Looking for something affordable, historic, AND unusual?
How about the Woodruff-Steinbring House in the small town of Ripon, Wisconsin?
This rare octagonal house was built in 1850. It is a good size at 2,712 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
Have a look inside…
The odd shape of this place is not the only notable feature; look at the stained glass window of the door.
Perhaps there was a Canadian-American family here at one point?
In any case, you have to appreciate all the original built-in cabinets and wood floors.
Priced at $199,980, this 8-sided beauty is fairly affordable, given the square footage and the 0.68-acre lot it comes on.
So why an octagonal design?
Octagon houses became a fad in the 1850s because they were thought to be cheaper to build, received more natural light, were easier to heat, and remained cooler in the summer.
But furniture placement was a bit difficult in these odd-shaped homes so they fell out of fashion in about 20 years’ time.
Let’s have a look upstairs at the bedrooms…
You can see how arranging furniture in these rooms would be somewhat awkward.
But old house enthusiasts love a good challenge!
There is also a partially finished basement accessible via pop-up hatches.
The wood-paneled basement even has a sauna – it is Wisconsin after all!
The exterior photos show a rear extension of the home and a cute red carriage house.
It would make a great she-shed, studio, or workshop.
More details on this unique home can be found at the listing link below.