We have reader Mary Lou, of Omaha, Nebraska (shout out to my home town), to thank for introducing me to the Netflix Original Series, The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.
I don’t know about you, but I never turn down the chance to see the inside of a home. I just like houses. Big ones, small ones, railroad flats and penthouses–let me in so I can look around. I had a serious bungalow phase in the late 1990s. I think I might even have subscribed to American Bungalow magazine for a while there. (I have never lived in a bungalow. My grandparents’ house, next door to my childhood house, was a generic two-bedroom bungalow that still appears in my dreams.)
Paradoxically, however, all the HGTV reality shows about people looking for houses, renovating houses, flipping houses–make me anxious and put me off.
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes does not put me off. It draws me right in. The four shows in the series are titled for the location of these architectural novelties and wonders: Mountain, Forest, Coast and Underground. These are dream houses, and mostly dreamy houses. The British hosts, architect Piers Taylor and actor Caroline Quentin, are chipper and chatty. They come to praise these houses, not critique them. Random quotes: “A wilderness full of coyotes and rattlesnakes might not be everyone’s cup of tea,”and “Architecture and home can coexist.” For each home, we get a tour with the hosts, plus a chat with the architect and owner. It is fun to see who lives in these unusual dwellings. This is light-hearted, comfort TV.
The series is billed as a Netflix Original, but appears to have been created by BBC Two. The home featured on the trailer up top is not included in the Netflix series as far as I know, but it was the only trailer I could find on YouTube. Check out the Netflix trailer.
There is so much to see that I recommend only the most mindless knitting as an accompaniment. You wouldn’t want to miss a moment of delicious real estate voyeurism.