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Anyone in need of a conversation pit or a “biologic” kitchen? Those are a few of the off-the-wall amenities that 45 Berryessa Way, Hillsborough, better known as the “Flintstones House,” offers to potential buyers. However, despite its extremely unique architectural quirks, the home’s asking price recently dropped substantially for the second time — after 10 months on the market and an original price tag of $4.2 million, it’s now priced at $3.1 million. 

How did a life-size nod to the 2D stone age family come into existence? In 1976, architect William Nicholson designed the single-family abode as an experiment in new building materials. Every surface in the house is rounded, because, as Atlas Obscura explains, “steel rebar and wire mesh frames were constructed over large inflated [aeronautical] balloons then sprayed with high velocity concrete known as gunite or ‘shotcrete.’”

Today, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has a slew of affectionate nicknames, including “Dome House,” “Gumby House” and “Bubble House.” A serious renovation was done in 1987 to stop the home from sinking, and an early 2000s redesign by architect Eugene Tsui included painting the the originally off-white structure a striking burnt orange.

A few rumors exist around past owners and tenants, including one that George Lucas once owned the property, and another that O.J. Simpson put in a bid for it after his murder trial in 1995.

Holler “yabba dabba doo” at Redfin and make an offer if the home’s lower price has got you interested.

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