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The Most Interesting Homes In America

By Katie Carlson on Jul 27, 2015
The Most Interesting Homes In America

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Not all homes are traditional in style. Some folks prefer their living quarters to have a little bit of character, and in this case, some prefer to have a lot of character. When creativity meets quirky, you get a home that catches your attention.

This brings me to my inquiry: What are some of the most interesting homes in America, where are they located and what’s the story behind them? I dug deep and came up with a few that I think you’ll find pretty fascinating. Can you guess where they are just by looking at the images? Some locations may surprise you.

Cookie Jar House

Cookie Jar House (Northeast)

The shape of this home is definitely unique. I bet you can guess why this home is called the Cookie Jar. This three-story home was built in 1947 with a spiral staircase at the center of the house. The owner, John Dobbins, has confessed that it hasn’t been the easiest home to furnish because there are no corners.

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Dobbins' meant for this to be the first in a series of similar houses. Unfortunately, the other cookie jar houses were never built and this home stands alone. The jar's "lid" functions as a widow's walk (or roofwalk). The unique house is said to be the only cookie jar house in the U.S. (This Old House).

Can you guess the location? This home resides in Glendora, New Jersey.

Private Island

Private Island (Southeast)

Have you ever wanted to own your own island? Well, for these homeowners, it’s not a wish, but a reality. Our next interesting home is a 2,034sf self-sufficient private island. The home is powered by solar panels, windmills and a backup generator (Business Insider). With a moat surrounding the property, this house is anything but ordinary. Not that the owners necessarily need it since they literally live in the water, but there is an above ground pool on this private island. Do you want to know my favorite part about the house? Parking exists for boats and helicopters only. Must be nice!

Can you guess the location? This home resides in Marathon, Florida.

Gold Pyramid House

Gold Pyramid House (Midwest)

Imagine driving through country roads in the Midwest when all of a sudden you spot the largest 24-karat gold-plated object ever created? Well, this has happened to people like yourself and they're just as shocked when they come across it. The Gold Pyramid House is the private home of Jim Onan, a wealthy Armenian garage builder, and his family. While not open to the public, the owners sometimes open up the first few floors and the King Tut tomb replica for tours (Roadside America).

Can you guess the location? This home resides in Wadsworth, Illinois.

Beer Can House

Beer Can House (Central)

If you like beer as much as this guy, then this may just be your dream house! John Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, started his project, now known as the Beer Can House, in 1968. Ripley's Believe It or Not estimated that over 50,000 cans adorn this monument. The home is covered in all types of different beer, but John’s favorite beer was always "Whatever's on special.” John used his imagination and was proud of his creation. “Some people say this is a sculpture but I didn't go to no expensive school to get these crazy notions.” ( He said aluminum beer can siding was easier than painting.

Can you guess the location? This home resides in Houston, Texas. You know what they say, everything’s bigger in Texas. 

San Francisco Church

Old Church (West)

Instead of driving to church each Sunday, why not just live in one? This 17,000sf Gothic Revival-style home, which was a church in its former life, has three bedrooms and two and a half baths. Talk about character, this home was built in 1910 and remains stunning to this day.

Church Kitchen

Zillow got inside the home and describes the living room as breathtaking with soaring, coffered, hand-painted ceilings and seven magnificent chandeliers. There are beautiful stained glass windows and impressive arched windows framing the park across the street. The main living level includes a spacious chef’s kitchen, an extra-large formal dining room, an open den, two fireplaces, a marble bathroom and a stage.

Can you guess the location? This home resides in San Francisco.


There’s no right way to live. A home is something that’s special to you and fits your needs. It’s interesting to see how other people live and what they desire. Everyone’s unique in their own way and these homes prove just that.

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