Your next shed, cabin, or outdoor retreat doesn't have to be some plain aluminum abomination of engineering. Take the Bunkie ($TBA) for example. With an outline that's a symbol of a house, it features a frame made using a CNC router, plywood and reclaimed barn board in the interior, and the ability to be flat-packed and shipped to the site for final assembly. Glass front and back sections keep the whole thing from feeling cramped, and with two queen-sized murphy beds built into a main wall, it's got plenty of room for whatever you have planned.
Whether you're looking for a backyard office, weekend cabin, or just want to reduce your ecological footprint, The Crib ($TBA) is a good choice. Designed for both flexibility and eco-friendliness, it is fabricated off-site and assembled where ever you desire. The three available models range from 315 sq. ft. of total area in the Basic model up to 650 sq. ft. in the Extended model, and can be outfitted with a hidden kitchen, a bathroom on the lower level, a 140 sq. ft. deck accessible via a glass and metal garage door, and a loft with either 60 sq. ft. or 120 sq. ft. of space.
Taking the idea of Ikea's "Everything in this room for $X" sales areas to the next level, the Ikea Activ Prefab Home ($86,500) lets you literally make your home a Swedish wonderland. Designed by Oregon-based Ideabox with help from IKEA Portland designers, the Activ features 745 sq. ft. of living space, a complete kitchen with a cooktop, convection oven, and counter-depth refrigerator, a large bathroom with double sink and washer/dryer, modern flooring, and two separate storage areas that are accessible from outside. Meatballs not included.
Lots of people can claim to have a big house, a nice yard, or even their own private airstrip — but virtually none can claim to live in an old abandoned missile silo. You'll be able to do just that if you pay the price for this Missile Silo Cabin ($750,000-$1.75 million) available on its own or in a package with a ton of extra land, another log cabin, and an airplane hangar, this unique home is tucked away in the pine forest of Upstate New York's Adirondack State Park, and is perfect for those looking for extra security, zombie outbreak safe haven, or a proper base from which to start their quest for world domination. [Scouted by Nicholas]
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Own six historic one-bedroom Venice bungalows ($2,295,000), including one in which a famous rug really tied a room together, and create your own rent-free Lebowski village.
In need of a home office but out of space in your home to create an ideal work area? Well, if you don't mind working in a circular, seed-like structure, the Archipod ($40,000) could be just what you're looking for. This spherical workstation measures 12.5 feet in diameter and 8.25 feet high, with a steel-framed porthole window on the side for a view of the outdoors, a 6-foot diameter clear polycarbonate dome on top to let in fresh air on warm days, an integrated electric heater to keep things livable when it's cold, a locking gull-wing door for entrance, electrical outlets for connection of computers and other electronic necessities, and a smooth, fully plastered and painted white interior that features no visible joints and belies the earthy friendliness of its Western Red Cedar-shingled exterior.
At the time it came out, Home Alone seemed like a dream scenario: no parents, a huge, awesome house to enjoy, and dimwitted bad guys to battle. While the no parents thing isn't such a big deal anymore, and we'd rather not deal with armed robbers, you can still get the house. The Home Alone House ($2.4 million) is up for sale, offering old-school luxury and instant McCallister bragging rights to the owners. Built in the 1920s and located at 671 Lincoln Street in Winnetka, IL — roughly 30 miles north of downtown Chicago — this stately home features four bedrooms, a designer kitchen, dual patios, an outdoor greenhouse, a full, unfinished basement, and, yes, even the scary third floor. Keep the change, ya filthy animal. [Thanks, Andrew]
Live it up Don Corleone-style in The Godfather Mansion ($2.9 million). Located on Staten Island and used during the filming of 1972's The Godfather, this gigantic English Tudor home features eight bedrooms, three and a half baths, a den, eat-in kitchen, and laundry room with chute spread across three floors, plus a finished basement with an English pub, a three-quarter bath, a rec room, and more cred than any special edition DVD set is ever going to get you.
Some homes have a history, but few are as well-known or horrifying as the Amityville Horror House ($1.15 million). Formerly listed as 112 Ocean Ave., this gorgeous Dutch Colonial was the site where Ronald DeFeo Jr. brutally killed six family members as they slept in 1974. Hauntings reported by later owners led to the bestselling 1977 book The Amityville Horror ($8) and the subsequent movie series. Features include a finished basement, large deck with views of the Amityville River, a renovated boat house, a central stereo system, and the chance for some supernatural houseguests. [Photo: Getty Images]
You can now own a little — okay, actually really big — piece of movie memorabilia by purchasing the Field of Dreams Farm ($5.4 million). This 193-acre property includes the baseball field and two-bedroom, 1.5 bath farmhouse seen in the 1989 film, two souvenir stands, and six other assorted farm buildings. With approximately 65,000 movie buffs visiting the site each year, it's a modest tourist attraction, along with actually being a farm. If you
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While we doubt it will get you into any beer commercials, pledging a few bucks towards the purchase of the Pabst Brewing Co. will no doubt make your day better. This crowdsourcing effort asks each potential "owner" to make a pledge of $5, $25, $100, or $250,000 towards the $300 million asking price for this well-known Milwaukee brewery. A certificate of ownership, and a lifetime's supply of PBR, awaits. Thanks to Flickr user compujeramey for the choice photo.
When most people think of tiny houses, they think of the quaint, smallish-homes one finds in older neighborhoods, built back before the rise of the McMansion. But Tumbleweed Tiny Houses ($39,000 and up) make those homes looks like mansions in their own right. Ranging from 65 to 130 sq. ft. — plans for "Small" houses ranging from 251 to 774 sq. ft. are also available — these tiny homes are built with a goal of minimal environmental impact and maximum use of space, and since they sit on wheels, arriving pre-assembled, no building permit is required. Perfect for a backyard shack, rustic weekend getaway, or the modern nomad.