A musician’s architectural gem, nestled among the Spanish-style ranches and stucco bungalows that dot Eagle Rock, California, is selling for $1.699 million.
The geodesic dome house perched on a hillside overlooking the neighborhood calls to mind that old “Sesame Street” song “One of These Things,” as it emerges from a row of otherwise modest single-family homes. It’s part of a two-house compound that owner Nicky Panicci, a guitarist and songwriter, has restored over the past five years and put on the market on Thursday.
“What strikes me about the property is the sense of being above it all,” said listing agent Brad Holmes, of Compass. “It’s this wonderful mix of music and nature combined.”
An uphill drive leads to the first of the two buildings, a two-story main house featuring painted stucco and wood cladding from the 1920s. The driveway loops around a second structure owners in the 1980s topped with a geodesic dome, according to the listing agents.
A mid-century aesthetic runs through both houses, including richly stained hardwood floors, large unadorned windows and sleek white countertops. While the three-bedroom main house is larger, the owner has mostly used it as a guest house, preferring to live in the unusual dome.
The dome tops the house’s single great room, including a kitchen, dining and living space, which is flooded with light from the many windows and pentagonal skylights. A winding staircase leads down to a bedroom, bathroom and walk-in closet.
The large closet is key for Mr. Panicci, who keeps a significant collection of so-called “Nudie” suits, said the agents, referring to the bedazzled ensembles invented by Nudie Cohn, and favored by celebrities from Elvis Presley to Cher.
He’s restored much of the property, including clearing away brush and trees that crowded the home.
“It’s almost unrecognizable it’s so manicured. Before you could barely see the house,” said co-listing agent Megan Wilson, also of Compass.
The seller has also worked on the electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, according to building permits, and installed sculptural art, including a guitar strung from a tree, that give the peaceful grounds a little edge.
“It’s this wonderful mix of music and nature combined,” Mr. Holmes said. “A sort of sanctuary—but it’s dripping with rock ‘n’ roll.”
Mr. Panicci, whose work includes playing with folk and blues singer Ben Harper, could not immediately be reached for comment.