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‘Volcano House,’ Huell Howser’s gift to Chapman University, gets multiple offers

‘Volcano House,’ Huell Howser’s gift to Chapman University, gets multiple offers

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The Volcano House, built in 1968, looks like it just landed in the middle of the Mojave Desert. DENNIS ARP, CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

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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. FILE: LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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The Volcano House has a panoramic view of the surrounding desert from atop the 150-foot volcanic cone it was built on. FILE: LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Inside the Volcano house LANCE GERBER

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Inside the Volcano House LANCE GERBER

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Inside the Volcano House LANCE GERBER

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The kitchen in the Volcano House LANCE GERBER

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Inside the Volcano House LANCE GERBER

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Inside the Volcano House LANCE GERBER

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One of the bedrooms in the Volcano House LANCE GERBER

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The 60-acre parcel includes a lake. LANCE GERBER

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The Volcano House at night DENNIS ARP, CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

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Huell Howser points to the Volcano House in this photo from 2012. DENNIS ARP, CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

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The private lake located on the 60-acre property reflects the Volcano House and its 150-foot cone. FILE: LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Construction photos of the Volcano House are displayed throughout the home. The 1800-square-food home was designed and built by architect Harold J. Bissner Jr. in 1968. FILE: LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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A carved wooded plaque with the word Vulcania greets visitors as they enter the Volcano House. Vulcania is the name of the “European Park of Volcanism” in France. FILE: LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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The kitchen in the Volcano House FILE: LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Stars from the Milky Way fill the sky over the domed Volcano House. FILE: LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Steel cactus sculptures on the property were part of Huell Howser’s collection. FILE: LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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The outline of Huell Howser’s domed volcano house can be seen on top of the shadow from the 150-volcanic cone the house is built on. FILE: LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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The dirt road to the desert that leads to the Volcano House in Newberry Springs. FILE: LEONARD ORTIZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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The Volcano House, built in 1968, looks like it just landed in the middle of the Mojave Desert.DENNIS ARP, CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

Less than two weeks after it was listed, the Volcano House, a flying-saucer shaped home atop a 150-foot cinder cone in the Mojave Desert, has gotten multiple offers, a real estate agent says.

The property hit the market on September 3 at an asking price of $ 650,000. Huell Howser, the producer and host of the TV show “California’s Gold,” gave the iconic house, which sits on 60 acres, to Chapman University in 2012. He died a year later.

“We did go on the market at an appropriate value, and the market responded immediately with multiple offers,” Brady Sandahl of HOM Sotheby’s International Realty said on Tuesday. He said the offers were at or above the asking price.

Negotiations are underway. Three prospective buyers have made written offers and submitted proof of their ability to afford the home, Sandahl said. Others expressed interest verbally.

Those interested in the property were prompted by different reasons.

One prospective buyer is smitten by “rooflines,” Sandhal said, noting the home’s round, spaceship shape. Another is interested in the 60 acres, with an iconic property in the mix.

“Another buyer wanted to own the house because there’s nothing else like it in the world,” the agent said.

The university had said it would use the house for desert studies, astronomy and geology pursuits. But the home’s remote location in Newberry Springs, east of Bartstow, proved too impractical for the school.

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

Annette Short of Barstow Real Estate Group is co-listing the home.

Contact the writer: mkalfus@ocregister.com On Twitter: @mkalfus

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