-pool-for-sale-in-california/

Joshua Tree‘s Invisible House, a Mirrored Marvel of Desert Architecture, Has Hit the Market for a Sizzling Sum

The property is owned by Chris and Roberta Hanley, producers of films including ‘American Psycho’ and ‘The Virgin Suicides.’ The Invisible House—which has been visited by the likes of Lizzo and Demi Lovato—has hit the market for $18 million. The property is owned by Chris and Roberta Hanley, who have produced films like American Psycho, Spring Breakers, and The Virgin Suicides. According to the home’s listing—which is held by Aaron Kirman and Matt Adamo of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate—the residence sits on more than 60 acres in Southern California’s Joshua Tree. It was built to “connect inhabitant with environment through a mirrored glass exterior…masking itself as an indistinguishable component of the dramatic, rocky, desert landscape.” When describing the Invisible House, architect and artist Tomas Osinski told Artnet News, “The building is more about the desert surroundings than about itself.” He said that, at its core, the abode “is a very simple box,” and its “design started as a single room and outdoor pool, and organically [became] what it is now,” a three-bedroom, four-bathroom home with an indoor pool. Given that the home’s walls are composed of glass, its “interior is as much about the desert as its exterior,” added Osinski, who in the past has collaborated with renowned architect Frank Gehry. Although Chris Hanley is perhaps best known for his decades-long career as a film producer, he is also an art collector and founder of Art Associates, Inc., which he created to deal works by prominent artists such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Damien Hirst, as well as minimalists Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt. The Invisible House—which made an appearance in Netflix’s The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals—took six years to construct and was completed in 2019. At the time of writing, it is still listed on Airbnb for $2,500 a night. Prior to the construction of the home, the Hanleys had another, prefabricated abode. This was in the early 2010s, when dwellings in Joshua Tree were required to be at least 20 feet wide. Shortly thereafter, the couple, along with Osinski, designed a structure that fit this criteria. The end result is the Invisible House as we know it today, which was inspired by the work of German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, as well as the monolith from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. That’s not the only celestial connection. When speaking to The Wall Street Journal about Demi Lovato’s stay at the famed house, Roberta Hanley exclaimed, “I think [she] saw aliens there.” https:https://news.artnet.com/art-world/invisible-house-hanley-2243698

Straight Out of ‘The Jetsons,’ This John Lautner-Designed L.A. Home Is Hitting the Market for $16 Million

“The Garcia House is just such a beautifully exuberant, graceful structure,” said architect Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner, whose firm helped restore the house. “Lautner’s work is always such a celebration but, with this project in particular, the scale is so small and delicate.” The sellers are Hollywood couple John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke, who purchased the house from the actor Vincent Gallo for $1.2 million in 2002, property records show. Mr. McIlwee is a business manager in the entertainment industry, and Mr. Damaschke served for decades as chief creative officer at the movie studio DreamWorks Animation before becoming a producer of Broadway shows such as “The Prom” and “Moulin Rouge,” for which he won a Tony Award in 2021. Garcia House had its own star turn in 1989, appearing in the movie “Lethal Weapon 2” as the headquarters for a South African drug-smuggling cartel. Spanning around 2,600 square feet with three bedrooms on 1.2 acres, the house overlooks a canyon through 30-foot-tall windows. It has a large balcony, and a central outdoor spiral staircase divides the living area from the main bedroom suites. The main living and dining area features glass walls juxtaposed with lava rock and gray terrazzo floors. The house was originally built for Russell Garcia, a film composer and conductor, and his wife Gina Garcia. Kristy Corwin, the Garcias’ granddaughter, said the couple had specific requirements for the design, including a quiet office space separate from the main living room where Mr. Garcia could write music without being disturbed. It was her grandmother’s idea, she said, to have the house built in the shape of a rainbow and to include different colored panels of glass on the facade, details which have earned the property the local moniker of The Rainbow House. The Garcias lived there for six years before selling the house to sail the South Pacific, even though Ms. Garcia couldn’t swim, Ms. Corwin said. Mr. McIlwee said he and Mr. Damaschke hadn’t intended to buy a midcentury home until they saw an advertisement for the listing in the newspaper. They decided to visit and immediately fell in love. Mr. McIlwee said he was already familiar with Lautner’s work because one of his friends, the actress Courteney Cox, had recently purchased a home designed by the architect. In 2002, he said, midcentury homes were only starting to come into fashion again, and didn’t command the same prices that they do today. When the couple purchased the house, it had fallen into disrepair, said Mr. McIlwee. Many of Lautner’s original fixtures had been lost. In addition, the roof was leaking and there was some water damage. Still, they decided to move in for a year to get a feel for the place before renovating. “It was one of the most important decisions that we made, because the way John Lautner designed the house is very site specific,” Mr. McIlwee said. “The way that the sun moves throughout the whole year and hits the house in different ways. If we hadn’t lived there for a while, we would have made the wrong decisions later.” When they first moved in, the couple felt uneasy about living so high above the canyon, effectively on stilts. Not one part of the house itself actually touches the ground, Mr. McIlwee said. He said he kept thinking about the 1974 action thriller “Earthquake,” in which houses are seen tumbling down a hill. But after the house survived several significant earthquakes unscathed, they let their anxiety go, deciding to put their trust in Lautner’s engineering skills. To help them restore the house, they tapped Marmol Radziner, which had restored Richard Neutra’s famed Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs, which was immortalized by the Slim Aarons photo “Poolside Gossip.” The nearly yearlong effort cost over $1 million and involved several major projects, including repairing the roof. The couple also had to rip off the front balcony because of water damage that had eaten away at the under-structure. “We tried every single thing to save it,” Mr. McIlwee said. They rebuilt it to the original specifications, matching the terrazzo exactly. One of the most adventurous projects was dusting off Lautner’s plans for an ellipse-shaped pool, which was never built. The original owners were said to have run out of money before they got to it, Mr. McIlwee said. “At the time, the place was so far-out that no bank would give them a mortgage,” he said. “So they had to pay for the entire construction and furnishings in cash.” He and Mr. Damaschke built a concrete terrace beneath the house and installed the pool according to Lautner’s plans. The ellipse shape, he said, was one of the architect’s trademarks. For the interiors, they introduced materials like Lucite and onyx, commissioning a Lucite furniture designer to make a new four-poster bed. A Lucite coffee table dates to the 1960s, Mr. McIlwee said. The couple have frequently entertained at the property, he said, and recently hosted a party at the house for the Broadway cast and crew of “Moulin Rouge.” Mr. McIlwee said he and Mr. Damaschke are selling because they are spending more time in New York, where they own a home in Tribeca. They also feel that it is time to let someone else enjoy the house, he said. The pair also own the Gerald and Betty Ford Residence in Rancho Mirage, a 1970s architectural home. “This house has changed our lives,” Mr. McIlwee said. “But 20 years is a long time. We’ve kind of experienced everything we’re going to experience here. We’re ready to pass the torch.” Mr. McIlwee said it is extremely rare for a Lautner of this period to come on the market, so he expects significant demand for the property. Still, he said, they won’t sell to just anyone. He recalled the three-hour lunch and “delicate dance” they did with Mr. Gallo when purchasing the home, since the actor was intent on selling the house to someone who would care for it. They intend to carry on that tradition, Mr. McIlwee said. The architectural significance of the home means it is likely to command a higher price than others in the area, said Weston Littlefield of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate, who has the listing with colleague Aaron Kirman. “This isn’t one of those houses where you’re basing it off price per square foot, ” he said. “We’re basically going to market it as an art piece that fortunately you can live in.” Write to Katherine Clarke at Katherine.Clarke@wsj.com Corrections & Amplifications Actress Courteney Cox owned a home designed by John Lautner. An earlier version of this article misspelled her first name. (Corrected on Jan. 18) https://www.wsj.com/articles/this-16-million-john-lautner-designed-l-a-home-is-straight-out-of-the-the-jetsons-11674061590

An ‘invisible house’ in Joshua Tree with a pool in the living room that Lizzo and Demi Lovato have rented is on the market for $18 million — take a look inside

1. The so-called "Invisible House" in Joshua Tree, California is on the market for $18 million. 2. The 5,500-square-foot home was designed by architect Tomas Osinski and film producer Chris Hanley. 3. It sits on 67 acres that run up against Joshua Tree National Park. Take a look inside. The 'Invisible House' was designed by famed architect Tomas Osinski and the property owner Chris Hanley, a film producer behind features such as American Psycho and The Virgin Suicides. The 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom property is cantilevered almost 100 feet off the ground and includes panoramic views of the surrounding desert landscape. The fully-mirrored home was completed in 2020 and famous guests such as Lizzo, U2, and Diplo have all rented the property. Matt Adamo, one of the listing agents with AKG, told Insider that his favorite part of the house is the way it transforms between dawn and dusk. 'The lighting in this home is out of this world.' The home is oriented to face east so that residents and guests can experience a truly breathtaking sunrise over the desert. It also sits on enough land where Adamo said it is "truly impossible to imagine" another home or building going up anywhere near the property that could disturb its panoramic views. "You're not just buying square footage with this home," Adamo said. "You're buying a work of art — something that can't be found in any other place on Earth." Chris Hanley and his wife Roberta describe the home as 'an object of entertainment and a space to facilitate conversations and interactions.' Adamo said the entire home is designed with environmental sustainability in mind, and includes a 32.4kW solar system for power. The home also includes modern amenities like Wolf and Miele appliances in the kitchen and Gessi fixtures in the bathrooms. The Hanleys are also behind other famous homes such as the Honeymoon Home in Lamu, Kenya and are launching a cannabis inspired property next year called the Grow Home. Hanley has also collaborated on projects with esteemed artists such as Andy Warhol and architect Zaha Hadid. The 'Invisible House' sits on 67 acres of land that runs up against Joshua Tree National Park. At night, Adamo said the facade of the home fades into the landscape which makes it look like it is part of the desert itself. Hanley said in a press release that the home is 'made for the world to enjoy.' https://www.businessinsider.com/take-a-look-inside-this-invisible-house-in-joshua-tree-2023-1#hanley-said-in-a-press-release-that-the-home-is-made-for-the-world-to-enjoy-12

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