This Unique California Home Sits High On Top Of A Volcano

Here at Wimp, we’ve seen a lot of unusual houses. There was the house decked out in Coca-Cola memorabilia, a vacation get-away located far underground and even one home designed to look just like Bilbo Baggins’s famous Hobbit hole.

However, we’ve never seen a house quit like this one. Situated in the Mojave Desert, just 45 minutes from Barstow is the Volcano House, and you guessed it …

It’s sitting on top of a volcanic cinder cone, a steep hill built from falling volcanic ash. 

The home was recently put on the market for $650,000. 


It once belonged to Huell Howser, host and producer of the public television program “California’s Gold.” 

For those unfamiliar with the show, Howser provided expertise on the quirky side of California. 

It only makes sense that he would live in a place like this! And just look at those 360 degree views … stunning. 

Before his death in 2013, Howser donated the property to Chapman University. In return, they digitized his show, which you can watch here


However, the original designer and inhabitant was Vard Wallace, an inventive man who happened to patent the very first skateboard. 

The views are enhanced by a wrap-around deck and private lake, which sits at the base of the volcano. 

There’s also a guest house, just in case the two bedrooms on the main property aren’t enough. 

Living on the top of a volcanic cinder cone may not be for everyone, but it’s a stunning sight, especially at night. A word to whoever buys it – we would love to come visit! 

Via: Messy Nessy Chic| LAist

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