World’s Most Bizarre Houses


spaceship_houseSo you think you have a hard time selling your listing…check out these bizarre homes. How would you go about marketing them? Would you want to live in any of them?

1. The Spaceship House in Chattanooga, Tennessee was the creation of Curtis King, who spent $250,000 to have it built for his son in 1973.

toilet_house2. The Toilet-shaped House in Suwon, South Korea was built to mark the 2007 inaugural meeting of the World Toilet Association.



teapot_dome3. The Teapot Dome, in Zillah, WA was built in 1922 as a reminder of the Teapot Dome Scandal involving President Warren G. Harding and a federal petroleum reserve in Wyoming.


airplane_home4. The Boeing 727 House, in Benoit (Mississippi, USA). The plane set Joanne Ussary back $2,000.00, cost $4,000.00 to move, and $24,000.00 to renovate. The stairs open with a garage door remote, and one of the bathrooms is still intact. And let’s not forget the personal jacuzzi in the cockpit.


nautilus_house5. The Nautilus House, in Mexico DF (Mexico), is a seashell-inspired abode built by designed by Senosiain Arquitectos for a couple.



shoe_house6. The Shoe House in Hellam (Pennsylvania, USA). It was an actual guesthouse (3 bedroom, 2 baths, a kitchen and a living room) of a local shoe magnate, Mahlon N. Haines. After his death, it was an ice cream parlor for a while, and now it is a museum.


bubble_house7. The Bubble House in Cannes (France). In the early eighties, fashion designer Pierre Cardin bought this atypical summer house built by architect Antti Lovag.



upside-down_house8. The Upside-Down House, in Szymbark (Poland). The house was created by Daniel Czapiewski to describe the former communist era and the present times in which we live.


mushroom_house9. The Mushroom House, in Cincinnati (Ohio, USA). 





cave_house10. The Cave House in Festus, Missouri was a limestone and sandstone mining site in the 1800s. It was converted into a roller rink in 1960, where Ted Nugent and Bob Seger performed. Curt Sleeper bought the cave and its surrounding three acres in 2004 for about $160,000. He spent another $150,000 to make the cave into his family’s hardwood floored, three-bedroom home. When they ran into mortgage trouble, the Sleeper family put their home up for sale on eBay with a starting bid of $300,000. Luckily, the Sleepers were eventually able to refinance and keep their cave.

More odd homes

Do you know of more odd homes? Comment on them below.


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12 Responses to “World’s Most Bizarre Houses”

  1. Charity Cason Says:

    I have to say that I kind of like the toilet house the best. What must their cocktail parties be like at that house?! And who knew there was a World Toilet Association??


  2. Capri Wilbanks Says:

    I would love to live in The Cave House in Festus, Missouri.

    Another odd home is the Pickle-Barrel House in Grand Marais, Michigan.

    This larger-than-life pickle barrel, which recently underwent a $50,000 restoration, was originally built in 1926 by the Pioneer Cooperage Company as a summer home for cartoonist William Donahey. Donahey, the creator of the Chicago Tribune’s popular “Teenie Weenie” cartoon strip, also drew advertisements for pickle-peddlers Reid-Murdock & Co., who sold their product in a much smaller version of the barrel you see here. The Grand Marais Historical Society acquired the property in December 2003, and it was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places shortly thereafter. It’s currently open to the public.

  3. Yvonne Thomas-Brooks Says:

    Can you imagine living in a 727? I would need to wear a hard hat all the time! (lol) I loved the dome houses and the Florida beach front property built into the sand dunes. I wish we could tour the inside if these homes in person.
    Good thing we can take advantage of inside home tours right here in Atlanta this coming Sunday! It’s Super Sunday Open House day on 6/14/09 between 2pm and 5pm. I’m sure you will encounter many homes that will surprise you with their own exceptional features.

  4. Michael A. McFadden Says:

    Spaceship house for me!!!

  5. tylerbrenner Says:

    I bet that the 727 house might eventually end up in the hands of some LOST tv show fanatic, and they convert it into a make-shift Oceanic Flight 815.

    Actually, I might do that 🙂

  6. John Rausch Says:

    Thanks for the photos of the interesting houses. One of my favorites that I found recently is the “world’s narrowest house” in Alexandria Virgina. It is only seven feet wide! It was built in a narrow driveway between houses.

  7. Steve Adkins Says:

    How about odd people in normal houses?

    Just thinking out loud. 😉

  8. Ann Bone Says:

    Steve, there isn’t a blog big enough to contain all that information!

  9. Christina Poodt Says:

    What Fun!! Thanks Tish for taking our minds off the “common” looking great homes out there for SALE right now! I particularly liked the TEA house, but then I am partial to a good cuppa Tea!

    What about a Man in the Moon House? Kinda Star Wars like?

    And I believe there is an “Old Woman’s Shoe” Home in England somewhere, and let’s not forget about the Ginger Bread House somewhere in Bavaria (I think)

    Lot’s to Explore!

  10. Tonji J. Hubbard Says:

    If the Cookie Jar House was located near Atlanta I’d Love to Call It Home!

    I’d enjoy hosting these for Super Sunday Open Houses as well!

    Thanks Tish for the article, I love reading about this type of Real Estate!

  11. Anna Ighani Says:

    Hi, I am loving this blog! The houses are so fun to see. I believe the SeaShell house is pretty and colorful. Also, the upside down house if great!

    Wish I could tour each home. I am smiling looking at this blog.

  12. Scott Cosby Says:

    I have actually been at the “Spaceship House”. I lived in Chattanooga before Newnan and my father in law lives on the same street. It is on look out mountain looking over down town Chattanooga and the river and is great except some trees and power lines in the way. Everyone in Chattanooga knows this home. Until a few months ago, there was a GMAC franchise at the bottom of the hill where this home is located. The picture above I think it is old because it is not that white any more and actually has has a few martian statues at the base now. I would love to list that house!

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