Traditionally speaking, the shape of a house is rectangular or square. While this serves as the standard, it most certainly isn’t the only option. We put together a list of homes that forego traditional and utilize shapes found across all pages of a geometry book. Take a look.

Octagon:3544 Church St, Boyne Falls, MI 49713 (above)
For Sale: $169,000

Constructed in the shape of an octagon, this eight-sided home isn’t short of sharp angles, or acreage. Situated on 80 acres of Boyne Falls real estate, this 1,800-sq ft home has two levels, both of which include a kitchen, living area and bedrooms. Additional features include 2 bathrooms, an outdoor patio and wrap-around deck. It’s perfect for “hunting and mushroom picking” and, with a 20 percent down payment and 30-year-mortgage, only costs $649 a month.

Parallelogram: 219 Ocean Blvd, Golden Beach, FL 33160 (above)
For Sale: $13,500,000

Can you spot the shape? Among a few others, this geometrically savvy piece of modern Golden Beach real estate is supported by a quadrilateral shape with two pairs of parallel sides, therefore forming a parallelogram. The oceanfront estate boasts almost 7,800-square feet of ultramodern living space with curved walls and ceilings, a floating staircase, glass-enclosed suspended second floor bridge, media room and gym. Also included on the park-like grounds is a two-story oceanfront guest house with an electronic roof, infinity-edge pool, and private beach.

Rectangle: 8250 Sanderling Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242 (above)
For Sale:

Another polygon and close relative to the parallelogram, the rectangle is a straightforward shape and no stranger to architecture. An award-winning beach house in Sarasota, FL, however, takes the 90 degree angles of the rectangle to a whole different level. Described as a home that “turns abstract art into concrete reality,” this 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom residence is separated into cubed and color-coded living spaces. With a large swimming pool, slide, oversized Jacuzzi, fire pit and volleyball court, this home “functions like a private family resort” and is unlike anything else on the Sarasota real estate market.

Circle: 17600 E Purple Sage Trl, Dewey, AZ, 86327 (above)
For Sale
: $185,000

Perhaps the home that strays the farthest from “traditional” home building is  this 2,462-square feet dome home. This circular and energy efficient 3-bedroom home sits on a two private acres in the quaint town of Dewey in Yavapai County, AZ.  A great room, large kitchen, dining room, upper storage room, and covered patio make up this unique piece of Arizona real estate, which also recently received a 43.9 percent price cut to its current asking price of $185,000.


Trapezoid: 580 Gonowabie Rd, Crystal Bay, NV 89402 (above)
For Sale
: $43,000,000

There are several elements of surprise within this trapezoidal shaped home. At first glance (look at photo 1), this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home seems modern yet minimal in design. As it turns out, this nearly 8,700-sq ft home is an “engineering masterpiece” boasting entire walls of glass, a glass elevator, 6-story glass stairwell, gym, spa, and “hidden garden rooms and living stairs.” Additionally, 98 feet of lake frontage, a steel pier and panoramic mountain views accompany this half acre piece of Incline Village real estate, bringing the asking price to a steep $43 million.

Triangle: 718 Dora Ave, Watertown, SD 57201 (above)
For Sale
: $215,900

This home gets right to the point. An A-frame home to the architectural eye, the 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom home takes after geometry’s three-sided member, the triangle. Listed on the Watertown real estate market for $215,900, it’s ideally located on Lake Kampeska and steps from local pubs, beaches and fishing. Listed as “totally furnished,” the 1,104-sq ft home includes a boat house, dock and its own boat.

Cube: 2228 Park Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (above)
For Sale
: $6,000,000

Four sides of equal length make this 2-unit condo building the perfect example of a square home. Given its 3-dimensions, it is technically a cubed home, which consists of two 4-story homes, each with an elevator, rooftop spa and deck, floor to ceiling windows and a third floor terrace. In total, there is over 10,000-sq ft of living space. Noted as being close to schools, the art district, Miami City ballet, beaches, and the canal, this piece of Miami Beach real estate could be a great for an investor or home buyer.



About the Author

Lauren Riefflin manages news around Zillow Mobile communications and works closely with Zillow's real estate economists in preparing Zillow's real estate market reports. She also focuses on celebrity real estate news as both a Zillow Blog author and manager of celebrity content relationships.

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