Dubbed the “Asian Ranch House” on the second season of “Fixer Upper,” this Waco, TX, remodel project from Chip and Joanna Gaines keeps drawing thousands of clicks, making it the week’s most popular listing on realtor.com®.
The only problem? The views have yet to turn into a sale, even after more than 150 days on the market and a five-figure price cut.
Apparently this isn’t the only property featured on the home improvement show to hang in limbo. According to area real estate experts, the “Fixer Upper” houses in the surrounding Waco area where the Gaines crew lives and works tend to be priced at a premium because of the affiliation with the show. Those higher prices tend to drive buyers to other more competitively (read lower) priced properties.
“Just by having the ‘Fixer Upper’ name in our description, we get a lot of traffic online, which is typically how you sell houses,” said the home’s listing agent, Kristin Clements, according to Business Insider. But despite a nearly $60,000 discount off the original asking price, the Asian Ranch House is still looking for a buyer.
Rounding out the rest of this week’s top 10 is an aspirational collection of high-end homes, including the $40 million mansion on San Francisco‘s famed Lombard Street; a secluded 500-acre property in Huntingtown, MD, on the Chesapeake Bay; and a golf estate in Berlin, NJ, rumored to have been the one-time home of Al Capone and his crew.
The entire list is good fun, whether you’re ready to buy, just browsing, or something in between.
Take a look.
Why it’s here: This massive, 30,000-square-foot mansion built in 2014 sits on 7.5 acres loaded with lawns, a pool, tennis court, and pond. Highlights include a two-story foyer with marble staircase and domed ceiling, a sunroom, great room with accordion glass doors opening to the terrace, and a main bedroom wing with sitting room. The topper is the custom office with swivel desk that overlooks a two-story showroom.
Why it’s here: This 37-acre property includes a 6,500-square-foot main house, a guesthouse with two apartments, pool, hot tub, cabana bar, tennis court, and seven-car garage. Built in 1920, the home was reportedly the one-time residence of Al Capone, the gangster who gained notoriety during the Prohibition Era. A private road leads to the Pine Valley Golf Club, and there’s a dramatic a tree-lined entrance. The property could be turned into an event venue or used as a secluded hideaway for someone looking for privacy, according to the listing.
Why it’s here: This gated estate comes with more than 530 acres and a full mile of water frontage on Chesapeake Bay. The main home was built in 1989 and includes over-the-top extras like an indoor pool in a glass pavilion, a gun range, tennis courts, sport fields, basketball courts, and guest houses.
Why it’s here: This Frank LLoyd Wright–designed home is an architecture fan’s dream. Built in 1951, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom abode offers more than 2,500 square feet of living space. Sitting on a half-acre lot overlooking Cedar Lake, the modern home has been meticulously maintained by its only two previous owners. Now it’s time for someone new to become the caretaker of this beautiful piece of history.
Why it’s here: This country house comes with 10 acres, which include a heated pole barn, horse stalls, and grain bins. The main log cabin has two stories, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 4,100 square feet of living space. Built in 1999, the space boasts cathedral ceilings, a sunroom, fireplace, and main bedroom suite with private bath.
Why it’s here: The newly constructed home called Residence 950 sits atop a hill with jaw-dropping water views in one direction and the gleaming skyline in the other. The home sits on a third of an acre, and has six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. The 9,500-square-foot main house can accommodate up to 300 guests. And there’s a guest cottage with a sauna, outdoor shower, and hot tub. The 40-foot infinity pool is cantilevered and hovers over the city below for unbeatable views. Last month, the pricey property was our most expensive home.
Why it’s here: This Martha’s Vineyard island estate was reportedly recently purchased by Barack and Michelle Obama. The seven-bedroom, 8.5-bathroom retreat is cool and modern. And the surrounding 29 acres will keep one of the world’s most famous families protected from prying eyes. Apparently, the former first family fell in love with the place after renting it over the summer and decided to snap it up.
Why it’s here: Designed by architect Frank Harmon for a unique connection with nature, this award-winning modern home offers magical views of the surrounding scenery from any room. The 1.3-acre lot is filled with mature trees, patios, and a Japanese garden. The 2,100-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath home is filled with light and finished with local materials. There’s also plenty of space to create a minimalist, Zen retreat.
Why it’s here: For the price of an SUV, you can purchase a vacation house in the Arizona mountains. This two-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin sits on a half-acre filled with pine trees, and it’s near miles of hiking trails. The land, however, belongs to the U.S. Forest Service and is currently available through a 20-year use permit, which means it’s public land and can be used only as a vacation house rather than a primary residence.
Why it’s here: Featured on “Fixer Upper,” this four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom ranch house was originally built in 1963, and sits on a half-acre lot. From the front porch and lovely landscaping, to the game room, mudroom, computer nook, and kitchen, every detail of the design was considered and flawlessly executed by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The 4,200-square-foot home has continued to be upgraded by the current owners, even after the “Fixer Upper” crew worked their magic.
Source: Housing Trends Feed