Zillow Counts Down the Top 10 Most Bizarre Homes

September 9, 2010
Terri Cullen

Real-estate listing site Zillow.com recently featured 10 homes that it called "unique" and "one of a kind" and, in some cases, for sale. Take a look at the curb appeal of the Top 10 most bizarre homes.

Real-estate listing site Zillow.com recently featured 10 homes that it called “unique” and “one of a kind.” (We call them flat-out bizarre.) A number of these strange homes are for sale, or have been on the market recently -- and the look on the faces of prospective buyers as they pulled up to the curb to view them must have been priceless!

Zillow’s list includes a former barn, an old firehouse and a floating home. But we don’t want to spoil it for you, so here are Zillow.com’s 10 most unique homes:

No 10. Old Firehouse.

San Francisco’s Firehouse 33 was a fully operational firehouse between 1896 to 1974, and up until 1921, it housed two horses, a steamer, a Dalmatian and as well as firefighters, according to Zillow. The firehouse became obsolete when they started making bigger fire engines, and the building was eventually converted into a two-bedroom, two bath home.

Address: 117 Broad St., San Francisco, CA 94112

Currently For Sale: $975,000

Zestimate (Zillow’s estimate of its fair market value): $580,500

No. 9. Old Church.

Another quirky San Francisco home is this enourmous 17,000-sq.-ft. restored church. The single-family home’s ceiling truly is soaring, and its upstairs deck boasts a 360-degree view of the city.

Address: 601 Dolores St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Currently For Sale: $7.490 million

Zestimate: None available

No. 8. Round House.

The “Connecticut Round House” was recently taken off the market with a list price of $1.750 million, though it has been listed as high as $2.3 million back in 2008. The striking building, designed by architect Richard T. Foster, sits 12 feet off the ground and rotates 360 degrees — a full circuit takes about an hour, though you can speed it up or slow it down if the mood strikes you!

Address: 122 Olmstead Hill Rd., Wilton, CT 06897

No Longer On the Market

Zestimate: $1.053 million

No. 7. Cave House.

This home was put up for auction on eBay.com in 2009 — starting bid: $300,000 – when the homeowners had trouble making the mortgage payment, according to Zillow. Apparently they worked something out, because the home was never sold and is now off the market. The single-family home also has celebrity status: Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, and Ike and Tina Turner have all performed on the stage located at the back chamber of the cave (er, home).

Address: 1101 N 11th St., Festus, MO 63028

No Longer On the Market

Zestimate: $99,000

No. 6. Earthship.

This odd home, known as the “Sol Ship,” is a one-bedroom, one-bath home that uses solar thermomass construction that heats and cools the interior, Zillow says. The eco-friendly abode was designed and built by architect James Wilson.

Address: 6 High Meadow Dr., Taos, NM 87571

Currently For Sale: $265,000

Zestimate: None Available

No. 5. Geodesic Home

This “cutting edge” home, when it was built in 1984, has four bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a three-car garage. The property includes 20 acres of land and a fully-furnished basement apartment -- though with all those sharp angles it may be difficult to find the right place to put your furniture.

Address: 2643 Birch Ave., Batavia, IA 52533

No Longer On the Market

Zestimate: None Available

No. 4. Floating Home.

If you’re a fan of Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie “Sleepless in Seattle,” you’ll recognize this home. (No, it’s not the actual home in the movie -- this two-bedroom, two-bath home is brand new and has never been lived in.) The Craftsman-style home sits on Washington’s scenic Lake Union.

Address: 2466 Westlake Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109

Currently For Sale: $975,000

Zestimate: None Available

No. 3. Old Barn.

This 105-year-old barn was converted into a three-bedroom, two-bath single-family home. Old rolling barn doors are still in two of the bedrooms, and one original wall from the barn has a hand-penciled shopping list that includes 2,100 pounds of seed, according to Zillow.

Address: 9424 Windsong Loop NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Recently Sold: $542,000

Zestimate: $540,000

No. 2. Shoe House.

This two-bedroom, two-bath shoe-shaped home (conveniently located on Shoe House Road) was built in 1948 by shoe-store tycoon Mahlon Haines as an advertising gimmick, Zillow says. (It even features a shoe-shaped doghouse!)

Address: 197 Shoe House Rd., Hellam, PA 17406

Not On the Market

Zestimate: $151,000

No. 1. Decommissioned Missile Site.

If you’re looking for a cozy single-family home that’s capable of a surviving blast, you’ve come to the right place. This decommissioned military Titan 1 missile complex has three underground missile silos that measure 160-ft deep and 40-ft wide. Twenty years ago, a man purchased this property from the government and intended to turn it into a youth camp, but he died before he could realize his dream, , Zillow says. (And yes, that’s the front door in the picture above — talk about curb appeal!)

Address: 1874 N. Batum Rd., Othello, WA 99159

Currently For Sale: $3.5 million

Zestimate: None Available