June 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM ET
17830 W 53rd Drive, Golden, Colorado
For sale: $565,000
Dome homes are nothing new -- especially in the Southwest, where building with adobe is more practical than wood siding. While this property is a round dome, its upturned edges bring to mind another shape: a sombrero or cowboy hat, perhaps, casually placed to rest in central Colorado.
A cowboy hat is especially fitting as the Golden, Colo., home for sale is a horse property and includes a five-stall barn, pastures, pens and sheds on the 3.75-acre property.
The home was built in 1969 out of polyurethane foam, which, explains listing agent Mary Rosinski, is practical and energy efficient.
"It's also very low maintenance," she said. "It keeps the (interior) temperature very comfortable."
Like many unusual homes, the property is more than just living quarters. It's an art installation complete with a cactus motif painted on the outside. Inside, however, the home is light-filled and a great, functioning livable space, says Rosinski.
The 2,187-square-foot home has two bedrooms, two baths situated on an open floor plan. The property is within a short distance from hiking and riding trails -- "you can ride right to your front door," points out Rosinski -- and is buffered by other large estates with significant acreage. Fruit trees and garden space are also on site.