Zillow’s Weirdest and Wackiest Houses
Do you love Zillow? You're not alone. Spending hours browsing beautiful houses that you have no intention of buying has become a popular pastime.
But sometimes in the midst of Zillowing, you'll stumble upon a weird and wacky house that makes your day in the strangest way. We've made it easier for you by rounding up the best Zillow listings that made us do a double-take and listed them from least to most expensive.
The houses come from the Instagram account, Zillow Gone Wild, as well as our own lucky finds. Some of them are creepy, some have cool designs, others boast wild decorations. All of them will surprise you.
Location: Guildhall, Vermont
Wacky Factor: Jailhouse Blues
At first, this 4-bedroom house in Guildhall, Vermont, seems pretty ordinary. With outdated wallpaper but pretty wooden floors and quaint charm, it has inspired more than one aspiring fixer upper's dreams.
Scroll down long enough, however, and you'll suddenly find pictures of a decrepit jailhouse, complete with rusting cell bars. The house used to be the jailer's house and was connected to the now-closed Essex County Jail. The listing encourages would-be buyers to be creative in the way they use this space.
The house was sold in February 2021. Whether its recent buyer will use it to make something innovative or for Hannibal Lecter purposes remains to be seen.
The Pyramid House
Location: Pima County, Arizona
Wacky Factor: The Pyramid House
This minimalist home took notes from ancient history and went with one of the simplest yet most effective classic structures.
The inside of the house is similarly simple, with the bare necessities of what a person may need from a tiny home: a fridge, tub, toilet and, of course, a place to watch TV.
What we appreciate the most about it, though, is its detailed ceiling, whose intricate design seems contradicting in this simple structure.
Identity Crisis House
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Wacky Factor: Identity Crisis House
This Zillow listing could warrant an entire article of its own. Whoever owns the home seemingly went through a million identity crises. By the looks of the decor, we shudder to think of how intense they were.
You'll find a lime-green tea nook, a Thanksgiving-inspired living room, a room dedicated to cardboard cutouts and pictures of classic Hollywood stars, and a car garage where even the tools match the lime green classic car (this person likes intense colors).
But if you think that's it, you'd be quite wrong. There's also a black and white foyer, dollhouse decorations in the entrance, and many, many statues of lions in front and around.
Honestly, we can't even explain it. Go ahead, and check it out for yourself.
Barbie's Dream Gone Wrong
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Wacky Factor: Barbie's Dream Gone Wrong
This house could be a perfect Baltimore Airbnb if it weren't for two things: the kitchen and the bathroom.
The kitchen certainly has personality, looking like a life-sized version of Barbie's dream kitchen, with bright pastel colors that look straight out of the early 1990s. The problem is that the look does not match the rest of the house at all.
The bathroom seems a bit uncomfortable as well, since the toilet is on a raised stand. What really makes it wacky though is that you'll have to do your business with the life-sized statue of an angel watching you.
A Crime Against the Senses
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Wacky Factor: A Crime Against the Senses
To say that this house is too much would be a huge understatement. We get trying to emulate the over-the-top decor of mansions, but if you're going to do it like this, it's better to not do it at all.
Patterns, colors, lights and fabric combine to create a scene that honestly just hurts your eyes.
But what's worst about this house is the inexplicable cages that appear in the backyard pictures. What have they been used for?
Retro-Futuristic Dome House
Location: Forked River, New Jersey
Wacky Factor: Retro-Futuristic Dome House
This is the kind of house that people in the 1960s and '70s thought would define the architecture of the future, and we kind of wish they had been right.
Shaped like a dome, the white exterior of this house attracts attention as soon as you see it. The inside is also quite interesting, with wooden panels lining the arching walls and a spiral staircase connecting the second floor to the living and dining area.
We're not sure that this house uses space optimally, but it is cool to look at.
Location: Boothbay, Maine
Wacky Factor: Medieval Village
Much of this Medieval-looking home has been handmade and carved with a specific purpose.
The owner states that temperature and water systems can easily be transformed to be off-grid, which certainly plays along with the theme of the house.
If you've ever dreamt of being a Medieval peasant, this is your chance.
The Tiger King House
Location: Gaffney, South Carolina
Wacky Factor: The Tiger King House
Whether this house was decorated before or after the debut of Netflix's massive beginning-of-quarantine hit, "Tiger King," is uncertain.
What is almost certain, is that the owner of the house would approve of Joe Exotic. Who knows? They might even be friends!
Every room of the house, including the bathrooms and bedrooms, is decorated with tigers and stripes. And to make sure it doesn't get repetitive, the decorator switched it up in some rooms by adding white tigers here and there.
The Haunted House
Location: Murrieta, California
Wacky Factor: The Haunted House
We're pretty sure this house is haunted and therefore have the responsibility to warn everyone against trying to buy it.
Sure, you won't have to buy any Halloween decorations for your yearly haunted house. You won't even actually have to do anything at all, given that the creepy dolls and weirdly placed crystals are extremely creepy already.
But will that be worth sharing a bathroom with at least a couple of ghosts?
To Infinity and Beyond
Location: Kittery, Maine
Wacky Factor: To Infinity and Beyond
By all other measures, this is a regular house. Sure, maybe the colors of the bedrooms are a little too intense, and it's not clear why the kitchen has a naval theme, but nothing too wacky happens. That is, until you see the bathroom.
More than a shower, this looks like a space pod that will shoot you out into an alternate universe if you push the right buttons. It also comes with a TV, which could be used to watch Netflix, but which we choose to believe is really for receiving intergalactic missions.
Zero Privacy Home
Location: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Wacky Factor: Zero Privacy Home
Listen, we get it. Sometimes, in cold winter nights, you really don't want to walk all the way to the bathroom just to pee. But no matter how cold and tired we are, we'd much rather walk a little more than have a toilet right in our bedroom, mere feet away from our beds.
Besides basic hygiene, the designer of this house also didn't seem to mind living in danger, given that they put a bathtub right at the edge of the second floor and neglected to put a railing. Whatever you do, don't slip in the shower, or you'll come crashing down an entire story.
Valley of the Dolls
Location: South Lake Tahoe, California
Wacky Factor: Valley of the Dolls
This is another house that appears perfectly normal for the first pictures. Sure, there does seem to be clothes randomly thrown about the place, but that's nothing to write grandma home about.
But just as you're about to give up on this house, several faces appear, staring into the emptiness of the abyss. The good news is that they are mannequins. The bad news is that there are so many. And they are all wearing evening gowns. And they have all been placed in dramatic poses around the house.
If you look carefully enough, you'll also see into a room where a naked female mannequin is on the floor while a clothed male mannequin stands over it. Do we really want to know what is going on in this house? We're not sure.
The Rock House
Location: Larkspur, Colorado
Wacky Factor: The Rock House
Many people talk about preserving nature, but few show as much commitment as whoever built this house.
Here, you won't merely be surrounded by nature. You'll be making it your home, as a red rock formation serves as the foundation of the two-bedroom house.
While we're not completely sure we like this structure, we have to admit that the views from the terrace are pretty amazing, especially since you get to see other rock formations right from the top of your own.
The Cube House
Location: Cambridge, Massachussetts
Wacky Factor: The Cube House
We definitely have never seen a house designed to look like a game of Jenga, but somehow it works!
The cube house is definitely modern and experimental, which sets it apart from other more common houses in its neighborhood. It has four stories, so there certainly seems to be enough room.
But the zigzagging stairs that connect the cubes could make you dizzy.
Magic Mushrooms House
Location: Pittsford, New York
Wacky Factor: Magic Mushrooms House
Although commonly referred to as the Mushroom House, this weird but thoroughly unique home was inspired on a stem of Queen Anne's Lace, a common wildflower.
Unsurprisingly, the home is a landmark and has gained attention for its design. If you're looking to get immersed in nature, we really can't think of a funner way than to be in the woods in a house modeled after a flower.
Oh, and did we mention it has a fireplace and an outside hot tub? This house proves it's cool to be weird.
Location: Anaheim, California
Wacky Factor: Disney-Themed House
Some people will do the absolute most to get tourists' dollars, even if it means transforming their house into a mini Disney theme park.
Just three blocks from Disneyland, this 1960s home is pretty normal on the outside, but has been remodeled and redecorated in order to cater to small children and families excited for a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth.
Your kids can have a tea party with the cast of "Alice in Wonderland," sleep in "The Jungle Book" and play with Mickey's giant feet. The Mickey Mouse decorations in the kitchen might also get them excited to help with dinner.
Money Can't Buy Taste
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Wacky Factor: Money Can't Buy Taste
They say money can't buy taste, and this house proves them right.
Every single wall of this house is painted in tacky designer labels like Channel, Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. It's like this person really, really wants people to know they have money.
To make matters worse, there is also a floor-to-wall painting of Kylie Jenner in one of the bedrooms.
50 Cent's Former Mansion
Location: Farmington, Connecticut
Wacky Factor: 50 Cent's Former Mansion
If you thought the 21 bedrooms and 35 bathrooms was a mistake, think again. The mansion, which was formerly owned by rapper 50 Cent, also has a green screen room, a recording studio and —wait for it — an entire nightclub.
Yes, you read that right. If you are an ambivert and constantly grapple with the dilemma of going out or staying in, set your eyes on this mansion, and you'll never have to choose again.
Retro '70s House
Location: Palm Springs, California
Wacky Factor: Retro '70s House
The '70s were certainly something else, and while we appreciate their avant-gardeness, we certainly don't appreciate the style that came with it.
This house is a time capsule, where every room is committed to a different color, with drapes, decorations, walls and floors going monochromatic.
But what we really want to know is why in the name of everything that is good in the world, would somebody surround a bathtub with carpet?
Medieval Home Office
Location: Lake Forest, Illinois
Wacky Factor: Medieval Home Office
This home stands out at first glance because of its beautiful five-story tower. The house mixes modern and vintage elements in both its architecture and its decoration, which gives it a bit of personality.
But what really makes this listing wonderfully weird is its Byzantine room, which is located on the fourth floor of the tower and which showcases an intricate mural by Russian artist Nikolai Remisoff.
Set up as a study or reading room, the mural is unlike anything we've ever seen in a house.
The Entertainer's House
Location: Kinnelon, New Jersey
Wacky Factor: The Entertainer's House
With some redecoration and a little less carpeting this mansion could be quite beautiful. The dramatic stairways and several conversation pits, as well as indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, gym, tennis courts and bar with a fireplace, could make this a dream-worthy listing.
Instead, we're going to celebrate it for its absolute wackiness. The carpeting and the colors are much too late 1970s for our taste — and we hope, anyone's — but what is most intriguing is the decoration.
Why are there pictures of famous people lined on the walls? Why are there life-sized statues of Frankenstein and Dracula hanging about? And where, exactly, do those stairs in the middle of the pool lead to?
The Flintstone’s House
Location: Hillsborough, California
Wacky Factor: The Flintstone's House
The Flintstone House has long been famous with residents of the Bay Area. Its rocky structure definitely seems like it could harbor the world's most famous prehistoric family, and its colorful exterior screams for attention.
Inside, many of the cabinets, shelves, and furniture have been carved out into the stone. This means you won't have as much decorating freedom.
But as we've learned from some of the houses we've seen on here, that may not be a bad thing.
Fairy Tale House
Location: Dunedin, Florida
Wacky Factor: Fairy Tale House
We're not sure if this house is absolutely gorgeous or terribly tacky, which is also how we feel about most things pertaining to Disney princesses.
The decoration is decadent, with colorful tapestries, stained glass in doors and floors, velvet carpets and vivid wallpaper.
The outside is decidedly tame compared to the inside, and it does have its own dock in the water, which makes it even more fairy tale-like.
Attack of the Patterns
Location: Islesboro, Maine
Wacky Factor: Attack of the Patterns
What could ever posses a person to cover every space of their house with screaming patterns?
It's not just that the curtains match the sofas. Or that the patterns on the floors, seats, cushions, walls and windows are different. But why have 20 bedrooms with only eight bathrooms?
The world may never have an answer for who decorated this house and why they chose to commit this crime.
Welcome to Hogwarts
Location: West Linn, Oregon
Wacky Factor: Welcome to Hogwarts
If the Harry Potter theme song starts playing in your head when you see this house, you're not alone.
Much of this house seems fairly normal — for a giant mansion, that is — but its wooden stairs and stone-walled wine cellar give it a Hogwarts feel that takes us straight back into childhood.
A Scuba Diver's Paradise
Location: Lake Quivira, Kansas
Wacky Factor: A Scuba Diver's Paradise
Sometimes being extra is annoying, but in the case of this mansion, we applaud it and hope for more.
The property boasts a wine cellar, recreation room, reading room straight out of a fairytale, stained-glass windows, a Medieval-style stone watchtower and 15-acres of trees.
Because that's clearly not enough, it also has a pool with a waterfall and a grotto. As the absolute cherry on top, it has scuba diving tunnels where you'll find fossils. No, we're not making that up.
Location: Malibu, California
Wacky Factor: Geometric House
Designed by famous architect Ed Nile, this $20 million mansion is all about steel, glass and geometric shapes.
The main structures are semicircles, with the living area and the entertainment area completely separated. They are connected by rectangular walkways.
The Los Angeles Times describes this architectural unicorn as "an airport terminal mixed with a supervillain’s lair," and that is exactly what it looks like.
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Versailles on a Rooftop
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Wacky Factor: Versailles on a Rooftop
What do you do if you carry the spirit of Louis XIV within you but live in a cramped city? You make space where there is some: in the sky.
Built on top of a building, this penthouse looks like it belongs more in 17th-century France than it does in modern-day Chicago.
The decorations and the ceiling details are certainly regal, and there is even a delicately painted partition in the bathroom, so you can change in privacy.
Location: Newport Coast, California
Wacky Factor: Arcade Fire
Many mansions come with unnecessary and over-the-top amenities, but this mansion may win at the game of showing off.
Honestly, this looks more like a Vegas hotel than a house, considering that it has a restaurant-like plaza and a full arcade with a bar, a karaoke stand and lots and lots of arcade games.
To top it off, there are multiple home theaters, another bar and a nightclub.
Location: Orem, Utah
Wacky Factor: Wooden Decadence
We didn't know wood could be opulent until we saw this gorgeous, gorgeous mansion.
The exterior of this house is built mostly with stones and the interior with wood, which sounds like it would be simple. The result, however, is anything but. It's definitely tasteful, but in a way that seems almost decadent.
The house has a lake, a pool, a tennis court, a jacuzzi, an interesting jungle-themed home theater and even a motorcycle maintenance shop.