Former college football coach Jim Tressel has sold his Upper Arlington, Ohio, mansion. Previously, Tressel coached Ohio State University's football team, but lost his job after revelations came to light that some of his players received more than $14,000 in payments or special treatment from the owner of a local tattoo parlor.
The sprawling mansion is certainly a striking one, but it doesn't hold a candle to the home of another big name in football. Joe Montana listed his California villa for a staggering $49 million in 2009. The sluggish housing market has apparently sacked his hopes for a real estate score, however: He recently slashed the price by $14 million.
When they do leave, the local community may miss the glamour of living near a local celebrity. For all we know, Tressel may be a great neighbor, though maybe not as great as devout Christian and star quarterback Tim Tebow. The Denver Broncos player was voted the most desirable neighbor in Zillow's annual Zillow Celebrity Neighborhood Survey, putting him ahead of A-listers like Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston.
Tressel recently lost his job at Ohio State University for failing to report behavior among his players that violated NCCA rules. The NCCA says Tressel knew about the violations but passed up "at least four different opportunities to report the information, and his failure to do so led to allowing several football student-athletes to compete while ineligible."
The NCAA imposed a five-year "show-cause order" for Tressel's alleged negligence. The penalty limits his ability to acquire employment at other universities. But it wouldn't prevent him from entering the pro leagues: Tressel reportedly met with the Indianapolis Colts owner to discuss the team's open coaching position, WBNS says, but ended up not getting the job.
Some just refuse to settle for everyday domiciles. They want more: trippy dimensions, riotous color or wacky themes.
While many might be reluctant to own one of these wildly alternative abodes, most of us can probably still appreciate their novelty and pizzaz. From a jaw-dropping UFO-shaped volcano house to an off-the-grid, refuse-constructed "earthship," we bring you the best of these bizarre but lovable homes.
Click through our gallery to see some fabulously funky homes might leave you dumbstruck -- and maybe even envious.
Overlooking L.A.'s shimmering expanse, this rectangular home is four stories high, and glows in the night with its floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor lights.
The home features a giant reception room with a gleaming, vaulted wood ceiling and skylights. Hydronic coils in the floor heat the interior during damp Seattle winters, while expansive windows passively cool it in summer.
"One-of-a-kind," proclaimed the listing when this home hit the market. Who could possibly disagree? The "Volcano House" sits on a mountaintop and offers 360-degree panoramas of the surrounding desert, located between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
The two-bedroom, 60-acre property used to be listed for $750,000. With its dome-like structure, overlooking a desolate, unforgiving landscape, we agree with AOL Real Estate writer Ann Brenoff that the scene is downright lunar.
This "off-the-grid" 3,140-square-foot home is located just outside of Taos, N.M., which is close to the Greater World Earthship Community. This "earthship," on sale for $495,000, has a spacious living room, fireplace and half-bath, kitchen-dining area, patio and deck, and draws its power from solar panels and a wind turbine.
The bedroom is surrounded by "mature" trees -- you know, like the kind you can have deep conversations with. Also on the patio awaits an appliance traditionally associated with carnivores: a barbecue. Who's up for some grilled arugla?
At ground level, only the the sleek cubic shell of this home is viewable. But walk inside and you'll discover a basement-level pool. The 4,500 square-foot, Wainscott, N.Y., house nestles into a cocoon of woodsy surroundings.
This "Conhouse," designed by the eponymous Germany-based architecture firm, amounts to two containers stacked on top of each other perpendicularly. A polka-dot interior gives the home an even higher spot on the funky meter.
When homebuyers decide to put down roots in Galveston, Texas, they often bring stilts. That’s because Galveston, located smack in the middle of the Gulf Coast’s hurricane alley, is regularly assaulted by torrential downpours. But one eccentric homeowner decided to take a different approach. Known as the “Kettle House,” this steel bowl has withstood the Gulf Coast’s fury for the better part of 50 years, according to the authors of “Weird Texas,” a collection of Texas roadside oddities. Pretty hard to believe when you consider how Hurricane Ike devastated the town back in 2008.
Built in 1948, the "Shoe House's" use of stucco and wood gives standard architecture the boot.
The home offers an impressive five levels that contain three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room.