In 2020, many of us are going all-in on holiday decorations as a way to keep spirits bright at the tail end of a dark and dreary year. And we remain firmly on the side of anyone who wants to make their living space a unique reflection of who they are.
And this week's most popular home on realtor.com® ticks both of those boxes in a big way.
The stately New Jersey home on the market for $2.2 million features a must-see collection of Christmas decor. The two-story foyer serves as the holiday showstopper: It's filled from floor to ceiling with stockings, statues, tinsel, trees, garlands, and wreaths—all guarded (of course) by a pair of life-size wooden nutcrackers.
The whole house is out of this world and, yes, the decor remains in place year-round.
You also clicked on a stylish "barndominium" in Texas, a sleek glass house in a forest in Illinois, and a brand-new home in Laurel, MS—the filming location of HGTV's popular "Home Town." It's another sign the show is responsible for sparking a real estate revolution in an unlikely locale.
For a full look at this week's 10 most popular homes, simply scroll on down.
Why it's here: Built in 1908 and completely redesigned inside, this three-bedroom Colonial has trendy touches throughout. It features a new driveway, new flooring throughout the home, and a new master suite with fireplace. Outside, there are two new decks, one in front and the other out back with a fireplace. The exterior siding is painted a crisp robin's-egg blue.
Why it's here: Newly built in the town made famous by HGTV's "Home Town," this four-bedroom home was designed to appeal to the Pinterest-perfect crowd. It has the requisite amenities and custom finishes today's buyers want, all wrapped in a stylish modern farmhouse package.
This brand-new subdivision boasts a lake, new roads, and new street lights.
Why it's here: Punctuated by one of the most severe carports we've ever seen, this five-bedroom home was built in 2004. It features a home theater, finished basement, pool, fountains, wine cellar, home office, and fitness room. While the carport was left intact, all the bathrooms have been remodeled.
Why it's here: Elegant and refined, this five-bedroom home was purchased last year by "Teen Mom 2" star Kailyn Lowry.
But after she featured the home and its renovations on social media, Lowry said the address had drawn too much attention from fans, hence the listing.
Built on a 2-acre lot in 2004 and recently updated, the home includes a pool with hot tub. It features wall-to-wall hardwood flooring, built-ins, a master suite with fireplace, and a finished basement.
Why it's here: Described by Florida Magazine as "one of the most unforgettable homes in Florida," this waterfront home is said to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Built in 2008 and featuring 271 feet of water frontage and views of Tampa Bay and downtown St. Petersburg, the four-bedroom luxury residence is finished in rich woods and stone and boasts 10-foot-tall wooden doors for a dramatic entrance.
Why it's here: Designed to suit a very specific taste, this three-bedroom home was built in 1966. The listing photos indicate not much has changed in the home over the decades. Groovy design features include a sunken grotto conversation room, floral wallpaper, scattered statuary, a garden room, and indoor pool.
Why it's here: This modernist concept house was built in 1974 and recently renovated. The four-bedroom residence appears to float among the trees. In July we noted its list price of $850,000. A recent price cut spurred this current wave of interest.
The all-glass structure features white oak flooring, wood ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling views in every direction. There's also a finished basement with rec room and wet bar, storage, and a workshop.
Why it's here: This local landmark was built in 1927 Dr. Stanley Clark. The sellers purchased this French Country–inspired estate in 1974. The four-bedroom home has since been updated, but still features vintage details throughout. Highlights include four gas fireplaces and a basement with yoga room, billiard room, and wine cellar. Outside there's a pool, gazebo, and terraced patio.
Why it's here: This boffo blue-and-white "barndominium" was built in 2019 and features 4,763 square feet of living space. For a bit of whimsy, there's an indoor slide! The home sits on 50 acres with a 23-foot-deep stock tank and high game fence.
Why it's here: Maximalism meets mistletoe in this large four-bedroom home in New Jersey. It's filled with Christmas decorations, and the listing photos make for must-see viewing—even if you're not a Hallmark Channel addict.
For a sense of the scale, there are nearly 40 life-size Santas scattered throughout the residence.
Each bedroom has a holiday theme, and the kitchen also cooks up some serious Christmas vibes. You'll see trees (plural), life-size nutcrackers, dozens of wreaths, bows, and bric-a-brac that must have taken a lifetime to collect. It's very merry—and a little bit scary?