We weren’t shocked to see a now-infamous Pennsylvania home claim the title of most popular home on realtor.com® this week. However, we were shocked to see the sheer number of views the home had attracted. In nearly five years, we’ve never seen a single home hit the million-view mark. But this fascinating listing spanked the competition and soared well, well over a million views.
If you’re unfamiliar with the backstory, we’ll fill you in: Nondescript home in Philly suburbs is oh-so-vanilla as you scroll through the photos of the top two floors. But when you get to the photos of the basement, the spice reaches ghost-pepper levels. The home is outfitted with a fully equipped, tastefully staged BDSM dungeon—and all the equipment in the photos comes with the purchase of the home.
It was those four or five photos of the home’s basement—and the stark contrast that they presented to the previous 35 photos—that made the home a viral sensation. And when the dungeon photos were removed from the listing, a second wave of curious consumers came searching for what had been taken away.
As the home’s listing agent, Melissa Leonard, told us, “I made jokes with my family that I was really going to put this house on the map—and I really did put it on the map.”
While this week’s other popular properties lagged far behind the dungeon dwelling, there were plenty of other places that caused you to click. The home of Red Sox legend David Ortiz slugged its way on to the chart, and Charlie Sheen‘s custom 90210 mansion also made an appearance, thanks to a well-timed price chop.
We hope you’re not too tied up right now, because we’d like you to check out all of this week’s most popular properties…
Price: $8,488,888 Why it’s here: Stars—they’re just like us! Take Charlie Sheen, who is having a tough time finding a buyer for his bachelor-iffic Beverly Hills mansion. It’s back on the market with a $1.5 million price chop. Perhaps prospective buyers have long memories and haven’t forgotten about his “goddesses.”
Beverly Hills, CA
Price: $399,900 Why it’s here: Built in 1775, the Lane House offers period charm combined with modern conveniences. The large formal living and dining rooms feature beamed ceilings. The eat-in kitchen includes original wide-plank flooring and a brick hearth, along with granite counters, recessed lighting, and stainless steel appliances. Along with a master suite, office, and guest bedrooms, the 1-acre lot features an original barn and huge lawn.
Price: $359,900 Why it’s here: The adorable Edgewood Cottage offers a beautifully updated space, with a sunroom, living room with fireplace, and dining room. The kitchen offers access to the patio through French doors, and the master bedroom comes with a spacious closet with built-in shoe shelves. The property also includes a fenced yard and a detached garage.
Price: $9,500,000 Why it’s here: No casino kitsch here. This contemporary and elegant Vegas pad features an open footprint, with glass pocket-doors that completely open up to the backyard. The outdoor space has a resortlike pool, spa, fire pits, and landscaping. Inside, the formal dining room includes a floor-to-ceiling wine display. There’s also an impressive multiscreen media room, as well as an owner’s suite and office on the first floor.
Price: $1,050,000 Why it’s here: Oooh la la in NOLA! This Queen Anne home sits near Audubon Park and Magazine Street shops and restaurants. It was built in 1919, and its details include custom woodwork, a coved ceiling, and a dining room mural. The kitchen has granite counters and a high ceiling, and outdoors, the landscaping has mature plantings and a flagstone patio in the back.
New Orleans, LA
Price: $4,299,000 Why it’s here: Set on 2 acres and up a private drive, the 7,500-square-foot estate is ready for a celeb to move on in. Although you may not ever need them in Southern California, the home has five fireplaces. The country kitchen boasts a Viking range along with an octagon-shaped breakfast room. Other features include a library with built-ins, a billiard room, and a master suite with a private balcony.
HIdden Hills, CA
Price: $219,000 Why it’s here: This well-maintained home from the 1920s is in a great location, for a great price. The layout offers a large family room, formal dining room, and sun room. On the second floor, you’ll find hardwood floors and a master bedroom. Out back, there’s a landscaped and fenced backyard with a patio, fire pit, and outdoor sound system.
Price: $6,300,000 Why it’s here: Red Sox fans, take note. Boston legend David Ortiz has put his wicked awesome house on the market. The Adirondack-style home on 2 acres features a chef’s kitchen, open floor plan, and a landscaped yard with pool and jacuzzi. Bonus: Ortiz has left behind a custom-built bar and theatre in the basement, which was built with input from Fenway architects and includes materials from Fenway Park.
Price: $9,990,000 Why it’s here: This single-story main house with massive windows, right on Lake Austin, is a sleek structure with an ideal location.
“It has amazing views of the lake from all the rooms in the house,” says listing agent Joseph Longton, with Compass. In addition to those views, the lakefront house will work as either a vacation getaway or as a full-time family house.
The property has four bedrooms and 4.5 baths, an office, master suite, and library. The outdoor space features a resort-style pool and spa, plus a two-story boat dock. There’s also a one-bedroom guesthouse with a kitchen and living space. One of the only contemporary homes in the area, it’s move-in ready, and only five and a half years old.
“It’s such a treat to go inside this house,” Longton told us.
Why it’s here: See photos below.
Listing agent Melissa Leonard said, “I could have just listed the beautiful house and kept out the pictures of the basement, but I felt like this is what makes it different. This is the house, and I wanted to portray it the way it was.”
Gary G. Schempp, Jr.
Gary G. Schempp, Jr.
Gary G. Schempp, Jr.
Gary G Schempp, Jr.
Source: Housing Trends Feed