Welcome to our weekly property digest, where we bring together the best homes for sale and rent across the world. This week, we have a sci-fi concept home in California’s Joshua Tree National Park, and a 1920s apartment in Paris among our discoveries.

A Flintstones-like eco home in Vermont

Photography: Special Finds

1 bedroom; 1,449 sq ft; $220,000 via Special Finds
The Vermont Earth House was built in 1988 by architect Robert Chapelle as a prototype eco-home using polystyrene and beaten earth. Half dwelling, half art installation, the dome home sits on 47 acres of rural forest in New England and is on the market for the first time ever. It’s in need of some maintenance but heritage experts hope the unique property will attract a buyer interested in preserving it. See inside.

A sci-fi concept home in Joshua Tree, California

Image: Whitaker Studio

$3.5m via Engel & Volkers
Whitaker Studio designed the Starburst House concept for film producer Chris Hanley in 2017. Renders of the unique California property went viral when they were initially released and although it hasn’t been built yet, construction on the futuristic home is set to begin in mid-2021 in Monument Manor on the edge of the nearby national park. It’s already seeking a buyer. 

The Flokehyttene cabins in Vestland, Norway

Photography: Holon Arkitektur

From 1,000 NOK per night direct
Arkitektur for Haugesund Turistforening designed these timber cabins, which perch on a rocky headland in western Norways’s Sveio. Five glass-fronted huts are drilled into the rocks in Vestland, not far from where the Vikings sailed out to settle Iceland. Their sloping shape helps them stand up to the winds that howl around the Ryvarden headland while wide window panes maximise sea views. Take an online tour. 

A saltbox house in East Hampton, US

Photography: Douglas Elliman

5 bedrooms; 5,500 sq ft; $4.495m via Douglas Elliman
This colonial-era saltbox house in Long Island’s East Hampton Village dates back to the 1680s and has recently been given a modernist overhaul with sleek modern interiors that belly its shingled exterior. The two-storey house sits in the centre of the old village and overlooks the local park, and has an L-shaped swimming pool that wraps around the dining room. See inside. 

A 1920s apartment in Paris


2 bedrooms; 104 sqm; € 1.5m via Architecture de Collection
This Parisian apartment in a 1920s building by architects Charles Thomas and Fernand Dumarcher has undergone a complete renovation. Raw concrete combines with wood and colourful ceramic tiles inside the two-bedroom apartment in the city’s 10th arrondissement, close to galleries and restaurants.

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