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5 cool and unusual homes on the market

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Clock tower penthouse in Brooklyn, New York | Photo courtesy of Sue Chilton, Zeitlin Realtors

These houses are way cool

Not everyone wants a traditional house in the suburbs.

"We're seeing a trend of people wanting to go outside the box," says Leslie Piper, housing specialist for Realtor.com. "Wanting to put their stamp -- and spend their money -- on something that has meaning to them."

And the appetite for standout homes is growing.

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It's still "a niche market, but more than before we're seeing the demand rising," she says. "It's a hot market for something unique."

If you're craving a home that stands out from the rest, you're in luck.

How about a vintage firehouse in the French Quarter, or a houseboat in the Keys with a little history? Or maybe you'd prefer something that offers a different perspective on life -- like a modern treehouse or a century-old clock tower with views of the Big Apple? And, if you dream of the Old West, how about a Pueblo Revival homestead in historic Santa Fe, New Mexico?

Here is a sneak peek at five homes that likely fit your craving for the unusual.

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