Looking back, listing agent Samuel Pace doesn’t think there’s anything that could really have prepared him for this house. From the curb, the brick ranch just outside of Pittsburgh is nondescript. However, the contents of the home will make you question everything.
“He tried to explain it to me,” Pace says of owner John Cope. “He said he turned a one-story ranch into a two-story, but I just didn’t get it.”
Then Pace looked inside, and was floored. What he found behind the huge wooden castle door is a personal version of paradise. Cope created it for himself, and filled it with hand-made objects and jaw-dropping decor choices.
Now, Cope is getting older, and everything must go. The house and all its contents are available for the $159,900 purchase price.
Once a standard three-bedroom, one-bathroom family home, the property now features a dining room designed to look like the bridge of a spaceship. There’s also a two-story great room that has somehow been configured into this single-story home.
Those are just a couple of the customized details in the home.
Pace explains that Cope is an an eccentric (duh!) and a retired engineer, who divorced years ago. Cope lived out his life as a bachelor, surrounded by handy friends who were happy to help him create a personal fantasyland.
“He did all the work himself,” Pace says. “He and his friends.”
The home’s kitchen and dining room have been turned into a 25th-century starship, which Cope has dubbed “the main bridge,” according to Pace.
The bridge is manned by a talking space alien, and many of the room’s still functioning elements were repurposed from an Apache helicopter. In case you were wondering: Yes, all these accoutrements are included in the sale.
Other rooms in the home are also customized. There’s a beach-themed spare bedroom with seashells and inches of sand on the floor.
A beaded curtain leads to the 1970s-inspired “Hippie crash pad” bedroom, which (of course) comes with a waterbed. Down the hall, you’ll find a tropical-island bathroom with lush greenery.
The property also has a circular pool out back, which is still under warranty. It was photographed years ago by a family friend named Henry Hill, an accomplished photographer who took photos of a backyard party in progress.
Pace told us the pool isn’t filled with water now, so a new owner will need to spruce up the backyard a bit.
“It definitely doesn’t look like this now,” he confessed.
After the home went on the market this week, the listing photos stirred up waves of chatter on social media. One tweet describes it as “the greatest house listing of all time,” and it has attracted almost 128,000 likes.
I just discovered the greatest house listing of all time. It starts out very unassuming and modest. pic.twitter.com/cCubUFd1k4
— Middle-Aged Rust Belt Voter (@frazierapproves) May 18, 2020
At first, Pace wasn’t sure how to market this unusual house. He labored over how to promote it and get it noticed by the right person—something that is not likely to present a problem now that the listing has become a viral sensation.
As for its creator, Cope now lives elsewhere. However, he has promised to be there, Pace says, to show any interested buyers around the place and fill them in on all the stories behind the wild decor.