Ikea Activ Prefab Home

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.

  • Archipod

    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.

  • Home Alone House

    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]

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