Homes inspired by planes, trains and automobiles

@CNNMoney June 9, 2012: 8:35 AM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Whether they live inside one, beside one or have used materials to build one, residents of all of these unique homes have incorporated modes of transportation into their aesthetic.

Bruce Campbell hopes to one day call this retired Boeing 727-200 home.

So far the passenger jet has one working bathroom, a makeshift shower in the cabin, and an emergency exit that leads out to Campbell's "deck," one of the wings of the retired plane.

According to Campbell's web site, he has spent more than $200,000 on buying the plane, transporting it and making improvements.

"To me it makes no sense at all to destroy the finest structures available and then turn around and build homes out of materials which are fundamentally little better than pressed cardboard, using ancient and inferior design and building methods," he writes.

But some airplane enthusiasts don't want to take up residence in their planes; they are content to park their planes in an attached airplane hangar. At the Cameron Airpark Estates, hangars replace garages and roads are 75 feet wide to allow for airplane traffic.

And for those who prefer to travel by land, literally living on the railroad is another unconventional housing option. This original 1949 Portland Pullman railcar was transformed into a smll one-bedroom home.

Finding parking for a railcar is one thing, but finding parking in New York's space-strapped Manhattan can be quite another. That's why this 300-square-foot sky garage attached to your apartment comes with a pricetag of nearly $7 million.

Of course, when having enough parking spaces isn't an issue, there's this option: a 30-car underground garage, entered via a disguised hydraulic lift.

For those who prefer recycling cars to driving them, residences like this one in Berkeley, Calif., could be a good fit. The owners used parts from 100 junkyard cars to build their dream home.

And for the homeowner who appreciates recycled car scraps but prefers a castle to a home, there's always this.

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