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House Hunters: 10 Out-of-This-World Homes!

No, you're not holding your laptop upside-down.

What’s that saying … there’s no place like a Boeing 747? Home is where the oversized concrete shoe is? Wait … haven’t heard those before? Clearly, it’s time to take a look at these unique buildings, from the ethereal to the bizarre (a house shaped like a toilet? Oh yeah, we found it). They’ll certainly inspire new phrases … or at least an appreciation of your own comfortingly normal pad. Check out the 10 most out-of-this-world homes after the jump! — Jillian Capewell

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  • Floating House 1 of 10
    Floating House
    Nope, this house (okay, technically it's a barn) isn't a trick of the eye or some handy Photoshop skills — the structure is supported on one end by a single cantilever, or anchored beam. It sure is awe-inspiring to look at, though we're not sure you could pay us to spend a night there.
    Source: Aphasia Design
  • Bubble House 2 of 10
    Bubble House
    Look at this photo and try to tell us extraterrestrials don't exist. We may not be able to live in space, yet (and besides, have you seen Wall-E? We can wait a little longer), but this house in Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France, may come close enough. It's already been added to the French Ministry of Culture's list of historic monuments — not bad for a building just about 25 years old.
    Source: Wikipedia
  • Pod House 3 of 10
    Pod House
  • Upside-Down House 4 of 10
    Upside-Down House
    If you claim to have literally turned the house upside-down looking for that lost binky or set of keys, the architects behind this Polish house might have one up on you. This topsy-turvy tourist attraction was meant to represent the turmoil of the Communist era, and the house certainly lived up to its disorienting roots. Because of the wacky walls and angles, it took construction workers nearly five times longer than normal to complete the project — we hope they got bonuses, at least.
    Source: FresHome
  • Log … Skyscraper? 5 of 10
    Log ... Skyscraper?
    Located in northwest Russia, this 144-foot tall architectural beast is the handiwork of one Nikolai Sutyagin, who started construction in 1992 on what he had planned to be a two-story abode. However, building took off after he saw the towering wooden houses of Japan and Norway and realized he wasn't using his roof space as efficiently as he would have liked. Uh, couldn't he have just reorganized the attic?
    Source: The Telegraph
  • Toilet House 6 of 10
    Toilet House
    If you've ever thought your home was a dump, maybe this uniquely shaped house in South Korea will change your mind. According to the architect, the design was meant to bring attention to sanitation conditions worldwide — a message we can support, even if its execution is best suited for the bathroom.
    Source: FresHome
  • Cube House 7 of 10
    Cube House
    Anyone who has ever tried to decorate a house with a diagonal wall in The Sims (seriously, why is it so hard?!) can imagine how impossible it must be to maximize the space one gets in these futuristic, tree-like houses found in Rotterdam. These houses are happy to welcome the weary traveler: though some are private residences, one of them serves as a youth hostel.
    Source: Holland Tourism
  • Winchester Mystery House 8 of 10
    Winchester Mystery House
    While this dwelling might not seem that unusual compared to the rest of our list (albeit its large size), the story is what gets us: it's the former residence of Sarah Winchester, a wealthy widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. Legend has it that Winchester believed her home was haunted by the victims of her husband's rifles, and only round-the-clock construction would appease the spirits. This constant renovation began in 1884 and ended only with Sarah's death in 1922. Today it stands as a tourist attraction and a tangible reminder of a peculiar, wealthy woman. Makes that 5-month kitchen gut seem more bearable, huh?
    Source: Winchester Mystery House
  • Boeing 757 House 9 of 10
    Boeing 757 House
    How's this for some recycling? When hairstylist JoAnn Ussery lost her house to an ice storm in 1994, she took life's lemons and made a home out of a $2,000 airplane. It cost her around $24,000, which is still cheaper than most homes, even if you adjust for 2011 dollars. Now that's first-class living!
    Source: The Daily Green
  • The Haines Shoe House 10 of 10
    The Haines Shoe House
    Don't even start with the "There was an old lady who …" kids rhyme — the staff running this house have heard it before. Located in rural Pennsylvania a few hours west of Philadelphia, this structure was built in 1948 as an advertising gimmick for, well … you can guess, right? Inside, there are bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen, and a living room, as it was once used as a guest house. Would you stay there? We say, if the shoe fits!
    Source: Shoe House

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