Hockey star Phil Kessel is selling his Pittsburgh mansion, which has pulled in tons of clicks, thanks to what it’s missing. Namely, furniture in most of the rooms, or any evidence that the home was lived in at all during the four years Kessel owned the place. Interest in Kessel’s lack of decor flair made the home he’s selling the week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.
After our story on the listing broke, sports fans on Twitter had a field day with the idiosyncratic decor choices. Deadspin then poked fun at the home’s photos. Specifically, the sad, solitary chair in the media room—which the site dubbed “The Loneliest Home Theater in the World.”
Listing agent Dave Tumpa stepped in to set the record straight. He said he and his wife placed the chair in the theater to provide a sense of space in the photos. The theater, he told us, has never been used, since Kessel is rarely at home.
“When I first saw the [Deadspin] article, I started sweating,” says Tumpa. He was worried that it would offend his client by making it look as though Kessel had no friends to invite over. However, the photo brouhaha turned out to be great exposure for the home, and reminded fans that Kessel is a true “down-to-earth guy,” Tumpa says.
As this week’s runner-up, Kid Rock’s Detroit home also had fans clicking to see how a true American Bad Ass spends his downtime. Turns out, there’s beer pong involved. Surprise?
Other popular homes this week included the Duggars’ Arkansas home flip—which had yet another $200,000 chopped from its price; a historic Main Line estate that’s marked down by nearly $1 million; and a Frank Lloyd Wright home in need of repairs.
We won’t ask you to pick up a hammer, but we would like you to scroll down and read through all this week’s most popular properties.
Why it’s here: There are 180-degree ocean views surrounding this ranch home sitting on the Shelter Cove golf course and landing strip. Built in 1986, with exterior upgrades completed in 2018, the two-bedroom home in Humboldt County has a 1,500-square-foot deck to soak in the water views.
Shelter Cove, CA
Why it’s here: Cool and classic, this country estate sits on 76 acres. There’s a recently remodeled five-bedroom home, as well as a one-bedroom apartment over the garage. Enjoy the outdoors from the home’s front porch or in the backyard recreation area, or take a dip in the heated, saltwater pool, surrounded by views of trees and rolling hills.
Why it’s here: This charming four-bedroom Cape Cod was built in 1948 and oozes storybook style. It sits on nearly a half-acre filled with lovely landscaping and perennials, patios, and an outdoor fireplace. Inside, the home has six fireplaces, hardwood floors, a family room with beamed ceiling and slate floors, and a romantic rooftop balcony off the main bedroom.
Why it’s here: On the market since 2012, the legendary Main Line estate known as Albemarle was initially listed for $25 million. The 17-acre property is surrounded by conservancy land and includes a state-of-the-art main residence, guesthouse, entertainment barn, tennis court, and a distinctive clock tower.
Why it’s here: Although it was once asking $68 million, the Stone Mansion is still the most expensive home in all of New Jersey. Just 8 miles from Manhattan, this gated Garden State estate has over 30,000 square feet of living space, including formal reception rooms, a ballroom, martini parlor, art galleries, and a wine-tasting room.
Why it’s here: Construction on this seven-bedroom custom retreat in Western Ohio was completed in 2018. Details include custom wood beams, a see-through fireplace, and a butler’s pantry. Outside, you’ll find a deck, plus a patio with gas fireplace and TV. The 8,500-square-foot home sits on nearly 16 acres and backs up to Lost Creek.
Why it’s here: Another week, another discount. This week, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have slashed $200,000 off this modern remodel project in their native Arkansas. It’s the third time the home’s been discounted since it initially landed on the market in May for $1.8 million.
Why it’s here: This Frank Lloyd Wright home was built in 1909, and is on the market for the first time in 60 years. Known as the Frank J. Baker house, it includes five bedrooms, three fireplaces, and an addition designed by Wright. This slice of architectural history is priced to move, but beware—it’ll need a lot of work to bring it up to date.
Why it’s here: Situated on the Detroit River, this seemingly sedate mansion is being sold by party-lovin’ rapper Kid Rock. The buttoned-up Colonial is in the same neighborhood as the Mayor’s Mansion and includes high-end extras like a huge deck for entertaining, a boathouse with Jet Ski lifts, and for some hard-partying fun, a dedicated beer pong table in the basement.
Why it’s here: NHL star Phil Kessel is headed to the Phoenix Coyotes and selling this stately home in Pittsburgh. Even though Kessel has owned it for several years, the listing pictures make it look unlived-in, and it generated hundreds of thousands of clicks as a result.
According to the listing agent, Dave Tumpa, the Penguins star really only used the bedroom, living room, and office when he was home. Which means that most of the rooms in the home, which was built in 2014, are practically brand-new. Including the home theater.
Phil Kessel’s theater room
Source: Housing Trends Feed