Paging Steven Spielberg! Here’s a happy ending for your next “Jurassic Park” flick: the Tyrannosaurus Rex is now king of the housing scene. Or at least responsible for this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.
A listing agent in Texas donned a dinosaur costume to pose for photos in an unassuming lake house. The result? Plenty of giggles and tons of clicks. Because, really, there are a lot of listings for homes—but this is the only one (we know of!) featuring a creature out of the Cretaceous period.
This week’s runner-up also earned plenty of buzz around the web. A Nashville mansion owned by “The Hills” star Kristin Cavallari and her NFL quarterback husband, Jay Cutler, is up for sale at the same time that it’s in the spotlight on the couple’s new reality show.
Other popular places include Knoxville’s Villa Collina, which comes with 50 rooms across almost 40,000 square feet, the SoCal home of Hollywood legend Zsa Zsa Gabor, and a luxurious new contender for the most expensive home in Arizona.
See the stories of all the homes that made it onto the list this week.
Why it’s here: Let the good times roll with this cute century-old cottage in the Big Easy’s Uptown neighborhood. The gorgeous four-bedroom abode includes high ceilings, a newly updated kitchen, a spacious master with a private sitting room, fireplace, and patio access, and a side yard.
Why it’s here: Known as Villa Collina, it’s reportedly the largest home in Tennessee. Now back on the market, the sprawling space features 50 rooms and almost 40,000 square feet, a three-tier library, a 2,500-bottle wine cellar, three guest apartments, two pools, a ballroom, and (of course) a gym. It was purchased at auction in 2016 by a local businessman, Eric Barton, for $6.375 million, who planned to renovate the immense mansion but not to live there. He’s now put his investment on the market to gauge interest. And while the incredible pad has gotten plenty of views, time will tell whether all that attention translates to a buyer.
Why it’s here: Relax in a rustic log cabin on almost 12 acres. Built in 1996, the cabin has cathedral ceilings in the living area, an updated kitchen with granite counters, and a master suite on the first floor. Take in the views from the wraparound porch, or enjoy a dip in the backyard pool, with its serene surroundings.
Why it’s here: Here’s your slice of Paradise! The 30,000-square-foot spread on almost eight acres offers “exquisite amenities,” with interior design by architect Vernon Swaback, who was trained by David Scott and Frank Lloyd Wright. Built in 2005 and listed just over a week ago, the mansion weighs in as the second most expensive home in Arizona.
Why it’s here: It was once the home of Hollywood legend Zsa Zsa Gabor! The actress scooped up the property in 1973 for $250,000. The site of numerous star-studded parties, it’s in need of a major update, but comes with a storied past.
Why it’s here: A long way from Buck Owens and the streets of Bakersfield, the custom-built five-bedroom home sits on a vast holding of 22 acres. The property boasts gorgeous views, a pool and spa, an oversized living room with coffered ceilings and a fireplace, an updated kitchen, a master suite with a walk-in closet and soaking tub … and no neighbors.
Why it’s here: Perched on Cheddar Ridge, the sprawling estate offers proximity to shopping, skiing, snowmobiling, and the lakes region. But you may never want to leave this 477-acre mountain retreat. Luxe amenities include a recording studio, pub-style bar and game room, executive offices, and a workshop.
Why it’s here: This family-friendly ranch home offers four beds and 3.5 baths and includes a separate in-law unit. Details include an updated kitchen, large back deck, and master suite with jetted tub.
Why it’s here: “The Hills” star Kristin Cavallari and her NFL quarterback husband, Jay Cutler, are selling their huge home, which is featured in their new reality series, “Very Cavallari.” The Mediterranean villa was purchased by the couple in 2012 for $5.3 million.
Why it’s here: News flash: Dinosaurs aren’t just for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” They’re also for selling houses. This delightful and cozy 800-square-foot home got a gigantic boost from listing photos featuring a T. Rex performing everyday household duties.
Listing agent Casey Lewis had the crazy but effective idea to dress up to earn mammoth attention, as we reported earlier this week. You’ll find the ancient species raiding the fridge, lounging on a bed, and mowing the lawn. The humorous pics snagged serious attention, making the little house with the big dinosaur a web sensation.
Best of all? The dino-mite sales tactic worked! This week’s most popular property earned more than just tons of clicks: The listing is already in “pending sale” status. “That’s insane,” Lewis said, when told of his first-place finish. “I’ve sold some pretty fabulous homes over the past decade. But the media attention from something so funny has been amazing.”