Peculiar, Normal and Boring: Homes for Sale in Oddly-Named U.S. Towns
You may have a large master suite, fenced backyard and good schools on your home shopping list, but what about the name of the town you choose to live in? Forget living in Riverside, Fairview or Greenville. How about something a little more Peculiar, (Missouri) or maybe even Cool (California)? These homes are for sale in uniquely-named towns that are anything but Boring (Oregon).
132 Baywind Dr Niceville, FL (pictured above)
For Sale: $325,000
Niceville’s city website claims that the “size, warmth and sincerity of the community is apparent throughout the city.” This “friendly town” wasn’t always so nice; when the city was first founded, it was named Boggy Bayou. In 1905, Boggy Bayou became Niceville, in honor of Nice, France and to attract more citizens and tourists.
Although the Florida panhandle town was renamed to attract more citizens, it remains relatively small with a population of 12,749 according to the 2010 census, and attracts more vacationers than residents. Median Niceville home values are presently $193,700.
This property above that is in the Niceville real estate market is located within a gated community on a golf course. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath home includes a large kitchen, screened porch and patio with views of Choctawhatchee Bay.
20020 S State Route J Peculiar, MO (pictured above)
For Sale: $359,000
Peculiar’s history lives up to its odd name. According to the city’s web site, in pre-Civil War times, the three names that the townspeople wanted were already taken. They appealed to the Postmaster General that they didn’t care what name the town received, “so long as it is sort of peculiar.” The Postmaster General thus dubbed the city Peculiar.
This brick ranch-style home (above) is listed on the Peculiar real estate market for $359,000 and includes a finished walk-out basement complete with a separate kitchen and family room. The backyard includes a large deck and sun room.
114 W Magnola Ave Howey in the Hills, FL (pictured above)
For Sale: $375,000
If Howey wasn’t unusual enough of a town name, the founder of the city, William John Howey, decided that it needed a little bit more description. In 1927, two years after Howey was founded, he officially changed the town’s name to Howey in the Hills to reflect the surrounding rolling hills.
Listed for $375,000 on the Howey in the Hills real estate market, this gated 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home includes 2,498 square feet of living space, French doors, vaulted ceilings and gas fireplace. The master suite has a walk-in closet, sitting area and access to the backyard’s pool.
16841 Venturi Ct Weed CA (pictured above)
For Sale: $365,000
While many people may assume that this little California town is named for an illegal substance, Weed got its name from its founder, Abner Weed, who established the mountain town at the turn of the 20th century. However, this small fact doesn’t keep the city from marketing T-shirts with their city slogan: “Enjoy Weed.”
Weed is located halfway between Portland and San Francisco in the Cascade Mountain Range where median Weed home values are now $135,500. This 4,400- sq ft home was custom-built in 1993 and sits on a Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course. This Weed home for sale includes 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an indoor lap pool and views of Mt. Shasta.
15303 SE Orient Dr Boring, OR (pictured above)
For Sale: $385,000
There’s no shortage of jokes to be made about a city named Boring. This little Oregon town didn’t get its name however from the lack of interesting things to do, but for its founder W.H. Boring who lived in an area generally referred to as “Boring neighborhood.” In 1903, the Boring Post Office was founded and the town was officially saddled with its name.
This completely remodeled Boring home for sale (above) includes large bedrooms, main floor master suite, and new carpet, windows and siding. Sitting on 2.11 acres, the property features an apple orchard and detached garage/garden shed.
144 N Elm St Wahoo, NE (pictured above)
For Sale: $115,000
Wahoo, Nebraska was founded in 1870 and while it sounds like it was named after an exclamation of joy, it was actually named for an American Indian word for “burning bush.” The small town is primarily a farming community; the median Wahoo list prices are presently $89,900.
This piece of Wahoo real estate was built in 1908 and despite a remodel and new windows, gutters and roof, it retains much of its original character. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath home has 1,450 square feet of living space and includes a large fenced yard, and detached garage.
1904 Berkshire Gardens Cc Ln Normal, IL (pictured above)
For Sale: $194,900
If you wanted to become a teacher in the 1850s, you attended a “normal school.” One of the first “normal schools” in Illinois was a site outside the city of Bloomington and eventually became the state’s first university. In 1865, the town Normal was founded.
Priced at $194,900 on the Normal real estate market, the house is just above the median Normal home price of $163,900. The 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom ranch home features a gas fireplace, enclosed sun porch and additional space for a workshop or storage.
There’s no clear history of how Cool got its hip name. The town formed during the Gold Rush and continues to be a tourist destination on historic Highway 49 — whether for the city’s history or for the opportunity to photograph the “Welcome to Cool” sign.
Built in 2007, this piece of Cool real estate sits on nearly an acre parcel in a private and wooded location. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath home features 10-foot ceilings, two decks, and granite throughout.