Does exploring the nooks and crannies of Austin’s weirdest, wildest homes sound like your thing? You’re in luck — the fourth annual Weird Homes Tour is returning to Austin on Saturday, April 22.
The Weird Homes Tour is a self-driving, self-paced tour during which guests get to explore 10 of the city's funkiest abodes. Tickets are just $30, and for $45 you can attend both the tour and VIP party, held at Indra's Awarehouse. The tour is family-friendly — kids 13 and under get in free — and 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Foundation Communities Affordable Housing Program, which provides affordable housing and support services for local families in need.
Husband-and-wife duo Chelle and David J. Neff started the Weird Homes Tour in 2014, with the goal of showcasing the places that make Austin such a strange and magical place to live. And this year's lineup of homes is truly unique and eccentric. Here's a preview of what's on the tour:
The Barton Hills Arts Oasis, owned by local metal artist and sculptor Valerie Chaussonet, is a veritable altar to art and whimsy. Sculptures of every kind adorn each room, and there are artsy touches everywhere, from the sky-painted ceiling to a loveseat that resembles a Viking ship.
The Ebba Springs Wildlife Refuge is a monument to artful animal-centric décor and eco-consciousness. Permeating the property are wildlife habitats for critters of all sorts, from bats and squirrels to owls and vultures.
Barbara’s Birdcage is a can’t-miss stop. Home of found object artist Barbara Irwin, the house is filled with works of art that run the gamut from bird cages to doll heads.
Riggins’ Cabinet of Curiosities was used during the filming for the TV show Friday Night Lights.
The Art Dome, a true architectural wonder, was constructed from five connected blown concrete domes and is lit by 27 skylight panels and windows.
The 2017 Weird Homes Tour is Saturday, April 22, from 10 am to 6 pm. For more about the tour and to purchase tickets online, check out the Weird Homes Tour website.