Call me weird but I’d love to live in a pineapple under the sea. Either that or a Flintstones house… That would be cool. Believe it or not, though, I’m not the first to want this, and in fact, there are a number of people who have made their childhood dreams come true by actually creating real-life homes out of their favorite cartoon character abodes. Here, we’ll take a look at 15 real houses inspired by cartoons.
10. Simpsons house
The home of Marge, Lisa, Homer, Bart, and Maggie at 742 Evergreen Terrace is Iconic. Back in 1997, the house was created for real by Fox, Pepsi-Cola, and Kaufman as a giveaway prize costing nearly $120,000. The replica is a 2,200 Square Foot, 4-Bedroom home in Henderson, Nevada.
The architects purportedly watched over a hundred episodes of the Simpsons to gather enough info on the layout and design of the house, as well as all the artifacts inside of it. Sounds like a fun job to me. The detailing was pretty impressive as 1500 Simpson’s themed props were stuffed inside the house and it even included a replica of Bart’s tree-house and a backyard barbecue.
A retired factory worker from Kentucky won the house. But she chose a 75 thousand dollar pay out instead of taking the house. Guess she really wasn’t much of a Simpsons fan. The house was then remodeled and all the Simpsons theme stuff was removed and ultimately was sold in 2001.
09. The Jetsons Apartment
This one is particularly intriguing because, in an odd twist of time, the designers of Jetsons’ futuristic apartment got inspiration from the architecture of the early ’60s.
This architecture was itself trying to mimic what people thought houses would like in the future. In particular, the Jetsons’ apartment complex took inspiration from Los Angeles’ famous Chemosphere, a home that looks like a UFO with central heating.
Perched on a 30 foot-high pole with a giant concrete pedestal, despite what you may think, the home is well suited to survive earthquakes, torrential storms, and, just possibly, an alien invasion.
The Chemosphere also inspired another cartoon home even more directly, that of actor Troy McClure of The Simpsons.
08. Minnie mouse house
The long-time girlfriend of Mickey Mouse is quite the home-maker. You can find this adorable Minnie Mouse house in two locations, at Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland Florida and at Mickey’s Toontown in California.
The cute pink and lavender exterior might be misleading but it’s fully equipped on the inside. While you’re there you can check the answering machine where you’ll likely listen to messages from the squad, that is, goofy and Mickey. There will also be popcorn popping in the microwave and a cake baking in the oven.
07. UP house
The UP! House is the cute little colorful house that Carl and Ellie spent their lives living in together. While the movie was a hit, so was the house, as it was eventually built in 2011 as part of a little girl’s Make-A-Wish foundation wish.
Utah’s Bangerter Builders built the 1950 style home with painstaking details. It accounted for every detail, from the weather vane at the top of the house, to the mailbox, all the way to the light switches and the floorboards. It cost $399 000 (about R4 580 738.97) to build and even includes a basement, but not the balloons – except on weekends, apparently the builder sometimes puts a few up for fun.
Private buyers purchased the house in 2012 and kept much of the original decor after completing the construction.
06. The Hobbit House
Homes are becoming extremely pricey these days so one man decided to take the matters in his hands. He planned to build his own eco-friendly Hobbit House. Simon Dale, a freelance photographer, built this amazing Hobbit House.
Despite not being an architect or a construction worker, he built this together with his father-in-law and with the help of neighbors. With little more than a hammer, a chisel and a chainsaw it took them just 4 months to have it finished and it cost around 3,000 pounds. The house is ecologically sustainable and uses a wood-burning stove for heat and solar panels to collect electricity. There’s even a nearby spring to collect water and a composting toilet.
Simon says this anyone can achieve this type of building, which will amaze most people for ‘shire’, especially those who appreciate the houses from JRR Tolkien’s books, including ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’. They’re not strictly cartoons, but this was just too cool not to include.
05. Hello Kitty house
The inspiration behind this cute pink house was the most famous cat in history… alright, the second most famous cat… This Hello Kitty villa is in Taipei, Taiwan.
But the widespread obsession for Hello Kitty is more than you could imagine because this isn’t the only replica in the world. There are other versions like this private residence in China. A man built it in the 1990s because his daughters were obsessed with Hello Kitty.
But that’s not the only one in China either. This other version, this time in shanghai, can actually be rented. You can live in it as long as you want, but it is very expensive at about 2 and a half thousand Chinese Yuan a day on average, which equals about 400 American dollars a day.
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The only ‘kitty’ the owner of the house is saying hello to is the one at his bank.
04. SpongeBob SquarePants house
True, it’s neither an actual pineapple nor on the ocean’s floor (mostly because that would drown the homeowner), but this giant structure in Australia is just one of many famous “big things” that seem to cover the country of Australia like so many discarded Vegemite jars.
Other large objects include “The Big Bunch of Bananas”, “The Big Oyster”, “The Big Boxing Crocodile”, “The Big Ugg Boots”, and “The Big Mango”. However, someone stole that 33-foot mango sculpture.
However, this pineapple structure itself is more of a sculpture and less of a habitable pad. If that saddens you, then you’ll be glad to realize that there still is a real, habitable version out there. Look no further than this Real-Life Pineapple Hotel located in the Dominican Republic.
Nickelodeon and Nick Resort Punta Cana created this villa. The interior furnishings are amazingly similar to those in the show, but don’t get too excited, it’s not exactly cheap to stay here. Only true Spongebob lovers that can spare around $3800 per night will be able to enjoy this 1,500 square foot of pure SpongeBob livin’ that would definitely make Squidward jealous.
03. Barbie house
Many little girls’ dream of living out their girlish fantasies in a vivid pink beach house much like Barbies Malibu residence. Well, now they can, at least for a day or so on their birthday, due to the so-called ‘Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience’ which is a 10,000 square foot pink plastic paradise in Sunrise Florida. It’s a life-size replica of Barbie’s Malibu beach house and was a joint venture between Barbies manufacturer Mattel and TMS entertainment.
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According to its real estate agent, the Dreamhouse took less than a year to build and took more than a hundred gallons of pink paint and 20 pounds of glitter. The installation includes the best of Barbie – 350 dolls and collector memorabilia, Barbie’s friends, family and of course… the very man she’s been stalking for years, Ken.
As part of the girlish adventure, parents can book the venue for birthday parties and pay for their children to strut down the Fashion Runway – of course, only after model-training, make-up/hairstyling and the chance to choose an outfit.
But, if you actually want to live in a similar house then the closest you’ll get is this modern Barbie house. Interior decorator Jonathan Adler created it on the eve of Barbie’s 50th Birthday. He decked a 3,500-sq ft pad in March 2009 and it overlooks the Pacific Ocean to look like the famous doll’s home, located in Malibu, California.
02. Snow White Cottage
Just outside Seattle resides a stunning Snow White-themed cottage. Apparently, the first part of this house was built in the early 1970s and the owners continued working on it because they were prompted to construct a home “more in tune with the natural world” as opposed to a common style of home.
This 2,800-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath storybook home has hand-built doors that have ornate hinges and latches, carved wooden beams, and walls that evoke a magical cave.
It’s fit for a Disney princess — like Snow White and maybe seven dwarfs too, and last year it was listed for sale at a cool $925,000.
01. Flintstones house
In 1976, architect William Nicholson designed this series of reddish bubbles in Hillsborough, California, as a sort of experiment of new building materials.
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The dome-shaped house, named after the famous cartoon because it resembles the ‘Stone Age’ home Fred and Wilma lived in, is made of Wire Mesh that was inflated by balloons and shot with shotcrete.
Originally off-white in color, it received a deep orange paint job in the early 2000s. However, the interior is all white, keeping the home cool in the California summers and it features three stunning bedrooms and two bathrooms.
If the $4 million sale price is a little too steep and you only want to live like a caveman for a day or so then try this cave hotel, which nestles into the rocks of South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains. The builder transformed 10 different mini caves into rooms, overlooking spectacular mountain views.
And if that’s not enough, there is the ‘Outcrop Open Air Room’, where guests can sleep under the stars, enjoying the celestial show, thanks to a lack of light pollution and surrounding civilization.
In fact, there’s actually a few more that could get away with being called a Flintstones house, and if you’re interested, check this video for 2 other amazing houses of similar design.