This week, Twitter put its effort behind crowdsourcing a rational explanation for the week’s most popular property on realtor.com®. Those same social media sleuths propelled the home with creepy vibes to the top of the chart, racking up tens of thousands of clicks along the way. Nearly as many theories about the home’s backstory were also spawned.
Many were simply baffled by the bunker-style home in Kentucky built into the side of a hill with 18-inch concrete walls and a room built like a walk-in safe complete with a cell-like door.
— Jonathan Osman 😷 (@JonathanOsman) April 8, 2021
And because the listing offers no inkling of what the cell-like space is designed for—or even the fact that it exists—theories ran rampant.
Some tweeted the Kentucky home may have been built by a doomsday prepper. Another guessed it was a walk-in gun safe. Others bandied about phrases like “cult leader” and “organ harvester,” which seems overly dramatic, but the fortified below-ground jail cell is undoubtedly jarring.
Away from the nightmare-inducing home, you also clicked on the dreamy California home being sold by HGTV star Christina Haack, an inspired midcentury modern in Rhode Island, and a bodacious Beverly Hills, CA, estate that boasts the largest pool in the 90210.
But before you posit your own theory about this week’s most popular home, we ask you to scroll down and check out all of these high-flying properties.
Why it’s here: Luck of the Irish? Inspired by Lohort Castle in Ireland, which was built in 1184, this replica sits on 5 acres zoned for equestrian or agricultural use.
The royal residence also backs up against the Wellington Environmental Preserve. Built in 2001, the four-bedroom castle spans 4,429 square feet and includes two fireplaces and a detached three-car garage.
Why it’s here: Secure and private, this sleek 5-acre estate has mind-blowing amenities like an indoor sports complex with sports bar, a 5,000-square-foot guest penthouse, caretaker house, two-bedroom guardhouse, 10-car garage, and parking for 80. But the true highlight just might be the biggest zero-edge pool in the vaunted 90210 ZIP code.
The luxurious main house has a whopping 12 bedrooms and 24 bathrooms, and is stuffed with the latest in high-tech home amenities.
Why it’s here: Built in 1978, this place looks like it’s straight out of 1958. The midcentury modern aesthetic is strong in this stylish four-bedroom home sitting on a secluded acre.
Inside, the bright, airy floor plan is an updated kitchen, two-story great room, wall of glass, custom fireplace, detailed wood ceilings, and double front doors. The master bathroom has been updated, and large sliding doors lead out to a deck with an area for outdoor living.
Why it’s here: The129-acre Sweetwater Farm dates to 1815.
Designed for equestrians, the property includes a 9,000-square-foot stone house, a 10-stall horse barn, a five-stall colt barn, and six fenced paddocks. For overnight guests, there’s a newly updated two-bedroom guesthouse. The main house is set on a circular drive and filled with grand entertaining spaces. Highlights include 10-foot-high ceilings, original moldings, millwork, built-ins, and a large terrace with amazing views.
Why it’s here: This private 19-acre property features a stocked pond for fishing and a symmetrical six-bedroom home built in 1998. There’s an elegant front porch, a screened back porch, a large stone fireplace in the living room, a rec room with built-in bar, and plenty of space to expand.
Why it’s here: This stately residence was custom-built in 1962 and designed by architect Myrlin McCullar. According to the listing, this Arkansas delight has been featured in the pages of Architectural Digest.
The three-bedroom, 5,316-square-foot home is filled with built-ins and unique spaces. A lovely backyard pool with cabana and landscaping round out the nearly full-acre property.
Why it’s here: Known as Overcliff, this imposing Victorian mansion dates to 1892 and hovers high above the Hudson River.
The 31-room mansion has two wraparound porches as well as a six-story turret offering jaw-dropping views of the Hudson and the distant Manhattan skyline.
Why it’s here: Shiny and new, this Texas mansion is designed to appeal a buyer who wants more than a little flash. The 10,958-square-foot home sits on 4.5 acres and is highlighted by a designer kitchen, bold all-white interiors, and modern fixtures throughout. Outside, there’s a full kitchen, gazebo, and 90-foot long pool with beach lounge area.
Why it’s here: HGTV star Christina Haack has already cut the asking price on the gorgeous five-bedroom home she shared with former husband Ant Anstead. It landed on the market for $6 million earlier this month, but the price has now come down by $500,000 in an effort to spur a sale.
Originally built in 1999 and since been given a full HGTV-approved makeover, the home is being offered fully furnished.
Why it’s here: It was a social media sensation this week. Folks couldn’t get enough of this house built on a remote 13-acre lot near the Jefferson Memorial Forest. The listing photos for the two-bedroom home start off normal enough, and the home’s features and amenities wouldn’t look out of place in any normal suburban home.
Then, you arrive at what looks to be a fortified cell, which was offered up in the listing photos without any detail whatsoever. Theories on the underground vault were tossed across the web. If you have an idea what this creepy space is really for, we’re all ears.