A Previous Banana Republic Exec’s Most recent Style: A $12 Million Joshua Tree Home

The potential buyers of this California spec home won’t have to pack much for stays at the yet-to-be-designed residence. Created by a previous manner executive, the home’s $12 million cost tag features astronaut-influenced clothing for inhabitants to don.

The Joshua Tree residence was built by Omar Nobil, previous vice president of women’s design at Banana Republic, and his fiancée, Erika Stahlman, who runs an eponymous design firm. Ideas get in touch with for a three-bed room, around 3,200-square-foot dwelling manufactured of concrete, with a guesthouse and an environmentally welcoming mineral-h2o swimming pool.

Omar Nobil and Erika Stahlman in 2021.


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Positioned in the desert north of Joshua Tree Nationwide Park, the principal dwelling will be a cylindrical shape with two 180-foot-very long home windows, Ms. Stahlman mentioned. The inside will have a concrete kitchen area countertop, a built-in concrete-and-glass dining place table, and a plush, grey media space.

In the principal bedroom suite, a walk-in closet will be stocked with 21 outfits personalized-developed for the customer by Mr. Nobil and Ms. Stahlman, with some parts established by London-primarily based bespoke tailor Kathryn Sargent. From jumpsuits to metallic bathing fits, the astronaut-esque apparel is supposed to incite “an explorative point out of mind” and produce an immersive working experience, Mr. Nobil defined. Donning the dresses “makes you feel committed to the thoughts we’re striving to generate,” he stated. “You will promptly come to feel a lot more taken out from day by day actuality and commit to the knowledge of staying there.” 

The partially subterranean, two-bed room guesthouse is geared up with the identical line of futuristic garments, mentioned Mr. Nobil. 

Mr. Nobil and Ms. Stahlman have renovated two houses with each other in the earlier, but this is their initially ground-up construction challenge jointly. They obtained the roughly 3-acre great deal for $85,000 in February 2021. 

The household arrives with clothes tailor made-designed to incite an “explorative state of thoughts.”


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“The therapeutic electricity of the desert is unmistakable,” reported Ms. Stahlman.

They selected concrete as the primary making materials for its aesthetic and durability, she said. Construction fees are slated to overall about $10.24 million, they explained. 

The pool utilizes minerals including sodium chloride, magnesium chloride and borates in its place of chlorine to cut down environmental affect. The grounds, which have mountain views, will have minimum landscaping. “It is crucial not to have an impact on the natural environment and permit wildlife and plant everyday living be,” Ms. Stahlman said. “We want to view and knowledge everyday living with character that is naturally there.” 

The asking cost also features a custom made Land Rover retrofitted with an electrical motor, and the residence will have two electrical-motor vehicle charging stations. Mr. Nobil stated the residence, which will have Onyx photo voltaic panels, will deliver $11,000 of solar power a 12 months. 

Construction will commence right after acquiring a purchaser and will get about 12 to 15 months, claimed Mr. Nobil. 

Mr. Nobil worked at Banana Republic for almost 15 a long time prior to leaving to perform whole-time on improvement jobs with Ms. Stahlman. 

The house is getting sold off-sector, Ms. Stahlman stated, but real-estate agents Katharina Trappe of Keller Williams NYC and Benjamin Teper of The Company will help in advertising it.

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