The Week’s Most Popular Home Is a Mansion That’s Never Been Lived In—and You Won’t Believe Why

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An art-stuffed mansion in Illinois is this week’s most popular home on realtor.com®. And as if its 9,721 square feet of extreme opulence weren’t enough, the enormous residence comes complete with a shocking twist.

Built in 2002, the $2.9 million home has been used exclusively to house the owners’ extensive art collection—and has never been lived in. Two decades later, it’s like buying a brand-new home.

The odd backstory and colorful art in the home’s listing photos make the place extremely clickworthy. Loaded with paintings, sculptures, and objets d’art, the interiors look otherwise untouched since the home was built 18 years ago.

For a buyer interested in breaking into the art market, any of the art inside or outside the home is available for negotiation, separately from the purchase price.

Art-filled interior
Art-filled interior

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Aside from the mansion-museum, other homes you clicked on this week included the lovingly restored Baywood mansion in Pittsburgh, a hulking Victorian sitting on the Mississippi River Delta, and the architecturally significant Goodkind residence in Minnesota—all antiques in search of new owners to usher them into the future.

As you ponder the logistics of purchasing a mansion simply to house your art collection, we ask you to cast aside those dreams for a few moments and scroll down to peruse all of this week’s popular homes…

10. 5501 Elgin St, Highland Park, PA 

Price: $3,650,000

Why it’s here: Known as the Baywood mansion, this eight-bedroom, over 9,200-square-foot mansion was built in 1880. According to the listing details, the distinguished residence is well-known throughout the area. The Second Empire Victorian has been restored to its full grandeur and sits on nearly 2 acres of protected, parklike grounds.

Highland Park PA victorian home exterior
Highland Park, PA

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9. Highway O, Lebanon, MO

Price: $489,900

Why it’s here: A barndominium sprouts in Missouri! This squat structure built in 2017 sits on nearly 128 acres that are teeming with wildlife. The interiors of the four-bedroom building feature an open floor plan, concrete floors, modern kitchen, and vaulted ceilings. Outside, there’s an above-ground pool, shop, and a spring that runs year-round.

Lebanon, MO farmhouse exterior
Lebanon, MO

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8. 381 Main St, Wilbraham, MA 

Price: $84,900

Why it’s here: This grand old lady was built in 1850 in the middle of Massachusetts and awaits a buyer interested in a restoration project. The curvy two-bedroom charmer has the potential to be made over into a lovely home. There’s also plenty of room for an intrepid buyer to expand, thanks to the wooded, acre-plus lot.

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Wilbraham, MA

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7. 3219 Southview Ave, Montgomery, AL 

Price: $419,000

Why it’s here: Call it pure curb appeal! Built in 1930 and updated in all the right places, this vine-covered four-bedroom home is a move-in-ready charmer. It features a fully renovated bath and kitchen, several porches, and is surrounded by a fenced and landscaped yard. Other recent updates include a new roof, custom electric gate, and security system.

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Montgomery, AL

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6. 615 N. 10th St, Duncan, OK

Price: $165,000

Why it’s here: Decor inspo! Chock-full of vintage tchotchkes, the interiors of this Oklahoma classic are a must-see. The updated four-bedroom home was built in 1906 and now boasts an updated modern kitchen with marble backsplash, granite countertops, and a patterned tile floor. The front porch and roomy yard make this an excellent choice for a family with kiddos.

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Duncan, OK

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5. 528 E. Broadway St, Yazoo City, MS

Price: $179,900

Why it’s here: A real-life Delta Queen! Perched on a half-acre overlooking the Mississippi Delta, this residence from 1899 has been featured in several publications as a quintessential example of Victorian architecture. With five bedrooms and a roomy 4,600 square feet, the property would be ideal for a large family or investor looking to turn it into a bed and breakfast. Major systems, including HVAC, wiring, and plumbing, are modern, and the interiors have been updated and maintained over the decades.

Yazoo City Victorian home exterior
Yazoo City, MS

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4. 202 N. Queen Anne Rd, Woodstock, IL

Price: $725,000

Why it’s here: At 100 years young, this fascinating five-bedroom home was featured in Lake & Country Magazine in 2018. Interior elements like hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, arches, and painted millwork make it a refined retreat. Outside, the 5-acre property also includes a former dairy barn, which has been partially remodeled as a showroom.

Woodstock, IL farmhouse exterior
Woodstock, IL

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3. 7 Heather Pl, Saint Paul, MN 

Price: $1,950,000

Why it’s here: Designed by the architects Stern & Reed and built in 1910, this storybook Tudor is known as the Goodkind Residence. Once upon a time, this nine-bedroom behemoth was connected to a neighboring home via an enclosed walkway. That entry point has since been walled off, but the other structure remains on the property as a quaint reminder of the property’s past. The interiors have been renovated and include hidden rooms, a bomb shelter, fitness room, and sauna.

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Saint Paul, MN

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2. 5825 Cedar Creek Rd, Grafton, WI 

Price: $745,000

Why it’s here: Steeped in history, this stone house, built in 1869, has been lovingly restored into a charming three-bedroom residence with hardwood floors, slated wood ceilings, and a country kitchen. Outside, the courtyard offers views of the nearly 5-acre property, which includes an attached three-car garage, barn, fruit trees, and miles of trails to explore.

Grafton, WI stone house exterior
Grafton, WI

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1. 1130 Gavin Ct, Lake Forest, IL

Price: $2,999,000

Why it’s here: Empty for a couple of a decades! This lavish estate was built in 2002, but has never been lived in. It’s used exclusively to house the owners’ enormous art collection.

Even though it’s practically never been slept in, the mansion, which covers over 9,700 square feet, has six bedrooms. There’s also an untouched basement pool and spa and a four-person elevator, which has sat silent for years. Luxe upgrades include Venetian glass chandeliers throughout, as well as a hand-painted Italian fresco in the grand room.

A separate wing of the home includes a coach house, four-car garage with apartment, and poolhouse. The collection, which is scattered inside and outside the nearly 2-acre grounds, is negotiable separately from the property.

Lake Forest, IL
Lake Forest, IL

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