A famous thatch-roof house designed by Earl Young captivated the web and racked up tens of thousands of clicks. Resembling a mushroom, the unusual residence in Charlevoix, MI, is this week’s most popular home on Realtor.com®.
Listed for $4.5 million, the “Hobbit-style” home built in 1918 has been entirely updated.
Curvy in all the right ways, it features stone walls, cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, and plenty of spaces to explore. Along with seven bedrooms, the fanciful-looking residence offers views of Lake Michigan.
Besides the mushroom home, you also clicked on a renovated lakefront cabin in Minnesota, a bargain beach bungalow on the Jersey Shore, and a prepper’s paradise complete with a miniature golf course in Georgia.
For a full look at this week’s 10 most popular homes, simply scroll on down.
Why it’s here: Calling all lovers of A-frames, cedar cabins, and midcentury modern design: This groovy Craftsman will take you back to 1978.
From the retro kitchen with orange cabinets to the orange-carpeted stairs to the eye-popping soaking tub in the primary suite, this three-bedroom home takes a massive jump back in time. With 5,000 square feet of living space and nearly 6 acres, there’s plenty of room to transform it into a dream home and a low price affords the opportunity to do it.
Why it’s here: This three-bedroom lakefront cabin was built in 1960 but has been entirely modernized inside.
From the new kitchen with a center island and sliders that open up to Island Lake to the bright primary suite with a private balcony and custom bathroom, the 1,276-square-foot home is simply gorgeous.
Enjoy a boat ride from the private dock or take a walk along the private 120 feet of lake frontage. A finished bunkhouse is also available to accommodate guests.
Why it’s here: This is the home of Gulf Wars, a popular annual event that draws thousands of attendees to celebrate medieval culture.
Known as Kings Arrow Ranch, the 153-acre property was once a boys and girls retreat. For the past 30 years, Gulf Wars has been held on this massive site, which also features a pool, cabin, bunkhouse, horse stalls, mobile homes, townhouses, and 80 RV spots.
Why it’s here: It’s a real situation on the Jersey Shore. This beach cottage needs extensive renovation, which is why it’s priced below market value.
Built in 1925, this bungalow could be flipped as a beautiful beach house. For comparison, a completely renovated home just up the street is asking for more than double the price of this one.
Why it’s here: This eight-bedroom bargain mansion boasts lots of character and history.
Built in 1915, the sprawling 5,875-square-foot home offers plenty of period details, including a stone fireplace in the living room and a butler’s pantry with original marble. A primary suite now features a remodeled bathroom. And the “chauffeur’s quarters” in the three-car garage provides extra storage space.
Why it’s here: This spacious four-bedroom cabin comes with a budget price and a modern interior.
Tucked away on 2.68 acres in the mountains, this rustic home offers 3,192 square feet of living space. Built in 1994, the bright cabin features lots of windows to take in the surrounding natural beauty. There’s also a covered front deck, spacious side deck, and gazebo for entertaining or simply enjoying the tranquil setting.
Why it’s here: Calling all preppers. This 3,068-square-foot home comes equipped with an underground bunker.
The three-bedroom house sits on nearly 12 acres and features everything from an inground pool to a minigolf course. Inside, there’s a modern chef’s kitchen plus an enormous primary suite complete with a marble bathroom and access to a private deck.
Why it’s here: This historic (and affordable) four-bedroom home has been beautifully preserved. It features original exposed beams and woodwork throughout.
Built in 1920, the home offers period lighting as well as oak and pine flooring. A lovely primary suite has a fireplace, dressing room, and access to a balcony with a porch swing. Other modernizations over the years also include a new roof, gutters, and a deck.
Why it’s here: This four-bedroom stone home known as Belle Farm has been beautifully updated.
Built in 1820, the spacious 2,832-square-foot house features restored pine floors, double staircases, and lots of built-ins and fireplaces. A modernized kitchen now offers quartz countertops and new hardwood flooring, but the original stone-hearth fireplace remains the centerpiece.
Why it’s here: The distinctive roof of this seven-bedroom home is made from “natural thatch hand-reaped in Europe.”
Nicknamed the “Charlevoix Mushroom House,” the 6,000-square-foot home was built in 1918.
It’s been reimagined over the decades, but thankfully the distinctive undulating rooflines remain unchanged.
The new design is said to have been “conceived on a napkin by the new owner” and took nearly two years to complete. The modernized interior features stone walls, soaring ceilings, and a loft.
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