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 realtor.com®. 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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.