Favorite weird house aggregators?
September 13, 2020 8:55 AM   Subscribe

Inspired by this recent FPP and because we are all stuck at home this year, I'm looking for recommendations of websites/blogs/instagram accounts/etc. that highlight weird, interesting, or just really neat properties anywhere in the world. Ideally, these would be houses/apartments/buildings that are for sale or rent, but that's not necessary.

I'm open to any suggestions of sites you personally like, though I am less interested in the glossy/aspirational approach of, say, Dwell, and more interested in quirky or just plain different. Both low- and high-end are welcome.

CIRCA's "You should move to..." (subject of a past FPP) is an example of the kind of rabbit hole I enjoy. I am aware of McMansion Hell, obviously.
posted by Dip Flash to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
Check out Retro Not Hetero on instagram.
posted by capricorn at 9:15 AM on September 13, 2020 [1 favorite]

Cheap Old Houses on instagram
posted by shadygrove at 9:26 AM on September 13, 2020 [2 favorites]

Redfin_nightmares hasn’t updated in a minute but is a glorious repository of wacky excess. Also try browsing the “everybody has that one weird thing in their house” TikTok sound!
posted by acidic at 9:35 AM on September 13, 2020 [3 favorites]

Terrible Real Estate Agent Photos, which started after the original blog was purchased by I can haz cheezburger (weird internet days back then). I think they might be a MeFite?
posted by fiercekitten at 9:55 AM on September 13, 2020 [3 favorites]

A friend of mine turned her real estate website browsing hobby into Escapist to the Country, a blog and Instagram account of her fantasy lives in interesting house listings from around the world for under $500k.
posted by nonane at 10:27 AM on September 13, 2020 [1 favorite]

Maybe cabin porn on the low end?
posted by protorp at 11:08 AM on September 13, 2020 [1 favorite]

The Guardian shows five or so places every week, on a theme. The prices are aspirational for normal people but there is a lot of Quirk. Each caption includes a link to the estate agent's listing.
posted by runincircles at 11:57 AM on September 13, 2020 [1 favorite]

I love the Guardian Fantasy House Hunt features. Some weeks the selling point they choose is actually fairly ordinary, but other times there are towers, windmills, round buildings, islands and other unusual features.
posted by Azara at 11:57 AM on September 13, 2020 [1 favorite]

I recently went down a bit of a rabbit hole of "expanded housing" and informal mansard roof additions in Yerevan, Armenia.

Here's a slideshow.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 12:46 PM on September 13, 2020 [3 favorites]

House Hunting shows a wide array of houses. She has an affinity for retro housing, so there's a lot of that. What I like most about it is her dedication to keep things organized - she tags houses by the date they're built, location, price, and sometimes "themes", like Victorian, or Time Capsule
posted by FirstMateKate at 7:36 AM on September 14, 2020

Try also Wowhaus, which is UK focused but has occasional forays into Europe and North America.
posted by srednivashtar at 1:51 PM on September 14, 2020

Old Forgotten Houses! They also do Instagram
Also occasionally Ugly Belgian Houses when I’m feeling mean.
posted by q*ben at 6:05 PM on September 14, 2020

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