Homes Where You’ll Feel Like A Kid Again

There’s nothing like a backyard treehouse to complete a family home. Whether it’s a deck built high in the trees to stay away from pirates or a miniature estate for playing house, kids dream of having a space to call their own and spark their imagination. Here’s a look at homes for sale embracing the great outdoors and what it means to be a kid.

Wimberley, TX

15 Spring Valley Dr, Wimberley, TX
For sale: $392,000

Wimberley, TX
Sometimes kids want the real thing — or as close as they can get. This Wimberley, TX playhouse is made to look like a general store complete with a sign and rocking chair on the front porch. The main residence is also suited for a family with 3 bedrooms and a large eat-in kitchen.

Bainbridge Island, WA

16698 Agate Pass Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA
For sale: $465,000

Bainbridge Island, WA
Living in the Pacific Northwest often means you have a forest retreat waiting in your backyard. This Bainbridge Island, WA home is prepped for enjoying the outdoors with a hammock area, fire pit and fire engine-red playhouse.

Mendham, NJ

5 Mansfield Ct, Mendham, NJ
For sale: $775,000

Mendham, NJ
This Mendham, NJ playhouse has some definite curb appeal all on its own. A shingled roof, front porch and white trim are complemented by a manicured lawn and Adirondack chairs — not a far cry fromhomes in The Hamptons.

Henderson, NV

2821 Maryland Hills Dr, Henderson, NV
For sale: $995,000

Henderson, NV
Palm trees and sand — what more could a kid want? Try a swingset complete with a climbing wall, slide, fire pole and more. The property also has a pool and water slide for escaping the hot afternoon sun.

Princeton, NJ

46 Heather Ln, Princeton, NJ
For sale: $2.895 million

Princeton, NJ
A classic treehouse never gets old. Professional arborist and treehouse craftsman Jonathan Fairoaks took advantage of mature trees on this Princeton, NJ property to build a two-story structure and deck only accessible by two flights of stairs.

Sausalito, CA

106 Cloud View Rd, Sausalito, CA
For sale: $2.995 million

Sausalito, CA
This Sausalito, CA home has several selling points. Listing agents Susan Hewitt and C.J. Nakagawalove that sliding doors open directly to an oversized backyard with a deck, fire pit, hot tub, playhouse and climbing walls.

Miami, FL

7245 SW 104th St, Miami, FL
For sale: $4.4 million

Pinecrest, FL
Seemingly out of a cartoon, this green-and-purple treehouse is a fun addition to this Miami Mediterranean. The backyard also features a resort-style pool with a cascading waterfall.

Source: http://www.zillow.com/blog/homes-for-sale-with-treehouses-151364/

10 Most Expensive Homes for Sale

If good things come in threes, then we’re due for another multimillion-dollar home sale. The Copper Beech estate in Greenwich, CT just sold for $120 million, stealing the title for most expensive single-family home sale in the U.S., according to Curbed. The famous Fleur de Lys mansion in Los Angeles also recently made headlines when it sold for $102 million cash before hitting the rentals market for $400,000 a month.

Several top contenders currently on the market could continue the trend. While a few of the most expensive homes are luxurious in their own right, most have earned their eight- or nine-figure price tags because of their location and acres upon acres of land. See for yourself with the 10 priciest pads for sale.

$150 million

Owlwood estate, Holmby Hills, CA

Owlwood_Aerial-F2 - Source The AgencySource: The Agency

This listing, held by The Agency’s Mauricio Umansky, is password protected and advertised as “off-market.” But The Agency has confirmed the owners of the Owlwood estate are still seeking a buyer for a whopping $150 million. The coveted property spans three parcels and includes the street, South Carolwood Drive. It’s reportedly more than twice the size of any other residential property in Holmby Hills.

$135 million

1011 North Beverly Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

Beverly House - Source Hilton & HylandSource: Hilton & Hyland

Located above the Beverly Hills Hotel in the heart of 90210, the Beverly House has a storied past. Once owned by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies, the grand residence served as a honeymoon retreat for the Kennedys in the ’50s. Now it’s owned by attorney and investor Leonard M. Ross, who filed for bankruptcy, according to a L.A. Times report. In 2007, it hit the market for $165 million, and in 2010 the price dropped to $95 million. Then in February 2013, Ross tried to rent the estate out for $600,000 a month.

$114 million

12 E 69th St, New York, NY

12 E 69th St, New York, NY
This slice of pricey Manhattan real estate was fashioned after the Palace of Versailles. Vincent Viola, a Wall Street investor and owner of the NHL’s Florida Panthers, owns the place with and his wife, Teresa, who heads Maida Vale Designs. After purchasing the property in 2005 for $20 million and completely renovating the 16,000-square-foot interior, the couple listed the home in December 2013. The buyer can expect a monthly mortgage payment around $444,000, assuming 20 percent down on a 30-year-fixed mortgage.

$110 million

Pumpkin Key, Key Largo, FL

Pumpkin Key - Source Russell Post Sotheby's International RealtySource: Russell Post Sotheby’s International Realty

Like the Owlwood estate, Pumpkin Key is known more for its land — a private island totaling 26 acres in the tropics of Card Sound Bay — than what’s built on it. But the 3-bedroom main house and 2 caretakers cottages are still impressive. The island is remote but only a 10-minute helicopter ride to Miami’s South Beach. In the center of the island, tennis courts serve as a helipad. A 20-slip marina can also reportedly accommodate a mega-yacht.

$108 million

Homer’s Pond on Martha’s Vineyard

Pool Final 1 Panorama(1)Source: SouthLightProperty.com

Another pocket listing, Homer’s Pond on Martha’s Vineyard is advertised as “a vast hidden ‘kingdom’ on a legendary American island with breathtaking views.” The oceanfront property consists of three parcels, each with multiple lots, that can be purchased separately. The entire 314-acre property, which includes a 4-bedroom home, 1-bedroom beach house, 1,200 feet of shoreline and a 35-acre freshwater pond, is available for $108 million.

$100 million

Estate and Lands of de Guigné, Hillsborough, CA

Estate and Lands of DeGuigneSource: Sotheby’s International Realty

South of the Golden Gate Bridge, large parcels of land are hard to come by — and apparently hard to let go of. This historic mansion, located on approximately 47 acres, has been owned by the de Guigné family for 150 years. According to Yahoo Homes, the buyer can move in only after Christian de Guigné IV dies. Decorated by designer Anthony Hail, the 16,000-square-foot interior is ornate, evoking the sophistication and grandeur of a bygone era. The park-like grounds, which include a pavilion and poolside courtyard, afford sweeping views of San Francisco and the East Bay.

$100 million

150 W 56th St, New York, NY

150 W 56th St, New York, NY
The CitySpire penthouse is the highest terraced residence in the U.S., according to the listing description. The home spans three floors and includes 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a private elevator, wine cellar, maid’s quarters and 3,000 square feet of outdoor living space. It first hit the market in November 2013, and the asking price has held steady at $100 million.

$98 million

(undisclosed address), Southampton, NY

Southampton, NY
According to the listing description, this Southampton estate has a pedigreed past with owners including the Woolworth family and Edmund C. Lynch, founding partner of Merrill Lynch. The Tudor-style house sits on 5.25 acres, but the property comes with four buildable lots totaling nearly 15 acres. The interior has vaulted ceilings, limestone floors and custom bronze doors, while the exterior boasts a sparkling pool, formal gardens, a romantic greenhouse and tennis court.

$98 million

(undisclosed address), New York, NY

(undisclosed address), New York, NY
Hedge fund manager Steven Cohen owns this Bloomberg Tower duplex. He first listed the place for $115 million a year ago, the same time he reportedly splurged on a $60 million Hamptons estate. The 9,000-square-foot space is sleek and modern with 4 bedrooms and 5.5 baths. According to the listing description, architect Charles Gwathmey wanted it to be “the most sophisticated, stunning and elegant apartment in New York City.”

$95 million

781 5th Ave FL 18, New York, NY

781 5th Ave FL 18, New York, NY
Rounding out the top 10 is a 15-room residence in New York’s pre-war Sherry-Netherland building. Formerly a boutique hotel, the Midtown skyscraper was converted into luxury condos in the 1950s. With a long terrace looking directly over Central Park, the location is hard to beat. The listing says “life at the Sherry has been an expression of privilege since 1927. Night and day, this is the one.”

Source: http://www.zillow.com/blog/most-expensive-homes-spring-2014-149204/

Waterfront Homes Under $250,000

Owning a waterfront home costs millions, right? Or at least hundreds of thousands of dollars to have a property just steps away from a body of water. Not so. We set out to find waterfront homes for under $250,000 and guess what? They exist! With Memorial Day — the official kickoff of summer — fast approaching, we found a handful of homes that might whet your appetite for summer livin’ on the waterfront. Here’s a look at some waterfront homes for sale starting at just $155,000.

Tulalip, WA

3106 Mission Beach Ln, Tulalip, WA
For sale: $155,000

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Tulalip might be known for its casino and outlet mall, but it’s also home to some affordable Puget Sound properties. This 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath home has 30 feet of frontage on the Sound. It was rebuilt in 2001 with floor-to-ceiling windows, a private balcony and waterfront deck. According to the listing description, it was even designed to later be converted into a houseboat.

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Lakeside, OR

1610 N Ten Mile Lk, Lakeside, OR
For sale: $224,900

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Calling all treehouse fans! Nestled high in the trees, this Lakeside, OR home affords panoramic sunset views. The property also comes with a double boat house, large grassy area and storage that could be used for additional sleeping quarters.

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Hudson, FL

13908 Duley Ave, Hudson, FL
For sale: $225,000

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Described in the listing as “affordable waterfront paradise with Gulf access in minutes,” this Florida home has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a private dock on Hudson canals. The owner spent nearly $60,000 in recent upgrades to the kitchen, landscaping, bathrooms and more.

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Hattiesburg, MS

45 Stones Throw Dr, Hattiesburg, MS
For sale: $229,000

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With a back deck overlooking Lairds Lake, a wine/beverage cooler and jetted tub, this home is primed for relaxation. The interior spans 2,145 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.

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Constantia, NY

16 Liniment St, Constantia, NY
For sale: $235,000

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For $235,000, 290 feet of Oneida lakefront can be yours. The property spans almost three-quarters of an acre with a wrap-around porch and lush lawn. Built in 1900, the interior boasts hardwood floors, built-ins and a master suite overlooking the lake.

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Source: http://www.zillow.com/blog/waterfront-homes-under-250000-148506/