‘Domestead’ Homestead - Page 2

More than a mere oddity, this one-of-a-kind dome home doubles as ‘art that you live in’


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"The dome is so colorful," says co-listing agent Ariel Putman. "And then you get this great view" of the San Gabriel Mountains and the city skyline.

Each level of this other-worldly dome is quite distinct, with a spiral stairway connecting each level. The bottom level, crafted of poured concrete, is rather earthy, with a 'cave' feel, and contains the living room, lounge, and a cocoon-like, skylit sleeping chamber.

"That first level, with all the skylights, feels so light and airy, almost like a luxury cave hotel that you'd see in Italy," Putman explains. "The way the light dances is really transformative. It changes throughout the day, completely illuminated from moment to moment."

Heading up to the middle level, we find a timber-framed kitchen with five types of wood, wraparound windows, cork-covered walls, a sliding dining table, and built-in seating. This floor has an adjacent half bath, and leads to an outdoor shower, and a relaxing soaking tub that looks out over the gardens.


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Second bedroom, on the bottom level.

The top flight reveals the dome itself, along with a full bath. The dome features triangular skylights and windows, and panels that were painted by famous artist Fritz Haeg, a subsequent owner, who gave the home its ‘Domestead’ nickname.

"Haeg bought the home in 2000, and [at that time] called it the Sundown Salon," says Putman. "He hosted many artist retreats and parties there, and planted all the gardens. He's known for designing edible gardens, and this is all part of what he created at the property."


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Haeg also published an exhibition book titled The Sundown Salon Unfolding Archive, Putman adds, a publication that includes a tribute to the original owner of the house.

One summer, Haeg decided to paint the dome— "day by day, over June, July, and August," Putman explains. "Each panel was painted the way the sky looked that day…cloudy, blue. Each panel has the dates of its painting on there. It's charming ! At one event, people with summer birthdays came and took pictures of their birthdate…"


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Pathways adjacent to the home lead to restful areas (like this one) for lounging and al fresco dining.

Surrounded by drought-tolerant native plants and fruit trees, pleasant pathways lead to restful areas for lounging and al fresco dining. Adding to the unique setting is a canvas dome yurt mounted on a wood platform, an ideal spot for a sanctuary, studio, or gym space. In keeping with the theme, the home's garage was designed with a curving door.

"Pictures don't do this home justice," says Putnam. "The dome is so colorful, and then you get this great view."

"Every owner has put their heart into it," she adds.

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