Underground Compound of 4 Fallout Shelters in Montana Awaits Buyer To Burrow In

When spectacular mountain views are available, nearby homes almost always feature an abundance of windows to soak in the vistas.

However, this property in Montana heads in a completely opposite direction. These four homes have no windows at all—they’re completely underground.

The quartet of below-ground homes sit beneath 10.6 acres in Paradise Valley near Emigrant, MT, just north of Yellowstone National Park.

Listed for $1.75 million, the earth-sheltered homes were originally built as fallout shelters. They offer all the amenities a comfortable residence requires—albeit with curved walls.

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Three of out of the four homes measure in at about 2,500 square feet, and each features multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, and living spaces.

The fourth home is significantly larger, with space to accommodate a crowd looking for a real escape.

“The largest one has several bunk rooms, so you could have more than a couple people in there,” says the listing agent, Theresa Lunn.

Each boasts a basement for food and supplies storage and to house all of the mechanicals.

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The earth keeps the houses at a constant 50 to 55 degrees and to increase the temperature as needed, each home is equipped with its own HVAC and ventilation system.

“It never feels musty in there with the air circulation system. It always smells fresh,” Lunn says.

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Each home comes with its own kitchen, complete with appliances.

“Once you’re in there, they’re comfortable. It’s just like you’re in a house,” Lunn explains. “You walk down hallways, but then you just you walk into a kitchen that you think is your mom’s kitchen—a great area, bedrooms, very nice bathrooms.”

One house features a pool table in the rec room.

The current owner is a builder and is willing to sweeten the deal for a buyer who might be interested in buying the land and the underground homes.

“He would put a very nice [above-ground] home for an extra $240,000 onto the list price. Underneath the house, it would have a discrete entrance into shelter No. 4,” Lunn explains. “The additional house has not been built. He is offering that as a buyer package, if someone wanted that.”

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The Paradise Valley area is known for its outdoor activities.

“It’s arguably one of the most beautiful places in the U.S., for sure. It’s a huge mecca for fly fishermen,” Lunn says, adding hunting, hiking, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and horseback riding are also popular.

“It’s a great spot for vacation rentals,” Lunn says, adding that renting an underground home could offer a unique allure for guests. “If you bought this, you could live in it and still rent it out. It’s also a great retreat possibility.”

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Lunn says buyers have shown an interest in the property—ranging from those in search of a sustainable property, to folks who desire the ultimate in protection.

The agent says she doesn’t like to use the term “preppers,” because of the negative connotations attached to the term. But she acknowledges that that is basically what people do when they store supplies in underground bunkers.

“If our great-grandparents didn’t prep, none of us would be here,” she says. “It’s just being prepared.”

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The homes are currently attached to the electrical grid, but could be unhooked if a buyer decided to rely on the property’s own generators for power.

As in the case of most fallout shelters, the entrance to each home is through a thick door. Upon entry, the hallway takes a turn at a right angle.

“Any bunker worth its salt has to have those 90-degree turns, because nuclear and chemical material can’t go around [corners],” Lunn explains. “That’s really one of those tips of the trade for guys that are building bunkers.”

Lunn stresses these are regular homes where people would be very comfortable living or vacationing.

“[They’re not] some kind of freaky, end-of-the-world, zombie-apocalypse whatever. There is a lot of need for this type of property.”

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SoCal Home Renovated by Jasmine Roth on Season 2 of ‘Hidden Potential’ Sells in a Flash

The potential of a home in Huntington Beach, CA, was readily apparent to buyers.

And if they blinked, it was easy to miss the fact that this four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home was actually on the market at all.

One huge reason behind the speedy sale? The place was renovated by Jasmine Roth on Season 2 of her popular HGTV series “Hidden Potential.”

In less than a week, the home, which was purchased for $825,000 in 2017, had an accepted, contingent offer above the asking price of $1.1 million. Thanks, Jasmine!

Of course, it helps that the 2,223-square-foot residence is located in a great neighborhood. It’s within walking distance of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, and a 2-mile drive (or skateboard ride) to the Pacific Ocean and legendary Huntington Beach itself, as well as to shopping, restaurants, a golf course, and highly rated schools.

Combined with the location, Roth’s riveting redo made this home a hot commodity. Built in 1969, the home had undergone some renovation over the years, but nothing nearly as dramatic as Roth’s effort a couple of years ago on a $90,000 budget.

“I wanted to update the entire home to represent this fun, vibrant family’s love of the beach. They are a quintessential California couple, raising their family in a beach town, teaching their children a love of the ocean and community,” Roth said on her website.

So the HGTV star took what was previously drab and beige and converted it into a welcoming abode with a “super beachy” vibe, with splashes of aqua, coral, and gleaming white, both inside and out.

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As Roth put it on her blog, “The front of their home needed to be opened up to showcase the welcoming, friendly nature of this family. Inside, the floor plan needed rethinking. By removing one of two redundant family rooms, and redesigning each space in the home with a designated purpose in mind, I helped breathe new life into each individual space.”

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The home’s biggest highlight may be the bright and open gourmet kitchen, which features stainless-steel Viking appliances and quartz countertops, with a stylish tile backsplash. There’s also a large dining island with a dedicated beverage refrigerator.

Roth also added not one, but two work spaces right next to the kitchen—an addition that now makes perfect sense for a work-from-home lifestyle.

One workspace is for adults, the other is for kids, with the intention that a family can get work done “while in the good company the kitchen always provides.”

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Other interesting “hidden” features include a secret bookshelf door under the stairs that leads to a children’s play fort, and a clever Biersafe outside—an in-ground cooler that costs nothing to operate, since it uses the ground’s thermodynamics to keep beverages chilled, and can be hidden underneath a flower pot.

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The house has two bedrooms and one bathroom upstairs, two full en suite bedrooms downstairs, and a powder room for guests. This can put much desired distance between the adults and the kids. When the episode aired in 2019, the owners had three of their four children, Grandma, and two dogs living with them.

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With new landscaping, cement, fences, paint, and other finishes both in the front and in the back, the home’s renovation was complete, ready to be snatched up in no time after it went on the market.

When the work was done, Roth said she felt the home had a “purposeful update that it deserves.” It looks as if buyers agree.

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After Its High-Retro Renovation, This Marvelous Midcentury in Austin Is a Jewel Box of Color

It isn’t common for a buyer to renovate a home and embrace a truly retro vibe, but that’s exactly what the owners of one midcentury modern residence in Austin, TX, did.

The 7,000-square-foot Atomic Age classic, built in 1963 on Balcones Drive, is now on the market for $3.95 million. Its color palette is right out of the TV series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

“The owners bought it in 2017. The home had been updated in the 1970s and ’80s, and a lot of the original things were torn out, so the owners actually went by the original pencil blueprints and restored it,” explains the listing agent, Rebecca Wolfe Spratlin.

The architect Charles Granger of the popular Austin firm Fehr & Granger originally designed the space for Dr. Byron Smith and his wife, Irene, in 1963.

Granger is known for his designs of a number of buildings in the Austin area, including the iconic blue airport control tower for Austin’s former airport. The tower still stands as part of a new residential and commercial development on the old airport land.

Irene Smith was a real estate agent in Austin for over 50 years, Wolfe Spratlin says, and came by to a broker’s open house at the property recently.

“She and her husband are still living in the area,” she adds, “so she was able to come in and walk through the entire house. It was so fun to talk to her about her memories.”

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The current owners are the fifth family to call the place home, and they’ve dubbed it Sky Crest. The name is an homage to the distinctive airport control designed by Granger, as well as to the color scheme of the house.

The house, true to midcentury form, has clean lines and a wealth of windows

“The whole house in the front is glass, just walls of glass,” Wolfe Spratlin explains. “It’s got natural light just pouring in.”

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A fence and gate surround the house. The true glory of the home is only visible once you’re inside the gate.

“You punch in the code, and the gate opens, and you see this amazing light-blue kind of light turquoise house. It’s very long and expansive,” Wolfe Spratlin says.

Up the front steps, you enter the house on the second level.

“The ceilings are vaulted, and there’s a wooden screen that was recreated according to the original blueprints,” the agent adds.

That wood screen, most of the light fixtures, and other furnishings were custom-created for the house’s wide-open floor plan.

“There’s a Sputnik light fixture right as you come in. Then, on the staircase, they had a custom-made light that’s very retro and appropriate for the setting,” Wolfe Spratlin says.

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In keeping with the vibe, the kitchen is straight out of the early 1960s. However, all the appliances are new and from Big Chill, with retro styling.

The laminate countertops had to be imported from Italy to match the color, because the owners couldn’t find the right shade of vibrant turquoise in the United States, Wolfe Spratlin explains.

The retro vibes continue in the pink kitchenette in the master bedroom. The master bedroom is on the main floor and has another interesting feature—a night bathroom.

Because the master bedroom is so big, and the master bathroom is at the very opposite end of the bedroom, a small powder room was located close to the bed, Wolfe Spratlin explains.

What’s more, for those who have to get up in the middle of the night, this little room has a heated floor and heated toilet seat.

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There’s another bedroom on the main level, and three more bedrooms on the lower level. The bottom level features a game room and a home theater.

For the utmost in convenience, a snack bar in the hallway right outside the theater is served by a dumbwaiter that comes down from the main kitchen.

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Outside, by the pool, the outdoor kitchen is covered by turquoise sails, perfect for enjoying and entertaining.

“The perfect buyer to me is somebody who just really gets it—and not only gets it, but loves it,” Wolfe Spratlin says. “So you need to have somebody that gets it, loves it, and understands the value of its design.”

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‘Nicest House on the Lake’: This $12.5M Mansion Is Michigan’s Most Expensive Home

A sweet lake house on the market for $12.5 million is the most expensive home in all of Michigan.

The 16,000-square-foot house is in Charlevoix, MI—a small town in the upper reaches of the state that markets itself as “Charlevoix the Beautiful.”

Built in 2009, the grand mansion on Lake Charlevoix features seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms.

The effort behind the home’s construction was no small feat.

“It took about five years to build, and the decor has been imported from all over the world,” says the listing agent, Rik Lobenherz, praising the craftsmanship and finishes in the residence.

The ornate wooden bar in the family room was imported from Malaysia in sections, and reassembled. Attention to detail is obvious in the home’s grand staircase, which spirals its way between floors, with lots of windows around it.

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Despite its enormous size, the house doesn’t feel unpleasantly large.

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“Each of the rooms are set up so they’re very comfortable,” Lobenherz says. “You don’t feel like you’re in a mansion as such. The rooms are very cozy, and there are eight fireplaces, so it’s just a very comfortable, homey feeling.”

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Most living spaces and each bedroom offer water views, with numerous windows in place to take advantage of the waterfront setting.

The kitchen is spacious, with a large island and high-end appliances.

“The owner loves to cook, so it even has its own pizza oven. There’s nothing that’s missing,” Lobenherz says.

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For entertaining, there’s a game room, a bar area, a theater room, and a large wine cellar. Adjusting everything from the heat to the lighting in the home is easy.

“It’s a smart house, so everything can be controlled remotely,” Lobenherz explains.

Beyond the smart home features, the agent says the home will only require a minimum of effort to bring it up to date.

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The current owners have lived in the house full-time, but they are looking to downsize. The furnishings are not included in the list price, but could be negotiated into a deal.

The house sits behind gates on 3 acres of land, with 195 feet of waterfront on Lake Charlevoix. The orientation of the house on the lot provides views looking down the length of the lake.

“It’s probably one of the better locations on Lake Charlevoix, which is a very coveted lake that is connected to the Great Lakes. You can go anywhere in the world on your boat from there,” Lobenherz says.

To handle an owner’s vessel, there’s a 400-foot pier.

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There isn’t a pool, but Lobenherz notes that the entire lake is there to swim in. A stream with waterfalls runs along the side of the house.

The house’s lower level has several walkouts to the lake, with plenty of indoor-outdoor living options. A huge stone fireplace is the perfect place to spend an outdoor evening.

Guests have a large garage, with a spacious apartment above it.

“It’s beautiful. It would be the only bedroom area that doesn’t face the water, since it’s above a four-car garage, but it has its own kitchen and its own living room. I could live there,” Lobenherz jokes.

As for who is the perfect buyer for this house?

“If they’re looking for the nicest house on the lake, this is the one they should be looking at,” the agent says.

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Former Dollar General CEO’s 45,000-Square-Foot Mansion Is Built for Entertainment

A megamansion that Dollar General built possesses everything a family would need for a retreat.

Owned by Cal Turner, Jr., the former CEO and chairman of Dollar General, the home on Evans Ridge Road in Parker, CO, is on the market for $12.9 million.

“It is a very unique property, and certainly one of the larger homes in the country,” says the listing agent, Liza Hogan.

The family built the 45,000-square-foot house in 2001 as a retreat, and it’s in pristine condition two decades later.

“It has never been used as a primary home, so it’s in beautiful condition,” added Hogan.

The mansion occupies 35 acres of land about 45 minutes from Denver. An adjacent 35-acre parcel is also up for sale, offering the potential for 70 acres of fenced-in privacy.

“The location is fantastic. You have beautiful, panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains,” Hogan says.

It’s approached by a long driveway that dramatically circles up to the house.

“When you come through the main gate, you can’t see anything of the property,” she adds.

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Exterior of mansion in Parker, CO

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Conceived as an ideal spot for a family getaway or corporate retreat, the massive house was built with fun and entertainment in mind.

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“It’s got a complete entertainment wing, with everything from a heated pool that looks like it was designed for a Roman emperor, Jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna room,” Hogan explains. “There’s also a home theater, a dance floor with a stage, a bowling alley, a billiard table, a pingpong table, arcade room, and a home gym. Outside, there are ponds that are stocked with fish.”

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Guests who are exhausted after all the activities on tap will have plenty of places to sleep and recharge.

The main house offers six bedrooms, including a master suite as well as a one-bedroom apartment with a separate entrance. Two other apartments are on the property.

“You can go outside to get there, but they do connect to the main house. One is a two-bedroom apartment, and the other one is a three-bedroom apartment. That adds five more bedrooms,” Hogan says.

A large caretaker’s residence has two bedrooms. With this much space, there’s room for all guests to spread out and enjoy themselves.

Hogan tells us that the mansion’s layout is ideal for long-term guests.

“If you have guests that are staying for an extended period of time, whether it’s friends, family members, or business associates, they can have their own quarters,” she says.

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Each apartment has its own kitchen, and the main house has a large main kitchen with a catering kitchen nearby. There are also two large dining areas, one more formal than the other.

Owners and guests will have plenty of places to park, thanks to a 29-car garage with space enough for an RV.

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The house is being sold fully furnished, with the exception of a few personal items.

“We have had a complete inventory of all the furnishings done by a professional. It’s approximately 60 pages long, with every item, and photos,” Hogan adds.

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The sale also includes all of the artwork and all the bottles in the extensive wine cellar.

The home has been on the market for a couple of years and was once listed for more than $20 million.

Hogan says the pool of possible buyers who want this size of house at this kind of price tag in the Denver area is limited.

“This is toward the upper end in Denver,” she says, adding that the current price reflects what the market can bear, rather than its true value.

“The seller probably has at least twice the current asking price into the property. You have to be realistic, and a property has to reflect the market.”

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The Turner family isn’t using the house as much as they used to, so it’s time to sell.

“Lives changed, and people go in different directions. Kids grow up, and all the things that we see happen with these large, legacy homes,” Hogan says. “They still use the property, but not the way that they did for many years. It’s just time to move on.”

Although the house is huge, Hogan says it still feels warm and welcoming.

“There are many intimate areas within the house,” she says. “Every time I show it, people remark on the fact that they’re able to find spaces where they don’t feel like they’re overwhelmed with the size, and they can have privacy.”

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Luxe Estate on Larry Ellison’s Island of Lanai Available for $8.8M

On the tiny Hawaiian island of Lanai, population 3,100, there are no traffic lights. It does have high-end luxury resorts, and one very high-profile resident, who happens to own most of the island. 

The billionaire Larry Ellison is the majority owner of the smallest inhabited island of Hawaii, and he recently announced that he’s making Lanai his full-time home.

He already owns around 98 percent of the property on the island, but an estate neighboring one of the homes he owns has surfaced on the market.

It’s now available for $8.8 million. The listing initially appeared in July 2020, but Ellison’s announcement has sparked renewed interest in the pricey property on this slower-paced piece of Hawaii.

Lanai’s pineapple past

Before it became an exotic getaway, the island’s industry was pineapples. When the pineapple operation dried up, Robert Murdock, the CEO of Dole, the agricultural multinational, began developing the island as a high-end vacation destination.

He added two Four Seasons hotels, and many of the island’s residents shifted from working in the pineapple business and took hospitality-related jobs, according to the listing agent with the estate for sale, Mary Anne Fitch with Hawaii Life.

“The island evolved from a pineapple plantation to a very private, highly prestigious vacation spot, once the Four Seasons were completed,” she says.

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In 2012, Ellison bought the two hotels from Murdock, as well as the land holdings, for a reported $300 million.

The co-founder of Oracle has since updated the hotels, and added improvements to the island, such as some farming operations, with an eye toward turning the island into a sustainable mecca.

The island has beautiful beaches, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, and dining and resort amenities in the high-end hotels.

“The very low density of the island and the proximity to the Four Seasons amenities is a draw for many people,” Fitch says of the serene escape.

To spend time on Lanai, you can book a stay at one of the resorts. Alternatively, you could buy property—like say, this multimillion-dollar home. However, don’t expect to find an Airbnb. Vacation rentals based in residential homes are banned on the island, according to Fitch. 

Rarely available estate

If you’d like to join Ellison and set up permanent residence on Lanai, there isn’t much to choose from. He owns most of the properties. Only 13 listings are available at present, and several of those are unbuilt lots.

At the top end of the market, though, estates for sale are hard to come by, and this is the only home on the market in Manele, an exclusive and secluded area of the island, Fitch notes. It’s available fully furnished.

The seller “spent years and years developing the property. It’s his pride and joy. It’s very custom-built to his style,” Fitch says.

A businessman from Hawaii, he has decided to sell because he now has plans to travel the world by boat.

An added bonus: To build anew on the tiny island is an arduous undertaking, which requires building permits and a construction process that can lead to a three-to-four year saga, Fitch notes.

Any buyers of this property need only pack their bags and prepare to do nothing more than relax.

On 1.2 gated acres, the place is perched above Hulopoe Bay. The eco-friendly, solar-paneled home was built in 2005. Measuring almost 5,000 square feet, it boasts disappearing walls of glass that allow for a seamless indoor-outdoor transition.

The property includes covered verandas, a separate pool, spa, and poolhouse, and is minutes away by golf cart to the beach or to the nearby Four Seasons Resort Lanai.

The four-bedroom, five-bathroom spread includes a large living area that opens completely to the outdoors, as well as a dining room and a large kitchen.

The pool area is set apart from the house and feels like a separate resort, according to Fitch. It includes a rain shower and large sauna. An adjacent, covered entertaining area can handle large parties or family dinners.

Pathways around the estate can be accessed by the two golf carts included in the purchase, or you can explore the lush gardens and tropical flowers on foot. For aquatic activities, pile into a golf cart and head to the beach for swimming or snorkeling, minutes away.

A 40-foot fishing boat available for purchase with the home comes with one of the limited number of slips at the Manele Harbor, where Ellison’s yacht is often moored.

Fitch describes the 140-square-mile island as “its own world,” with a unique allure.

“The island—they go, and it draws them in,” she says.

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Historic College in Nebraska Has Been Converted Into a Cozy, Rustic Lodge

A house that was once part of the first college west of the Mississippi River is now a single-family home with the feel of a rustic lodge.

The 5,000-square-foot house on Eighth Street in the town of Fontanelle, NE, just outside of Blair, is available for $1.2 million.

And for any lovers of unique lighting fixtures, the focal point of the two-story entryway is part of the sale.

“You walk in, and you’re greeted by two grand staircases that go up on either side of the entryway,” says the listing agent, Michael Maley, adding that there is hand-carved molding all the way around—and a massive antler chandelier.

“The chandelier is so big, it’ll probably have to stay with the house, because it’d be virtually impossible to get out,” he says.

The current owner had to take out a window in order to install it, he adds.

Built in 1896, as part of what is now Doane University, the two-story brick building sits on almost 4 acres of flat Nebraska land. What you see from the exterior doesn’t give any hint of the home’s current aesthetic.

“What surprised me the most when I went in there—from the outside, it looks like this brick, stately kind of house,” Maley says. “Then you go inside, and it was completely unexpected, because it just screams of a Montana lodge.”

Exterior of home in Fontanelle, NE
Exterior of home in Fontanelle, NE

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Entrance

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Mounted hunting trophies flank the entryway chandelier.
Mounted hunting trophies flank the entryway chandelier.

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Historical marker
Historical marker

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Living space

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Living space

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The mahogany front door provides a transition from the outside to the inside, which is chock-full of dark woods and rich colors.

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Master bedroom

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Master bathroom

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Bathroom

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Bedroom

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The converted college now boasts five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The current owners have had the place since 2013, and have updated the master bedroom and bathroom to create a modern retreat.

“The bathroom was their most recent renovation, and now they’re actually going to finish the other two bathrooms, so they match, and everything is brand-new,” Maley says.

Kitchen
Kitchen

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Dining area
Dining area

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Kitchen

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The kitchen sits near the deck and pool, and a new owner might want to overhaul the space to create a dream kitchen, Maley suggests, since it hasn’t been updated much since the owners arrived.

“It’s a big kitchen, but I would think somebody might want to come in and make some changes,” he says.

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Bedroom

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Bedroom
Bedroom

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Some of the log furniture pieces around the home are also included in the sale price, including the bunk beds.

“They’ve all been custom-made for the rooms that they’re in. Everything was made so you feel like you’re up in the mountains somewhere, and a lot of that stuff is going to stay,” Maley explains.

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Barn

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Barn

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Barn
Barn

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Near the main house is a separate structure with heating, cooling, and a bathroom of its own.

Designed to look like a big red barn, it has plenty of storage space, as well as a special feature for lovers of live music, since it has often hosted live concerts.

“It is studio-quality sound in there. They have sound-deadening pads that came down from the roof. The speakers are set up perfectly for acoustics,” Maley says. “You can be in the middle of that barn and feel like you’re at a concert at a performing arts center downtown.”

The back part of the barn is currently used for storage.

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Fire pit

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Treehouse
Treehouse

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For family fun, there’s also a pool, a treehouse, and a campsite with a fire pit.

“They set their tents up there, and they roast marshmallows and have fun as a family,” Maley says. “Instead of having to go a campsite, they just have one in their backyard.”

The owners enjoy the fact that they rarely ever have to leave this recreational property.

“The 4 acres is just a ton of room to run around,” he adds.

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Exterior

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Exterior
Exterior

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Maley says the ideal buyer will appreciate the space and amenities, at a premium now, given the number of people interested in having room to spread out.

“This is just a place where you can feel safe with your kids running around outside,” he says.

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Exterior

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Kitchen and dining space

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Interior

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Living space

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Midcentury Modern Design Truly Soars at Portland’s Boomerang House

A midcentury modern home in the Pacific Northwest that pays homage to Frank Lloyd Wright is ready to swoop into the hands of a new owner.

Known as the Boomerang House, thanks to its unique shape, the home on Skyline Boulevard in Portland, OR, has skimmed onto the market for just under $1.8 million.

“It’s hard to see it necessarily when you’re inside the house, but if you’re looking at it from an aerial point of view, you can totally see that it’s shaped like a boomerang,” explains the listing agent, Mark Bisaccio.

The home was built in 1947, and was completely renovated by the current owners in the past few years. Bisaccio estimates that the owners spent about $700,000 on renovations.

Big changes include the removal of a wall between the kitchen and the living space, the addition of a garage, and the creation of a breezeway between the garage and the home.

“Everybody that sets foot in this house says they absolutely love it,” says Bisaccio. “Nobody walks into this house and says, ‘It’s OK.’ It gets great reactions from everybody.”

Exterior of home in Portland, OR
Exterior of home in Portland, OR

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Exterior

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Interior

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The home’s huge windows and overall aesthetic are reminiscent of the Wright’s style, and some architecture historians have tried to connect this design directly to the iconic architect. However, no definitive proof connects Wright to the home.

The house was built for the movie actress Margaretta Ramsey—known for starring in in “Mannix,” “Dinah East,” and “Riot on Sunset Strip” in the 1960s and 1970s. There were reports that FLW was friends with Ramsey’s husband, Walter.

The agent says he can see why Wright fans would love to attribute to the master this home that embraces its natural surroundings.

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“It’s just very clearly aimed after his style. It’s got floor-to-ceiling windows that look on to an amazing yard, so you feel like you’re in the forest,” Bisaccio explains. “People initially are drawn to all the windows. There is so much natural light.”

The home, on almost a half-acre, measures 3,693 square feet.

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Land

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Kitchen

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Kitchen and dining areas

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Kitchen and dining areas
Kitchen and dining areas

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The kitchen is sleek and features high-end appliances with an island and a separate dining area. It opens on to a porch with plenty of room for outdoor living.

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Wine room

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Lower level

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Stairs

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Downstairs, on the lower level, a climate-controlled wine room can store 650 bottles.

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Bedroom

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Bathroom

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Bedroom

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The house has a total of four bedrooms and three bathrooms, but it’s possible that the current layout won’t work for every buyer.

“There are two bedrooms on the main level and two bedrooms down below,” Bisaccio explains.

He said the upstairs-downstairs dynamic is the reason the current owners are selling what they thought would be their forever home.

“They were recently surprised with twins,” he says. “With three kids, it’s hard to split them and put them up and down.”

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Breezeway

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Breezeway
Breezeway

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Garage

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Bisaccio says buyers could easily snag a traditional home with more square footage for a similar price in the Portland metro.

However, the Boomerang House is not likely to appeal to that type of buyer.

“The perfect buyer for this house is somebody who appreciates and respects design and architecture, especially midcentury modern architecture,” says Bisaccio.

“It appeals to everybody, but it’s just a matter of who can practically live here,” he says. “People that are creative minded, design-oriented … are just going to go nuts over this thing. And they do.”

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Breezeway

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Living space

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Outdoor space

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This Time Capsule Home in Queens Has Been Royally Popular With Buyers

This split-level home on 53rd Avenue in the Bayside area of Queens, NY, has only had one owner since it was built in 1953. Now pending sale after intense interest, it’s a throwback to a different era.

The home, which landed on the market in mid-January for $1,098,888, is a colorful, well-preserved time capsule in an area in the midst of housing flux.

“If you drive around this area now, you’ll actually see a lot of newer-construction houses. It’s getting more rare to see a house in this type of condition,” says the listing agent, Timothy Ho. “When I walked into this house, it’s definitely a flashback from the past, but it has been kept in meticulous shape. Everything is in really mint condition, just back from the ’50s to the ’70s.”

Green is the dominant color throughout the interior spaces of the residence—as seen in the pea-green shade of shag carpet in the entry and main living space.

An array of shades of green run throughout the flooring, except for a couple of key areas. In the hallway bathroom, you’ll find red carpet. Yes, the bathrooms are carpeted.

“I mean, you would never think in a million years nowadays that somebody would put carpet in the bathroom, but back then, that’s what they did,” Ho says.

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Exterior of home in Queens, NY

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Bathroom

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Master bedroom

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Master bedroom

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The brightly colored home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom comes with an en suite bathroom and large closets.

Kitchen with wallpaper on the ceiling
Kitchen with wallpaper on the ceiling

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Kitchen

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Dining area

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Dining area
Dining area

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The kitchen has an eat-in area next to the formal dining room with a special feature: a series of stained-glass windows depicting a large tree.

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“The owners did that themselves. On the exterior, they have lights pointed at the window, so when it’s nighttime, you can turn the lights on, and it just lights up the whole stained-glass window,” Ho notes.

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Outdoor space

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On the other side of the window is the large backyard. Ho compares the shape of the lot to a baseball diamond, which gets wider farther back on the lot.

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There’s also a large finished basement with plenty of storage.

The mechanics of the home have been updated over the years, but it was a trendsetter in at least one respect.

“The owners mentioned to me that they were one of the first people in the whole area to put central air conditioning into their house,” Ho says.

While the decor takes you on a stroll into the past, the home itself isn’t a relic.

On first arriving, he says, visitors tend to say, “It’s older, but you could actually move into this house, if you wanted to, the way that it is—in terms of the quality and the condition of the house.”

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Basement

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Entry

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The house has only been on the market for a couple of weeks, but Ho has already fielded a number of offers, and says potential buyers have pointed out that a movie crew could use the property as a set for a movie set in the 1960s.

He feels, though, that the buyers are likely to be a younger family interested in choosing their own modernizations and updates.

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Bedroom

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Bedroom
Bedroom

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That would be the preference, Ho says, of the current owners.

“They really like the idea of selling this house to a family that’s going to appreciate the love and the caring that went into the house,” he says. “This is one of those houses that it’s hard to tell from photos, but when you walk through a house, there are houses and then there are homes. This one, as soon as you walk through the door, you get that loving feeling of home.”

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Master bedroom

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Outdoor space

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Bidding Set To Take Flight on $28M Swan Lake Castle Near Sacramento

A brand-new castle, described as being “inspired by the grandeur of European royalty,” is headed for the auction block.

The mansion on Moss Court in Granite Bay, CA, is scheduled for an online auction on March 15. For an idea of where the bidding might hover, the current list price on the place is $28 million.

Located in an upscale suburb of Sacramento, Swan Lake Castle has six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and seven half-bathrooms on 15,400 square feet of living space.

The nearly 5-acre property just north of Folsom Lake is filled with eye-catching details.

“It’s like a Disney park, like a theme park,” explains the listing agent, Vadim Eidemiller. “It has three ponds, all kinds of fish, swans—everything. It has waterfalls with lights and music similar to Las Vegas.”

There’s also an intricate gazebo supported by eight classical-style statues, reached by a small footbridge.

Exterior of Swan Lake Castle in Granite Bay, CA
Exterior of Swan Lake Castle in Granite Bay, CA

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Grounds

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Fountains

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Grounds

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Gazebo

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Interior

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Interior

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Eidemiller says the castle took several years to build. It was built to commercial standards, but located in an area zoned residential.

The current owners aren’t releasing a lot of information about the property. Many of the home’s details aren’t visible in the listing photos, and the owners would prefer to maintain the home’s mystique.

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“The sellers want to keep some features not exposed to the general public. They want to pre-screen people, because most likely, whoever is buying the property might be caring about their privacy,” Eidemiller explains.

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Windows

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Staircase

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Bathroom

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Bathtub

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Security door

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As a result, most folks can’t see anything other than a few windows, ceilings, floors, a staircase, some bathroom fixtures, and a very secure door.

Eidemiller claims that the castle is beautiful inside, built with true craftsmanship and wired with smart home features.

“It’s difficult to describe, because everything so expensive and so high-end,” he says. “It’s literally a castle. They took the design from some European castles.”

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Interior

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Interior

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Interior

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Construction on the castle began in 2012, putting to work a fleet of experts.

“[The owner] began his search for designers and craftsmen formerly schooled and trained in European architectures of the 17th and 18th centuries. His goal was to bring a piece of European royal luxury to Northern California,” Eidemiller explains. “[They] set about locating the craftsmen and artisans who could turn these plans into reality and who were up to the task of constructing the amenities, like the grand staircases, Gothic arches, domes, vaults, courtyards, and grand fireplaces, all built on a royal scale.”

The listing describes the master bedroom as having a balcony, walk-in closet, and wet bar. A basement features a theater, wine storage, and a workshop.

There is also a garage with room for seven cars and open parking spaces for dozens more.

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Interior

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Interior

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Most of the construction was completed in the summer of 2020, and construction on the pool is finishing up now. It’s not clear whether the interior is finished, but Eidemiller says the owners had a final permit signed off in 2019.

Putting the castle on the auction block is a way to goose buyers into action, so that the owners can move on to other projects.

Eidemiller tells us that the castle and the land are exceptional: “It truly is a home fit for European royalty. [The owner] built a home his royal forbears would be proud to live in. To see the finished creation is to fall in love with it.”

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Interior

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Grounds

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Exterior

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