Michigan Castle Once Owned by Rock Royalty Is This Week’s Most Popular Home


A historic, canal-front castle in St. Clair Shores, MI, once the home of the iconic rockers Patti and Fred Smith, is the week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.

The Tudor-style house is where the Smiths raised their two kids, Jackson and Jesse. It’s also where Patti wrote her 1988 album, “Dream of Life,” and where the celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz shot photos of her. The house also featured prominently in a 2008 documentary about Patti Smith.

The house has changed hands a couple of times since then, but in a curious twist, Jackson Smith is now the agent representing its current owner and dished the residence’s interesting backstory to The Detroit News.

Besides the home with a rockin’ pedigree, this week’s most clicked homes include a million-dollar mansion in Arkansas being sold by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, a tiny house in Indiana listed for just $55,000, and the San Francisco house made iconic by the 1990s sitcom “Full House.”

This week’s most popular properties are full of fashionable decor, retro renovations, and even a quarterback hoping to pass on his home to a new owner. We invite you tackle the full list below…

10. 1795 Klines Mill Rd, Quakertown, PA 

Price: $255,200

Why it’s here: This Cape Cod-style property has been recently updated and is move-in ready, according to the listing details. The three-bedroom home sits on 3 acres, with a chicken coop, woods, and a small stream. Inside, the home has new hardwood floors on the first floor, a wood stove, and custom butcher-block counters with a breakfast bar. The basement is outfitted for laundry and storage.

Quakertown, PA



9. 1709 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA

Price: $5,999,999

Why it’s here: The home that was used as the facade for the late ’80s and 1990s TV show “Full House” has gotten a decidedly grown-up makeover, with Richard Landry-designed interiors—all in a coveted San Francisco location. The series’ creator, Jeff Franklin, wasn’t able to complete his plan to renovate the home to replicate how it looked on TV, so he did the next best thing and classed up the joint. The buyers had better beware of selfie-taking tourists!

San Francisco, CA



8. 4921 Azucena Rd, Woodland Hills, CA

Price: $3,499,000

Why it’s here: This custom-built, five-bedroom home has high ceilings, formal spaces for entertaining, and a spa with a steam shower and tub, overlooking the property. A full outdoor kitchen, a detached arbor with wrought-iron dome, and an oversized infinity pool are ideal for taking in the fresh air in high style.

Woodland Hills, CA



7. 32 Hutchinson Ave, Haddonfield, NJ

Price: $799,000

Why it’s here: NFL quarterback Nick Foles has signed a new deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars and needs to sell this New Jersey home.  Filled with natural sunlight, the four-bedroom home boasts oak hardwood floors, a large dining room that overlooks the yard, a gourmet kitchen, a family room with high ceilings, and a sunroom. There’s also a mudroom, thoughtfully equipped with a dog wash for muddy paws.

Haddonfield, NJ



6. 2120 N. Heliotrope Dr, Santa Ana, CA

Price: $1,099,000

Why it’s here: This retro gem was built in 1950 by Floral Park developer Allison Honer for Dr. William Bradley, who owned the home for 59 years. The current owners bought the home seven years ago and made it a fantastic ode to 1950s style. Inside, you’ll find hardwood floors, original fixtures and details, original wallpaper in the entry and halls, a vintage-style kitchen, and vintage baths.

Santa Ana, CA



5. 5915 N. Echo Canyon Ln, Phoenix, AZ 

Price: $2,399,000

Why it’s here: This ultramodern home was built in 1984, and recently underwent an incredible renovation that landed it in the pages of Dwell magazine. Desert mountain views fill the interiors with natural light. Sitting on an oversized lot, the four-bedroom home offers cool living in a warm climate. There’s a gourmet kitchen, temperature-controlled wine room, attached guesthouse, and a heated spa with views of the famous Praying Monk rock formation on Camelback Mountain.

Phoenix, AZ



4. Springdale, AR

Price: $1,800,000

Why it’s here: Reality TV stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are selling this huge home, sitting on nearly 3 acres. The Duggars rescued the home, which was in serious disrepair, for just $230,000 a few years ago. They poured money into the renovation, and it’ll be interesting to see if they’re able to pull off a fabulous flip.

Springdale, AR



3. 1341 S. Cory Ln, Bloomington, IN

Price: $55,000

Why it’s here: This tiny house once sat on display at the local co-op grocery Bloomingfoods. It’s finally found a permanent home on a lot that covers more than a quarter-acre, complete with a fenced yard and utilities. Built in 2016, the tiny house has charmed locals with its colorful paint job.

Bloomington, IN



2. 168 Walnut St, Manchester, NH

Price: $699,000

Why it’s here: This grand Queen Anne-style home was built for an entrepreneur and philanthropist, R.G. Sullivan, in 1893, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The over 5,100-square-foot residence sits on a quarter-acre and features five working fireplaces, hand-carved woodwork, original inlaid flooring and pocket doors, and antique stained-glass windows. The third floor offers an au pair suite with private entrance, kitchen, and bath.

Manchester, NH



1. 22501 Beach St., St. Clair Shores, MI

Price: $499,000

Why it’s here: It’s a one-of-a-kind home with a place in rock history: the former home of Patti and Fred Smith. It also happens to be a fully remodeled beauty perched on a lovely canal-front location.

It was built in 1918, and the current owners have updated and improved the home without sacrificing one iota of its historic charm. It still has the original marble and granite floors throughout the main level, an original bookcase secret passage to a hidden wine cellar, and a rooftop terrace. The boathouse has been turned into a speakeasy entertainment space.

Fred “Sonic” Smith, a guitarist with the MC5, and Patti, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, bought the home in 1980 and raised their two kids there. Patti sold it just after Fred’s death in 1994.

Their son, Jackson Smith, is the listing agent. As he told the Detroit News, “I feel really lucky that I had a chance—the owners were so nice—I had a chance to see them really turn it into something spectacular, because what they put into the home is far nicer physically than it ever was when I lived there.”

He added, “When I walk in there, it still looks like the same house I grew up in, but everything has been lovingly cared for. The house has the same life to it that I remember as a kid.”

Saint Clair Shores, MI

St. Clair Shores, MI


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