House of the Day: Volcano House or UFO?

When this property was listed as a "one-of-a-kind," no lies were told. The listing agents here see a Volcano House; personally, we see a UFO. In either case, we thought this place deserves a shout-out on originality alone. Listed at $750,000 and located in the no-man's land of the desert between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, this 60-acre retreat in Valley Springs is the place to get away from it all.

The two-bedroom main house sits on a mountaintop and has a dome-like roof. The concrete and truss beams form the dome and from the inside, the 360-degree view is of the stark -- we say lunar -- landscape. There is an observation deck at the apex of the dome and a detached one-bedroom guesthouse, should you have visitors of the earthly variety.

The property is owned by public-television personality Huell Howser, who is host of the travel documentary show, "California's Gold." It was originally constructed by Vard Wallace, who had a business selling drafting machines and airplane parts to aircraft companies during World War II.

According to previously published news stories, the home was completed in 1968 and designed to resemble the information center at the construction site of the nuclear power plant at San Onofre. If that's indeed the case, we can only conclude that someone had a sense of humor.

Mike Deasy and Scott Quattrochi, both of Deasy-Penner, have the listing.

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I think it's a crock of crap... No way someone owns this... probably made for a Movie... "Lets hear some REAL LIFE STORIES PLEASE... ENOUGH BS ALREADY!!!

June 05 2011 at 5:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to TrueDiamondAnGeL's comment

Ok, here's real life. About 98% of all UFO sightings are explainable as hoaxes or mistakes. It's that 2% that matter. I used to investigate sightings, talk to eye witnesses. I was curious. I wanted to know.
What I got was more than I bargained for. I had talked to an eye witness that saw lights over Aurantia, Florida with several other people who pulled over to the side of US1 to look. She said they were so bright they turned the night into day, and then left in different directions. I said flares or airplanes, but she said no, was something else. So, I went to Aurantia & looked around. It's a swamp. There were several planes in the air & some sort of tower with instruments on it, but otherwise nothing there, so I left. I live 3 miles from Aurantia. About a year later I was watering my lawn in the back yard & a glint or light reflected in my face. I looked in the sky in that direction but saw nothing, so kept watering.
Looked up there again & there it was. Gray metalic. Shaped like a soft drink can the size of a UPS delivery truck and "parked" over Aurantia like it was hung on a hook. It turned slowly. I glanced around it to see if there were more & when I looked back, it was gone. It moved so fast I couldn't see it go.

I don't investigate UFOs anymore.....Al

June 05 2011 at 8:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When society collapses what better place to be

June 04 2011 at 10:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

UFO'S are real! Bigfoot told me.

June 04 2011 at 10:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Tipped on its side, it would look like a breast with a nipple !

June 04 2011 at 6:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The builder, original owner, must have cherished his privacy. That location is a little too private for my taste. If I have an emergency I don't want to be 100 miles from the nearest medical assistance. I'm sure the view is beautiful any time of day but the bordom of having no neighbors to visit or talk to from time to time would soon take over.

June 04 2011 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looks like a place a fugitive would use as a hide out.

June 04 2011 at 2:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

JJ...are you aware that people think yur adds are stupid .

June 04 2011 at 2:19 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I gotta wonder about the electricity, water and sewage issues(cable t.v?). Too bad the article didn't include that info. Very interesting.

June 04 2011 at 2:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to msharvie's comment

Just noticed on the first picture the power lines going to the house. Bet that cost a pretty penny to hook up.

June 04 2011 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When I see houses on hill tops or mountain tops, I always wonder, "How do they get the water up there? And What kind of water pressure do they have?"

June 04 2011 at 11:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Ladyrainfb's comment

I have seen this problem before , a pump house at the bottom and maybe another 1/2 way up . The
big problem would be to get the water to the first pump house .

June 04 2011 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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