Anyone who has shopped for a house knows the process can be fraught with anxiety. The commitment. The responsibility. The mortgage payments. With worries like these, no wonder we become timid, risk-averse. We flock like lemmings to tract neighborhoods, where boxy houses stretch in rows to the horizon.
The bravest among us march to the beat of a different realtor. They don't want the square, little lawn. They roundly reject the ubiquitous Colonial. They seek out the unusual, the creative, the houses that truly express who they are.
Here's a look at the unique homes of three local families who weren't afraid to go where no developer has gone before.