Summer Smackdown: Which Home Is Your Favorite?

We all have a dream home, whether it’s a historic home in a busy neighborhood, a cabin in the middle of nowhere or a home on wheels.

No matter what your dream home is, you’ll be sure to find a listing for it on Zillow. Let’s see what happens when our favorite home styles go head-to-head.

Rustic mountain tiny home, vintage-loving tiny retreat

Window-filled loft, Mid-Century style “treehouse”

Cute and tidy Arkansas A-frame; dark and brooding Idaho A-frame

Majestic Lake Tahoe cabin; double-decker Gatlinburg cabin

California cool; Pacific Northwest gem

Picturesque with cathedral ceilings; sleek and simple

Vermont Victorian; stately in Washington, D.C.

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Fantasy Island! Private Island in Florida Keys Is This Week’s Most Popular Home

There’s no guesswork required to figure out why Terra’s Key is this week’s most popular home on®.

Because technically, it’s not just a home.

In fact, it’s a 16-acre private island paradise in the Florida Keys with a five-bedroom residence. It also comes with an incredible feature making it especially clickworthy—a 2,000-foot-long private driveway connecting the island to the mainland. Cool!

Other properties causing you to click this week included the Ohio mansion of former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, an infamous Southern California home that was the site of a murder-suicide in 1959, and a slew of spectacular, historic remodels.

However, we can’t take our eyes off the private island that floated to the top this week. Mix us a rum-runner as you scroll through all of this week’s most popular homes…

10. 2203 Edgcumbe Rd, Saint Paul, MN

Price: $699,000

Why it’s here: Originally built in 1953 and designed by architect James Speckmann, this Saint Paul, MN, home has been lovingly restored to its original beauty. The three-bedroom home has even gained a few modern conveniences along the way. It includes walls of glass for indoor-outdoor living, a see-through glass-rock fireplace, a built-in vintage pivoting bar, bamboo floors, period baths with mosaic tile, and a saltwater pool.

Saint Paul, MN


9. 500 E. Main St, Rogersville, TN

Price: $419,000

Why it’s here: This stately Federal-style brick home was built in 1842 and sits on more than 3 acres on a corner lot above historic Rogersville, TN. Highlights of the home include 11-foot ceilings, heart-of-pine original wood floors, and original windows. There’s a sunroom on the main level and an attic, as well as a cellar for extra storage.

Rogersville, TN


8. 1175 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME

Price: $1,590,000

Why it’s here: Tucked just off the waterfront, this 12-acre property is available for the first time in 50 years. The main house is a three-bedroom midcentury ranch home ready to catch Atlantic breezes. Behind the home is a veritable outdoor playground, with a pool, poolhouse, sauna, tennis court, barn, acres of woods … and an apple orchard. Sweet!

Cape Elizabeth, ME


7. 263 Mount Laurel Rd, Mount Laurel, NJ 

Price: $5,200,000

Why it’s here: Recently renovated, this estate features five bedroom suites and two guest apartments separate from the main residence. Grand fireplaces, marble floors, and cathedral ceilings heighten the drama indoors. Outdoors, a heated saltwater pool, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and whimsical tiki hut make this an ideal private haven for relaxation any time of year.

Mount Laurel, NJ


6. 2475 Glendower Pl, Los Feliz, CA

Price: $3,500,000

Why it’s here: This prime piece of Los Feliz features a five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot Spanish Revival home that has been stripped down to the studs, waiting for a contractor or developer to bring it back to life. Built in 1925, the home has a gruesome history: It was the scene of a notorious murder-suicide in 1959. The property will not qualify for financing, and the seller is looking for cash offers only.

Los Feliz, CA


5. 5311 Bowman Brook Dr, Julian, NC

Price: $175,000

Why it’s here: Hand-built in 1870, this log cabin has been partially restored and needs a buyer to complete the update. Sitting on 6 acres, the property includes a horse barn, partially finished guesthouse, and fire pit. For the craftsman who appreciates privacy, this historic property is being sold as is.

Julian, NC


4. 9180 Fargo Rd, Stafford, NY 

Price: $690,000

Why it’s here: Built in 1831, this four-bedroom home comes with surprisingly contemporary charm. There are five wood fireplaces, a pub with charcoal fireplace, wine cellar, and a large recreation room leading to the backyard. Outside, the property includes a two-story barn, a stream, two bridges, and abundant wildlife.

Stafford, NY


3. 6655 Alberly Ln, Indian Hill, OH 

Price: $2,790,000

Why it’s here: Bengals fans who desired regime change can rejoice! After 16 seasons, ousted head coach Marvin Lewis is selling this more than 9,000-square-foot mansion sitting on 3.5 acres near Cincinnati. The stately brick home was built in 1996 and includes entertainers’ upgrades like a wine cellar, exercise room, two offices, and an enormous nine-car garage.

Indian Hill, OH


2. 1224 3rd St S., Stillwater, MN 

Price: $799,000

Why it’s here: Known in the area as the Castle House, this Gothic Revival stunner was built in 1972 by attorney and politician James Castle. It’s on the market after a four-year renovation and features new infrastructure and a pristine exterior update. The current exteriors were inspired by the home’s original color scheme, and the hardwood floors are refinished originals.

Stillwater, MN


1. 79775 Overseas Hwy, Village of Islands, FL 

Price: $17,000,000 

Why it’s here: Terra’s Key is a private island paradise, accessible by car thanks to a 2,000-foot driveway. The main house in this island compound includes a total of five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and more than 3,000 square feet of indoor living space. There’s also a pool, cabana, dock, and tennis court—all with open water views for miles.

We’re pretty sure that if you sit outside under the swaying palm trees and listen hard enough, you’ll hear the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” drifting in the ocean breeze.

Village of the Islands, FL

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$49M Estate Once Owned by Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt Is Most Expensive New Listing; Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

A glamorous estate in Beverly Hills once owned by Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston is up for sale. On the market for $49 million, it’s this week’s most expensive new listing on®.

The home’s Hollywood history dates back to 1930s when it was built for the actor Fredric March, star of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Designed by the architect Wallace Neff, a major exponent of the California style, the “meticulously upgraded” space has “kept all the architectural integrity of a bygone era,” according to the listing details.

“It’s been extensively renovated on the inside, although the outside looks like it did in 1934,” says listing agent Susan Smith with Hilton & Hyland. Smith notes the price is set in the right range, citing the recent sale of Adam Levine’s $45 million Beverly Hills flip.

Purchased in 2001 by Aniston and Pitt, when they were a couple, for $12.5 million, the A-list duo set about a multiyear restoration of the property, while keeping the original floor plan intact. Updates completed by the celebs include the marble kitchen and a screening room that also doubles as a pub.

After their breakup, they sold the home in 2006 to hedge fund executive Jonathan Brooks, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Brooks reportedly paid $22.5 million for the place and continued the renovations, adding a tennis court and pavilion with a guest apartment.

Living room

Dining room

Eat-in custom kitchen

Lounge opens out to pool.

Aniston-Pitt screening room and bar

Expansive patio for lounging and dining

With about 12,000 square feet of living space, the layout features five bedrooms en suite, including the master, 8.5 baths, and a private exercise room.

On the main floor, the formal dining room seats 20. Or you could have a seat at the eat-in custom gourmet kitchen, which features 200-year-old limestone floors and an Art Deco-era fireplace. The home theater from the Aniston-Pitt era features a bar and a 35mm screen that rises up from the floor. 

A lower-level bar and lounge area opens out to the swimming pool. In addition, the newly built tennis court features a viewing pavilion and loft-style guest quarters.

The 1.19-acre gated estate includes patios and outdoor dining space, ideal for the Southern California lifestyle.

The historic home isn’t made for a buyer in the market for a sleek contemporary spec house. But it is the perfect pad for someone who appreciates its storied past and architectural style. Smith says, “It’s definitely like a piece of art.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan’s New Home Has a Huge Problem Archie Can’t Miss

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May has been a big month for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. With renovations finally complete on their new home—Frogmore Cottage in Windsor—they moved in just in the nick of time to welcome their newborn, Archie. No doubt, they’re looking forward to settling down in a safe, secure, and quiet environment to raise their already famous little royal bundle of joy.

Luckily, the home is protected around the clock by armed police who provide safety and security. Still, there’s one assault on this peaceful new existence that they can’t quite fight. And it’s coming from above.

Turns out Frogmore Cottage is a mile from a flight zone from Heathrow Airport, the busiest in all of Europe. And in case you think that’s far enough away to not be bothered too much by noise, think again: Recent visitors to the Frogmore grounds report that the noise from the flight path is deafening—so much so that they wonder how little Archie can sleep.

Here’s everything we know about the royal air scandal, and what you need to know about living in a flight path.

How bad is the noise near Prince Harry and Meghan’s home?

This noise problem came to light recently when the British public was invited to wander through the Frogmore grounds on May 29, as part of a special charity event. The beauty of the lush gardens was broken by the roar of the 14 flights that pass within a mile of the home every 30 minutes on their way to Heathrow, around 7.5 miles away.

One guest even tweeted, “How they’re getting Archie to sleep under this flight path is beyond me. Absolute racket.”

Turns out this “racket” could have negative effects for little Archie down the road. A panel at the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health found that “recent reviews of how noise, and in particular aircraft noise, affect children’s learning have concluded that aircraft noise exposure at school or at home is associated with children having poorer reading and memory skills.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are rumored to have spent about $63,000 on soundproofing, in an effort to block out the plane noise. But if the royal trio heads outside for playtime, what then?

The downsides of living near an airport or flight path

“An airport near a home can be a negative, like a highway or rail line,” says Bruce Ailion of Atlanta’s Re/Max Town and Country.

If the home has high-quality soundproofing—as Harry and Meghan’s does—or if you are able to turn a deaf ear to the rumble of arriving and departing planes, then the noise might not be such a negative. In fact, it could actually land you a deal.

“Most of the time this minor annoyance lowers the property price,” says Jameson Tyler Drew, president of Anubis Properties in Los Angeles.

“Often, more affordable housing can be found near airports, compared with other neighborhoods,” agrees Dr. James Simmons, a Metropolitan State University of Denver professor of aviation and aerospace. “And consumers may decide to trade off affordability for some aircraft noise.”

Also keep in mind that if the home you’re thinking of buying is near an airport—but not actually in a flight path—its location could be a plus, particularly for frequent flyers who crave easy airport access. Another bonus? Airports are usually close to public transportation, which can make your on-the-ground commutes easier, too.

All advantages aside, if you’re truly sensitive to noise, homes near flight paths could drive you nuts. Only how can you tell, if your home tour occurs when flights aren’t roaring by?

How to find out if a home is near a flight path

“If a new neighborhood is built close to an airport, there is often disclosure of potential noise in the closing documents,” says Simmons. “However, if a property is already occupied when an airport is built, typically there is no disclosure about aircraft noise.”

So do some research to see if a home is beneath a flight path. Start with the official website of the airport near the house. There, you should find a map of the routes that planes follow and the neighborhoods that experience noise pollution.

If you find out that a home is in a flight path, check if it’s for planes that are taking off or landing. While planes make more noise at take-off, because they use more engine power, landing seems louder, because the planes are closer to you.

One ray of hope for Archie? Flight paths change over the years, with airports trying to distribute the airport noise more evenly among the suburbs. And as Queen Elizabeth recently told BBC Radio of Frogmore, “These days there is more noise from the air … but Frogmore remains a wonderfully relaxing environment.”

Here’s to hoping that little Archie agrees and gets some sleep.

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Amazon May Be Expanding in NYC After All: What That Means for Real Estate

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At first, Amazon was all in to open a new headquarters in New York City, which it announced in November. Then in February, the tech giant announced it was scrapping the plans, after facing local blowback for the tax incentives it had been promised. Now the company appears to be looking into expanding its presence in the Big Apple again.

Amazon has reportedly been shopping around for office space on Manhattan’s West Side, according to The New York Post. The company is taking another look at two skyscrapers, the recently built One Manhattan West and the nearly finished Two Manhattan West, near Pennsylvania Station. Amazon had been considering those towers before it chose Long Island City, a former industrial neighborhood in Queens, for its ill-fated headquarters.

Amazon officials wouldn’t confirm or deny the reports.

“We don’t comment on rumors or speculation,” a company official said in response to questions from®.

But even if the online retailing giant does expand its existing New York City workforce of 5,000 employees, it’s not likely to have as large an impact on the already expensive real estate market of Manhattan as it would have had on Long Island City.  It’s also unclear just how many new jobs the Seattle-based company would be thinking to add in the City That Never Sleeps.

“It’s not going to move the needle in Manhattan, the way it would have in Long Island City,” says New York City-based real estate appraiser Jonathan Miller. “It is not expected to have a significant impact on the Manhattan housing market.”

That’s because Manhattan is already filled with Fortune 500 company headquarters and outposts offering employees exorbitantly high compensation. Those workers, along with celebrities, socialites, and international investors, can support the country’s priciest housing market. Manhattan’s median list price is $1.45 million, according to® data. That’s even more expensive than San Jose, CA, in the heart of Silicon Valley, where the median list price is roughly $950,000.

Meanwhile, Long Island City is still a growing community just across the East River from Manhattan. Yet it’s only a relative bargain, with a median list price of $1.04 million, due to all the sleek, luxury towers that have gone up on the water in recent years.

Long Island City “was essentially a clean slate,” says Miller. “Nothing like that had been proposed for that market.”

Amazon is reportedly looking for at least 100,000 square feet of office space, with room to grow, according to the Post. That’s nothing compared with the space it would have needed to house the up to 25,000 new employees the company had originally planned for the city. To put that into perspective, Google closed on an eight-story building with 325,000 square feet in the western Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea in May.

But even if the tech behemoth does expand in Manhattan, Miller doesn’t expect prices to surge. Rents are likely to notch up a little—but not by much. He expects nominal increases at most, under 5%.

“There’s not a sea change here,” says Miller.

However, it could give the sales market a boost. Sales have stagnated recently thanks to tax changes that limit how much homeowners can deduct in mortgage income and property taxes.

Amazon is also going ahead with its plans to open a new headquarters outside Washington, DC, in the Arlington, VA, neighborhood of Crystal City.

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Uber Drivers Seek Extra Cash Working for House Flippers

Tyra Johnson-Morris takes a photo of a property in Chicago using DealMachine, a real-estate investment app that uses GPS to identify property owners.

Taylor Glascock for The Wall Street Journal

Brandon Taylor delivers food for UberEats and Amazon, but he has recently taken on another job: scouting potential targets for a house flipper.

He is working for CORI, which hires drivers to identify homes on their routes that the real-estate firm can buy and quickly sell for a profit. Mr. Taylor has learned to spot telltale signs of a house ripe for a flip: piled-up mail, warning notices plastered on the doors, tall grass and abandoned cars in the backyard.

“You really kind of have to have your eyes open,” said Mr. Taylor, who  sends photos of 150 potential acquisitions each month.

Companies buying up homes in gentrifying neighborhoods in places such as Atlanta, Chicago, and Charlotte, N.C., are enlisting fleets of drivers working for ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft.

They pay drivers to take pictures of dilapidated properties during their down time, betting that some owners of these homes will be eager to sell. Eric Richner, the 31-year-old co-founder of CORI, said he has about 100 drivers working for him but aims to have 1,000 by the end of the year.

Participants in the increasingly competitive house-flipping market say using drivers as their eyes and ears cuts down on time and money wasted cold-calling whole neighborhoods.

“It’s a great way to be able to reach areas that I can’t drive around town all day,” said Scott Sekulow, who runs a HomeVestors franchise in Atlanta that has hired several drivers. “You don’t need a lot to know the house needs repairs.”

House purchases are classified as “flips” when a property is bought and resold within one or two years of purchase. Buyers typically invest in upgrading homes to make them more valuable, before putting them back on the market.

Flipping has been a controversial practice, and some housing analysts believe it contributed to the housing bubble more than a decade ago. Back then, hordes of amateur investors lined up to purchase lots in new subdivisions in hot markets such as Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Ride-share driver Tyra Johnson-Morris scouts in her car in Chicago.
Ride-share driver Tyra Johnson-Morris scouts in her car in Chicago.

Taylor Glascock for The Wall Street Journal

In recent years, however, the business has become more sophisticated: 40% of flips are now made by companies rather than by individuals, giving companies three times the market share they had during the last housing boom, according to research from property-data firm CoreLogic.

The recruitment of ride-hailing drivers to cover target-rich locations is the latest sign that house flippers are becoming more institutionalized and technology-driven.

This new union between temporary workers like ride-hailing drivers and property speculation isn’t as improbable as it might seem. As the institutionalization of house flipping has grown, so has the industry’s demand for cheap labor to help it expand further.

Companies are recruiting drivers through apps including DealMachine, which more than 400 house-flipping outfits use to gather leads, according to its chief executive, David Lecko. He got the idea after chatting with drivers in Indianapolis, where the company is based.

Drivers’ compensation varies by firm, from a sales commission to a fee for each productive lead. Atlanta-based CORI pays drivers up to $1,500 per referral that leads to a purchase and in some cases it pays for leads as well, Mr. Richner said. Mr. Taylor, who learned of the opportunity and began scouting in December, said he hasn’t made any referral money yet.

Krystal Polite, co-founder of the house flipper Be Polite Properties in Alamance County, N.C., hires drivers to find her deals in 20 states. She offers one or two dollars per approved lead, and 10% of net profit if a lead becomes a flip, she said.

“You kind of have to make it worth their while, because it can be a long time between when that deal comes in and when you actually close,” Ms. Polite said.

One of Mr. Sekulow’s top recruits is Jiri Emanovsky, who lives in midtown Atlanta. Mr. Emanovsky helps Mr. Sekulow recruit other Uber and Lyft drivers for the company, which is focused on properties valued at $200,000 or lower, he said. Mr. Emanovsky estimated about every 200 leads sent in should equal one deal, so if a driver sent in 600 a month, he or she eventually could earn an additional $3,000 or so in added income.

Still, it isn’t clear if anyone is getting rich as a house-flipping scout. Tyra Johnson-Morris, 35, who drives for Uber and Lyft in Chicago, said she has sent in more than 400 photos to CORI since January. She often asks ride-share customers about their neighborhoods and inquires about specific houses.

Even though none of her leads have become sales yet, she intends to keep doing it. “I understand real estate is a numbers game,” she said. “What do I have to lose? I’m driving around anyway.”

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Charging Rent When Your Adult Kid Moves Home

Mother and son in the kitchen


It’s graduation season again. College students will don their best flip-flops to walk across the stage and accept their diplomas. Then they’re ready for their next big move…back home.

More than one-third of young adults—those between ages 18 and 34—lived at home in 2015, up from 26% in 2005, according to census data.

Many parents don’t charge rent to their returning progeny, but some financial experts say they should pay their share of the real estate.

“By collecting rent you’re teaching your kids to budget, to prepare for life,” says Kim Luu-Tu, a private wealth adviser with Ameriprise who specializes in generational wealth planning.

Mrs. Luu-Tu, who is based in Vienna, Va., has one client whose son dropped out of college and moved back home, where he lived rent-free. He got a job and used his money to buy a luxury car. Six months later, his parents agreed to buy that car from him so he could buy a sports car. Now her client wishes she’d charged rent and put the money toward his wedding or house down payment.

Susana Fonticoba, of East Hanover, N.J., allowed her daughter and a friend to move in with her after they both graduated from college without steady, well-paying jobs. Ms. Fonticoba, 60, a self-employed marketing and business-strategy consultant who works from home, let the women, both in their 20s, convert the sunroom in her three-bedroom home into their living space.

After a few months, the friend asked if her 4-year-old child, who was living with her parents, could move in as well. “I’m like, really?” Ms. Fonticoba says. “I said, ‘OK, but I’m working on my own and need to be compensated.’ ”

She wrote a rental agreement that stipulated they pay her a portion of their earnings. Neither had full-time jobs, so the amount fluctuated—“a couple hundred one month, $400 another month.”

As a self-employed person, Ms. Fonticoba, whose husband died in 2000, has a variable income, too. “There were times I had trouble making ends meet, and they would help me with my expenses.”

Unfortunately, the chores slipped. “I said, ‘I can’t keep the house clean with all these people here.’ They said they’d help, but I’d be hounding them to do it.”

Her daughter and friend have since moved out, but if her daughter needed to move back, Ms. Fonticoba said she would do it again.

“I think it’s your responsibility to do what you can to help your child,” she says.

Culturally, children who return home are often judged as lazy or entitled, says Jason Houle, an associate professor of sociology at Dartmouth College who has studied “boomerang children,” as they’re called. Prof. Houle finds this view irksome.

“It’s a tired old trope” that older generations have long applied to younger generations, he says. “It’s completely unfounded in the data.” What’s more, boomerang children typically stay for short periods of time. “Most people who end up on their parent’s doorstep tend to do so for a year or two,” he says. “They’re just getting back on their feet.”

Bill and Janelle Hantjis were living in suburban Washington, D.C., when each of their three children returned home in their 20s—staying between one and three years. One child moved back during her continuing education, one to be closer to his girlfriend, and one during a nasty divorce. The couple didn’t charge them rent, but now wish they had.

“I think in hindsight, I wish we would have charged everybody rent and given it back to them after they left,” says Ms. Hantjis, 62, a retired nurse.

“It would have been so positive,” adds Mr. Hantjis, 61 and retired from the Navy. He and his wife were able to financially support them all, he says, but charging rent would have helped prepare them for “real life.” The children are now financially stable, married and living on their own, Mr. Hantjis says.

Looking back, they think they did what was right for themselves and their children. “We were a military family that moved around—we didn’t make a lot of permanent connections,” Mr. Hantjis says. “Our family unit was pretty close. Our narrative was to rely on each other.”

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7 Luxurious Outdoor Kitchens Ready for Summertime Eats

The seasons do seem a little out of whack, but one thing’s for sure. Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer grilling season. Whether the planet’s climate will actually allow you to be outdoors most days is a story for another time. But, hey, enjoy while you can, my friends!

With visions of hamburgers, grilled sausages, and frosty beverages dancing in our head, we decided to focus on the dreamy side of cooking outdoors. We dug through all sorts of sizzling high-end homes to find the most savory outdoor kitchens on the market.

These outdoor kitchens aren’t designed for folks accustomed to throwing a few briquets into a hibachi and hoping for the best. Rather, these are aspirational spaces designed to inspire fantasies of living your best summer.

So bring your favorite sides and salads, along with a nice chilled bottle of rosé, and let these seven kitchens be your main course of inspiration for time spent outside…

151 Liberty St, San Francisco, CA

Price: $8,600,000
Rooftop in the City: While we can’t promise many sunny days in the Mission neighborhood, we can promise you’ll enjoy cooking for friends from this rooftop perch. This kitchen with a view is outfitted with a grill, a fridge, and a fully functional sink. This cool cook space is designed for entertaining friends before retiring to the hot tub—conveniently enough also located on the roof.

San Francisco, CA


7347 Tilden Ln, Naples, FL

Price: $12,000,000
Plenty of coverage: This lakefront kitchen offers gorgeous views to complement your grilling skills. It will be easy to entertain all your hungry guests, thanks to the spacious bar area. Glassed in to keep pests at bay, the kitchen also sits right next to a pool resembling a private resort.

Naples, FL


4201 Anini Vista Dr Unit C, Kilauea, HI

Price: $8,900,000
Huge in Hawaii: Located on the north shore of Kauai, this glamorous kitchen looks like an indoor space, but we assure you it’s open to the outdoors and serves as a complement to the mansion’s indoor kitchen. The spacious cooking area means you have plenty of room to work on perfecting your kalua pork and mac salad recipes, while enjoying the breezes coming in off Anini Beach.

Kilauea, HI


2140 The Ranch Rd, Possum Kingdom Lake, TX

Price: $11,000,000
Pavilion on Possum Kingdom Lake: We know the cliché about everything being bigger in Texas, but this massive outdoor kitchen space makes perfect sense in the Lone Star state. Put all the plates of barbecued meats on the picnic table, and let guests have it. Brisket, straight-up Manhattans, and lakefront views make for a potent combination!

Possum Kingdom Lake, TX


23 Tide Watch, Newport Coast

Price: $10,750,000
Over-the-top in OC: Pure opulence in Orange County—this outdoor kitchen gives off upscale sports-bar vibes. A huge half-circle bar area is flanked by a grill and dining table. The entire spread looks like an ideal place to spend idle summer days.

Newport Coast, CA


315 Royal Plaza Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Price: $8,900,000
Fun in Fort Lauderdale: This mansion by the water known by the not-so-humble name of “The Royal Entertainers’ Mansion” lives up to the hype with its outdoor kitchen space. The outdoor cooking terrace measures in at a whopping 1,600 square feet, and comes equipped with abundant seating, a bar, a grill, and most crucially, an outdoor pizza oven. Abbondanza!

Fort Lauderdale, FL


74480 Desert Arroyo Trl, Palm Desert, CA

Price: $9,750,000
Dine in the desert: During the summer months, it’s daring to cook outdoors when temps regularly hover in the triple digits. But if any kitchen could entice an owner to brave the oppressive heat of the Coachella Valley summer, it’s this one. Equipped with a huge grill, plenty of storage space, and a fridge, this kitchen stays cool no matter what the weather.

Palm Desert, CA

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Rocky Mountain High: Colorful Colorado Classic Is Week’s Most Popular Home

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Teal, white, and fun all over, a meticulously updated historic home in Colorado is this week’s most popular home on®.

Far from a bland, cookie-cutter suburban dwelling, this colorful Mediterranean-style residence is approaching its 100th birthday, but hasn’t lost an iota of charm. From the custom woodwork to the new bathrooms, the updates look and feel appropriate for this award-winning renovation.

The same charm runs like a river through the rest of this week’s most popular houses. Each of the 10 places is unique and eye-catching, and brimming with style. There’s a French chateau in Michigan that’s simply extra, two midcentury moderns, two massive Victorians, and even a discounted farmhouse owned by Josh Duggar.

With nary a boring McMansion in sight, let’s peruse all of this week’s most popular properties…

10. 6353 Belsay Rd, Grand Blanc, MI

Price: $2,240,000

Why it’s here: This French chateau was built in 1971 and sits on nearly 50 acres. Known by the name Chateau du Parc, the sprawling seven-bedroom home features details including tufted velvet rails, a hand-bent wood spiral staircase, marble floors, silk-padded walls, nine fireplaces, hand-carved doors, leaded glass French doors, and crystal chandeliers. No mention of whether the decor is up for negotiation, but the listing photos are worth a look for fans of the “More is more” philosophy.

Grand Blanc, MI


9. 1700 N. Viewpoint Dr, Fayetteville, AR

Price: $330,000

Why it’s here: This midcentury modern home designed by Arlie Pennington was built in 1962 and has been gracefully updated over the years. The three-bedroom home got a new kitchen, bathrooms, and refinished floors in 2016, and new electrical, siding, and decks, along with paint, were all added in 2018.

Fayetteville, AR


8. 867 Dee Kennedy Rd, Winder, GA

Price: $485,000

Why it’s here: Although it looks as if it could have built in 1897, this Victorian farmhouse was built in 1997. The four-bedroom home sits on just under 4 acres in the country and was designed with high ceilings and plenty of windows to let the sunshine in.

Winder, GA


7. 19 Creek Dr, Eldon, MO 

Price: $178,000

Why it’s here: Secluded, renovated, and close to the Saline Valley Conservation Area, this bright- blue, two-bedroom house was built in 1978. Sitting on 7.5 acres in Ozark country, this vacation property has an artesian well hooked up to the house, large bedrooms, and recent updates, including a new roof. Additional acreage is available for purchase along with the home.

Eldon, MO


6. 13462 LA Highway 10, Clinton, LA 

Price: $1,250,000

Why it’s here: This nearly 34-acre property includes a gated entry, paved concrete driveway, a pond, and a 6,000-square-foot workshop with apartment. The Acadian-style main house has five bedrooms and more than 3,300 square feet. With room to run and play and an epic tree house with a slide exit, this home was built for some serious family fun.

Clinton, LA


5. 16390 Ridge Rd, Jackson, CA

Price: $2,900,000

Why it’s here: Sitting on nearly 28 acres and surrounded by mature oak trees, this three-story home could be transformed into a family retreat, event venue, or even a bed and breakfast. Inside, the seven-bedroom stone home features a dream kitchen, a rock patio for entertaining, wine cellar, an elevator, and dedicated entertainment space. A large workshop and garage on the property is a perfect spot for storing all sorts of toys.

Jackson, CA


4. 308 Liberty Claybrook Rd, Beech Bluff, TN

Price: $349,900

Why it’s here: Built in 2016 and inspired by midcentury modern design, this three-bedroom home sits on 6 wooded acres. The stylish interiors are filled with light, thanks to an expanse of windows revealing gorgeous views. It was designed with entertaining in mind, and the roof over the garage was built to support a rooftop deck to create another space for friends and family to gather.

Beech Bluff, TN


3. 17163 Kincheloe Rd, Siloam Springs, AR 

Price: $289,000

Why it’s here: Owned by “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar, along with his wife, Anna, this five-bedroom modern farmhouse sparked interest after the couple cut $10K off the price tag. It’s now pending sale!

Siloam Springs, AR


2. 500 E. Washington St, Frankfort, IN 

Price: $375,000

Why it’s here: Built in 1900 and given a luxury makeover, this Victorian home spans two city lots. When you enter the nearly 5,000-square-foot home, you’ll find a grand entry and high-drama staircase. There are high ceilings and heated tile flooring throughout the entry, kitchen, and main bathroom. And just to add a touch of historic charm, all the home’s lighting has been replaced with 19th-century chandeliers.

Frankfort, IN


1. 805 Berkley Ave, Pueblo, CO 

Price: $595,000

Why it’s here: Vintage Mediterranean-style in Colorado? Why not! These colorful listing photos caught everyone’s eye.

Recognized by the Pueblo County Historical Society last year for its outstanding restoration and preservation, the Mediterranean-inspired home was built way back in 1922. Now, the brightly painted home is packed with interesting spaces and surprises around every corner.

The pale green cabinetry in the kitchen is a pure delight, the black-and-red tile work in the bathroom gleams, and the original woodwork in the living spaces is a treat. Now it just needs a buyer as bold as the exterior paint choices!

Pueblo, CO

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‘Architecturally Significant’ $55M Palisades Mansion Is Most Expensive New Listing

A brand-new estate with breathtaking views in Pacific Palisades is this week’s most expensive new listing on®.

On the market for $55 million, “It’s architecturally the most significant home on the west side of town,” says Gary Glass of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, the listing agent.

Glass told us the property, which was completed this year, took “three to four years to build,” and offers “spectacular ocean and mountain views.”

What was once a hacienda-style estate has been transformed into a contemporary showpiece. Purchased in 2006 for $8.5 million, the existing home was “torn down to the studs” to make way for approximately 15,000 square feet of luxurious living space.

Nestled in a private cul-de-sac, the property now seamlessly combines indoor and outdoor living. And with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, there’s plenty of room to spread out.

Glass says, “The space and the feel of the house is just extraordinary.”

It’s not difficult to agree. The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors completely disappear, to bring the outdoors inside. The effortless expansion of the living area to the exterior decks affords dramatic views.

Living room with indoor-outdoor space

Family room and wine cellar

Lounge area and pool

Garage and motor court

Inside, the bright living room, with its walls of glass, flows out to the deck and pool, providing vistas to the ocean. Other highlights include the dining room, built-in bar area, and a chef’s kitchen with breakfast area. And if one kitchen isn’t enough, there’s a second, gourmet kitchen. If you’d rather eat al fresco, head to the outdoor barbecue.

The master suite features a sitting room with a fireplace and showroom closets. On the lower level you’ll find a family room, movie theatre, walk-in wine cellar, and bar. 

Also on that level, enjoy the benefits of a “health spa,” equipped with infrared sauna, cold plunge, and an oversized gym. 

Outside, the 2.2 landscaped acres feature a pool, spa, and multiple decks. Plus, there’s an oversized garage and space for covered parking as well. 

Private showings aroused strong interest. As a result, Glass decided to open up the doors to this brand-new beauty to a wider audience.

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