10 Strange Looking Houses That Cost A Fortune: Would You Move To One Of These?

Getting a house is one of the biggest decisions a person has to make in life. Whether you plan to build one from the ground up or purchase a home that is ready for residents, you know you have to make strings of intelligent decisions to get this one right. It is quite understandable for people to be really thorough with the details of a home purchase, from architecture, interior designs, landscaping, as well as the kind of neighbors they will have if they choose to move in.

However, not all houses are designed to fit conventional standards. Some are constructed to satisfy peculiar interests and wants rather than to fit in. In extreme cases, these houses stand out so much that they managed to gain a certain degree of popularity with their unusual architecture and unconventional designs.

But a home is a home no matter how you build it and home is where the heart is, or so the adage goes. Here are the 10 peculiarly designed houses that carry very heavy price tags.

#10 Space Ship House, Tennessee: $119,000


If you believe in aliens and worship anything labeled “Sci-Fi”, then the Space Ship House in Chattanooga, Tennessee should spark your interest. Designed to actually look like a flying saucer from the 60s and 70s, the Spaceship House has a total of 2,000 square feet of living space, three bedrooms and two full baths. Its staircase is strategically placed to resemble a UFO’s underbelly ramp. Constructed right beside the scenic Tennessee River, the house treats its occupants and guests to exhilarating views and perhaps a chance to see an actual UFO make a landing.

#9 The Shoe House, Pennsylvania: $127,000


Just when you thought that shoe houses are only found in nursery rhymes, such a weird home does exist. Found in Hallam, Pennsylvania, the Shoe House was built in 1948 by shoe salesman Mahlon Haines as an advertising ploy. It is said that Haines approached an architect with a boot in hand and asked him to design a house in the shape of the boot. Once rented to an odd couple, the 5-storey Shoe House is now open to public tours. Current owners Carleen and Ronald Farabaugh bought the home in 2004 and are reported to be very happy with the attention the house is getting.

#8 The Nautilus House, Mexico City: $218,000


Designed and built to resemble a nautilus seashell, the Nautilus House is a tribute of Mexican architect Javier Senosiain to a concept that he calls “Bio-Architecture”. A strong advocate of the concept, Javier intends the unusual shape and design to inspire local people about history, tradition and cultural roots and how we are all one with nature. Certainly not your ordinary, conventional home, the Nautilus House is highlighted by its attractive wall speckled with stained glass. Inside, layered gardens of green shrubberies welcome those who enter this marvelous and imaginative home.

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#7 The Mushroom House, Ohio: $349,000


Throughout the centuries, mushrooms have been said to be the shelter of choice for elves. But for architect Terry Brown, a professor of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati, living in mushrooms is not limited to fairytale creatures. He built the Mushroom House in 1992 and it has served as Brown’s second home until 2006. Constructed using a myriad of materials in irregular shapes and sizes, such as wood, colored glass, shell, ceramics, and various metals, Brown built something many people find appealing and attractive despite its unusual approach. The Mushroom House is currently up for sale.

#6 Dog Bark Inn, Idaho: $1 Million


A house that is shaped like a beagle, the Dog Bark Inn is a two-bedroom suite erected in 2003 by chainsaw artists, Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin. The house is a product of the couple’s hardwork, who made a living carving folk-style dogs from wood and putting them up for sale.

#5 The Toilet-shaped House, South Korea: $1.1 Million


It is quite hard to imagine someone who wants to call a toilet their home. But for the late Sim Jae-Duck, former mayor of Suwon, South Korea, living in a toilet is not a problem at all. Sim was said to be born in a restroom, which may explain his inclination to that certain part of the house. And to make such inclination more visible, Sim erected a toilet-shaped two-story home back in 2007 to commemorate the inaugural meeting of the World Toilet Association. To fully appreciate its toilet shape, it is best that this 4,520 sq ft house is viewed from above.

#4 VW Beetle House, Austria: $1.4 Million


Master Builder Markus Voglreiter of Gigi, Austria may have a strong attachment to the Volkswagen Beetle model, which probably led him to building a house that resembled the said 4-wheeler. Completely finished in 2003, the VW Beetle house is not only an unconventional home; it is eco-friendly too. It is rigged with pro-environment features, including an energy efficient system.

#3 The Fallingwater, Pennsylvania: $2,7 Million


Constructed in 1935, this majestic house’s beauty stems from the fact that it is built atop a cascading waterfall. The house, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kauffman family, was intended to be the family’s vacation lodge beside the Bear Stream. While a view from the distance will give anyone a serene and beautiful sight, it’s hard to appreciate that there’s a waterfall underneath the house as its difficult to see it.

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#2 The Steel House,Texas: $3 Million


The Steel House in Ransom Canyon, Texas took about 110 tons of steel and 23 years to build. This odd-looking house that juts in the wild landscape of Ransom Canyon was built by famed architect and sculptor Robert Bruno. Prior to Bruno’s death, the Steel House was featured in the Texas Country Reporter with Bob Phillips. Last year, the house appeared in the pages of Vogue magazine.

#1 Palace of Bubbles, France: $9 Million


Located in Southwest France, the Palace of Bubbles was constructed as a form of defiance by Antti Lovag against conventional architecture approaches and methodologies, particularly the concepts of lines and angles. This is clearly evident in the Palace of Bubbles, where contours and curves dominate the shape of the building. It parades 12,916 sq ft of living space and 28 rooms, with each having its own round bed. Despite being relatively new, the Ministry of Culture has declared Palace of Bubbles a historical monument.

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  • Avatar neymar says:

    Many of these houses are the product of their owners’ whims, but the Nautilus House is different. It looks like a Gaudi work, more of an artist’s inspired soul than a rich man’s addled mind. That house is even more awesome at night and inside. Like you’re a conus snail living in luxury.

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