Herman Koller

The Koller Residence, 1928-1945

The Koller Residence, a.k.a. Casa de Pajaros: Venerable as the California Missions, legend has it that Herman Koller carefully crafted his visionary home from salvaged materials stone by stone, and artifact by artifact from 1928 all through the depression years, and only laying his trowel down as World War 2 was ending in 1945. Hidden within a secret mountain glen where John Burroughs kept a summer cabin, and John Muir took his repast, one comes upon "the house of birds" as one might a Mayan Temple deep within the jungles of Central America. The sense of mystery and magic is pervasive. The property is offered with the understanding that the new owner will not find the house, but rather Casa de Pajaros will select its new owner.

$ 1,333,000.