When you’re stuck at home, it makes sense to search out fresh digs with a bit of room to maneuver. This week’s list of the most popular homes on realtor.com® is filled with acres of land and square footage to spare.
But out of all the spacious retreats in the land, one on a quarter-acre lot topped our list: a funky midcentury house in Utah with several huge boulders occupying space in the basement.
We have theories. Perhaps the boulders were too big to move, so the architect decided to live with them? More likely, it’s an ode to organic architecture and the ethos of Frank Lloyd Wright. The aesthetic championed by the architectural giant involved structures built to seamlessly blend into the surrounding natural world. Such as a rocky outcropping incorporated inside a home.
Either way, whoever snags this fixer-upper will have to learn to love the stony segment of this vintage residence.
Climbing down off the rocks, you also clicked on several gorgeous properties with room to socially isolate in style. An architecturally significant hilltop estate in California offers acreage and both ocean and mountain views. An Oklahoma modern farmhouse on 10 acres makes farm life look stylish. And then there’s a jaw-dropping, low-country home in South Carolina with several entertaining spaces to share the spectacular surroundings.
While we continue to ponder boulders in the basement, we invite you to scroll on down for a full look at this week’s most popular homes.
Why it’s here: Funky and famous, this 14,000-square-foot mansion has been featured in several architecture books. Built in 1980 by architect Edward Paul Giddings, the distinctive dwelling is perched on 2.5 acres on a hill and offers both mountain and Pacific Ocean views. It’s also filled with surprises, including an indoor-outdoor pool, teppanyaki grill, and two-story river rock fireplace. The property also boasts a three-bedroom guesthouse, two-story horse barn, and hillside waterfall.
Why it’s here: We’re stone in love with this Midwest beauty. Built in 1910 and held by the same family for more than 60 years, this three-bedroom home was designed by architect Mary Rockwell Hook. Highlights of the half-acre property include three fireplaces, a covered porch, and backyard patio.
Why it’s here: Rich in history and full of character, this five-bedroom brick Tudor was built in 1935 and has had only three owners. Sitting on nearly 4.5 acres filled with camellia, azalea, and pomegranate bushes, this charming home features a formal dining area and glorious sun porch.
Why it’s here: Built just last year and sitting on 10 acres, this lovely modern farmhouse has all the features today’s buyer wants. There are hand-scraped oak floors, beamed ceilings, and custom sliding barn doors. There’s also a shop with a custom man cave for kicking back in comfort and style.
Why it’s here: Carefully constructed over two years, this tricked-out “barndominium” doesn’t skimp on comfort or luxury. Finished in 2017, the main residence has 2,000 square feet of living space. There’s also a 400-square-foot apartment for a trainer to keep the 20-acre horse property running. This turnkey horse operation also has a riding arena, barn, seven permanent stalls, wash bay, and tack room.
Why it’s here: Perfect for entertaining a crowd, this six-bedroom house is just steps from the ocean. Outside, the property is ringed with palm trees, while the interiors are accessorized with custom moldings, shutters, heart of pine floors, and custom cabinetry. There’s plenty of parking for residents and guests alike with three separate driveways, a four-car garage, and spaces for golf carts.
Why it’s here: Built in 1986 on a spacious 31-acre lot, this seven-bedroom Victorian home is ready to be reimagined into something spectacular. Nestled in the foothills of the Poconos, the huge home could be used as a farm, multifamily compound, or bed-and-breakfast. Inside, it’s filled with ornate woodwork, custom finishes, and, alas, garish red carpet that will need to be removed.
Why it’s here: Handsome from the curb and updated in all the right places, this four-bedroom brick home was built in 1931 and still looks fantastic. Oak floors have been refinished and complement the original plaster walls. The living room has original slate flooring, stained-glass French doors, and a wood-burning fireplace for cozy comfort.
Why it’s here: This massive, modern farmhouse features a jaw-dropping silo entry with custom flooring made out of pennies. The four-bedroom home features two specialty staircases, a third-level loft overlooking the great room with tongue-and-groove ceilings, and walls of windows. The attached garage offers plenty of space for toys and storage—and it all sits just 10 minutes outside Duluth.
Why it’s here: Split-level and a bit unorthodox, this custom home was conceived in 1963. And we see tons of potential to turn this place into something funky and fresh. Minus the carpet and the wallpaper, this three-bedroom home has all the hallmarks of midcentury modern design: walls of windows, clean lines, and beautiful built-ins.
However, the star attraction looms large in the basement. The last stop on any house tour is sure to wow guests, and it’s easy to imagine a wet bar right next to the rock pile in this one-of-a-kind residence. Rock on!