This week’s most popular home on Realtor.com® was the winner of the “Rock the Block” renovation competition on HGTV. Fans of the popular show flocked to take a peek at the finished product and see exactly why the home strolled away with the Season 2 victory.
The winning design was the brainchild of Mika and Brian Kleinschmidt of HGTV’s “100 Day Dream Home,” who created its comfortable, elegant vibe of farmhouse-meets-coastal. The mini bowling alley in the basement was quite a draw, too.
Located in Dallas, GA, the home landed on the market for $635,000 in early March. A deal was struck quickly, and the HGTV-approved design is now pending sale.
Aside from the block-rocking home, you clicked on a variety of homes with celebrity connections. This week’s runner-up is the New York home of Howard Stern’s longtime limo driver and noted Stern show loudmouth, Ronnie “the Limo Driver” Mund.
At the more decorous end of the spectrum, a Pittsburgh home that once belonged to the beloved children’s TV pioneer Mr. Rogers was also popular, as was a North Carolina house where the actress who played “Aunt Bee” on the “Andy Griffith Show” spent the end of her life as a recluse.
For pure aesthetic delight, don’t miss the glass house in Maryland or the incredible craftsmanship on display at an Oregon estate.
These homes are all winners in their own way, so scroll on down for all of this week’s most popular properties.
Why it’s here: Custom-built in 2018, this seven-bedroom home sits on 9.5 acres and is surrounded by gorgeous views.
According to the listing, the home’s interiors were built with an eye toward craftsmanship. Highlights of that craftsmanship include custom handrails, shiplap walls, and quartz countertops. The property also comes with a barn with power and water.
Why it’s here: Built in 1990 and freshly renovated throughout, this five-bedroom glass house is a beauty inside and out.
It sits on 4 landscaped acres, which provide a breathtaking, ever-changing backdrop from every vantage point within. The home is automated throughout, with Lutron shades, voice-controlled lights, locks, devices, and security. Outside, decks overlook the scenic views and Gunpowder River.
Why it’s here: After a few months on the market, this enormous, 15,400-square-foot castle in Northern California has been discounted by a whopping $18 million. When we first spotted it in January, the structure, known as Swan Lake Castle, was asking $28 million.
The home still isn’t finished, but is surrounded by 4.5 acres filled with three stocked, manmade lakes and rolling gardens.
Why it’s here: This 1967-built ranch is headed to auction with an opening bid of a single buck.
But buyers should expect to shell out substantially more for the four-bedroom home with views of Pikes Peak. Sitting on more than a half-acre at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, the home was custom-built and meticulously maintained by the same family over the past five decades. Conveniently located and filled with vintage touches, this time capsule is sure to attract a bidding war.
Why it’s here: Just a quick 30-minute commute from downtown Portland, this nearly 69-acre country estate features a grand chateau painstakingly built with the finest of materials.
For example, you’ll find 300-year-old door handles, tiles from France, and kitchen doors from Morocco throughout the home. With the abundant acreage, there’s an opportunity to create a vineyard from scratch, with a chateau already in place.
Why it’s here: Once the home of beloved children’s television star Fred Rogers, this five-bedroom home was built in 1921 in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
Muted designs run throughout the home, which is described as well-lit, spacious, and open. The fenced backyard is a perfect outdoor space for years of wholesome family fun.
Why it’s here: Known as the “Quaint House of Stone” and once featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, this three-bedroom stone home was built in 1931.
The charming home features wood-beamed ceilings, a lovely wood-burning fireplace, and a partially finished basement. Outside, the 4.5-acre lot has a garden shed, workshop, and a yard with mature chestnut and walnut trees.
Why it’s here: This airy and lovely home comes with a bit of Hollywood history. It’s the place where the actress Frances Bavier—who played Aunt Bee on the beloved “Andy Griffith Show”—lived out the last years of her life as a recluse prior to her death in 1989. Since her passing, the home has had a major glow-up.
Built in 1951, the five-bedroom home’s formal interiors include a wood-paneled library, 11-foot ceilings, and hardwood floors throughout.
Why it’s here: This home in suburban Queens is being sold by Ronnie Mund., well-known to anyone who listens to the “”Howard Stern Show.” Mund’s personal life is often grist for the show, but his grouchy on-air persona doesn’t carry over to this modest home.
Nevertheless, “Stern Show” fans are intimately familiar with the hijinks that have taken place at this three-bedroom home, originally built in 1960. In addition to the Mund memories, the residence also has a fully finished basement, sunny backyard, and water views.
Why it’s here: It’s a winner, baby! This home captured the title on Season 2 of the popular HGTV show “Rock the Block,” and clicks followed closely behind.
The six-bedroom residence is awash in chic design details throughout. Highlights include a showstopper of a kitchen, with a huge pantry and tons of cabinets. For entertaining guests, there’s a two-lane bowling alley in the basement. When all was said and done after five episodes, this place really rocked the block!
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