A deluxe waterfront property in Florida delivered on its not-so-modest moniker. The Victory Mansion lapped the field and ran away with the most clicks on realtor.com® this week. The grand estate is the most expensive home in Tampa Bay and landed on the market just over a week ago. Its grand decor, combined with a gorgeous setting, made it irresistible to housing gawkers.
This week’s runner-up is the exact opposite of opulent—which is not to say that the underground dwelling isn’t worth a second look. The earth-sheltered, energy-efficient home in Wisconsin will appeal to buyers in search of a whimsical, hobbitlike home.
Whether or not you want to savor the sweet taste of victory, we do ask that you simply scroll down and peruse all of the week’s most popular homes…
Why it’s here: Room to grow! This spread sits on 17 acres. Built in 1999, the home has a gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors and new carpet, a full basement, and two master suites. Storage space won’t be an issue, thanks to an eight-car garage. The price is nice, as well: The listing details note that the seller is motivated and has priced the home at $35,000 below county prices.
Why it’s here: Built in 2014, this friendly home features a high-end chef’s kitchen, master suite with bath, and a room for a gym or nursery. An unfinished bonus room upstairs could be converted into a media room or music studio. Outside, you’ll find a covered patio with a fire pit as well as a pool.
Why it’s here: Located on the 18th tee box, this golf-course adjacent home soars like an eagle. The layout features vaulted ceilings and a fireplace in the living room, a chef’s kitchen, media room, gym, and indoor basketball court. Deal us in, because there’s also a poker room!
Why it’s here: Perfect for a party? This just-completed showcase estate offers luxury living in this exclusive enclave favored by celebs. The landscaped grounds include a guesthouse, pool with waterfall, sports court, and entertaining areas with fire pits.
Why it’s here: Located about 35 miles from Kansas City, this gated lake house is a sweet retreat. Set on nearly 10 acres, there are two ponds with fountains, two weather-proofed decks, and an outdoor kitchen. Inside, the “meticulously maintained” mansion, as the listing notes, you’ll find two master bedrooms, two kitchens, and huge entertaining spaces. The master wing includes a half-kitchen, dual closets, a laundry room, and a bath with a sauna.
Why it’s here: Designed by Albert Kahn, this Colonial Revival in historic Indian Village is an ideal restoration project. The enormous home includes a huge main house with a separate in-law suite, a carriage house with a two-bedroom apartment, and a garage. Original details include a ballroom, leaded glass windows, period light fixtures, built-ins, original fireplaces, and hardwood floors. Roll up your sleeves and get to work!
Why it’s here: This tired 1980s abode was transformed on Season 4 of “Fixer Upper” into a modern living space that thrilled the clients. Dubbed the “Prickly Pear House,” the property is on the market just a year and a half later.
Why it’s here: Tiny pad in the big city? Here’s a fixer-upper with huge potential in a transitioning neighborhood. This 420-square-foot cottage could be an investment opportunity or a starter home for a buyer in need of a place in this notoriously tight housing market. Oceanview is easily accessible to the highway, public transit, and just five minutes to downtown San Francisco.
Why it’s here: Get ready to move in to your own personal Middle Earth. Back in the 1970s, there was an energy shortage. This led Pat Clark and Emogene Nelson—two University of Wisconsin-River Falls professors—to seek out a design for an energy-efficient home. The result is a bermed, earth-sheltered home designed by local architect Mike McGuire.
The cavelike structure, which some have dubbed the “Hobbit House,” has geothermal properties. The place also comes with dual furnaces and dual air conditioners, although the cooling system is rarely used, according to listing agent Dale Antiel of Edina Realty. “The bottom line is, it’s a very smart home. On the other side, it’s whimsical and kind of fun,” says Antiel.
It’s also plenty bright and cozy, thanks to five skylights and three fireplaces. While the home hasn’t been updated in 35 years, everything still works. You’ll have to bring your own Tolkien collection.
Why it’s here: Victory Mansion is a winner! The luxury waterfront estate is the most expensive listing in Tampa Bay, and offers a 10,000-square-foot home on 12 acres. Built in 2015, it has opulent details, such as carved wood, hand-painted ceilings with gold leaf, marble floors with inlay, and custom chandeliers.
Nasr “Vic” Abuoleim —an owner of gas stations and commercial properties—constructed the property after he glimpsed the skinny peninsula jutting out onto the water with nothing but a small house on it. He snapped up the land and began to build. A decade later, the pricey property has made waves.
The gated estate includes a chef’s kitchen, plenty of bedroom suites for guests, a movie theater, and an oversized garage. Outdoors, there’s a grill area, boat dock, pool and spa, private beach, basketball court, tennis court, and rooftop deck. And bonus, if that’s not enough space, the price tag comes with nearly 200 extra acres of surrounding private islands and bay bottom.