Top 10 Wacky and Wonderful Homes
For habitual property surfers looking for house porn, the record inventory shortage can have some with feelings of withdrawal. When there are no listings to view, it can leave us all feeling at a loss. Here to save the day (or at the very least to scratch the itch) are the top 10 weird, wacky and wonderful residential homes in the US as submitted by the Revaluate Team across the country.
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The Mushroom House
Mushroom House is one of the most unique homes in the greater Rochester area if not the whole US. It’s rooted next to a waterfall in the woods with fantastic views inside and out of its 4200 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. For the shroom-curious, I have great news – it’s currently available for rent!
Dock Side Waterfall
This is an boat dock located on a bend in Lake Austin across from Canyon land Nature Preserve. While not actually a house (its just a dock!) – it is larger than most studio apartments. We featured this property last week in our email, and it raised enough interest to inspire this post.
Built in 2013, 56 Leonard Street (known colloquially as the Jenga Building) is an 821-foot-tall (250 m), 57-story residential condo building with units priced between US$3.5 million and US$50 million. Residences range in size from 1,418 to 6,400 square feet (131.7 to 594.6 m2) and include two to five bedrooms all with private outdoor spaces.
A similar designed building is under construction in downtown LA.
Go Big and Go Home
When your Mansion has a Mansion it also has it’s own website. Locate at 9912 Lake Louise Drive, Windermere Fl, this waterfront and golf course community based home features 11 bedrooms, 14 baths, 25,466 sqft on 3 acres. Elegance and exquisite details throughout with a 40+ car garage … and covered boat dock, obviously.
Hot Tub Drive Machine
Well – its built on a trailer, so its a mobile home… that counts, right? You can order your mobile hot tub house from the UK and have it delivered on the land you are going to buy, or where you live. Think it would make a great sheshead?
This two story home features a hot tub, fireplace and two sleeping lofts. The kitchen is “cute” in size and also features a bathroom the size you’d expect.
LaJolla CA, (one of my favorite “beach” towns) 5,300-square-foot home built in 2014 its glass walls recede, creating an open-air pavilion) to nearby bluffs and, 80 yards away, the crashing ocean. This amazing fabrication sold in 2017 for $5.5 million and sadly is not currently on the market. So, is it a case of glass is half empty, or do you love the angular vacant minimalism?
Ever feel like you are being watched over? The apartment building at 160 East 22nd Street near Third Avenue in Gramercy NYC definitely makes the list of the most innovative – some would say craziest – in the city.
The residential condo building hovers above two smaller buildings with a large cantilevered section to the left, creating a sharp distinction between the lowrise past and the highrise future of Manhattan’s cityscape.
They were able to do so by purchasing the “air space” above the other buildings. Ownership of airspace is just like ownership of land. The owner can use and enjoy it reasonably. Zoning and other statutes often restrict the height of buildings. Such statutes don’t actually declare the unused airspace to belong to the public, however; they merely restrain the owner’s use of that space.
Love NYC’s special kind of crazy? Here are some more Crazy NYC buildings we covered.
UFO’s Are Real (Estate)
Just 10 min from Revaluate HQ in Golden, lays the Sculptured House, also known as the Sleeper House. It’s a distinctive elliptical curved house that looks like a flying saucer, perched on Genesee Mountain above I-70. Built in 1963 by architect Charles Deaton, It’s featured prominently in the 1973 Woody Allen sci-fi comedy Sleeper.
The Hull Truth
Sitting at sea level and floating directly on SF bay, only 3 or 4 blocks from the Giants baseball stadium in downtown San Francisco float more than a dozen houseboats. These are really more like barges, and frequently lack propulsion. Once aboard you will find traditional home like amenities – however in an efficient “fun size”. They sell infrequently, but one of these tiny efficient listings from pre pandemic was $1.8M. Thats the price of a fully rigged ocean going sailing catamaran with similar amenities – that could take you around the world.
Like the looks of Canada, but want to be in the US? (Can Americans even go to Canada right now?) Fort Montgomery could be for you. This “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity will allow one lucky house hunter to purchase a real-life, historic fort on an island at the edge of Lake Champlain, on the border of Canada and the USA for only $1M. The 8 acre fort was built with the same limestone was used to build Radio City Music Hall in New York City and the National Gallery of Art located in Washington, D.C. Perhaps the best aspect is that from this fort you can ensure there are no syrup smuggling shenanigans across the border.
What do you think – would you sell your home for one of these wacky places? Do you want to find more sellers with listings like these? Let us know in the comments below!