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14 over the top houses

over the top houses

What should be considered off limits when it comes to real estate and decorating? While professional organizers will caution against clutter and home stagers will warn about too many personal items, ask any one of the owners of these 14 over-the-top houses and the answer is probably closer to “nothing.” Check out our list of the most 14 outrageous over-the-top homes for some real estate inspiration.

1. Hello, kitty?

Hello Kitty houses
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It’s a cute and cuddly overload with just a touch of every single shade of pink. It’s the Hello Kitty house. No one actually lives in this home, but the Hello Kitty house is rented out as a vacation home. Located in Taiwan (and apparently part of a resort) this pink home is sure to delight any Sanrio fan.

2. She sells sea shells

sea shell house air bnb

Sit quietly inside this architecturally delightful home and you can actually hear the ocean, or at least that’s what guests hope based on the seashell-inspired design. The best part of this over the top property? You can actually rent “Casa Caracol” off of Airbnb during your next holiday in Mexico.

3. Rainbow snail needs a nap


This is your house. This is your house on drugs. Any questions? This unique Snail-inspired home is located in Sofia, Bulgaria and comes with a two-car garage. While many unusual homes are actually for rent this one isn’t. According to Tripadvisor, this home is a private residence. Yep. Someone actually lives here.

4. This Fido won’t play fetch

Chuck’s Fun

A B&B that pays homage to mans best friend? Can’t go wrong with a puppy palace intended for humans. This Dog Bark Park Inn allows vacationers visiting Cottonwood, Idaho to sleep in a rather strange place. Rates start at $126 USD per night and pets are welcome (with prior approval). As you can imagine, the entire B&B has a dog-theme (right down to the pillows and cookies).

5. Egg house

All That Is

Is it just me or are the houses in New York getting smaller? Unable to afford the sky-high housing costs in Beijing, Architect Dai Haifei built his own egg-shaped tiny home. The abode measures two-metres tall and is made from bamboo. It’s shaped like an egg because an egg’s structure is surprisingly strong.

6. Who you gonna’ call?

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If Stay Puft Marshmallows were a house, this would be it. While not much is known about this house, it does make a few “strange-home” lists. The best part of the entire property is that they felt a standard roof would suit the design.

7. Turtle, turtle

Chuck’s Fun Page

If you’re a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles you will love this home located in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.

8. Hobbit hole (satellite included)

Design And DIY

Want an underground home that truly goes above and beyond? Check out this home nestled in the hills of Vals, Switzerland. Designed by the architects of SeArch and Christian Müller, the home is hidden on all sides except one. Because it’s built underground, the home is now able to eliminate the need for heating or cooling in the winter and summer months. With a low maintenance yard, zero chance of weather damage to your roof and plenty of windows, this might just be one house you never knew you wanted.

9. Size matters

Gallery Hip

And it’s what you do with it that counts. At just over seven-feet wide and 47-feet long, this tiny home located in Toronto, Canada! Dubbed the “Little House” the home is only 312-square-feet. Despite its diminutive size, it boasts three rooms and a normal sized bathtub.

10. There was an old lady that lived in a shoe

I Am Catwalk

Well, we’re not quite sure if a lady does live in this shoe, but this South African home has certainly garnered quite a bit of attention over the years. Located in the province of Mpumalanga, this home was built in 1990 by entrepreneur and artist Ron Van Zyl, who took his inspiration from the old nursery rhyme. It’s now part of a larger complex that includes artist’s quarters, a guest house, restaurant, swimming pool and a curio shop.

11. A tisket, a tasket, you live in a basket


The Basket Building of Ohio isn’t actually a home, it’s an office building. Built by the Longaberger Basket Company in Newark, Ohio, the strange building offers 180,000-square-feet of office space. It was intentionally built as a replica of the company’s famous market basket. It took two years and cost $30 million USD to complete. Many experts tried to persuade Dave Longaberger to alter his plans, but he wanted an exact replica of his so-called bread and butter.

12. Rock solid foundation


Who knew you could actually live between a rock and a hard place?! Located in Guimarães in the Fafe Mountains of Portugal, this House of Stone (Casa do Penedo) was actually built in 1974 and still stands using the four original boulders. The home doesn’t have electricity and is used as a holiday retreat.

13. Minimalism that goes a too far?

Located in Bottrop-Ebel And Ottensheim, Austria, the Dasparkhotel has a “pay as you wish” policy. This allows guests to pay as much or as little as they want or can afford. It also means the guests end up curling up inside the retrofitted cement drainpipe. (The hotel promises “maximum comfort in a minimal amount of space.”) There are five small suites, only 7-feet in diameter, each located in the middle of a grassy park in the city of Bottrop. Each suite comes equipped with a double bed, skylight, wool blanket and light cotton sleeping bag. Luggage is stashed in the storage space under the bed. There is no bathroom in the suite, but lavatories, cafes and restaurants are all close by.

14. Home is where the plants are


The architects of the Bjarke Ingels Group’s Walter project, located in Prague, really wanted to maximize the building’s outdoor green space. The result is a fantastic tower of platforms that host and display a variety of foliage.

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Amy Billingsley

Amy is a Realtor with Zolo who lives and specializes in the Tri-Cities area (Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam). A fan of The Amazing Race and mid-century modern architecture, Amy spends her off-time on hiking trails or taking in a movie with her family.