The Wackiest Home in Every State

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Alabama: Rosenbaum House

The Rosenbaum House, built in 1940, is the only home built by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the state of Alabama. The home is noted as the perfect example of the “Usonian Home,” a Lloyd Wright concept that reimagined the American home as smaller and more futuristic.

Today, long after the original owners have gone, tours are still available to see this unique piece of history in person.

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Alaska: Goose Creek Tower

Also called the Dr. Seuss House for its whimsical design, the 185-foot-tall Goose Creek Tower, located in Talkeetna, Alaska, was erected nearly two decades ago by Anchorage attorney Phil Weidner. With cabin after cabin built on top of one another, your first question is likely whether or not this building is structurally sound—and you wouldn’t be the only one to ask.

Apparently, it is. (Though it does feature a basement with an escape tunnel to a safe room—you know, just in case.) The tower has a clear, 360-view of Denali and the start of the Aleutian chain. Its owner simply calls the home “a poem to the sky.”

Arizona: Taliesin West

Taliesin West, located in Scottsdale, Arizona, served as architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home from 1937 until his death in 1959. Wright wanted the home to have a connection to the desert and built it using local rocks and materials. He also employed natural light wherever he could, and the ceiling of his drafting room is covered by a translucent canvas.

At the end of the day, Wright saw this winter home as an inspiring escape. Now, it serves as the main campus of the School of Architecture at Taliesin and is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

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Arkansas: Treehouse Home

Worth an estimated $10.9 million, this home in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is the most expensive residence in the state. Situated on a sprawling 20 acres, the 18,367-square-foot home features an indoor pool with two infinity edges, marble fireplaces, a sports bar room, and, yes—a treehouse, made using an imported California redwood.

California: Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, was the brainchild of Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms rifle fortune. After a series of tragedies, including the deaths of her daughter and husband, Sarah visited a psychic to ask for help.

The spiritualist told her that her family was being killed by the ghosts of gunshot victims and that the only way she could escape them was to build a mansion full of booby traps. Sarah took this advice seriously and set off to build a mysterious estate that now features doors that open to 12-foot drops, staircases to nowhere, and sealed off rooms. It’s also rumored to be quite a bit haunted.

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