While Freemason membership is at a low point, interest in one of the group’s lodges is no secret.
A former Masonic lodge in Indiana on the market for $69,900 is this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®. You don’t have to be initiated or take a blood oath to check out the home’s cool listing photos. The lodge is ready to welcome its next member—the 11,000-square-foot building with a vintage aesthetic and a bargain-basement price is pending sale.
If fraternal organizations aren’t your thing, this week’s runner-up is just as appealing. A sprawling A-frame in South Carolina is an ideal vacation spot. Near the water with lake views, the rustic retreat sleeps 12 and features lots of windows.
Other homes grabbing your clicks this week included a New Orleans gem located on the Mardi Gras route, a sweetly renovated abode in Alabama, and a gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian in Virginia.
For a full look at this week’s most popular properties, scroll on down.
Price: $499,900 Why it’s here: Dating to the 1860s, this magnificent six-bedroom brick home has loads of original details. Enter through a glass-enclosed porch to a two-story foyer, and you’ll find wood flooring, a large living room with a fireplace, and a formal dining room. The updated kitchen features a butler’s pantry, and the landscaped grounds include an outbuilding and shed.
Price: $399,900 Why it’s here: Sweet home, Alabama. Built in 1973, this three-bedroom gem has been fully remodeled. The cozy space has an open floor plan, which allows plenty of natural light. The living space looks out to a wall of windows, and the huge deck off the kitchen is ideal for entertaining.
Price: $2,099,900 Why it’s here: Built in 1810, this brick Federal is stately on the outside and meticulously modern on the inside. The six-bedroom home has a whopping 12 fireplaces as well as two grand staircases. Other highlights include a finished lower level, custom mudroom, and sunken bluestone patio with a fenced yard.
Price: $249,900 Why it’s here: It’s an Alabama slammer. This renovated three-bedroom home has all-new everything—from the roof to the wood floors.The living room includes a fireplace and French doors, and the updated kitchen has gorgeous granite counters. Other details include a finished basement as well as a large deck.
Price: $740,000 Why it’s here: This beautifully renovated Queen Anne Victorian still retains its original character while incorporating a modern kitchen and new bathrooms. The 11-bedroom residence has multiple fireplaces, a formal dining room, covered porch, and large lawn perfect for croquet or garden parties.
Price: $800,000 Why it’s here: It’s the suburban Detroit home of the late legend Aretha Franklin. It was last week’s most popular home, and the Queen of Soul’s crib is still getting its proper respect this week.
Bloomfield Township, MI
Price: $185,000 Why it’s here: Cape Cod style … in Ohio. Built in 1922, this charming abode features original details and modern updates. The sellers “lovingly restored” the hardwood floors, woodwork, and built-ins. The updated kitchen now has slate flooring and stainless-steel appliances. The living room and dining room have a nice flow, and both feature built-ins. The welcoming front porch and paver patio provide ideal spots to enjoy the landscaping and surrounding neighborhood.
Price: $432,500 Why it’s here: You don’t have to leave the house to watch the Mardi Gras parades, which pass by your front door. Aside from the parties, you can enjoy the updated living space, which includes a large kitchen, sunroom, and living room with exposed brick walls. Or simply sit on the front porch and soak up the Big Easy ambiance.
New Orleans, LA
Price: $195,900 Why it’s here: Here’s an awesome vacation home. The three-bedroom A-frame has floor-to-ceiling glass, high ceilings, and Lake Hartwell views. The home easily sleeps 12, and there’s a large workshop, multiple storage areas, a loft, and a roomy hallway with bunk beds. The bedrooms all have balconies with water views.
The home would make a great investment property for rental income. If you want to expand the space, the lot next door is available for only $18,000. While the home isn’t right on the lake, there’s a walkway that leads down to the lake.
“It sits up on a hill so it has views of the lake from five different windows, which is unusual,” says listing agent Debbie Hearn, who adds that the A-frame structure is popular with buyers. “That’s their picture of the dream vacation home.
“There are a lot of pluses,” Hearn adds. In this case, those pluses all add up to popularity.
Price: $69,900 Why it’s here: Priced to move, this former Masonic lodge offers a glimpse of the secret world of Freemasons without the initiation rituals. If the insanely low price or the cool vintage interior weren’t enough, the massive amount of space is truly startling.
This place measures in at 11,313 square feet, which works out to a ridiculously low price of $6 per square foot. The structure has five beds, 1.5 baths, stained-glass windows, a wraparound front porch, pocket doors, inlaid wood, and built-in cabinets.
The listing notes that the structure could be used as a residence or a business. The place is now pending sale.
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