The luxury home market is on fire across the United States, and even real estate agents in small suburban and rural markets are seeing an increased demand for multi-million dollar abodes.
High-end homes are selling quickly, even in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, known as a tourist escape for New Yorkers, Philadelphians and others in the region.
According to the Zillow Home Value Index, the typical home value of homes in Monroe County is $245,269. This value is seasonally adjusted and only includes the middle price tier of homes. Monroe County home values have gone up 35.1% over the past year.
“We have seen an Here in Monroe County, we have seen a 300% increase in sales of million dollar plus homes this year over last. We have more homes listed over $1 million than in years past— and they are selling faster than ever” Nicole A. Murray, an Association Executive with the Pocono Mountains Association of REALTORS, said.
There are over 20 homes currently listed at over a million dollars in Monroe County.
According to Murray, there are multiple factors driving the search for high end homes in the Poconos. Remote work, low interest rates, stock market performance, and the area’s proximity to New York and Philadelphia are fueling buyers entering the local high end housing market.
A common selling point is the region’s natural setting.
“One of the many things about the Poconos that bring people here is the natural beauty of the area and the settings that it offers.” Murray continued. “You can find amazing properties here from beautiful custom lake and riverfront homes to secluded mountain retreats with views for miles.”
Here’s a list of Monroe County’s 11 most expensive properties, priced low to high.
11. 232 Eagles Court, Stroudsburg: $1.35 million
Listing agent: Lisa M. Sanderson, Keller Williams Real Estate-Stroudsburg
Built in 2008 on 5.98 acres, this 10,100-square foot home has 6 bedrooms and 8 baths.
According to the listing, location is everything when it comes to the property at 232 Eagles Court. Sanderson called this home “simply incomparable” with miles of mountain views and, nearly 6 acres of land, you will have plenty of space to entertain guests. Minutes from town, shopping, schools and more.
Features: 6 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half baths, central vac, and a “tricked out” kitchen.
Luxurious extras: Features fit for a millionaire include sunroom, conservatory, solarium, movie/media room, 2 ensuite bedrooms. 2-story great room with ample natural light and glorious views. Custom moldings and built-ins, solid wood doors.
Property taxes: $33,218.69
More info: bit.ly/3lZ3ggD
10. 217 Rising Meadow Way, East Stroudsburg: $1,425,000
Listing agent: Richard E Carroll, Smart Way America Realty
Built in 2006 on 1.39 acres, this 9,616 square foot home has 6 bedrooms and 6 baths
Features: 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths home with a center hall foyer that flows into the formal living and dining room. An open floor plan includes a “stunning fireplace,” with plenty of living space throughout the home.
Luxurious extras: Coffered and tray ceilings, crown and chair molding are seen throughout the home. There is a first floor den and conservatory with plenty of natural light, a wine cellar that holds over 1,000 bottles, and a theater room. For outdoor entertaining, there is a sun-porch with Brazilian cherry wood floors that leads you to a large deck.
Property taxes: $20,699.19
For more info: bit.ly/2VXoRLP
9. 2406 Hillcrest Drive, Pocono Pines: $1.45 million
Listing agent: Robert M. Baxter, Keller Williams Real Estate – Pocono Pines
Built in 2005 on 0.72 acres, this 6,028-square foot home has 5 bedroom and 7 baths
“It is a true custom 5 bedroom home that was 2 years in the design stage, specifically for the chosen lot… and was featured in Architectural Digest,” said Baxter. “It is in a very private setting with sweeping water and woodland views that are permanently protected. It is located in the Poconos premier private community of Lake Naomi, so all of the amenities and recreational facilities of the private Lake Naomi Club are available. It’s perfect for a large family and/or short term rentals.”
Features: 5 bedrooms and 7 baths are The gourmet kitchen has over 30′ of granite counters and all new high-end stainless steal appliances and a large walk-in pantry. There are 2 first floor ensuite bedrooms plus 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms upstairs. All bedrooms have 32-inch flat-screen TVs.
Luxurious extras: A 50-foot gallery/loft overlooks the first floor living room and library. The home boasts a media room that has 10-foot screen, true theater seating and full surround sound. The great room has floor to ceiling windows to take in the views and a double sided stone fireplace. It is fully furnished, equipped and tastefully decorated for instant enjoyment.
Property taxes: $20,699.19
For more info: bit.ly/3gd6Wbc
8. 162 Route 423, Pocono Pines: $1,495,000
Listing agent: Thomas G. McKeown, McKeown Real Estate
Built in 1985 on 0.34 acres, this 3,774 square-foot home has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths
McKeown described an “architectural masterpiece” in the exquisite Lake Naomi lakefront property with a very private 120 feet of lake frontage and a two-mile view of the lake. Absolutely the best and easiest access to Lake Naomi’s wonderful four-season walking path and an oversized 3-car garage with separate access for boat storage.
Features: Spacious eat-in-kitchen built with handcrafted oak cabinets and gas/stone fireplace. Brazilian red cherry and American oak flooring with staircases to match.
Luxurious extras: Spectacular wide-plank mahogany flooring and wall covering in library, bedroom and a special sunken wine tasting room with wet bar. Kitchen, master bedroom suite and sunken living room all open up to a panoramic view of the lake.
Property taxes: $10,443.00
For more info: bit.ly/3gg02BP
7. 210 Hemlock Lane, Ross Township: $1.5 million
Listing agent: Russell Horn, Country Classic Real Estate
Built in 1902 on 1.86 acres, this 3,796 square foot home has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths
Features: The home is on a private road with a barn and bunk house. Inside you’ll meet colonial charm finished with modern upgrades in kitchen, bathrooms and elsewhere. The solid oak hardwood doors throughout are accompanied by solid hardwood banisters/railings and floor beams. The living room hosts a pristine field stone fireplace. Upstairs is a spacious master suite and bedrooms with a common area.
Luxurious extras: This home has lots of room to entertain with the bar area and back patio/porch entrance. The bunk house is 1,351 square feet, equipped with a sweat room and bathroom, as well as a kitchen with 2 rooms and a balcony. The barn is “original and beautiful” down to slate roof and copper gutters. The concrete stamped driveway connects to the garage and a sprawling backyard patio with plenty of room to grow.
Property taxes: $9,253.91
For more info: bit.ly/2UssxV9
6. 133 Montanesca Road, Mount Pocono: $1.8 million
Listing agent: Michael O’Donnell, MORE Modern Real Estate LLC.
Built in 1940 on 56.82 acres, this 6,331-square foot home has 5 bedrooms and 6 baths.
Features: This 56-acre private estate is located on the grounds of the former Montanesca Hotel (1901-1911), and offers incredible, panoramic mountain views. Perfect for entertaining, the property includes an observation deck, three large patio areas, vaulted ceilings, two fireplaces, and much more.
Luxurious extras: According to the listing, this home is being offered for public sale for the first time. The home was built in 1940 and is listed in the Pennsylvania Inventory of Historic Places. Extensive renovations were completed in 2008. This is a hunter’s retreat, with grounds that have been cultivated with food plots for exceptional hunting. A gated entrance extends to a long-secluded drive entering this private sanctuary. It is designated a forest preserve.
Property taxes: $8,866
For more info: bit.ly/3k4ACs7
5. 6104 Lakeview Drive, Pocono Pines: $1.85 million
Listing agent: Claire Dembinski, Dembinski Realty Company
Built in 1985 on .34 acres, this 3,108-square foot home has 5 bedrooms and 4 baths and 2 lofts.
“This is the ultimate Lake Naomi lakefront setting… enjoy breathtaking lake views, private beach, dock and decking,” Dembinski said. “Relaxing screened porch and extensive decking to relish the lake life. It’s an extraordinary lakefront property where you can enjoy beach WiFi while lying on the hammock enjoying the lake breeze.”
Luxurious extras: An addition completed in 2018 almost doubles the size of the home: adding 2 bedrooms, full bath, garage, loft with wet bar, heated-floor mudroom, relaxing screened-in porch and extensive decking with picturesque views.
Property taxes: $29,283.19
For more info: bit.ly/2UxHVQi
4. 1194 Little Billy Lane, Coolbaugh Township: $1.9 million
Listing agent: Doreen J. Emory, Weichert Realtors
Built in 1989 on 4.79 acres, this 4,500-square foot home has 5 bedrooms and 2 baths, full basement and 2-car garage.
Emory said this property was the perfect place to run away and escape to, calling it “serene, private mountain retreat,” where you can “unwind, unplug, and reconnect with nature.”
The log cabin home is described as “turn key,” perfect for buyers looking for something ready to move into, and is an established Super-Host Airbnb.
“This log cabin home provides an atmosphere of rustic charm with its exposed log, hand-crafted furniture, three-bedrooms, two full baths and a full basement, surrounded by thousands of acres of mature trees and unspoiled lands.”
Luxurious extras: This meticulously maintained, “prestigious” log cabin has two koi ponds, waterfalls and a gazebo with hot tub. Recently completed: a 1-bedroom cabin and 1-bedroom tree house, both with electric heat and fans.
Property taxes: $6,303.89
For more info: weichert.com/99319146.
3. 7257 Hickory Lane, Stroudsburg: $2.15 million
Listing agent: Donald S. Hannig, Spread Eagle Realty
Built in 1969 on 10.16 acres, this 8,253-square foot home has 4 bedrooms and 9 baths.
“It is rare to find a home that has it all without sacrificing anything,” Hannig said.
The home is the offers the perfect combo of high level finishes and outdoor luxury, “framed by perfectly manicured landscaping” and expansive outdoor entertainment spaces, all while being located in a neighborhood second to none and convenient to all that the Poconos and the Lehigh Valley have to offer.
Luxurious extras: “No expense was spared” in the $1.7 million renovation of the home. Described as a “private oasis”, this home comes complete with a 3-level elevator, and plenty of upgrades. The surrounding 10 acres is home to outdoor entertaining space, pool, pond and gardens. It also has a barn with storage and a workshop.
Property taxes: $27,135.61
For more info: bit.ly/3xXP225
2. 5144 Woodland Ave, Pocono Pines: $2.4 million
Listing agent: Donna Gail Slagle, RE/MAX Property Specialists – Pocono Lake
Built in 1930 on .89 acres, this 2,670-square foot home has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths.
“My personal thoughts as I walked into this home…I felt like I was in ‘The Great Gatsby,'” Slagle said. “This is the most charming house I have ever seen. The history of the home is beyond special.”
Slagle said the home was “gorgeously refurbished” and located on a “beautifully unique” spot on Lake Naomi.
“The days of yore are revisited with this original Lake Naomi property which has been meticulously maintained and refurbished beautifully to today’s standards.” She said.
Luxurious extras: Included in this parcel are the main home with furnishings, carriage house and extra lot. The lake views are expansive and the picturesque. The home’s original charm has been saved along with 1930’s stained glass windows. Carriage house has kitchen, rec room, 2 bedrooms with plenty of storage and one bath.
Property taxes: $15,006.52
For more info: bit.ly/3k75mIJ
1. 1435 Whispering Hills Court, Effort: $2,899,250
Listing agent: Donna Gail Slagle, RE/MAX Property Specialists – Pocono Lake
Built in 2008 on 2.21 acres, this 13,516-square foot home has 5 bedrooms and 5 baths.
“Upon first view of this property… there is an old ‘Who’ song (with) lyrics that go: ‘I can see for miles and miles.'” Slagle said. “That song kept repeating in my head as I looked out from the porch/veranda.”
Slagle described the home as breath taking and stunning, with an indoor pool she would “never leave.”
“The home surrounded by panoramic mountain views from almost anywhere in the house… looking out those windows during the fall, you will see things in nature you’ve never seen before.” She said. “It is bold and beautiful.”
Luxurious extras: Home features an indoor saltwater pool and jacuzzi, as well as an indoor koi pond with waterfalls and a walkover bridge.
Wide-plank cherry flooring and a two-story, three-sided, stone fireplace add to the luxurious finishes. The second level of the home includes additional living space with catwalks. A finished basement features a second kitchen, full bath and space for more. Outdoor sweeping verandas oversee waterfalls, a pond and gazebo.
Property taxes: $28,357.28
For more info: bit.ly/3meYdZy
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