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Go Geodesic Today: Dome, Sweet Dome, Along Florida’s Space Coast

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Florida’s Space Coast is known as the launching pad for trips to the moon. And this futuristic, three-dome home for sale on the Space Coast looks as if it might be right at home in outer space.

But homeowner Jim Conant had much more earthly designs for the property in Brevard County, FL, when he purchased it a couple of years ago.

“We were selling our old home because we had eight kids and needed to downsize,” says Conant when asked why he bought the geodesic delight. While a 3,224-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home isn’t exactly downsizing, the family still had four kids at home. Real estate agent Joyce Hathaway showed them the home in 2013. At the time, it was in foreclosure and had been vacant for over a year.

“It was different, and it looked kind of neat. It needed some work, and we liked it,” says Conant.

You’d think this kind of home would attract a buyer specifically searching for dome homes, but that wasn’t the case with Conant. He had heard about dome homes, but after some research and a visit to the dome—well, domes—he was sold.

When you enter through the double-wide front doors of the main dome, you’re hit with the feeling of wide-open space.

To the left is the living room, where a fan swirls from the 25-foot vaulted ceiling.

Directly ahead is a modern kitchen, with its marble countertops and a bar with stools.

To the right is space for an open living room.

A staircase leads to a loft area where the bedrooms are.

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“If someone wanted an open floor plan, this is it,” says Hathaway.

A hallway equipped with a pantry and laundry room leads to the second, smaller dome, which functions as a media room above and a three-car garage below.

But it’s the third dome that truly stands out.

In the back, a web of black aluminum triangles fitted with outdoor screens wraps around a 10,000-gallon, amoeba-shaped pool, forming a skeletal dome that keeps the view clear and the bugs out.

A Cinderella balcony overlooks the pool and rural, wooded community of Canaveral Groves.

Conant says it’s a five-minute drive to the Indian River and 20 minutes to the beach in downtown Cocoa. Speaking of water, Cocoa’s roots are rich with liquid—fishermen founded the small city in 1860. Residents enjoy the pleasures of waterside living, but that also means they have to endure its issues. Namely, hurricanes.

However, the dome laughs in the gusty face of hurricanes. It’s constructed from steel-reinforced concrete; that sturdy build coupled with its geodesic shape makes the home resistant to earthquakes, hurricanes, and brush fires. The dome doesn’t rust or warp, and termites can’t chew it. Those were all pluses for Conant.

In fact, he hasn’t seen many downsides to dome living. Even though the dome is airy, the energy-efficient heating and cooling systems work together with the concrete walls to make for rock-bottom energy prices.

“It’s really energy-efficient,” says Conant. “Our old house was a wood-framed house, and we were spending $400 to $500 a month on electricity. Now we spend about $100 a month.”

If there’s one turnoff, Conant says, it might be the shape of the walls. The geodesic design makes for dozens of huge triangles, which can create some odd shapes on the interior and make it hard to hang pictures. Other than that, the house offered no unpleasant surprises and he’s enjoyed his dome home. But as an empty nester, he’s looking to downsize again.

“I really don’t see any disadvantages—especially when you live in hurricane country,” Conant said, adding that impressing visitors is a plus, too. “Even people, like the UPS guy—their mouth hangs open for a few minutes.”

The dome is listed for sale at $298,327—an oddly specific price. Hathaway says they arrived at the final price because the Conants are “determined to sell.”

Finding a buyer might be tricky, but it won’t be impossible. Hathaway says there are a handful of domes in the area, and a single-dome house recently sold a few miles away.

The home was built in 2009 by American Ingenuity, a Rockledge, FL-based company that has been building prefabricated dome buildings since 1976. Dome homes had fleeting brushes with popularity in the ’60s and ’70s, but their history goes back several more decades.

The origin of the geodesic house design—that is, a series of triangular shapes fitted together to form a spherical shape—can be traced to the late 1940s. According to BBC.com, American inventor Buckminster Fuller envisioned dome-shaped homes made from interlocking shapes that could be preassembled and shipped anywhere in the United States.

His vision didn’t quite enrapture home buyers, but the military took a liking to it. According to the BBC, the U.S. Marine Corps “commissioned thousands of small geodesic domes that could be delivered to the military anywhere around the world by helicopter. Larger Fuller domes were put to use as weather stations, long-range radar stations and storage depots.”

Despite the dome’s futuristic design and military history, Hathaway says entering the house feels like going into any other house with a wide-open floor plan and high ceilings.

“The initial impact isn’t like [you’re in] a spaceship,” says Hathaway.

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Dome Homes for Sale

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In a sea of homes with perpendicular walls, dome homes offer a unique architectural twist. These homes can also be a smart investment: The geodesic dome shape makes them highly energy efficient and can be powerfully protective against stormy weather.

Here’s a sampling of these unique structures currently on the market.

Beaverton, OR

17220 SW Kemmer Rd, Beaverton, OR
For sale: $479,250

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This 4-bedroom, 3-bath home consists of two domes, offering 3,865-square-feet of living space on a 1-acre lot. The interior is warm and inviting, with various wood features and a multi-level family/media area.

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North Myrtle Beach, SC

503 2nd Ave S, North Myrtle Beach, SC
For sale: $321,600

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This charming and sturdy 2,850-square-foot home has a variety of desirable features. This 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom home garnered a WalkScore® rating of 89/100, and the assigned schools are ranked 7/10 and above by GreatSchools. The outdoor pool and hot tub pavilions add to the home’s appeal.

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Black Hawk, CO

165 Laura Ave, Black Hawk, CO
For sale: $225,000

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This quaint, 1,567-square-foot home may be small in size, but not in style. The interior is vibrant and welcoming, and the exterior has comfort with an expansive patio and hot tub.

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Arlington, WA

14805 313th St NE, Arlington, WA
For sale: $363,000

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The open kitchen, custom tiled baths and refinished hardwood floors give this 4-bedroom, 3-bath home a luxe look. A children’s bedroom, adorned with painted clouds and kites, adds an artistic and playful element. The 2,988-square-foot home is on a fenced 5-acre lot, complete with a private waterfall and creek frontage.

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Stockton, NJ

22 Seabrook Rd, Stockton, NJ
For sale: $549,900

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This eclectic gem is located at the end of a long drive, situated on a 5.71-acre lot with lush foliage, open fields, an expansive patio and a pool. The 1,320-square-foot home has an open floor plan consisting of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

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Paso Robles, CA

2395 Nacimiento Lake Dr, Paso Robles, CA
For sale: $749,900

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Have you ever dreamed of living in wine country? This 1,800-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3-bath home boasts a 360-degree view of the surrounding vineyards and foothills. A solar heated spa and covered shooting range are among the amenities found on this 33-acre lot.

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Sedona, AZ

7625 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ
For sale: $985,000

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This 3.53-acre compound contains of 10 colorful domes, with 4,949 square feet in total living space. The 3-bedroom, 3-bath home has been rendered as “one of the most recognizable homes in Sedona,” due to its avant-garde design and fame from television shows such as “Extreme Cribs.” Notable features include a secluded pool and a living room with an indoor water feature.

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New Paltz, NY

116 Canaan Rd, New Paltz, NY
For sale: $1.2 million

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This 2,400-square-foot oasis is nestled in a peaceful, natural setting, only taking up a fraction of the giant 28-acre lot. The 3-bedroom, 3-bath home’s interior has a stylish, minimal feel, complete with soaring ceilings and a deck curved around the circumference of the home.

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Sharona Ott is a freelance writer for Zillow. Read more from her here.

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Oceanfront Dome Home in the Virgin Islands

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If you’re a fan of Buckminster Fuller’s spherical creations and the sort of breezy lifestyle that comes with Caribbean locales, then we just might have the home for you—this geodesic property on the South Shore of St John’s, Virgin Islands.

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Listed for $1.925 million, the tropical dome home offers a more well-rounded living experience than its traditional neighbors.

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Three bedrooms and two bathrooms curve to the 2,500-square-foot floor plan, as does a gourmet kitchen with a breakfast bar.

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Because of its arching frame, interiors sport a number of individual details, such as exposed beams and windows that contour to the dome home’s design.

But as cool as this dome home is—and it’s pretty sweet—its greatest selling point is the scenery. From its cliffside location the geodesic design perfectly frames views of the Caribbean Sea and the Virgin Islands National Park.

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Jane Kelly of Islandia Real Estate has the listing. 

This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on Realtor.com. To see the original article, click here.

Dome Home Arigato, Mr. Roboto

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Well folks, we’ve come full circle. If you live on the fringes of conventionality, it only makes sense that your choice of housing should follow suit. Enter the geodesic dome home, the final frontier for the oddball living in square world.

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We turn our attention to Wilton, CT, where a home inspired by the great R. Buckminster Fuller sticks its thumb in the eye of its four-wall counterparts.

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Its natural, arching frame is far from this aesthetic rebel’s greatest selling point. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home offers surprises in every curve of its 3,619 square feet.

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Take, for example, the stone-lined atrium, which frames the home’s 4.5 acres through delicate five-spoke windows, and the numerous built-ins that borrow from Fuller’s patented templates.

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Continuing along the first floor axis, a family room has a wood-burning fireplace framed in brick, and a separate bedroom suite with a full kitchen has rental potential.

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A delicately curved staircase bends onward and upward to a second-floor living room and dining room that overlook the atrium.

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Despite its time capsule status — the property’s décor lives up to its 1974 construction in every possible way — there’s simply lots to love about this quirky abode. However, those looking to run the geodesic gambit should be prepared to pony up the cash: The Wilton dome home currently lists for $795,000.

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Valerie Wyman of William Raveis Real Estate has the listing.

This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on realtor.com. See more photos and the original article here.