A light-filled midcentury modern in Michigan. A fancifully chic farmhouse in Texas that would make Joanna Gaines swoon. And a meticulously restored 19th-century federal home in Salem, MA, that feels as if you’ve stepped back in time.
Designed in 1981 by a husband-and-wife team, the 12,000-square-foot Midwestern property—teeming with prime 1980s and ’90s-inspired design—is truly unforgettable.
But don’t take our word for it. Check out this architectural gem for yourself, along with our other most popular homes of the week.
Why it’s here: This humble home in eastern Tennessee looks decidedly modest from the outside, but step inside for the surprise: “Nothing in this home has been left untouched,” according to the listing description.
Indeed! The remodeled three-bed, 2.5-bath home, built in 1973, boasts new flooring, new countertops, a massive finished basement, and even a new roof—all on a picturesque lot with plenty of room to play.
Why it’s here: Built in 2014, this 3,780-square-foot home is the ultimate in farmhouse chic. In a nutshell, it’s something out of Joanna Gaines’ fantasy world.
Take for instance, the wood, which was “hand picked from an Amish barn and each piece was installed with care,” according to the listing. The spacious four-bedroom house also boasts new finishes, wood-beam ceilings throughout, and an oversized living room (seriously, you’ve got to see it).
If you’re still feeling a little cramped, step out on to the wraparound porch overlooking nearly 14 acres.
Why it’s here: If you dig entertaining, this 3,028-square-foot home outside Birmingham could be a dream come true. With its open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, wood-burning fireplace, upstairs rec room, and a spacious deck, this home has plenty of room to pass the hors d’oeuvres.
Why it’s here: This midcentury modern outside Detroit is “truly one of a kind,” according to the listing. Built in 1957 by Michigan architect I.M. Lewis, the 1,644-square-foot home is an “oasis,” filled with sunlight from the clerestory windows and skylights in the center of the home.
The three-bedroom home earns bonus points thanks to the unusual materials inside—including cork, stone, marble, and exposed brick. Step outside this architectural gem to enjoy the circular in-ground pool. Did someone say “tiki party”?
Why it’s here: You’ll feel right at home in this gorgeous, Cape Cod-style custom home. Set on a sprawling 2.6-acre lot, it has a chef’s kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, vaulted wood ceilings, and a 765-square-foot standalone in-law suite—complete with bed, bath, kitchen, and its own garage.
Why it’s here: If you’re looking for a home with a story, this one’s for you. This terrific Tudor Revival was designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn and built in 1913. Inside, there are all the trappings of a turn-of-the-century home: a grand foyer, butler pantry, library and even a built-in 1905 Bohn Syphon icebox.
Why it’s here: Located in one of New Orleans’ most exclusive neighborhoods, this three-story classic home, built in 1918, was gutted in 2005. Now it’s completely updated with new electric and plumbing systems, and a brand-new kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances.
Why it’s here: Located on one of Salem’s most coveted streets, this 1808 brick Federal-style home is a “rare opportunity to own a piece of Salem’s history,” according to the listing. Currently owned by an architect, the three-bedroom home has been meticulously restored to “museum quality.”
One look inside proves it: The exquisite attention to detail on the moldings and finishes, the chef’s kitchen with Shaker cabinets, and the six—six!—rebuilt working fireplaces scattered throughout the home (including one in a bathroom).
Why it’s here: This ranch-style home in an affluent Nashville suburb was built in 1973, but you’d never know it. It’s been completely renovated—nothing overlooked. With marble and quartz countertops, hardwoods, concrete, and brass accents, this is true “rustic chic.”
Why it’s here: Isn’t it obvious? “Geodesic deliciousness,” the listing calls it—and we’d have to agree. Designed in 1981 by local couple Dr. Sandy Schen and restaurateur Jackie Schen, this double-dome home features over 12,000 square feet of living space, including six bedrooms, four full baths, two half-baths, three formal dining areas, an executive library, and of course, soaring hexagonal ceilings complete with geometric skylights. In one of the domes, the ceiling is nearly 28 feet!
But wait, there’s more: In the massive walkout basement, there’s a billiards area, executive office, a fourth dining area, theater, and wine room. Outside, the in-ground pool and original poolhouse (which includes a kitchen, guest suite, and living area) makes the perfect spot for entertaining al fresco. We could go on, but we’ll leave it to you to see for yourself.