Once upon a time, Joan Rivers had a quixotic dream. The trailblazing comedian wanted to build a Beverly Hills-inspired celebrity enclave in Bucks County, PA—and make a fortune in the process.
A remnant of Rivers’ vision wound up as this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®. A report in March in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the one-of-a-kind home and the odd confluence of Pennsylvania and Hollywood yielded a wave of clicks.
Folks were eager to check out the residence built for Rivers and her husband, Edgar Rosenberg. Rosenberg died in 1987 at age 61, and Rivers died in 2014 at age 81. Though Rivers never moved in and her planned community never materialized, the curious saga spurred interest in the home, which is now on the market for the first time since 1989.
The other most popular homes this week included an immaculate mansion in Tennessee being sold by former University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones, the “Ivy House” from Season 5 of “Fixer Upper,” and a double A-frame, also in Tennessee, known as Twin Peaks.
This week’s list of the 10 most popular homes from around the country has a little something for everyone. Take a look!
10. 15835 Feeny Ct, Charlotte, NC
Why it’s here: Live everyday as if it’s a vacation! This waterfront home has a pool, hot tub, floating deck, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, and just about everything a person would possibly need to unwind.
Built in 2006, the four-bedroom home has plenty of room for entertaining indoors as well. Upgrades include wood ceilings, a wet bar, and separate living quarters with an additional kitchen and bath.
9. 7368 Hart St, Mentor, OH
Why it’s here: This charming four-bedroom Colonial was built in 1880 and is a short drive from Lake Erie. It’s on a large corner lot, and highlights include a lovely wraparound porch, detached garage, and hot tub.
8. 42 Barnfield Ln, Gorham, ME
Why it’s here: This custom-built Colonial Revival is on the market for the first time since it was built in 2013.
The 2.5-acre lot includes the 6,000-square-foot main house, a two-car garage, and a “car barn,” which can house five cars or any number of outdoor toys.
Lush landscaping surrounds a pool and large patio.
7. 1821 Old Bay Springs Rd, Laurel, MS
Why it’s here: Although it wasn’t touched by Ben and Erin Napier, this cute cottage with a yellow door is in the heart of “Home Town” country.
Built in 1961, the three-bedroom home underwent a recent top-to-bottom makeover, including a new yard and new roof. If you’d like to follow the crowds to Laurel, this is a turnkey opportunity.
6. 1642 S. Mountain View Rd, Sevierville, TN
Why it’s here: Lovingly called “Twin Peaks,” this distinctive residence is actually two attached cabins. Each has its own great room and kitchen, bathroom, and loft.
It’s an ideal property for use as a rental or in-law unit. Each cabin also has decks in front and back, with gorgeous mountain views.
5. 6271 Batman Rd, Zionsville, PA
Why it’s here: This place will make your dollar stretch—it’s an actual mansion for only $49 per square foot.
The original stone farmhouse dates to the 1850s, but an addition in 2004 boosted the home to a jaw-dropping 12,000 square feet.
Out back, you’ll find a custom, carved-wood entertainment venue. The entire property measures 6 acres.
If you don’t want this much space for yourself, the listing suggests that the home could be turned into a spa, healing center, or wedding venue.
4. 1945 Oakleigh Way, Knoxville, TN
Why it’s here: No more Vols. Former University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones is selling this huge, six-bedroom mansion situated on 4 wooded acres in a gated community.
Highlights include a circular front drive, screened porch, and lush backyard.
3. 334 Ridge Ave, Newtown, PA
Why it’s here: Designed for entertainment, this home boasts an indoor gym and home theater, spa room, and music room.
Built in 1990, the five-bedroom home measures 8,000 square feet.
Outside, the grounds include a putting green, fieldstone patio, fire pit, and beautiful views.
2. 401 Elmwood Rd, Woodway, TX
Why it’s here: The Gaines effect strikes again! This 1960s-era ranch appeared on Season 5 of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” and was transformed into the “Ivy House,” a chic rustic coastal retreat in the middle of Texas.
Joanna Gaines‘ signature touches run throughout the four-bedroom home, from the sliding barn door in the dining room to the shiplap in the office.
Other features include the double-sided stucco fireplace, archways, and custom pergola outside.
1. 29 Beverly Hills Rd, Warminster, PA
Why it’s here: 90210 meets Bucks County? Custom-built for Joan Rivers, this palatial estate on Beverly Hills Road was intended to be a centerpiece of a master planned luxury development dubbed “Two Ponds.”
The 10-acre property boasts a main house with seven bedrooms, seven-plus bathrooms, and 12,500 square feet of living space.
It was built in 1989 by a developer, Thomas Pileggi, who was Rivers’ partner in the planned development. Rivers never moved in, and Two Ponds never came to be, after an intense, prolonged zoning battle with the local community.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the estate was eventually purchased by a non A-lister. It’s now back on the market for the first time since it was finished.
The only remnant of the original Two Ponds vision is the home’s aspirational address.
For a buyer in search of home with a backstory, this huge house deserves top billing.
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