For sale: three bed, three bath geodesic dome
The listing for the Ellicott City house pictured above is getting a lot of hits on Realtor.com, and you can probably see why. It's the sort of thing that people, once stumbling upon it, will forward to everyone they know with "can you believe this?!" in the subject header.
In a sea of Colonials and split-levels, a geodesic dome does tend to stand out.
I talked this week to real estate agent Kevin Willner, who represents the couple selling the home, and he said eight or nine people had been to see it since it hit the market two weeks ago. It's listed at $340,000.
What do prospective buyers think of the place, I asked?
"Either they love it or they hate it," said Willner, who is with ReMax Sails in Federal Hill and supplied the photo above. "One couple came in and it was funny -- he loved it, she hated it."
He passed this detail on to one of the owners, who quipped: "Well, that means we're halfway there."
Engineer Buckminster Fuller coined the term "geodesic dome" and designed them for the military, colleges and the like. Nowadays, companies sell kits that can be assembled by prospective dome homeowners (domeowners?).
The Buckminster Fuller Institute says, "The spherical structure of a dome is one of the most efficient interior atmospheres for human dwellings because air and energy are allowed to circulate without obstruction."
One UK dome-kit company warns that this energy-efficiency can be troublesome -- "warm moist air that rises to the top of the dome causing uncomfortable temperatures upstairs" as well as condensation and rot -- if the dome isn't designed well. (Willner said his Ellicott City sellers "have done some really good maintenance" to keep their dome up.)
This particular dome is a three-bedroom model. It has a large basement and two above-ground levels topped by a loft.
Willner said he's having an open house Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Seen any other unusual homes for sale?