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28 Unusual Homes from Around the World (Photos)

Collection of unusual houses (photos)

I love creative living arrangements. It's fun to imagine living in something different than most of us do. Here's an awesome collection of unusual homes from around the world that people actually live in.

I love creative living arrangements. It’s fun to imagine living in something different than most of us do.  While our big change each year is a a couple of weeks camping, some people choose to live in creative home styles year-around.

Here’s an awesome collection of unusual homes from around the world that people actually live in.

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Twilight “Vampire” house

The house used as a residence for the vampire family "Cullens" in "Twilight" (Oregon)
The house used as a residence for the vampire family “Cullens” in “Twilight” (Oregon)

Dome house

Dome house in the desert on Route 66 in Arizona
Dome house in the desert on Route 66 in Arizona
Dome house in the Santa Monica Mountains, California
Dome house in the Santa Monica Mountains, California
Interior of a dome house
Interior of a dome house

Tree house

The kid in me loves the idea of living in a large tree house.  It looks like fun and no doubt my kids would love it.

Large tree house that people live in
Large tree house that people live in
Tree house in the Netherlands
Tree house in the Netherlands

See more tree houses here (most are kids tree houses).

Yurt

I included yurt even though it’s not unusual in the sense that many people in Mongolia have lived in yurts for centuries.  However, the yurt is becoming a new type of home for people in other parts of the world.  They’re inexpensive, durable and spacious.

Yurt home in Oregon, USA
Yurt home in Oregon, USA

Underground house

With an underground house you never have to get an air conditioner.  I like that… but I think the lack of windows would get to me.

Underground house.
Underground house.
Icelandic turf houses covered with grass and cliffs in the background near Kalfafell vilage, South Iceland
Icelandic turf houses covered with grass and cliffs in the background near Kalfafell vilage, South Iceland

Cave house

Cave house in Alcala del Jucar, Spain
Cave house in Alcala del Jucar, Spain

Tiny house

Tiny houses are all the rage as people embrace minimalist living.  They’re relatively inexpensive and look like a cool concept… but as someone with a 3,000 sq. ft. house, I know I couldn’t do it.

Portable tiny house
Portable tiny house

Shipping container house

The shipping container house is an effort to use recycled materials to build a home.  It’s definitely smart and as you can see, they can look very, very cool.

House made from shipping containers.
House made from shipping containers.

Floating home

I live in Vancouver which has plenty of floating homes including downtown Vancouver, in Richmond and Victoria.  They’re very cool.

Floating homes at Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria, BC (Canada).
Floating homes at Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria, BC (Canada).

See more floating homes here.

Crooked house

The Crooked House on the main street of Monte Cassino in Sopot, Poland
The Crooked House on the main street of Monte Cassino in Sopot, Poland

Upside down house

Upside down house in BUKOVEL,Ukraine
Upside down house in BUKOVEL,Ukraine
Upside down house in Niagara Falls
Upside down house in Niagara Falls

Crazy house

Crazy house in Hang Nga in Dalat, Vietnam
Crazy house in Hang Nga in Dalat, Vietnam

Concrete Stilt House

Concrete stilt house at Caye Caulker island, Belize
Concrete stilt house at Caye Caulker island, Belize

Cube house

Cube houses of Rotterdam
Cube houses of Rotterdam

UFO house

UFO style house in Espoo, Finland. Several of these were built in the 1970's.
UFO style house in Espoo, Finland. Several of these were built in the 1970’s.

House boat

Floating house boat in Amsterdam canal
Floating house boat in Amsterdam canal

Fairy House

Fairy house in the Philippines
Fairy house in the Philippines

Rock house

a house (Casa do Penedo) built between huge rocks on top of a mountain in Fafe, Portugal.
a house (Casa do Penedo) built between huge rocks on top of a mountain in Fafe, Portugal.

Houses on a Bridge

House built on a bridge
House built on a bridge
AMBLESIDE, ENGLAND - Bridge House a 17th century old stone cottage perched over Stock Beck in Ambleside, Cumbria, in the English Lake District.
AMBLESIDE, ENGLAND – Bridge House a 17th century old stone cottage perched over Stock Beck in Ambleside, Cumbria, in the English Lake District.

Seashell house

Seashell house, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Seashell house, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Shoe house

Haines Shoe House, Hellam, York County, Pennsylvania
Haines Shoe House, Hellam, York County, Pennsylvania

Tiny Island House

While living on an island isn’t unusual, I think the example below surely is given that the island is not much bigger than the house itself.  I’d worry about 3 foot waves in that house.

House isolated on small island in Britanny, France
House isolated on small island in Britanny, France
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