The World's Tallest Home on the Market - and It's Solar Powered
According to the listing agent, Falcon Crest, the world’s tallest single-family home was built to respect the environment that's at the heart of its appeal.
Constructed at the slope of Prescott, Arizona’s 6,514-foot Thumb Butte, the house that Phoenix architect Sukumar Pal built for his own family soars 124 feet and views stretching over 120 miles to mountain ranges in every direction. With its Star Wars and Batman similarities, it is also one of the most futuristic homes in the world. Pal built Falcon Crest in 1994 to be energy efficient while still maximizing views with glass walls and ceilings.
The "Palsolaral House" exemplifies passive solar technologies as well as other unique and alternative power, heating and cooling sources.
The 1.08-acre site, just minutes from Prescott's famous Whiskey Row, affords views for over 120 miles to the San Francisco Peaks, Thumb Butte, Humphrey's Peak and Bill Williams Mountain.
Encompassing 10 floors at different levels and angles above a small 24-foot by 24-foot footprint, most of the living space is found in the home’s four wings that flare out near the upper level creating a residence of 6,200 square feet with three bedrooms, four full baths, 2,000-square-foot solarium, open kitchen and great room. A hydraulic glass elevator rises six floors from the garage taking advantage of the view and with the wings surrounded by the all-glass roofs and walls.
Having won multiple awards for his specialization in designing energy-efficient homes, the Pal residence has won four residential architecture world records including top honors for its unconventional heating and cooling systems that utilize passive solar for winter heat and micro-climate and convective cooling in the summer.
With minimal energy consumption, a small footprint, and utilizing natural elements to heat and cool the home free from cost, this is truly an architectural and engineering treasure.
The listing agent is Frank Aazami with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Scottsdale, Arizona. The home is priced at $1.5 million. Photos courtesy of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty.