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UFO Tiny House in Joshua Tree: Area 55

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Ronald was looking for a UFO-inspired dwelling that he could use as an Airbnb on his property. He came across the “Futuro Homes,” originally designed by Matti Suuronen in 1968 as portable ski chalets. There are fewer than 60 still standing in the world, but Ronald managed to track one down and purchase it.

Transporting it and getting it set up on site wasn’t an inexpensive venture, but at this point Ronald has broken even and is now saving up to expand his futuristic glamping hub. “Area 55,” as he calls it, is overwhelmingly popular. He is booked out to December of 2022!

The UFO is an off-grid vacation, with an outdoor BBQ patio, a mobile bathroom (with flushing toilet) and an outdoor shower. Enjoy Jenna’s interview and tour with Ronald below.

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Area 55: Futuristic Tiny House Airbnb

The aliens were actually a clearance Halloween deal.

It’s an out-of-this-world experience.

Here it is landing at Area 55.

VIDEO: Futuro Home Tour! He Made a Flying Saucer Airbnb

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • jerry dycus
    August 5, 2021, 2:26 pm

    I was around when these came out and always wanted one. Someone really should start making them again as would be a good seller and as composites, made from plants and sand.
    Round really isn’t an efficient use of space but this is just so cool.

  • Marsha Cowan
    August 5, 2021, 10:03 pm

    I love this thing!! It gets cuter every time I see it. What a clever idea, and now it seems to have even more ammenities. I hope you get lots of visitors. . . from earth.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 6, 2021, 6:13 am


  • Victoria Banaszak
    August 11, 2021, 4:03 am

    What a perfect setting for a landing. I love this one. It is so fun.

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