Most unusual homes

Wisconsin’s Mushroom House is FOR SALE!

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image from: imgur.com

Wisconsin has some weird houses – like the rock-in-the-house-house and the house-on-the-rock-house. And of course Wisconsin has a few boarded-up graffiti-covered abodes that have seen better days.

But an abandoned mushroom house?

Yep – they have one of those too.

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image from: roadtrippers.com

This sad relic is known as the Door County Mushroom House. It was once an enthralling earth-bermed hobbit house, but these days it only entertains vandals and the occasional obsessive house-peeper like myself.

The Mushroom House is located near Fish Creek outside of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on private property.

Local legend purports that the mushroom house was built by an artist/architect and used as a summer home. The homeowner either went bankrupt or died (no one is really sure) but his wife apparently hated the place so much that she just up and left. That’s the story anyway.

It is all boarded up now, as you can see.

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image from: practicalenrichment.wordpress.com

I did some digging around but could not find a single photo of this whimsical house in its heyday.

In fact, website after website had little to no information about the house, and no one knew who the owners were. Nobody is even sure when it was built.

But House Crazy Sarah has her ways of finding things out. (It’s called county assessor records my friends – free and open to the public!)

Here’s what I found:

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The UK Dragon House

image from: www.telegraph.co.uk

image from: www.telegraph.co.uk

You, yes YOU, can spend the night in this incredible house!

The “Dragon House” is located in Westhall England, near Halesworth on the eastern coast.

image from: www.airbnb.com

image from: www.airbnb.com

This most unusual home was inspired by a sketch from a Russian architect. A British couple took the concept from the drawing and designed and built their dream home themselves.

They now host guests in their house as a bed & breakfast, so you can meet the owners, get a personalized tour, and spend the night in this amazing abode!

image from: www.airbnb.com

image from: www.airbnb.com

 Years in the making, the Dragon House won the prestigious 2012 Homebuilding and Renovating Award.

 The homeowners’ talents and sense of fun are on display in every inch of this property…
image from: www.airbnb.com

image from: www.airbnb.com

There is a lot going on thematically with this place, but it is named for the whimsical creature that is guarding the chimney:

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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……

image from: www.zillow.com

image from: www.zillow.com/los-angeles-ca/

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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image from: www.zillow.com/los-angeles-ca/

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…

image from: http://tinyhouselistings.com/off-grid-tiny-home-boat-parked-on-land/

image from: http://tinyhouselistings.com/off-grid-tiny-home-boat-parked-on-land/

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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image from: all-that-is-interesting.com

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]

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by: Hanselpedia)

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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