Summer Housing Boom Not Quite Done Yet According to Pending Sales

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Pending home sales resumed their upward trajectory in August after declining 2.5 percent in July, making for positive results in three of the last four months. It was also the third winning sales report this month after solid existing and new home sales . The National Association of Realtors'® (NAR's) Pending Home Sales Index is a leading indicator of existing home sales based on signed contracts to purchase those homes. It rose 1.6 percent to 107.3 in August from a July reading of 105.6. This puts pending sales 2.5 percent higher than in the previous August. The number was at the high end of analysts projections. Those polled by Econoday had expected pending sales to be anywhere from flat compared to July to a 1.8 percent gain. The consensus was an increase of 0.6 percent. The index rose...(read more)

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These vacation villas are an indoor-outdoor dream

In the foreground, a white low-slung rectangular modern house with a green roof sits on a grass plot with a pool. Behind it, another white house has two levels and more rounded edges. Casa L sits on a hill in the back, while Casa M cuts across the foreground. | Fernando Guerra

Dramatic angles and amazing views

It’s a feast of geometries at this pair of homes in Lagos, Portugal. Designed as a duo of rental villas, the LuxMare homes—Casa L and Casa M—cut across the verdant landscape in cool swoops of white.

The work of Mário Martins Atelier, both villas are designed with unorthodox layouts that look totally different despite sharing plenty of aesthetic DNA.

“The two new houses are supposed to be two individual parts of a set, two autonomous pieces that complement one another,” Martins tells Designboom. “The slightly curved shapes suggest this connection, but the differences between them emphasize the individuality of each building.”

Aerial shot of triangular white house with terraces and a ground-level pool. Fernando Guerra
Casa L.

Casa L sits higher up on a hill and is built from two soft-edged triangles that stack atop one another at rotated angles, creating two levels of terraces for maximum outdoor lounging. A row of floor-to-ceiling windows line both stories and bring in tons of natural light to the four-bedroom house.

An open living and dining area with a dining table and sofa set in front of glass walls. Fernando Guerra
Casa L
A living room that opens onto a covered terrace, which has a long dining table surrounded by chairs and loungers. Fernando Guerra
Casa L

Casa M stretches across its plot of land in a single story, plus a basement that contains a cinema room and workout space. Its serene atmosphere was inspired by its Nordic owner, who wanted the residence to embody a mix of quiet Scandinavian design and the warmth of southern Portugal.

Accordingly, the house blends pale wood, clean lines, and lot of white with some unexpected details like a shapely cut-out in the terrace’s overhang and a vast garden that fills the rooftop.

A living room with  modern beige sofas and wood paneled walls. A glass coffee table sits on wooden blocks. Fernando Guerra
Casa M
An infinity pool is next to a concrete patio. Fernando Guerra
Casa M

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Farm-Fresh to Your Door: 10 New Modern Farmhouse Homes for Sale

The modern farmhouse is now the aesthetic of choice for new-home builders across the country. The much-maligned McMansion has been replaced, and Tuscan-inspired turkeys have overstayed their moment in the sun.

Defined by neutral color schemes, clean lines, natural wood finishes, comfortable, functional spaces, an occasional industrial accent, and the generous use of shiplap, modern farmhouses offer a stylish combination of contemporary style and cozy family living.

For home shoppers in love with farmhouse style, these homes are now available in all corners of the country. Builders have embraced the desire for these types of homes, popularized by Chip and Joanna Gaines and their (former) show, HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”

In fact, it was relatively easy to find 10 homes on the market turned out in all their modern farmhouse finest. Each offers a twist on the trend, but they all are exactly in line with what today’s buyers are looking for. Slide open the barn door and have a look…

15125 Valley Vista Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA

Price: $3,199,000

Modern farmhouse meets the Valley: Tucked on a tree-lined street, this new, light-filled modern farmhouse is an example of elevating the style to target deep-pocketed buyers. The five-bedroom home includes high-end extras like a floor-to-ceiling wall of wine in the dining room, a custom fireplace, modern upgraded lighting, and smart home technology. The backyard includes a pool, spa, poolhouse, built-in barbecue, and added greenery for privacy.

modern farmhouse in Sherman Oaks, CA exterior
Sherman Oaks, CA


516 64th St, Willowbrook, IL

Price: $848,000

Windy City modern farmhouse: Located close to Chicago, this five-bedroom home was completed this year. It features a wide-open floor plan filled with natural light. Droolworthy home features include lockers in the mudroom, a family room with a fireplace that opens to the kitchen, and a breakfast room. Exterior finishes like white siding and black metal roofing are telltale modern farmhouse touches. A large yard with a deck out back is made possible by the roomy half-acre property.

Modern farmhouse in Willowbrook, IL exterior
Willowbrook, IL


8866 Taylor May Rd, Chagrin Falls, OH

Price: $798,000

Buckeye modern farmhouse: This Shaker-style modern farmhouse with a sweet yellow front door was recently finished. There are about 4,000 square feet of living space sitting on an acre and a half of rolling green grass. Interiors are warmed by hardwood floors, hand-hewn beams, and custom cabinets. The interior spaces are flooded with natural light, courtesy of walls of windows. A sunroom opens to a large outdoor paver patio, and the two-car garage includes plenty of extra storage.

Modern farmhouse in Chagrin Falls, OH
Chagrin Falls, OH


6661 Lee Rd #401, Salem AL

Price: $312,000

Modern farmhouse meets Southern charm: Completed last year, this four-bedroom modern farmhouse sits on just under an acre-and-a-half lined with trees. Guests are greeted by a glorious front porch and then enter into a lovely home lined with neutral colors, hardwood floors, and a beautiful brick fireplace.

modern farmhouse in Salem, AL
Salem, AL


4448 E. Fox St, Mesa, AZ

Price: $809,000

Modern farmhouse with a twist: Set in an exclusive, 53-home community carved out of citrus groves, this home brings modern farmhouse chic to the desert. The four-bedroom home was completed last year and sits on a lot with north-south exposure, to avoid too much desert sun.

Modern farmhouse in mesa az
Mesa, AZ


224 Clementine Ct, Fort Worth, TX

Price: $1,225,000

Modern farmhouse in the Lone Star State: Impeccably clean lines, walls of windows flooding interiors with light, and a muted color palette give this farmhouse the feeling of being so light that it’s almost cloudlike. Behind gates in the Rivercrest Bluffs neighborhood, this four-bedroom has high ceilings, barn doors, views of the Trinity River, access to trails, and—yes—a putting green in the backyard.  What’s more country than that?

modern farmhouse in fort worth tx
Forth Worth, TX


136 Matthews Ln, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Price: $855,000

Modern farmhouse near the sea: Completed nine months ago, this custom-built, four-bedroom home has luxe features throughout. You’ll find 7-inch wood-plank floors, quartz countertops, custom crown molding, and custom cabinets in the den. Out back, the nearly half-acre lot includes a paver patio and fire pit for outdoor entertaining and relaxation.

Modern farmhouse in Ponte vedra beach, FL
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL


2410 S. Fillmore St, Denver, CO

Price: $2,695,000

Rocky Mountain modern farmhouse: Completed in 2016 and built for entertaining, this four-bedroom home has plenty of gathering spots. There’s an enormous center kitchen island in marble with double ovens, a large living room with built-in wine fridge, a glass-walled fitness space, and a big patio with gas fireplace, grill and bar top. It’s a showstopper property for any buyers who want to host all their friends and family.

Modern Farmhouse exterior in Denver, CO
Denver, CO


15 Fullin Ln, Wilton, CT

Price: $999,000

Scandinavian modern farmhouse: Built last year, this five-bedroom Scandinavian-designed modern farmhouse has wide-plank wood floors, a mudroom with tile floor, striking custom tile floors in the bathrooms, and black-trimmed Pella windows. The chic residence sits on over 2 acres at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, for serene family living.

modern farmhouse in Wilton, CT Connecticut
Wilton, CT


4190 SE Knapp St, Portland, OR 

Price: $855,000

Northwest modern farmhouse: Built last year, this home, located east of downtown, includes high ceilings, tons of natural light, and a covered cedar deck. For buyers in need of monthly income, there’s also an additional two-bedroom unit that rents for $2,000 per month.

POrtland, OR modern farmhouse exterior
Portland, OR

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Going Once! Texas Barndominium Headed to Auction Is the Week’s Most Popular Home

Yeehaw! A rambling, rustic 17-acre property in Texas—complete with its own real-deal barndominium—is on the auction block this weekend, with a bargain-priced opening bid. The primo property opportunity north of Dallas sauntered away with the title of this week’s most popular home.

For enterprising bidders, the auction is scheduled for Sept. 21, and the opening bid is set at just $250,000. We’re betting on a big turnout.

Just like would-be cowboys dreaming of a life on horseback in Texas, many folks were drawn to properties surrounded by wide-open spaces this week. There’s another 15-acre spread in Texas in our Top 10, and this one includes an elegant, brand-new 5,200-foot contemporary farmhouse that even a city slicker could fall in love with.

Other supersized properties causing you to click this week: a 3-acre plot in Virginia with a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired cedar home, a massive Newport, RI, waterfront estate called “Honeysuckle Lodge,” and a picture-perfect 12-acre property in Ohio with two private ponds.

For a full look at this week’s hottest homes, simply scroll on down…

10. 19624 County Road 181, Flint, TX

Price: $1,475,000

Why it’s here: It’s giving us serious luxe modern farmhouse vibes. Construction on this four-bedroom, 5,200-square-foot custom home was completed in 2018. Stylish interiors include hardwood floors, shiplap in the family room, a gourmet kitchen, designer lighting, and plenty of other HGTV-approved touches. It sits on a gated, 15-acre lot with rolling pastures, a pool, and plenty of privacy.

Overhead of modern farmhouse in Flint, TX
Flint, TX


9. 97111 Meadowlark Rd, Vienna, VA

Price: $1,199,000

Why it’s here: Built from cedar and completed in 1978 as a tribute to the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, this four-bedroom home was designed to blend into its natural surroundings. One wing of the home includes an indoor pool, as well as a two-story room currently used as an office. The design-forward residence sits on nearly 3 wooded acres directly across the road from the 95-acre Meadowlark Botanical Garden.

home in vienna VA
Vienna, VA


8. 4 East Ave, Milford, CT

Price: $219,900

Why it’s here: Move-in ready and just a short walk to the beach, this home, built in 1925, includes a two-bedroom main house and a one-bedroom studio out back. It’s cozy and filled with light. Highlights of the home include newer floors and kitchen, built-ins, and fresh paint.

Front of home in MIlford, CT
Milford, CT


7. 225 Ruggles Ave, Newport, RI

Price: $12,900,000

Why it’s here: Dubbed “Honeysuckle Lodge,” this is true old-school Newport luxury. The sprawling waterfront estate includes 2 acres of grounds, a 4,000-square-foot carriage house with two apartments, and a greenhouse. Built in 1890 and recently upgraded with a new kitchen and in-ground pool, the property also includes easy access to the sandy beach below.

Newport, RI waterfront estate
Newport, RI


6. 3902 Elson St, SE, Magnolia, OH

Price: $1,200,000

Why it’s here: Built in 2008 using reclaimed wood, stone, slate, and other materials, this nearly 6,000-square-foot home sits on more than 12 acres just a few minutes’ drive outside Canton, OH. The property includes a barn with cooler, which is currently being used for show cattle, paddocks, and fencing. For anglers, there are also two ponds stocked for fishing.

Magnolia OH estate
Magnolia, OH


5. 32224 944 SE, Kennewick, WA

Price: $6,265,050

Why it’s here: Sitting on 95 rolling acres in Badger Canyon, this property is smack-dab in the heart of Washington wine country. And according to the listing details, it could be converted into a working winery. The main home was built in 2004 and features 20-foot ceilings, a gourmet kitchen, 1,000-bottle wine cellar, and a gym. The acreage also includes a 2,200-square-foot casita for guests, as well as a pool and spa. Get your bids ready—it’ll be sold at an on-site auction on Oct. 4.

estate in Kennewick, WA
Kennewick, WA


4. 3003 Highlands Cir, Oxford, MS 

Price: $810,000

Why it’s here: Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is trying to rid himself of this lovely brick-front home, now that he’s moved on to Liberty University. Built in 2008, the two-story spread sits on more than 2.5 wooded acres. Inside, the five-bedroom home includes hardwood floors, custom cabinetry, and other high-end finishes. Outside, it has plenty of room for entertaining around the outdoor kitchen. There’s also an outdoor fireplace, pool, cabana, al fresco dining area, and space to kick back after a hard day on the gridiron.

High Freeze house in Oxford MI
Oxford, MI


3. 1432 Johnnys Way, West Chester, PA 

Price: $299,900

Why it’s here: This bright red Colonial was built in 1966 and is being sold as is. Tucked among the trees on a wooded lot, the three-bedroom home has over 1,900 square feet of living space that could be brought back to its original beauty with just a little bit of love.

red colonial and West Chester PA
West Chester, PA


2. 409 N. Larkin Ln, Joliet, IL

Price: $199,900

Why it’s here: This cool midcentury modern boasts a number of original features, including blue glass panel walls in the kitchen, vintage tile in the bathrooms, built-ins, and a four-season sunroom with wet bar. Sitting on nearly a full acre and priced under $200K, this house is an architectural gem, available for a steal.

mid-century modern home in joliet il
Joliet, IL


1. 8876 FM 902 Collinsville, TX

Price: $250,000

Why it’s here: Saddle up and bring your wallet! This 17-acre horse property is headed for auction with an opening bid of just $250,000. The parcel includes a stylish one-bedroom barndominium—which shares a roof with 19 horse stalls, breeding facilities, a lab, office, and storage. Built in 2016, the barndominium is just an hour away from Dallas-Fort Worth.

The living spaces are contemporary and include a modern kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, wide-plank tile floors, and a sweet back patio for relaxing. An adjacent tract of land with nearly 16 additional acres is also available for purchase. It’s filled with pasture land and a well-stocked pond.

barndominium in Collinsville, TX
Collinsville, TX

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This breezy home feels like an indoor treehouse

Interior of house with wooden platforms for second-floor circulation and built-in shelving on the back wall. Hey! Cheese

And also kind of like a jungle gym

This home in Taiwan is all about intricately crafted layers. Soar Design Studio transformed the loft-like space into an indoor treehouse of sorts thanks to some clever use of platforms and split levels.

The house centers on the ground floor, where an open, window-filled interior stretches from the living room to the kitchen. A set of stairs leads to a series of “floating spaces” that cut across the home like a theater catwalk.

Interior view of a house with concrete floors, large windows, and built-in shelving covering the back wall. A system of raised platforms provides mezzanine-level access. Hey! Cheese

These wooden platforms pull double duty—they function as an overlook to the ground floor and serve as pathways that lead to quiet nooks for reading and private quarters. The upper level dangles from the ceiling like a suspended bridge.

The unusual layout give the space a jungle gym feel, where the residents can see each other and playfully explore different areas of the house without ever feeling totally cut off from the action, wherever that might be.

A wooden platform leads to a private room. Hey! Cheese
An open kitchen with black counters and a wooden table. Living spaces dangle from above. Hey! Cheese

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Colorful cabin artfully mixes old and new

Colorful house in the countryside features sloped roof with red accents and two circular windows. Jose Hevia

This 1970s house wears its renovation well

Is it modern? Is it rustic? This country home in Cercedilla, Spain, is a little bit of both, with a lot of color thrown in for good measure.

Spanish architects Lys Villalba and Enrique Espinosa renovated and expanded a 1970s cabin into a bright home that retains some of its country charm while updating the mechanical system and giving the whole place a new coat of paint in the most literal sense.

Vaulted wooden ceilings peak above brick walls painted in yellow with green trimming. Three large square window s look out into the countryside. Jose Hevia

The formerly stone and wood clad house now features a facade of mixed materials. Its previous life shines through in patches of timber and rough stone that are sandwiched between the newer sections of the house, which are clad in a muted ceramic material. Circular windows with frames painted a robins egg blue create a colorful portal from the outside.

Windows, which feature yellow built-in benches underneath, open to the countryside.  Jose Hevia

Under vaulted ceilings inside, the walls, once stone, now feature brick painted in white and neon yellow with aquamarine accents. According to Designboom, the architects aimed to reuse all of the materials from the renovation, which led to a dining table constructed from four ceiling beams, doors made from the previous red shutters, and eventually, facade elements made from slate found on the old roof.

A collage of two images: The exterior features low-slung roof profile with stone facade elements, and the interior view features yellow walls with blue-green trimming. Jose Hevia

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