The Tennessee Spaceship House

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

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

Born of the UFO craze of the late ’60’s, this 1973 spaceship house is located on a wooded mountain lot outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. A guy named Curtis King built the unorthodox home for his son.

Tennessee Spaceship House

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King constructed it for $250,000 and unfortunately, the grounded saucer was not able to retain its value over the years. It changed hands several times and sold in 2007 for $165,000. The strange house most recently sold at auction in 2008 for a mere $119,000.

Tennessee Spaceship House

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In 2013, the Spaceship House was listed for rent at $2,150 a month.

The structure is made of steel and cement and is elevated one full story off the ground on cement pillars – high enough to park 2 cars underneath!

Tennessee Spaceship House

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The UFO house even has a retractable staircase as an entry point, but apparently it has been broken for some time and so it remains in the ‘down’ position.

A neighbor tells a funny story about a former owner who had a raucous fight with her husband and subsequently trapped him inside by pulling the stairway up and then driving his truck underneath so he couldn’t get the stairs down without damaging his ride.

People. Sheesh.

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

The home still has many of the original fixtures and is decorated with retro furnishings.

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

I found these interior photos on Zillow that date back to 2013.

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

The 2,000 square foot house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and enough room to entertain a crew of aliens.

Tennessee Spaceship House8

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

There’s even a balcony –

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

image from: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN

i.e. potential escape route for husbands who are held hostage by angry wives.

The infamous Spaceship House is located at 1408 Palisades Road, on Signal Mountain, Tennessee. If you are interested in doing a drive-by, it is clearly visible from the road. It has been occasionally listed as a vacation rental on VRBO over the past two years, but is not currently listed.

If you are digging the UFO house design, check out my post on the Futuro house that I once almost bought in Colorado.

 

Sources:

http://www.architectmagazine.com/design/spaceship-shaped-house-available-on-tennessees-signal-mountain_o

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/1211

http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2008/12/15/spaceship-house-to-be-auctioned-in-tennessee/

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1408-Palisades-Rd-Signal-Mountain-TN-37377/41405532_zpid/

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