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Death Valley House | Desert Gold

Süper Ev SahibiBeatty, Nevada, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri
Tüm ev, ev sahibi Fabrizio
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A little house deep in the desert. A wonderful design house in the middle of nowhere, 20 miles off the Death Valley National Park boundaries, with 80 acres of land and unobstructed views to the desert and the mountains.
The minimum stay is TWO (2) days.

The site is an isolated piece of land in the Nevada High Desert near Scotty’s Junction and is far from any infrastructure or for that matter any neighbor.

This vacation home in the middle of an isolated stretch of high desert, designed by Peter Strzebniok (nottoscale, San Francisco) incorporates the vistas by visually expanding into the surrounding landscape, providing stunning views, while also making the desert part of the interiors – merging the inside with the outside.

The house itself measures 1,200 sf, has 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office, a storage and utility room as well as a large open kitchen, dining room, living room area that can extend onto the deck when the large sliding doors are opened.

A large 900 sf deck with a sunken-in hot tub connects the two building modules while creating a transition zone between the inside and outside that through the use of large full height glass sliding doors can be completely opened so that the outside and inside of the building seamlessly merge if one desires so.

The building sits on a large concrete plinth elevating the building above the desert floor so that it appears to float above the ground while lifting it out of the flash-flood water level. Passive cooling concepts such as cross and stack ventilation, shading, building orientation were used throughout the project.

The house is oriented in such a way as to take advantage of prevailing winds that, through cross and stack ventilation, maintain a comfortable temperature in the house, avoiding the need for an highly energy intensive air conditioning system. The windows facing south are shaded by the large trellis on the deck while all the bedroom windows are facing north in order to prevent heat-gain. The large crawlspace under the house double functions as storage space as well as a climate buffer as it is filled with gravel that helps to maintain a low average temperature below the house throughout the year.


“In the High Nevada Desert, Sleeping in Star-Surround”
The New York Times, Aug. 3, 2011

NEIGHBORS are few out here in the high desert of Nevada, where Fabrizio Rondolino, an Italian journalist, built his dream home. There was a fellow one lot over who, after reportedly hearing instructions from above, built a chapel. But possibly the voice subsequently hollered down, “Just kidding!” for while the chapel remains, the owner’s trailer is gone. There is also the Shady Lady Ranch, a bordello (legal in these parts) about seven miles down the road. Being an outgoing and friendly sort, Mr. Rondolino took his wife and two daughters, both under 21 at the time, to say hello, soon after they bought their land a few years ago.

“I was locking the car, and my wife and two girls ring the bell,” Mr. Rondolino remembers. “And the guy opened the door, and they saw two girls and a lady.” The man seemed to think they were looking for a job, and he told them several times that no under-age girls were allowed in the house. Then Mr. Rondolino arrived and informed him they were the new neighbors. The man wasn’t very friendly, Mr. Rondolino recalls. He said, “Good luck,” and that was that.

But bordellos and mystics are not the first thing an Easterner wants to know about after arriving on this stretch of land 150 miles north of Las Vegas, not far from Death Valley, on a scorching summer day. The first thing one wants to know is whether there are rattlesnakes. The answer, from Peter Strzebniok, the architect who built this house and is also visiting on this day: no, it is too hot. Rattlesnakes prefer the shade.

The next question — the big one — is for the owner: Why would he build a house in the middle of the scorching nowhere?

It is not an unexpected question. Mr. Rondolino, who arrived earlier the same day from his home in Rome, with his wife, Simona Ercolani; their daughters, Francesca, 23, and Bianca, 17; and his parents, Gianni and Lina Rondolino, cheerfully interrupts, as it is one he has heard countless times.

“Why, why, why, why, why?” he asks, his face full of happiness, like a man who has been reunited with a true love after a long time apart. “It all started with ‘Zabriskie Point,’ ” he says, referring to the Antonioni film about 1960s counterculture. “Simona’s father worked on that movie — he was chief electrician back in 1969. ‘Zabriskie Point’ was kind of a mythical occasion for him. It is set in Death Valley; part of it was shot at Zabriskie Point.”

“Anyway, we came here for the first time 17, 18 years ago, and we fell deeply in love with Death Valley, so we keep coming,” continues Mr. Rondolino, who is 51 and speaks English fluently. “And then we decided, why not build?”

“My father has the Alzheimer’s for 13 years,” says Ms. Ercolani, who is 47 and speaks English less fluently than her husband. “When he died, the last words he remembered was ‘Zabriskie Point.’ Not me, not my daughters, not my mother. Only ‘Zabriskie Point.’ ”

She adds: “When my father died, we take the airplane here to honor my father and just walk, and he” — meaning Mr. Rondolino — “says, ‘It’s a beautiful place, we can build something.’ And joking, I say, ‘Sure.’ ”

Speaking of her husband, we have just noticed he has a small blue “S” tattooed on his hand in the tender tissue between thumb and forefinger. What’s that about?

“We had a small troubled period,” Ms. Ercolani says. “So after we build the house, I marked my husband.”

Does the desert attract those with interesting stories? Or is it just that in the desert one has time to listen to them?

Nye County, where Mr. Rondolino and Ms. Ercolani built their house, is so wide open that driving along Highway 95 from Las Vegas one can easily find oneself doing 90 miles an hour. In Beatty, some 30 miles away, there are a number of intriguing characters: a cowboy re-enactor at the Sourdough Saloon who will tell you about his favorite hat and the days he really did cowboy (that’s a verb in these parts); the auto engineers and drivers testing prototype vehicles in Death Valley, which are often covered in plastic camouflage to hide their design from snooping photographers; the owners of the Shady Lady Ranch, who brought in a man for their female customers, after successfully challenging the Nevada law forbidding male prostitution (the man, who gave an interview to The New York Post in which he compared himself to Rosa Parks and Mahatma Gandhi, is no longer there).

Then there is the story of Mr. Rondolino and Ms. Ercolani, aficionados of the American desert. On this summer afternoon, they are playing Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, and welcoming guests, as the temperature in their house, which has no air-conditioning, tops out at 94 degrees.

Mr. Rondolino, whose father is a cinema professor, is a novelist and press agent as well as a journalist, and was once a spokesman for the former Italian Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema. Ms. Ercolani is a television producer.

The couple, who have both been married before, have visited many deserts over the years: the Simpson in Australia, the Gobi in Mongolia, the Atacama in South America. But about 10 years ago, when they were going through a rough patch romantically, the desert played a major role in their lives. Mr. Rondolino had had an affair and moved out of the house, and there were, he says, a lot of tears on both sides. During this “crisis” in their marriage, they spent a few weeks in Death Valley.

“We had a kind of emotional breakdown in a place ironically called Last Chance Mountain,” Mr. Rondolino says. “But luckily, this was not our last chance. We came back to Italy, and after a couple of months we were together again. And we decided to celebrate with a week at Furnace Creek Ranch.”

In 2005, the couple bought 40 acres here, for $70,000. A year later, when they brought their daughters to see the land, Ms. Ercolani buried her wedding ring under some rocks on the property.

Why? Ms. Ercolani explains in Italian, and one of her daughters translates: “She buried her wedding ring under the rocks because we are locked in this place, because they lost themselves here and found themselves here. It’s a symbol of their love. When she buried the ring, she buried the sad part.”

Mr. Rondolino came across the work of Peter Strzebniok (pronounced Cheb-nee-ah), a young German architect living in San Francisco, whose firm, nottoscale, had created an affordable prefabricated house.

Architect and client never met or even spoke on the phone during the planning, construction and furnishing of the desert home — all the planning was done by e-mail. (They met for the first time on the day the architect and his wife, Deborah Wong, traveled out to the house with this reporter.) Mr. Rondolino and Ms. Ercolani visited the site only once during construction, when the interiors were not yet finished.

Now, sitting in one of the bedrooms, the couple acknowledge that this is unusual, but they say they had no fears. The architect was European, and they had a shared sensibility.

The notion of a totally prefabricated home was considered but rejected — it would have been too expensive to transport. Instead, sections of the house were manufactured five hours away, in Reno, and brought to the site.

The original estimate of $250,000 for the approximately 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, with an office and a spring-fed hot tub on the deck, proved to be too low. The final cost was $290,000. (Much of the reason had to do with problems with a series of contractors, one of whom spent time digging for gold instead of working.)

Color is used sparingly here, as accents: green bathroom tiles that recall the surrounding sagebrush, touches of red from the bar stools to suggest the heat of the desert. Mr. Strzebniok furnished the house down to the salt shakers, relying heavily on Ikea in the bedrooms and on CB2 (the table) and Design Within Reach (the chairs) in the dining room. When he was quoted $6,000 for furniture delivery, he rented a U-Haul and made two trips himself, picking the furniture up in San Francisco. And before Mr. Rondolino and Ms. Ercolani visited the finished house for the first time last Christmas, Mr. Strzebniok stocked it with food, as well as with bottles of Campari and Pernod.

“He is the perfect husband, the opposite of me,” Mr. Rondolino teases. “I’m not a practical man, but I appreciate practical men.”

To the reporter from the East, there is one thing that seems to be missing. The tub set into the deck is deliciously cooling, but why didn’t they build a full-size pool?

“You can’t have a pool in the middle of the desert,” Mr. Rondolino says.

But Palm Springs is full of pools.

“Palm Springs is for Hollywood stars,” he says. “There is air-conditioning also in the main street. I don’t like this kind of too-nice, civilized desert. To me, there is not enough desert.”

They spent a week in the house over Christmas. Was it everything they hoped?

“When you stay here in the night, you can see the stars move,” Ms. Ercolani says, referring to the experience of sleeping in a bedroom with a floor-to-ceiling glass corner and a skylight.

Her husband adds: “I had the sensation of being on a spaceship. This winter, we had a really strong wind one night — the house was almost shaking. And there were millions, billions of stars from everywhere, you were completely surrounded by the stars down to the horizon, which in the cities or countryside you are not. Normally you see the stars above you, not around you. Yes, it was like a spaceship.”

Misafir erişimi
The house has a washing machine, a microwave oven, a hot tub on the deck, a barbecue, a wireless internet connection and a selection of books on Death Valley and the surrounding area, including guides and maps

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A cleaning fee of $250 is required. The minimum stay is two (2) days.

Smoking is NOT permitted inside the house. You can smoke on the deck, but please remember to keep it clean!

+++ PLEASE NOTE: Location, film shoots, parties or events are to be arranged prior to arrival with separate location/event agreement depending on crew, equipment or # of people involved. Legal action and/or fines will be levied for any unauthorized filming or commercial shots of the property or use of the property for commercial purposes.
A little house deep in the desert. A wonderful design house in the middle of nowhere, 20 miles off the Death Valley National Park boundaries, with 80 acres of land and unobstructed views to the desert and the mountains.
The minimum stay is TWO (2) days.

The site is an isolated piece of land in the Nevada High Desert near Scotty’s Junction and is far from any infrastructure or for th…

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Beatty, Nevada, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri

Basically, this house is for desert lovers. If you are reading this listing, you already know what I mean ;)

Ev sahibi: Fabrizio

Mayıs 2014 tarihinde katıldı.
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We are an Italian couple who built a house in the middle of nowhere because of our deep love for the Great American Desert. Simona is and independent Tv producer, Fabrizio is a free-lance journalist and writer.
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The house manager/co-host lives in Beatty (30 miles off the house). He will help you finding the property and solve all the problems (if any!)
The co-host will be available via text, mail and phone during your stay
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  • Dil: English, Français, Deutsch, Italiano
  • Yanıt oranı: 100%
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