Find yourself humming “Little Boxes” as you drive through suburbia, seeing the all the same, staid designs? Not all homes follow the cookie-cutter formula, and 2013 had several standout real estate listings. From historic to modern, oddly shaped to sleekly designed, here are five unique homes that were a part of the real estate market this past year.
1. Wilton, Connecticut
Perfect for lovers of geodesic domes and R. Buckminister Fuller designs is this Connecticut home. Currently listed for $795,000, this three-bed, 2.5-bath abode sits on 4.54 acres. Built in 1974, there is also an atrium and a barn (not dome shaped). The influence of the 1970s is evident throughout the house, particularly in the kitchen and evidenced by the orange sink in the bathroom.
2. Lewis, New York
Reaching further back in time is a home that was once a nuclear missile silo in the Adirondacks. It would cost you just a little less than the previous well-rounded living quarters, but it also only has one bed and one bath. Still, it could be worth $750,000 to own this property, complete with Cold War-era technology, green jump suits, hard hats, and a dining room table with a radiation symbol emblazoned on top. The home sits 185-feet deep and comes with 8 acres of land.
3. St. Croix
If bunkers aren’t your thing and you still want to own a piece of history, you can wait for this St. Croix home to come back on the market. When it was built in 1970, portions of Butler’s Bay Sugar and Rum Factory were retained for the house. The mill of the old factory is the center of the house, with the addition of an outdoor living room. It was listed for $2.75 million, and two old baobab trees added to its historic significance. Within the 6,000 square-foot home, there are six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Outside, there is a pool that overlooks the Caribbean.
4. Ancram, New York
Moving on to the modern, this home sold for $4.25 million in August. The three-bed, three-bath home is the only structure designed by Ai Weiwei in the United States. The Chinese dissident left his mark on the minimalist structure, which has an aluminum exterior. There are three bedrooms: two in the home and one in the guest house. The property has a pool and views of the Catskill and Berkshire Mountains, which can be seen from the large windows in the house.
5. Sedro Woolley, Washington
This home blends the fairytale aspects of a castle with the hideaway of a treehouse, but all of that whimsy will cost you about $895,000. The price has been dropped twice this year — the original listing asked $1.395 million for the property, which sits on 20 acres. Inside are three bedrooms and two bathrooms; outside, you’ll find hiking trails, a waterfall, and a stream you cross on your very own bridge to enter the home.