My Name is Al Palisca. My son, brothers and I developed this land and built this house. It is my home.
I moved to California from Pennsylvania in 1978 to explore and enjoy Yosemite National Park. I worked for the National Park Service in Yosemite for 27 years, married and raised two children here and just love it!
I currently live in Prague, Czech Republic for 6-months of the year, and am making my home available to travelers to the Yosemite area while I am away.
Kathy Rufo purchased this house in 2005
Mariposa is a wonderful place to live, work and play. The weather is fantastic and there are many outdoor activities close at hand.
The slower, rural nature of Mariposa County is appealing in a wholesome and fulfilling way.
Come and unwind, relax and feel the peacefulness of the rural lifestyle while you explore Yosemite and the surrounding area.
My older brother Mike has agreed to be the property manager, caretaker, greeter and maintenance person for the Oak Meadows House. He lives with his two friendly dogs, in the studio apartment behind the adjacent garage/shop.
His presence provides exceptional security, and a knowledgeable local person to help with whatever you might need during your stay, be it driving directions, maintenance needs, or recommendations on what to see or where to dine.
This plans for this house was originally designed by David Arkin and Anni Tilt as a 4 bedroom Straw Bale house. The original house was constructed in Mill Valley, California in 2000 as a straw-bale house and was named 'Natural Habitat'.
I modified the plans to allow the house to be built into the hillside here in Mariposa. The Straw Bale walls were replaced with insulated concrete walls that could withstand burial in the earth.
The following description of the house is from the Healthy Home Plans website.
'Natural Habitat is featured in the book, 'The New Strawbale Home', received the Western Home Award from Sunset magazine, and was also featured in 'Real Simple Magazine'. This stunning and inspirational family home does not isolate its residents from one another or from the surrounding environment. The architects, David Arkin & Anni Tilt, a husband and wife team, conceived of and designed this home to give the residents a sense of being at home in nature.
This four-bedroom home is a showcase of environmental innovations, beginning with its modest size. The smaller claim on resources of all kinds, is where building green really begins. At 1,860 square feet, it is 470 square feet smaller than the average new American house, yet it feels open and unconfined and more than big enough for a family of five. The kitchen, living and dining areas share one generous space with differing ceiling heights, from an intimate 8 feet to a lofty 16 feet, to define each area. While compact, the floor plan still includes a variety of intimate spaces - a separate entryway, a laundry room, and a window covered office alcove behind the kitchen - providing private places to retreat to.'
This house is simply a joy to live in with beautiful and abundant natural light filling the living space.
The surrounding land is peaceful and private, yet only 1 mile from the town of Mariposa, where you will find everything you need for your stay