Having your own house or commercial property is a once in a lifetime feeling and there are no limits to what a person will go through to achieve it. Over the ages, the human race has lived in unique surroundings, more out of necessity than of choice. Caves, tree houses and lonely islands are some examples that come to mind. Later they have graduated to grand edifices like castles and palatial buildings and now even matchbox sized apartment blocks. Some have allowed their creative juices to flow and have come up with the most weird and wonderful ideas in properties.
A few details of some of these exclusive properties will surely entertain you.
- Old Water Tower in Belgium – The 100 ft water tower in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium had been in use as recently as 1990. It is almost 100 years old and is rumoured to be a Nazi hideout during the war. In 2007, it was developed as a single family apartment spread over five floors. The terrace naturally has a great panoramic view of the landscape. The highpoint is that the 250,000 litres water basin on top has not been tampered with and the water tank design has been retained.
- Flintstones inspired home in Malibu – It cannot get any more unique than this. The real world version of the home is exactly as seen on television. It is a single storied structure with the same rocky interior looks and stone furniture, a replica of the home of Fred and Wilma from the classic cartoon of the sixties. It has one bedroom and two bathrooms, a fireplace and several large glass windows offering a sight of the Pacific Ocean, the Chanel Islands and Boney Mountains. A small inside info for commercial property lawyers – owner and television legend Dick Clark is selling this property in Malibu for $3.5 million. Any takers?
- Transparent House, Tokyo, Japan – When people go to ridiculous lengths to ensure privacy for their homes, the Transparent House in Tokyo, Japan is surely an aberration. This is basically for people who say that they have nothing to hide, a metaphor translated into reality. Sou Fujimoto Associates that built this 914 square foot house says that the concept was designed from the lifestyle of predecessors of the modern human race that once lived on trees. However, everything about this house is modern in design, including the white steel frame structure with transparent panes.
- Boeing 727 home in Mississippi, USA – Owner Joanne Ussary bought the plane for $2,000.00, spent $4,000.00 to move it to its current location and another $24, 000.00 to renovate it to its present interiors. The stairs open out with a garage door remote and one of the bathrooms in the original plane has been retained as it is. Apart from the stylish (but rather cramped) bedrooms, a personal Jacuzzi has been installed in what was once the cockpit. Terrific idea and optimum utilisation of space! Truly a collector’s conversion design.
There are thousands of such homes around the world, each unique and exclusive in its own right