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Location: New Paltz, New York
About 90 minutes north of New York City, in the middle of a 28-acre forest at the foot of a nature preserve, sits a spectacular wooden UFO-like home that can rival any of the best geodesic dome dwellings. Erected in upstate New York in 1999, the 2,300-square-foot prefab was created by French kit home company Domespace. Of some 200 "Domespaces" built worldwide, this may still be the only one realized in the U.S so far—and its site seems to be perfect. The three-bedroom home, designed to be eco-friendly and engaged with nature, can rotate 360 degrees by the touch of a remote, ensuring it's always taking advantage of the sun for controlling indoor temperature, as well as providing a change of scenery.
Inside, a wall-free floor plan prescribes a (very) open kitchen/dining/living area, soaring ceilings (it reaches 40 feet high at the peak), and huge curved windows. The two-level space, currently used as a $2,300-a-month bed-and-breakfast, includes a custom-built spiral staircase that leads to the upper level library, office, guest bedroom, and bath.
And here's a video tour of the interior: