Inside of rocks
Cappadocia, Turkey: Originally created by erosion in the Goreme valley thousands of years ago, Cappadocia is now known for its incredible rocky landscapes and unique homes. According to National Geographic, “The rocky wonderland is honeycombed with a network of human-created caves; living quarters, places of worship, stables, and storehouses were all dug into the soft stone. In fact, tunnel complexes formed entire towns with as many as eight different stories hidden underground.”
On the edge of a building
Do Ho Suh’s Fallen Star in La Jolla, CA: Do Ho Suh, Korean sculptor and installation artist, clearly has a keen eye for expression—and unique homes. According to the University of California’s website, Suh was inspired to build Fallen Star based on his feelings of cultural displacement after moving to the United States. (If you really want to live on the edge, here are some haunted places you can rent on Airbnb.)
In the middle of the ocean
The Floating Seahorse in Dubai: For those who can’t bear to be on land for too long and have always wanted to sleep in an underwater bedroom, these unique homes are for you. The Floating Seahorse is the world’s first luxury underwater living experience, and it’s entirely customizable. According to thoe.com, “Spanning just over 4,000 square feet across three levels, each Floating Seahorse will be home to unique special features, state-of-the-art technology and outdoor climate controlled areas.” If that tickles your fancy, you should check out these cool underwater restaurants next.
In the side of a hill
Villa Vals in Switzerland: Designed by CMA and SeARCH, this adorable holiday home can be found nestled inside the alpine slopes of the Vals in Switzerland. It’s about 1,776 square feet and comes fully equipped with a gorgeous stone courtyard, a natural spring, and a hot tub. Surrounded by lush meadows, breathtaking mountains, and a beautiful garden, Villa Vals will make you feel like you are truly one with nature. (Speaking of Switzerland, did you know they flush $1.8 million worth of gold down the toilet every year?)
Inside of a boulder
Casa do Penedo in Fafe, Portugal: Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. Next on our list of unique homes, this stone home was built in the late 70s and is located in northern Portugal. Casa do Penedo, also known as the House of Stone, is made out of four boulders. While there isn’t any electricity, the home does have a fireplace and a swimming pool carved into the stone.
The Minister’s Treehouse in Crossville, Tennessee: After 11 years of construction, the biggest treehouse in the world was created by landscaper Horace Burgess. The finished product spans across seven trees, is 100 feet tall, and covers roughly 10,000 square feet. With winding stairs, a basketball hoop, a bell tower, and secret passageways, you’ll never find yourself bored in this incredible treehouse. (Here are some other crazy treehouses you definitely want in your backyard.)
On a rock in the middle of a river
House on the Drina River in Bajina Basta, Serbia: Since 1969, this nameless house has sat in the middle of the Drina River—by itself. According to Atlas Obscura, so many people loved that particular rock to tan and swim that it made sense to build a house there. (If you love tiny homes, here are some additional costs you should be on the lookout for.)
In the side of another hill
Casa Jura in France: Blending into the lovely Bois-d’Amont countryside, Casa Jura is built into the side of a grassy hill. This two-story home appears to disappear into the hillside in an effort to emphasize the beauty of nature around it. “We wanted this house to embrace its landscape,” De Smedt told Dezeen.com. “We designed a house that unlike its neighbors would engage with the landscape and become landscape.”
Inside of a cave
Beckham Creek Cave House in Parthenon, Arizona: Rates at this incredible 6,000 square foot cave house start at $1,200 a night, but for good reason. The house is built around the cave’s natural formations, resulting in exposed cavern walls, a natural indoor waterfall, and natural hanging stalactites. Not to worry, there are plenty of modern perks of living in this cave, too – like its high-end gas appliances, double convection ovens, 75-inch LED television, and thermal heating.
Inside of a plane
727 Fuselage Home in Quepos, Costa Rica: Made out of a refurbished 1965 Boeing 727 airplane, the 727 Fuselage Home is uncomparable to other unique homes. Surrounded by the Costa Rican jungle, this home has two bedrooms, private baths, a flat screen TV, a kitchenette, a dining area, and offers beautiful views of the ocean from its terrace. Neighbors to this home are no other than sloths, toucans, monkeys, and other jungle animals. (This plane might not be moving, but if it were, here are 11 things that would happen to your body in-flight.)
Inside a silvermine
Sala Silver Mine in Sweden: Dating back to the 1100s, the Sala Silver Mine has produced over 900,000 pounds of silver and 72,000,000 pounds of lead in its time. But if you dig 508 feet underground, you’ll find more than just silver and lead: two warm mountain halls and a mine suite.
On the edge of a cliff
The Paro Taktsang Monastery in Bhutan: While the Paro Taktsang Monastery isn’t exactly a home, it’s definiting worth noting for its strange location. As legend has it, Padmasambhava, a highly respected Brahmin royal, used to meditate at Paro Taktsang, but he could only reach the monastery with the help of his flying tiger—hence the monastery’s alias, the Tiger’s Nest. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have flying tigers to help us reach Paro Taktsang and need to climb 10,000 feet above sea level to reach this beautiful building. The trail eventually leads to stone steps, with no handrails, on a cliff that drops off a couple thousand feet to the canyon below. (Try reciting these morning mantras to prep for that long hike.)
Inside of a giant log
One Log House in Garberville, California: Believe it or not, that’s a real log. The One Log House was carved out of a 2,100-year-old redwood tree in 1946, and has drawn in thousands of visitors ever since. With the tree weighing 84,000 pounds, one could imagine how difficult the building process was for the two men who constructed this unique home. The 32-foot-long house now has five bedrooms and is fully equipped with a living and dining room area.
13,133 feet up the side of Matterhorn
Solvay Hut in Switzerland: While it’s not so much a home as it is a quick stopover for hikers, the Solvay Hut in Switzerland is the highest mountain hut in the world. The 67-year-old hut sits at 13,133 feet up the side of Matterhorn and has ten beds and a radiotelephone for travelers. Did you know that Matterhorn isn’t the tallest mountain in Europe? Here’s which mountain is.
Blacksheep Villages Igloos in France: Be sure to pack all of your blankets, jackets, and snowshoes for this unique home. The rooms in the Blacksheep Villages are connected by tunnels and dinner is typically served in the biggest igloo with other residents and visitors. Sleeping in these igloos is an experience that’s truly unlike any other. (Speaking of ice, check out these incredible ice sculptures!)