Welcome to the dollhouse! The most popular home on realtor.com® this week is an “iconic” property in Corpus Christi, TX, that looks as if it has emerged from the Victorian era. But it’s actually from the decidedly non-Victorian year of 1984.
It is known as the “Dollhouse” to locals, and the adorable pink scalloped shingles, distinctive roofline, and covered porch lend a sweet look to this unique home. “The love and thought put into building this home is unbelievable,” says listing agent Brenda Marshall. “When you walk in, your mouth just drops. It’s just such a landmark here.”
The runner-up this week has plenty of 1970s flair, but it requires a rescue. Built in 1979, the concrete and glass structure in Georgia has plenty of potential, but is need of some serious renovations.
Come fly away with us, as we take you on a tour of this week’s most popular properties…
Why it’s here: Welcome to the lake house! This four-bedroom features refinished hardwood floors and a newer master suite. It’s a short walk down the hill to Paw Paw Lake, and its beach and picnic pavilion.
Price: $188 million
Why it’s here: Behold the Bel Air mansion known simply as “Billionaire.” Back on the market with a price cut, the 38,000-square-foot deluxe pad with amenities galore is still driving clicks, if not buyers. The four “meticulously curated levels” include five bars, 10 VIP suites, two fully-stocked champagne and wine cellars, a massive candy wall, and a seven-person staff.
Why it’s here: This three-bedroom brick charmer from the 1950s is an ideal family home. Along with a living room with built-ins, and a dining room, the kitchen opens to a casual eating area and family room. Best of all? It’s conveniently located near a community pool.
Why it’s here: This custom log cabin strikes just the right balance between rustic and refined. We love the double-height great room, with a floor-to-ceiling, double-sided fireplace. The second level features the master suite, loft, additional bedroom, and bonus room. Sunny days can be spent surveying the 24-acre spread from the wraparound deck.
Why it’s here: Last week’s most popular listing is hanging around, thanks to its eye-popping architectural details. It also has Hollywood history on its side—it was used as a filming location for the HBO movie “Clear History.” Located in rural Massachusetts, the property is near the prestigious Phillips Academy Andover.
Why it’s here: The plane, the plane! The almost three-acre gated lakefront compound has plenty of room for you as well as your aircraft. Along with an airplane hangar, there’s an 1,100-square-foot apartment and a rustic barn house for you or your guests. Horses are free to frolic in the property’s corrals and fenced pasture.
Why it’s here: Known by locals as the Boathouse, this one-of-a-kind structure from 1946 has been completely remodeled. The 6,000-square foot space includes floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, three fireplaces, and a library. Outdoors, you’ll find a stone patio, eye-catching landscaping, and a saltwater pool with a slide.
Why it’s here: Once known as the Castle on the Corner, this historic Queen Anne Victorian is in need of a royal restoration. There are updates required, but original details and flourishes abound, including stained-glass windows, a hand-carved oak staircase, multiple pocket doors, oak wainscoting, and seven fireplaces with carved mantels.
Why it’s here: Located in an exclusive enclave, this 1979 contemporary has plenty of potential. In fact, the listing suggests it has “movie-industry appeal.” But be prepared to put in a lot of work. The space already includes a solarium, two pools, and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace. The kitchen needs finishing, and large swaths of the interior need to be renovated.
Why it’s here: “You will not see a house like this,” says listing agent Brenda Marshall. House lovers must agree, as the clicks piled up on this place.
According to the agent, the current owners love historical homes, so they took their cues from the past when constructing this finely detailed vintage lookalike. “This house is not a historical home, but it’s built as if it was,” says Marshall.
The home sits on a lot overlooking the water, and includes a foyer with chandelier, large picture windows, oak hardwood floors, “beautifully crafted” wood staircase, plus four bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The counters were made from old bowling lanes, and the cozy factor is high, thanks to three brick fireplaces and wallpaper everywhere.
“It’s very unique and it’s precious,” says Marshall, who suggests it could be purchased as an investment property and rented out as an Airbnb.
The pink scalloped edges that grace the front of the house, along with the turrets, gaslight out front, and covered porches, perhaps led locals to call it the Dollhouse. “It’s an icon in Corpus Christi,” Marshall says. “It’s a very, very unusual house.” And this week, the most popular one.