"It was a magical house," said Lillian Kahan, 93, who called the rustic perch home for 42 years. "It sounds kind of dumb to say that, but it's true."
But owners past and present explained that the home's asking price is not rooted in its relatively modest size but in what is not built around it — and its place in counterculture history.
The canyon house, they said, is a secluded refuge from nearby sprawl that draws friends, neighbors and relatives who want to get a little closer to nature.
They grew to love their adopted hometown, embedding themselves in the community of artists and outsiders. At the house, the retired couple hosted big parties, cooking up hot dogs on an early 1900s-era wood stove. When they marveled at deer, hawks and mountain lions, it seemed like the curiosity was mutual.
By the time the late '60s rolled around, the couple learned to keep an eye on "Dodge City" down the hill. There, residents, including Timothy Leary, experimented with drugs and, well, dodged the authorities.
But as the book recounts, the moment the man left town, the "hippies," in order to maintain their plants, tapped into the couple's water line.
When Voss moved in, she preserved the art with a clear coat.
Selling was a tough decision. "I vacillate about it all the time," Voss said.
If she'd had a little more time, and maybe a few more resources, she said, she'd have cut trails down the hill so she could have dropped in at the nearby Sawdust Festival grounds, where a popular artists' fair draws summertime visitors.
She looked up at the $5-million and $6-million mansions on a ridge high above.
"I often wonder if they can look down and say, 'There's that crazy lady, doing her yard work,'" she said. "It's a different world up there."