Silver, black, and a healthy heaping of testosterone were the not-so-secret ingredients that made a suburban Maryland residence this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.
And we have to confess, we love this dose of boldness in Baltimore.
The listing went viral on Twitter, as folks tried to puzzle through the decidedly creepy decor choices. Social media was split on whether the Gothic, Las Vegas Raiders-loving setup was an abomination—or an inspiration for living your very best life.
The current owner and genius behind the creation, Billy Nicholson, inherited the house from his mom, according to the Baltimore Sun. His journey to virality began with a bar out back that looks like a cemetery—and proceeded down a dark path from there.
“It’s basically my twisted imagination coming to life,” he told the paper. Now he’s moving in with his fiancée and selling the one-of-a-kind man cave.
Another distinctive vision on a much grander scale also made a repeat appearance on this week’s list. Shaquille O’Neal‘s Florida mansion is back on the market, after a previous sale fell through.
Besides those two homes, you also clicked on a $79 million penthouse in New York City, a quirky Ohio home with a replica of the Oval Office, and a place in the woods of South Carolina built to look like a medieval castle, complete with gargoyles.
We’re now ready to lower the drawbridge on all of this week’s most popular homes. Join us on a wild ride.
Why it’s here: Built in 1980 and remodeled into modern farmhouse, shiplap-shape, this charming four-bedroom home is move-in ready. Don’t miss the incredible combo mud and laundry room, wraparound front porch, and a private, fenced backyard.
Why it’s here: This four-bedroom country retreat in the middle of Wisconsin sits on just over an acre and was designed for family fun.
The wraparound deck provides a wonderful spot for basking in the fresh air and soaking in the views. Inside, there are hardwood floors throughout, the great room has vaulted pine ceilings, and the walk-out rec room with built-in bar is primed for a good time.
Why it’s here: This stylish midcentury modern was built in the Atlanta suburbs in 1963.
The three-bedroom has since been transformed by its current owner, with upgrades and updates throughout. It sits on just under a half-acre, with a pool, outdoor living spaces, and easy access to the city.
Why it’s here: A proposed sale of Shaquille O’Neal‘s massive estate fell through.
So the Hall of Famer’s 12-bedroom, 31,000 square-foot behemoth is back up for grabs. Located in a gated community, the 4-acre property includes 700 feet of lakefront.
Features worthy of a baller include an NBA-certified basketball court, a 17-plus car showroom garage, cigar and wine room, theater, walk-in safe room, and recording studio.
Why it’s here: Tucked on 2.5 wooded acres, this tidy, four-bedroom brick ranch sits close to shopping and the Maryland state line. Recent upgrades include a new deck, heat pump, walk-out basement, and man cave.
Why it’s here: What was once described as “one of the last great unclaimed spaces in New York City” is now a penthouse worth clicking on. The Skyhouse Penthouse spans the top five floors of the Woolworth Tower and has claimed a spot among the priciest places in NYC.
The interiors were awarded the “Best Apartment of the Decade” by Interior Design Magazine in 2015. From the jaw-dropping listing photos, it’s easy to see why. A swirling, circular library plus a 408-square-foot private observatory, are just a couple of the unparalleled spaces within this luxe penthouse.
Why it’s here: Built in 1880, this historic six-bedroom mansion just received a two-year renovation and features fresh paint as well as refinished wood floors.
Highlights include a wraparound porch and a roomy backyard, all within walking distance of historic Canton Square.
Why it’s here: This six-bedroom mansion was built in 2000 and comes with one notable feature—an office designed as an exact replica of the Oval Office in the White House.
Why it’s here: Complete with gargoyles, a tower, and a sword in the stone, this bespoke castle was built in 1995 and designed to be the stuff of someone’s medieval fantasies.
Today, the four-bedroom fortress on 3.22 wooded acres is searching for a new princess, and could become a short-term rental or a home base for a royal-loving buyer with an idiosyncratic aesthetic.
Why it’s here: Raiders, horror movies, and partying are the three pillars of this eclectic suburban home. The creepy listing ricocheted around the web this week, as folks tried to figure out the brains behind its distinctive decor.
One man’s inheritance has painstakingly been turned into an eerie man cave celebrating the NFL’s Silver and Black, as well as classic horror flicks.
The highlight of the home is an intensely mirrored boudoir bedazzled with crosses. In addition to the framed jerseys of Raiders greats, you’ll spy spiderweb ironwork, Gothic chandeliers, and a bar with a cemetery theme out back.