This week, a ghost town scared up a ton of interest on realtor.com®. Cerro Gordo—a well-preserved abandoned mining camp—stirred up fantasies of the Old West and struck gold with curious property watchers.
Perched 8,000 feet up in the Inyo Mountains, the silver mine was partly responsible for the wealth that built Los Angeles. But these days, it’s only hardy tourists who want to explore the area with a private tour and a glimpse of the town’s storied past.
“A lot of the other ghost towns are state-controlled, not something somebody could live in or occupy or own privately,” says listing agent Jake Rasmuson. This property includes some 300 acres and mining claims, along with multiple buildings, including a hotel, bunkhouse, and bar, and (naturally) a cemetery, with “substantial numbers of reported hauntings,” the agent notes. While some restoration has taken place, many of the buildings have been left in a state of “protected arrested decay.” We can dig it!
The runner-up this week is a “landmark lake house” in Missouri that could easily serve as a very large private estate or as a corporate retreat for a mid-size Midwest firm. The multimillion dollar lakefront mansion might be one of the plushest places in the Ozarks.
Other noteworthy abodes this week include a cool ’70s-era design in Tennessee, a deluxe log cabin in Georgia, and a modernized farmhouse from the 1850s in Illinois.
If you’re not afraid of ghosts or ghost towns, scroll on down for the full list of this week’s most popular properties…
Price: $939,900 Why it’s here: A waterfront home in the Tree Tops gated community is ready for a new owner to dive in. One of the largest lots in the area, this custom-built home has been updated and includes four bedrooms, a study, and 3.5 baths. Details include wood floors, a marble-topped kitchen, a master suite with an updated spalike bath, and sliding doors leading out to the pool.
Price: $500,000 Why it’s here: Country living doesn’t have to be too rustic. This four-bedroom log cabin is downright deluxe and located on over 24 acres. The two-story great room features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. The upper level includes a master suite, loft, and bonus room. Outdoors boasts a wraparound porch, garage, barn, and pond.
White Oak, GA
Price: $2,300,000 Why it’s here: Formerly the Restoration Farm and Hen House Boutique, this place is quite a spread. Along with the four-bedroom main house, there’s an adjoining structure with a two-bedroom apartment, workout room, and space that was used for the boutique. Located on over 14 acres, the property also includes a horse stable and stalls.
Price: $4,500,000 Why it’s here: The multi-million price includes four properties, highlighted by a historic Neo-Classical building. That building—known as Villa Paula—is a “Designated Historic Haunted Commercial building” and currently in use as an art gallery. The other three buildings are vacant and zoned for multifamily use. This multistructure package in the Little Haiti neighborhood offers intriguing potential for a buyer who isn’t easily spooked.
Price: $619,900 Why it’s here: Built in 2015, this four-bedroom in the Metroplex recently had its price cut by $15,000. The layout includes an open kitchen with a quartz island, master suite with bay windows, and a fun media and game room with two wet bars.
Fort Worth, TX
Price: $275,000 Why it’s here: Vintage charm! This farmhouse from 1859 has been modernized, while keeping original details including crown moldings and wood floors. The outdoor space includes patios, a covered porch, and an above-ground pool, as well as a historic barn.
Price: $469,990 Why it’s here: Built in 2002, this “meticulously maintained” two-story home is in the community famously built by Disney. The move-in ready space includes an office with French doors and an updated kitchen with marble counters that overlooks the backyard. Best of all? It’s less than 15 minutes to Walt Disney World.
Price: $749,000 Why it’s here: Modern near Memphis? Built by architect Francis Mah in 1976 for his family, the contemporary design won an Architectural Record House award. Located on 5 acres, the five-bedroom home is split into two wings. One wing was designed for cooking, gathering, and socializing. The other wing was designed for guests and kids and features an indoor pool.
Price: $3,490,000 Why it’s here: It’s all about the Ozarks! A “landmark at the lake,” this 8,838-square-foot home on 5 acres offers six bedrooms, meandering patios, and a screened-in outdoor kitchen ideal for family gatherings. The property includes an infinity pool and poolhouse, multiple waterfalls, landscaping, and lake views. The expansive estate could serve as a private residence or could easily morph into a corporate retreat.
Sunrise Beach, MO
Price: $925,000 Why it’s here: In the market for a ghost town? This former mining camp with nearly 22 buildings on 300 acres is a piece of American history. Held by the same family for decades, Cerro Gordo is looking for a new prospector.
If you think the town—abandoned in the early 1900s when the mines dried up—looks like something you’d see on “Westworld,” you’re not far off. Although now mainly available for walking tours, the ghost town has been used as a shooting location for movies, including “Iron Man,” according to listing agent Rasmuson.
Its historic allure is attracting plenty of clicks.
“It’s something that sparks people’s interest,” Rasmuson says. “They really want to own or have an interest in the Old West. I think the key to it is, it’s real. It’s a real piece of history.”
Lone Pine, CA
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