An elegant piece of Omaha history is this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®. After a complete exterior face-lift, the national landmark known as the Edgar Zabriskie Home landed on the market and racked up tons of clicks.
Built in 1889 by a Civil War veteran, Edgar Zabriskie, the blue Queen Anne beauty offers oodles of timeless charm. At 131 years old, the historic home was one of the first built in the city’s Bemis Park neighborhood. Its gingerbread-style good looks impressed folks from coast to coast, who couldn’t help but click on this stellar example of Victorian style.
Besides this ultra-nice house in Nebraska, you also clicked on a family compound in Louisiana with two separate homes and a 14-car garage, a rugged cabin in the remote Alaskan shipping village of Port Protection, and an empty (and spooky!) Gothic building in Indiana.
Of course, you couldn’t resist another look at the grooviest, greenest 1970s throwback condo, which is now pending sale.
While we attempt to finagle an invite to the housewarming party at the green time capsule, we invite you to scroll through the entire list of this week’s 10 most popular homes…
Why it’s here: Party at this place! This family compound is built for a big crowd, with a 14-car garage, two separate residences, and nearly 14,000 square feet of living space. Sitting on 4.5 acres, the main house features six bedrooms, while the additional home on the property offers an additional three bedrooms.
Why it’s here: Some folks are fascinated by the idea of living in Port Protection. The National Geographic reality TV show about a few hardy souls who live in the area recently returned to the air, and spurred a wave of searches on the remote town. This place is tucked on over an acre, far, far away from the rest of the world in this remote fishing village, which is accessible only by boat or plane. The rustic cabin needs a lot of work, and since living in Port Protection means essentially living off the grid, extensive DIY and remote living skills are essential.
Port Protection, AK
Why it’s here: This luxury 5.5-acre estate outside Waco is being sold by former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule. He’s now headed to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and no longer needs a Texas residence. The 8,100-square-foot house has a ton of upgrades, and the recent poolhouse and gym addition was undertaken by local home design royalty Chip and Joanna Gaines.
Why it’s here: Fully remodeled and priced to move, this three-bedroom home from 1960 isn’t expected to last long, according to the listing details. It boasts modern interiors, and a new kitchen, windows, and bathrooms. The location is close to freeways, shopping, and dining, so it’s sure to check plenty of boxes for house hunters in the hot SoCal housing market.
Why it’s here: Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Prairie style, and custom-built in 2006, this massive 15,000-square-foot home is filled with light. Walls of windows bring views of the backyard creek inside, to be enjoyed all year long. Custom highlights include 20-foot-high ceilings and oversized rooms for large-scale entertaining.
Orland Park, IL
Why it’s here: Uninhabited since 2010, this Gothic building built in 1931 needs a full renovation and could be reimagined into lodging, apartments, or converted for commercial use. Sitting on more than 6 acres close to town and behind a golf course, the property is being sold as is and includes the main building and a pole barn.
Why it’s here: A sale is now pending on this retro green time-capsule condo, which was professionally decorated when it was built in 1974, and has largely sat empty ever since. It’s unclear whether the new owners intend to keep the funky fresh interiors inside the three-bedroom residence or to give it a modern makeover, but we sincerely hope they consider keeping everything intact.
Why it’s here: Custom-built in 2016, this luxurious, four-bedroom country retreat offers more than 3,200 square feet and sits on 5 acres. Loaded with upgrades like cathedral ceilings, plantation shutters, heart of pine floors, and custom-tiled bathrooms, the home epitomizes refined farmhouse living, with every modern convenience.
Why it’s here: We love a storybook residence! Striking fairy-tale architecture is the hallmark of this roomy five-bedroom home. It was built in 1925 and sits on more than an acre. Highlights include a sunken living room, large, private deck, stone foyer, fireplaces, and arched doorways.
Why it’s here: This classic from 1889 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is well-known throughout Omaha. The Edgar Zabriskie home still has its original gas-light fixtures and a bell system intended for the servants that still works. Inside, you’ll also see exquisite woodwork, including pocket doors, mantles, intricately carved railings, and banisters.
It’s filled with beautifully carved wood features throughout its spacious eight bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 4,300 square feet. Exterior paint, cedar siding, and a recently upgraded new roof have given this old lady a graceful, colorful makeover.
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