California Classic! Chateau Emanuel Back on Market for $5.5M

The majestic Chateau Emanuel in Eagle Rock, CA—which has been a family compound; the site of sporting events, weddings, and a presidential address by Ronald Reagan; and the setting for many a Hollywood film—reportedly was nearly purchased by pop singer Katy Perry for the L.A. Archdiocese.

And now, it could be yours for $5.5 million.

One of the largest and priciest estates in Eagle Rock, it comes with 3 acres, a main house, three guesthouses, a greenhouse, croquet court, recreational field, outdoor cafe, parks, pool and spa, an acre of garden paths, a bar, billiard room, gym, and parking for 40.

“It is a one-of-a-kind property for that area,” says listing agent Laura Brandt with Partners Trust. The main house’s “spectacular views from almost every window” showcase downtown Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Chateau Emanuel in Eagle Rock
Chateau Emanuel in Eagle Rock, CA

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Built in 1925, the home has been updated while retaining its original design. The kitchen and bathrooms have been modernized, but you’ll still find architectural details like arched walls, ornate moldings, elegant windows, and rich flooring.

The home has been “very well-maintained and updated,” notes Brandt. It is “absolutely turnkey.”

Ornate dining room

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Spacious updated kitchen

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Breakfast banquette

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Game room with bar and lounge

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Terrace

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Outdoor cafe with catering kitchen

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Pool and spa
Pool and spa

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The main house measures 5,942 square feet. It has city views, a game room with bar and lounge, and wine storage. The three guesthouses total 2,954 square feet. The property boasts nine bedrooms and 12 baths in all.

In the main home, the large foyer opens to a living room with fireplace. The formal dining room features an ornate ceiling and looks out to the veranda and gardens. The massive kitchen has been updated with stainless-steel appliances and includes a breakfast banquette.

The outdoor cafe has a catering kitchen and seats up to 30, Brandt notes. The home has been rented out for private events and as a shooting location for films and TV shows, she adds.

However, you had better be prepared to devote yourself to the garden, or hire a full-time gardener, as the current owners do, leaving the grounds always ready for their close-up.

The owners first put it up for sale in 2010, and it was rumored that a limited liability company tied to Perry was looking to buy the property for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as a retirement home for priests, according to Brandt. However, the property isn’t zoned for that type of residence, so the sale fell through and the owners pulled it off the market. (This property isn’t to be confused with Perry’s recent court victory with some elderly nuns to purchase a former convent in Los Feliz.)

This unusual property comes with an unusual history. It was built in 1925 by Martin Bekins of the Bekins Moving Co. But for the past several decades it has been owned by the Kvassay family, who have had it on and off the market over the past seven years.

Its availability now takes advantage of the hot real estate market for the area. Eagle Rock is an upscale neighborhood with a trendy vibe and popular restaurants. It’s also home to Occidental College and has ties to the film industry. The area has served as a backdrop for multiple TV shows and films, including “Glee,” “The O.C.,” “Top Gun,” and “Reservoir Dogs.”

“The best parts of the property are that it is built high on a knoll with beautiful views of downtown Los Angeles, the surrounding rolling hills, Griffith Observatory, fireworks over Dodger Stadium, and views of the many surrounding neighborhoods,” says owner Robert Kvassay. “What will mostly be missed is the sheer presence of the property. It dominated the area and is a source of constant conversation and compliments.”

Is It OK to Ask How Much Someone Paid for a House?

Is it OK to ask how much someone paid for their house? In the past, such a question might have been considered gauche, just as much in poor taste as inquiring about someone’s salary or the amount in their bank account. But hey, times have changed, particularly in the realm of real estate.

Want proof? Consider a recent survey of more than 500 homeowners nationwide conducted by Branded Research with realtor.com®, which found that a firm majority—70%—think it’s fine to inquire about a home’s purchase price. So if your curiosity is killing you, go ahead and ask; most home buyers won’t mind filling you in.

Let’s go to the results!

Why home prices are no longer hush-hush

Granted, a home is one of the most expensive purchases most people will make in their lifetime. This might explain why historically people weren’t all that comfortable sharing how much they shelled out, says Jodi RR Smith, president of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting in Boston and author of “The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners.”

But the reality today is that real estate prices are no longer private. All you need to do is pull up a site like realtor.com, plug in the address—and up pops a home’s estimated value, recent purchase price, and more. So if this info is already available online, why bother to act like it’s private?

Why millennials are more likely to ask about a home’s price

Millennials, it turns out, tend to be more comfortable than older generations inquiring about a home’s price. According to our survey, 81% of people aged 25 to 34 were on board with discussing these details. Meanwhile, 49% of homeowners 65 and older felt such a question was kosher.

This makes sense: Millennials grew up in a time when real estate prices were widely available online, whereas folks who grew up before the ubiquity of computers and smartphones had to actually go visit a municipal office to pinpoint that number.

Nyssa Calkin of Callicoon, NY, is one of those all-in-the-open millennials. She says she always assumes people can look up her home through tax records to find out how much she paid, so she’s never had qualms asking someone else.

“Since I don’t care if people ask me, I assume it’s not a crazy huge deal if I ask someone else,” she says.

Why location matters, too

In addition to generational differences, our comfort level asking how much a home costs also depends on where you live.

People living in Western states are the most open on this topic, with 77% saying they’re fine discussing the price of property they own.

Evans, CO, homeowner Christie Hetzell is one of those Westerners who’s an open book. “People are so weirdly secretive about the costs of things,” she says, “as if someone paying more should be embarrassed compared to the person who pays less.”

Meanwhile, 68% of people in the Northeast are comfortable talking property prices, followed by 66% of Southerners. Midwesterners are the least comfortable on this front, with 55% saying they’d pop such a question. That includes Elizabeth Licata of Bloomington, IN, who admits she’d “feel weird” if someone asked how much she spent on her home.

As for why these regional differences exist, some homeowners think it might be due to the volatility of the market they’re in.

“When I lived in New York City, everyone asked each other how much they paid for property; it was a given you’d share,” says Monika McMahon. She chalks this up to the fact that prices in the Big Apple have changed so much, local residents feel they should ask just to stay informed.

Yet in Chicago, where McMahon lives now, prices have been relatively stable, so people already have a good idea how much homes cost. As a result, there’s less of a reason to ask about home prices to get your bearings.

How to ask how much someone paid for a house

Although the majority of people won’t mind if you ask how much they paid for a home, if you want to play it safe, you’ll want to couch your question carefully.

If you’re having a conversation about the home, you can ask less-pointed questions such as, “we’re just starting the process of looking for a house; do you know the range of houses in your neighborhood?” That leaves homeowners room to talk in broad terms about the neighborhood or get specific if they’re comfortable going there.

“It’s all about respecting boundaries,” Smith says. “We all have our own, and they’re not all the same. You want to at least give people the illusion of privacy.”

What if the tables are turned and you’re the one getting the question? Well, how much you want to reveal is entirely up to you.

“You can say something nebulous like ‘We paid a little bit over asking, but we stayed well within our budget,'” Smith says. It isn’t rude to skimp on specifics.

Then again, if you’re up for sharing exact numbers, go right ahead—it might help some hopeful buyers get a handle on the market that could help them land a home of their own.

The Property Brothers Find Renovation ‘Heaven’: Here’s How You Can, Too

Drew and Jonathan Scott have to be the hardest-working home renovation guys on TV. A mere two weeks after the Season 7 finale of their spinoff “Property Brothers: Buying & Selling,” they’ve launched into Season 11 of the show that started it all, the simply titled “Property Brothers.”

Keep in mind that Drew is also tangoing his heart out on “Dancing With the Stars” while he and Jonathan tackle Drew’s honeymoon home in Los Angeles with fiancée Linda Phan for yet another series slated to premiere next month. Phew! It’s exhausting just trying to keep up with them.

But as Season 11’s first episode, “Building a Solid Foundation,” makes all too clear, the brothers are desperately needed by Tom and T.J., who have recently moved to Nashville, TN, and are living in a cramped studio apartment with their two dogs, Dudley and Luna.

How small is the apartment? The toilet is in the kitchen, and there’s only one sink. So while T.J. is shaving and Tom is making breakfast, they accidentally get shaving cream in their coffee.

Yuck.

“We need to find something quick,” Tom tells the Scotts. “Because we’ve been together 23 years, and we want to make it to 24!”

T.J. and Tom must work together with Jonathan to create an acceptably-sized kitchen
T.J. and Tom work with Jonathan Scott to create a tolerably sized kitchen.

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This house hunt is made all the more challenging by the couple’s wildly different tastes: Tom likes modern minimalism while T.J. prefers vintage with character. How will Jonathan and Drew manage to meld these two aesthetic preferences in one home?

Somehow they pull it off—and in the process, we learn some smart lessons about how to find, buy, and renovate the right home for you and your significant other.

Sometimes it’s a good idea to look above your price range

The first home Drew shows the couple is an absolute dream. But it’s also more than a half-million above their budget of $760,000. Why does he do this? So the couple can get an idea of what’s important to them and what’s not—and a better idea of their own tastes and the things they agree on.

After viewing this gorgeous home, they decide they don’t need five bedrooms, but they do need a fireplace, kitchen island, room for their dogs, and, of all things, a “check paying station.”

Don’t go house hunting without your partner

T.J. needs to go out of town for work, leaving Tom to house hunt solo.

“I’m not a huge fan of touring only one of the partners through a home,” says Drew, after showing the couple more homes than we can count. “Because then it means if you find something you like, you have to tour it again.” (In one case, when the couple return to a home that Tom toured while T.J. was away, the price has risen!)

Don’t get bogged down by details before you buy

Drew finds a home for them with lots of potential, but the couple get stuck in front of the used-brick fireplace. Tom wants to paint it bright white, and T.J. wants to leave it as is but clean it up. After much back-and-forth, Jonathan tells them they can decide that later if they decide to buy the house, but in the meantime, wouldn’t they like to see the kitchen and bedrooms already?

Jonathan explains that the paint or not to paint dilemma should be decided AFTER the house is purchased
To paint or not to paint? Wait until you purchase to decide, Jonathan suggests.

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Don’t skimp on the foundation

At long last, Tom and T.J. pick a quaint, hundred-year-old, Craftsman-style bungalow with a used-brick fireplace. The owner accepts their offer of $530,000, and Jonathan estimates the renovations it needs will tack on $230,000, putting them at the top of their budget. Alas, unexpected expenses arise when Jonathan crawls under the house and discovers the reason the floor is sagging: The footings in the foundation are not substantial enough to hold up the house. It’s going to cost them an extra $2,900 to pour cement under the house and add five new footings. The couple realize you can’t skimp on the foundation, and they have no choice but to make this fix!

Tom and T.J. can't resist this 100+ year old bungalow in Nashville
Tom and T.J. can’t resist this quaint bungalow in Nashville, TN.

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White paint can right many wrongs

The living room has a coffered ceiling, and while it’s attractive, it has also lowered the ceiling substantially. But Jonathan says the right paint can solve all.

“I’m painting the ceiling white to make it seem higher,” he says. And sure enough, it works like a charm.

White paint also comes in handy when he removes several walls to open up the home and adds a giant support beam near the ceiling. When T.J. and Tom see the beam in its raw-wood glory, they’re horrified, thinking that it’s going to dominate the entire house. Jonathan explains that once it’s painted white, they’ll hardly notice it. And they don’t!

So in the end, are the Scott brothers able to satisfy both Tom and T.J. with the home of their dreams?

Oh yeah—in a very big way.

“You got inside our heads and manifested this space,” says Tom happily. “This is heaven!”

“It is a little slice of heaven,” T.J. agrees.

Heaven means moving into their new home right away and starting to drink their morning coffee with real cream. Enjoy!

T.J. couldn't be happier with the new house
T.J. couldn’t be happier with the new house.

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Brentwood Estate of the Eagles’ Glenn Frey Lands on Market for $15M

The family estate of Eagles founder and frontman Glenn Frey, who died last year at age 67, has just come on the market in L.A.’s Brentwood neighborhood for $15 million.

Frey and his wife, Cindy Millican Frey, purchased the 8,800-square-foot home in 2002 for $10 million from late TV exec Michael King, who was responsible for launching iconic series such as “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Built in 1996 and described as a “Montecito Spanish Estate” by listing agent David Offer, the home features a red-tile roof, stone and wide-plank wood flooring, arched doorways, thick plaster walls, and rustic wooden ceiling beams.

Living room
Living room

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The open floor plan, well-appointed kitchen with an island, digital media room, and clean lines bring the residence comfortably into the 21st century.

Open kitchen
Open kitchen

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Located in the Brentwood Park area, near the chic stores and restaurants of San Vicente Boulevard, the half-acre property features sweeping lawns, fountains, stone patios, rose gardens, a children’s play area, a cabana, and guesthouse. There’s also a mosaic-tiled pool and spa. There are a total of six bedrooms, seven baths, and four half-baths.

Estate grounds
Estate grounds

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Mosaic-tiled pool

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Children's play area
Children’s play area

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Guest house/gym
Guesthouse/gym

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The main residence has an enormous foyer with a staircase with wrought-iron railing. Upstairs, the master suite comes with a sitting room, private balcony, and fireplace for a peaceful, easy feeling. The basement features a large entertainment space with a home theater and bar for serving the perfect tequila sunrise.

The late Glenn Frey's Brentwood home
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The rock legend is survived by his wife and three children. Variety reports that earlier this year Millican Frey purchased a 4,000-square-foot, Cape Cod–style home in the Los Angeles Bird Streets, for which she paid nearly $8 million.

Ellen DeGeneres Snags $18.6M Beach House in Santa Barbara County

Serial real estate investor Ellen DeGeneres has plucked a luxurious oceanfront property out of foreclosure in Santa Barbara County for $18.6 million.

DeGeneres’ latest property acquisition is located on highly coveted Padaro Lane in Carpinteria, CA. It’s a “low-key but super-expensive street where several other celebrities also reside,” according to Yolanda. Neighbors include A-list couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.

The 1.13-acre property comes with a recently remodeled 6,000-square-foot main house and a guesthouse.

Built in 1979, the four-bed, 4.5-bath main house features high ceilings and walls of glass. There’s also a motor court, tennis court, and plunge pool.

Records show the property had belonged to Robert F. Maguire III, a real estate developer who bought the property in 1997 for $3.15 million. The property went into foreclosure earlier this year, and Bank of America took ownership.

Beachfront setting
Beachfront setting

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Living room

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Exterior at dusk
Exterior at dusk

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The assessed value of this parcel is a smidge over $20 million, which means DeGeneres found a bargain at $18.6 million.

DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, are still trying to sell$45 million villa in Santa Barbara. That Tuscan-style estate is a 10-minute drive from DeGeneres’ latest acquisition, but we prefer the new place’s proximity to the beach.

10 Creepy Home Decor Items on Etsy to Make Halloween a True Nightmare

Ahh, Etsy—the online marketplace of organic hemp totes and crocheted alpaca-wool throws. So many unique goods can be found in this online marketplace that would look just adorable in your home!

Yet if you dig beneath the cute doggy backpacks and calligraphy cake toppers, you’ll quickly find a dark side to Etsy. A sinister side. As proof, let us take you on an Etsy tour of some creepy oddities, disturbing crafts, and chilling vintage items you’ll wish had stayed in the attic.

Someone else’s attic, that is.

1. A coat rack made of baby doll limbs

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Baby doll limbs you can hang coats on

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Take this coat rack made of doll parts ($66). Nothing says “welcome home, make yourself comfortable” like dismembered baby arms and legs, no?

2. A taxidermied muppet

Mounted puppet taxidermy, A.K.A. "Murphy"
Hanging around with a muppet named Murphy

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Poor Murphy. In a previous life, he made children laugh. Now he is a trophy, stuffed and mounted on a wall ($190) just like a stag’s head. Oh, you didn’t know there was such a craft as puppet taxidermy? Now you do.

3. An armadillo basket

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Get a handle on this basket!

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It never occurred to us that an armadillo’s anatomy was perfect for a basket—but apparently it is. It’s so sturdy, and the tail makes for a great handle! It’s ideal for holding your collection of, say, rodent bones or dried crickets. Weirdest of all? It’s sold out, so clearly someone digs this kind of thing.

4. Screaming pillow

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Watch where you sit.

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Sit back and relax … on this pillow that looks like you’re asphyxiating some poor victim underneath ($21.48). It’s (not) fun for all!

5. ‘Poltergeist’ clown pillow

Replica of the clown from "Poltergeist"
Life-size replica of the clown from “Poltergeist”

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Someone made a life-size version of the evil clown from “Poltergeist,” because you don’t deserve to sleep in peace at night. Even scarier is the price: $1,750.

6. Bloodshot eyeball cushions

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These eyes never close.

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Or, why not relax on these eyeball cushions ($40)? It’s no wonder these eyesballs are bloodshot—they never close.

7. Spirit photography

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Spirit photo from 1889

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This is a sample of Victorian spirit photography ($35)—an attempt from a bygone era to capture images of ghosts and other spirits (or at least an attempt to fake them). These images were all the rage back in the day; now, there are loads of replicas on Etsy. Take your pick!

8. Fox rug

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This rug is crazy like a fox.

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Why, it’s the Fantastic Mr. Fox, right here on the floor in the form of a rug ($295). Flat and immobile, it looks none too happy.

9. Shriveled head Christmas ornament

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Shrunken head ornaments. For Christmas.

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We just wanted to mention that these shrunken heads are Christmas tree ornaments ($35). You know. For Christmas. Because obviously.

10. Baby doll head and skeleton sculpture

baby doll and vertebrae sculpture
Baby doll and vertebrae sculpture

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But back to baby dolls. This baby doll head/skeleton/tusk sculpture ($500) won’t give you nightmares tonight. Nope. Totally not.

That’s Amore! Italian Villa in Georgia Is This Week’s Most Popular Home

Mamma mia! This week’s most popular property on realtor.com® is an astonishing Italian villa in the distant, sun-drenched land of … Atlanta’s exurbs. It’s not exactly where we’d expect to find an ode to Tuscan architecture, but it’s easy to see why everyone clicked on the place.

The stunning Italian-style estate, with its 10 acres, offers everything from decorative murals to a ballroom with a pub-style bar, from an elevator to an actual bell tower. It’s an ideal setting for sharing a plate of spaghetti with a special friend à la “Lady and the Tramp.”

This week’s runner-up is a serene and rustic cabin in Pennsylvania. The stone-and-wood cabin with multiple porches looks like the perfect country retreat. A swanky Los Angeles home came in third place. The Mid-Century Modern masterpiece has gone through a comprehensive restoration, and includes a bank of sliding glass doors that look out to a lap pool.

Gawkers also clicked on the “Watcher House,” whose owners claimed they received threatening letters from someone claiming to be watching the home. Too scared to move in, the homeowners have put the stately Westfield, NJ, home back on the market for $1.1 million.

There’s no need to be scared of the rest of this week’s most popular properties. Scroll down for a full look.

10. 995 Beach Rd, Cheektowaga, NY

Price: $179,900
Why it’s here: It’s two for the price of one! The side-by-side duplex is an ideal investment property; you could live in one side and rent out the other. Built in 1952, the building has been renovated and updated, and features new kitchens, new bathrooms with subway tile showers, plank flooring, new doors and windows, and LED lighting.

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Cheektowaga, NY

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9. 657 Boulevard, Westfield, NJ

Price: $1,125,000
Why it’s here: Are you a brave buyer? This stately home comes with six beds, four baths—and one stalker, if the reports are to be believed. Someone, possibly a prankster, sent letters (and made headlines) claiming he was watching the house—and scaring the new homeowners from moving in. It’s back on the market, and we’re keeping watch for evidence of an eventual sale. Stay tuned.

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Westfield, NJ

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8. 8960 Town Line Rd, Kewaskum, WI

Price: $449,000
Why it’s here: This 1850s farmhouse comes with 10 acres, two horse stalls, and a detached shed. The three-bedroom log cabin features skylights, vaulted ceilings, three fireplaces, and a spacious kitchen.

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Kewaskum, WI

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7. 605 S North St, Washington Court House, OH

Price: $164,900
Why it’s here: This brick Victorian is a formidable choice for someone looking for old-world design, including towering ceilings, original wood trim, and a winding staircase. The home has three bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, and a screened porch.

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Washington Court House, OH

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6. 29575 Edgedale Rd, Pepper Pike, OH

Price: $649,000
Why it’s here: It’s no surprise this Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired property once again made our most popular list. Nestled in the woods, it maintains its Mid-Century Modern roots with some modern updates. Highlights include an eat-in kitchen, a great room with floor-to-ceiling windows and stone fireplace, plus multiple patios.

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Pepper Pike, OH

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5. 351 W Woodland Ave, Fort Wayne, IN

Price: $449,900
Why it’s here: Built in 1910, this home has been “lovingly” restored and updated. The five-bedroom Queen Anne includes a brand-new kitchen, generous master suite, updated baths, and such original details as 11-foot-high ceilings, multiple fireplaces, and a carriage house.

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4. 872 Shadow Oak Bnd, Marysville, OH

Price: $539,000
Why it’s here: Built in 2015, this charming home features a kitchen with high-end appliances and a dining room with french doors looking out to the scenic backyard.

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Marysville, OH

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3. 3030 Arrowhead Dr, Los Angeles, CA

Price: $2,995,000
Why it’s here: This Mid-Century Modern gem looks like it’s been plucked from the deserts of Palm Springs. After a gorgeous restoration, the home now includes three bedrooms, a master suite with fireplace and city views, an open floor plan, and banks of sliding glass doors that open to a lap pool and cabana.

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2. 239 Krug Rd, Ashville, PA

Price: $250,000
Why it’s here: It’s the perfect spot for a country getaway. The three-bedroom cabin includes a stunning stone and wood interior, eat-in kitchen, multiple covered porches, a separate storage shed, and 10 acres.

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Ashville, PA

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1. 12477 Gillsville Rd, Maysville, GA

Price: $949,900
Why it’s here: It’s an Italian villa in an unlikely locale! Built in 1999, the four-bedroom property comes with 10 acres. Inside the villa, you’ll find a grand ballroom with bar, chef’s kitchen with breakfast room, keeping room, pantry, and dining room. The master suite has a sitting room and decorative murals. The grounds feature exotic plants, a koi pond, pool and spa, fountains, a gazebo, rooftop patio, and bell tower. If you’re looking for Italian inspiration stateside, this property might make you say grazie tante.

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Maysville, GA

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Would You Choo-Choo-Choose to Live in a Caboose? All Aboard the Side Trak!

Want to pack up your bindle and hop aboard a rail car? If you’ve always dreamed of being welcomed home by the sound of a train whistle, we’ve found a home for you.

The Side Trak in Conway, NH, is available for only $51,500. Despite its small size, this converted train caboose can sleep up to five people.

The rail car was built in 1910 and spent much of its life on the rails of southern New England. It was retired in 1974 and then sold privately to the Audibert family, who renovated the interior.

During its active years on the rails, rail workers would sit in the cupola to overlook the train and make sure the sparks from the wheels weren’t starting any fires. They customized their space with cots and even stoves of their own, foreshadowing this car’s future as a home away from home.

The Side Trak is “240 square feet of joy,” says listing agent David Cianciolo. “It is uniquely efficient.”

Inside the caboose
Living room in the caboose

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It includes a bathroom, kitchen, seating area, and dining space, as well as plenty of storage nooks and crannies. The elevated seats in the cupola can fold out into beds when not being used to survey the landscape, as can a bench near the kitchen sink.

“You can really see the creativity of the space that would have been wasted,” says Cianciolo. “Every space has a purpose.”

The caboose, which sits on steel wheels, is not the only rail car in the neighborhood—it resides next to six other converted rail cars, most of which are owned by train enthusiasts. The spot it sits on costs $95 a month in rent, and includes the water/sewer and power hookups. (The caboose itself needs to be connected to the power grid as well as the municipal water and sewer system.)

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Caboose plaque

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Caboose on the rails
Caboose on the rails

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The caboose can be moved, provided you have an engine to transport it. It will also need to sit on a piece of railroad track at its destination, or it will sink due to its weight.

Regardless of its final destination, the caboose could be an ideal vacation getaway for a variety of residents, whether they’re outdoor enthusiasts or even a family with young kids.

“It’s the coolest place for children,” says Cianciolo. “It appeals to an interesting cross-section of people.”

He adds, “I’ve been an agent for 44 years and this is the first time I’ve had a listing of this style or this compact.”