Perhaps there really are fairy-tale endings, at least when it comes to real estate. We’ve found 10 storybook homes on the market right now, appearing as though they’ve all been sprinkled with pixie dust.
And unlike other whimsical elements of children’s books, storybook homes—also called “fairy-tale homes” or “Hansel and Gretel homes”—do exist. The style became popular after World War I, inspired by European-style homes.
The distinguishing characteristics of these fancifully designed homes include sloping roofs, cobblestones, and odd-shaped doors and windows. Think Bilbo Baggins’ home in “The Hobbit” or the “Snow White” cottage—without the Hobbits or seven dwarfs.
And although the roots of fantasyland architecture reach deep into the past, we’ve found updated examples that offer a blend of charming original features and modern conveniences. They’ll have you whistling while you work…
So settle in and let us tell you the tale of 10 fantastic storybook homes.
Price: $385,000 Fabled features: Built in 1937, this two-bedroom Tudor is a charmer. Through the colorful front door are 10-foot-high ceilings, crown moldings, a decorative fireplace, and rounded doorways. There’s also a sunny office, dining room, original flooring, and green Cuban tile in the bath. A great room added in 1959 features wall-to-wall knotty pine with bamboo flooring.
Saint Petersburg, FL
Price: $425,000 Fabled features: This nearly century-old, three-bedroom home offers coved ceilings, hardwood floors, a living room with fireplace, kitchen with new appliances, and screened-in porch. Still not fanciful enough for you? The upstairs master boasts a vaulted ceiling and arched windows.
Saint Paul, MN
Price: $140,000 Fabled features: The home’s picture-perfect exterior is complemented by an updated interior with abundant natural light. The three-bedroom home features a modernized kitchen, formal living and dining rooms, a private deck, and backyard with patio. The finished basement could serve as a gym, media, or game room. The two-car garage is large enough to fit all your toys, including kayaks and canoes for the nearby lake.
Price: $748,000 Fabled features: The price may seem Grimm, but the home is a pure delight. The three-bedroom home has benefited from the “love and artistic design” of the current owners. The cozy living room offers a custom built-in and gas fireplace. The scrumptious eat-in kitchen contains custom cabinets and walnut counters, and opens to a deck for dining outside.
Price: $659,999 Fabled features: Located on one of the area’s “most captivating streets,” this Tudor from 1929 will steal your heart. Walk down a beautiful brick pathway and enter through a stone-arched doorway. Inside, there’s a spacious living room with a stone fireplace and double French doors. The adjoining dining room and great room include an open, modern kitchen leading to a large back deck.
Price: $950,000 Fabled features: An arched entry leads to a “world of yesteryear.” Features of this fairy-tale residence include marble-faced stucco, arched leaded-glass windows in the dining room, and a sunlit living room with oak flooring, millwork, and crown molding. The cheerful eat-in kitchen has blue tile and an island.
Price: $475,000 Fabled features: Built in 1929, this three-bedroom brick cottage has nearly 2,000 square feet of living space. Located in a historical neighborhood, and in walking distance to downtown and Royer Park, the home offers a modern kitchen, hardwood floors, a brick fireplace, built-ins, and a grassy backyard.
Price: $1,750,000 Fabled features: Located in Montlake’s historic district, this prime property offers two units. There’s the original storybook home from 1926, and a detached two-bedroom cottage built in 2013 as a miniature version of the main house. Both units share patio and garden space. The main house, designed by architect J. Lister Holmes, features a half-timbered exterior, copper downspouts, the original staircase, leaded-glass windows, hardwood flooring, and a sunroom leading to the backyard.
Price: $650,000 Fabled features: You had us at “white picket fence.” The cottage, which was featured on “This Old House,” sports a layout with an updated kitchen, original pine flooring, living room with a fireplace, and a private master bedroom. A new 368-square-foot sunroom offers additional living space and looks out onto a grassy backyard.