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    Modern Medieval: A Castle in Connecticut Ranks as the Week’s Most Popular Home

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    Hear ye, hear ye, wannabe kings and queens. A recently updated Connecticut castle filled with generations of history is the week’s most popular home. It racked up a princely sum of clicks as gawkers paused to take in the stone structure’s beauty.

    The distinctive dwelling was built in 1936 by local Freemasons for a New York businessman, and takes its cues from Old World castles across Europe.

    Now on the market for $1.25 million, the medieval-looking mansion has been reinvented by the current owners as an elegant modern residence. The renovation outfitted this fortress with the latest technology, but also ensured that it retains its royal charms.

    This week’s runner-up is Belle Terre, a custom, bucolic, 38-acre South Carolina estate built in 2016. It sits just outside Greenville and is loaded with gorgeous, remarkable spaces. The estate even comes with a bovine bonus—a friendly family of 13 cows that are included in the deal.

    Other properties piquing your interest this week included a Kentucky log cabin with more than 1,000 square feet of outdoor porches and patios, a historic Mississippi home in need of a rescue, and an immaculate midcentury modern house in Kansas, still in mint condition.

    For the full list of all this week’s most popular homes, simply scroll on down…

    10. 3527 Sage Dr, Rockford, IL

    Price: $245,000

    Why it’s here: Beautiful brick house! Built in 1987, this four-bedroom home has recently been given a stylish makeover. It’s now airy, bright, and move-in ready.

    The kitchen features new cabinets and stainless-steel appliances, and the bathrooms have been remodeled, including the addition of a soaker tub in the bathroom of the owner’s suite. The finished basement offers a spacious bonus area for fun.

    Rockford, IL brick house exterior
    Rockford, IL

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    9. 9540 Taft Hwy, Williamstown, KY

    Price: $624,900

    Why it’s here: This property spans 88 acres, dotted with ponds, lakes, and multiple barns. The rustic three-bedroom main house was built from logs in 1998.

    Interior spaces feature high, beamed ceilings and a cozy country vibe. While away the lazy days of summer on the home’s 1,000 square feet of patios and porches.

    Williamstown KY log house retreat exterior
    Williamstown, KY

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    8. 141 Channel Rd, Salina, KS

    Price: $300,000

    Why it’s here: Blending midcentury style with modern convenience, this immaculately maintained two-bedroom home was built in 1959.

    Recent updates include new bathrooms, windows, and floors, which mix beautifully with period details like built-ins, vintage light fixtures, and rich wood paneling. The hands-down highlight of this vintage gem is the living room with views of the Smoky Hill River.

    Salina KS mid centiry mod house exterior
    Salina, KS

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    7. 179 Driving Park Ave, Rochester, NY

    Price: $105,000

    Why it’s here: Built in 1880, this sturdy five-bedroom Victorian offers nearly 2,300 square feet of living space. Many of the home’s original fixtures are intact, like the wood floors, plaster crown moldings, tin ceilings, and gingerbread archways.

    However, it’s the secret upstairs playroom with a whimsical small door that is likely to delight generations to come.

    Rochester, NY victorian house exterior
    Rochester, NY

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    6. 308 S. Franklin St, Aberdeen, MS

    Price: $106,000

    Why it’s here: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 1902-built Colonial needs an enterprising buyer to finish its restoration.

    Bringing the home back to its original grandeur means buying it as is, and being willing to complete a renovation that’s estimated to be 80% complete.

    The three-bedroom home in need of a final touch of TLC boasts six fireplaces, high ceilings, and gold coffered ceilings in the grand room.

    Aberdeen, MS colonial exterior
    Aberdeen, MS

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    5. 210 Brackett Rd, Gorham, ME

    Price: $284,900

    Why it’s here: All that remains of the original ranch house built on this property in 1966 is the foundation and parts of the framing. Today, the two-bedroom home features shiplap, high ceilings, barn beams, and other modern touches.

    The updates make the petite space feel downright roomy. And the location just outside Portland means that this place is a smart choice for quick trips into town.

    Gorham, ME house exterior
    Gorham, ME

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    4. 45554 Wau Winet, Alexandria Bay, NY

    Price: $1,049,000

    Why it’s here: Practically in Canada, this six-bedroom home way up north sits on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. The location on tiny Wau Winet Island ensures privacy and seclusion.

    The roomy patio is perfect for entertaining and offers views of Boldt Castle and the Thousand Islands Bridge.

    Inside, the traditional home features hardwood floors and detailed millwork. Outside, 150 feet of water frontage will be ideal for boating and swimming.

    Alexandria Bay, NY island house overhead
    Alexandria Bay, NY

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    3. 60 Mountain Brook Trl, Brevard, NC

    Price: $1,195,000

    Why it’s here: This brand-new, modern farmhouse is packed with everything today’s buyer desires. Namely: a brick fireplace, custom closets, detailed woodwork, and airy, light-filled spaces.

    On just over a full wooded acre in the Mountain Brook Community, the home is move-in ready and just a few minutes from downtown.

    Brevard, NC modern farmhouse exterior
    Brevard, NC

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    2. 455 McKinney Rd, Simpsonville, SC

    Price: $10,750,681

    Why it’s here: Belle Terre is a sumptuous 38-acre property custom-built in 2016. The estate is fanciful on an epic scale—the six-bedroom main house is packed with colorful, happy decor.

    There’s also a 10-car garage, a detached barn and office, and a 1,400-square-foot guest apartment. Outside, the property doesn’t skimp on amenities, with a pool, spa, greenhouse, tree house, stocked pond, pole barn, and 13 resident cows.

    Simpsonville SC Belle Terre overhead
    Simpsonville, SC

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    1. 1428 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT

    Price: $1,250,000

    Why it’s here: This European-style castle was built in 1936 and given a complete renovation in 2013.

    The over 7,800-square-foot, three-level home was once inhabited by a financier and his wife, who, according to the listing, was a popular opera singer of the time and performed for famous figures including Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart.

    Today, the 7.2-acre property could easily be outfitted to accommodate horses, and additional acreage is available for purchase.

    Highlights of the six-bedroom home include a chef’s kitchen, lush wood paneling, and the locally mined lavender quartz used on the fireplace.

    Filled with high-drama angles and elegant lines, this one-of-a-kind home embraces its past, and is ready and waiting for the future with a new owner.

    Monroe, CT castle exterior
    Monroe, CT

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