In 2009, dispenser of financial advice Dave Ramsey built his dream house: a French chateau on 14 lush acres in Tennessee. The mansion was custom-built for a man who has built an empire on the bedrock principle of avoiding debt at all costs.
Of course, Ramsey acolytes and naysayers alike wanted a glimpse of how the popular radio host really lives. His luxurious $15,450,000 mansion racked up the most clicks on realtor.com® this week. The high-end home has drawn criticism in the past, but Ramsey has outlined the reasons and rationale behind the construction of his ostentatious residence.
The New Jersey mansion of recently ousted Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was also a big draw.
You also clicked on a motley melange of properties, including an inexplicable concrete castle in Wisconsin, a pink Martha’s Vineyard cottage being sold with everything thrown in, and an odd Connecticut home built in the early 1970s as an experiment in energy efficiency.
We won’t ask you to go deep into debt, but we’d love it if you scrolled on down for the full look at this week’s 10 most popular homes.
Why it’s here: This gated waterfront property spans nearly 5 acres on the Gulf Coast and includes a boatlift, carriage house garage, and workshop. The five-bedroom main house dates to 1896, and features original woodwork and showstopping chandeliers.
Why it’s here: Once a plain old barn built in 1840, this custom barndominium sits on 9 wooded acres. Completed in 2006, the large three-bedroom home now features a home theater, office, music room, sewing rooms, and master suite with vaulted ceiling and hot tub. This two-story house is a rustic charmer filled with natural light.
Why it’s here: Folks can’t stop clicking on homes for sale made popular by HGTV’s “Home Town.”
And this 10-acre property offers an intriguing opportunity for a buyer looking to capitalize on the show’s popularity. It includes three residences, which can be used as rental properties. The main house was built in 1907 and has been renovated. All three homes have new roofs, and the main house has new windows.
Why it’s here: After being axed following the 2020 NFL season, former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is selling this custom-built mansion. The Colonial-style spread measures 6,918 square feet, including five bedrooms. Highlights include Italian marble, crystal lighting, golf simulator, wine room, game room, and gym. The property offers an easy commute to Philadelphia and New York City.
Why it’s here: This concrete castle caught our eye the last time it was up for sale, in 2016 for $1.5 million. It’s now offered at half of the initial asking price.
Still an attention grabber, the 8,861-square-foot home is laced with tunnels and secret passageways. It features a master suite with wood fireplace, open and modern interiors, and loads of room to make this home a royal retreat of your very own.
Why it’s here: Unique from every angle, this three-bedroom home was built in 1973 as a state-sponsored project to create energy-efficient homes. Well-kept and renovated, this whimsical retreat includes interior curved walls, new wood floors, an updated kitchen, and new vinyl siding.
Why it’s here: Built in 1939, this classic Georgian has been fully updated throughout its 7,600 square feet of living space. The gated 4-acre property includes a three-level pool, guest cottage, four terraces, and pool house. According to the listing, the grounds are also home to some of the largest azaleas and magnolias in the city.
Why it’s here: This pink house dates to 1870 and is one of the most well-known residences in the Martha’s Vineyard area, according to the listing. In 2017, the petite two-bedroom home underwent an extensive restoration. The cottage is now being sold with everything included—even the art.
Why it’s here: Just outside Louisville, the home known as “the treehouse” was built in 1976. The listing claims it is the highest point in the county. The four-bedroom home is brightly colored throughout and features a top-level meditation room, pool, and two-car garage. Most importantly, there are a multitude of vintage, quirky, far-out living spaces within.
Why it’s here: Dispensing financial advice can be a lucrative business. Just ask Dave Ramsey.
The popular radio personality is now selling his custom-built mansion. The French chateau has 13,545 square feet of living space, including six bedrooms and eight-plus bathrooms. The gated estate features more than 6,000 square feet of covered porches and three garages. Inside, the home has three staircases, an elevator, five fireplaces, as well as smart home technology.