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14 Of The Most Unique Sale/Rent Listings Ever Seen!

Saturday, May 8, 2021   /   by Teresa DiPeso

14 Of The Most Unique Sale/Rent Listings Ever Seen!

Here are some of the 14 strangest homes listed for sale or rent in recent years.  Checking in at #2 is the Shore's own Lucy The Elephant, located in Margate!

1. Dick Clark’s Flintstone’s-inspired House in Malibu

Dick Clark’s Flinstone’s Inspired House in Malibu

Location: Malibu, California
Asking price: $1,777,777
Did it sell?: YES!

More wonderful than weird, radio legend Dick Clark’s Flintstone’s-inspired house in Malibu was a no-brainer for our list. Believe it or not, it wasn’t actually built to look like Fred and Wilma’s beachfront vacation villa. In reality, the architect was tasked with appeasing the local home owner association (HOA), which didn’t want anything “crazy” built on the site. The design he came up with is intended to look like a natural rock formation. They accepted his design, and the rest is history.

Dick Clark’s Flintstone’s Interior

2. At Least You’ll Never Forget Your Swim Trunks

Elephant house interior

Location: Margate, New Jersey
Asking price: $138 per night on Airbnb
Did it sell?: It’s still for rent!

At first glance, this place doesn’t really look that weird at all. Sure, that shade of red is a little strange, it’s super-narrow, the ceiling curves in a weird way, and those dueling doors and staircases don’t really make sense … but overall, kind of, well, normal.

OK, let’s step outside and see why this seemingly normal listing deserves its spot on our list of the weirdest listings of all time:

Margate New Jersey elephant house

Yes, you can rent this elephant house in scenic Margate, New Jersey, for your next vacation. Like many New Yorkers, we love to get out to the Jersey Shore ivory now and then. Just avoid the summer months, if possible. There’s usually a stampede of tourists on the boardwalk.

3. I Dunno, This Listing Is Kind of Growing on Me…

Pittsford Mushroom House
Location: Pittsford, New York
Asking price: $5,500 per month
Did it sell?: Not yet! It’s currently still on the market.

OK, no more bad jokes. The listing agent here is a really fun guy, and deserves all the morel support we can offer. Potential investors should know that the cap rate on this listing will continue to grow even if the local market isn’t all that sunny.

Pittsford Mushroom House interior

4. If Sci-Fi Was Real Life

Wagon Wheel Rd Joshua Tree California
Location: Joshua Tree, California
Asking price: Unavailable
Did it sell?: Not yet! It’s currently off the market.

There’s just something about the desert in California that leads people to have visions of beautiful and strange things. In the spiritual enclave of Joshua Tree, one architect had visions of this actually beautiful shipping container home. Construction is currently on pause due to COVID, but we can’t wait to see this beauty in person.

Wagon Wheel Rd Joshua Tree California - interior

5. An unexpected turn of events...

Spanish style mansion in Boca Raton, Florida
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Asking price: $199,900 per month
Did it sell?: It’s still for rent!

Realtors log 2021:  From the exterior, this home is idyllic. Surrounded by swaying palm trees, this Spanish-style mansion has grounds that can only be described as a tropical paradise.

Let's step inside inside…

Spanish style mansion interior

Spanish style mansion bar area

Spanish style mansion - command center
This command center is highly unusual. Wait, the screen is not showing vital ship information. It appears to be showing a film by someone called “Adam Sandler.” Heading back to the bar for another Mai Tai before investigating further. Realtor over and out.

6. This Listing Is Ready to Take Off

cozy cabin in Eskridge Kansas

Location: Eskridge, Kansas
Asking price: $1,599,475
Did it sell?: Not yet, you can submit an offer here.

Here’s another very normal listing that launched this year and then rocketed to the top of Realtor.com in a matter of days. Strange for such a normal-looking house though, right? I mean, that castle turret is a little weird, but other than that this is just a cozy cabin on a huge rural property. Not exactly something that would start a bidding war…

Let’s check out the basement. The entrance seems a little weird. Maybe the owners just like security? Can’t be too careful these days, I guess.

Eskridge Kansas - cabin hallway
Let’s head inside. I’m sure this house is very normal and someone sent it to us by accident. Wait, why is this hallway so long … and so round?

round and long hallway

Let’s see where it ends…

decommissioned Atlas E nuclear missile base

Welp, it’s a decommissioned Atlas E nuclear missile base. The current owner spared no expense transforming the base into a sprawling, six-bedroom underground home on 32 acres of prime Kansas prairie land. If you have clients looking for a place to wait out a zombie apocalypse, then congratulations, you just found them the perfect listing!

It’s actually pretty cozy:

Cabin's living room

7. This One’s for the Dogs
Cottonwood Dog house - bedroom

Location: Cottonwood, Idaho
Asking price: $132 per night on Airbnb
Did it sell?: It’s still for rent!

So here’s another very normal rental on Airbnb. Yup. Very, very normal. A little boring even. Why are we even bothering to include this very boring listing here?

Well, let’s take a step outside…

Cottonwood Dog house

This rental in Cottonwood, Idaho, is very real, and yes, the entire home is actually an enormous dog. Still very cozy, but watch out for the changes in weather in Idaho—the wind can be a little ruff.

8. The Clocktower Apartment in Brooklyn

Clocktower Apartment in Brooklyn - local jail in the basement

Location: DUMBO, Brooklyn
Asking price: $15,000,000
Did it sell?: Yes!

Straddling the line between supervillain and superhero lair, the DUMBO clocktower apartment was the talk of the town when it was first listed by Corcoran a few years ago. Brooklynites have gazed on that clocktower for many years wondering what was inside, and after a high-end renovation, we finally got our answer.

Clocktower Apartment interior

9. You Will Need an Ironclad Contract to ‘Lock In’ a Great Deal for This Listing
stately brick home in Fayette Missouri
Location: Fayette, Missouri
Asking price: $340,200 on Realtor.com
Did it sell?: Off market

There’s a lot to love about this sturdy and stately brick home in Fayette, Missouri. It has a beautiful yard with old-growth trees, 2,500 square feet of living space, and lots of Instagramable, turn-of-the-century details like this stunning antique door hardware:

stately brick home antique door

Just make sure your buyers are on their best behavior when you show because the basement has a secret…

Clocktower Apartment - local jail in the basement

Built in 1875, this brick beauty was the former home of the local sheriff. For extra security, the city actually built the local jail in the basement of the home.

10. The Bubble Palace

The Bubble Palace
Location: Theoule-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, 06590 France
Asking price: Price on request, Christies
Did it sell?: On the market

Sorry, we don’t have any cheesy puns for this jaw-dropping waterfront French estate. Estates in this region are highly sought after, so we know the local market is not in a housing bubb—never mind. Just look at this place:

The Bubble Palace bedroom design

It even has a 500-seat outdoor auditorium overlooking the ocean and the Bay of Cannes.
500-seat outdoor auditorium overlooking the ocea

11. This Listing Is Still in Ship-shape

Ship-Shape House Interior
Location: Mercer Island, Washington
Asking price: $1,758,100
Did it sell?: Off the market

A veritable ocean of shiny wood paneling will greet your buyer as soon as they enter this listing on tony Mercer Island in Washington. A very normal, if a bit expensive home for Washington.

Well, not quite. It’s only when you step outside into the manicured waterfront property that the true weirdness begins…

Ship-Shape House in Mercer Island, Washington

Yes, that’s right, this home was built out of the stern of the USS Manzanita, a turn-of-the-century Coast Guard ship.  Here she is in her former sea-worthy glory:

USS Manzanita, a turn-of-the-century Coast Guard ship

12. What’s the Skinny on This London Listing?

six-foot-wide home in London

Location: Shepherds Bush, London
Asking price: £950,000
Did it sell?: On the market

This sliver of real estate heaven is located in Shepherds Bush in London, which explains the cool £950,000 asking price. It’s also sandwiched between a doctor’s office and a hair salon, so you’ll look great and feel healthy when you pare down your furniture to fit into this skinny space. This six-foot-wide home actually has over 1,000 square feet of living space and a lovely garden out back.

six-foot-wide home - fireplace

six-foot-wide home - dining area

13. A Work of Art You Can Live in … for $45,000,000

artistic Manhattan penthouse

Location: Sutton Place, Manhattan
Asking price: $45,000,000
Did it sell?: Not yet, it’s currently on the market.

If you ever wanted to indulge your Andy Warhol fantasies and have a spare $45,000,000 lying around, then this Manhattan penthouse is for you. Kidding aside, this is a truly stunning space located in a landmarked Manhattan building designed by the famed architect for the 1% Rosario Candela.

artistic Manhattan penthouse interior

artistic Manhattan penthouse round table

14 The SCUBA House

The SCUBA House

Location: Lake Quivira, Kansas
Asking price: $5,750,000
Did it sell?: Not yet, it’s currently on the market.

Who knew Kansas was filled with so many weird houses and wonderful real estate listings? We sure didn’t. Of course, after the missile silo house, we stumbled across this palatial estate with a highly unusual feature that easily made our list.

The home boasts 17,000+ square feet of living space but also includes self-contained SCUBA diving tunnels, complete with fossils for intrepid divers to discover after taking a dip on a hot day.

The SCUBA House - SCUBA diving tunnels

The SCUBA House - pool yard

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