The Weirdest Homes for Sale in Every State

From indoor water slides to carpeted bathrooms, here are some of the most unforgettable and weirdest homes for sale in every state.
Last updated Aug. 25, 2022 | By Sarah Sheehan | Edited By Michele Zipp
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Perhaps you’ve gone window-shopping on Zillow, browsing the high-dollar listings and imagining waking up one morning in your dream home. Maybe it’s the vaulted ceilings that captivated you, or the cozy breakfast nook, and the … underground bunker? Are you actively thinking about ways to expand your wealth to afford a new unique property?


Online real estate marketplaces are full of hidden gems and unexpected finds — some quirky, some fascinating, and others downright strange. So, what’s the weirdest home for sale in your state?

Alabama’s kitchen kingdom

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At one point, this structure was a house. At another point, it was a restaurant. At this point, it’s both. It has room for your queen-sized bed, of course, but it also has a king-sized industrial kitchen.

Alaska’s grown-up jungle gym

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You remember playground jungle gyms, right? Well, imagine one of those, but made out of wood and fully furnished. In this unique Alaska home, you’ll climb some stairs to get to the living room and kitchen, climb a ladder to get to the den area, and climb some more stairs to get in and out of the office. You will not need to climb anything to wash up, however — the bathtub is conveniently located in the corner of the master bedroom.

Arizona’s ghost town museum

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Got a thing for the Wild West? Step back in time, and make the Old Pearce Store your new home. This 19th century mercantile boasts fully stocked shelves, a functioning blacksmith shop, and modern plumbing. What’s not to love?

Arkansas’s powder room exit

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This stunning home has one some fascinating bathroom layouts. In one, there is a door to the outside next to the clawfoot tub. In others, the walls seem textured or carpeted. We don’t know for sure, but we’d love to find out.

California’s hobbit chic paradise

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Do open-air clawfoot tubs, glass ceilings, and rounded entryways check all your boxes? This fancy Big Sur retreat, nestled among the redwoods and designed by architect Mickey Muenning himself, might be your dream home.

Colorado’s Old West outpost

Image courtesy of realtor.com Frontier mountain town

Why settle for a regular single-family when you can buy an entire frontier town? Luxury meets history at this 320-acre Colorado ranch. The main lodge features a gourmet kitchen and indoor waterfall, while the saloon and chapel harken back to days of yore.

Connecticut’s very own castle

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Modern day kings and queens, this one’s for you. Relive your favorite fairytale in this rural Connecticut castle. It even comes with a moat, perfect for keeping your enemies (but perhaps also the UPS guy) at bay.

Delaware’s home on the water

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You’ve seen houseboats, but have you seen a literal home floating in a creek? Well, now you have. We’re as intrigued about it as you are.

Florida’s family funland

Image courtesy of zillow.com Pool in backyard of house

Is it a house? Is it an arcade? It’s both. This not-so-humble abode comes equipped with laser tag, a bowling alley, a movie theater, and 15 bedrooms — one of which is “Star Wars” themed. Seriously, why wouldn’t you live here?

Georgia’s hidden house

Image courtesy of realtor.com House hidden by trees

There is lush, overgrown greenery almost overtaking the outside of this home, and some interesting green tinted windows inside. But what makes us very curious is how some rooms seem full of life, while others feel completely void of it.

Hawaii’s all-natural tiny home

Image courtesy of zillow.com Exterior of tiny house in Hawaii

Calling all earth lovers and minimalists. Surrounded by lush Hawaiian forest, you’ll always feel at one with nature here. Be sure to only invite your closest friends and family to visit, though — the bathroom walls are made of reeds.

Idaho’s Sun Valley starship

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Among the concrete walls and wooden canopy, you’ll find this gem’s pièce de résistance — a big ol’ hole (a portal, perhaps?) in the living room ceiling.

Illinois’s famous rotating house

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Listen, we love a stationary home as much as the next person, but it’s not every day you find a house that spins on its own axis. Unturnable houses feel a bit vanilla when you can live in your very own Lazy Susan instead.

Indiana’s reader retreat

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Weird, in the coolest way, this repurposed library is perfect for the book lover. You’ll never run out of room for your entire collection.

Iowa’s living room lavatory

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Historic chateaus are rife with unique elements, but this one feels like something straight out of Victorian-era Vegas. It comes with a penthouse suite where you can host guests who will be treated with a jetted tub in the living area.

Kansas’s kaleidoscope of design

Image courtesy of zillow.com Kitchen interior with checkered tile floor

This Kansas home features different flooring in nearly every room, from checkered tile to diagonally-striped wood to a truly captivating marble. Rounding out the design are the zebra-skin rug painted on the ceiling and the night sky silhouette in the bathroom.

Kentucky’s wall art wonder

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At first glance, this house looks like a standard nearly three million dollar mansion. Take a peek inside, however, and you’ll see what makes this residence unique. It features an underwater theme in the bathroom, a Buzz Lightyear-meets-Batman bedroom, and another kid’s room with 3D jungle art.

Louisiana’s creekside campsite

Image courtesy of realtor.com House next to bayou

Ever wanted to live right on the bayou? Now’s your chance with this unusual A-frame. A few times a year, your backyard will become more like backwater, so be prepared to have the flood insurance talk with your mortgage lender.

Maine’s religious retreat

Image courtesy of specialfinds.com Converted chapel house exterior

Tucked away in remote Maine sits this chapel-turned-cabin. The aged wooden exterior belies modern updates, including new wood floors in the living spaces and tile throughout the intact vestibule and sanctuary.

Maryland’s modern masterpiece

Image courtesy of zillow.com 90s decorated staircase

With cut-out ceilings and angled windows, this home is one of a kind. We’re not sure what’s more eye-catching: the Escher-esque staircase or the ‘90s-inspired stair decor.

Massachusetts’s Maplecroft

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Affectionately dubbed Maplecroft, this home is more interestingly known as the place where Lizzie Borden lived out her final days. Yep, that Lizzie Borden.

Michigan’s doomsday-ready estate

Image courtesy of michigancountryestate.com Bunker entrance in yard

When you scroll through this listing’s photos, don’t let the immaculate interior distract you from the camo-colored box out in the yard. That “box” is actually the entrance to a 5,000-square-foot, solar-powered, grow-room-equipped underground bunker.

Minnesota’s rubbery residence

Image courtesy of zillow.com Room interior with rubber checkered floor

Whoever buys this home, we just have one request: Please tell us what becomes of the rubber-floored room with the corrugated tin walls and industrial bathroom.

Mississippi’s floating flat

Image courtesy of boattrader.com House boat on water

The Winnie Mae, built in 1936, has had more jobs than most humans. First, she was a paddlewheeler for a dredge company, then she worked in the floating restaurant industry. Today, she’s trying her hand as a three-story houseboat. Talk about ambitious.

Missouri’s cave dwelling

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Backyards are cool and all, but they’re a little boring when you realize you could own an entire cave. Jacob’s Cave, as it’s popularly known, is wheelchair accessible and has safety rails. We honestly can’t think of a single reason why you wouldn’t buy this.

Montana’s pool house

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You’ve heard of indoor pools, but have you heard of indoor pools next to the living area? In this Montana home, the kids can play a rousing game of Marco Polo while Grandpa puts his feet up to watch the game, all in the same room.

Nebraska’s upcycled barn

Image courtesy of specialfinds.com Carpeted bathroom

Apparently, barns make good homes for cattle and people. Who knew? This barn-turned-home is actually quite gorgeous. There’s plenty of natural light and a catwalk in the living room. The best part, though, is the carpeted bathroom to keep your feet warm during those cold Nebraska winters.

Nevada’s underground lair

Image courtesy of realtor.com Nevada underground house and pool

Who needs the house with the bunker when you can live underground altogether? This sprawling subterranean mansion spans 15,000 square feet and comes complete with a pool and spa. When you start craving sunlight, ride your elevator (yes, elevator) back up to ground level to soak up some rays.

New Hampshire’s historical homestead

Image courtesy of gallowayservices.com House exterior

You’ll need to invest money into this home beyond just the purchase price. It’s in need of rehabbing because it’s been around since 1770. There are so many incredible original details and we’re guessing it comes with the ghosts that've been haunting the place for over 200 years.

New Jersey’s nightclub-inspired nest

Image courtesy of zillow.com Pool table in house

When you get tired of the pristine white walls and zebra-inspired countertops on the first floor of this estate, head down to the basement. Here you’ll find your own nightclub of sorts, complete with a private lounge and artfully rendered graffiti tiles in the bathroom.

New Mexico’s domed delight

Image courtesy of zillow.com Domed house exterior

There’s something appealing about the thought of living in a half-sphere. But don’t let the exterior of this one fool you — somehow, it’s a two-story.

New York’s Art Deco palace

Image courtesy of zillow.com Bathroom interior with glass ceiling

Somewhere between The Great Gatsby and the Palace of Versailles lies this swanky New York retreat. There’s a lot to love here, but take special note of the mirrored bathroom ceiling and the bright pink salon.

North Carolina’s watery oasis

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Calling all visionaries! We see a water tank for sale, but you might see the next breakthrough in home renovation. The tank already gets electricity, and both city water and sewer are available to the property. All that’s missing? You and your innovation.

North Dakota’s secret windows

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This massive Victorian is eye-catching, but it’s the tiny, floor-level windows that really stick out. These may have served a functional purpose way back when, but now, they have one use: a covert lookout while you await your fifth Amazon delivery of the week. UPS-pionage, anyone?

Ohio’s ice cream shop

Image courtesy of zillow.com ice cream parlor in living room

What makes this home special isn’t the indoor grotto or the indoor sauna. It’s the indoor ice cream parlor inspired by 1950s diners and with the jukebox to match. Some kids really do get everything.

Oklahoma’s Franklin Castle

Image courtesy of zillow.com Exterior of castle

Who knew there were so many castle houses on the market? This one, aptly named Franklin Castle, is nestled in eastern Oklahoma, where the stone-covered turret looks out over your corner of the grassy plains.

Oregon’s hilly hideaway

Image courtesy of specialfinds.com Backyard of house in Oregon

If underground bunkers are too much of a commitment, consider living off-grid in Oregon’s Terra-Dome home. The icing on the proverbial cake for this remote residence? It’s literally built into a hill.

Pennsylvania’s storybook stunner

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Built in the early 1900s, this house is full of charm. The teal-turquoise exterior accents and huge front porch draw you in. The real magic, though, is what lives in the backyard pond: koi fish that have called this place home since the late 1980s. They’re not moving out.

Rhode Island’s Seaview Terrace

Image courtesy of zillow.com Castle exterior

Seaview Terrace took the castle trend and said, “Hold my mead.” Entire rooms of this home were built in and imported from France. And if you stand at one end of the Great Hall, you can hear even the quietest whisper on the other side.

South Carolina’s painted pad

Image courtesy of zillow.com Room with clouds and sky painted on ceiling

If you tour this South Carolina home, don’t forget to look up. In at least three of its expansive rooms, you’ll find blue, cloud-filled skies painted onto the ceiling.

South Dakota’s hilltop home

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If you’re going to invest in real estate, why not invest in a home surrounded by steep drops and a sloping backyard? We’d also recommend investing in safety fencing, for obvious reasons.

Tennessee’s celestial ceilings

Image courtesy of zillow.com Screened in porch with plants

Sistine Chapel, meet Graceland. This home boasts luxurious gold filigree and sky-adorned ceilings, but it retains a downhome touch with its stained glass Coca-Cola chandelier.

Texas’s auto abode

Image courtesy of realtor.com In-house auto shop

Decorated with antique gas pumps and outfitted with a functioning car lift, this home is a car enthusiast’s haven. There’s even a motorcycle homage for the bike lovers out there — there’s a handlebar sink complete with side view mirrors.

Utah’s live-in water park

Image courtesy of zillow.com Indoor water slide

This Utah home — the largest available in the state — is still under construction, but it comes with the unbeatable feature of an indoor water slide. The pool room also has a retractable roof, in case the slide alone wasn’t enough.

Vermont’s trampoline treasure

Image courtesy of zillow.com Indoor trampoline

Some homes have gyms, but this home has a gym. Walk through this Vermont luxury cabin to the workout room, and you’ll find more than free weights. There’s also a climbing wall and a built-in trampoline.

Virginia’s metal sculpture yard

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This property has a lot to offer: there’s a converted church, a parsonage-turned-workshop, and an art gallery. The crowning glory, though, is the outdoor metal sculpture park. Move over, garden gnomes.

Washington’s dragon’s den

Image courtesy of zillow.com Dragon sculpture in front of house

If you looked at the other castle homes on this list and thought, “Hmm, something’s missing,” we know exactly what it was — a dragon in the courtyard. Fortunately, this home has not one, but two dragons. And one of them is a baby dragon, which is actually pretty adorable.

West Virginia’s shapely chateau

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This West Virginia home is the epitome of architectural creativity. Each room has its own unique shape, and the ceiling heights vary throughout the house. It’s safe to say you won’t find another place like this one.

Wisconsin’s colorful condo

Image courtesy of zillow.com Colorful living room

A few houses on our list have humdrum monochrome color schemes, but not this one. The theme here is floor-to-ceiling vibrance, or as the Zillow listing puts it, “if Van Gogh and Dr. Seuss had a treehouse.”

Wyoming’s treetop bungalow

Image courtesy of zillow.com House exterior in mountains

Speaking of treehouses, this one will take you right back to your summer camp days. The outdoor fire pit is perfect for roasting marshmallows, and the composting toilet strikes the perfect balance between modern plumbing and truly roughing it.

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Sarah Sheehan Sarah Sheehan is a former teacher turned writer, coach, and serial entrepreneur. She has four businesses and counting, including the The Follow Through Firm and DefiantEd. When she's not writing or coaching, she's waiting on her dogs hand and paw.