Homes to Be Thankful For

Wisconsin underground railroad home

By Erika Riggs

It's always a good thing to consider what you're grateful for, and this time of year we're counting our blessings - in terms of real estate. From big homes with more amenities than a deluxe hotel to simple, beachside retreats, here's a roundup of real estate we're thankful for:

Homes To Be Thankful For
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Homes to Be Thankful For

750 Daybreak Dr, Madisonville, Ky.
For sale: $369,000

The custom detailing on this Kentucky home is impressive, but what really stands out is the incredible three-story tree house in the backyard. The structure is just as custom, with full-functioning windows and doors, a rope swing and lookout perch.

340 S Main St., Lake Mills, Wis.
For sale: $400,000

A house is more than a simple structure — it’s a home and the setting for significant family stories and histories. This Lake Mills, Wis., home, in particular, was the backdrop to a big part of American history, serving as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Built in 1843, the house also boasts Wisconsin’s first indoor bathtub, a copper tub that still works, according to the listing.

1788 Harrison Way NE, Issaquah, Wash.
For sale: $1.599 million

This isn’t a typical suburban home, which is probably why it doesn’t have a typical listing description. Forget details about the number of bedrooms or baths -- this listing states: “All the other houses say I’m the wild child of the neighborhood. They call me ‘The Rogue House’. I glow at night, have the cleanest lines, highest design around.”

27383 Schulte Rd, Carmel, Calif.
For sale: $1.75 million

At first glance, it’s an adorable bungalow with exposed-beam ceilings and an open floor plan, but the details not immediately apparent are far more interesting. Built in 1966, the little rambler underwent a green remodel to include solar power, radiant heating, low-VOC finishes, recycled countertops and cork tile floors.

31945 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, Calif.
For sale: $22.5 million

No need to go out for a night on the town. Create your own nightlife within your own home. This Laguna Beach house includes a full disco with light setup. Worried about bugging the neighbors? That’s been thought through: The house has a customized system that allows for concert hall-quality sound, yet the “decibel level is completely indiscernible for neighbors,” boasts the listings.

735 Dean St Apt 3B, Brooklyn, N.Y.
For sale: $675,000

Converted firehouse? A Brooklyn address? Faux taxidermy on the walls? This 1-bedroom apartment is almost too cool for its own good. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a private rooftop deck seal the deal on this updated New York abode.


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