It’s been a while since I last scouted in Jersey, but this past Friday, I found myself searching the Morristown area for a country road. I happened to turn down a residential street…
…passing a handful of your typical upper class houses that can be found pretty much anywhere:
Nothing particularly of note here…
And then, I saw a very unusual home:
What the heck is this?? It almost looks like the house is playing a game of hide and seek from the other houses, and just found the best hiding spot ever.
And, rounding out the weirdness…
…a little fake sheep perched on the lawn:
According to a neighbor who happened to be passing by, the design is apparently based on a museum in Vermont (anyone know which one? I did some searching, but couldn’t find anything). While the front is obstructed by trees, a Bing satellite view reveals the rear is covered in floor to ceiling windows.
I dug up an older picture online, when the trees were younger – very few windows to speak of. I have to admit, something was really creeping me me out about the house…
In a way, I was sort of reminded of the Beetlejuice house – not because of architectural similarities obviously, but moreso in how both clearly meet the definition of a house, yet feel like something is distinctly off (see: Uncanny Valley).
Finally, if you want to solidify that Beetlejuice reference, check out the crazy mailbox…
This thing is definitely waiting to be brought to life, Beetlejuice-style:
This all said, while the house might be odd, it’s certainly the only one in the neighborhood I bothered to stop and look at.
PS – Well, that, and this cool abandoned farmhouse further down the road:
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