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Keeping It Weird

Sneak a peek inside some of the weirdest homes in Austin

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The first ever Weird Homes Tour takes place next weekend, but we've got a treat for you ahead of the tour. Keep reading for a peek inside some of the weird homes featured this year.

The self-guided tour, which features seven homes, takes place from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, September 13. Tickets, $22, are available online at www.weirdhomestour.com. 

Twenty percent of all ticket sales goes directly to Caritas of Austin, www.caritasofaustin.org, an organization that provides affordable housing for those experiencing poverty and links them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency.

The Artists Retreat

This Mexico-inspired hacienda, located in Crestview, is the hidden artists retreat of its owner, Darryl Freeman and his wife. Behind its hand-built, six-foot-tall, limestone walls, you'll find a chicken yard, two koi ponds, an aviary, many tropical and native Texas plants and a rain collection system that sustains it all.

 

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The Artists Retreat

The studio and home are full of strange, original, oil paintings and many unique treasures gathered in the owners' 20-plus years of travel and adventure together. There is a private acupuncture practice on the property as well. 

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Eponymous Garden

Lorne Loganbill and Sterling Price-McKinney have owned "Eponymous Garden" — the McGown-Griffin house at 1202 Garden Street — since 1991. The home was full of possessions spanning most of the 20th century, from a backyard filled with rotting books and church pews, to almost every toilet or sink that had ever been removed over the years.
 
"We realized right away, some things simply couldn't be thrown away. From old photos, programs, costumes and lots of weird things, it became a 'can you believe what I found in the attic this weekend,'" they say.

 

 
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Eponymous Garden

"We cobbled a history together of all the lives we discovered, and decided to share their stories on many conceptual levels throughout the compound," Loganbill and Price-McKinney explain.

Medical and exotic plants — over 100 varieties — are found on the property. Eponymous Garden is just one of those places where everyone can respond at their own level.

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Casa Neverlandia

Situated in Bouldin Creek, this towering yet whimsical mansion was built with love and care by James Talbot and friends and family. 

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Casa Neverlandia Austin Weird Homes Tour

Casa Neverlandia

The home is a colorful, undulating wonderland outfitted with solar panels, rainwater collection, fire poles, secret passages an elevated footbridge, talk tubes, nooks and crannies. 

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Casa Neverlandia Austin Weird Homes Tour

Casa Neverlandia

There's even a hidden concert stage at Casa Neverlandia. 

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Earthbag House

This East Austin house is located behind Hillside Farmacy. The home was built with love, sweat and tears by its dedicated owner, the current resident and a few helpers. Earthbag building uses burlap or another bag material to hold dirt that very closely resembles adobe. 

 

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Earthbag House

These homes are notable due to their low cost in materials, low skill in building experience and outstanding strength. Their resistance to hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fire and termites is also notable. 

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Flamingo Ranch

The Flamingo Ranch and Studio is a home art space filled with love, mosaics and all things pink. It's a soulful, delightful welcoming retreat.  

 

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Flamingo Ranch

"My work as an artist is about making our lives an opportunity to share beauty with each other in every way we can and my home is where it starts," says Stefanie Distefano.