Vastveitloftet: A loft house from the Vastveit farm in Telemark Norway 14th century


Pathologist, Inventor, Mountaineer, Explorer Dr. Johan Viking Hultin’s labor of love.

Designed and hand-built by the man who helped unlock the genetics of the 1918 Spanish Flu as well as the inventor of multiple auto safety breakthroughs, including a safer accelerator linkage and the impact-absorbing bumper. The house is a replica of the Norwegian Vastveitloftet from the Skansen Stockholm open-air museum of Scandinavian architecture. Finished in 2008. Milled on site of solid, old-growth redwood, including the roof. This house was designed and literally built to last 1000 years. Radiant heated. Custom pattern super strong metal entry railing system. Hand-painted rosemaling by Norwegian artisans. Hand-carved wood shutters and trim. One bedroom and full bathroom on the lower floor with a second full bathroom on the bottom floor.

There are two hand-crafted sleeping nooks in the living room, true to the design of the 14th century, as well as a large loft for additional sleeping. The stair railings are all custom maple and are replicas from a church in Norway, constructed in 1650. Modern kitchen. Interior fire sprinkler system. Some of the best views in Bear Valley are to be had from this house which stares directly at the Dardanelles and Yosemite beyond, across the Sierra High Country. Dr. Hultin helped restore several ancient labyrinths in Iceland and Sweden. He created a replica of one of the labyrinths he restored, which graces the yard.

  • Property type: Homes
  • City: Bear Valley
  • Zip Code: 95223
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year: 2008
  • Property size: 1350 sq ft
  • Lot size: .37 acres
  • MLS Number: 2006436
  • Lot Number : 340