When the opportunity to live like a real-life Rapunzel presents itself, you take a second, or perhaps even a third look. Because while the week’s most popular homes on realtor.com® include some of the most famous—and infamous—on the market, a 45-foot, lakefront tower in upstate New York managed to steal the top spot and the hearts of home buyers and admirers across the country.
According to listing agent Natalie Roth, the home went viral after it was featured by the popular Facebook group For the Love of Old Houses.
“It is a very unique property, with a 45-foot tower in the middle of the home,” Roth says. “It’s also on Chase Lake, a lovely nonmotorized Adirondack-like lake in the Tug Hill plateau of northern New York.”
Other stars on realtor.com include a suburban Philadelphia home with the BDSM dungeon, making an appearance for the fifth week in a row; Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler‘s mansion in Nashville, TN; and Michael Jackson‘s former Neverland estate, in the news because of the recent HBO documentary about sex-abuse allegations against the late singer. All of these homes are interesting and even newsworthy, but it was the little cottage in the Adirondacks that people wanted to see more than the others.
It’s nice to see this special little home tucked among tall trees capture the imagination of so many people. Or maybe it’s the promise of a prince and really good tresses. Either way, we’re obsessed, too.
So let down your hair and take a look at all of this week’s most popular properties.
Why it’s here: Maybe it’s having the Kardashians in the neighborhood, or perhaps it’s the location with lake views, but this five-bedroom place definitely knows how to draw attention. Built in 1969 and totally upgraded, the three-story home sits on the end of a quiet cul-de-sac with the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor living. Walls of windows marry views with comfortable spaces like the designer-remodeled kitchen and the outdoor living room with fireplace and built-in grill.
Why it’s here: Built in 1790, this home received an impeccable, award-winning makeover, which protected and enhanced its antique details while bringing the home up to date. Bright and sunny, the three-bedroom home includes such period touches as Georgian paneling, six fireplaces, nine-over-six windows, and plank floors. The kitchen was custom-built by a master craftsman and includes a large fireplace with beehive bake ovens and a beamed ceiling.
Why it’s here: Warm, inviting, and brimming with character, this corner penthouse loft is reportedly owned by one of the athletic Gronkowski brothers. The kitchen was custom-built with milled antique fir cabinets and restaurant-grade appliances. In addition to views and a south-facing Juliet balcony off the living room, the property comes with a 340-square-foot private roof deck and two deeded parking spots.
Why it’s here: Smart, stylish, and featuring upgraded everything, this cool abode was built in 2015. And it stands apart from other homes in the development—it’s the only single-story home. If the single level isn’t enough to entice buyers, it’s also outfitted with Nexia Home Intelligence and filled with builder upgrades like quartz counters, diagonally laid tile, custom vanities, and Zebra shades. Outdoors, there’s a Zen garden and pond to provide the perfect backdrop for a serene Sunshine State lifestyle.
Why it’s here: For the fifth week in a row, this lovely suburban home known as the “sex dungeon house” lands on our Top 10 list, both for obvious and for less salacious reasons. Sure, the home’s basement fully outfitted as a BDSM play area is a draw. But even if you come for the titillating bits of the tour, you have to notice what a sublime family home it truly is—just one with a naughty little secret.
Why it’s here: Originally listed June, this home belongs to star couple Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari, who are currently starring in their own reality TV show centered on Cavallari’s home-lifestyle brand Uncommon James and the overhaul of a farmhouse outside Nashville. The interiors of this seven-bedroom mansion have been totally updated by Cavallari and her team and feature stylish fixtures and furnishings.
Why it’s here: Clean lines and pristine spaces highlight this showstopper of a mansion. Finished last year, the five-bedroom home offers over 12,000 square feet and design elements that would rival any casino on the Strip. The layout includes two master suites, a wine room, elevator, media room, gym, office, and large swaths of windows to take in desert views.
Why it’s here: It’s one of the most famous residences in the world. Formerly known as Neverland, Michael Jackson‘s retreat came back into the spotlight courtesy of the recent HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.” Now marketed as Sycamore Valley Ranch, the 2,700-acre property has had a dramatic price drop, from $100 million to its current $31 million.
Why it’s here: The European-style mansion was built in 1985 and is known as Eagan’s Castle. Formal, sleek, and very grown-up, this castle includes finishes and amenities that put it in a regal class all by itself. Making it even more attractive, the gated estate is an easy commute away from the downtowns of both Twin Cities, the airport, and the new Minnesota Vikings facility.
Why it’s here: If Rapunzel were a real girl, she would live here. This 45-foot tower overlooks Chase Lake, which is private, with no public access. Surrounded by Otter Creek State Forest in the Adirondacks, the property provides magical outdoor adventure year-round, from kayaking and hiking to ice fishing.
If the breathtaking structure isn’t enough to entice buyers, the home’s interior is whimsical and filled with charming crannies and spaces for whiling away lazy afternoons or reconnecting with friends and family. This secluded retreat, a world straight out of a fairy tale, covers nearly a full acre—and we’re totally obsessed.