As Darth Vader himself aptly put it, “You don’t know the power of the Dark Side.” We witnessed that enormous power in full force this week on Realtor.com®.
Curious fans of the Empire and real estate watchers alike couldn’t help but feel compelled to click on a sleek mansion in Houston. The otherworldly residence clad in black and known as the Darth Vader House is the week’s most popular listing. The moniker designed for virality and the photos helped send clicks into a galaxy far, far beyond what we’ve seen in 2021. Even Luke Skywalker, aka Mark Hamill, couldn’t resist a cheeky comment.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 28, 2021
A local surgeon with a “Star Wars” obsession sketched the home’s design and handed it to a builder. The lair was finished in 1992 and is now on the market for the first time ever.
Other homes you clicked on this week were a little more subtle. They include the exquisitely preserved Glen Q. Johnson “birdcage home” in Florida, a converted schoolhouse in Ohio, and a charming farmhouse remodel in Indiana.
May the Force be with you as you scroll down to enjoy this week’s 10 most popular properties.
Why it’s here: Built in 1916, this Victorian retains plenty of its original charm throughout its five bedrooms and 3,118 square feet.
The kitchen and third-floor master suite were recently remodeled. A new roof is another highlight, and the full basement includes a heated workshop. The front porch is roomy and covered, and the detached four-car garage out back has alley access.
Why it’s here: Known as Whitney Tavern, this property served as a stop for weary travelers during the first half of the 19th century.
Today, the former tavern needs a buyer to bring tools—along with an adult beverage or two. The forlorn five-bedroom home sits on a 24-acre lot with garden areas, stone walls, a pond, a stream, and some wetland areas.
Why it’s here: Built in 1882, this five-bedroom brick home is a time capsule thanks to its vintage tile, fireplaces, built-ins, and wallpaper.
Immaculately cared for, the outside areas are arranged as courtyards with lush grass. Fanciful additions like a windmill and fountain are surrounded by ornate wrought-iron fencing.
Price: was listed for $295,000, now off-market
Why it’s here: Just a few months after it was sold for $85,000, this move-in ready bungalow popped back on the market last weekend for $295,000.
Perhaps interest in the three-bedroom was intense, because it’s now showing as off-market. The 1929 bungalow features hardwood floors and original beamed ceilings and light fixtures. The yard has a raised deck and hot tub, and the home is located just a few blocks from the ocean.
Why it’s here: Midcentury elegance abounds throughout this four-bedroom home built in 1957. The beautifully preserved interiors feature light wood and natural light throughout. Outside, the stone patio offers a lovely spot for lounging on warm days.
Why it’s here: This former schoolhouse has been converted into four living units. The listing notes the space could be a great bed-and-breakfast, multifamily home, or event space.
Built in 1931, the 12,489-square-foot building is now configured with nine bedrooms. Inside, you’ll find 11-foot ceilings, a workshop, gym with performance stage, and commercial kitchen. There’s also an in-ground pool on the 4-acre lot.
Why it’s here: This beautiful brick Queen Anne Victorian was built to last in 1885. Highlights include front and side porches, a pitched roof, and ornamented gables.
Inside, the four-bedroom home boasts a two-story foyer, plaster medallions, 10-foot ceilings, pocket doors, wood floors, and a painted slate fireplace.
Why it’s here: This farmhouse from 1890 recently received a chic makeover across its four bedrooms and 2,464 square feet. It’s now a warm, inviting, and functional modern home. The 2-acre lot includes mature trees, outbuildings, and a large deck out back.
Why it’s here: This midcentury miracle is an original Glen Q. Johnson “birdcage home” that is all about Sunshine State style.
Built in 1953, the three-bedroom home comes with a 1,000-square-foot “birdcage” patio, a pool, and a lush backyard ideal for entertaining. Judging from the listing photos, the interiors appear original—including an incredible pink tile bathroom.
Why it’s here: Cue the “Imperial March.” One look at this place and you’ll know. You don’t need to be a scholar of the Sith to understand that a home modeled after Darth Vader would rack up clicks.
Built in 1992, the home was based on a sketch by the owner, a local surgeon with a “Star Wars” obsession.
The 7,040-square-foot contemporary mansion comes with four bedrooms and serious sci-fi vibes. Will buyers lower their defenses and open their wallet to own this one-of-a-kind home? Stay tuned!