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Half Mag / Half Zine

It’s certainly not everyday you scrolls through Rightmove or Zillow, only to discover a weird and wonderful eccentric home, complete with nude murals and phallus-like faucets.

As rare as they might be, however, US-based artist Jeff Seymour is selling exactly that, in the form of his colourfully unique two-bedroom home, which is now on the market for £295,000 ($399,900).

Whoever chooses to purchase the quirky property will not only land themselves an interesting new home, they’ll be left with an entire building filled with original artwork, which Jeff compares to “if Van Gogh and Dr Seuss had a tree house,” while describing it as “magically divine digs.”

The townhouse, which is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, over in the states, looks rather unassuming from the outside, with plain red brick walls and a smattering of green and red tiles around the door the only hint of the colourful interior.

“My interior design strives to counter the building density and hard surfaces of Downtown living which I really enjoy,” Jeff explained.

“I introduced themes and images of ‘stories’ growing up and mixed them with the beauty and colour of nature and the human form to create a kaleidoscope of happiness, humanity and life.

“The walls are 3D plastered and painted. The lightweight concrete floors are hand stamped with leaf shapes hand cut from the cabinet boxes for my unit and then stained. They intend to represent trees, leaves and reflections in a pattern that suggests ornate carpet.”

The inside, however, couldn’t be any more different, with interior walls covered in huge murals, all themed around nature with stunning flowers and leaves painted on every surface.

The open-plan dining table is adorned with a giant sunflower, while the floors are painted in green, blue, red and yellow tones.

No room is spared, with one bedroom painted in large, block stripes of colour, with paintings of fruit dangling from the ceiling.

One of the three bathrooms is slightly more toned down, with a calming ocean-themed mural on the walls – complete with swimming fish and groovy plants.

Even the office is decked out with a funky blue cloudy sky painted up above, and tall trees stretching from the floor to ceiling.

In the kitchen, huge flowers wind up the walls next to a snake and apple in a nod to the Garden of Eden – and it even comes complete with a large, nude Adam above the sink, culminating in a faucet in place of the penis.

Jeff designed the property to be a “kaleidoscope of happiness, humanity and life” – and those features are certainly present, right down to the controversial sink detail.

The condominium was built in 2008, with Jeff hoping to establish an artistic community in the local area.

“I built these condos in 2008 to help anchor artists/entrepreneurs in a beautiful, walkable, historic community named Waukesha Wisconsin,” he explained.

“It was a town that was struggling for an identity as the Malls arose and caused many vacancies in great small towns.

“Artists/creatives are often involved in the rehabilitation of downtowns that are deteriorating.

“Ownership allows these artists to share in the successes they create by getting involved in the positive change they often incite.”

Jeff used recycled materials to bring the space to life, including a rounded headboard painted to resemble a sunflower and used as a kitchen counter, a kitchen butcher block from a church renovation, a former bowling alley for the bar, and wood and metal pieces taken from a bin during the building’s construction.