Fans of fortresses stormed the digital real estate landscape this week, wielding a barrage of clicks on a 10,547-square-foot stone castle in Rossford, OH. It vanquished the competition to become the most popular home on Realtor.com®.
And it just might be a royal bargain on the banks of the Maumee River. According to the listing, the six-bedroom castle is priced for “less than half of what it cost to construct.”
Away from the castle’s gates, you also clicked on a furnished home with a full gym in Florida, a New Jersey townhome that was occupied by the British during the Revolutionary War, and a “Friends”-themed house in Texas.
For a full look at the week’s 10 most popular homes, simply scroll on down.
Why it’s here: This five-bedroom home was built in 1895 and comes with 70 acres of rolling fields.
The acreage features fenced fields for livestock and a new water trough. A fenced orchard with fruit trees surrounds a pond.
In addition to the main house, there’s a large barn, pole building, greenhouse, above-ground pool, and deer shack.
Why it’s here: Built in 1833, this three-bedroom home has been modernized while maintaining its historic charm.
Located in Medford Village, it features wainscoting and crown molding throughout. A carriage house currently being used as an additional bedroom is tucked out back and could easily be transformed into a home office or gym.
Why it’s here: Look at the fancy cars out front! Unfortunately, the cars won’t convey with the sale of this five-bedroom. But it does come with 11 acres, and there’s even a resort-style lagoon pool with lanai.
Built in 2004, this compound on Florida’s Gulf side features all sorts of amenities: a basketball court, tennis court, professional gym, and dog kennels. Most of the furniture and gym equipment will be included in the sale. There’s also an additional four-bedroom home on the property.
Why it’s here: Offering Hamptons style in Central Ohio, this four-bedroom lakefront home features light oak flooring, white shiplap walls, and poplar ceilings throughout. The property includes a restored 125-year-old barn, storage shed, and boat dock.
Why it’s here: This renovated four-bedroom home is located in the master-planned community of Celebration.
Built in 2000, this home features beautiful tile flooring and a kitchen with espresso wood cabinets, stone counters, and a waterfall island. The family room has built-in storage and double French doors that open up to the fenced backyard. Outside, you’ll find a heated pool and spa.
Why it’s here: Built in 1875, this three-bedroom home has been modernized over the decades. It’s highlighted by a chef’s kitchen with quartz countertops.
The exposed beams, pocket doors, and custom shelving are original to the home. Updates include a custom-built mantel in the living room, a primary bedroom with double closets, and a new pergola and deck.
Why it’s here: This three-bedroom home was built in 1983, but has been updated with designer light fixtures, recessed lighting, a new mudroom, and new windows.
The 1,818-square-foot home features an expanded kitchen, and outside you’ll find a heated pool, a barbecue area with a built-in pizza oven, a fireplace, a shower, and a pergola with a flat-screen TV.
Why it’s here: This five-bedroom townhome was occupied by the British during the Revolutionary War. It was one of this week’s oldest homes to hit the market.
Known as the Carr House, it was built in 1775. Vintage details include a library with a built-in desk and a kitchen with a custom fireplace. The first floor features a marble-floored, custom-painted bathroom with a jetted tub. Five bedrooms upstairs feature newly waxed hardwood floors.
Why it’s here: Ross and Rachel would feel right at home in this “Friends”-themed townhouse, featuring murals and furnishings from the popular TV series.
Buyers can imagine eating in Monica’s kitchen or sipping coffee at Central Perk. The 2,015-square-foot townhouse is located within walking distance of local bars and restaurants.
Why it’s here: Is this a big bargain? According to the listing, this riverfront castle is priced for less than half of what it cost to build it. Our math skills are fuzzy, but we think that means this fabulous fortress cost about $5 million to construct.
Built in 2007, the 10,547-square-foot estate features turrets, naturally, and over-the-top design flourishes throughout.
There’s a floating stairway in the grand entry, and the primary suite features two walk-in closets and a private balcony with river views. For a relaxing evening in, head to the lower level, where there’s a theater and wine tasting.
Over-the-Top, Waterfront Castle in Ohio Is the Week’s Most Popular Home