Grass-covered dome duplex in Florida

The hills have eyes…

image from: www.zillow.com

image from: www.zillow.com

…and brow bones too, if you want to get anatomical.

image from: zillow.com

image from: zillow.com

There is a house under there – buried beneath the undulating mounds. Actually, it is a duplex.

image from: www.zillow.com

image from: www.zillow.com

From the exterior, it appears to be a feature on a golf course. Located in sunny Florida, this earth-covered home is currently for sale for $1.2 million.

This is where you would park your car(s):

image fom: www.zillow.com

image fom: www.zillow.com

This Atlantic Beach home on the northeastern coast of Florida was built in 1975.

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

It is actually a divided duplex with each unit housing 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom – each with about 750 square feet of living space.

Come on down…

image from: www.zillow.com

image from: www.zillow.com

The dome duplex is still owned by its original builder/designer architect William Morgan.

It is made from two concrete domes dug into the side of a sand dune.

image from: zillow.com

image from: zillow.com

The architect likens his creation to a “bomb shelter”, according to a 2011 Zillow.com article.

And indeed, it does look like a secure spot to weather the winds and rain of a hurricane. The thing I would be worried about would be a storm surge and the resulting flooding!

image from: www.zillow.com

image from: www.zillow.com

I can just imagine water rushing down those stairs…

image from: www.zillow.com

image from: www.zillow.com

Because of its unique form and layout, the dome duplex has been having trouble finding the right buyer. It has been listed since 2009 and has suffered several price reductions. (And I say “suffered” because as a homeowner who currently has a house for sale, I can tell you that it is truly painful and demoralizing each time the price is cut.)

image from: www.zillow.com

image from: www.zillow.com

According to the Zillow article, each of the apartments is currently rented out but the new owner can decide whether to continue using it as an investment property or whether to convert it to a single-family dwelling.

It just needs to find the right buyer.

If you’ve ever felt like nesting snugly under the earth like a gopher (or prairie dog) then this house has you covered [funny pun!].

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Sources:

William Morgan Architects

Grass Dome Home in Florida

Trulia listing

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*Update on my house*

It has been a while since I have given you an update on my old house which is for sale.

After two months of complete cricket-chirping silence, things are starting to pick up again! People are starting to clean out the flyer box and knock at my front door wondering if they could just have a quick peek inside. There were even 3 showings this week!

But alas, I have come to the realization that this is the house that everybody loves, but nobody wants to buy:(

So I won’t get my hopes up too high. But it is nice to see people showing interest again.

IN OTHER NEWS…

My computer completely crashed on Thursday and I lost everything on it. The damn thing has been on the fritz for a long time, making it nearly impossible to do any work on it. So I went and bought a new computer and am now starting from scratch again. Which is like having a newborn baby, in a sense. Kind of a blank slate, but LOTS of work getting everything set up.

 

 

 

6 Comments

  • Stephanie says:

    I’m sorry but that back end of that thing (or the entryway??) looks obscene!

  • Sabrina says:

    It would fun to stay in for a weekend, but I wouldn’t want to live down in there full time! To clautraphobic!

  • Mandy says:

    For 750 suqare feet that is WAY overpriced! no wonder it hasn’t sold!

  • Might I suggest that you have the home staged by a professional. For the amount of $ your asking, you won’t ever sell it looking like it was built in the 70’s. NOT trying to be mean..but helpful. I live in St Augustine and I know the area quite well. Your competing with seriously gorgeous homes in that price range which are oceanfront. Yours is super cool for the right buyer. Someone as imaginative as you would be a good fit but since you haven’t found one, why not help their imagination with some creative staging of what the house would look like …for a person who is willing to spend top dollar for a subterranean. I’m off to California to look at ‘storybook’ homes in Carmel, Berkley, Los Angeles- witches house and some in northern Ca. When I get back, I’d love to see your home. We have considered having home plans drawn up for a domed subterranean, storybook or earthship. Would entertain your advise on the possibilities. Would be glad to offer ideas for staging your beautiful home under the sun!
    Kind regards,
    Penny D.

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