Editor’s note: This article compiled with data and photos provided by Zillow.
A mix of celebrity and private luxury single-family (if you can call the White House single-family) residences made up the top 10 most-viewed homes on Zillow in 2011. Half of the top 10 are found in a cluster around New York City, and the other five range from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles.
Topping the list, at a Zillow-estimated $467,400 listing price, the lowest-priced home in the top 10 list is the notorious "Jersey Shore" house, where MTV filmed the first season of the reality TV phenomenon. People must have been curious where "Snooki" and "The Situation" (nicknames for a couple of the show’s stars) first entered public life.
The White House is No. 8 on the list, but is by far the most expensive, with a Zillow-estimated $261.76 million value. The Woolworth’s retail magnate Frank Woolworth built a French Gothic-styled Upper East Side townhouse, ranking No. 3 on the list, for his daughter Helena, which is going for a mind-boggling $90 million.
An art gallery resides in a beautifully landscaped, sleek and ultramodern Santa Barbara, Calif., home, No. 4 on the list, priced at just under $20 million. No. 6 is the gaudy and notorious Champ d’Or Estate in Hickory Creek, Texas, which was modeled on a chateau just outside Paris (in France — not Paris, Texas).
Apparently, it’s been on the market since 2003 and can’t sell, which could be because of its $58 million list price, or its overgilded aura — or both.
Rap mogul Fifty Cent’s sprawling 50,000-square-foot Connecticut mansion and its 21 bedrooms makes the list at No. 5, and is priced just under $10 million — which, on this list, may seem like a comparative bargain.
Location: Seaside Heights, N.J.
|Listing Price (Zillow Estimate)||$467,400|
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
|Listing Price||$49.5 million|
Location: New York City, N.Y.
|Listing Price||$90 million|
Location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
|Listing Price||$20 million|
Location: Farmington, Conn.
|Listing Price||$10 million|
Location: Water Mill, N.Y.
|Listing Price||$58.5 million|
Location: Montville, N.J.
|Listing Price||$1.64 million|
Location: Washington, D.C.
|Listing Price (Zillow Estimate)||$261.76 million|
Location: Meeker, Colo.
Location: Hickory Creek, Texas
|Listing Price||$35 million|
Inman News reporter Paul Hagey compiled this report.
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