Now in its third year, the Austin Weird Homes Tour offers a peek inside some of the city's most unique, artful homes and a chance to meet the residents who created them via a self-guided driving tour to some of its most offbeat places.
Founded in 2014 by Chelle and David J. Neff, the tour has dual purposes: to focus on some of the people and places that make our city irreverent, sometimes strange, and fun and to bring attention to affordability issues that might be driving some of them out. The tour donates 10 percent of its proceeds to Foundation Communities, a local nonprofit that provides affordable and attractive homes with free, onsite support services for families, veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities
This year’s tour, which takes place April 22, features 10 homes, some new to the tour and some returning favorites. Here's a peek at five of the tour's fun and fascinating places; you can learn more on its website.
↑ Riggins’ Cabinet of Curiosities, the University Hills house that served as Tim Riggins’ home in the Friday Night Lights series, is now filled with a carefully arranged and vast collection of oddities curated by its current owners.
↑ Barbara’s Bird Cage is the Boggy Creek home of an artist who has turned the space into a found-object art gallery.
↑ Florence’s Comfort House, which seems to have a bit of a music theme, is the Montopolis home of a 75-year-old artist who has lived in her house for 25 years. She created the art there in response to challenges faced by her neighborhood, and she helps out neighborhood kids through her nonprofit.
↑ Under the Sea House takes the tour to traditionally weird South Austin, where artist and owner Louis has been creating his colorful masterpiece for 20 years or more.
↑ Barton Hills Art Oasis is home to metal artist Valerie, and the house itself is an ever-evolving work of art as well.