Forbes.com features Dean GardensOctober 14, 2009
America’s Strange Homes For Sale
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By Francesca Levy, 10.13.09
These are not cookie-cutter colonials. Instead, in some parts of the country, cliff-side compounds and remodeled lighthouses are being listed.
Perhaps after sailing into your home port after an international cruise, you wished that you could have stayed on the boat–permanently.
Maybe you’re irritated by the walk from your car to your front door. You’d rather step from your vehicle right into your room.
Sneak A Peek: America’s Strange Homes For Sale (slide show)
They aren’t the only homes that inspire double-takes. The inclination to buck homebuilding conventions extends to property owners who have custom-built castles, installed ice cream parlors and occupied lighthouses to meet their housing needs. To find some of the oddest, we teamed with Realtor.com, Sotheby’s Realty and Christie’s Great Estates, and rounded up 10 bizarre properties whose only common characteristics are that they’re unlike any other home, and they’re all on the market.
Way-out features abound in a John’s Creek, Ga., home, which, with its 58 acres of dazzling Moroccan-themed corridors, gilded moldings and landscaped gardens, evokes Liberace. But even the famously flamboyant pianist might not have dreamed up perks like a seashell-shaped amphitheater large enough to seat an orchestra and a pool to match, an Asian tea garden and a replica 1950s ice cream parlor. The eccentric baron that takes on this luxury playhouse will pay around $13.9 million.
Dean Gardens is listed by Suzanne Close of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Please click here for more information and additional photos on Dean Gardens.