Exterior, House Building Type, and Wood Siding Material From the base of the hillside, a cable car and staircase lead up the multi-level residence. The current owners commissioned architect John Nance to build the home in 1981 after spending several years finalizing a design that would maintain the natural topography without grading.  Photo 1 of 19 in With $3.3M, You Could Own Your Own Mountainside Retreat That Comes Complete With a Cable Car