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5 Coolest Houses in the United States

Sometimes, bigger isn’t always better. There are plenty of interesting, big, and expensive homes [3] out there. However, many of these houses aren’t totally unique. Indeed, some of them just don’t have the same “cool” factor that you might see in a home inspired by Disney.

Even though some of these homes may not be as huge or as expensive as other homes, many of them are fairly large, and they are also relatively expensive. CNN Money [4] offers a look at some of the most unique — and the coolest — homes in the United States:

  1. Graystone Manor: One of the employees at Disney decided that he wanted a home that looked like it could be straight out of Disneyland. The five-bedroom, 3,600 square foot Graystone Manor also includes plenty of Disney items in the house. There are rather extensive grounds as well. It’s a great home for those who love Disney — and can afford the $1.5 million price tag! (that’s a picture of it at the top of the post)
  2. Rotating House: In the hills of San Diego is a rotating house (YouTube video [5]). The home is built so that every room ends up with a view. It’s a round home, with large tinted windows all around the structure. The owners actually created the rotating home on their own, with the help of a motor that can turn the house 360 degrees in as little as 33 minutes, or as long as 24 hours. Talk about an amazing DIY project!
  3. Cave House: I think this is a very cool home, indeed. The Cave House [6] is mostly blasted into the side of a mountain in Bisbee, Arizona. The entryway is on the outside of the cave, but most of the house is inside the mountain. One of the coolest features of this home is that there is a spring toward the back of the cave. The owners get about 20 gallons a day of pure, clean, filtered water. And, of course, there’s no need for air conditioning when you live in a nice, cool cave.
  4. Vintage Ridge [7]: This home is a winery, on a 43.9-acre estate, including a vineyard of seven acres. The home itself is actually made out of three barns that were brought across the country from New Hampshire. It’s possible to just start up with the winery, if you can afford to pay $3.75 million for the property.
  5. Fallingwater: My personal favorite house is Fallingwater [8] in Pennsylvania. This home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a cantilevered feat of engineering. I love water, and waterfalls, and the idea of living right over a waterfall is one that appeals to me. Too bad the home can’t be bought for any price. When the home was built, including the fee for the architect and built in furniture, it cost $155,000. This was at a time (Fallingwater was completed in 1938) when the average home cost $3,000.

There are a lot of interesting and unique homes around the world, and even here in the United States. What is the coolest house you have heard of? If you could live in a unique home, what type of home or theme would you choose?

Image source: CNN Money