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The Biggest List of Unique Homes In Ohio

What makes a home unique is relative, but there are some that without question will turn heads as one-of-a-kind abodes. We’ve compiled the largest list of unique homes in Ohio for you to peruse.


Lani Redinger


Dec 23, 2019

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Your home should reflect your personality. Some prefer vast space, while others opt for a tiny house. For those with extraordinary preferences, a distinctive home is that only thing that will fit the bill. What makes a home unique is relative, but there are some that without question will turn heads as one-of-a-kind abodes.

We’ve compiled the largest list of unique homes in Ohio for you to peruse. And if you’re seeking a unique place to live check our some of our current homes for sale in Ohio.


The first group of unique homes on our list include one-of-a-kind historic homes, found throughout Ohio.

Mushroom House, Hyde Park

Mushroom House in Hyde Park Ohio
Exterior of the Mushroom House. Image courtesy of Road Trippers

The Mushroom House is always at the top of any list of unique homes, created by Architecture Professor Terry Brown and his students from 1992 to 2006. The structure combines whimsy, art, and organic elements for a house like no other.

Mushroom House interior.

Benson Ford Houseship, Put-in-Bay

Benson Ford Houseship at Put-in-Bay
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Originally a Ford Motors cargo ship, this houseship was converted into a 7,000 sq foot, four deck home perched over a cliff on Lake Erie on South Bass Island. Featured on countless television shows, the 7 bedroom home is not only one of the most unique homes in Ohio, but the entire country!

Flintstone House, Painesville

Flintstone House in Painesville Ohio
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Designed by artist Wayne Trapp and built from concrete and spray foam in the 1970s, the Flintstone house remains a private residency today.

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Futuro House, Carlisle

Futuro House in Carlisle Ohio
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Created by Matti Suuronen in 1968 as a portable ski chalet, the home’s design was based on the number pi, though most see what appear to be two spacecraft connected to one another.

Futuro House in Carlisle Ohio

Pyramid Sculpture Park Home, Hamilton

Statue of man on a bench with Pyramid House in the background
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Before the Pyramid Sculpture Park was created this underground pyramid home, served as the residence of Harry T. Wilks. He slowly began to acquire more land to develop the non-profit sculpture park to combine the beauty of nature with artwork.

Pyramid Sculpture Park Home in Hamilton Ohio

Lane Hooven Octagon House, Hamilton

Lane Hooven Octagon Home in Hooven Ohio
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Once an emerging architecture trend in the 1850s, very few octagon homes remain, certainly not as well restored as the Lane Hooven house. Designed to optimize space, the Lane Hoven house features a unique central spiral staircase and was originally home to industrialist Clark Lane.

Spiral Staircase inside the Lane Hooven Octagon House, Hamilton. Photograph by Phyllis Taylor.

One with Nature Rustic Abodes

From whimsical tree houses and refurbished barns, to teepees and yurts, you’ll feel like a part of nature in these homes, all of which are available to stay at through Air BnB

Who wouldn’t want to live one with nature nestled among the tree tops? Treehouses aren’t just for kids, and for Ohioans that are still kids at heart these homes are for you!

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In case you have a fear of heights or just prefer to keep your feet on the ground, you don’t need a treehouse to commune with nature. This Earthstar state-of-the-art monolithic dome is located in Highland Nature Sanctuary surround by 2600 acres of trails and a forest museum.

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How about more traditional accommodations, like that of the tribes indigenous to Ohio? While they may not have all of the most modern amenities (though some still have all the basics like a/c and running water), they make up for it in their peace and beauty.  Here are some teepees and yurts available to stay at in Ohio:

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May be you’re yearning to be down home on the farm? This whimsical renovated barn is full of quirky touches that make this home one-of-a-kind.

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Repurposed Residences

If you’re seeking a unique place to rest your head, try one of these recycled homes that served a very different purpose in their previous “lives.”

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Mid-Century Marvels

Mid-Century Modern architecture is full of minimalist modern beauty with organic and geometric details. Finding a well preserved Mid-Century Modern home is a gem, here are a few found here in Ohio.

This lovely home located in Cincinnati has breathtaking views:

beautiful home in woods

inside view of forest home

This lakehouse in Westerville, hosts a stunning great room surrounded in windows with a unique central fireplace:

stone lakehouse in Westerville Ohio

beautiful view from inside of Westerville lakehouse

Magnificent Mansions

Not all mansions are created equally! Nothing can top the ultimate in unique luxury than an indoor pool.

indoor pool inside mansion

What better way to start your day than with a few laps in your own gorgeous indoor pool? This Westerville home has many luxurious details, but the indoor pool under 45 ft cathedral ceilings in its most unique feature.

cathedral ceilings & indoor pool inside Westerville mansion

This contemporary home has many quirky (albeit dated) elements but the highlight of this home is its unique indoor pool.

outside of luxurious mansion estate

Talk about doing laps in the lap of luxury, this stunning lakeside estate is brimming with lavish architectural details, including this classic indoor pool:

indoor pool in Ohio mansion

If you’re inspired to find a unique home of your own in Ohio, check out our current available listings!

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December 3, 2018
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