‘Skinny House’ in Sacramento Is the Week’s Most Popular Home

Skinny House in Sacramento Most Popular Home

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Whether a skinny home was built out of spite or because it had to be wedged into an odd-shaped lot, folks always seem to be fascinated by these slim structures.

So it’s no surprise that this week’s most popular home on Realtor.com® is known as the “Skinny House” in Sacramento, CA. While the front facade appears like any other home, the thin property measures only 8 to 12 feet deep. What it lacks in space it made up for in interest from gawkers and potential buyers alike—the $448,000 home is pending sale after just a couple of weeks on the market.

If thin isn’t your thing, there are plenty more popular properties to peek at. You also clicked on Pennsylvania’s magazine-worthy Hortulus Farm, the $3.3 million Double R Ranch, and a groovy 1970s time capsule in San Antonio.

Suffice it to say, we won’t judge you if you go back for seconds when perusing this week’s buffet of click-worthy homes.

10. 525 N Main St, Rushville, IN

Price: $412,500
Why it’s here:
Lots of size for relatively little cash. Elegant old world details, such as original hardwood floors and woodwork, run throughout this seven-bedroom, 11,704-square-foot stone house.

Ready to be reimagined, the three-story mansion includes six pottery fireplaces, a three-season room, and an unfinished basement. The half-acre lot includes a four-car garage and a detached one-bedroom guesthouse.

Rushville, IN
Rushville, IN

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9. 217 Flemings Landing Rd, Townsend, DE

Price: $599,900
Why it’s here:
For those with dreams of tending the land, this 5-acre hobby farm comes with a main house built in 1900.

Updated throughout its 3,300 square feet, the six-bedroom home is highlighted by an in-law suite with separate entrance. The home features refinished original wood floors, new bathrooms, an open kitchen, and a laundry area that leads out to an English garden. There’s also a pole barn, a new greenhouse, and various other outbuildings.

Townsend, DE
Townsend, DE

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8. 613 S Somerville St, Somerville, TN

Price: $399,000
Why it’s here:
Within walking distance to the town square, this historic four-bedroom Victorian is known as the Lightfoot House.

Sitting on almost a full acre, it boasts a wraparound porch, grand entry hall, updated kitchen, high ceilings, and charm to spare.

Somerville, TN
Somerville, TN

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7. 18 Martin Ln, Norwood, PA

Price: $275,000
Why it’s here:
For the price, this cute property makes plenty of sense.

The upgraded three-bedroom, 1,128-square-foot home has an unfinished basement, and sits on a corner lot with a fenced yard, a detached man cave, a custom deck, and professional landscaping.

Norwood, PA
Norwood, PA

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6. 50 Pegula Ln, Scott Township, PA

Price: $359,900
Why it’s here:
Being sold as is, this rambler is loaded with flourishes from the 1980s, including a now-forlorn indoor pool.

Ready to be brought back to its former fabulousness. the home comes with a price tag that leaves room in the budget for renovations. The 4,900-square-foot, six-bedroom residence sits on 17 acres, which could also be used for horses, goats, or whatever your heart desires.

Scott Township, PA
Scott Township, PA

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5. 60 Thompson Mill Rd, Newtown, PA

Price: $4,200,000
Why it’s here:
Featured in various home design magazines, this 37-acre Bucks County property known as Hortulus Farm includes a farmhouse that dates to 1795.

The home features some of the most spectacular gardens on the East Coast, along with four ponds and an all-weather porch, according to the listing.

The five-bedroom main house offers views across the largest pond. There are also two dairy barns—one with a separate apartment and a library—a caretaker’s home, chicken house, and pool.

Newtown, PA
Newtown, PA

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4. 4111 Tanglewood Trl, Spring Branch, TX

Price: $325,000
Why it’s here:
This lovely A-frame from 1969 is located in Texas Hill Country. The four-bedroom retreat boasts 2,427 square feet of well-designed living space.

Vaulted ceilings, wood plank flooring, natural stone, and iron railings give the interiors a rustic style. The deck and living room offer tree views, and there’s an apartment with a full bathroom above the garage.

Close to the Guadalupe River, the home has been in the same family for four generations.

Spring Branch, TX
Spring Branch, TX

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3. 7742 Quaker Dr, Suffolk, VA

Price: $3,290,000
Why it’s here:
It’s luxury overload. The Double R Ranch is a 32-acre property anchored by a 25,000-square-foot mansion with two ballrooms, two movie rooms, seven kitchens, and an indoor pool.

For horse enthusiasts, there’s a 13,000-square-foot indoor riding arena with eight indoor stalls, two unfinished apartments, 10 outside stalls, and tack rooms. With local approval, the new owners could add a helipad or airstrip on the property.

Suffolk, VA
Suffolk, VA

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2. 11523 Whisper Dew St, San Antonio, TX

Price: $395,000
Why it’s here:
This immaculate four-bedroom home from 1973 has a blue door outside and wild colors inside.

Listing photos of the time capsule show shag carpeting, yellow Formica in the kitchen, and wild wallpaper across the home’s 2,743 square feet of living space.

San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX

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1. 4920 Del Rio Rd, Sacramento, CA

Price: 448,000
Why it’s here:
You build a home based on the lot you have. In this case, a triangular parcel gave birth to the “Skinny House.” And we know people love a skinny house.

Built in 2006, the 1,019-square-foot home boasts 10-foot ceilings and a surprisingly open feel. Not much wider than an NBA player’s wingspan, the two-bedroom home makes the most of its tiny lot. The thin residence also features a back deck, hardwood floors, and an updated kitchen and bathrooms.

Sacramento, CA
Sacramento, CA

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The Nation’s Hottest Housing Markets Right Now Have This One Thing in Common

Nations Hottest Housing Markets

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In today’s fast-paced, blink-and-the-listing-is-gone housing market it’s hard to find a place where real estate isn’t hot.

However, there are certain real estate markets that are popular with buyers all over the country where homes are selling just a little bit faster. And they all have one big thing in common: They’re the more affordable.

For the second month in a row, the Manchester, NH, metropolitan area topped the Realtor.com® list of the country’s hottest markets in October. This was the 11th time the small city, about an hour northwest of Boston, has come in at No. 1 since the pandemic began in March of last year.

Homes in the Manchester area sold in fewer than 24 days in October—about 21 days faster than the typical market. These properties also received about 2.8 times as many eyeballs as the norm in other parts of the country.

The Realtor.com economics team came up with its monthly ranking of the hottest U.S. markets for real estate by tracking the metropolitan areas where homes are selling the quickest and where the most potential buyers are clicking on property listings.

“Affordability and strong local economies remain very much top of mind for today’s buyers,” says George Ratiu, manager of economic research at Realtor.com. “With home prices reaching record levels this year, many buyers are still finding themselves locked out of expensive cities.

“Many of the markets on our list are small to midsized within a reasonable commute distance of a major employment center but with much more affordable home prices,” he says.

The average median list price in the 20 hottest markets was about 15.8% lower than the median price tag nationally. Homes on the list were a median $320,000 compared with $380,000.

Prices were higher in Manchester metro area, at a median $419,900. But they were significantly lower than in Boston, where buying the median-priced home cost $689,000 in October. (Metros include the main city and surrounding towns, suburbs, and smaller cities.)

Manchester, along with many of the other places on the hottest markets list, is seeing a lot of buyers come in from out of state. More than half of local real estate broker Mark Warden‘s clients are from New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, along with some from the West Coast. That trend was accelerated as more people who can work remotely are moving farther out.

“They’re tired of the high taxes and the mandates,” says Warden, of Porcupine Real Estate. He notes there is no state income or general sales tax in New Hampshire. There are also plenty of things to do in the city and plenty of outdoorsy activities nearby.

“Most of them are working families or first-time homebuyers,” he adds. “They’re looking for a modest three-bedroom house. In Manchester, people can still get that for under $300,000.”

Lower-priced homes are becoming harder to find, but they’re still out there, he says. However, the suburbs are a bit more expensive.

“In this pandemic era, where millennials with young families look for quality of life, Manchester offers that in spades,” says Ratiu.

The hot list

Metro Rank Rank Change YoY Median Listing Price
Manchester, NH 1 0 $419,900
Burlington, NC 2 0 $295,000
Eureka, CA 3 +53 $489,000
Rochester, NY  4 +2 $211,000
Elkhart, IN 5 +31 $219,900
Lafayette, IN 6 +8 $227,500
Fort Wayne, IN 7 +2 $224,900
Johnson City, TN  8 +23 $300,000
Jefferson City, MO 9 +19 $179,900
Rapid City, SD 10 +35 $386,000
Raleigh, NC 11 +138 $425,000
Topeka, KS 12 -1 $175,000
Concord, NH 13 +8 $389,900
Springfield, MA 14 +15 $310,000
Worcester, MA 15 -10 $399,000
Portland, ME 16 +2 $469,900
Columbus, OH 17 -9 $289,900
Janesville, WI 18 -1 $249,900
Durham, NC 19 +135 $471,000
Memphis, TN 20 +41 $275,000

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Just Buy the House Next Door if You Need More Space for Your Basketball Court

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Cheryl DeSisto spent her New Jersey childhood playing in her backyard until dark. But that was something her three children seldom did at their home in Manhattan Beach, Calif. To remedy that, Ms. DeSisto took an unusual step: In 2018, she bought the house next door for about $3.2 million, tore it down and turned the roughly 5,000-square-foot lot into an outdoor play space for her children.

“When we moved in here, I just kept envisioning this yard next door for my children to play,” said Ms. DeSisto, 50.

She built more than a yard. Completed last year, the space now includes a multiuse sports court, swimming pool, cabana and a sand area for volleyball. Ms. DeSisto said she spent about $1 million on the project, working with Los Angeles architect Anthony Laney.

Nico DeSisto, 15, playing basketball on the sports court.

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“The entire property was intended to be an outdoor destination,” Mr. Laney said. “At least in my world, you don’t see that every day.”

Ms. DeSisto moved to California from New Jersey in the late 1990s to get her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and now describes herself as “a full-time mom.” In 2007, she and her then-husband—who was a business owner in the food industry—bought the house she currently lives in for roughly $3.7 million. The home overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the interior is spacious, but the property’s limited outdoor space doesn’t get much sunlight, she said.

With limited ability to play outside, her children, Nico, 15, Enzo, 13, and Gianna, 11, used to ride their toy cars inside the house, she recalled. “I wanted them to be safe and have somewhere to enjoy themselves,” she said.

Ms. DeSisto said she had always been friendly with the owner of the neighboring house. When the neighbor died and her son inherited the property, he reached out to Ms. DeSisto and sold it to her off market.

Mr. Laney said he spent several months consulting with Ms. DeSisto and the builders, Matt Armato and Jeremy Henson of California-based Titan & Co., before they came up with a design for the space. A cabana and deck were placed toward the rear of the property. An infinity-edge swimming pool overlooks the sports court, which is adjacent to the front of the home. On the court there is a basketball hoop, soccer nets, and a retractable tennis net. In front of the sports court is a sandy area where the family plays volleyball. “I think the magic of it is you could be up higher, at the level of the cabana, looking over the sports court and enjoying the view,” Mr. Laney said.

Ms. DeSisto spent roughly $100,000 on furniture for the cabana and outdoor space alone, according to interior designer Kate Lester, who also worked on the project.

Now that they have more outdoor space, Ms. DeSisto said, “the kids put down their phones, they are not playing videogames, they are outside with their friends.” She said she was very fortunate to have the outdoor space for her kids during the early months of the pandemic. “They all wanted to do their online zooming from there,” she said.

For years, outdoor space has been growing in importance among homeowners, and the pandemic accelerated that trend, said Douglas VanderHorn, founder of Connecticut-based VanderHorn Architects, who has worked on several projects similar to Ms. DeSisto’s.

Cheryl DeSisto’s home in Manhattan Beach.

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In late 2020, Mr. Laney said he finished a roughly two-year project for a client who combined two adjacent lots into one. The client built a home on the front of the lot, and in the back he put a basketball court, a volleyball court, and a soccer area.

Timothy Blonkvist, a founder of the Texas architecture firm Overland Partners, said he is currently working with a clients in Dallas who bought the property next door, where they plan to build an entertainment pavilion with a guest suite and tennis court.

“How do you entertain in a more controlled environment in your own home with amenities that used to be, you know, considered for mainly larger estates or clubs and organizations?” Mr. Blonkvist said. “You buy the house next door.”

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America’s Most Affordable Ski Towns, 2021 Edition: Black Diamonds for Less Green

The data team at Realtor.com crunched the numbers to find the most affordable ski towns for getting a ski run in between meetings without breaking the bank, and maybe having some money left over for a snowmobile or two.

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Can Telosa, a Utopian City in the Desert Founded by a Billionaire, Possibly Succeed?

Marc Lore, a billionaire and former Walmart executive, plans to build a futuristic city in the desert that he promises will be sustainable and equitable.

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Housing Inflation Is Getting Worse. Will Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ Program Help Renters and Buyers?

Altogether, the latest version of the Build Back Better Act that was released in early November by the Rules Committee of the House of Representatives includes more than $150 billion in funding for affordable housing and community development programs.

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Renters Who Abandoned Their City Apartments During Covid Are Coming Home to a Crazy Leasing Market

They are arriving to find bidding wars and skyrocketing prices in their former neighborhoods, where everyone now wants the same things: outdoor space, a home office, and move-in readiness.

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$35M Connecticut Castle Is Back—and Reigns Again as Our Most Popular Home

Known as Woodstock Castle, the immense Connecticut fortress has generated plenty of interest in the past. In 2014, it was the most popular home of the year.

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Big Win for Homeowners: Americans Gained Significant Equity During the Pandemic

Here’s some great news for homeowners: They’re home equity rich. With high home prices, more homeowners owe less than what their homes are worth.

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