This 'Volcano House' in the Mojave Desert is part mid-century marvel, part villainous lair

Sitting on top of a 150-foot volcanic cinder cone

Using the property for desert studies
Sitting on top of a 150-foot volcanic cinder cone, this spacecraft-esque home is known as "The Volcano House."

Public television host Huell Howser was the mid-century property's last owner. He listed it back in 2009 for $750,000, according to the Los Angeles Times.

After failing to sell it, Howser donated the estate (which includes a lake and a guest house) to Chapman University in 2012. The university intended to use the property for desert studies, astronomy, and geology, but later deemed the remote location impractical.

Listed by Brady Sandahl of HOM Sotheby's International Realty, the home's new asking price is $650,000. Keep scrolling for a look inside.

The 2,206-square-foot mid-century home sits on 60 acres in the Mojave Desert.

Built in 1970, architect Harold Bissner Jr. designed the home to look like an information center at the heart of a nuclear generating plant.

It's located in Newberry Springs, California, which is about halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Sliding glass doors provide access to the home's multiple viewing decks. For an even greater view, head up to the dome's observation deck.

The deck affords gorgeous 360-degree views of the desert.

The interior boasts an open floor plan and vaulted ceilings.

There are two full bathrooms and two bedrooms, both of which feature floor-to-ceiling windows.

Of all the rooms in the home, the kitchen is most in need of modernizing.

The living area is a bit dated, too, but in a groovy, '50s movie set kind of way.

This detached, two-story structure is both guest house and garage, if a bit creepy looking.

The property also includes a lake.

It's easy to lose yourself in nature's beauty as the sun rises and sets over the Mojave Desert.


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