Blasting its way to the top of the most popular homes on realtor.com®, a luxe house built inside an enormous cave tallied up tens of thousands of clicks this week.
Beckham Creek Cave Lodge in Arkansas was originally conceived in the early 1980s as a fallout shelter, intended to weather the impending nuclear strikes from the Soviet Union.
Those bombs never fell, and now the residence carved into the side of the Ozarks is searching for a new owner who digs living among rock formations. This four-bedroom dwelling is no basic caveman’s cave—it’s surprisingly beautiful inside and features an indoor waterfall.
This week’s runner-up was also shared far and wide across the web. A pristine example of Mid-Century Modern architecture, decor, and furnishings, the Round House in Texas has listing photos that caused its own waterfalls—of drool from the mouths of vintage aficionados nationwide.
Other homes creating click activity this week include a cool stone mansion in New York from 1894, a unit in a historic home where Nathaniel Hawthorne once lived, and a Florida oasis offering a backyard paradise.
Find your own slice of paradise by perusing all of this week’s most popular homes …
Why it’s here: Hester Prynne, take note! Built in 1824, this quaint building was once home to the writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. A plaque proclaims that he lived here from 1847 to 1850, and that he may have written “The Scarlet Letter” at this very spot. Nearly 200 years later, the one-bedroom unit on the market offers modern amenities including an updated kitchen with granite countertops, separate dining area, and an oversized living room with a barn door.
Why it’s here: You’ll be wowed by this place. Start with the two-story great room, with its walls of windows and stone fireplace. Then move to the eat-in kitchen, and the formal dining room with wood-planked ceiling. Finally, retreat to the lower level, which includes a pub, another kitchen, rec room, full bath, guest room, and wine room.
Why it’s here: Behold the Charles LaDow House. Built in 1892, the Romanesque-style stone three-level mansion features over 8,600 square feet of original details. We love the multiple fireplaces, wood floors, ornate woodwork, and carved staircase. The home, steps from Washington Park, could be converted into a cool bed and breakfast.
Why it’s here: Last week’s No. 1, this out-of-this world spaceship-shaped house is still receiving astronomical amounts of attention. The 8-acre estate once owned by Jackie Gleason features a famously round house, dubbed the Mothership, which boasts a curved bar and baby grand piano.
Why it’s here: Yes, the wood-paneled interiors hark back to the ’60s, when this home was built. But take a look outside. The backyard oasis offers a pool, and a huge deck with space for dining and lounging among tropical plantings. The home itself offers four bedrooms, each with its own private balcony, a kitchen that opens to the family room, and a lower level with a rec room.
Why it’s here: Oh, what a score! You can snag the home of Baltimore Orioles’ All-Star outfielder Adam Jones. The luxe mansion was built in 1952, but has since been remodeled and expanded to fit today’s tastes. Don’t worry about Jones going without a home—he’s leaving after scoring Cal Ripken Jr.’s sprawling estate in an auction.
Why it’s here: This updated ranch home from 1959 comes “fully renovated with top-notch details,” including hardwood floors, an eat-in kitchen with granite and marble counters, surround sound both inside and out, and custom window shutters. The large outdoor patio features a covered barbecue and lounge area.
Why it’s here: Old world charm! This magnificent 25-room Colonial Revival mansion is spread over three lovely levels. Out back, there’s a pool, cabana, and renovated two-bedroom carriage house. Architectural details in the main home include stained-glass windows, crown moldings, oak paneling, and pocket doors.
Why it’s here: Own an architectural gem with serious bragging rights with this eye-popping Round House from1962. Check out the photos and your head might spin: curved couches, round bed, circle decor on the ceilings.
Facebook group Retro Renovation peeped the listing and helped drive many of the clicks this week. Commenters couldn’t get enough of the decor and design.
“Round bed? Triple bunk beds?!? That pool situation! Let’s start a Go Fund Me and we’ll all buy it, like a time share,” one fan posted.
Why it’s here: Built at the height of nuclear posturing between the United States and the USSR, this cave was designed to be a place to wait out the aftereffects of nuclear war. After tensions cooled, the Beckham Creek Cave Lodge has undergone a renovation that incorporates the rock formations into every space.
Although the house is underground, it has high ceilings and light, and even an indoor waterfall. The next owner could turn it back into a lodge, or enjoy the surrounding wilderness of the 257-acre property, which also includes a maintenance barn, stables, an apartment, helicopter landing pad, and lake-fed spring.