Game of Domes: Remote B + B Hits Market as $950,000 Spinning House

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The domed structure allows in ample sunlight via massive windows and lofty ceilings.

Domes are usually reserved for massive baseball stadiums in Miami or Seattle, but in a small Upstate New York village the only game in town is a bizarre hemispherical bed & breakfast that’s on the market for $950,000 (it previously listed for $1.2 million). The B&B will be sold as a residence. There are no turnstiles or ticket entries, but it’s still worth a peek. Just book a room or make an appointment with listing agent Estately. Bring your checkbook, just in case.

The $950,000 listed home could pass for something crafted on Treehouse Masters--sans tree, of course.

The $950,000 listed home could pass for something crafted on Treehouse Masters.

The domed structure allows in ample sunlight via massive windows and lofty ceilings.

The domed structure features a wall-less, open floor plan and allows in ample sunlight via massive curved windows and lofty ceilings.

The house showcases curved windows with an open, wall-free floor plan.

The dome home features low-maintenance organic materials like cedar, bamboo and limestone.

The dome home was built in 2003 by Domespace, a French company that creates prefab designs.

The dome home was built in 2003 by Domespace, a French company that creates prefab designs. This deck is for lounging and entertaining.

Enveloped by nature and billed as a weekend retreat, the eclectic 2,300-square-foot, wooden curiosity at 116 Canaan Road resembles a prop straight out of an episode of UFO Files or Treehouse Masters rather than a permanent, livable dwelling. The domed home could pass for E.T.’s wilderness rendezvous point with his mothership. This unidentified spinning object in New Paltz sits in the middle of a 28-acre forest near the Mohonk Preserve (naturally, where UFO hunters always seem squat).

Constructed in 2003 by Domespace, a French home kit company, the spacious three-bedroom, eco-friendly prefab dome home rotates 360-degrees via remote (and Passive Solar Energy) to maximize sunlight, adjust indoor temperatures or to change scenery. The house is surrounded by a 40-foot, curved cedar deck ideal for lounging and entertaining.

The New Paltz, NY home offers three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

The New Paltz, NY home offers three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

The UFO-looking home rotates 360-degrees via remote control, allowing the owner to take advantage of sunlight and easily adjust temperatures.

The UFO-looking home rotates 360-degrees via remote control, allowing the owner to take advantage of sunlight and easily adjust temperatures.

Inside is as unconventional as outside, with lofty ceilings, massive curved windows and an open, wall-free floor plan crafted of low-maintenance organic materials like cedar, bamboo and limestone. The eight-room, two level property includes a master bedroom suite on the first floor, a custom staircase to an upper level library, office, guest bedroom and full bath (the entire house has two-and-a-half bathrooms in all).

If you’re the adventurous type or even a conspiracy theorist, you can book an overnight stay at the domed bed & breakfast. But if you’re in the market for an extremely private, uncommon residence and you don’t scare easily, New Paltz’s unique landmark may be a good option.

What else should we expect from a town with paranormal connections—from its UFO hunters, annual Haunted Huguenot Street tours or as the fictional setting on an episode of the TV show Supernatural?

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