Hang the twinkling lights, break out the flower crowns, and don’t forget the Mason jar candle holders, because a Pinterest-perfect farmhouse wedding venue is this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®. The meticulously manicured 10-acre spread is a romantic spot tailor-made for a party—and Instagram. Hashtags not included.
On the market for $695,000, the Michigan property provides a turn-key wedding barn, reception hall, outdoor bar, and fire pit. There’s also a five-bedroom main house that’s ideal for the future proprietor of this clickworthy business opportunity.
Other properties you clicked on this week include a massive castle built by an oral surgeon in Wisconsin over the course of a decade, a classic SoCal home that was the scene of a notorious murder, and an over-the-top decor explosion in Detroit still awaiting a buyer.
It’s been a week of style-forward searches—all of this week’s most popular homes have their own distinct aesthetic and point of view. Strike a pose and have a look…
Price: $1,988,800 Why it’s here: This Los Feliz home was owned by Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, who were randomly murdered here 50 years ago by Charles Manson and his followers. The property has drawn attention not only because of its bloody history, but also because of its prime location and classic Hollywood style. For those with morbid curiosity, it’s likely to be too late—TMZ has reported that the host of “Ghost Adventures,” Zak Bagans, has bought the home.
Los Angeles, CA
Price: $1,450,000 Why it’s here: This modern home was renovated by reality-TV couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar with an eye toward a quick flip. However, the more than 10,000-square-foot custom home has been slow to attract a buyer. The Duggars hope a recent $200,000 price cut will do the trick.
Price: $409,000 Why it’s here: This darling Dutch Colonial was built in 2004 and sits on 5 private acres in the somewhat unlikely location of Geneva, FL. Interior highlights of the two-bedroom home include a large farmhouse kitchen, heart-of-pine floors, high ceilings, and a fireplace. The surrounding wooded acreage includes a pond, landscaping, and space for gardening or raising livestock.
Price: $599,500 Why it’s here: Known as Glen Eberly, this grand home takes its name from a mansion that features in “The Sword and the Distaff,” a novel by the Southern historian William Gilmore Simms. The Beaux Arts beauty was built in 1895 by Robert James Mayes, grandson of Mayesville founder “Squire” Matthew Peterson Mayes. Today, the seven-bedroom home includes eight fireplaces, exposed brick, and original frosted glass. Outside, the more than 5-acre lot includes a fountain, mature magnolia trees, a pool, terrace, and an antebellum cabin used as a guesthouse.
Price: $300,000 Why it’s here: This one-of-a-kind decor delight has been lingering on the market since March 2018. After yet another price cut, the owner, known around town as “Mr. Ronnie,” is hoping to attract a buyer to his distinctive dwelling.
He’ll need to find someone who truly appreciates the love and the care put into the decor—from the crochet on the ceilings to the meticulous rec room complete with Elvis on a stage. When we examined the lack of a buyer last month, the price sat at $374,900 and there was a single listing photo. Now, it’s back on the market with a reduced price, a new agent, and plenty more eye-popping pictures to ogle.
Price: $224,000 Why it’s here: This restored five-bedroom Victorian was built in 1891 and retains many of its original fixtures and features. There are pocket doors, stained-glass windows, and two fireplaces. Outdoors, the elegant home has wraparound porches leading to two grand marbled entrances.
Ellwood City, PA
Price: $369,000 Why it’s here: Reading is fundamental! Built in 1936 to serve as the library for the town of Trumbull, CT, this property was converted into a home in the 1980s. Today, the “Hawley Memorial Library” is a single-family dwelling with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 3,000 square feet. There’s also a two-car garage and a finished basement with two bedrooms, a full bath, and a laundry room.
Price: $350,000 Why it’s here: This local landmark is priced to reflect the substantial amount of work needed to restore the exterior stucco. Tucked among the trees on just under 2 acres, the stark and modern three-bedroom was built in 1954. With a bit of love (and money!), it could be brought back to all its midcentury modern glory.