Austin's Weirdest Homes

Peek inside the weirdest homes in Austin — they're full of surprises


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Photo by Thanin Viriyaki Courtesy of Weird Homes Tour
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Photo by Thanin Viriyaki Courtesy of Weird Homes Tour
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Let's get weird! The second Weird Homes Tour kicks off Saturday with a showcase of the strangest and most eye-popping houses around town.

The self-guided tour features seven homes, each a beacon of creativity and local spirit. "The Weird Homes Tour is all about honoring our city and the best of this great town," says the tour's website.

The Weird Homes Tour runs 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, May 23. Tickets are $25 for the tour and $37 for the VIP experience.

Here are five must-see picks on the tour:

The Queen of Weird

Aralyn Hughes' East Austin alcove near Lady Bird Lake is a bright pop of color in a "cookie cutter" landscape.

The Queen of Weird

Hughes' interior design is the definition of eclectic and a great representation of her personality and life. You can see Hughes in action in the Love in the Sixties documentary.

The Johnson/Chronister Manor

This splendid manor is nestled in hilly West Austin. The house was designed by architect Elliot Johnson. Johnson lives in the home with his wife, Lisa Chronister.

The Johnson/Chronister Manor

The house resembles a mythical castle with beautiful stonework, stained glass windows and hidden treasures. It's also powered by solar panels.

The Dumpster Project

Professor Jeff Wilson lived for one year inside a dumpster at Huston-Tillotson University. Take a (miniature) tour of the 33-square-foot space.

The Dumpster Project

The space doesn't have a bathroom, kitchen or washer/dryer.

Under the Sea

Deep in 78704 you'll find a "home dedicated to bold, bright colors and bold, bright ideas" with 23 unique shades of paint throughout.

Under the Sea

The home features a rock garden, swing with a chandelier, and sea-themed mural. 

Sharon's House

Sharon Smith's house is completely decorated with a variety of artwork, from her own ceramic pieces to metal yard sculptures. 

Sharon's House

A walk through Sharon's House is like a walk through the artist's life.

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