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5 bizarre buildings that will probably never sell

Not all houses are created equal

June 11, 2014

Appraisers assess the value of a house off of a multitude of variables like similar houses in the area and what special amenities the house features. But what do they do when the building is uniquely designed?

Inspired by an article in Gizmodo, this list shows that not every building is created equal.

The real question is whether or not the buildings will ever be able to resell.

After all, what is the fair value of a duck in the housing market?

1. Longaberger Company – Newark, Ohio (pictured above)

This seven-story building is home to the corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company.

The building is 160 times larger that the company’s medium-market basket. But at least it holds the title of the world’s largest basket.

2. The Shoe House – Hellam, Pennsylvania

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Built in 1948, the building is a wood frame structure covered with wire lath and coated with cement stucco. The giant shoe was created as a giant advertisement originally used as a guesthouse, complete with five different levels and three bedrooms.

3. Kansas City Public Library

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The library is designed like a shelf of books, complete with 22 titles reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees. 

4. The Big Apple – Colborne, Ontario

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What else would you expect inside a giant apple other than homemade apple pies and apple bread. Over the years, the apple has had significant renovations, maintaining its warm country welcome.

5. The Big Duck – Flanders, New York     

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Broadway set designers, the Collins Brothers, designed the Big Duck, while locals George Reeve, John Smith and Merlin Yeager crafted it in 1931. Plus, it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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