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REAL ESTATE: Huell Howser’s ‘Volcano House’ in desert for sale for $650,000

REAL ESTATE: Huell Howser’s ‘Volcano House’ in desert for sale for 0,000

REAL ESTATE: Huell Howser’s ‘Volcano House’ in desert for sale for $ 650,000

TV producer Huell Howser gifted his domed Volcano House to Chapman University in 2012, a year before his death. The two-bedroom, two-bath home sits atop a 150-foot volcanic cone on 60 acres.

TV producer Huell Howser gifted his domed Volcano House to Chapman University in 2012, a year before his death. The two-bedroom, two-bath home sits atop a 150-foot volcanic cone on 60 acres.

LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Volcano House, a flying-saucer shaped home atop a 150-foot cinder cone in the Mojave Desert donated to Chapman University, has hit the market for $ 650,000.

Huell Howser, the producer and host of the TV show “California’s Gold,” gave the iconic house to the university in 2012. Howser died a year later.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is set on 60 acres with its own lake in the San Bernardino County town of Newberry Springs, east of Barstow.

Multiple sliding glass doors lead to a viewing deck that wraps around the house. All the rooms are divided by floating interior walls that share the same domed ceiling. The top of the dome is an observation deck.

The house was commissioned in 1968 by Vard Wallace, a Newport Beach resident who invented a drafting machine widely used in the aircraft industry during World War II.

Howser had it on the market in 2009, but later ended up giving the house to Chapman University over lunch at the Filling Station in Old Towne Orange with Chapman’s president, Jim Doti.

As they sat on the patio, Doti asked about the house and Howser said something like: “Oh yeah, I bought that 10 years ago. I hardly ever used it, but I fell in love with the place. Why? Do you want it?”

The university said it would use the house for desert studies, astronomy and geology pursuits.

But the home’s remote location proved too impractical for the school.

“It’s pretty isolated out there,” Chapman spokeswoman Mary Platt said Friday. “It’s just too far away for us. There’s no support services for students as far as safety and that kind of thing.”

But, she added, “It’s beautiful. I think for the right buyer it’s going to be fantastic … if you really want to get away from it all.”

The listing agents are Brady Sandahl of HOM Sotheby’s International Realty and Annette Short of Barstow Real Estate Group.

Sandahl said he’s had more than 50 inquiries about the property in less than 24 hours, many from Howser fans and people interested in architectural homes.

Register staff writer Chelsea Schreiber contributed to this report.

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