The Invisible House is a 5,500-square-foot mirrored box (image supplied)

Invisible House lists for $18 Million

The sprawling property mirrors back the surrounding Californian desert scenery

by Staff writer 02 February 2023

Inspired by the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, a home in Joshua Tree, California is a 5,500-square-foot mirrored box.

Producers Chris Hanley and Roberta Hanley are known for their innovative film projects, including cult-hit American Psycho and Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides.

When it came time for the couple to design a house, they wanted something on the cutting edge.

The Hanleys partnered with architect Tomas Orsinski, a Frank Gehry collaborator, to design their Invisible House. The home has now been listed for sale at $18 million

Heat-reflecting Solarcool glass gives the home its unique look and keeps the interiors temperate, despite the harsh desert weather, and filters out harmful UV rays.

An eco-friendly foam roof and solar-electric system make the house a model of sustainability.

The glass walls open on three sides for a novel take on the indoor-outdoor living concept. Inside, a 100-foot heated indoor swimming pool is capped by a 224-square-foot projection wall perfect for screening films.

The home’s three large bedrooms each have their own en-suite bathroom with Boffi fixtures. The primary suite is currently equipped with a giant glass bedframe and features a five-star-resort-inspired bath with soaking tub, floating vanities, and rain shower.

Sitting on 67 acres of desert, the home provides seclusion and oneness with nature.

With cameos in numerous film projects and more extensive coverage on Netflix’s The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals, the home has been available as both a film location and a luxury Airbnb stay with a per-night price of $2,500.

The listing is held by Aaron Kirman and Matt Adamo of AKG | Christie's International Real Estate. 


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