An odd-looking house along an Oregon highway has attracted a ton of attention.
“It really gets a great reaction from people. It does look like a flying saucer that’s landed out in the woods,” says the listing agent, John Davis. “I would say the folks that look at it just love it. They’re just intrigued by the shape of it. When you’re inside it, it just gives you a whole different feeling than any other kind of structure.”
The curved home has a single bedroom and a single bathroom in a compact 855 square feet. The agent says the measurement is quite deceptive.
“It feels bigger than I think you would imagine,” Davis says. “The ceiling is about 12 or 13 feet high. When you go inside, it’s really quite spacious for the square footage.”
The shape means that the structure has some strange interior angles and not much wall space for hanging things. Davis tells us you need to be a few feet away from the edge to truly stand up.
He says a company called Mortar Sprayer built the house in 2009, using nontraditional building techniques. Essentially, it involves taking a big balloon, filling it with water, and using a sprayer to coat it with a stuccolike concrete product.
“It ends up creating a really hard shell,” Davis explains. “Then they come in with some reinforcement materials. After that, they cover it with more concrete material, and from there, they use a sort of a vinyl covering that makes it waterproof.”
He says a home inspector has assured him that the house’s visible cracks are simply cosmetic and not structural.
While the house is different, it blends right in with the free-wheeling area.
“Eugene is known for its innovative approach to building,” says Davis, who grew up in the area.
“People have always been interested in geodesic domes and yurts and things,” he says.
He says the local culture is “heavily influenced by the ’60s and all the hippies that moved up here.”
Speaking of the counterculture, the home’s kitchen is small, and Davis says it could use a bit of a face-lift and update.
“The folks that were staying there before, I think they were living fairly simply. There might need to be some renovation,” he adds.
The seller is updating the house’s electrical system. It is outfitted with high-speed internet, thanks to the cable along the nearby highway.
While the dome home is small, the property it sits on isn’t. The offering comes with 5.28 acres of sloping land.
Plus, the location near amenities and several of the area’s wineries is a key selling point.
“This price is a great value when you consider the acreage and the livability. It’s hard to find anything that is this close to town with this much room,” Davis says. “People are looking to garden and be outdoors, and just get away from their apartment-style living.”
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