Tucked among the pines in Evergreen, CO, is a charming cabin with a checkered past. It was previously used as a meth cook house and remains contaminated at potentially dangerous levels. The listing details read like something out of “Breaking Bad” and helped make the hazardous home this week’s most popular place on realtor.com®.
The good news? A buyer could score a great deal on the mountain property listed for $275,000. But the large chemical caveat looms—the place will probably need to be scraped and/or remediated to remove any remnants of hazardous substances. So how badly do you want to live in the mountains, anyway?
The Colorado cook house isn’t the only offbeat property you clicked on this week. Our list is full of quirky properties with privacy to spare, including a circular house on 8 acres in New York, a modern farmhouse on 7 acres in Georgia, and a wild underground bunker buried under the southern Arizona desert.
It’s a list brimming with quirky properties for people who like to do their own thing away from prying eyes—within the boundaries of the law, of course.
Scroll on down for all of this week’s most popular homes…
Why it’s here: A trip back to the midcentury and priced to move! This bargain-priced four-bedroom was built in 1958 and doesn’t appear to have changed much since then. The dusty property includes a circular driveway, carport, and a fenced backyard. Inside, there’s a two-sided brick fireplace, built-ins, and slate flooring in the entry.
Why it’s here: Log cabin life within easy range of Philly? Originally constructed in 1887, this historic log house sits just a few blocks from Medford’s downtown and only 20 miles east of Philadelphia. An owner’s suite was added in 1992, bringing the home to a total of four bedrooms and more than 2,500 square feet. Outside, the lush yard includes patios, a pool, and a covered bar area for entertaining.
Why it’s here: The curb appeal is readily apparent. This striking field-stone and mortar-front home was designed by Richard Brognard Okie and built in 1937. With three bedrooms and more than 2,300 square feet, its interior highlights include wide-plank wood floors, cherry bookcases, and a formal living room. It is situated on a roomy corner lot, and its outdoor spaces include patios and gardens.
Why it’s here: The decor in this barn is a must-see. Off the beaten path and bespoke in almost every way, this one-and-a-half story barn house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,900 square feet. Outside, there’s an in-ground pool, barbecue, and lush lawns. Inside, the house features a large owner’s suite on the first floor, with two closets. A spiral staircase leads to the kitchen, living room, balcony, and two guest rooms, which have their own access, making this a possible rental income opportunity.
Why it’s here: Built for sustainability and completed in 2017, this modern farmhouse sits on a private 7-acre lot. Inside, touches like a top-of-the-line kitchen and barn wood ceiling in the family room add style to the airy interiors. Outdoors, the property has 5 acres of wooded trails and a fenced garden with grape vines, peach and cherry trees, as well as a gooseberry bush.
Why it’s here: Elegant from every angle, this home from 1920 has been fully restored and welcomes guests into a bright glass front porch with French doors. Inside, the five-bedroom house has crown molding, hardwood floors, and classic white detailing. Large windows and a second-floor sunroom offer views of the Wisconsin River.
Why it’s here: Once the home to a Cold War-era nuclear weapon, this underground Titan II missile silo was built to last. It still features intact duct work, conduits, and fixtures. Back above ground, the nearly 12-acre property has gorgeous views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The site is under video surveillance and will only be shown to serious, qualified buyers—sorry, the curious aren’t welcome.
Why it’s here: Originally built in 1869 and fully renovated in 2018, this home is ready for move-in. The open layout is light and airy and now features new electrical and plumbing systems. A new kitchen and new bathrooms make this home a historic gem with no-muss maintenance, tucked on a private, 5-acre lot.
Why it’s here: Private, contemporary, and filled with light, this four-bedroom roundhouse has more than 2,500 square feet, with a sunroom, bamboo flooring, and walk-in closets in every bedroom. Outside, the home has a private backyard, gas fireplace, and three-car garage with electrical and heat. There’s also a barn with 12-foot ceilings on the property for a workshop or storage.
Why it’s here: When you see these words in the listing description, you can’t help but be a little curious: “Entrance to the residence is STRICTLY PROHIBITED due to meth contamination unless buyer is accompanied by someone certified under Colorado law for such entry.”
But buyers who aren’t bothered by a bit of chemical contamination could score a great deal on a gorgeous property among the pines, covering a third of an acre. Being sold as-is, the three-bedroom cabin was built in 1956 and will either need to be torn down or completely remediated.