Outfitted with 30 crystal chandeliers, an $8.4 million Pennsylvania mansion built smack-dab into the hillside of Jericho Mountain dazzled real estate watchers this week.
Clicks for the custom-built home took off once folks saw the elaborate (some might say gaudy!) interiors. Acres of marble and columns everywhere speak to a certain aesthetic.
A large indoor pool with a bright blue fresco looming above is also a choice. At the same time, two enormous walk-in vaults and some subterranean construction lend the palatial, French-inspired estate a bit of a survivalist vibe.
It’ll be interesting to see if a buyer is ready to commit multimillions of dollars to one seller’s very distinct vision.
As for the runner-up this week, it’s just down the road and offers a completely different viewpoint. A Pennsylvania church converted into a whimsical and stylish home boasts all the coziness you could possibly handle.
Other homes you clicked on this week include Louisiana’s most expensive listing, a French-inspired mansion near New Orleans priced just under $17 million. For something more a little more modest, there’s the famed Orchard Smith Homestead outside Boston, which dates to 1678 and has been lovingly cared for by its historian owner for the past half-century.
For a full look at this week’s most popular homes, simply scroll on down.
Why it’s here: This historic home dates to 1900 and once served as sergeants’ quarters. It’s now been reimagined as a year-round residence, marrying vintage architectural details with modern updates.
For a buyer in search of a turnkey getaway, the home is being sold furnished. The three-bedroom residence sits on Great Diamond Island and features tin ceilings and a wood-burning stove. It’s just a short walk away from the ferry dock and beaches.
Why it’s here: Buyers in search of a lair need look no farther. Safety is a top priority on this 25-acre property, which includes a 4,409-square-foot modern home with ballistic-rated doors, double-glazed windows, a security system, and an interior safe room.
The hardcore security is somewhat softened by the home’s natural light, wooded views, and amenities like a home gym studio, sunporch, and built-ins.
Why it’s here: Built in 1982, this ranch is designed to transport you back to the 1830s. The horse lovers’ property features barns, porches, fire pits, and a tack room.
The estate is spread out over 5 acres crisscrossed with mature oaks, and the three-bedroom main house sits beyond a wooden bridge over the creek that runs through the property.
Why it’s here: Dating all the way back to 1678, the Orchard Smith House has been owned for the past 45 years by a history buff who has meticulously cared for the 17th-century residence. (Note: It looks like this home was just pulled off the market.)
The four-bedroom home has a couple of newer features—namely a game room and wine cellar. There are also five working fireplaces, wood-beamed ceilings, and all the charm you can handle. The more than half-acre lot, which includes a waterfall, can be enjoyed from the patio.
Why it’s here: Built in 1989, this four-bedroom ranch house is built on the banks of the Rainbow River.
Inside, there’s a great room with a fireplace, new granite kitchen countertops, and a screened porch overlooking the river. The quarter-acre lot has a landscaped yard, fruit trees, and three-car garage. The owner’s boat, kayaks, and furnishings are all negotiable with the sale.
Why it’s here: With five levels, and towering over Biscayne Bay, this five-bedroom, modern home offers an exquisite setting.
Highlights of the waterfront residence include floor-to-ceiling hurricane impact windows, an elevator, a large deck out back, and a rooftop entertaining space. If you don’t want to jump in the bay, there’s a heated lap pool with ocean views.
Why it’s here: This luxe eight-bedroom mansion is the most expensive listing in all Louisiana.
Custom-built in 2014, the French Provincial-style estate offers 15,230 square feet of high-end living space. Standout features include European fixtures, a 24-foot-tall foyer, as well as a full spa with a massage room, plus hair and nail stations.
Why it’s here: Built in 1997 for full-out family fun and recently updated, this five-bedroom home sits on just under 4 acres. When the weather warms up, there’s a heated pool and play area. Inside, the home has hardwood floors, a finished walk-out basement, media room, and exercise room.
Why it’s here: Formerly a church, this once-holy house has been converted into a whimsical three-bedroom home, full of natural light.
It’s also filled with modern amenities like the granite countertops and copper backsplash in the kitchen, a stone-accented breakfast nook, and hardwood floors.
For a buyer looking for additional income, the onetime church has two separate entrances, which means it could eventually be split into two units. (Note: It’s currently off market.)
Why it’s here: Designed for a very specific taste, this massive mansion isn’t for everyone. Nevertheless, everyone clicked on it.
Measuring nearly 20,000 square feet and built into a hillside, the decor and design in this estate are over the top. If you’re into gold, marble, and Swarovski crystals, this mansion is made for you. Offering endless expanses of custom-designed interiors, the grand mansion may be a tough sell for most buyers.
But for the buyer in search of a home with 30 chandeliers, two vaults for safe and secure deposits, and a bespoke indoor pool, make your way to New Hope!
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