When most people start giving thought to their dream home, it usually comes in the form of what they've seen in their area and the sorts of places they have previously lived in. However, the perfect home can become anything in anyplace imaginable if you've got the time, patience and resources available. Thereby giving the homeowner the flexibility to sprout a house in some of the most unpredictable places across the globe including a cave, a desert and even a former World War II bunker. Each with their own special amenities and special bits of charm, perfect for an owner who's an out of the box thinker
World War II Ruin, Hamm Westfalen, Germany
If you take a piece of history with you, they say you're much less likely to repeat it. Perhaps that's what the owners of a World War II ruin home have felt like as owners. A five-story abandoned bunker and ruin of the second World War was essentially an eye-sore of a building, pitted with the remnants of surviving war but structurally sound. Which in 2008, Amort Architektur decided to flip by establishing a residential penthouse atop it, providing the contemporary brick, wood and steel dwelling with cantilevered decks on top with breathtaking views
Stiltsville Houses, Key Biscayne, Florida
For people with the burning desire to live their life on a deserted island the Stiltsville houses in the Key Biscayne area of Florida are prime real estate. The stilted houses reside in the shallow water off the coast of Biscayne Bay in Biscayne National Park, 10 feet above water, making your home your real private island. Taking the owners from beach front property to actual beach property. The original 27 homes, which become popular in the 1940s and '50s, were incredibly popular, even toting their own local nightclubs. However, over the years, the tumultuous Florida hurricane seasons have ravaged the homes leaving only seven remaining
Earthship, Taos, New Mexico
For an out of this world living experience opt for the Earthship house in Taos, New Mexico. The futuristic southwestern home might seem like something you'd see on the set of a "Mad Max" movie, but it's actually a fully sustainable home with a passive solar heating and cooling system that makes it easy living off the beaten path. The home, affectionately known as "Sol Ship" has one bedroom, one bathroom with two underground cisterns that house 3,000 gallons of water. Additional amenities include an indoor koi pond, hand-plastered walls and a fireplace
They say you make a house a home, but really, it depends on the viewpoint of the owner and what they consider a home to be in the first place. As we've seen, with a little effort, living quarters can be established in what's commonly considered the strangest of places. However, it's not just about where your house is, but the vision you have for it and the dedication you have to making it prime real estate. Even if it's located in one of the most unusual places on Earth.