Bethesda's 'Mushroom House' Looks Like Something Out of 'The Smurfs'

Bethesda's 'Mushroom House' Looks Like Something Out of 'The Smurfs'

  • Jill Schwartz
  • 06/20/18

If you've ever had dreams of living in a Smurf house, this quirky piece of real estate will be right up your alley! After a major interior renovation, the whimsical Bethesda "mushroom house" is for sale for the first time since 2015, when it sold for $920,000.

According to Washingtonian, the mushroom house hasn't always been this shape. The original property was built in 1923 and was remarkably ordinary, until Edward and Frances Garfinkle purchased it in 1967 and hired futurist architect Roy Mason to remodel. He used polyurethane foam on the original stucco exterior to create "curves and arches and 30-foot ceilings," according to Edward Garfinkle in a 2013 Bethesda Magazine interview.

The current owner Brian Vaughn added a loft above the living room, remodeled the kitchen and dug out the basement in order to raise the ceiling height.

“The Mushroom house ... offers a sense of mystical relaxation and fun," says listing agent Jill Schwartz. "It's a magically inspired design with modern amenities that offers a rental apartment for growth of financial wealth, while simultaneously creating a home to unwind and enjoy.”


• Neighborhood: Westgate (Bethesda)

• Bedrooms: 6

• Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 half

• Size: 5,500 square feet

• Price: $1,549,000

• Extra Goodies: Detached garage; Hardwood floors throughout house; Exposed beams; Granite countertops; GE Cafe kitchen appliances; Walk-in closets; Finished basement with game room; Guest house with one bed/one bath and a full kitchen; Fully- fenced yard; Patio; Flood lights; Central AC

In case you were one of the few folks who didn't hop into the photo gallery straight away, scroll back to the top and take a tour through this stunning home! For more information, please see the full listing here, or contact realtor Jill Schwartz of Compass.

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