Tom Hanks’ Former Floating Home Sails to the Top of Most Popular Homes

Who doesn’t love Tom Hanks? No one, that’s who! And apparently that ardor even extends to the Oscar-winner’s childhood home, which went on sale and created a splash across the web. A floating home in Alameda, CA, where the movie star lived during his teen years, has become a must-see listing.

Hanks himself recently confirmed his tenure in the home on Instagram, causing clicks to churn, and propelling the place to the top of this week’s most popular homes on®. While interest from buyers has been muted thus far, the buzz online has been, ahem, “Big.”

Other homes creating waves this week include a historic restoration project in Iowa, a lakefront showstopper in Texas, and a horse lover’s dream in South Carolina.

Gallop along with us as we run down the full list of this week’s most popular homes…

10. 8249 Houdan Way, Bentonville, AR

Price: $480,000 Why it’s here: This home with a million-dollar view comes with a half-million-dollar price tag. The layout includes two living areas, an updated kitchen with adjoining dining room, an outdoor covered deck, and a four-car garage. If you need even more space to spread out, property on either side of the house is available for purchase.

Bentonville, AR


9. 7949 Forest Ave, Munster, IN

Price: $239,900 Why it’s here: Built in 1941, this place is showing its age, at least in the decor department. But don’t rule it out. You can easily update the interior and then enjoy all the character of this older property. The four-bedroom home has a built-in banquet in the kitchen, an appealing sunroom, and a wood-paneled game room with billiard table. There’s even a master suite, which is rare for the era.

Munster, IN


8. 3811 Westlake Dr, Austin, TX

Price: $9,990,000 Why it’s here: Enjoy 100 feet of Lake Austin waterfront in this contemporary masterpiece. The 5,775-square-foot property includes a four-bedroom main house featuring a large master suite with water views. The separate guesthouse offers one bed, two baths, a kitchen, and family room. Outdoors, there’s an infinity pool and spa, plus a two-story boat dock with slip.

Austin, TX


7. 321 Woodland Dr, Homewood, AL

Price: $1,400,000 Why it’s here: After less than two weeks on the market, this brand-new custom home is already pending sale. It’s easy to see why. The 3,800-square-foot space features open living space in the back of the home, including a kitchen, adjoining eating area, and an inviting family room.

Homewood, AL


6. 7689 Quadrant Ave S, Denmark Township, MN

Price: $3,600,000 Why it’s here: Come get the quirky castle! Last week’s most viewed listing is filled with hand-carved woodwork and craftsmanship, some salvaged from buildings destined for destruction at the time.

Denmark Township, MN


5. 348 Lowell St, Peabody, MA

Price: $600,000 Why it’s here: Although antique on the outside, the John Proctor House has been updated for modern needs, including a large eat-in kitchen and an outdoor pool, while maintaining quaint details like exposed brick, ceiling beams, and multiple fireplaces. Old is new again. This colonial from 1638 is now in its second week on our top 10.

Peabody, MA


4. 71 Cross St, Franklin, MA

Price: $339,900 Why it’s here: And here’s another antique home in Massachusetts. This three-bedroom in Franklin, MA, was built in 1870, and features an open kitchen with breakfast bar and family room, plus a formal dining room and den. Outside, there’s a covered porch with an alluring swing. It’s being sold as is, which seems to have worked out, as the property is in contingent sale status.

Franklin, MA


3.1300 Patterson Rd, Campobello, SC

Price: $2,700,000 Why it’s here: If you’re searching for an equestrian estate, mosey on in! This alluring log cabin sits on 31 acres, 30 of which are fenced. The property features 25 acres of pastures, and includes a 12-stall barn, nine paddocks, a riding ring, and a hay and equipment barn. The home offers luxury living with vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing mountain views, plus a walk-out, finished basement that could work as an in-law suite.

Campobello, SC


2. 1645 W 12th St, Davenport, IA

Price: $300,000 Why it’s here: Restore a historic home to its former glory! This grand estate was designed in 1910 by the architectural firm of Clausen and Clausen in the Jacobethan Revival style for Dr. Kuno Struck and his wife, Norma.

In 1984, the red brick and limestone abode was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now on the market, it has enchanted many real estate watchers.

Details of the five-bedroom home include wood wainscoting and trim, Italian terrazzo tile, and stained-glass windows. In the living room, French doors lead to a solarium with marble flooring and access to a patio. The incredible dining room features a plaster honeycomb ceiling, oak hardwood flooring, a wood-burning fireplace, bay window, and built-ins.

However, we recommend that you don’t fall head over heels for this beautiful abode, given that it is already listed as in pending sale status.

Davenport, IA


1. 2394 Mariner Square Dr # C1, Alameda, CA

Price: $600,000 Why it’s here: Ahoy there! Play your own version of “Cast Away” on the two-story floating home once inhabited by Tom Hanks. He lived there as a teenager from 1973-1976, with his father, Amos Hanks, and stepmother, Frances. The A-list connection created a wave of clicks, guiding it into this week’s top spot. However, potential buyers proved to be a harder sell, with not much of a showing at the open house events.

One potential drawback? Landlubbers need not apply. This 1,152-square-foot, two-bedroom home is for those with sea legs, and the stomach for some remodeling. Built in 1973, the water-based abode is now 45 years old. Although the exterior has been refurbished, the interior living area and kitchen appliances are out of date.

But the charm of sitting on the deck on the San Francisco Bay, in addition to the A-list pedigree, might enchant a buyer to come sail away.

Alameda, CA

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