Most unusual homes

Colorado’s famous Spaceship House

image from: www.forbes.com

image from: www.forbes.com

Beam me up! When I think of Colorado (my adopted home state), I think of mountains, skiing, and the infamous Spaceship House. I have been in love with this beauty since I first laid eyes on her back in 2001.

image from: www.onlycolorado.com

image from: www.onlycolorado.com

While some claim the private residence to be downright ugly (Forbes magazine!) I think the house is absolutely captivating. And its mountain perch is the perfect setting for this UFO-esque thing.

image from: urban-review.com

image from: urban-review.com

Located just west of Denver in Genesee Colorado, The Sculptured House – its official name – is visible to passing motorists heading west on Interstate 70.

image from: www.forbes.com

image from: www.forbes.com

If you live in Colorado, you know this house. If you are a Woody Allen movie buff, you will also know this house from its appearance in the quirky 1973 sci-fi comedy Sleeper.

image from: www.thesun.co.uk

Sleeper movie still from: www.thesun.co.uk

Indeed, science fiction and comedy collide in this one-of-a-kind Colorado landmark built in 1963 by architect Charles Deaton. Locals have long referred to the structure as the “Flying Saucer House”.

Here’s a rare photo of the shell being constructed in the early ’60’s:

image from: www.vebidoo.com

image from: www.vebidoo.com

Interestingly, Charles Deaton also designed several sports stadiums in the US including Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.

image from: www.imfromdenver.com

image from: www.imfromdenver.com

The architect described his inspiration for the home in this way:

On Genesee Mountain I found a high point of land where I could stand and feel the great reaches of the Earth. I wanted the shape of it to sing an unencumbered song.

– Chalres Deaton

image from: www.kontaktmag.com

image from: www.kontaktmag.com

While Deaton was the imagination behind the design, a company called Delzell Inc. was the ambitious builder of the home. Unfortunately, the company’s owners ran out of money before the project was complete. The interior of The Sculptured House was left unfinished for almost 3 decades until a Denver based developer bought the house in 1999. He had Charles Deaton design a large addition and hired Deaton’s daughter Charlee to finish the interior design. It was completed in 2003.

image from: www.moderndesign.org

image from: www.moderndesign.org

The home was sold again in 2006, but by 2010, the new owner had become delinquent on the mortgage and the property went into foreclosure. It sold at auction in November 2010 for $1.5 million

image from: www.denverpost.com

image from: www.denverpost.com

The entire home has five levels – 7,700 square feet – with 5 bedrooms and 5 baths.

image from: www.moderndesign.org

image from: www.moderndesign.org

image from: analiseindiscreta.wordpress.com

image from: analiseindiscreta.wordpress.com

image from: www.ncmodernist.org

image from: www.ncmodernist.org

On the top level is an awe-inspiring master suite.

image from: www.coloradohomesmag.com

image from: www.coloradohomesmag.com

The windows! The VIEWS!

image from: www.vebidoo.com

image from: www.vebidoo.com

It is probably the most iconic architectural landmark in Colorado, and certainly one of the most beautiful homes in a sea of atrociously expensive ski McMansions.

Personally, I’ve always thought it looked like a giant smiling clam…. the Cheshire Cat smile of architecture.

image from: been-seen.com

image from: been-seen.com

The big flip of the finger, wink and a nod.

 

Sources:

ImFromDenver.com

Wikipedia Sculptured House

Roadside America

DenverPost.com article

 

 

Check out another odd movie house in a spectacular setting that I profiled a while ago: Casa Malaparte

Casa Malaparte

 

 

House of weird angles

image from: www.redfin.com

image from: www.redfin.com

Somebody had fun with this house.

image from: http://la.curbed.com/

image from: http://la.curbed.com/

This trippy lil’ thing is located in Los Angeles, California. It is up for sale for only $389,900 – a bargain price for LA – no?

The listing says it was built in 1921. I’m going to assume there was an original structure under there somewhere dating back to 1921. But the angular windows and walls we see now are most definitely modern.

No word on why the designer went all Alice in Wonderland/Clockwork Orange, but it certainly has some eye-catching features.

I found this older photo depicting the house before it was painted:

image from: www.weichert.com

image from: www.weichert.com

(Are those lace curtains?)

The listing says the house has been “recently remodeled”. It has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 4,000 square feet so it’s a lot larger than it looks from the exterior.

image from: http://www.movoto.com/

image from: http://www.movoto.com/

Inside, parts of this home are totally normal. Then there are the windows…

image from: https://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Angeles/1323-W-Gage-Ave-90044/home/7271746

image from: https://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Angeles/1323-W-Gage-Ave-90044/home/7271746

And the angles of the walls…

image from: http://www.movoto.com/

image from: http://www.movoto.com/

image from: http://www.movoto.com/

image from: http://www.movoto.com/

And the ironwork….

image from: http://www.movoto.com/

image from: http://www.movoto.com/

image from: http://www.movoto.com/

image from: http://www.movoto.com/

image from: http://www.movoto.com/

image from: http://www.movoto.com/

Somehow, the brown builder’s grade carpet seems out of place. A black and red speckled pattern or green super-shag would be more in line with the design – don’t you think?

;)

 

Sources:

LA.curbed.com

Movoto.com

Redfin.com

 

 

 

That crazy Halloween neighbor

Halloween crazy house

Yep, that’s my neighbor. Literally. That is my neighbor’s house.

Halloween crazy house

Like my old house, this is one of the most notoriously haunted houses in town.

My neighbor not only embraces his old house’s sordid reputation – he flaunts it!

Halloween crazy house

He rescued this beauty a couple years ago and has been tirelessly working to restore the old girl to her queenly state.

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The purple house

Image from: http://www.viralnova.com/purple-house-for-sale/

Image from: http://www.viralnova.com/purple-house-for-sale/

Have you heard about this place in the UK?

image from: http://www.viralnova.com/purple-house-for-sale/

image from: http://www.viralnova.com/purple-house-for-sale/

Now I love purple – lavender, mauve, grape, lilac – whatever. That’s my color.

But when EVERY room is draped and dripping and dragging with purple; well, it’s even a bit much for me.

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A million dollar 500 square foot hovel

image from: http://smallhouseswoon.com/

image from: http://smallhouseswoon.com/

It’s off the market now, but this little gem was on for sale as recently as this summer for $1,199,000.

Sure it has a stellar location in Montecito, California with over and acre of property. And it even has a historic pedigree – being hand-built and originally owned by members of the Bohemian Mountain Drive Artist Colony. But $1.2 million for a brick hut?

Heck ya, look at this sweet thing!

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