While most listings of this world feature walls that lie perfectly perpendicular to floors, certain architectural marvels take the UFO-like shape of a perfect half-sphere. Often these "dome homes" come with promises of energy efficiency, and nearly all are modestly sized yet manage to make the most of their 360-degree circular views. For example, somewhere between Vegas and L.A. in Newberry Springs, Calif., is this, a home designed by prolific and versatile Southern California architect Harold Bissner, Jr. and completed in 1968. Inspired by the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station nuclear plant in northwestern San Diego county, the property now belongs to local semi-celebrity Huell Howser, who's hosted a TV travel show for the past two decades. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom main house features a dome formed from concrete and bent-fir beams and grounded by glass walls; inside, a conversation pit keeps things centered around a fireplace. There's also a one-bedroom guest house, a lake, 60 acres of untarnished land, a three-car carport, a rooftop observation deck on top of that dome. The property has been lingering on the market at its initial $750K ask.
? Sited on a hillside on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, this five-bedroom, four-bathroom, 4,600-square-foot dome home enjoys breathtakingly uninterrupted water views. A nice deviation from the Mediterranean mega-casa, the place is asking $1.7M.
? Here now, a 2,400-square-foot, three-bedroom residence in the central-Arizona town of Dewey. Built in 2004, the home is asking $185K (with discounts for cash buyers), and, according to the listing, it's not only "unusual" but energy efficient, as well.
? Nestled in the dense woods of New Paltz in upstate New York, this house, dubbed "Domespace," is a 2,300-square-foot, three-bedroom escape and the only French kit home of its kind to be constructed in the country. The entire structure, set on a 28-acre lot, rotates at the push of a button and boasts 40-foot ceilings at the peak, a spiral staircase, and eco-friendly bamboo flooring. It's listed for $1.2M.
? Finally, a much smaller sight to behold: a 320-square-foot stucco dome house in dusty Taos, N.M. Constructed from a kit akin to a Tinkertoy set, it's entirely solar powered and boasts sweeping views of the mountains. Even the brokerbabble manages to emphasize the positives: "Full length double-paned glass doors. Finish interior plaster and exterior stucco to your tastes." It has, until relatively recently, been asking a meager $74K but it seems to have been delisted.
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