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‘Volcano House’ that TV’s Huell Howser gifted to Chapman University is for sale at $650,000

‘Volcano House’ that TV’s Huell Howser gifted to Chapman University is for sale at 0,000

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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. LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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

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The Volcano House owned by Huell Houser has a panoramic view of the surrounding desert from atop the 150-foot volcanic cone it was built on. LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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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. LARRY GERBER

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The Volcano House at night DENNIS ARP, CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

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The Volcano House at night SCOTT STEDMAN, 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 it’s 150-foot cone. LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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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. LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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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. LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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The kitchen in the Volcano House LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Stars from the Milky Way fill the sky over the domed Volcano House. LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Steel cactus sculptures on the property were part of Huell Howser’s collection. LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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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. LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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The dirt road to the desert that leads to the Volcano House in Newberry Springs LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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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.LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The Volcano House, a flying-saucer shaped home atop a 150-foot cinder cone in the Mohave 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 home to the university in 2012. Howser died a year later.

The two-bedroom, midcentury modern home is set on 60 acres with its own lake in the San Bernardino County town of Newberry Springs, some 45 minutes 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 built 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 ended up giving the house to Chapman University over lunch at the Filling Station in Old Towne Orange with Chapman’s president, Jim Doti.

Register reporter Sherri Cruz wrote that in April of that year, while 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. He said they’ve come from many Howser fans as well as people interested in architectural homes.

Register staff writer Chelsea Schreiber contributed to this report.

The Orange County Register – News Headlines : Real Estate News