Anyone who’s ever house hunted knows there are some pretty wacky properties out there. But there’s regular-grade wacky, and there’s what-in-heaven’s-name-is-going-on-here wacky, and the properties on this list belong to the latter. From mansions with mind-blowing architecture and smaller homes with baffling designs to listings that employ an Elvis impersonator (nope, not kidding), here are the strangest real-estate listings we could find online — including a just-listed home with its own century-old county jail.
From the outside, this home southwest of Atlanta looks like your typical historic charmer. There’s a a lush yard and an inviting porch, and inside, gleaming wood floors and exposed brick add to the character. But keep flipping through the pictures and you’ll find something unique, indeed: An attached jail, which remains largely untouched since serving Meriwether County for 100 years. It even includes a room where inmates were hanged that is used by the current owner as an art studio.
At first, this rustic home seems like an unexceptional three-bedroom, five-bathroom home, if you don’t count the seven-car garage and lover’s bridge. But when you step outside, you’ll find an honest-to-goodness 1800s Western town made up of buildings that were originally from the town of Silvana. Never fear: there are no high-noon shootouts here. Instead, think of it as a space for wine tasting, events, an artist studio, or maybe just the world’s coolest playground.
While it’s pretty unassuming-looking out there in the middle of nowhere, we’re not even sure where to start when conveying the absolute insanity of this property. From the drum circle platform and the hallway filled with international news stories to the missile control silo room and the front-yard castle turret, this home for sale east of Kansas City is pretty out there. But don’t take our word for it — scroll through the 87 photos in the listing to see it for yourself.
If you’ve got a few million burning a hole in your pocket as well as a burning love of all things car-related, this is the home for you. The 10-acre property includes “car lifts, a paint application booth, a tire changer, and antique memorabilia galore,” as well as a two-bedroom house that is also filled with automotive-themed details like a bathroom sink fashioned around a motorcycle apparatus. The property also has a tiered pool, outdoor kitchen area, a 10-car garage, separate “entertaining house,” and a glass repair center.
New Berlin, Wisconsin
With rock walls, indoor ponds, plants galore, and flora and fauna nature-inspired motifs running throughout this home, it’s fair to say that anyone who doesn’t love camping probably isn’t going to give this property a second look. Still, with six bedrooms, six baths, and a 17-plus acre lot with hiking paths, a stocked lake, and — inexplicably — a restored Humvee included in the sale, it does have its, err, charms?
Palm Springs, California
Innocuous and decidedly beige in its exterior, this house explodes into a serious dedication to anything cerulean-hued upon entering, including in carpet, furnishings, and out-there wallpaper patterns that match the home’s textiles. There are also some fun details like beds that are lit from underneath (all furnishings are included with the sale), indoor palm trees, and more.
Blairstown, New Jersey
We know that real estate agents often gloss over the more, err, unique aspects of a home, but to include photos of a room with a massive Giants Stadium replica and then not say anything about it in the description? So while we’re not entirely sure what the backstory is here, the stadium replica appears to be in its own outbuilding, and if you’re a Giants fan who also harbors a thing for trains — well, let’s just say you’ve found your dream home.
Ball Ground, Georgia
On the one hand, with this nearly 3,300-square-foot house, you get a “lush farmland estate boasting 1,400 feet [of] Etowah River frontage, 82 acres, [and] multiple fenced pastures.” On the other hand, you’ve also purchased the home of an Elvis impersonator who apparently insisted on posing in most of the home’s listing photos. Or the home where the listing agent thought it was a good idea to bring an Elvis impersonator in on picture day — we’re not sure but either way, it’s weird.
If you woke up this morning thinking, “I’d like to live in Sin City but make sure I soak up as little of that desert sunshine as possible,” have we got the house for you. This five-bedroom, six-bathroom property has more than 2,300 square feet of underground living space featuring fake trees, murals, grass-like carpet, an indoor pool where you won’t ever get a tan, and many, many other strange details that leave you wondering what kind of a person would buy such a thing.
Taos, New Mexico
This house also looks mostly normal until you get to the last three photos, which we’re guessing depict the two casitas that the listing notes are “hand-painted by Taos’ own Jim Wagner.” With pink floors, purple ceilings, green walls, and multi-colored muraled walls, they certainly wouldn’t be for anyone who was afraid of a splash — actually, make that a deluge — of color.
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Belleair Beach, Florida
Inside and out, this waterfront property is a feast for the eyes. From the unique architecture, blue roof, three-story glass atrium, and tiled driveway outside to the circular doors, LED lighting, fabric ceilings, and a myriad of look-at-me light fixtures on the interior, no one would ever call this home bland. If you tire of the over-the-top decor that seems to literally permeate every room, however, you can always just gaze out the windows at the calming gulf views or relax in the pool or on the rooftop deck.
Sulphur Springs, Texas
A pretty house, a lovely pool, a landscaped yard, an … OMG, how many dead animals are on those walls??? Yes, presumably the owners of this 8,600-square-foot house will be taking their massive taxidermy collection with them, but you have to wonder at the frustration of the poor real estate agent who realized that there would be no dead-eyed-mounted-thing de-staging happening with their new listing.
Eh Village Fringe, New York
If you’re in the market to drop millions on a two-bedroom, one-bath, 1,300-square-foot house that was built as a windmill in 1830, you’re in luck. This one, as noted by Realtor.com, does come with something of a pedigree: It’s where Marylin Monroe and playwright Arthur Miller escaped from the press in the summer of 1957. Also, to be fair, that price does include nearly 5.5 acres of lovely countryside near the Hamptons.
Apple Valley, California
Some houses have crazy interiors while others have exteriors that make you do a double-take. This home belongs to the second category. Often referred to as the “Flying Nun House,” this nearly 3,400-square-foot home, built in 1966, is located on more than 1.5 acres and features panoramic views on the Victor Valley courtesy of its floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The two-bedroom, 2½-bath property also features a pool.
This home for sale in West London has a unique claim to fame: It is one of the world’s narrowest homes, at only 6 feet wide. While that might seem like a space that’s too small to live in, note that the home actually has more than 1,000 square feet spread out over five floors as well as a lovely landscaped rooftop terrace for when things start to feel a little confined.
San Clemente, California
Forked River, New Jersey
The originality of the mushroom-inspired exterior of this two-bedroom, one-bath house carries through to the inside, which features an open floor plan, spiral staircase, curved walls, and an upstairs bedroom that, according to the listing agent, “will make you feel like a kid again.”
For a cool 20 mil, this home can make sure your nosier neighbors see pretty much everything you do. Constructed of steel and glass by renowned architect Ed Niles in 1992, this super-unique home has two parts — a tubular living section and a semi-circle entertaining section — connected by a sky bridge. There’s also a pool and hot tub on the property and multiple decks.