California’s Iconic Invisible House Is Finally Up for Sale, and the Kitchen Is Just as Unique as Its Location

published Feb 17, 2023
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view of "invisible house" in Joshua Tree, CA
Credit: Courtesy of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate

If you’re a fan of design and travel shows, or just unique architecture in general, chances are you’ve heard of the Invisible House. Located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the home gets its name from its mirrored exterior, which creates an optical illusion by reflecting the surrounding terrain.

Now, after years on the short-term rental market and drawing the likes of Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, and Demi Lovato, the 2020 build can be yours permanently for a cool $18 million. Along with the home, that price tag gets you 60 acres of land bordering Joshua Tree National Park, and puts you just about two hours away from Los Angeles.

Surprisingly, the 5,470-square foot property only boasts three bedrooms — none of which appear to have doors. They are, however, each nestled in a different corner of the house, allowing for some sense of privacy. The “resort-like” master suite occupies a full end of the rectangular prism and features one of several sliding doors that transforms the home into an indoor-outdoor living space. The master bath offers up a soaking tub, rain shower, and dual floating vanities.

Credit: Courtesy of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate

The Invisible House is equally famous for its interior living space as it is for its futuristic exterior. The open floor concept is anchored by a 100-foot indoor swimming pool, a dedicated movie/television projection wall, and a minimalistic living room area that feels like an extension of the poolside lounge space.

The home’s kitchen, which offers mountain views on one side and desert views on the other, is outfitted with high-end Miele, Sub-Zero, and Wolf appliances. To make up for the limited availability of walled cabinet and counter space, the kitchen also features an extended marbled island with built-in storage and designated spaces for food prep and dining.

Credit: Courtesy of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate

Beyond the space itself, the Invisible House also has some avant garde environmental features that not only make sure the humans using the home don’t cause too much disruption to the ecosystem, but that they can remain comfortable as well. The mirrored exterior walls work to keep the desert heat out; a Halo water filtration system runs through the entire house; and the foam roof and solar panels allow the house to generate its own hot water and electricity. For more information on the Aaron Kirman and Matt Adamo of AKG|Christie’s International Real Estate-held property, you can check out the full listing here

Not ready to buy, but interested in experiencing this kind of living while on vacation? Current owners Chris and Roberta Henley also own the Honeymoon House in Lamu, Kenya, and are set to open another U.S. property — an old cannabis farm that they’ve renamed Grow House — in 2024.

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