The mystery house located at 3215 Wade Avenue in Raleigh, N.C., looks pretty normal at first glance. As NPR notes, it looks like “another 1970s-era house with a landscaped yard, white columns, and green shutters.”
However, WUNC radio host Eric Mennel noticed a few strange things about the house and decided to look into the situation. Firstly, the house doesn’t have a driveway or a walkway leading to the front door. Further, the lights never seemed to be on.
So if the structure at 3215 Wade Ave. isn’t a house, what is it?
It’s actually a water booster pumping station, believe it or not.
Water booster pump stations are “superchargers” for the city’s municipal water supply, WUNC reports. The stations are reportedly placed in strategic locations and “push water uphill or forward to ensure a consistent and reliable water supply,” Business Insider notes.
According to WUNC, the fake house was built in the late 1970s because the church next door didn’t want an industrial plant located across from them. However, the city really needed to build the plan in that location.
Business Insider has photos of the inside of the pumping station: