If your home has crazy kaleidoscopic walls, larger-than-life sculptures, themed rooms, bizarre collections, or perhaps a giant wrap-around tree painted on its exterior, the Weird Homes Tour would like a word.
The tour, founded in Austin by Chelle and David J. Neff back in 2014 to showcase and celebrate the city's irreverence, came three hours east to Houston in 2016 and has since expanded nationwide. In October, the self-paced, self-driving tour returns to the Bayou City and will once again feature some of the same homes as last year's tour, which you can click through above. But it's time for fresh blood, and tour organizers have put out a call to similarly weird houses in H-Town that might fit the bill.
The tour, set for 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday, October 6 this year, takes guests through eight to 10 extraordinary houses, like Sue Shefman's abode full of more than 2,000 hippos. Past attendees have also toured Selia Qyinn's "Secret Garden" and its backyard oasis tucked away in Spring Branch, plus the loft home of interior designer Kelly Gayle Amen, bursting with eccentric art and sculpture.
Besides showing off their one-of-a-kind digs, participating homeowners also receive professional photos of their homes, media coverage, social media promotion, the chance to sell any products in their home during the tour, and two tickets for friends and family. The latter offer is extended to anyone who refers a weird home, too.
To honor the tour's genesis as a social impact start-up, a portion of ticket sales will benefit New Hope Housing, which provides affordable housing to vulnerable populations.
Now preserved in a coffee table book penned by the founders–Weird Homes: The People and Places That Keep Austin Strangely Wonderful–the Weird Homes Tour has since branched out beyond Texas to New Orleans, Detroit, and Portland. Want to prove Houston is the weirdest of all? Submit a home for consideration on this year's tour online. We're betting there are some real gems out here.