Zillow Gone Wild, the popular Instagram account with 1.8 million followers, is getting its own nine-episode series on HGTV, the company announced on Tuesday.
Slated to premiere in early 2024, the show will feature eight 30-minute episodes and an hour-long season finale. The series will take fans into the action, touring one-of-a-kind homes on the market. Each episode will showcase three “weird, wonderful and wildly quirky homes” and share the backstories of their buyers and sellers, according to the announcement made by HGTV.
“Millions of people are obsessed with scrolling through outrageous and over-the-top properties on social media while dreaming about where they would like to live,” Loren Ruch, head of content at HGTV said in a statement. “Zillow Gone Wild will take the fascination a step further by giving fans a cheeky glimpse inside the most unusual homes on the market, offering those unexpected ‘wow’ moments that will keep viewers coming back for more.”
Ultimately, the series will tell whether each home has sold, to whom and for how much, culminating in the season finale where the wildest home will be revealed. The show will also focus on people who have embraced non-traditional homes and the methods real estate professionals use to market them.
Online listing portal giant Zillow offered support for the show, reported Inman.
“We are huge HGTV fans and are excited for this show,” a Zillow spokesperson told Inman. “We can share more details in the coming months.”
New Yorker Samir Mezrahi launched Zillow Gone Wild in 2021 and quickly earned popularity across multiple platforms. Posts have included a house made out of huts in Virginia, a pristine mid century modern home in Florida, and a Barbiecore-themed house in Hudson, Wisconsin.
For some fans, collecting memorabilia simply isn’t enough.
That’s the case of financier and entrepreneur Mark Bell, a die-hard Star Trek fan willing to spend over $1.5 million to turn fiction into reality — and the home theater of his Boca Raton, FL home into the USS Enterprise.
For those less versed in the world of space travel, the Enterprise is the spaceship featured on Star Trek: The Next Generation, a popular TV series that ran from 1987 to 1994, and a recurring feature in J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the popular classic.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Bell’s collection of Star Trek memorabilia—which he estimates to be valued at $1 million—includes original costumes, starship models used for special effects and the ears worn by Leonard Nimoy’s Spock character.
And while we applaud Mr. Bell’s passion — and taste when it comes to pop culture — it’s worth noting that a spread in the Wall Street Journal, well after the home has undergone the changes (photos show the home looking like this in March 2014) is a clear sign that the owner is simply creating buzz right before he re-lists the home.
Listed at the beginning of 2014, the home failed to sell despite having a stellar agent team — agent Senada Adzem of Douglas Elliman Florida was assisted by the New York-based power broker brothers Oren and Tal Alexander, also of Douglas Elliman.
The asking price may have had something to do with it: the home was listed for $35 million! — at the time making it the most expensive ever to hit the market in Boca Raton.
Just in case we’re right and the home is soon to hit the marker, here’s the brokerbabble before the broker gets to babble it: Bell’s Boca Raton home features eight bedrooms and 16 full and two half baths, as well as a ballroom.
Now, to make things interesting: the ballroom is equipped with 60-plus arcade games, including some that date back to the late 1970s.
And if that doesn’t hit the mark for nerds and gamers everywhere, know that there’s another playroom designed to look like you’re inside “Call of Duty”. Additional selling points: three full bars, a 1,500-bottle wine cellar, a library, gym and full outdoor basketball court.
New York is home to the incredibly adorable Gingerbread House, California flaunts its unique Flinstone’s House, so it was only natural to have Washington join the race for the country’s most unique, straight-out-of-a-cartoon home.
The contender: a charming fairytale cottage in Ocalla that looks like it’s ready to welcome its new Snow White (and however many dwarves she’d like to bring along.)
The storybook home, built in 1982, has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and encompasses approximately 2,800 square feet. Asking price: $925,000.
Among the quirks of this adorable Snow White cottage: there are no square corners in the house, the hand-built doors all boast extensive iron work throughout, and the walls appear to more like a magical cave. You even get a storybook tree house to keep your little dwarves entertained.
If moving to your own fairytale home is what you seek, make sure you check out the full details of the Snow White cottage home and get in touch with Rick Ellis, the listing agent with John L. Scott Real Estate.
But if you happen to be around $1 million short of that dream, here’s your chance to step inside one of the most unique storybook homes out there:
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Nestled on a private 20,000-square-foot lot in Brooklyn’s now trendy Bay Ridge, the insanely adorable Gingerbread House is quite possibly the closest thing to a fairy tale come true.
Built back in 1917 — when it immediately grabbed the title of ‘most magnificent residence in New York City‘ — the 5,746-square-foot home at 8220 Narrows Avenue home beautifully retained its unique charm throughout the decades.
The the real-life gingerbread house, built from uncut stone, stays true to the rolling topography of the land with a pitched roof and gabled windows that look like they’ve been taken straight out of The Shire.
A captivating archway leads to a secret oasis of emerald lawns and flowing fountains as well as the home’s private entrance and three-car garage. Spacious rooms and an open layout reveal glittering stained glass windows, intricate woodcarvings, hand-painted ceilings, and whimsical door knockers.
Despite all this, the real-life Gingerbread House has been repeatedly struggling to find a buyer.
First listed in 2009 for $12 million, the unique home quietly went off market only to return in May 2014 with a fresh asking of $10.5M. Despite failing to find a buyer — and even after giving renting a shot — the Gingerbread House is now surprisingly priced at $10,999,000.
But a home like the one at 8220 Narrows Avenue isn’t looking for just any buyer; there’s probably just a handful of Hansels and Gretels in the world with pockets deep enough — and tastes this particular — that can afford to take the house off of the witch’s hands (sorry, owners; nothing personal).
Now let’s skip to the good part and take a closer look at this enchanting storybook home:
After serving two world wars, taking newly arrived immigrants from Ellis Island to Manhattan, and touring people to see the sights (among other adventures), the 109-year-old MacKenzie-Childs Yankee Ferry is looking to retire as an adorable houseboat.
But retirement might not be all that peaceful and relaxing.
The 4,000-square foot vessel can sleep up to 24 people, comes with tons of space for people to hang out and enjoy views of the city, and is so beautifully decorated that the boat’s new owners would be foolish not to have people over all the time.
Now docked in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the ferry has 5 bedrooms, 1 full bath and one half bath, with separate crew quarters. And it’s on the market for $1.25 million.
But few can compare to the Falcon Nest home in Prescott, Arizona.
And while the property may also be known as The Palsolaral House, we’re going to keep referring to it as the Falcon Nest — a title fit for a villain’s lair, a rather appropriate potential role for this quirky house.
The 10-story home, designed by Phoenix architect Sukumar Pal, is a unique residence that once held the title of “world’s tallest home”, which it lost in favor of the South Mumbai home of business magnate Mukesh Ambani — a true high-rise, counting 27 stories.
And if you want a home that’s truly unique (and don’t mind relocating to the Copper State), know that the Falcon Nest home is headed for auction on May 25. That means you can snag the architectural wonder for considerably less that the $1.5 million price tag, with the bid starting at $750,000.
10 Stories of Unique Living Space
The 6,200-square-feet of living space are neither common, nor forgettable.
Featuring expansive glass ceilings and striking views that stretch for miles, the Falcon Nest’s interiors are equally unique as its exteriors, making it a true architectural rarity.
With three bedrooms and four baths, the Palsolaral House also comes with an impressive 2,000-square-foot solarium, also equipped with two bedrooms, two baths, and a kitchen.
A hydraulic elevator provides access from the garage level to the sixth floor. With minimal energy consumption, a small footprint, and utilizing natural elements to heat and cool the home free from cost, the home exemplifies passive solar technologies and alternative power sources.
If you’re considering joining the auction that takes place on May 25, 2017 on Concierge Auctions’ mobile bidding app, here’s a photo tour of the unique property:
Ever wondered where Santa Claus hangs his fuzzy red hat?
Real estate website Zillow did, and recently added a new property to its listings inventory: Santa’s North Pole home.
And they didn’t stop at just showing us where Santa lives, but took us on a tour of the entire Elf Village, where no two dwellings are alike, but share one great feature: they’re all insanely adorable.
But before we jump to the tiny homes, let’s see what Santa Claus’ home is packing.
Santa’s house — where it’s Christmas all year long
If you were thinking that Santa lives in a Willy Wonka-type of factory (guilty!), you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the modest and cozy home Zillow had in mind for Santa — placed separately from state-of-the-art toy-making facility, to give Mr and Mrs Claus a little privacy.
Said to have been built in the 1800s, Santa Claus’ home is a cute 3-bed, 2-bath house steeped in Old World charm.
It features a gourmet kitchen fit for a world-class baker, with Mrs. Claus’ oven boasting 12 separate cookie settings.
Cookies are served directly from oven to table in the adjoining dining room, along with cocoa on tap. Another distinctive amenity would be the floor-to-ceiling river rock fireplace — specially set up for roasting chestnuts in the living room.
Boughs of holly deck the hall leading to Santa’s bedroom and two charming guest rooms, neighbored by Santa Claus’ quiet study where an impressive writing desk is flanked by the same sewing table he used to make the original Teddy bear.
The Elf Village — where no two tiny homes are alike
But Zillow set out to answer the follow-up question to “where does Santa live?” as well.
For years we’ve been thinking of all the cute little elves helping Santa out year after year, working tirelessly so that we all get our Christmas presents, and running around the toy factory making sure no order goes unfulfilled.
But where do the elves live?
Well, apparently they live in the most charming tiny homes, spread throughout the Elf Village — the ‘official’ name Zillow gave to the 25-acre Alaska property that others have referred to over the years as Santa’s Village.
While we don’t know exactly how many tiny elf houses are in the village, we do know that no two are alike, like snowflakes. To add to the charm, the Elf Village also features a garage with space for an all-weather sleigh and stables that board eight live-in reindeer — with a bonus stall for red-nosed company.
A beautiful unit just came to market at 500 Waverly, on the corner of Waverly Avenue and Fulton Street — where the neighborhoods of Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights all meet.
But if you think location is all this apartment has going for it, you’d be sorely mistaken.
The sun-filled corner unit has both space and views to boast, thanks to its clever layout that maximizes every inch of the apartment, despite its rather modest 690 sq. ft.
The living room has a highly coveted North and West corner exposure with great views of the colorful facades of the original 1930s buildings across Fulton Street and the courtyards of the neighboring buildings of Clinton Street. The living room is large, and spacious enough to have a separate dining table and chairs.
And if you’re a sneakers buff, then here’s a special treat for you: the 500 Waverly apartment has the most insane sneakers collection!!
Based on the listing photos, we can assume that the current owner sure has a knack for his Nikes and Jordans, and doesn’t want to have them sleeping in a separate room all by themselves, fitting the bedroom with a wall-to-wall display to showcase them.
It doesn’t hurt either that the Drake-worthy shoe collection stands right next to the oversized windows (and 9′ ceilings) that shower it with light, letting us properly appreciate the impressive sneakers collection in all its glory.
While the badass shoe display totally caught my eye, another nifty feature this apartment come with — and a little more practical than the shiny shoe collection — is a 25-year 421A tax abatement that will be keeping monthlies low for future owners.
The unit is part of 500 Waverly, a boutique condo building designed by GKV Architects.
Recently completed in 2017, the stylish 500 Waverly only comes with 48 residences, but has quite the list of amenities, including an entertaining lounge, a second-floor terrace with grills, a landscaped rooftop terrace with jaw-dropping views of the neighboring tree-lined blocks and the Manhattan skyline, a fitness center, bike storage, and fully-automated on-site parking (though that’s not included with the purchase, according to the listing).
To inquire about the property, reach out to agent Frank Suriano with Compass, who holds the listing.
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One time during the early 1970s, Stephen King opened an atlas at random on his kitchen table and decided that he and his wife would travel to whatever location it opens to.
The atlas happened to open to a page about Boulder, Colorado, and that’s how the story of The Shining began. Or so the legend goes.
King and his wife Tabitha checked into The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, on October 30th, 1974.
Having recently written Carrie and Salem’s Lot, two novels set in the writer’s home state of Maine, King needed a change of scenery to get his inspiration going.
And boy, did he get it going at The Stanley Hotel. The hotel’s on-site pet cemetery served as inspiration for another successful King novel. I don’t think we need to tell you the name of that one; you get the gist.
The couple arrived at the Stanley right at the close of the tourist season, as all the other guests were checking out.
The writer and his wife were the only guests at the hotel that night, as they checked into room 217, which was allegedly haunted.
That obviously didn’t deter King, but the eeriness of the massive hotel on the edge of the Rocky Mountains ultimately did.
The pair had dinner in the hotel’s grand hall, all by themselves, after which King took an evening tour of the grounds and ended up at the hotel bar, where he was served by a bartender named Grady.
That night, King had a nightmare that his young son was being chased by a firehose around the hotel corridors, and woke up in a sweat.
The experience at The Stanley Hotel reportedly sparked the inspiration for The Shining, which King first envisioned while staying there as a guest.
The Shining couldn’t have come at a better time for the Stanley, which had lost its appeal to tourists and was beginning to fall into neglect. It didn’t exactly help that it always closed during the winter, as the heavy snow would make getting there nearly impossible.
The success of The Shining sparked new interest in the hotel, and guests soon started flocking to Estes Park, all trying to check into room 217. Even now, that room is booked solid, and it’s basically impossible to find it available on Halloween.
Before we go further into the history of the Stanley, let’s clear up something that many of you might be wondering. You’ve surely noticed that the Overlook hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson, looks nothing like the Colorado hotel.
That’s because the production crew chose a more accessible and convenient location to film the exterior shots for the movie. Kubrick’s Overlook is actually the Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood in Oregon.
Stephen King wasn’t exactly thrilled by Kubrick’s portrayal of Jack Torrance and his eponymous novel, to put it nicely.
Consequently, in 1997, a King-approved take on the story was released, in the form of a three-part miniseries dubbed Stephen King’s The Shining.
The miniseries used the Stanley Hotel for all exterior shots, and even some interior scenes, honoring the place where The Shining first took shape.
The history of the Stanley Hotel, otherwise known as the Overlook
The picturesque, Colonial Revival hotel in Estes Park, just 5 miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, is widely known around the world today, thanks to the horror novel that it inspired.
But not that many people knew about it before The Shining. That might have had something to do with its secluded location and the fact that it stays closed during the winter months.
However, back in the early 1900s, the Stanley was buzzing with activity. Let’s go back to the beginning.
In 1903, Freelan Oscar Stanley, owner of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, which made the fastest-then vehicle on earth — the Stanley Steamer — was struck down with tuberculosis.
Doctors didn’t have much hope that he would survive the disease, but advised him that the cool air of the Rocky Mountains might help alleviate his symptoms.
They, however, didn’t really think it would help much, and were convinced the next time they would see Stanley was at his funeral.
Imagine their surprise when they learned that Stanley was recovering nicely after spending time in the mountains. The businessman became enamored with the mountain views and the clean air, so much so that he would return to Estes Park every summer from then on.
He ended up building himself a home in the Rockies, and began construction on The Stanley Hotel in 1907.
The Stanley was built according to F.O. Stanley’s specifications, with the help of Denver-based architect Theilman Robert Weiger.
The 142-key hotel opened on July 4th, 1909, and quickly became a hotspot for upper-class guests and a health retreat for those suffering from tuberculosis.
The hotel, located at 333 Wonderview Avenue, with its breathtaking views of Lake Estes and the Rockies (particularly Long’s Peak) is now a national landmark.
The Stanley Hotel Historic District incorporates 11 structures, including: the main hotel, a concert hall, a carriage house, a manager’s cottage, a gate house, as well as The Lodge — a smaller bed-and-breakfast originally named Stanley Manor.
Today, the Stanley offers both historic rooms at the main hotel, apartment-style residences for extended stays called Aspire, and one- to three-bedroom condominiums dubbed Residences.
It also incorporates more than 14,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space, and a number of indoor and outdoor wedding venues.
A unique feature of the Stanley is that it doesn’t have — or need — air conditioning; the hotel is naturally cooled by the mountain breeze, and it has been built to make the best of that breeze in order to ventilate the property.
The hotel also offers something for those seeking a ‘paranormal thrill.’
It features a variety of rooms with allegedly high paranormal activity, including room 217 (now called the Stephen King Suite), and rooms 401, 407 and 428, which are said to be haunted by ghosts.
There are a lot of horror fans out there, so obviously these rooms are highly requested and almost never available.
Another fun fact is that The Stanley Hotel served as a filming location for a movie on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, the 1994 comedy Dumb and Dumber, starring Jim Carrey, which was filmed on location.
The Stanley re-imagined by Stephen King
‘Some of the most beautiful resort hotels in the world are located in Colorado, but the hotel in these pages is based on none of them. The Overlook and the people associated with it exist wholly in the author’s imagination.’ –The Shining by Stephen King
While it might be true that the Overlook hotel is a feat of imagination, the similarities between the fictional hotel and the Stanley are pretty obvious.
Here’s what hotel manager Stuart Ullman tells Jack Torrance about the history of the Overlook in the first pages of the novel:
‘The Overlook was built in the years 1907 to 1909. The closest town is Sidewinder, forty miles easy of here over roads that are closed from sometime in late October or November until sometime in April. A man named Robert Townley Watson built it, the grandfather of our present maintenance man. Vanderbilts have stayed here, and Rockefellers, and Astors, and Du Ponts. Four Presidents have stayed in the Presidential Suite. Wilson, Harding, Roosevelt, and Nixon.’ To this description, Jack replies: ‘I wouldn’t be too proud of Harding and Nixon.’
In King’s novel, the Overlook hotel is inhabited by dark forces lying in wait every winter for human minds to invade and control.
Both Jack Torrance and his predecessor, Grady, become victims of these dark forces, which Ullman describes as ‘cabin fever.’
The isolation and silent enormity of the hotel take a toll on Jack’s already fragile mind, and the dark forces of the Overlook turn him against his own family.
In the novel, Jack’s clouded, drunken trance-like state makes him forget all about the hotel’s boiler, which ends up exploding and burning it to the ground.
Jack’s wife Wendy, his son Danny and Dick Halloran are the only survivors, and the hotel is soon being reconstructed.
In Kubrick’s interpretation, the plot is a bit different. Jack chases his son with an axe through the hotel’s on-site maze, but eventually becomes lost and trapped as Danny escapes with his mother. Jack Torrence ends up freezing to death inside the hedge maze.
The immense popularity and success of Kubrick’s adaptation led managers at the Stanley Hotel to build their very own hedge maze on the grounds, thus creating yet another attraction for fans of the novel and the movie.
Whether you’re a die-hard Stephen King fan, a Stanley Kubrick fan, a horror aficionado, or just enamoured with the Rocky Mountains, you’ll feel right at home at the Stanley Hotel.
The unrivalled view alone is enough to make you want to return every year, just as Oscar Stanley did.
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If we had to use one word to describe this home, it would be comfort. This exquisite single-family home at 1195 West Brookhaven Drive Northeast is the epitome of comfort and luxury, boasting neutral colors and plush fabrics throughout.
Set on a large private lot in historic Brookhaven, the 5,627-square-foot home features 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a plethora of fabulous amenities. It was built in 1935 and incorporates expansive living, lounging, dining and office spaces, as well as plenty of outdoor space.
Outside the home, you’ll find a swimming pool and a cabana-style pool lounge attached to an upstairs private apartment that has its own secret garden.
Inside, comfort and relaxation await. The neutral, super-stylish decor creates a wonderfully relaxing and luxurious ambiance that is even more enhanced during autumn and winter.
The library does not disappoint, either; it is magnificently cozy, decorated with soft carpets, comfy armchairs, fluffy pillows, warm-light lamps, and a working fireplace.
We can just picture ourselves basically submerged underneath ten layers of fluffy blankets, surrounded by books, candles, delicious snacks and hot beverages. If that’s not luxury living, we don’t know what is, really.
If the library of this Brookhaven house has sealed itself into your reading-addicted mind, feel free to reach out to Jere Metcalf Partners and make sure you have $1.5 million on hand. This is one big purchase that you definitely won’t regret.
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