A Colonial home built in New England in 1697 that now sits in the unlikely locale of Medina, OH, is the week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.
How in the heck did a home built in Plympton, MA, in the 17th century wind up for sale in northern Ohio? The current owner, Craig Staufer, explained the backstory of the $525,000 home to a local news outlet.
“My mother gave my father a choice: We either move to New England to an authentic, old Colonial house, or we stay here and the house comes here,” Staufer told WKYC. “He chose the latter.”
Fueled by her passion for Colonial antiques, Staufer’s mom had this house brought to her in Ohio—board by board, brick by brick—and had it reassembled on the 13-acre lot, where it has stood since the 1970s. Thanks to her efforts, the history within those walls has been preserved for future generations.
“Underneath the one stairway, there’s actually a hiding place, a false door where they hid during the French and Indian War,” Staufer says.
Besides the chance to live in a transplanted treasure, the rest of this week’s most popular homes include a New Jersey home once owned by Philadelphia Flyers hockey legend Bobby Clarke, the sprawling mansion where a missing mom, Jennifer Dulos, and her estranged husband, Fotis, once lived with their children, and a Texas-sized estate with its own water park.
It’s a wild ride through history, headlines, and haute spaces this week. Simply scroll on down for all of this week’s most popular homes …
Why it’s here: It’s an opportunity to own an architecturally significant property that has been lovingly maintained and updated. This exquisite example of Prairie School architecture was designed by Walter Burley Griffin and built in 1911. Highlights of the quarter-acre property include beamed ceilings, restored hardwoods, multiple built-ins, and a sunroom with walk-out balcony.
Mason City, IA
Why it’s here: It has a private water park on the premises! This enormous estate is more of a resort than a simple family home, thanks to more than 37,000 square feet of living space and other over-the-top amenities.
Why it’s here: This fully updated four-bedroom home sits on just under a full acre and boasts plenty of curb appeal. It features an open floor plan, in-ground pool, oversized garage with pellet stove, a new metal roof, and outdoor living spaces.
Why it’s here: Known as Hillcrest Lodge, the 8,500-square-foot mansion was designed by Curtis Gelotte and built in 2006. The 5.5-acre lot includes a vineyard, apple orchard, saltwater pool, theater, wine cellar, bar, and gym with steam room and sauna. The kitchen was built for entertaining on a grand scale and includes a space for prep and for a catering crew.
Why it’s here: Sitting on 2 acres and recently remodeled, this two-bedroom, 1,800-square-foot home was built in 1900. But don’t let the home’s age fool you—the interiors are cool and trendy. Outdoors, a fenced backyard and large back deck make a perfect backdrop for family living and entertaining.
Why it’s here: This custom-built three-bedroom home sits on nearly a full suburban acre. It was finished in 1964, and the kitchen and baths were recently updated. Features like the walk-out basement and large wraparound deck allow for seamless indoor-outdoor living.
Why it’s here: Built in 1910, this huge seven-bedroom home is ready for a new owner either to take it over as a spectacular single-family home or to divide it into smaller units. It was purchased by the current owner to be converted into a small event center before plans changed, and it’s recently served as a rental property.
Price: $1,400,000 Why it’s here: Custom-built in 1970 and once home to the Philadelphia Flyers legend Bobby Clarke, this contemporary classic is loaded with upgrades, including a pool, tennis court, cabana, five gas fireplaces, and a wet bar. With five bedrooms and more than 5,200 square feet, the property has plenty of room for the whole family, or perhaps an entire hockey team.
Cherry Hill, NJ
Why it’s here: A mansion owned by a mother who went missing last month, Jennifer Dulos, and her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, lingered on the market for years while the couple was locked in bitter divorce proceedings. Now, the investigation into Jennifer’s recent disappearance is propelling clicks on the home. Meanwhile, Fotis has been sitting in jail, and was charged Monday with evidence-tampering related to the case. The six-bedroom Colonial mansion was built in 2011 and sits on 2.25 acres.
Why it’s here: This incredible home was built in 1697 in Massachusetts, then moved in the 1970s to its current site amidst the wooded hills of Ohio.
It was carefully taken apart and painstakingly reassembled on its current foundation. Modernized, but not updated, the home maintains all of its antique charms, like wide-plank flooring, exposed beams, five fireplaces, and a hearth room for entertaining. On the modern side, there’s also a fresh kitchen, laundry room, and two full baths.
There’s also a third-story walk-up attic, outbuilding with garage and three large studios.
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