Most unusual homes

LA’s Marmont Manor

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Another over-the-top LA mansion is for sale.

The listing agent, who previously listed Michael Jackson’s house, said that he has never seen anything like it. Hmmmmm……

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Fairly standard Tudor wannabe McMansion at first glance, but the features of this home are the things that make you go WOW.

Like that monster fireplace:

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The home is located in California’s Hollywood Hills on 3 acres of flat land, which is rather rare in the uber-crowded Sunset Strip area.

But of course, that rarity is reflected in the $24.5 million price tag.

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Rezoned and Repurposed: vintage Cabin Cruiser on dry land

Ever wanted to live on a house boat but not be bothered by sea-sickness? This place is the perfect solution…

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Come on, be a rebel!

Listed for sale (or trade) in Kingston, Tennessee this unique take on small space living is priced at a mere $15,000.

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It has 1 bathroom and 1 bed – well 2 if you count the “Amish style bunkhouse” also on the property.

The tiny galley kitchen has a propane stove and fridge, in addition to a pub table and matching bar stools.

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It’s tight, but efficient (it is/was a real ship after all).

And someone had fun with the décor…

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The Netherlands Cube houses

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Would you, could you, live in a box? A significantly tilted box – suspended above the street?

Well some hip urban folks in Rotterdam in the Netherlands have been embracing the concept for several decades now. This cluster of cube homes was designed by architect Piet Blom in 1984 to address high density housing issues while allowing for sufficient space on ground level for pedestrian activities.

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by:  Arroww)

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by: Arroww)

Each cube house is tilted at a 45 degree angle and perched upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. The entire cluster of cube homes is meant to represent a village within a city where “each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.” [source]

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image from: Wikimedia Commons (by: Hanselpedia)

A forest………. interesting.

Known officially as Kubuswoningen, there are 40 cube houses that make up the development.

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Victor Moore’s Junk Castle in Washington State

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There was this guy who lived in Washington State who wanted to do something funky for his Master of Fine Arts thesis so he built a castle out of junk in his yard.

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He used all salvaged materials from a local junkyard and a nearby defunct rock quarry. This happened back in 1970 so it was probably quite a sensation at the time. The guy’s name was Victor Moore and he went on to teach high school art and to inspire hundreds of students to do more with less, so to speak.

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In fact, these wonderful photographs were taken by one of Moore’s former students.

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The “Junk Castle” is located outside of Pullman, Washington.

The castle is the main draw, but there are other sculptures and structures scattered throughout the property.

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Isle of Capri’s strange and seductive Casa Malaparte

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On the eastern side of Italy’s Isle of Capri is an unusual house known as Casa Malaparte.

The design was conceived around the year 1937 by famed Italian architect Adalberto Libera. The client he prepared the plans for, however, rejected Libera’s drawings and fired him.  The client – writer Curzio Malaparte - went on to build the house himself with the assistance of a local stonemason.

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It would not be overly dramatic to say that this home was born of conflict. Architects can be cantankerous creatures. When they are paired with artistic clients who have a strong vision of their own, conflicts are inevitable.

Nonetheless, Casa Malaparte came into being and has been enchanting the waters of Gulf of Salerno for over 70 years now.

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The structure is basically a masonry box with reverse pyramidal stairs leading up to the wide roof-top patio. The design alone is daring, but add in the fact that Casa Malaparte is perched precariously 32 meters above sea level on a drastic cliff, and you have one spectacular home.

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Sarah Felix Burns

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