A Modern Oasis in the Artistic Texas Desert Town of Marfa Lists for $3.5M

Incredible architecture may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Lone Star State. Longhorns, Matthew McConaughey, breakfast tacos, and Friday Night Lights are much further up on the list. But, there are some spectacular architectural gems to find. Such as this desert getaway in the artistic town of Marfa, now seeking a cool $3.5 million.

While it’s not as famous as Austin, Marfa (with fewer than 2,000 inhabitants) is a lesser-known yet exuberant arts hub. And, this Instagram-worthy modern is a stunning spot where one can take it all in.

Comprised of two separate houses designed by two different west coast architects, Berkeley-based Rael san Fratello and Tucson-based DUST, the West Texas property is a treasure teeming with organic beauty. Minimalist and relaxed, it holds a blend of warm neutral tones complemented by rugged and smooth textures. Natural materials like Adobe brick play nicely with more urban concrete, glass, and steel elements. It all creates a perfect backdrop for midcentury modern furnishings, bold paintings, or other eclectic collections to live.

Offering just two bedrooms total, the structures harmonize with the desert landscape in an undisruptive way, as if they have long been there instead of arising in 2005. The estate is even eco-friendly, with all electricity powered by solar panels.

Buyers interested may think of settling here, using it as a refuge to paint and sculpt, or keeping it as an investment property to rent out to artists, photographers, or Instagram influencers. The possibilities are certainly plentiful.

Kumara Wilcoxon of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty holds the dazzling desert listing, which just went live.