This week, with much of the country suffering through record-breaking arctic chills, the web went wild for the beautiful, sun-drenched surf town of Malibu, CA. The exclusive locale on the Pacific Ocean offered up a record-setting $125 million oceanfront compound with a contemporary look and a celebrity resident. The wave of clicks on realtor.com® allowed it to surf to the top of our most popular homes list this week.
The runner-up was another looker, for different reasons. Coming to the market for the first time, the 1977 time capsule in Elysburg, PA, also drew plenty of looky-loos who took in the retro wood paneling, vaulted ceilings, and floating staircase, as well as groovy decor such as built-in furniture, retro wallpaper, and chandeliers.
Other must-see properties on the market this week include the historic Nixon mansion in Reno, which was built in 1907 and lovingly restored; a medieval-style castle in Boise, built in 2010 by a local entrepreneur; and a renovated Brooksville, FL, mansion from 1910 offering some local history.
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Why it’s here: Own a piece of Florida history. The Colonial Revival building from 1910 belonged to pioneering educator and lawyer T.S. Coogler. Part of the South Brooksville Avenue Historic District, the property changed hands in 2013 and underwent a major renovation. Updates include new windows, a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, granite counters, and wood cabinetry, as well as travertine stone tiles in the kitchen and family room.
Why it’s here: The Nixon mansion is named for its original owner, U.S. Sen. George Nixon, who had it built in 1907. The old-world estate of 20,900 square feet sits on 2.03 acres on the Truckee River, and offers city and river views. The classic architecture has been restored—the entire process including permitting took 10 years. The new owner can just move in. The space includes a ballroom, formal dining room, kitchen wing, and master suite with two marble baths.
Why it’s here: This charmer from 1923 offers original hardwood floors, newer windows, and an updated kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and plenty of cabinets. It’s conveniently located near Frick Park, shopping, and public transit. With three beds, a formal dining room, living room, fenced yard, and two-car parking pad, the home has only one downside: There’s just one bath. Still, it didn’t stop someone from putting in an offer. It’s pending sale already.
Why it’s here: The 1940 abode has a secret: There are two hidden rooms. The layout features a new roof and windows. An unfinished basement offers a workshop and plenty of storage, along with a garage. Plus, the locale is just a short walk to Brown Acres Golf Course.
Why it’s here: Bow down to the Boise castle. The medieval-style property was built in 2010 by local entrepreneur Tim Barber. The luxe home includes an elevator, and an eye-popping roof deck with fire pit, bar, and hot tub. Other features include a home theater, wine cellar, and locally sourced, hand-cut stonework, along with a 220-pound iron front door. The property, which was featured in HGTV’s “Extreme Homes,” has been on the market since 2016, when it was listed for $3.4 million, with the price dropping over time.
Why it’s here: The cozy home dating to 1959 is in the perfect downtown location. The one-level renovated rancher features a kitchen with farmhouse sink and concrete counters, den with barn-wood wall, and built-ins. Outdoors, the level lot with trees and parking includes a patio for grilling and dining.
Price: $18 million
Why it’s here: You’ll have to go deep to explore this doomsday bunker—26 feet deep underground. Last week, the eerie time capsule from 1978 topped our most popular listings, and it’s been unearthed for a second week. The property comes with a main house, guesthouse, pool, barbecue, and customized lighting that simulates natural outdoor light.
Why it’s here: Cute and low-cost, the updated abode from 1984 has fresh paint and vinyl flooring on the first floor. The space also includes a one-car garage, fenced yard, and new HVAC. For the price, the listing could be considered a starter home or investment property.
Why it’s here: Entering the market for the first time, this 1970s custom build is a huge home with vintage details, including vaulted ceilings, wood accent walls, a heated sunroom, indoor garden, custom front door, wet bar, and game room. There’s period decor like wallpaper and lighting, and huge patios for outdoor entertaining. It’s a lot to take in, but well worth doing so.
“It is a pretty nice property,” says listing agent Richard M. Hallick Jr. “It’s got over 5,000 square feet. It’s private on 17 acres, and it’s an all-stone home.”
The listing includes a two-car garage, a three-car garage, and a garage to fit an RV. Unique features include a spiral, floating staircase, and high-end touches such as marble floors make it “pretty unique,” he adds.
Why it’s here: Have a spare $125 million? Here’s your chance to own “one of the greatest oceanfront bluff estates in the world,” according to the listing. The price and the sleek, contemporary design overlooking the Pacific made waves on the web and caused a frenzy of clicks, making it the week’s most popular home.
Designed by architect Charles Gwathmey in the 1990s, the property is said to be owned by NBC Universal Vice Chairman Ronald Meyer. He and his wife, Kelly Chapman Meyer, announced their split last year.
The listing made headlines last week for its sky-high price tag, which would break records for the area. Sitting on a 3-acre lot, the 14,000-square-foot estate features high ceilings, walls of glass, and a great room with ocean views.
The layout includes a chef’s kitchen and family room, a master suite with a two-story library and gallery, a gym, theater, and office. The spacious spread includes two guesthouses, a tennis court, pool, private beach access, and “total seclusion.”