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Mansion built on 60-foot-high stilts lists for first time in 20 years

This home is not for the faint of heart. A Los Angeles mansion built on 60-foot caissons on famed Mulholland Drive has hit the market for $16 million. Known as the Garcia House, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom property was last sold by actor Vincent Gallo in 2002 for $1.2 million. The longtime owners are William Damaschke — the former President of Animation and Family Entertainment for Skydance Media — and John McIlwee, a top Hollywood business manager. Built in 1962, the home was designed by world-renowned architect, John Lautner, and has since been labeled an “iconic masterpiece.” The Wall Street Journal first reported news of the listing this month. The stilts elevate the home for optimal canyon and city views, and has undergone a series of historical restorations over the years. Damaschke and McIlwee invested another $1 million on renovations — and added a fence to obstruct public views from the street into the glass-sided, transparent part of the home. Features include a lava rock entryway, original terrazzo flooring and a parabolic roof with 55-foot walls of windows, the listing says. Occupying roughly 2,600 square feet, the home also features a verdant garden and a pool that was added to the structure in 2008, using Lautner’s original design. The home has also been referred to as the “Rainbow House,” for its roof that lays on top of stained glass windows and a curved ceiling that rises 30 feet high. The home was initially designed for Russell Garcia — an American composer who wrote a wide variety of music. Aaron Kirman with AKGRE Inc holds the listing. https://nypost.com/2023/01/30/la-home-built-on-60-foot-stilts-lists-for-16m/

Mansion in California propped up on 60-foot stilts hits market for £13million

An incredible Californian mansion with stunning views of LA has hit the market for £13million. But perhaps the real point of interest is that it’s propped up on 60-foot stilts. Garcia House was designed by renowned architect John Lautner and was originally built in 1962 – though has since undergone renovations. The towering property boasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms, enormous living spaces and, of course, plenty of windows to take in the views. If that wasn’t enough, it also has an entryway made of lava rock, original terrazzo flooring and a 55-foot wall of windows. So it’s safe to say it has points of interest at every turn. Also, if you head outside, the hillside steps will take you through the verdant garden – designed by landscape architect John Sharp – and to the swimming pool. It’s currently on the market with Aaron Kirman, Weston Littlefield, and Dalton Gomez of AKG, Christie’s International Real Estate. The listing for the impressive home reads: ‘60-foot caissons elevating the structure above the canyon showcase breathtaking panoramic views of Los Angeles. ‘Capture your place in history and experience a home that truly transcends time.’ Elsewhere in the world of property, a house is up for auction in London for £40,000 – but there’s a catch. Feast on more pics of the Instagram-worthy Californian mansion below: https://metro.co.uk/2023/01/28/californian-mansion-propped-up-on-60-foot-stilts-for-sale-13million-18180734/

5 Things Wildly Successful Real-Estate Brokers Do to Get the Most Out of Their Days

Top real estate agents may not admit that there is such a thing as a typical day, but there are some habits they all share. From Ryan Serhant and Kirsten Jordan in New York to Mauricio Umansky and Mary Fitzgerald in Los Angeles, Insider examined the archives to find out what they do every day. Here's what you need to know to live like a pro, whether you're an aspiring agent or just an ambitious individual. They caffeinate Nest Seekers agent Erin Sykes starts her Florida day with two nitro cold brews on an empty stomach to boost her energy levels. Kumara Wilcoxon, an agent with Kuper Sotheby's International Realty in Austin, Texas, drinks Earl Grey tea with almond milk in the morning after drinking lemon water and celery juice. Mary Fitzgerald, who stars on "Selling Sunset" and sells multi-million dollar mansions with The Oppenheim Group, can't start the day without at least two cups of coffee. They stay on top of their fitness Her specialty is luxury condo sales in New York City, and she sold $340 million last year at Steps on Broadway, where she takes dance classes three times a week. Douglas Elliman agent Lisa Simonsen, who sold more than $100 million in 2022, works out in her building's gym in the morning. Before joining Elliman in New York City, McKenzie Ryan competed at the national level in rhythmic gymnastics. "I do a lot of my business strategy while I'm working out," she told Insider after selling over $34 million in 2021. They check the markets, and the news, first thing Serhant doesn't get up at 4:30 a.m. every day because his career depends on it, not because he enjoys it. It's a proven strategy: he has sold more than $5 billion in real estate by waking up early and reading the news and getting up to date before the market opens. In addition to watching Bloomberg, Fox, and CNN, Los Angeles' Mauricio Umansky sold $298 million in 2021. 'I find it quite entertaining that they cover the same story from different perspectives." Sykes always has the TV running in the background when she starts her day at home so that she is always aware of what's happening in her markets."I have written commentary from hotels, cars, client homes, my home, and studios when breaking news occurs." They go the extra mile for their clients In his luxury condo building near Central Park, 432 Park Avenue, Tal Alexander entertains clients after leaving Douglas Elliman to begin officially with his brother Oren. Together, the Alexanders have sold more than $1 billion in real estate.They store special meat from butchers along with a wine collection, so they can always have something special at the ready. In Simonsen's line of work, double bookings are not uncommon, since agents must accommodate buyers' limited windows for viewing homes for sale. In her experience, Lisa's clients' time is very valuable. They give us the smallest window of time they can spend seeing something, and we have to get them in as soon as possible. According to Charlie McDonald, the team's operations lead, Lisa's clients' time is valuable to her. In addition to getting a new SUV every year, Serhant always makes sure his clothes and car are nicer than his clients'. "My clients are my priority," he says. They stay disciplined and maximize their time with technology Dina Goldentayer always takes the most efficient mode of transportation when she visits Miami. A golf cart could take her around the Venetian Islands, a driver might take her across town, or even a helicopter might take her to a meeting.With $750 million in transactions, she was Miami's top-selling agent in 2021. Douglas Elliman's agent knows what it takes to succeed. With Estate Dynamics, Aaron Kirman, who sells palatial properties for Christie's in Los Angeles, uses artificial intelligence to find people who might be interested in buying his houses. His aim is to help agents close deals more quickly by targeting them with ads for properties that match their interests based on their online behaviors - such as their search history and social media posts. A Douglas Elliman agent with over $500 million in career sales, Kirsten Jordan never skips lunch. Contributors: Hand Daniel Jasperson, Investopedia Smithe Sodine, Smithy Home Couture Bruce Rodriguez, LAX Concrete Contractors Raymond Caldwell, Homes for Heroes https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/273435043/5-things-wildly-successful-real-estate-brokers-do-to-get-the-most-out-of-their-days

Inside Lloyd Wright’s West Hollywood studio and residence – a timeless celebration of Southern California

Lloyd Wright’s personal residence and studio in West Hollywood (also designed by the architect) is on the market for just under $7 million. Though his name is inevitably confused with that of his father, Frank Lloyd Wright – Southern California architect Lloyd Wright is a design icon in his own right. While his father is best known for working across various states (including Pennsylvania, where he created the iconic Fallingwater prairie-style home), Lloyd Wright primarily made his mark in Los Angeles. Among his most notable works was his own residence, located in vibrant West Hollywood. The landmark – among the most iconic structures in California (and one of the world's best homes) was originally constructed in the 1920s. However, Lloyd's son, Eric Wright, significantly updated the property in the 1990s – adding a new foundation and restoring some blocks that had deteriorated over the years. In the studio within this home, the Illinois-born architect oversaw the construction of many of his father’s projects, including Hollyhock House in the East Hollywood neighborhood. Lloyd Wright also provided the shells for the Hollywood Bowl and created the Swedenborg Memorial Chapel at Rancho Palos Verdes during his career. The home's architectural assets offer much to be admired – but in all its glory – its beige-toned stucco façade is perhaps the most striking. This exterior is elevated further by the architect's signature interlocking concrete blocks that include a Joshua tree motif – paying complete homage to The Golden State. Inside, the decorating ideas are equally as distinctive – from the strong wooden walls and floor to the intricate green and white living space that mirrors the exterior's color ideas. The 2,400-square-foot home has three bedrooms, two baths (according to the listing), and a large upstairs living room with a fireplace and beautiful wood and glass alcove. The mint-hued kitchen, complete with modern appliances, is also found upstairs, alongside the main living and dining space. The downstairs studio has a spacious workspace with concrete floors centered around the great outdoor patio that masters the art of indoor/outdoor living. The enclosed patio showcases a fountain and pre-Columbian statue that is that’s protected under a conservation easement by the Los Angeles Conservancy. https://www.homesandgardens.com/news/lloyd-wright-west-hollywood-home

Renowned Architect Miguel Angel Aragonés Lists Minimalist Yet Groovy Beverly Hills Masterpiece

With accolades and magazine features all over the world, Miguel Angel Aragonés’ work is very well-known. Mexico’s top modernist architect also gets in on real estate, and just listed his newest Los Angeles project. The price is steep at $20 million, but the Beverly Hills home’s minimalist geometric design, party-ready lighting, and tranquil setting all add up. Designing seems to be in the family genes as Miguel and his son Rafael Aragonés collaborated on this Trousdale Estates creation, completed just a few months ago. Miguel purchased the property with a circa-1960 building on it but started anew to build this sleek escape. Suiting anyone from a rising star to a hip family, the geometric modern is either spa-like or club-like depending on how you set the lighting. Employing an open and almost futuristic layout, clean lines and a white palette help to make its surrounding greenery and turquoise pool pop. Capitalizing on the ease of indoor/outdoor living in California, state-of-the-art sliding systems surround almost every space in the 7,500-square-foot abode. Located at 510 Arkell Drive, the 90210 home may be cited on the corner of two streets but it couldn’t feel more private with the father-son duo’s precise and meticulous design. Its four bedrooms and five bathrooms are tucked away from the main spaces, where custom poliform built-ins line the halls. To add to the home’s exclusive feel, a rooftop lounge sets the ultimate scene for stylish dining al fresco. Yawar Charlie and Karen Sanchez of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass, Ben Becal at Revel Real Estate and Ethan Pescowitz at Westside Estate Agency hold the listing. https://www.cottagesgardens.com/renowned-architect-miguel-angel-aragones-lists-minimalist-yet-groovy-beverly-hills-masterpiece/

Inside Sugar Ray Leonard’s Serene Los Angeles Megamansion

Sugar Ray Leonard has shaved the price of his supersized Tuscan-style Los Angeles villa, which has a serene setting and scenic views. The Florentine-style mansion has a romantic, period look and lies in the affluent coastal neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, close to beaches. The welterweight champion and his wife Bernadette Robi first listed their property in 2019 for $51.995 million with another agent. In the fall, they relisted it for $7 million under its original asking price. The couple bought the sprawling pink stucco property, which has 1950s origins, in 1993. They rebuilt it in the late 1990s with architect Richard Landry—known for building celebrity mansions—to emulate old-world Italian architecture, with impressive, imported stone and custom timber features. Now with their children grown up and no longer at home, they are looking to downsize, according to the selling agent. The hillside Los Angeles compound has a sprawling layout and 1.7 acres of private grounds, mostly formed of manicured lawns. It is arranged with wings for entertaining on a grand scale and cozier living spaces for family living. The mansion’s highlights include its chef’s kitchen, a two-story galleried family room and a cloistered living room, which has an almost open-air feel. Located in the upper Riviera enclave of Pacific Palisades, its indoor-outdoor design makes the most of its tranquil grounds. Many of its arched glass doors adjoin terraces and balconies. The mansion is backdropped by the Santa Monica Mountains and has glimpses of the Pacific Ocean. Rooms in the Italianate mansion have high ceilings embellished with bespoke wooden ceiling beams and wrought-iron detailing, as well as elegant stone fireplaces, columns, floor tiles and an entrance hall water fountain. Its primary bedroom, meanwhile, has a resort-style bath and several ocean view balconies. Mr. Leonard was the first boxer ever to win over $100 million in purses during his 20-year professional sporting career. He famously won five world championship titles in his 1980s heyday. “Sugar Ray is one of the great boxers of all time, and it’s an honor to represent his family home,” said Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Christie’s International Real Estate. He added that the “compound is completely private, yet perfect for entertaining throughout the year.” Stats The 16,773-square-foot, three-story house has eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and a range of living spaces, including a formal dining room, plus a guest house. It stands on 1.7 acres. Amenities There’s a cinema room and a wine cellar. And beside the stone-surround pool is a two-story, Italian-style pool house, or guest house, and a cabana, which offers poolside shade in the hotter months. The grounds also have a walled tennis court and an outdoor practice putting green. Neighborhood Notes The Amalfi Road house lies in the upper Riviera neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, which has the Riviera Country Club that has tennis courts and a championship golf course. This picturesque coastal region has historically been home to many celebrities and features dramatic scenery covering parts of the Santa Monica Mountains, and winding streets, some of which are named after locations in Italy. It is minutes from the Pacific Coast Highway and coastal beaches. Agent: Aaron Kirman, Kirby Gillon, Bryce Lowe and Daniel Milstein of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/inside-sugar-ray-leonards-serene-los-angeles-megamansion-01674648278

510 Arkell

510 Arkell was designed by Miguel Angel and Rafael Aragones. The home is located on a corner lot surrounded by trees, hillsides, and blue skies. Architecture that relates to the present. The home integrates the light, breeze, and temperature from the surrounding natural environment. Meticulous attention to details and proportions generate a soothing space where one can be physically relaxed, serene. Natural light illuminates wall to wall forming a sequence of spaces coexisting at every angle of the home. Simple and with high quality solutions, the hotel like 4 bedroom suites, 5 bathrooms, gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances, open living and dining, media room, and Terrazzo floors, fully appointed with ‘Poliform’ custom made cabinetry, built in modules, closets, furniture and wall installations discreetly curated throughout the home. Reflective pools, atrium, minimal light boxes and bold geometric lines make it possible to pause for a moment while awakening the senses, with an element of privacy and security enclosed by the lush green plants and trees. Impeccable consideration has been given to every detail including 11 ft’ vertical lined custom garage doors, the finest Bang-Olufsen sound system and Styline state of the art glass sliding system enabling an expanded and visually unobstructed perspective. A poetic space with an array of mood lighting ambiance that melds into the beauty of the scenery with a turquoise blue pool, spa and a rare permitted roof top garden dining experience, with outdoor kitchen, plunge bath, and an expansive view complete this 7500 square foot masterpiece. An innovative and unique offering in Trousdale. https://modern.homes/property/510-arkell/

Karen Sanchez Shares 3 Business Lessons She Learned While Conquering Cancer

A successful business is not only a matter of experience and skills, but of passion and connection. Let’s focus on Karen Sanchez, for example. At 61, an age when most women would think of retiring, Karen is a Beverly Hills Real Estate Agent who is still excited about helping buyers and sellers obtain results. For her, it’s not about chasing money; it’s about building long-standing relationships and referral business. Passion gives you the momentum to keep going when obstacles appear and makes you reach higher when times are good. More than anything, humanity is a huge part of the business. After all, people work with people who they like and trust. The values and principles you nurture in yourself will affect who you are as a person and, therefore, the way you conduct business. Karen always knew she wanted to have an impact on the community by helping people.“Creating a positive memory during what can be an A successful business is not only a matter of experience and skills, but of passion and connection. Let’s focus on Karen Sanchez, for example. At 61, an age when most women would think of retiring, Karen is a Beverly Hills Real Estate Agent who is still excited about helping buyers and sellers obtain results. For her, it’s not about chasing money; it’s about building long-standing relationships and referral business. Passion gives you the momentum to keep going when obstacles appear and makes you reach higher when times are good. More than anything, humanity is a huge part of the business. After all, people work with people who they like and trust. The values and principles you nurture in yourself will affect who you are as a person and, therefore, the way you conduct business. Karen always knew she wanted to have an impact on the community by helping people.“Creating a positive memory during what can be anA successful business is not only a matter of experience and skills, but of passion and connection. Let’s focus on Karen Sanchez, for example. At 61, an age when most women would think of retiring, Karen is a Beverly Hills Real Estate Agent who is still excited about helping buyers and sellers obtain results. For her, it’s not about chasing money; it’s about building long-standing relationships and referral business. Passion gives you the momentum to keep going when obstacles appear and makes you reach higher when times are good. More than anything, humanity is a huge part of the business. After all, people work with people who they like and trust. The values and principles you nurture in yourself will affect who you are as a person and, therefore, the way you conduct business. Karen always knew she wanted to have an impact on the community by helping people.“Creating a positive memory during what can be an emotional and stressful time”, Karen shares as her motto. The goal is to elevate others, be rooted in your purpose, and believe in the solution you are giving. Even though she has always been purpose-driven, her beliefs are not only a result of her positive, energetic attitude. Karen’s a cancer survivor. She went from working as a Production Secretary for Neil Diamond to a retailer to stay-at-home mom. For the first 35 years of her life, “I was skating through life”, she says; she made life look easy, but she was dissatisfied and knew she was capable of more. During her time in sales, she realized: “If I could sell something small like lipstick, I could sell something large like a home”, combined with her love for luxury helped her find the path and transition to Real Estate, but at the age of 55, Cancer put her to the test, with a 17-centimeter tumor, suffering multiple strokes, losing her hair, going through chemotherapy, and embracing a completely new lifestyle. These changes built a new set of insecurities and challenges for her — Despite everything, she excelled. Imagine spending 21 years building a career path and a home, raising three children, and knowing you may not live to see them grow up. Your active day-to-day life is affected by the changing symptoms and feelings of a life-threatening disease. This woman had to become a warrior for herself, overcoming the odds and battling the medication side effects taking matters into her own hands and becoming the survivor we know today. Her cancer journey cultivated a strength that made her the thriving and energetic businesswoman her clients love, achieving more than ever, like a recent partnership with AKG Christie’s International. Here are her main lessons: . Focus on gratitude Even when the most important thing was lacking for her — health — she woke up every morning, felt grateful, and thanked God for being alive. She asked herself, “What’s working in my life? I can see, hear, taste, pray, meditate, LOVE, surround myself with loving people who care and practice supreme alkaline nutrition. I can and will heal”. She said, “I choose to focus on that”. Practicing gratitude every day helps us maintain a sense of joy in ourselves. Likewise, this attitude will allow you to maintain your head up when things seem to crumble at the office or when the deal with your client is not going well. . Surround yourself with positivity “Western medicine saved my life, but western medicine doesn’t cover healthful eating and meditation”. Karen shares. She claims her recovery on discovering her next step, nurturing herself not only physically but mentally and spiritually. Karen is a firm believer in the mind’s power and how your body absorbs all the positive and negative emotions, thoughts, and vibrations. Keeping a positive mindset will allow you to focus on the good and look for abundance, even in the darkest of times. Karen started studying her behavior, healing and unraveling her patterns of negative thinking. Cancer is a mind, body, and spirit disease. As an exercise to improve her mental and spiritual health, she started practicing meditation and listening to self-help authors like Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, and Dr. David Hawkins and, through the adversity of cancer became a better version of herself. Acceptance and making peace with ourselves is also a big step toward a positive mindset. After chemotherapy, Karen lost all her hair and wore a wig when meeting her clients. She felt uncomfortable, like she wasn’t being authentic, showing herself. Until one day, she took it off. Being confident is a key factor when networking and connecting with other people in the business industry. If you can’t connect with yourself, how do you expect to create a connection with others? Look in the mirror every day and remember the things you love about yourself, then let them shine through when you are working on what you love. . Be purpose-driven Passion is one of the strongest business assets driven by purpose and to know the reason you do what you do. Karen’s strength as an agent is her ability to connect with people and earn their trust by listening to their needs. She believes in being of service and leading by example, helping others get results and achieve their dreams, and finds pleasure in it. As a Real Estate Agent focused on the Luxurious market of Beverly Hills, she helps people to get a return on their lifestyle. Buying a new home is an investment, but it is also the start of a new chapter for her clients and their loved ones. These are all key assets of an exceptional businessperson. In the sales industry, they are functioning as advisors, with the mission to guide someone to a happy next chapter in their life. We have listened closely to Karen’s story, and we can conclude that being mindful allows you to be a better business person. Being grateful will allow you to look at the bright side when everything is down. Being positive will let you believe in yourself when things get hard. https://gritdaily.com/karen-sanchez-shares-3-business-lessons-she-learned-whilst-conquering-cancer/

Luxury Agent Morgan Trent leaves Compass for AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate

Trent, one of Aaron Kirman's Top Performers for Past Four Years, Makes the Switch to the New Luxury Brokerage LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Morgan Trent, former NFL cornerback turned luxury residential real estate agent, announced that he is making the switch to AKG | Christie's International Real Estate, continuing his role with one of the nation's top-producing residential sales teams. This move follows last year's news that real estate powerhouse, Aaron Kirman left his top position at Compass and started his own luxury brokerage in a new partnership with Christie's International Real Estate. As President of Trent Luxury, Trent plans to continue fostering a team-oriented approach and maintaining a dominant position in the market, as he has done for years alongside Kirman. "Morgan is one of the real estate agents in the country who has a database of the who's who. Representing athletes, celebrities, and CEOs alike, his database is second to none and we are thrilled to have him as one of our partners here at AKG," said Aaron Kirman, CEO of AKG | Christie's International Real Estate. Trent joins Christie's International following his departure from COMPASS, where he was responsible for the sale of noteworthy properties such as 5 Avalon Vista, which sold for $21 million, 627 Moreno, which sold for $19.5 million and the highly impressive sale of a $36.5 million property in Brentwood - the most expensive home transaction of the year in the prestigious Westside neighborhood. "AKG|Christie's International Real Estate is the perfect partner for Trent Luxury with such a proven track record and presence in the luxury space," said Trent Morgan, President of Trent Luxury. "The Christie's International Real Estate brand alone gives us the look and feel that we weren't able to attain at other brokerages and is much more aligned with where we see Trent Luxury going over the next several years." Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Trent's journey has been anything but ordinary. After graduating from the University of Michigan on a football scholarship, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 and spent several seasons living out his dream in the NFL. In his off-seasons, Trent pursued his passion for real estate, obtaining his license and now serves a diverse range of clients including executives, professional athletes, and entertainers. Trent's diligent work ethic and dedication to his clients are reminiscent of the same qualities that have allowed him to achieve success in the past. Founded by Aaron Kirman and headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, AKG | Christie's International Real Estate is one of the nation's top-producing residential sales teams with a total of over $14 billion in luxury real estate sales and over $1.6 billion sold in 2022. Dedicated to infusing innovation and disrupting the traditional real estate sector, AKG | Christie's International Real Estate is consistently ranked among the top 10 producing teams by Wall Street Journal and Real Trends, setting price-per-square-foot records throughout Southern California. To learn more about Aaron Kirman and AKG | Christie's International Real Estate, please visit www.akgre.com. To learn more about Morgan, please www.trentluxury.com and follow him on Instagram at @TrentLuxury. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/luxury-agent-morgan-trent-leaves-compass-for-akg--christies-international-real-estate-301729432.html

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

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