Collection of the Week: Just Wow

Sometimes listing photos can be boring, sometimes they stop us dead in our tracks. This happens to me often as I’m perusing homes of the rich and famous. A lot of things don’t surprise me anymore. Eight car garage? Seen it. Outdoor tennis court? Been there, done that. Jacuzzi tub? So blasé.

Just Wow2But there are still plenty of occasions where my jaw drops and I can’t believe my eyes. Sometimes it’s a home that looks like a castle, or a cave. Sometimes it’s questionable art and design decisions. Sometimes it’s an elephant in the backyard.

I’ve gathered my favorite jaw-dropping moments into a Redfin Collection called “Just Wow.” Below are a few photos from the Collection – be sure to browse the full Collection via the link above and follow it to stay up to date on the latest additions.

“Just Wow” is just one of thousands of Redfin Collections that have been created since the launch of the feature in December. With Collections, you can browse through and share photos of homes.

In fact there are so many fabulous Collections that we’ve decided to share our favorites on a regular basis here on the Redfin blog. We’ll highlight some of our Featured Collections from renowned architects, designers, journalists and other notable figures, as well as Collections from other Redfin users and employees.

Check back each week to see which Collection made the cut! In the meantime, enjoy these gems from “Just Wow”…

10124 Pacific View Rd, Malibu, CA 90265 Cave
List Price: $3,250,000
Beds: 1
Baths: 2
Listed by: Diane Carter, Coldwell Banker-Malibu Colony

Dick Clark, of “American Bandstand” andNew Year’s Rockin’ Eve” fame, listed this  mountaintop retreat before he passed away in April 2012, and it has been on the market ever since. The architecture would make Frank Lloyd Wright proud. It resembles a cave, with natural materials that blend in with the mountaintop, and tons of windows to take advantage of the amazing Malibu view.


9934 Point View St. NE, Olympia, WA 98516
List Price: $5,788,800
Beds: 4
Baths: 5.75
Listed by: Jamie Michaud, Realogics Sotheby’s Int’l Rlty

This bathroom seems like something you’d find in an old-world European castle; in fact everything in the home looks like that. Be sure to check out the listing page for more! The marble floor and pillars, sunken tub, and dramatic ceiling fresco make this bathroom one-of-a-kind; it’s certainly not something you’d expect to see in Olympia, Washington.

The fresco appears to be a depiction of the Garden of Eden, with a variety of animals. The windows look out onto the Puget Sounds, at Johnson’s Point. The home comes with 500 feet of private low bank waterfront access!

7602 Maple St., Marengo, IL 60152 Castle
List Price: $1,190,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 5.5
Listed by: Elke Roberts, Coldwell Banker Residential

Speaking of castle…check out this Marengo, Illinois home. Spanning 8,500 square feet, the palatial home includes a master suite that has a spiral staircase leading to a turret overlooking the estate. There’s also the option to purchase more than 39 acres with the property, which includes a pond and a 10,000 square foot heated barn with eight horse stalls.


4201 CATHEDRAL Ave N., Unit 1215E, Washington D.C. 20016
List Price: $1,950,000
Beds: 7
Baths: 6.5
Listed by: Nancy Itteilag, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

The owner of this penthouse is clearly a fan of green and isn’t afraid of a little color; you should flip through the listing photos to check out other rooms in the condo. The listing says it was “noted in Washington D.C.’s Best Addresses for being one of the 1960′s most innovative designs…right out of a James Bond film!”

6124 Saint Andrews Dr, University Park, TX 75205 Closet
List Price: $5,750,000
Beds: 1
Baths: 3.5
Listed by: David Nichols, Allie Beth Allman & Assoc.

There are closets, and then there are CLOSETS! I’m pretty sure this one is bigger than my apartment. I can only dream of having this much space; it would feel like shopping in a department store every day. This home is designed by prominent architect, Gary Cunningham, and includes many unique features that the interior designer has taken advantage of – the listing photos are a must-see!

Is there a Collection that you would like to see featured next week? Let us know!