This week’s most popular property on realtor.com® isn’t a finished product. However, it does have glorious bones worthy of ecstatic praise. Your clicks anointed a one-of-a-kind A-frame church from the 1960s in St. Louis as the buzziest building in all the land.
It’s a prime example of a property with endless potential in need of a divine savior. The large, wood-beamed building is a showstopper from the curb and now needs someone to come along and reimagine the space into something praiseworthy.
Based on the listing’s popularity, there appear to be plenty of dreamers out there with plans for the place—whether as an office, residence, or something altogether different. God only knows!
Other homes attracting your interest this week included the Maryland baseball estate once owned by Cal Ripken Jr. and now being sold by current big leaguer Adam Jones, a 15-acre estate outfitted for horse racing, boarding, and training in Massachusetts, and a lavish castle outside Pittsburgh complete with its own two-story chapel.
We won’t ask you to pass the collection plate, but we would like you to peruse all of this week’s most popular properties. Simply scroll on down for a mix of the sacred and not-at-all-profane…
Why it’s here: Offering nearly 2,000 square feet of living space, this Craftsman bungalow, built in 1927, has been completely updated. It was once an artist’s hideaway, and its original murals have been carefully preserved. Nearly every other aspect of the home, however, has undergone a recent update. Everything from the plumbing and electrical to the kitchen and bathrooms is fresh and new.
Why it’s here: Pony up for this property! This massive, 115-acre, equestrian estate built for training, racing, and boarding is a horse lover’s heaven. The property’s main house is a five-bedroom Colonial built in 1978, and the acreage includes two 20-stall barns, a half-mile oval track, and wide-open fields for happy horses to graze.
Why it’s here: This sweet white Queen Anne house is a historical gem in the heart of the city’s Frenchtown district. It was built in 1906 but has been updated throughout. Highlights of the three-bedroom home include an updated kitchen, hardwood floors, large windows, an updated main bathroom, and a large backyard for entertaining.
Why it’s here: Spread out over 6 acres, this Victorian estate includes a five-bedroom main house built in 2003. The interiors feature custom touches and built-ins, an open floor plan, walls of windows, and a large kitchen that opens onto a porch. A detached one-bedroom guesthouse was built in 2016 and features a kitchen and a loft. Between the two homes sits an in-ground saltwater pool.
Why it’s here: Oozing charm, this 1890-built three-bedroom Colonial has been lovingly updated over the years, without losing an ounce of its classic touches. Exposed beams, hardwood floors, and the wood-burning fireplace are reminders of the home’s long history. The open concept, modern kitchen, and roomy owner’s suite offer every convenience for modern living. Hobbyists will love the three-car garage and workshop.
Why it’s here: Situated on 3 bucolic acres in Bucks County, and known as Merton Farm, this four-bedroom stone Colonial was built in 1850. Rustic in all the right places, the home’s centerpiece is its large, wood-burning fireplace. Large windows allow abundant light to stream in. Outside, there’s a recently refurbished saltwater pool, a multilevel patio, as well as a barn with a bar and fire pit for sitting around and taking in the surrounding views.
Why it’s here: This 24-acre estate was built for the Hall of Fame baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. and was purchased at auction last year by then-Orioles outfielder Adam Jones. Jones has been trying to sell the property since March. It includes a massive, nearly 22,000-square-foot main house, but the entertainment features are the true highlight. The attached sports complex is outfitted with a basketball court, gym, locker room, batting cage, and hydrotherapy room. Out back, there’s a full-size regulation baseball diamond.
Why it’s here: This four-bedroom farmhouse is all custom fitted—including the custom playhouse out back. Sitting on 2 acres just minutes from downtown, this family home includes custom built-ins, a stone wall in the kitchen, custom cabinetry, American hickory hardwood floors, and custom lighting. There’s also a large barn with electricity and a horse stall, a side patio, and second-floor balcony.
Why it’s here: If you’re in love with over-the-top elegance, this manor might be just the ticket. This palatial estate on 7 gated acres belongs to the Pittsburgh radio personality TJ Lubinsky. The massive main house was inspired by 17th-century English and French castles. There’s also a separate, second residence on the property, along with amazing amenities like a custom playhouse, pool oasis, two-story chapel, and two-story library.
Why it’s here: Previously a church, this A-frame building is available for someone with an artist’s vision ready to breathe new life into a one-of-a-kind space.
The sacred structure was built in 1965 and offers nearly 2,900 square feet of living space. The mind reels at all the possibilities open to its buyer. Live-work space for an artist, a cool conversion into a single-family home, or a place to meditate and reflect? We don’t know the answer, but we pray someone cool buys this one-of-a-kind opportunity.
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