To some people, home is just four walls—a place to retreat for eating, sleeping, and other mundane activities. For a special few, though, a house is a blank canvas on which to paint their personality, a stage for their creativity.
When homeowners display their obsessions on a grand scale, those homes become the stuff of dreams — and of slideshows. See even more pictures at CNBC.com:
The following collection of unusual homes features tributes to television shows, superheroes and sports. Read on to witness the lengths that enthusiasts will go to bring a theme home.
Location: Hinsdale, Ill.
Price: $2.55 million
Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 half
Square footage: 3,754
The ivy-covered Tudor 1932 exterior of this, uh, stately manor gives no hint that behind the house, the pool has an aquatic bat signal. Zillow reported that the sellers’ son was a Batman fan as a young lad, so they surprised the lucky boy when he was 3 or 4 by painting the bat symbol at the bottom of the pool.
“A guy came out and freehand drew it, and they just kept it over the years,” the listing agent Beau Carstensen told Zillow. “One of the son’s friends posted it on YouTube later, and that’s when it went viral.”