Syndicated — When hippies retire among the waves of Baby Boomers, where do they hang up their tie-dye? Because not everyone wants a condo on golf course in Hilton Head, or fits the Florida lifestyle where mall walking is a daily form of exercise to beat the heat and humidity.
Not that there is anything wrong with either of those, but perhaps the answer for anti-establishment types is an off-beat home. Perhaps a dwelling that can fit so seamlessly into the landscape, it's tough to tell it's there.
Whether the brainchild of an artist, architect or just someone with a penchant for unusual design, we rounded up some of the most unusual examples of offbeat real estate, with homes that vary from a grass-covered dune to a rotating dome.
3331 Erie Ave, Cincinnati OH
For sale: $349,000
This Cincinnati home for sale took architect Terry Brown over 10 years to pull off. Brown and students from University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning sculpted the home from a variety of mixed materials, including wood, colored glass. shell, and ceramic. See more photos of the home.
142 Park Rd, Pittsford NY
Recently sold: $799,900
Actually, the home's inspiration wasn't mushrooms, but stems of Queen Anne's lace. The delicate flower's underside gave a blueprint for the five interconnected pods that make up this Pittsford home. The pods are 30 feet in diameter and weigh 80 tons. Two pods are sleeping areas, the center pod contains the kitchen and sitting room and a fourth pod is a living and dining area with a fireplace. The fifth smaller pod serves as the deck. All together, the home has 4,168 square feet of highly unique living space. See more photos of the Mushroom Home.