Last week famed TV interventionist Dr. Phil McGraw decided to part with a home he owns in Beverly Hills, CA. And while a notable name selling a pricey property in SoCal isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, it was the home’s daring decor that caught us all a little off guard.
It’s the mansion where the rocker son of the syndicated TV star was living, and it was outfitted to resemble a Tim Burton fever dream, complete with custom artwork, bizarre vine-covered staircase, and, perhaps most puzzlingly, a wall of firearms displayed behind glass in the dining room wall. Photos of the maximalist emo-millionaire frat house spread far and wide across the web, catapulting the property to the top of the most popular homes of the week.
As we wrap up another fascinating year in real estate, we like to look back on the homes that made you click the most in 2019. We counted allof your clicks to come up with the 10 most popular homes of the year on realtor.com®.
The resulting list ran the gamut. There was the salacious (the sedate suburban home harboring a BDSM dungeon), the hilarious (the lonely chair of NHL star Phil Kessel in the middle of his home theater), and the mind-blowing (a bunker sunk 26 feet beneath Las Vegas).
And, of course, there were A-listers amid the most popular properties. You were extremely interested in Tom Brady‘s mansion in Massachusetts going on the market and the Obama family‘s purchase of a compound on Martha’s Vineyard.
Reality TV also played a role: The Duggars had a tough time unloading their house-flipping project in Arkansas, and one of Chip and Joanna Gaines‘ masterpieces from “Fixer Upper” had trouble attracting a buyer.
However, we don’t think you’ll have any trouble enjoying the homes listed below. After sorting through millions and millions of page views, we can definitively say these were your 10 favorite homes of the year. Scroll on down for the complete list.
Forget Seattle, Denver and San Francisco. Boise, Idaho, is poised to be the hottest housing market at the start of the next decade.
A new report from Realtor.com identified the housing markets that are expected to see the most notable home sales and price growth in 2020. Boise ranked No. 1, a marked increase from No. 8 a year ago.
Driving Boise’s climb up the Realtor.com ranking is the massive influx of new residents from pricier parts of the country — in particular, California. Many of these out-of-state buyers are drawn by the city’s mild climate, outdoor lifestyle, strong schools and its major employers, including HP HPQ, -0.10% and Micron Technologies MU, +0.87%.
After Boise, McAllen, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz., ranked No. 2 and No. 3 on Realtor.com’s list. McAllen’s affordable home prices, combined with Texas’ favorable tax environment, have made the border city an attractive destination for home buyers looking to move. Tucson, meanwhile, has benefitted from an influx of retirees looking for warm weather and young adults looking to study at the University of Arizona or work for popular companies that have set up shop there like Amazon and Texas Instruments
A tiny house on wheels tucked among the trees off the banks of Tub Lake in Minnesota is the week’s most popular listing on realtor.com®—and it could be yours for less than $100,000.
Chic, modern, and artfully laid out to make the most of the compact space, the tiny house sits on more than 2.5 acres in the northwest corner of the state. It’s an ideal vacation spot in the land of 10,000 lakes, or it could even be a year-round home base for a buyer looking to simplify. Alternatively, it could be hitched up to your truck and driven to an ideal destination.
If you thought tiny homes were a novelty way past their sell-by date, take a look at the hulking spreads beat out by this petite portable home. The modest and minimal dwelling drew more views than Tom Brady’s Massachusetts estate, Vanna White’sBeverly Hills compound, and the historic childhood home of General Robert E. Lee in Virginia.
But it’s the sensible, yet whimsical, tiny house on wheels that racked up the most clicks this week, proving that living well doesn’t require a ton of square footage—just smart planning and a taste for adventure.
Roll along with us as we count down the entire list of this week’s most popular homes…
Despite the economic slowdown due to weakening manufacturing and corporate investment, the consumer side of the economy remains on solid ground. The fifty-year low in the unemployment rate combined with low mortgage rates has led to increased homebuyer demand this year. Much of this strength is coming from entry-level buyers – the first-time homebuyer share of the loans Freddie Mac purchased in 2019 is forty-six percent, a two-decade high.
Praise be! A Pennsylvania church converted into a cozy home sent clicks soaring toward the heavens this week. The former house of worship from the late 1800s wound up as this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.
From the heavy wood double doors to the original stained glass and church bell, the property has held onto certain features of its ecclesiastical past, while being effortlessly transformed into a bright, airy family house.
Apart from this divine cathedral conversion, you also clicked on a brand-new castle in Illinois decorated in a pristine Scandinavian aesthetic, designer Betsey Johnson‘s $2 million hot-pink beach mobile home, and a Spanish Colonial Revival in the O.C. with a crow’s nest rooftop deck to take in water and city views. Plus there’s an appearance by former Packer wide receiver Randall Cobb, who’s selling his home in Green Bay, WI, after parting ways with the team last year.
No helmet required—but we ask you to tackle the complete list of this week’s most popular homes by scrolling down…