6 Incredible Dome Homes

Dome, Sweet Dome

Contrary to popular belief, geodesic dome structures were not invented by legendary American engineer and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller. The first geodesic style dome was built by a German engineer named Walther Bauersfeld in 1926. It was Fuller, however, who gave the wacky spherical structure the name “geodesic” in the late 1940s. As a result, his name and legacy is associated with the oft-misunderstood structure. According to the Monolithic Dome Institute, dome buildings use 50% less energy per square foot than a conventionally-built building. Due in large part to their energy saving features, geodesic dome homes gained a modicum of popularity in the '70s and '80s. But despite their eco-friendly features and ability to withstand hurricane force winds, geodesic dome homes remain the architectural oddities of an almost cult-like following. Photo Credit:

Nature Kick

In a woodsy and rural area Connecticut, a large geodesic dome home of just over 3,300 square feet sits on a privacy- ensuring 4.4 acre lot. It is currently listed for $695,000. Photo Credit: William Pitt / Sotheby’s International Realty

Going for Drama

This three-story home features a dramatic open plan main living area with hardwood floors, a wood burning stove, soaring ceilings that curve up to an hexagonal cupola with clerestory windows, triangular sky lights and a triangular-shaped balcony on the second floor. Photo Credit: William Pitt / Sotheby’s International Realty

Room to Improve

The large eat-in kitchen could use a little updating but it does provide plenty of counter space. A partially finished basement increases the living space and includes a large carpeted family room that opens to the back yard. Photo Credit: William Pitt / Sotheby’s International Realty

All Hands on Deck

In addition to an attached greenhouse there is a large screened porch with a stone floor, sky lights, and a vaulted ceiling that overlooks the back. A generously sized deck wraps around part of the house. Photo Credit: William Pitt / Sotheby’s International Realty

Setting the Scene

A lawn slopes down from the house to the large in-ground swimming pool and the scenic, surrounding fields. Those are ringed by older trees to create the sense of privacy. Photo Credit: William Pitt / Sotheby’s International Realty

A Must-See Property

Most geodesic residences are built in rural or semi-rural areas. But just southwest of downtown Detroit,  a funky bright blue two-dome home on three contiguous lots stands out in an otherwise hardscrabble‘hood. The can't miss property is listed for $70,000 (subject to short sale approval). Photo Credit: O’Connor Real Estate Development

Igloo Intrigue

These igloo-like structures have multi-colored tile accents that surround the entry doors. The smaller dome houses a two-car garage with a spiral staircase, which leads up to a loft area. There, a rounded ceiling and triangular sky lights welcome the visitor. The space could be used as another bedroom or an art or recording studio. Photo Credit: O’Connor Real Estate Development

Take Two

The larger of the two domes measures 2,500 square feet and features three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are radiant heat floors, triangular shaped windows embeded in the ceiling, and a newly remodeled kitchen. The modern cooking area features white cabinets and bright blue counter tops which match the electric blue paint on the house's exterior. Photo Credit: O’Connor Real Estate Development

House of the Rising Sun

In Rising Sun, Indiana, about 40 miles outside Cincinnati and just across the Ohio River, a titanic 26-room triple-dome mansion sits on 183 rolling acres and is listed for $1.2 million. Photo Credit: Fehrman Realty

Sky High

This four-floor custom built dome mansion measures more than 12,000 square feet. Featuring cathedral ceilings soaring nearly 40 feet high, this home also offers six bedrooms and five full bathrooms. Photo Credit: Fehrman Realty

High Tech

In addition to high tech wiring, geothermal heating, and security systems, the current owners of this home installed a massive state-of-the-art recording studio. Photo Credit: Fehrman Realty

Country Cache

This vast country spread has more than a mile of road frontage, a long, winding driveway, a four-car garage, a fenced-in pool, and private views of the surrounding countryside. Photo Credit: Fehrman Realty

Sleepy Hollow

In the sleepy hamlet of Tomkins Cove, New York, just a short hour drive from downtown Manhattan, a geodesic dwelling boasting three bedrooms and three full baths is listed at $369,900. The heavily wooded one-third acre lot sits at the tail end of a quiet cul de sac in a private lake community hat abuts Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks. Photo Credit: Weichert Realtors

Right at Home

This two-story dome home measures 1,300 square feet and features open plan living spaces with wood paneled walls. Other perks include a stone fireplace and 20+ foot high ceilings that culminate dramatically in a quintet of triangular skylights at the top of the dome. A second, smaller dome structure houses a two-car garage and additional storage space. Photo Credit: Weichert Realtors

Copper Fever

California caught the gold rush fever in the mid-1850s, when a boomtown named Copperopolis sprung up. Located on the rural and rugged outskirts of town, the California Historical Landmark (#296) features a 15-acre estate with a 2,600 square foot geodesic dome home. The home, which includes three bedrooms and bathrooms, is for sale with a price tag of $415,000. Photo Credit: PMZ Real Estate

Contemporary Cool

The contemporary, open interiors feature soaring ceilings, a myriad of triangular shaped windows, a huge eat-in kitchen and a cupola loft that boast a 360 degree view. Photo Credit: PMZ Real Estate

The Long View

The dome is surrounded by decks and patios boasting long, bucolic views of the hills. There is also prime viewing of the private 80-acre lake that sits on that bottom of the rise, by the house. Photo Credit: PMZ Real Estate

Into the Woods

Down a long, private road on 11 wooded acres near Lake Nockamixon in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, listed at $775,000, a 5,000 square foot geodesic dome offers four bedrooms and three full bathrooms, including a first floor master suite with a deluxe tub. Photo Credit: Long & Foster Real Estate

An Airy Space

The airy interior spaces have ceilings that soar more than two stories high, hardwood floors, numerous triangular windows and sky lights, and an eat-in kitchen with custom tile work. A finished basement level provides extra living space with its library, office, and workout room. Photo Credit: Long & Foster Real Estate

Easy Living

A huge deck surrounded by trees wraps around part of the dome, making for easy indoor/outdoor living. The geodesic eco-friendly home was built in the mid-1980s before building green was popular, and includes energy saving systems such as solar panels. Photo Credit: Long & Foster Real Estate

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