When this Illinois home was built in 2003, locals called it an “architectural pie in the face.” Over the years, the odd home has become a local landmark.
Now on the market for $269,900, the famous “pie house” has baked up a new wave of interest, rising to the top of this week’s most popular homes on realtor.com®.
Construction on the oblong-shaped lot was a challenge for developer Greg Weissman. The small suburban parcel required him to build the house with one wall just 3 feet wide, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Early feedback from neighbors was negative, but today the Deerfield home is widely viewed as an innovative use of a small lot.
The rest of this week’s most popular homes included a lakefront Craftsman in Colorado, an extravagant Jersey Shore mansion, and a stone castle in Montana with its own moat and drawbridge.
We won’t judge your favorite pie flavor (Key lime forever!), but we will ask you to scroll down and enjoy all of the delicious dwellings on this week’s list of most popular homes.
Why it’s here: This 7,000-square-foot estate on Lake Gaston was built by a local contractor in 2018 as a personal home. Now on the market, the four-bedroom home is loaded with amenities, including two full kitchens, home theater, fitness room, reclaimed wood ceilings, and jaw-dropping views. The 1.5-acre property also comes with a heated pool with waterfall and hot tub, an outdoor kitchen, and deep-water boathouse.
Why it’s here: Contemporary and chic, this distinctive three-bedroom dwelling was built in 2003. Despite its boxy and utilitarian appearance, it’s both comfortable and livable. There’s a two-story entry and a living room with a custom fireplace. The elevated dining room is ideal for entertaining, and the basement is fully finished. Outside, the half-acre lot features a tiered backyard, covered patio, and fire pit.
Why it’s here: The home was originally built in 1967, but none of its ’60s-era elements appear to have made the cut in its spectacular top-to-bottom makeover. The four-bedroom house has three levels and an open floor plan. Trendy interior touches include a laundry room barn door, vinyl plank flooring, cathedral ceilings, and large kitchen with island.
Why it’s here: Built in 1840 by Lewis Stewart, this brick Federal Italianate has been well-preserved. The imposing four-bedroom home features an original bentwood staircase, intricate woodwork, and hardwood flooring. Many of the mechanicals in the home have been updated, but buyer beware—the property is being sold as is.
Why it’s here: More than just a simple Jersey beach house, this is a beach mansion designed to impress. The nine-bedroom home was finished in 2012, after three years of construction and seven years of planning. Inside, the home features an elevator, dual staircases, antique oak flooring, and oversize rooms. Outside, there are massive decks designed to soak in the ocean views.
Why it’s here: Privacy seekers should take a gander at this secluded 6-acre property. The outdoor space features a pool as well as a stocked lake. Built in 2009, the five-bedroom main house features built-ins, a custom wood-burning fireplace, and a large kitchen with island and breakfast bar. The pole barn on the property was recently built and currently houses a batting cage and basketball hoop.
Why it’s here: Ever envisioned yourself as the owner of a dog kennel? You’d be barking up the right tree in Wisconsin. This 17-acre property comes with a turnkey kennel facility ready for an entrepreneurial buyer. The four-bedroom home on the property was built in 1947 and features a newly renovated kitchen. There’s also a space for cat and small-animal boarding with room to expand.
Why it’s here: Big Sky views abound on this 100-acre property anchored by a massive stone castle completed in 2019. Over-the-top touches in this 31,000-square-foot property include a five-story circular elevator, indoor shooting range, three pools, a bowling alley, yoga room, and golf simulator. The pièce de résistance is the castle’s moat complete with drawbridge.
Why it’s here: This architecturally significant landmark was built in 1850 from cobblestones from Lake Ontario. The nine-bedroom house sits on 143 acres and serves as the anchor of the working farm. The 5,600 square feet of living space includes two front parlors, a formal dining room, and basement.
Why it’s here: It’s not just a facade! Known as the “pie house,” this structure was designed to fit an oddly shaped lot and measures only 3 feet wide at its tip. Inside, the two-bedroom home resembles most suburban dwellings—although there are some interesting angles at play.
According to the listing, “this iconic home is larger than it appears.” All it needs is a buyer to fall for its delectable vision.
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