Decades ago, this structure served as a bustling Oregon school, filled with children’s chatter. Now, it’s a beautifully converted 56,000-square-foot residence.
Fresh to the market, the 7-acre Sunny Hill Manor (formerly known as Sunny Hill Elementary School) went to the head of the class this week. We counted a large number of clicks to the cool conversion, which means it’s this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.
The enormous amount of square footage, the kitchen with four ovens, and the acres of room to roam all have major appeal at the moment. The listing details note that there are also opportunities to develop Sunny Hill into something completely different.
However, the idea of all those square feet to spare, the asphalt playgrounds, and the classroom spaces sounds like a dream for parents trying to pull off home schooling with far less.
And why would anyone want to demolish this vintage bathroom, complete with multiple sinks designed for tiny hands?
Aside from these nostalgic early memories, you also clicked on the intriguing personal residence of the renowned midcentury architect John Lautner, on a charming Queen Anne Victorian in Minnesota, and on an estate in Virginia that was once the home of a future governor.
Although we won’t spring a pop quiz on you, we would ask you to put your pencils down and pay close attention to all of this week’s most popular homes.
Why it’s here: This property was built in 1827, and known as Mont Calm, and the listing details describe it as one of the most important homes in the area.
It’s been inhabited by three notable families over the decades, including the Campbells, whose patriarch David Campbell went on become governor of the Commonwealth in the 1830s. The over 16-acre lot was part of a land grant from King George II in 1752.
In addition to the three-story, five-bedroom main house, there’s also a guesthouse, as well as the original smokehouse. Delicious!
Why it’s here: Make your way to the middle of Maine! Surprisingly stylish, this light-filled three-bedroom Cape Cod was built in 1986. Highlights include second-floor skylights, a large kitchen, and a mudroom. The home sits on 2.5 acres surrounded by views of the majestic natural beauty of Maine.
Why it’s here: Call it the “Home Town” effect. Homes in the city featured on the popular show, Laurel, MS, have become oh-so-intriguing to HGTV fans. This darling three-bedroom home has been recently updated, and the affordable price is attractive.
It was built in 1935, and the original hardwood floors and arched doorways help maintain its original charm. It’s a perfect mix of historic touches and no-muss maintenance.
Why it’s here: This place north of New York’s state capital is a picture-perfect suburban Colonial. The four-bedroom layout offers over 3,200 square feet.
Built in 2007, and sitting on nearly a full acre filled with green grass, a large deck, a pool, and mature trees, it’s ideal for a family that likes to spend time outside. Inside, the home is airy and open, thanks to its high ceilings.
Why it’s here: Surrounded by sweet views, this three-bedroom home sits on 2 full acres just outside Knoxville, TN. Dating to 1992, the residence features a big country kitchen, huge windows, and a see-through fireplace. Another bonus: All the home’s 4.5 bathrooms have been recently updated.
Why it’s here: Tailor-made for big family fun, this 6.5-acre estate out in the country offers plenty of room to run. The four-bedroom home was built in 1993, with oversized rooms, including a huge kitchen, gorgeous sunroom, and a formal dining room. Outside, there’s ample space for entertaining and an in-ground pool for a summertime splash.
Why it’s here: This modern masterpiece was built by the legendary architect John Lautner as his personal residence, in the late 1930s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home was designed with a sloping ceiling for natural ventilation, and built with stucco and natural redwood. On the market for the first time in decades, it has design fans swooning.
Why it’s here: Carefully built by Andrew Anderson and completed in 1900, this cute Queen Anne is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It has been beautifully maintained, from the original hardwood floors to the charming front porch. The foundation has been restored, and the home boasts a new roof as well. The immaculate interiors are decorated in a style appropriate to the period, while maintaining a fresh, modern appeal.
Why it’s here: Midcentury modern in Kentucky? This marvel was completed in 1961, and sits on more than 2.5 acres. The four-bedroom abode hews to the midcentury aesthetic, with an open layout, groovy stone throughout, and paneling on the walls. There’s also a full basement with a bonus room and two living spaces, making this an ideal place to social distance in style.
Why it’s here: Built in 1949, this over 56,000-square-foot whopper of a property was once the Sunny Hill Elementary School. Now known as Sunny Hill Manor, the gated 7-acre lot offers a wealth of choices for an entrepreneurial buyer.
While it’s easy to see it as a great opportunity for development, we hope the school doesn’t meet the wrecking ball. For an artist or creative in search of space to spread out, this property might qualify as an A-plus.