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Raising the Bar(s): 2022’s Most Popular Home Comes With Jail Cells Near the Kitchen

Updated: Dec 21, 2022

They say your home is your castle. But one home seller this summer proved you can also be the warden of your own jailhouse.The listing for an affordable home in Celina, OH, made waves on social media in June, offering viewers a peek at two unexpected and eye-popping jail cells next to the kitchen.That didn’t scare away one buyer, who didn’t take long to lock in an offer. Listed for $275,000, the four-bedroom home was sold within eight weeks for $315,000—an increase of $40,000.The seller reportedly acquired the cells from a nearby jail. They are said to have held gangster John Dillinger during the Great Depression.The 6,467-square-foot home racked up tens of thousands of clicks, making it the most popular home on Realtor.com® in 2022.From the former Disney CEO’s massive, oceanfront manse in Malibu, CA, to a fully furnished estate on Minnesota’s Bald Eagle Lake, 2022’s listings were full of jaw-dropping surprises.Scroll on down to see the top houses folks clicked on in 2022.10. 71 Beverly Park, Beverly Hills, CAPrice: Listed in April for $87.5 million, relisted in November for $79.5 millionWhy it’s here: Mark Wahlberg‘s megamansion caught viewers’ eyes when it first hit the market in the spring for a whopping $87.5 million, and again earlier this month when he slashed the price by $8 million.Located in North Beverly Park, the opulent 30,500-square-foot estate features 12 bedrooms and 20 bathrooms. Every luxury amenity was considered when Wahlberg enlisted the help of architect Richard Landry, who specializes in high-end designs, to create this over-the-top chateau.It features a two-story paneled library, a kitchen with a separate prep space, a guesthouse, a wine and cigar cellar, and a guesthouse.The 6.2-acre property comes with a five-hole golf course, a driving range, a tennis court, a skate park, a professional-level gym, and a grotto pool.

Beverly Hills, CA

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Price: Listed in April for $36 million, relisted in August for $26 millionWhy it’s here: This is the sprawling estate Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, Ciara, have been trying to sell since he left the Seattle Seahawks.

Originally listed for $36 million earlier this spring, the 11,104-square-foot mansion quickly became Washington state’s most expensive listing. The price was reduced by $10 million in August.

The estate overlooking Lake Washington was designed for entertaining, with its two dining spaces, home theater, two-story treehouse, and three-story elevator. There’s also a three-slip dock and two watercraft lifts included in the sale.

With their Washington house still on the market, the QB and his singer wife picked up a new Colorado mansion for $25 million.

Bellevue, WA

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Price: $225 millionWhy it’s here: Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner is going for the title of highest-priced sale in California if he gets anywhere close to his asking price.

The massive compound boasts a total of 25,025 square feet of living space and sits on 4.8 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

There are nine structures, including a gym, beach cottage, guesthouses, and an office. An underground tunnel connects the pool to a large movie theater.

The 16-bedroom main home was designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern, and an elevator provides access to the beach.


Malibu, CA

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Price: Listed in August for $750,000, relisted in October for $698,000, relisted in December for $675,000Why it’s here: This midcentury home sits atop a steel bridge that appears to float above a creek.

The three-bedroom Erickson House hit the market earlier this summer and still hasn’t found a buyer after two price reductions.

Built in 1959, the stylish space features walls of windows, wood paneling, and slate floors. The open floor plan boasts a curved kitchen and a great room that overlooks the wooded lot. The primary bedroom features enormous windows to take in the beautiful views. You can also head out to the cozy balcony to enjoy morning coffee.

The indoor pool and shower room located under the garage need some TLC. According to the listing, the home is “ready to be restored and polished.”

Duluth, MN

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Price: $15 millionWhy it’s here: This theme park residence offers the perfect balance of luxury for adults and fun for the kids.

Known as Bentley Hall, the massive 20,690-square-foot home is just minutes away from Walt Disney World and features some stunning replicas from the Most Magical Place on Earth. Kids will love the “Star Wars” bedroom with a slide and the Cinderella bedroom decked out with a castle and carriage.

The fully furnished, seven-bedroom estate boasts an indoor spa, sauna, steam room, and gym. The elaborate home theater comes with seating for 20, a concession area, and an ice cream bar. The outdoor playground features a lanai with swing beds, a fire feature, and a pool.

Built in 1994 on 2 acres, the property was recently renovated. All of the major systems were updated, including new wells and irrigation.

There’s also a detached, two-bedroom guesthouse for extended family and friends.

Orlando, FL

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Price: $165 millionWhy it’s here: Known as The Manor, the chateau-style mansion was built in 1990 by legendary TV and film producer Aaron Spelling and his wife, Candy Spelling.

The sprawling home sits on almost 5 acres in the heart of the Holmby Hills neighborhood and was last sold in 2019 for $119,750,000. Located near the shops and restaurants of Beverly Hills, the estate also borders the Los Angeles Country Club.

The giant home offers an eye-popping 56,500 square feet of living space. Luxurious bespoke amenities include a bowling alley, beauty salon, professional screening room, and library.

After Aaron died in 2006, Candy listed the home for $150 million. It was eventually sold in 2011 for $85 million to Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula 1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone.

After renovating the property, including adding a nightclub and wine cellar among other features, Petra sold the property “sight unseen” to an anonymous Saudi Arabian buyer, according to Dirt.

Los Angeles, CA

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Price: $6.7 millionWhy it’s here: This five-bedroom home sits on nearly 400 acres and comes with a 1.2-mile racetrack in the backyard.

With 1.6 miles of frontage along the White River, the custom-built home features a spectacular great room with a cathedral ceiling, exposed beams, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. There are 7,764 square feet of living space.

A chef’s kitchen is equipped with dual ovens, other high-end appliances, and a large breakfast bar. The spacious primary suite comes with a private terrace. The lower level features a spectacular bar, entertainment area, home theater with stadium seating, and fully equipped gym. There’s also a covered outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill and 4,125 square feet of patio space.

The property sits on the “largest contiguous tract of land in the city of Fayetteville,” according to the listing. Also included are a 30,000-square-foot garage and a guesthouse.

Fayetteville, AR

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Price: $141 millionWhy it’s here: The largest home in our roundup, this megamansion spans a jaw-dropping 105,000 square feet.

Known simply as The One, the Bel-Air property was offered up for auction earlier this year. The winning offer (including the auction premium of $15 million) was accepted in March, and it equates to more than $141 million.

The buyer was Fashion Nova CEO Richard Saghian, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Ten years in the making, the hilltop home features spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, downtown Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Mountains.

The “largest and grandest house ever built in the urban world,” the residence boasts 21 bedrooms, seven half-bathrooms, and 42 full bathrooms.

Luxurious amenities include five pools, a nightclub, a salon and spa, an outdoor running track, and a Dolby Digital theater with seating for more than 40.

There’s also a 10,000-square-foot sky deck, a candy room, and a bowling alley to round out just a few of the fun excuses to never want to leave.

Los Angeles, CA

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Price: Listed in February for $6.6 million, relisted in December for $5.99 millionWhy it’s here: This fully furnished mansion is tucked away on a 2.3-acre private island in the middle of Bald Eagle Lake.

When the 9,714-square-foot home came on the market earlier this year, it quickly became one of our 10 Most Popular Homes at the halfway point of 2022.

Built in 1985, the luxury listing has been completely redesigned and now boasts everything from a whole-home audio system to a professional home theater with a star ceiling.

The all-white interior features exposed beams, brick walls, heated flooring, and walls of windows to capture the extraordinary views.

The primary suite comes with a soaking tub and an enormous walk-in closet. There’s also a deluxe chef’s kitchen, a league-size racquetball court, a garage bar, a lower-level bar, and a screened porch.

A hovercraft, a newly constructed brick shore garage, and new docks are also included in the sale.

White Bear Township, MN

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Price: Listed in June for $275,000, sold in August for $315,000Why it’s here: Even though it’s not mentioned in the listing, viewers quickly spotted the unexpected jail cells located just off the kitchen. Perhaps the new owner will convert them into a wine room. Either way, the jail cells will serve as a conversation piece.

The most affordable home on our list, this spaceship-shaped house racked up the most clicks. It comes with an indoor pool with a bar area and lots of spaces to entertain.

Built in 1972, the rad pad features 6,467 square feet of living space. There are four en suite bedrooms, a second-story balcony, two kitchens, and a full bar area. The covered entry opens up to a two-story great room.

The spacious kitchen comes with modern appliances and lots of cabinets. Some of the 4.5 bathrooms need updating, which is factored into the affordable price.

The listing includes an additional parcel to expand the backyard.

Celina, OH


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