An incredibly quirky property that has been nicknamed the ‘Dragon House’ thanks to a bizarre ‘tail’ that extends behind it and up over the roof has gone up for sale in Minnesota for just under $540,000.
The unique house – which is located in Saginaw – also boasts a funky tower with a rotating room at its top, sparking comparisons with the famous CN Tower in Toronto, Canada.
While the inside is relatively unassuming, the exterior was carefully crafted to give off an incredible ‘dragon’ effect – and even the exterior of some of the walls boast scale-like tiles to add to the overall illusion.
Funky: A property that has been nicknamed the ‘Dragon House’ because of the long tail-like chimney that extends above its roof has gone on sale in Minnesota for $539,999
Unique: The home also boasts a scale-covered tower with a rotating room at the top of it – which has been compared to the famous CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, which features a restaurant that slowly rotates around
Mythical: The nickname of ‘Dragon House’ was given to the property because of its strange ‘tail’, which is actually a chimney that stretches up over the house
The main house is relatively unassuming on the inside, with just a few quirky design elements like a snowy mountain mural on one wall and some stained glass features on one doorway.
But while the inside of the property offers a fairly blank canvas for any new owner to renovate as they see fit, the outside is a very different story.
The ‘tail’ of the property – which is a long, curved chimney that serves a wood-burning fireplace in the living room – sits at one end of the home, and curls up to extend above the roof, making it one of the most prominent aspects of the house.
At the other end is the tower, which is accessed by a narrow spiral staircase and offers residents a stunning view over the majority of the land that stretches beyond the house.
There is also a one-acre creek with a covered bridge which comes with the property, and a barn currently being used as an entertainment building complete with gym equipment and table tennis.
Inside, the 4,692sq ft home is a much more traditional affair, with standard furnishings, five bedrooms and four bathrooms, cathedral-style vaulted ceilings and a walk-in wardrobe.
According to the listing, more than a million dollars has been invested into the unique property – making its $539,999 price tag something of a bargain.
Flipside: When yo look at the property from the other side, it looks much more traditional
Details: The interior of the home is much more traditional, although there are several funky elements, like murals on the wall and stained glass windows in the doorways
Views: There is also a sealed gazebo-style building attached to the property – which was originally built in 1978
Spin to win: According to the realtor, the rotating tower was built in 1988, and was installed by the original owner, who ran a trucking company and believed that the tower would help him to better communicate with his drivers
The original owner was a prominent businessman who owned a trucking company – and the real estate agent responsible for the listing believes that he originally installed the rotating tower so that he could have a base from which to communicate with his drivers.
Quite the twist: The tower is accessed via a spiral staircase
‘I think the tower had a lot to do with him being able to better communicate with his trucks at the time,’ Cris Sears, of Century 21 Signature Realty, told Jam Press.
Sears added that, while the tower might look a bit spindly to the blind eye, in reality it is much more impressive.
‘Unless you see the tower, people don’t realize how massive and solid it is – I think you could drive a bus full-speed into it and it would be fine,’ he added.
‘The house has been referred to as the “Bird House” and the “Dragon House” over the years.’
The property was built in 1978, with the addition of several rooms and the tower completed in 1988.
There was originally only one driveway with the bridge, but after the barn was hit by lighting and caught on fire one year, the owners built a much longer driveway access, complete with a brick entrance so that fire and delivery trucks could access the property.
The property is currently for sale with Century 21 Signature Realty, which describes it as being ‘one of the most unique homes’ in the area – and boasts that it would be ‘impossible to replicate’.
‘Over a million dollars invested and impossible to duplicate, one of the most unique homes in Thomas Township in Saginaw,’ the realtor states online.
Space: The house sits on a whopping 16.45 acres of land