The iconic Boat House—a 3,906-square-foot, glass-and-concrete residence designed to look like a ship—is, rather ironically, located in the Coachella Valley (about two hours inland from the Pacific Ocean) in Palm Springs, Calif. Situated in the desert’s arid mountains and flanked by palm trees, the four-bedroom, five-bathroom estate, built in 1992, was originally commissioned by racecar driver Jim Jeffords. Award-winning architect Michael Johnson helmed the project, shaping the home like a triangle in order to resemble the bow of a boat. Floor-to-ceiling windows and 24-foot ceilings anchor the airy desert escape. The main living space (with a fireplace and bar) opens to a deck showcasing a triangle-shaped infinity pool.
Accentuated with marble and wood, the master suite features a skylight, fireplace, and private deck facing the mountains. Each bedroom has its own bathroom for added privacy. The property is on the market for $1.95 million. (Inquiries: Nelson-Moe Properties; John Nelson, 760.774.8687, or Cat Moe, 760.774.5558; coldwellbankerhomes.com)