Megan Johnson – Globe Correspondent
April 29, 2021 5:23 P.M.
Potential buyers and real estate searchers flocked to New Hampshire over the weekend to take a peek inside a monolithic dome house reminiscent of The Flintstones, The Hobbit, or even an igloo.
“There were so many screenings that I felt like a traffic cop,” said co-listing agent Gini Crowe of April Dunn & Associates, who organized over 100 15-minute tours of 33 Oxbow Pond Road in Canterbury over the weekend. “I had a lot of interest. It’s a unique house if you like living with Fred and Wilma. It would be a good buy for someone interested in architecture or an artist. Someone who is a unique kind of person, who is a bit strange, a bit fun and whimsical.
The three-bed, two-bath home, which measures 2,801 square feet, is on the market for $ 274,900 and spans 5.04 acres. Completed in 1991 by Fritz Hafer, the house is built of concrete and Aerofoam. It also comes with a 24ft by 40ft barn.
“They pour a slab with a footing around the bottom, then build a mesh of rebar, then cover it with a plastic mesh, then spray concrete on it,” said owner Steve Chapman.
The house is filled with light from many windows that overlook the natural beauty of the area. In the domed main living room, the open plan kitchen has an island and is located next to the dining room, which has the largest window in the house; it extends to the first floor. A small beehive oven is a bonus, perfect for baking bread or small pizzas. A spiral staircase leads to a steel mezzanine area, designed for children to play in safety.
Two stairs connect the first floor and the spacious family room. It’s also the location of the owner’s suite (which has a perfect reading nook), the other bedrooms, and a wood-burning stove which Chapman says heats the whole house.
“The organic architecture of the place inspired and interested me,” said Chapman, who plans to move with his family to the Lowell area.
The unusual property was in so much demand that someone in Colorado even sought to buy the house without seeing it, but the deal fell through on financial grounds, Chapman said, noting they had 14 offers after three days on the market.
“There is hardly a flat wall in the house,” he says. “It’s just very in tune with the surroundings, and it’s very comfortable within the framework of the landscape.
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