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A Former Banana Republic Exec’s Latest Design: A $12 Million Joshua Tree House

The customers of this California spec house won’t have to pack a lot for stays at the nonetheless-to-be-created house. Intended by a previous manner government, the home’s $12 million rate tag incorporates astronaut-impressed garments for residents to wear.

The Joshua Tree residence was built by Omar Nobil, former vice president of women’s style at Banana Republic, and his fiancée, Erika Stahlman, who operates an eponymous design firm. Strategies phone for a 3-bed room, roughly 3,200-sq.-foot dwelling created of concrete, with a guesthouse and an environmentally helpful mineral-water swimming pool.

Omar Nobil and Erika Stahlman in 2021.


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Found in the desert north of Joshua Tree Countrywide Park, the key household will be a cylindrical shape with two 180-foot-long windows, Ms. Stahlman reported. The inside will have a concrete kitchen countertop, a designed-in concrete-and-glass dining home table, and a plush, gray media home.

In the major bedroom suite, a walk-in closet will be stocked with 21 outfits tailor made-made for the buyer by Mr. Nobil and Ms. Stahlman, with some parts developed by London-primarily based bespoke tailor Kathryn Sargent. From jumpsuits to metallic bathing fits, the astronaut-esque outfits is intended to incite “an explorative state of mind” and produce an immersive encounter, Mr. Nobil stated. Donning the garments “makes you sense committed to the inner thoughts we’re making an attempt to produce,” he reported. “You will immediately experience far more removed from day-to-day fact and dedicate to the knowledge of currently being there.” 

The partially subterranean, two-bed room guesthouse is outfitted with the very same line of futuristic clothing, stated Mr. Nobil. 

Mr. Nobil and Ms. Stahlman have renovated two properties jointly in the earlier, but this is their first ground-up development venture together. They obtained the approximately 3-acre whole lot for $85,000 in February 2021. 

The home comes with garments customized-developed to incite an “explorative state of mind.”


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“The therapeutic electrical power of the desert is unmistakable,” said Ms. Stahlman.

They selected concrete as the key creating substance for its aesthetic and toughness, she claimed. Building fees are slated to overall about $10.24 million, they claimed. 

The pool employs minerals which includes sodium chloride, magnesium chloride and borates instead of chlorine to lower environmental effects. The grounds, which have mountain views, will have minimal landscaping. “It is vital not to impact the ecosystem and enable wildlife and plant lifetime be,” Ms. Stahlman claimed. “We want to check out and experience everyday living with nature that is the natural way there.” 

The asking price tag also includes a personalized Land Rover retrofitted with an electric motor, and the house will have two electrical-automobile charging stations. Mr. Nobil mentioned the home, which will have Onyx solar panels, will crank out $11,000 of solar power a calendar year. 

Construction will begin after finding a customer and will just take about 12 to 15 months, stated Mr. Nobil. 

Mr. Nobil worked at Banana Republic for virtually 15 several years in advance of leaving to get the job done whole-time on enhancement jobs with Ms. Stahlman. 

The home is getting bought off-sector, Ms. Stahlman said, but actual-estate brokers Katharina Trappe of Keller Williams NYC and Benjamin Teper of The Agency will assist in marketing it.

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Appeared in the April 22, 2022, print version as ‘A California Spec Home, Wardrobe Provided.’