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Price: $975,000

Beds: 2
Baths: 2
Square feet: 1,700

Description: In real estate the word "unique" is one of the most overused. But in this case, it's entirely appropriate. The Joshua Tree house is constructed of artificial stone to mimic the nearby desertscape of Joshua Tree National Park.

A huge, faux-stone wall shields the exterior from the road, rendering the living quarters practically invisible to passersby -- and shaded from the hot afternoon sun.

The living roof is planted with native grasses and flowers, which helps insulate the interior and cut power use, as do nine inches of insulation.

. The interior is unexpectedly elegant and modern. Finishes are first rate with the up-to-the-minute kitchen clad in high-end stainless steel, fruitwood and mini tiles.

And the location can't be beat. The town of Joshua Tree stands at the intersection of route 62 and the entrance road for the National Park, making it a draw for artist and musicians.

For more information: Tarbell Realtors

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