This head-turning image does not represent a really unique and expensive child’s playhouse. While the striking structure looks like two playful eyes rising out of a hill, the property is actually someone’s dwelling – a grass dome home. And it can be yours for $1.2 million.
The grass dome home was constructed in Atlantic Beach, Florida in 1975. And the builders were quite forward thinking from an environmental standpoint. Zillow quotes architect William Morgan as stating that the property was “built to preserve the ecological setting to the greatest possible extent.”
The duplex domicile contains two separate living spaces. Each space measures a cozy 750 square feet and offers one bedroom and one bathroom. While that’s not quite enough room to house a family, it’s an awfully cool pad for one’s of the area’s well to do singles.
The grass dome home, while offering a definite break from the norm, has still suffered the fate of nearly every property on the market – price cuts. Previous owners listed it for $1.85 million in 2009. The asking price has dropped 11.1 percent since that time.
But despite the depressed real estate market overall and the relatively small living quarters, the home might be worth the investment. Zillow reports that the Atlantic Beach area is actually as a seller’s bright spot. Home values are rising at a rate of 2.3 percent quarter-over-quarter and 0.7 percent month-over-month. If that trend continues, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have an aesthetically competitive, green-friendly offering.
The grass dome home has struggled to find a buyer, perhaps because of it’s space challenges and it’s anachronistic character. But real estate agent Tansy Moon notes continued interest, given that it’s definitely not your average property. “It’s just really a unique home,” she said.