Different agent, different house. Same schtick, same success. It’s summer, so a popular sequel makes sense. America loves sequels!
A few weeks back, the web almost broke over the image of a real estate agent dressed as a dinosaur to market a modest lakefront home in Texas. Now, the stunt has been copied by an enterprising agent in Omaha.
The result? The agent’s T. rex costume drew a ton of clicks to the listing for a remodeled ranch. We’re guessing the publicity will spur a quick sale of the $189,000 home.
This week’s runner-up is a home from Season 1 of “Fixer Upper.” If you’re looking for a touch of HGTV magic, you could snap up this Texas ranch featuring many of the signature looks that transformed Chip and Joanna Gaines into nationwide sensations.
Other homes attracting your attention this week included a midcentury marvel in Southern California, a massive castle in Texas, and the “Brady Bunch” house, which was purchased by the good folks at HGTV this week.
Price: $3.5 million
Why it’s here: Live like royalty in this Texas-size castle! There’s no drawbridge or moat, but the castle comes with a 12-car garage, home theater, game room, libraries, guest quarters, wine room, and crafts room.
Why it’s here: The high-end home was “masterfully reimagined” by designer Windsor Smith. The six-bedroom home includes a double staircase, chef’s kitchen with breakfast nook, screening room, and gym. Situated on 1.56 acres in an enclave popular with celebs, the property also features a sport court, infinity pool, outdoor barbecue, and barn with arena.
Why it’s here: This four-bedroom, Acadian-style home comes with 4 acres, including a private lake. The 3,000-square-foot house features a newly renovated kitchen, spacious family room, covered porch, and patio.
Price: $1.4 million
Why it’s here: Picture yourself in this white, domed sculpture house. Created in 1972 for an artist, the house features curved walls and is nestled in a garden oasis by the sea. Upgrades include concrete counters in the kitchen, handmade glass tiles, and a floating staircase. If you’re looking for a one-of-a kind vacation getaway, look no further.
Why it’s here: A log cabin in New Jersey? You bet! This cozy home in the woods comes complete with a bear (statue) standing sentry out front. It features a renovated kitchen, hardwood flooring throughout, cedar siding, walls made of river rock, and a welcoming covered porch. The spread also includes landscaped paths and a storage shed.
Why it’s here: Curb appeal aplenty! We can’t resist this Cape Codder with the fire engine–red exterior. Built in 1948, the three-bedroom home has an updated kitchen with white Shaker cabinets, a formal dining room, and a great room. There’s a large deck out back, and the train, shops, and restaurants are nearby.
Price: $1,885,000 (pending sale)
Why it’s here: Although Lance Bass thought he had the winning bid on the “Brady Bunch” house, it was not to be. HGTV swooped in at the last minute and outbid him. The former boy bander even took to social media to complain the process had used him to drive up the price. However, there might be a happy ending—Bass and HGTV mended fences and he may have a hand in the home’s renovation.
Price: $13 million
Why it’s here: We’re totally falling for this modern marvel with “out-of-this-world” views. Built on a hill in 1970, the 4,863-square-foot home comes with 2.5 acres. It features floor-to-ceiling windows, 14-foot ceilings, and views of the ocean and coastline. The list price is only a suggestion, as the seller will consider all offers between $10 million and $13 million.
Why it’s here: Behold the legacy of Chip and Joanna Gaines! “Fixer Upper” is over, but the homes the couple renovated keep popping onto the market. This latest example is a farmhouse that’s now fabulous thanks to the remodel it received on Season 1, in 2014. It features an updated kitchen, custom barn doors (of course), exposed wooden beams, and two living rooms.
Why it’s here: It looks like a real estate agent dressed as a dinosaur wasn’t a crazy idea after all. Just like the Texas lake house that featured a T. Rex, this Midwest ranch is shown with a prehistoric creature of its own.
“I saw someone do this a couple of years ago and thought it was hilarious,” says Bambi Case, the listing agent and woman in the dinosaur suit. “This home was a typical ranch that had a massive addition added, so I knew it needed more traffic to get people in to see how different it is compared to other homes. Once I brought up the idea to the seller, she insisted we do it!”
Case says the costume worked. “I have had a lot of additional traffic on this home. It was so much fun to run around, taking professional photos! I will do it again,” she adds.
We’ll see if this dino-mite trend has legs, and returns for another sequel!