Real estate watchers this week were romanced by an Italianate villa in the heart of Memphis, TN, that serves as a wedding venue and which wound up as the most popular home on realtor.com®.
Surrounded by lush gardens and filled with crystal chandeliers, hand-painted ceilings, walnut paneling, and marble, the Annesdale Mansion has been the site of weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other local events. Once the bouquet was tossed, folks lined to up to catch a glimpse of it. It’s priced at $5 million—and what truly matters is making a potential buyer swoon.
In addition to the restored mansion in Memphis (which comes with 7 acres), every other home on this week’s list is surrounded by wide-open spaces. The smallest piece of property in the 10 most popular properties is a half-acre mansion in Palm Beach Gardens, which opens up to a lake. Perhaps people are feeling a desire to spread out,, in our current virus-fueled climate?
There’s a 25-acre property surrounded by an actual moat in Illinois, a couple of farmhouses with plenty of space between neighbors, and an Ohio barndominium on nearly 6.5 acres in the country. For high-end home shoppers, there’s the waterfront Connecticut mansion of former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong.
So wash your hands, have a seat, and scroll on down for a full look at this week’s most popular homes…
Why it’s here: Built in 2011, this lavish tropical paradise is move-in ready, and all its furnishings can be negotiated into an offer. Designed to provide premium views of the property’s pool, spa, and lake, it sits on a half-acre in the planned community of Frenchman’s Creek. The more than 7,100-square-foot home is loaded with high-end finishes like marble, with custom built-ins, and a sleek fireplace.
Why it’s here: This 25-acre property is known in the area as the “Moat House,” thanks to the sizable moat surrounding the home. Built in 1966, the six-bedroom brick house provides plenty of room for a large family. There’s also a second full kitchen upstairs, and a second-floor private entrance, making this a smart choice for multigenerational living. Outside, the acreage features two fully stocked ponds, plus plenty of wild animals—including deer and turkeys!
Why it’s here: Lovingly cared for and regularly updated since it was built in 1996, this handsome five-bedroom home has over 5,500 square feet of space. It includes more than 3 acres, which include a pool, patio area, and a steel building currently set up with a full basketball court.
Why it’s here: Fully remodeled last year, this farmhouse, which was built in 1900, now features a new roof, and new wiring, drywall, and ceilings, Inside, the three-bedroom is crammed with stylish and modern finishes. The 2-acre property also comes with a detached garage, barn, two pastures, and high-tensile fences.
Why it’s here: Former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is selling his prestigious property on the water. Custom-built for the exec, the six-bedroom home sits on more than 2 waterfront acres on Thrushwood Lake, with views of Greenwich Cove and Long Island Sound. Clean, white interiors designed by Victoria Hagan make the grand home feel cozy and intimate. The luxe walk-out lower level has a lounge and wine wall, and opens out to an infinity pool with perennial gardens beyond.
Why it’s here: A “barndominium” blooms in Ohio! On nearly 6.5 acres, this structure features more than 2,800 square feet of finished living space. Equipped with two bedrooms, the main level has concrete floors, an oil changing pit, workshop, and plenty of storage space.
Why it’s here: All aboard! This historic property was the first stagecoach stop in western Tennessee. Built in 1840 by Peter J. Swink, the three-bedroom home has been owned by only two families and was renovated in 1994. It covers more than 19 acres, including the option to purchase an additional 6 acres nearby.
Why it’s here: Rescue required! This one-of-a-kind midcentury modern home was built in 1957 and needs a new owner to make it shine again. The good news is that the home already has an offer, but a buyer will need to sink major dough into the place to make it livable again. The five-bedroom, 5,500-square-foot home is filled with charming touches like skylights, transom windows, multiple patios, and a finished walkout basement with a two-lane bowling alley. Once this renovation gets rolling, we know the result will be a strike.
Why it’s here: Inspired by Sutton Place, an Italianate masterpiece in Surrey, England, this Tudor mansion, known as Guildford, was built in 1925. The seven-bedroom residence features antique brickwork, terra-cotta window frames, carved wood paneling, oak floors, limestone walls, and stained-glass windows. We’re in awe of its 13 wood-burning fireplaces. The property, set on more than 18 acres, is fully fenced and located only 25 minutes from downtown Philadelphia.
Why it’s here: The famed Annesdale mansion takes up an entire city block. Built in 1850, it’s one of the oldest and grandest homes in Memphis. The five-bedroom home has most recently been used as a wedding and event venue. The marble entry, spiral staircase, elegant gardens, and mature trees combine to make this place a dreamy romantic oasis in the heart of the city.