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Act Fast to Pin Down Maryland's Very Own Mushroom House

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Hot new item on the greater-D.C.-area marketplace: a kooky, organic-inspired home that lies somewhere between Hobbit-inspired and fantastically Gaudí. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, a woefully ordinary suburb just outside of Washington, D.C., this truly unconventional four-bedroom, three-baths house has been featured in the 2006 book Weird Maryland and habitually slows down traffic because of all the gawking.

Listed now for $1.2M, the 3,700-square-foot home was first built in 1923. The current owners took over in 1967 and soon followed up with a total makeover, one that involved completely covering the original stucco exterior with polyurethane foam. The interior, which is all about curves, arches, and 30-foot ceilings, also features skylights and a pond (unfortunately not pictured in the listing photos). Intrigued but can't totally commit to such craziness? The property actually includes a legal one-bedroom rental apartment.

· Hobbit-Like Mushroom House of Bethesda is Yours For $1.2M [Curbed DC]
· 4949 Allan Road, Bethesda, MD [Estately]
· Live Like Tolkien Intended in These Hobbit-Worthy Homes [Curbed National]