Quirky Homes

Connecticut, Cool Listings, Quirky Homes

Photo by Ravi Capeles

This unusual home in Stamford, Connecticut is thought to be the only private residence in the Tri-State area with its own private indoor hockey rink. It even comes with a Zamboni, heated team benches, lighted scoreboard, and locker rooms–and it’s hosted players from the Rangers. Listed for $7,690,000, the 18,000 square feet home sits on 13 acres and also comes with two guest houses, a pool, and a small lake.

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Cool Listings, Quirky Homes, Upstate

Photos courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

The visuals speak for themselves at this super funky upstate home in Rhinebeck. From the outside, its semi-circular shape and odd window placement read very futuristic. But inside, the home is positively prehistoric-looking, with cave-like vaulted ceilings, stone floors, and tree-branch railings. Listed for $1,195,000, the 11-acre property includes the two-bedroom home, a guest house, animal shelters, fruit orchard, and vegetable garden.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons, Quirky Homes

Photos by Tyler Sands/Sand Media House for Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

First spotted by Curbed, this funky home in Greenport, Long Island was built in 1930 as the town’s laundry and has since been converted into this very cool live-work loft. Listed for $1.3 million, the 4,400-square-foot building has an exposed greenhouse-inspired roof and big, open rooms full of original woodwork and pops of lime green. Also included in the sale is an adjacent cottage that could be used as a guest house or additional workspace.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings, Quirky Homes

112 Norfolk Road, Litchfield CT, A-frame house

All photos by Michael Bowman Photography

The great thing about this house in Litchfield, Connecticut is that it can satisfy two ends of the design spectrum (h/t Curbed). For mid-century-modern lovers, its six-part A-frame design and geometric interiors check the boxes, while its country setting and wood-filled rooms will please a more rustic sensibility. Listed for $835,000, the four-bedroom home sits on 15 acres and boasts three stone fireplaces, multiple outdoor decks, and exposed redwood beams throughout that frame incredible double-height views.

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Bronx, Cool Listings, Quirky Homes

Listing photos courtesy of Halstead Real Estate

Located in the University Heights section of the Bronx, this co-op could easily pass for a Victorian period museum. From House of Hackney wallpaper to reclaimed 19th-century doors to a painting that is Louvre-approved (literally!), nearly every inch of the 1,250-square-foot home is filled with old-world furniture and decor. And even if this isn’t quite your style, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom layout and $325,000 price tag will surely grab your attention.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings, Quirky Homes

469 Riversville Road, Greenwich, Connecticut, cool listings, cottages

On three magical acres landscaped with weeping willow trees and enchanting gardens, this Cotswold-style cottage isn’t set in the rolling hills of rural England but in Greenwich, CT, less than an hour from New York City. Cotswold cottages are famous for their stone-clad beauty, and this one on Connecticut’s gold coast, asking $1.195 million, is no exception.

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Connecticut, Cool Listings, Quirky Homes

16 Marlow Court, cool listings, connecticut, private islands

Just in case panoramic water views from one of the East Coast’s most sought-after spots isn’t enough, this meticulously renovated traditional home at 16 Marlow Court at the mouth of Cos Cob harbor on Long Island Sound in Fairfield County, CT, comes with its own .15 acre private island. Consider it an extension of your back porch, just another part of your $6.25 million private estate on 200 feet of direct water frontage with views of the harbor and the Riverside Yacht Club.

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Cool Listings, Quirky Homes, Upstate

1 willow island, cool listing, private islands, upstate

Images courtesy of Houlihan Lawrence

Though we’ve all probably dreamed at some point of owning a private island–and they’re more common than you may think–the serene and very private Willow Island on Putnam Lake in Patterson, N.Y., on the market for $850,000, is less out of reach than some others. On the one hand, it’s accessible only by boat. On the other, it’s less than 60 miles north of New York City in Putnam County. There’s a private driveway and garage on the mainland and multiple docks on the property. The lake is “non-motorized,” but the island comes with a solar-powered boat.

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Cool Listings, Quirky Homes, Upper West Side 

263 West 94th Street, pomander walk, upper west side, cool listings

As one of New York City’s many hidden-in-plain-sight secret addresses, Pomander Walk is a gated 1920s community of Tudor-style mini-homes resembling an English village tucked away in the middle of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Asking $2.175 million, the landmarked three-story Tudor-style co-op triplex behind a private gate at 263 West 94th Street, landscaped with hydrangeas and rose bushes and framed by window boxes and enchanting views is part of a unique village-in-the-city community.

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Cool Listings, Quirky Homes, Upstate

Described as “livable art” by listing agent Graham Klemm, the only private residence in the States designed by Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei has just hit the market for $5.25 million. Located on a sprawling property about two hours away from New York City in bucolic Ancram, the home was built in 2006 as a weekend retreat for Christopher Tsai, one of the artist’s biggest collectors. Weiwei collaborated with Swiss-based HHF Architects on the streamlined residence, designed to highlight the art it would house as well as the surrounding landscape. The current owners—who are also art collectors—bought the property in 2013 for $4.25 million.

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