You’d better give the proper respect to the most popular home this week on realtor.com®. Owned by the late, great Aretha Franklin, the Michigan home caused curious fans to click, sending the residence to the top of our chart.
The Queen of Soul died in August at the age of 76, and left behind a relatively modest mansion in the suburbs of Detroit. The gated estate in Bloomfield Township was one of many properties the diva owned in Michigan, but it’s the first to appear on the market following her death.
This week’s runner-up is a concrete structure in Massachusetts built for maximum energy efficiency and covered in sod. Don’t feel like going underground? Other abodes making waves this week include an entertainer’s dream in New Orleans, a modern farmhouse built for horse lovers in Florida, and a $20 million luxury estate in the Arizona desert.
We think you’ll find your own personal oasis somewhere among this week’s most popular homes…
Why it’s here: This three-bedroom charmer in a seaside town offers a cozy living room with built-ins, a window seat, and a fireplace. The first level also has a formal dining room, family room, and eat-in kitchen. While it could benefit from some cosmetic updates, this century-old home is in a great location, close to Eisman’s Beach and Swampscott’s shops and restaurants.
Why it’s here: Entertain all sorts of revelers in this “marvelously renovated and meticulously maintained” residence. We’re in love with the vaulted ceilings in the den, which opens to a landscaped backyard. Host parties in the massive kitchen, formal dining room, and large, open living area.
Why it’s here: For anyone with horses, this modern farmhouse is a must-see. You and your ponies can settle into a nearly 6-acre spread that includes a professionally remodeled main house, eight-stall barn, and riding arena. Updates to the home include new hardwood floors, a new kitchen with quartz counters, custom cabinets, and new paint.
Why it’s here: Just in time for the holidays, this elegant four-bedroom home offers a beautiful backdrop for family feasts. You’ll spend quality time in the open living space and kitchen, a separate dining room ideal for hosting, plus a lower level with living area, office, bath, and two more bedrooms.
Why it’s here: If you like a project, this Motor City opportunity will rev your engine. On the market for the first time in 50 years, the place has fallen into disrepair. A restoration could make its original craftsmanship from 1922 truly shine. Original details include a grand main staircase, crown moldings, spacious living areas for entertaining, and original lighting fixtures. The layout contains three master suites on the upper level, a detached guest suite, and a three-car heated garage.
Price: $20 million
Why it’s here: Is there a prize for coming in second? We recently reported on Arizona’s priciest property, at $26 million, and this newly listed gated estate is a close runner-up. Along with views of the surrounding mountains, the home boasts designer amenities, such as a Water Room with rounded glass walls and exterior water features. There are large living areas, walls of glass, and luxe amenities including a basketball court with electronic score board, 12-seat home theater, and a wine cellar.
Why it’s here: You’ll fall in love with this updated four-bedroom abode. Built in 1978, the space has been remodeled and now offers a modernized kitchen with quartz counters, which opens to a family space with floor-to-ceiling fireplace.
Why it’s here: A perfect starter home! The cozy three-bedroom cottage makes the most of its 1,392 square feet. It’s been updated with new floors, remodeled kitchen and baths, and new fixtures throughout. Even with the updates, the home maintains its 1920s charm, with arched interior doorways, fireplace, and wood floors.
Covered in sod, the home is naturally cool in the summer, and the massive earthen berms offer insulation during cold Massachusetts winters. “In all the years I’ve been doing this, this is the only earth-sheltered home I’ve seen,” says listing agent Greg Maiser. “It’s a very unique home. There’s pretty much nothing else like it out here.” A company called Terra Dome custom-built the place for the owner in 2005.
The interior features a huge open living space, and skylights offer natural light overhead. There’s an open kitchen, as well as three beds and 2.5 baths. Floors have radiant heat, and you save a bundle on heating, thanks to the home’s construction. And since the building is topped by grass, “You get to mow your house,” says Maiser.
1. 585 Kiftsgate Bend, Bloomfield Township, MI
Why it’s here: Music to a buyer’s ears—the potential to own a little piece of music history! The news that Aretha Franklin‘s home is on the market has the web humming, leading to its chart-topping standing.
The home hits a high note. The massive, Colonial-style mansion has five bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and more than 4,100 square feet. Finishes include marble everything, plus a two-story marble foyer and a two-story great room with a fireplace, wet bar, a wall of windows, and an upper-level bridge. The kitchen offers a huge island, marble floors, and granite counters.