5 Quirky Homes and Hideaways in Minnesota

These curious abodes test the limits of architecture

Line Treehouse, Wadena

For everyone who has dreamt of having an awesome treehouse to live in, here’s one Minnesota couple who made that dream a reality. Located in Wadena, Will and Peggy Line built this arborous abode on their property, according to a WCCO story in July of 2020, and have since started having visitors stay and share in their excitement. Despite being 14 feet off the ground, this treehouse has functioning air-conditioning, heat, cable, and kitchen sink.

Ensculptic House, Minnetrista

One of the most unique homes in Minnesota is the “Mushroom House.” More professionally referred to as Ensculptic House, this experimental house was built back in 1969, according to a blog about houses and their histories. Through the years, it passed from owner to owner until its most recent owners gave it a makeover. Once updated to a more modern format, this mushroom house is now a unique space for its new owners to visit, becoming a funky combination of aesthetics in the form of a vacation home.

John Hutchinson House, Faribault

This pink and periwinkle palace was constructed in Faribault all the way back in 1892, the same year the toothpaste tube was invented, according to the John Hutchinson House website. But these days it’s a vintage little bed-and-breakfast. The Queen Anne Victorian-style house features a handsome octagonal turret and wrap-around porch as well as six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. It even contains much of the original furniture. A vacation here is sure to bring out your inner Victorian, but don’t worry, there’s still modern-day WiFi.

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Double Domes, Eden Prairie

Worth around $3 million, this double-dome home is available for your next vacation. The geodesic domes boast a slide (both indoors and out), whimsical landscaping, and a beautiful contemporary design with skylights that provide 360º of natural light. Bring friends (the website says it sleeps about 30!), or keep the slide to yourself.

Grain Bins, Alexandria

These rustic grain bins have been transformed into a quirky Airbnb, or rather eight of them, located in Alexandria, Minnesota. This little village of grain bins is the result of a modern makeover and provides views of the nearby lake. Not to mention, there’s a winery located right down the road. This luxurious creation starts at $125 a night on Airbnb.

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