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You Think This One Might Be A Little "Buyer Specific"?

This is the famous Mushroom House in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just across the District line.  Every time I go past this place, I notice something different.  Today it was the peace symbol. 

I can't remember this one ever being on the market, but if the owners ever decide to sell, think of the challenge for the listing agent.  I can just imagine my favorite home inspector, Jay Markanich, going over the place with his eagle eye.  He'd love the downspouts!  And the roofing material is sort of different.

As I stood in front of the place with my camera, a neighbor drove past.  She waved and was laughing as she went down the street.

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Comment balloon 23 commentsPatricia Kennedy • February 13 2011 10:15PM


I would hate to have to find the comps for that one.  Very unusual!

Posted by Laura Forman, Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist (RE/MAX AEROSPACE REALTY almost 10 years ago

Howdy and evening to you Patricia

this here sure is a buyer specific kind of home. I've got to say, I would not at all mind owning it. I had all kinds of ideas pop in to my head as soon as I see the photo.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 10 years ago

Pretty funny, but I kind of like it!  The landscaping is a bit different as well.  I'd love to know more about it but I don't think it would be easy to sell.  You would get a lot of looky-loo traffic though - everyone would be curious about what it looks like inside (me too).

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) almost 10 years ago

Patricia, that is one unique property!  If the outside is so unique, I wonder what the inside looks like!

Posted by Vickie Slade, Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On (Colorado Landmark, Realtors) almost 10 years ago

You think!

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 10 years ago

I'm surprised any city would approve something like this. It's more distracting than innovative or contemporary, and I can't see how it would add anything to the surrounding area.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 10 years ago

Kinda cool with the face on it...I see the two eyes (windows) nose as the eave below them and the lower window as the least from the angle of the picture. Would be an interesting listing for sure.

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) almost 10 years ago

Now that's what they really mean when they say a house has character, or should it be that house is a character?

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Pat...  I love it!  It looks like it is melting!  :-)  I also think the peace sign wreath is an interesting touch!

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 10 years ago

Pat - this is, indeed, a unique home. But what a great communtiy to live in. Any buyer purchasing this home, if it comes up for sale, will need a great vision, or love the home as it is.

I expect the owners are used to gawkers and photographers.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Pat, definitely different and definitely not for every buyer but just think of all the buyer leads you'd pick up from looky loos.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) almost 10 years ago

Oh my, Pat.  I hate to say it but........ no curb appeal there!!!!!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 10 years ago

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Pretty interesting home.  If it ever goes on the market, there will be some one to buy it.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 10 years ago

Perhaps this would be a good idea for an ActiveRain marketing contest. I would LOVE to read the entries for that one.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) almost 10 years ago

Oh my goodness!  It has been years since I have seen that house!  (We moved from Bethesda in 1999).  I always thought this house was likely owned by people who used to live in Haight-Ashbury.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach ( (757) 560-0881) almost 10 years ago

Patricia - just curious how it looks inside. And you are right, this is quite a challenge for a listing agent.

Show me comparables to unique

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 10 years ago

I love it!!! It sure brings back memories of being in college during the 60's!!! I would love living there!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 10 years ago


Talk about finding your one-of-a-kind, This one surely is. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) almost 10 years ago


Congratulations. Your unusual post is now featured on "Speechless Sundays." :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) almost 10 years ago

I think the word is unique.  The house would probably sell by word of mouth.

Posted by Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor (Carlson Properties 325-721-2429) almost 10 years ago

Well now I've seen everything! It would be interesting to find out if the city would change the zoning requirements before the next buyer buys. I could see possibilities for a gift shop or an art studio or something like that. It would be fun to see what it looks like inside.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 10 years ago


Don't know why but all I can think of is elf shoes with the little pointy toes...maybe the LA could customize a pair of booties for showing....

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Patricia,

This is actually a very normal architectural style referred to as gnomish. It's not as common as cape cod or mediterranean but I think within a few years you will see plenty of new subdivisions being constructed in this style.


Posted by Andrew McGrath (Donovan Group Realty) over 9 years ago