Buy the Mushroom House and Never Be Bored With Your Home Again

Photo by: Lori Farr The addition – also designed by James Johnson and built in 2001 – features a mahogany tree-like structure designed by Adam Chesis. The space is also equipped with a custom fireplace and full kitchen.

Houses with flat walls and foundations that sit on the ground just feel so ordinary sometimes, amiright? If you’re a little tired of your ho-hum accommodations, you’ll love today’s Cool House. Known as the Mushroom House, it’s a local landmark in Pittsford, N.Y. – and you can own it for under $1 million.

Though locals refer to the residence as the Mushroom House, architect James Johnson was actually inspired by a wildflower called Queen Anne’s Lace when designing the home. The house is made up of five interconnected pods, each measuring 30 feet in diameter and perched at the top of a “stem.” Eighty tons of concrete were used to construct the pods.

Work from various artists is showcased throughout the entire home, including 9,000 hand-fired ceramic tiles by original homeowner Marguerite Antell, hand-crafted mahogany doors by Wendell Castle, and a massive mushroom stem by Adam Chesis.

Two pods serve as sleeping areas, the center pod contains the kitchen and sitting area, and a fourth is a living and dining area with a fireplace. In 2001, a cave-like underground addition – also designed by Johnson – was added to the home. You’ve got to see it all for yourself; click the gallery above to take a photo tour.

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About the House

Hallway: The Mushroom House in Pittsford, N.Y.
  • Location: Pittsford, N.Y.
  • Listed By: Richard Testa of Hunt Real Estate ERA
  • Price: $995,000

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