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7625 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ
For sale: $1.2 million

It was built to withstand tornadoes, hurricanes and fires, but even more than that, it was built to stand out.

“They wanted to have the most recognizable home in Sedona,” said listing agent Ken Robertson of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s.

Looking at the home — a collection of 10 monolithic domes painted rainbow hues from red to purple —  it appears the homeowners achieved just that.

Dome homes are not a new type of structure — humans have been constructing domes for centuries. But the modern concrete-and-steel dome was developed in the 1960s by Utah resident Paul Ream, who worked with engineering professors at Brigham Young University to create “Ream’s Turtle,” an enormous dome that was used for Ream’s general store.

Like most other domes, the Sedona residence began as a polychloride balloon.

“They blow up a polychloride balloon in whatever shape they want,” Robertson explained. “Then they spray foam on that, and then add steel wiring.”

After the steel wiring is fitted over the foam, 4 to 5 inches of concrete is added to the structure. From here, the home is like any other, just with a super strong exterior and rounded interiors.

The 10 domes of the Sedona residence create a living space totaling 5,000 square feet. Each dome leads to another, starting with a grand entrance with 32-foot-high ceilings. There’s a kitchen dome, a living room dome — which includes a large water feature and pool — as well as a theater dome that has incredible acoustics, Robertson says.

Sitting on 3.5 acres, the house also includes a separate garage and additional parking for RVs.

Photos by Ian Whitehead at Ian Whitehead Photography. 

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Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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