California home looks like it belongs in Santorini, Greece: photos

Known as The Santorini House, it looks out over Palm Springs from a hilltop about two hours east of Los Angeles.

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Built by architect William Nicholson in 1977, the home consists of interconnected, balloon-like domes plus a three-story observation tower. The property recently underwent a dramatic transformation.

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Valentino, a self-taught designer and managing broker at Valentino + Valentino Real Estate, told Business Insider that Nicholson designed four domed houses in California before switching careers.

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Today, just two remain: The Santorini House and The Flintstone House in Hillsborough, California, whose current owner modeled it after the famous cartoon of the same name.

Flintstone House in Hillsbourough, California

Aerial view of the Flintstone’s House on April 11, 2019 in Hillsborough, California.

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Valentino also modified the arched entryways, using wood from a 100-year-old barn in Pennsylvania to transform them into more rectangular openings.

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Post renovation, Valentino rented the space out “almost daily” for photo shoots and events at a rate of $5,000 per day.

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