December 5, 2021

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One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Students Designed This Week’s Most Popular Home

Not everyone can own a home designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. But thanks to his many protégés, there are plenty of Wright-inspired designs dotting the nation’s landscape. And given Wright’s popularity, it’s no shock to see homes created by his acolytes attracting attention.

Take the case of this week’s most popular home on Realtor.com®. Designed by a student of Wright named Alfred Abernethy in 1951, the Tennessee residence hews close to the Usonian aesthetic and served as Abernethy’s private residence for years. The elegant piece of perfectly preserved architecture drew a huge crowd of Wright fans fond of refined finishes and sumptuous surroundings.

Besides the Wright-inspired design, we noted a trend of buyers on the lookout for bargains—seven of the properties on this week’s top 10 are priced under $200,000.

And variety was truly the spice of life: You clicked on old churches, a castle, and a couple of bed-and-breakfasts this week.


Put down the scones and have a look at all 10 of this week’s most popular homes.

Price: $139,900
Why it’s here:
Curb appeal aplenty! This two-bedroom charmer has a bargain price and comes with oversized windows, a patio, and newly updated kitchen. Built in 1920, the brick home with the cute red door sits on just under a half-acre and also comes with a big backyard.

Fairport, ny
Fairport, NY

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Price: $235,000
Why it’s here:
Even more curb appeal! This adorable red three-bedroom bungalow from 1920 offers hardwood floors with mahogany inlay, a living room with fireplace, a rec room, and a bonus loft space upstairs. Out back, a fenced yard includes a stamped concrete patio.

Buffalo, NY
Buffalo, NY

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Price: $198,900
Why it’s here:
When it was built back in 1892, this five-bedroom, 10,238-square-foot home was a country church.

Over a century later, it’s poised to be reinvented as an event space, bed-and-breakfast, or even retail space. The first floor has a huge kitchen, oak hardwood floors, and an open sanctuary with vaulted wood ceiling.

For additional space, there’s also an unfinished attic and an empty basement. On 2.5 acres, the property has plenty of outdoor space for events or entertaining.

Freedonia, PA
Fredonia, PA

Realtor.com

Price: $101,900
Why it’s here:
This quintessential Victorian needs a little bit of love to bring it back to life. Filled with period details, the large, seven-bedroom home features well-maintained woodwork.

With its strong bones and peppy exterior paint job, the home’s tall ceilings and finished attic are sure to make buyers swoon.

Oil City, PA
Oil City, PA

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Price: $2,300,000
Why it’s here:
Gorgeously preserved since it was built in 1923, this grand old dame offers 10 bedrooms and 14,695 square feet of living space.


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Wedding venue, bed-and-breakfast, or you name it: The potential to turn this mansion into something wonderful is nearly limitless. On the 17-acre property, a buyer will also acquire another home, two garages, an old stable, and a huge garage with an upstairs apartment.

Monroe, MI
Monroe, MI

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Price: $150,000
Why it’s here:
Sad listing photos drove clicks to this hoarder home. Interested buyers will want to factor in the cost of cleaning and hazmat suits into the low purchase price.

Listing photos show layers of garbage piled waist-high in some spots, dirty sheets on the beds, and a water-damaged ceiling. This is not for the faint of heart, and a developer must come prepared with an enormous dumpster.

Dennison, OH
Dennison, OH

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Price: $199,900
Why it’s here:
Locally known as “The Glass House,” the exterior of this five-bedroom home features an array of windows in different shapes.

Beyond the distinctive facade, the home has hardwood and tile floors, five gas fireplaces, skylights, and an indoor pool. Built in 1975, in what the listing notes is a quiet neighborhood, this property could become a dream project for a buyer in search of something quirky.

Clearfield, PA

Clearfield, PA

Price: $189,000
Why it’s here:
It’s a castle for under $200,000! Built in 1891, it took its inspiration from a similar structure in County Cork, Ireland.

Known as Bonnyconnellan Castle, this custom-crafted fortress features five bedrooms and more than 5,000 square feet. The half-acre lot also includes a carriage house in need of a renovation.

Sidney, OH
Sidney, OH

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Price: $150,000
Why it’s here:
Storybook alert! This fairy-tale stone residence was built in 1928, and offers oodles of vintage charm. For those in search of a whimsical residence like no other, the listing photos are a must-see.

As it happens, this two-bedroom home charmed a buyer in no time. After just over a week on the market, it’s already pending sale.

Saint Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO

Realtor.com

Price: $765,000
Why it’s here:
Taking his cues from the master, Alfred Abernethy designed a terrific Tennessee home that has stood the test of time.

A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Abernethy designed this one-of-a-kind home as his personal residence. Built in 1951, and magnificently preserved over the decades, this four-bedroom midcentury modern has many of the touches associated with a Wright home.

Hallmarks that Abernethy included in his design include beautiful built-ins, clean lines throughout, and large windows that flood the home with natural views.

Johnson City, TN
Johnson City, TN

Realtor.com

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