Stately and old-school from the curb, a Maryland mansion went viral, thanks to a quirky subterranean surprise.
The home’s basement holds a full-scale replica of a small town Main Street. Once the photos of this marvel in miniature started circulating on social media, thousands of clicks followed. Those clicks helped propel this Potomac estate to the top of this week’s most popular homes.
It was created by an intrepid homeowner named Tom Blair, whose original intent was to create a party venue for the family’s then-teenage kids. Mission more than accomplished.
But now the brood is all grown up, with kids of their own, and the Blairs have moved on to another Maryland estate they’re using to create a world-class retreat for their grandkids. We can’t wait to see another Blair original create a click frenzy.
Besides the mansion with the bonkers basement, you also clicked on golfer Greg Norman’s 12,000-acre Colorado ranch, which just had a $10 million price slice. There’s also an adobe home in the middle of North Carolina, an adorable storybook home in Illinois, and an iconic midcentury home in Ohio.
We won’t send you to the basement, but we would like you to scroll down and check out all of this week’s most popular properties…
Why it’s here: Virginia is for lovers, and we’re in love with this home. Charming and historic, this 5,000-square-foot beauty is known as “Woodbine.”
It was built in 1813, and many of its original details are intact, including intricate moldings, original finials, and a unique eagle medallion on the foyer ceiling. For a buyer who wants to spread out, the house is located on nearly 7 lush acres, with an option to purchase a contiguous parcel of 43 acres.
Why it’s here: Fairy tales do come true! Originally built in 1939, this storybook home was recently gutted and remodeled with modern amenities, like acacia wood floors, Carrara marble, and custom built-ins.
Ready for its next chapter, the three-bedroom residence is on a full acre filled with lush greenery and mature trees.
Why it’s here: The golf legend Greg Norman owns this nearly 12,000-acre ranch, used for big-game hunting and fishing.
The main house is next to a lake and offers over 13,000 square feet of living space.
Other buildings on the enormous property include detached cabins for guests, as well as a saloon and dance hall. Built in 1993, the property has been on the market for years, but has generated a new wave of interest after Norman knocked $10 million off his asking price.
Why it’s here: Landlord dreams in NOLA? Sitting on two combined lots in the historic Holy Cross neighborhood, this 11-bedroom, seven-bathroom structure is split into three independent living units.
Originally built in 1920, the home has 13-foot ceilings, a large front porch, plenty of parking, and is located just a few feet from the Mississippi River.
Why it’s here: Beautiful brick house! Built nearly two centuries ago, this two-story Georgian Colonial home has been lovingly maintained and upgraded over the years.
Recent additions to the four-bedroom residence include a sun porch, mudroom, and owner’s suite. The nearly 3-acre property also includes a barn with horse stalls, as well as three pastures.
Why it’s here: This historic six-bedroom Greek Revival built in 1899 comes with over an acre of land.
There’s also an income opportunity: The property includes a 1,000-square-foot guest cottage.
All the infrastructure, bathrooms, and kitchen have been recently updated—making for a move-in ready property with endless potential.
Why it’s here: Downtown style in the middle of Dayton. This brick building from 1923 has been transformed into an industrial modern loft, with three bedrooms and a roomy 3,100 square feet.
Highlights include exposed brick, a steam shower, and stainless-steel appliances.
Why it’s here: Santa Fe style in the Carolinas? This custom home may seem out of place in the area, but it somehow works.
The over 44-acre property has been used to create a world all it’s own. Built in 1994, it sits on top of a mountain and maximizes views of the area below.
There’s also a yurt for guests, and trails throughout the one-of-a-kind property.
Why it’s here: Built in 1961 and inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, this iconic house is known in the area as the “Glass House of Chardon.”
The striking and shapely three-bedroom home has been well-maintained throughout its more than 2,200 square feet of midcentury modern elegance. The home’s 6-acre wooded lot includes a brook, waterfalls, and a pond, in addition to a spectacular view.
Why it’s here: A basement unlike anything we’ve ever encountered. The home’s lower level has been transformed into a full-scale replica of a small town.
There are cobblestone streets lined with antique cars, vintage storefronts, and a old-timey movie theater. Picked up on social media, the listing photos wowed folks across the country.
The 4-acre estate is loaded with plenty of elegant touches above ground, but the basement is where the action is. Now, a buyer simply needs to appreciate one man’s unique vision of a basement without parallel.
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