Bend the Knee: L.A.-Area Castle Stakes Its Claim as This Week’s Most Popular Home

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The most popular home on realtor.com® this week is more than just a house. “It’s a castle,” says listing agent Marti Jordan.

This castle in Los Angeles County wasn’t always quite so royal—it started as a humble ranch house. Not satisfied with the ordinary, the owners restructured the home into its current fortresslike configuration 33 years ago. Once a frog, the home’s now an opulent prince looking for a buyer to smooch it.

Beyond the regal structure on the premises, there’s value in the property itself.

“It’s on this vast land—it’s almost 2 acres. And the uniqueness and the location is amazing. It’s priced very well for all it has to offer,” says Jordan.

The runner-up this week is a charming renovated carriage house in Delaware. If the house itself doesn’t delight you, a beautiful stone farmhouse also comes with the property.

We were also entranced by a show-stopping mansion in the French Quarter of New Orleans, a storybook retreat in Pennsylvania, and a renovated classic home in Nebraska.

Watch the throne as you scroll through this week’s list of most popular properties.

10. 246 Justice Hill Rd, Sterling, MA

Price: $439,000
Why it’s here: Just in time for leaf-peeping season, this charming Cape Cod home is on the market. The open-concept home built in 1998 has a country kitchen, living room with brick fireplace, guest quarters, and large deck. And while the home is in a rustic setting, it’s actually just minutes from public transit to Boston.

Sterling, MA

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9. 759 E 7th St, Loveland, CO

Price: $237,500
Why it’s here: Curb appeal, anyone? This updated two-story bungalow offers vintage details such as a claw-foot tub and covered porch, along with an updated kitchen, open living space, and large yard.

Loveland, CO

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8. 105 Mayfield Rd, Dallas, GA

Price: $399,900
Why it’s here: This country chic rancher is a home decorator’s dream, with its upscale light fixtures, beadboard, barn doors, and hardwood floors. Outdoors there’s a saltwater pool and pool house complete with kitchen, living space, and bath.

Dallas, GA

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7. 408 Telluride Dr, Woodway, TX

Price: $289,900
Why it’s here: This red brick charmer sits on a beautiful tree-dotted lot. It has two living spaces, a wood-burning fireplace, and dining area. A buyer might want to leave room in the budget to update the large kitchen.

Woodway, TX

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6. 2001 S 24th St, Lincoln, NE

Price: $259,900
Why it’s here:  Built in 1915, this three-bedroom home has been fully renovated. It features updated fixtures, modern kitchen with quartz counters, updated baths with contemporary tile designs, and plenty of light.

Bonus: The home’s gorgeous furnishings can be written into the offer.

Lincoln, NE

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5. 334 Fletcher St, Tonawanda, NY

Price: $109,900
Why it’s here: Built in 1900, this place appears old-school on the exterior, but it’s all new inside. The new kitchen features Corian countertops and a peninsula. Along with new finishes, there’s also a new roof, porch, windows, and driveway.

Tonawanda, NY

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4. 620 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA

Price: $10,300,000
Why it’s here: Let the good times roll! Built in 1819, this French Quarter mansion has sumptuous entertaining rooms, french doors, a chef’s kitchen, and two wine rooms. The upper level includes a widow’s walk with views and two master suites. A walled courtyard features a pool and two-story guest house with sauna. Along with gated parking there’s a two-car garage.

New Orleans, LA

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3. 170 Rocky Mountain Rd, Fayetteville, PA

Price: $190,000
Why it’s here: For those looking for a tale of their own, consider retreating to this castle in the forest. This storybook cottage has two bedrooms, two fireplaces, and a wood stove for cool nights. Kick back by the trout stream, then cook up a feast in this rustic getaway.

Fayetteville, PA

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2. 1520 Mendenhall Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE

Price: $395,000
Why it’s here: This 2-acre property includes a newly renovated carriage house and a stone farmhouse. The latter was built in 1812!

Hockessin, DE

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1. 8418 La Sierra Ave, Whittier, CA

Price: $2,295,000
Why it’s here: You can live like royalty in this castlelike home in Los Angeles County. The 2-acre property includes enchanting orchards and gardens. The beautiful home features a two-story foyer, opulent dining room, game room with bar, custom kitchen, and music room. There are also a rooftop patio, multiple balconies, and a pool.

“There’s nothing like it,” listing agent Marti Jordan says.

Whittier, CA

 

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