It’s always a good thing to consider what you’re grateful for, and this time of year we’re counting our blessings — in terms of real estate. From big homes with more amenities than a deluxe hotel to simple, beachside retreats, here’s a roundup of real estate we’re thankful for.

Homes with dream-worthy forts

750 Daybreak Dr, Madisonville, KY
For sale: $369,000


The custom detailing on this Kentucky home is impressive, but what really stands out is the incredible three-story tree house in the backyard. The structure is just as custom, with full-functioning windows and doors, a rope swing and lookout perch.

Homes boasting a history

340 S Main St, Lake Mills, WI
For sale: $400,000

historic_340 S Main st

A house is more than a simple structure — it’s a home and the setting for significant family stories and histories. This Lake Mills, WI home, in particular, was the backdrop to a big part of American history, serving as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Built in 1843, the house also boasts Wisconsin’s first indoor bathtub, a copper tub that still works, according to the listing.

Homes with creative listing descriptions

1788 Harrison Way NE, Issaquah, WA
For sale: $1.599 million


This isn’t a typical suburban home, which is probably why it doesn’t have a typical listing description. Forget details about the number of bedrooms or baths — this listing states: “All the other houses say I’m the wild child of the neighborhood. They call me ‘The Rogue House’. I glow at night, have the cleanest lines, highest design around.”

Homes committed to going green

27383 Schulte Rd, Carmel, CA
For sale: $1.75 million

Carmel green homeAt first glance, it’s an adorable bungalow with exposed-beam ceilings and an open floor plan, but the details not immediately apparent are far more interesting. Built in 1966, the little rambler underwent a green remodel to include solar power, radiant heating, low-VOC finishes, recycled countertops and cork tile floors.

Homes with party-ready rooms

31945 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
For sale: $22.5 million


No need to go out for a night on the town. Create your own nightlife within your own home. This Laguna Beach house includes a full disco with light setup. Worried about bugging the neighbors? That’s been thought through: The house has a customized system that allows for concert hall-quality sound, yet the “decibel level is completely indiscernible for neighbors,” boasts the listings.

Homes embracing Brooklyn firehouse chic

735 Dean St Apt 3B, Brooklyn, NY
For sale: $675,000


Converted firehouse? A Brooklyn address? Faux taxidermy on the walls? This 1-bedroom apartment is almost too cool for its own good. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a private rooftop deck seal the deal on this updated New York abode.


Erika Riggsa real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties and home design trends. Read more of her work here

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Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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