Landers | $798,000
A contemporary desert house built in 1987, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a five-acre lot
Landers, a small community in the Mojave Desert, is about 20 minutes from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. One of its main attractions is Giant Rock, a seven-story boulder that was the focal point of a search for extraterrestrial life in the 1930s, making Landers a magnet for U.F.O. hunters.
Most of the area’s services and shopping centers are clustered along Twentynine Palms Highway, less than 30 minutes from this house. Pioneertown, a town often used as a set for Old West-themed film productions, is also within a half-hour’s drive.
Size: 1,712 square feet
Price per square foot: $466
Indoors: The front door is off an enclosed patio landscaped with native, drought-resistant plants. It opens into a large, open living space with polished concrete floors that flow from the seating area through the dining area and into the kitchen.
The living space, which faces the desert landscape in front, has open, beamed ceilings, a Morsø fireplace and modern furnishings (the furniture comes with the house). The kitchen has custom-made oak cabinets and a center island topped with white quartz. The dining area opposite holds a long table, with a hand-plastered bench along one wall.