Deep in the heart of Texas, a newly built modern farmhouse comes with an unexpected indoor amenity: a slide. That is, what you’d find on a playground. This oddball conveyance helped the home slip past the competition and claim the crown of this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.
We’re not sure what prompted the builders to include the slide to get from the home’s second floor to the ground level. After all, there are also stairs. And no, it isn’t the HQ of a tech company attempting to keep workers complacent with whimsy.
We hate to be Debbie Downer when it comes to this quirky concept, but the clear plastic enclosed slide will be nearly impossible to get clean—and then there are the home insurance issues.
But we might be alone in our skepticism. Real estate gawkers clicked on the middle schoolers’ dream listing like crazy this week.
Setting the slide aside, you also clicked on the conversion of what was once Perry Elementary School, a lavish resort-style mansion for sale in Missouri with its own on-site health spa and juice bar, and a smartly decorated home with chic interiors in Florida.
Come slide along with us into all of this week’s 10 most popular homes.
Why it’s here: Called Gravel Hill, this five-bedroom Queen Anne Colonial dates to 1878 and is ready for a few updates.
The kitchen was added in 1948 and still has its original cabinets. Work on the bathrooms, however, should be a top priority. Eligible to be on the National Register of Historic Places, the 2.65-acre property is filled with oak, azalea, pecan, and fruit trees.
Why it’s here: This three-bedroom barndominium was developed in 2004 from a restored barn and includes 12-foot ceilings, a deck, and an unfinished second-level bonus room. The 7-acre spread includes multiple buildings with horse stalls, an apartment, and limitless possibilities.
Why it’s here: At the end of a private lane sits this 1.68-acre island estate with a secluded four-bedroom house built in 1974.
The interestingly shaped residence is surrounded by water on three sides and is an ideal spot for nature lovers. The property includes a two-bedroom guest cottage, RV parking, boats, a gentleman’s farm, and gardens.
Why it’s here: This “Golden Era” Gothic estate was built in 1895 for the Offut family and designed by architect Henry Ives Cobb. According to the listing, it’s one of the city’s most notable historic homes.
The eight-bedroom brick home has 6,792 square feet of living space, including multiple sunrooms, dens, and fireplaces. For a buyer looking for a business opportunity, the estate might make a wonderful bed-and-breakfast.
Why it’s here: Built in 1965, the former Perry Elementary school has been transformed into an enormous, stylish home with 14,716 square feet of living space. It comes with an indoor basketball court, arcade, home gym, and garage space. The whole spread covers nearly 11.5 acres just south of Pittsburgh.
Why it’s here: Built in 1993 and newly updated into a farmhouse fantasy, this four-bedroom home sits on a third of an acre with a level backyard and deck.
Inside, the main level has new flooring throughout as well as a renovated kitchen. Fresh paint, newly installed shelving, and shiplap complete the look.
Why it’s here: Newly upgraded, this five-bedroom home on the Big Island could become an excellent rental property.
The half-acre lot is filled with fruit trees and gardens. Highlights of the tropical home include vaulted ceilings, custom counters in the bathrooms, and acacia flooring.
Why it’s here: Stuffed with custom designer details, this elegant four-bedroom home was professionally designed—and it shows.
We love the hand-painted wallpaper in the dining room, the high-end light fixtures everywhere, and the custom molding throughout the home. If the design of the home isn’t sedate enough, the wooded lot provides peaceful seclusion.
Why it’s here: Westbury Estate sits on more than 4.5 acres in a wealthy enclave in the Gateway City. It was on the market a couple of years ago, but is back with a million-dollar price cut.
Built in 2007, the mansion comes with regal details, including an elaborate staircase, an immense kitchen with an office, and a gentleman’s lounge. Luxe amenities include a health spa with gym and juice bar, elevator, and home theater.
Why it’s here: It’s all about the slide. Ready to deposit intrepid homeowners in the middle of the living room, the plastic slide blots out all the other aspects of this brand-new home—which is a shame!
This five-bedroom modern farmhouse is a bit on the bland side, but it is ready for a family to move right in. That is, if parents aren’t worried about their kids becoming regulars at the local ER.
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