A Pennsylvania home filled with eclectic decor choices rocketed to the top of this week’s most popular homes on realtor.com®.
Sedate from the exterior, but unlike anything we’ve ever seen on the interior, the home’s wild listing photos caused a click storm online.
The home’s outlandish interiors sprang from the mind of homeowner John Cope. According to the home’s listing agent, Cope desired to design the party pad of his dreams.
Highlights include a dining room designed to replicate the bridge of a 25th-century spaceship, complete with a talking alien head. And instead of just hanging a few UFOs from the ceiling, Cope used parts stripped off an old Apache helicopter.
For a truly tropical vibe, there’s a guest bedroom filled with actual sand on the floor.
Clicking through listing photos is a wild ride. The best part? Everything you see inside gets thrown in with the $159,000 purchase price. Yes, even the talking alien and vintage MAD Magazines.
Besides the peculiar Pennsylvania home, you also clicked on the waterfront Michigan manse of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, a quirky cottage built over a river in Maryland, and an A-frame in Ohio built in 1969 that’s just plain groovy, baby.
Join us on a long, strange trip into this week’s most popular properties…
Why it’s here: Bargain fixer-upper alert! This nearly 4,000-square foot brick Italianate home is priced at only $35 per square foot.
Built for John Herget in 1870, this historic residence is filled with period details and offers endless potential. Cool original features of the two-story home include ornate mosaic tile, curved archways, hardwood floors, and high ceilings.
Why it’s here: Mansion of a mogul! This elegant Colonial was built in 1929 by Hal H. Smith, a well-known supporter of the arts in Detroit. Sitting on just under 2 acres, the over 14,500-square-foot home boasts a two-story walnut library, hand-painted ceilings, blue stone patio, pool, and greenhouse.
Located just off the banks of Lake St. Clair, the property offers gorgeous water views, in addition to 200 feet of lake frontage.
Why it’s here: Wide open views of Tampa Bay are the hallmark of this four-bedroom home, on nearly a full acre of waterfront property.
Built in 1949 for entertaining on a grand scale, the Mediterranean-inspired design features a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living, a heated saltwater pool and spa, rooftop terrace, koi pond with waterfall, aviary, patio, and a 200-foot dock for boating.
Why it’s here: French maximalist luxury abounds in this regal five-bedroom residence built in 2001. The first floor pays homage to the eras of kings Louis XIV through Louis XVI, with plenty of crystal chandeliers and gold leaf.
The half-acre lot includes a terrace off the kitchen, formal gardens, and a three-car garage, which can be accessed by an elevator.
Why it’s here: Storybook fantasy! Meticulously detailed Indiana limestone welcomes guests to this remarkable Romanesque home, built in 1890.
The six-bedroom home has been tastefully updated for modern living and boasts hardwood floors, oak paneling, and crown molding. On just under a half-acre, the estate is ringed with gardens, a gazebo, and mature trees.
Why it’s here: Over the river and loving this home! This charming cottage from 1940 is literally built over a river, maximizing its views throughout. At just 930 square feet, it has been updated with hardwood floors, a new kitchen, and new half-bath.
This water lover’s delight is adjacent to county land, offering uncommon privacy and seclusion.
Why it’s here: For a buyer in search of a higher calling, this onetime bustling church needs a heroic rescue. Built in 1890, the brick building could be polished into a luxurious family home or perhaps a wedding business.
Why it’s here: Football fans wanted to see the digs of Lions QB Matthew Stafford.
The superstar property is dubbed “Michigan’s most magnificent estate” in the listing details and is reputed to have the state’s largest infinity-edge pool.
The megamansion was built in 1980 and fully renovated in 2016, and its other highlights include an indoor basketball court, 625-bottle wine cellar, and over 400 feet of waterfront.
Why it’s here: Modern, experimental, and unlike anything else on the market, this A-frame built in 1968 was designed to bring its natural surroundings indoors.
The three-bedroom home is on a wooded, professionally landscaped half acre and would be a daring choice for any home shoppers looking for a statement property to make their own.
With nearly 3,300 square feet of living space, its highlights include a solarium, indoor pond, and wine cellar.
Why it’s here: We asked listing agent Samuel Pace about this one-of-a-kind home and its eccentric owner. He told us he wasn’t prepared for what he saw inside the home, but made his peace with the off-the-wall decisions made by its owner, John Cope.
“I think he enjoyed his time in the house,” Pace said with a laugh.
We’d call Cope an accomplished outsider artist, thanks to his ability to dodge decor norms in favor of a place that served to make him happy.
Everything you see in the home’s wild listing photos will convey with the sale.
As another bonus, Cope has offered to help answer any questions a buyer may have. And we have a feeling there will be questions.
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