Where would you expect to see a mushroom house? It sounds like the sort of place you’d see in Alice in Wonderland or a picture book about fairies, certainly not the type of place you’d see in reality. Certainly not the type of house one could see themselves living in.
Yet, in Perinton, New York, there lies the famous Mushroom House, originally the property of lawyer Mike Gagnier and Theresa Sherrod. They commissioned architect James Johnson to build the house in 1970, with Antell saying that he had “the imagination and creative skill to give us a house that is far beyond our imagination!” The house was designated as a Town of Perinton Landmark in 1989 and has been named one of the 100 best places to live in the USA.
The house looks like it escaped from an episode of The Jetsons, made up of five pods on huge supports measuring up to 20 feet tall. Two pods hold bedrooms, one holds a kitchen, one holds a living room and the final pod is an open deck relaxation area, designed to take advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings. The house also has a rather unique decorating style to it, with one room boasting a gigantic plaster tree, and the pore-like lights create a very psychedelic style to it.
And would you believe this surreal home is for sale? Advertised on its official website as a once in a lifetime opportunity, this house can be yours for $799,900.
But should you buy it? Certainly it’s a good choice for nature lovers, given its forest location and its proximity to a waterfall, and for those looking for something different, it does have its unique architectural style that is sure to impress visitors. It may be a novelty that’ll wear off, but it does have other amenities as well, like a spa and a significantly-sized kitchen. Though, of course, if you don’t care for the “groovy and far out” vibe as they call it, you might be able to find these things in a more orthodox home.
The house is being sold through Hunt Real Estate.
Gareth Paul Barsby