Homes with a dark past lure curious onlookers with salacious secrets and strange stories. This week is no exception. The most popular home on realtor.com® is the mansion once owned by former NFL star Aaron Hernandez. After his trial and murder conviction, the home sat on the market for years before finally selling earlier this year to an investor for $1 million.
The Massachusetts mansion has been spruced up since its January purchase and is now back on the market for $1.6 million. Curious folks led to a deluge of clicks for Hernandez’s former haunt.
This week’s runner-up is a decidedly quirkier tale. A Houston home with wildly colorful tiles, mosaics, and curious paint choices dazzled with its dizzying decor. The agent leaned in to the home’s weird decor, and the place is already pending sale.
Other places causing clicks this week include a unfinished waterfront mansion in Michigan, the timely return of the hurricane-resistant dome home in South Carolina, and a gorgeously updated Mid-Century Modern gem unearthed in the unlikely locale of Alabama.
Come on along and count down all of this week’s most popular homes…
Why it’s here: We’re in love in Loveland! This quaint brick cottage is a “perfect renovation opportunity.” Built in 1905, it’s in need of updates, but features two bedrooms on the main level, an eat-in kitchen, and an upstairs lofted bedroom.
Why it’s here: This charming country Catskills home is surrounded by two acres of flowering gardens and hardwood trees. From 1929, the four-bedroom brick abode features an expansive deck and covered porches. Other details include hardwood flooring, crown molding, and a brick fireplace.
Why it’s here: Sweet home, Alabama! Enjoy contemporary style in an updated Mid-Century Modern home from 1956. The layout boasts an open concept living, dining, and kitchen, along with multiple floor-to-ceiling windows.
Why it’s here: Live like Meghan Markle without leaving West Virginia. This castle is a local historic landmark, but has been renovated, so Your Highness will have all the modern conveniences.
Berkeley Springs, WV
Why it’s here: Curb appeal aplenty! This gem from 1959 opens to a vaulted foyer and open living, dining area, and formal dining room. The updated eat-in kitchen features plenty of cabinets and storage.
Why it’s here: Built in 1937, it’s the pink-hued home of musicians Max Bemis and Sherri Dupree Bemis (of the bands Say Anything and Eisley). The attention pushed the rockin’ home to the No. 1 spot last week—and it’s still racking up plenty of clicks.
Why it’s here: The owners were off to a good start with their European-style luxury estate. But it’s up to the next owner to finish the waterfront mansion. What it does have: extensive plaster and moldings, nine fireplaces, a five-car garage, heated flooring, walnut wood flooring, and marble and limestone details. Sorry, no looky-loos: All appointments must show proof of funds.
Gross Ile, MI
Why it’s here: Known as “Eye of the Storm,” the dome-shaped house designed to weather hurricanes is back in the limelight as Hurricane Florence roars in. When we spoke with listing agent Michael Royal in June, he said, “It’s storm-resistant and designed to withstand hurricanes.” The home designed to thwart Mother Nature offers 4,000 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and five bathrooms—and an aerodynamic shape that’s weathered strong storms … so far.
Sullivan’s Island, SC
Why it’s here: Beige begone! The wildly colorful mosaics festooning the interior of this traditional home caused a frenzy of views on the web. The home was treated like a blank canvas, and covered accordingly with detailed tile work throughout. “People love creativity,” says listing agent Amy Lynch Kolflat. The eccentric home not only grabbed the attention of viewers, this delightfully decorated space was quickly snapped up—it’s already pending sale.
Why it’s here: The infamous former abode of New England Patriots star-turned-murderer Aaron Hernandez has once again grabbed the attention of the web.
Hernandez committed suicide while in prison in 2017, following his conviction in Odin Lloyd‘s killing. His former mansion had languished on the market since 2016, until it was finally purchased in January for $1 million.
“An investor purchased it from the bank as a foreclosure. After he purchased it, it needed a lot of work, because it had been vacant for almost three years,” says listing agent Koury Signoriello. “It’s basically gotten a face-lift from the last time it was put back on the market. Now it’s actually kind of back the way it was when it was first built,” he adds.
Signoriello made the bold decision to hold an open house to the public. “There’s a lot of curiosity,” he says. He notes that despite the house’s lurid past, he received positive feedback on the home, since “The house is incredible. It’s unlike anything on the market in this area.”
It’s not a bad bet the freshened-up property will find a buyer—the area is home to other Patriots teammates, and the updated Colonial is located in a prestigious area and desirable school district.
The 8,130-square-foot home includes a home theater, a sauna, and a basement with wet bar. Outside sports a newly landscaped saltwater pool with waterfall, outdoor grill, and a cabana with a bar and half-bath.
We’ll have to see whether the curiosity will pay off with a buyer untroubled by the home’s past.
North Attleboro, MA