The buyer will have a unique home that has been widely praised for its blending of mid-century modern design with environmentally friendly materials and construction. The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine called the house "Prefabulous," and GQ called it a "masterpiece in a box" and "far and away the most stylish and sexy of its kind."
"We very much live on the outdoor decks," Marmol said. "It's incredibly peaceful. The relationship to the mountains is both powerful and serene. For us it was a wonderful escape from Los Angeles."
Marmol Radziner Prefab designs and builds highly customized houses, but they are all constructed at a factory in Vernon, which produces modules about 8 feet wide and 12 feet long. Prefab housing construction is gaining supporters because of its potential to hold down construction waste and costs.
"Once you move into the control of a factory environment, you minimize a huge volume of waste, and site-built construction generates tremendous waste," Marmol said. That said, the Marmol Radziner homes are not cheap, often priced well above $1 million when fully complete.
"We've completed and installed two homes, and two are in the factory, and another 20 or so are lined up behind them," Marmol said.
Marmol said he was selling the Desert House because he is designing a new home -- also a prefab -- that will be built in his factory and assembled in Venice.
Asking price: $1.85 million
Size: The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in about 2,100 square feet of indoor living space, and an additional 2,400 square feet of outdoor living space, and sits on a 5-acre lot.
Where: Located in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., the house has views of San Jacinto peak and the surrounding mountains.
Listing agents: Crosby Doe, (310) 275-2222, and J.R. Davidson, (323) 821-7300, of Mossler & Doe.