Floating in the middle of Booth Lake in Wisconsin is Fairy Island, a dream property for someone looking to get away from the rest of the world. And guess what? There are plenty of folks with solitude on their mind. The isle cast a spell on home watchers this week, becoming the most popular home on Realtor.com®.
The 1-acre island comes with a cabin built in 1930, a well, and even a boat for getting back and forth to the mainland. The best part? It’s affordable at only $350,000.
It wasn’t the only private island to crack this week’s top 10. A chic isle on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota also drew attention with its opulent amenities, including the largest residential atrium in the state and an indoor grotto. Known as Windermere, this estate comes with a significantly steeper price tag: $15 million.
Listing photos for an abandoned love nest in Los Angeles once shared by ’90s rock gods Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love also drew a crowd. The now-decrepit dwelling is up for grabs for a buyer in search of a chunk of rock history.
You also clicked on a charming Tudor in Santa Barbara, CA, as well as the former home of professional designers in Indianapolis.
It’s a diverse list of popular homes this week, but we expect most of you to walk away with Fairy Island daydreams. The pull of a private island priced within reach is hard to resist. Scroll down for a full look at the week’s 10 most popular homes.
Why it’s here: Built in 1901, this four-bedroom Victorian in the Central Valley is being sold as is and needs someone to bring it back to life.
Filled with built-ins and throwback touches like pocket doors, window seating, and stained glass, the home also has new flooring and paint. Most importantly, it possesses “lots of potential,” according to the listing.
Why it’s here: This 3-acre country property sits where the Susquehanna River and Roaring Creek meet. It includes a separate building with bar, four-stall bank barn, and riding area. The four-bedroom, 3,082-square-foot main home was built in 1840 and includes wide-plank wood floors, two enclosed sun porches, and 10-foot ceilings.
Why it’s here: This midcentury modern ranch is decked out in pitch-perfect decor that elevates the original details of the house. They include clean lines, vintage bathroom tile, and sliding windows.
The four-bedroom home also has plenty of modern updates, including professional landscaping and a pool. A classic from the 1950s, this place has plenty of room for a stylish crowd.
Why it’s here: The sellers of this three-bedroom have turned the interiors into a decor hodgepodge.
A Coke vending machine, full-sized video game, and loud color choices throughout make this a home with a particular type of appeal. A buyer will either fall in love with it or purchase gallons of a neutral-color paint.
Why it’s here: Charming as heck, this San Roque Tudor was built in 1926. The interiors of this four-bedroom home are a perfect blend of old world and modern style.
Outdoors, the deck and lush yard offer a perfect escape to nature and gorgeous Santa Barbara sunshine.
Why it’s here: Built in 1947, this home was remodeled and redesigned by the seller—the professional behind local design firm House Seven Design.
Light-filled and chic throughout its 3,582 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms, this is a turnkey purchase for a buyer in search of serious style. Custom details include a finished basement and two offices done by California Closets.
Why it’s here: This quirky estate is a bit of a head scratcher. It’s highlighted by a motorized, rotating tower reportedly inspired by the CN Tower. While nowhere near as tall as Toronto’s tower, this perch is probably as good as it’s going to get in Saginaw.
An oddly shaped main house has 5,000 square feet of living space and a 1,700-square-foot finished basement. The 16.5-acre property comes with a guesthouse, greenhouse, and garage parking for seven cars.
Why it’s here: This luxe island estate offers spectacular living spaces, views of Lake Minnetonka, and the ultimate in security. The 1.37-acre island is connected to the mainland by a private driveway.
The four-story, five-bedroom,13,949-square-foot mansion features a home theater, lounge and wine room, cigar and poker room, indoor grotto, and the state’s largest residential glass atrium.
Why it’s here: This run-down residence was once the center of the rock world when it was shared by grunge power couple Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love in 1992.
Today, the three-bedroom home built in 1921 has fallen into disrepair and needs an enterprising buyer to breathe new life into the place.
Why it’s here: Priced within reach, this private island is ideal for a buyer in search of seclusion. Known as Fairy Island, it measures in at just under an acre and sits in the middle of Booth Lake.
About 45 minutes west of Milwaukee, this isle presents an opportunity to really get away from the big city. It comes with a two-bedroom, 900-square-foot cabin with a kitchenette. The surrounding woods offer privacy, and the purchase price includes a boat, which a new owner will need to reach the mainland.