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Designer Bird House with a Difference

Bird houses are available in many different forms. They can be anything from simple constructions fashioned from reclaimed wood to extravagant designer residences. Of course, the birds don’t really care what they look like but garden owners clearly do. There are some truly amazing designer bird houses available. From miniature mock Tudor mansions to candy coloured mini beach huts, wild birds are being treated to houses that people would be proud of.

If you have been thinking that your neighbourhood birds benefit from a better house than you do then you should have entered HomeAway’s recent charity auction!

Giant Bird House Up for Auction

HomeAway is an online marketplace for holiday rentals. In 2016 the company launched a charity auction and offered a very unusual lot to bid on. The winning bidder would have the chance to enjoy a weekend stay in the world’s largest bird house. The distinctly designer bird house in question is actually a bird house for humans which has been constructed in HomeAway’s headquarters
in Austin, Texas.

Designer Décor and the Perfect Perch

The crazy construction was built in 2009 on the third floor of HomeAway’s offices. It is a stylish studio apartment with luxurious décor and furniture provided by West Elm. There is a sleeping area, dining area and access to a kitchen. The bathroom is not quite as convenient as you might wish because it is located down the hall. The dining area affords guests a wonderful view of downtown Austin whilst the second floor boasts a hammock for relaxing in. The perch area incorporates a drinks fridge if you happen to enjoy a tipple.

Private Residence?

This all sounds amazing except that the bird house is constructed in an office. One wonders if the office is manned at the weekends because that would make the giant designer bird house more like a goldfish bowl!

This all sounds a little bit crazy but then you have do something reasonably left field to get people’s attention. Naturally HomeAway were looking to generate valuable publicity with their auction and a giant bird house for humans was a great way to do that. All proceeds from the auction went to the charity Habitat for Humanity Austin who provide affordable housing for local people (but not for birds!).

For Music Lovers

The weekend stay featured in the auction will coincide with the SXSW Music festival in Austin. Hopefully the was a music lover. HomeAway’s offices are located close to many of Austin’s bars, restaurants and attraction and so there will be plenty for the winning bidder to enjoy during their stay. The auction is now over and the winning bidder has been informed so it is too late to enter now but do keep an eye out in the future because that designer bird house is likely to be on offer again. It is such an extravagant installation that it would be a shame to waste it!


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