There are many benefits to living in a big city. Still, sometimes we remember the houses discovered in fairy tales, with all those great characters, amazing landscapes, perfect silence, small rooms and fancy roofs. The truth is there are indeed houses out there that look like they came straight out of a fairy tale setting and here are ten of the very best of them…
This is a village in Holland where you won’t find a single road as all transportation is by boats along the canals. It’s called Giethoorn, located in the Dutch province of Overijssel. The old part of the village has remained the same with canals and footbridges, although there is now a cycling path.
This house is in the same village, but do check out the boats they use to get around. I have to wonder what they would do in the event of a flood!
This is Builder Hugh Comstock’s own house in Carmel, called “Hansel,” which was built in 1924 perfectly capturing that fairytale design and look.
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Casa do Penedo (Portuguese for Stone House or House of the Rock) is an architectural monument located between Celorico de Basto and Fafe, in northern Portugal. It received its name because it was built from four large boulders that serve as the foundation, walls and ceiling of the house.[
This is the artful home and garden of Brian Coleman, as seen in the pages of “Private Gardens of The Pacific Northwest,” are celebrations of colour and finely crafted detail.
As part of the Park Güell plans, Gaudí also considered some of the more practical aspects. The entrance to the garden city would, of course, has to be guarded, and any guard would need a house to live in, too. As a result, Gaudí designed this neat little house near the entrance. The Casa del Guarda was built between 1901 and 1903 and represents the two principles of simplicity and utility.
A cozy English Tudor cottage provided the model for this cute fairy-tale residence, one of three put up by builder Brenton T. Lea. (The others are at 3979 West 9th Avenue, Vancouver, and 885 Braeside Avenue, West Vancouver.) The undulating shingle roof convincingly imitates thatching. This portion of King Edward Avenue (25th Avenue) marks the transition from the historically affluent West Side to the more basic amenities of the East Side. To the west the roadway is divided (with boulevard trees and buried services) and picturesquely curves beyond Granville. To the east the roadway narrows and powerlines replace the publicly planted trees. The different landscapes reflect the respective aspirations and tax bills of the former municipalities of Point Grey and South Vancouver.
Not far from the northern edge of the Borough is this Penn Valley 5 bed/3.1 bath Tudor. It has 3358 sq ft of living space on a nearly half-acre lot, with a list price of $785K. This unique property has plenty of character, with exposed beams, spiral staircase, and classic Tudor woodwork throughout. Out back, there’s a pool, and a pool house with a kitchenette and a full bath, that has possibilities as an in-law or au pair suite.
This is not so much a real house, more a kids play house. This miniature Tudor House is a two-storey house beautifully hand-crafted with oak floors, staircases, hardwood windows, doors, and marine ply.