2013 in Review


From big celebrity real estate news to quirky homes hitting the market, we’re recapping the best of 2013, month by month, with some of our favorite Zillow Blog stories, social media posts and images on Zillow Digs.


Whether you love or loathe Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, you can’t deny their ability to climb to the top of the news. The story about the pair buying a house in Bel-Air at the beginning of 2013 is by far the year’s top-read post on the Zillow Blog.


>> Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Buy in Bel-Air


Forget traditional or even country — one of the most popular home decor looks in 2013 was industrial.  Reclaimed lights, exposed beams and plenty of quirks add up to achieve the style.

industrial style

This kitchen, designed by bright designlab interior design, mixes industrial elements with modern appliances.

>> Get This Look: Industrial Style


If we’re handing out awards for most-iconic property of the year, then Bob Hope’s John Lautner-designed estate easily takes top honors. The volcano-like home hit the market with just as a significant price tag: $50 million.

bob hope

>> House of the Week: Bob Hope’s Iconic John Lautner Home


April is the month to celebrate green living, and we checked out environmentally-friendly practices for the home from top to bottom — literally: These homes for sale have green roofs!

green roof

>> Go Green Up Top With a Living Roof


What does your home state say about your home style? Turns out quite a bit, and we mapped it out across the U.S. Traditional design was the most popular, with residents in 23 out of the 50 states preferring that style in their homes.

style by state

>> What’s Your State’s Home Design Style?


Zillow’s latest TV commercial began airing in June, and its emotional storyline even struck a chord with Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, who tweeted about it.

kevin jonas tweet


Can you name the 13 colonies? We celebrated the Fourth of July by sharing colonial-era homes from all 13 originals — from New Hampshire to Georgia.


>> 13 Homes From the 13 Colonies 


Is it cold where you are? Use some imagination to think back to warm August nights spent outside. This patio image is one of the most popular on Zillow Digs, and we can see why.

Image contributed by the Boyenga Team.

Image contributed by the Boyenga Team.

>> See the image on Zillow Digs


If there’s anything that gets people excited, it’s maximizing storage in the kitchen. The photo, shared on Zillow’s Facebook page, created quite a bit of chatter.

facebook post

>> Join the conversation on Facebook


Slamming doors, weird noises and ghostly presences — this spooky home has it all. We shared a first-hand account of living in a haunted house.


>> What’s It Like Living in a Haunted House?


Whichever Frank you prefer — Frank Gehry or Frank Lloyd Wright — we shared a roundup of homes on the market that were designed by famous architects. 


>> For Sale: Homes by Famous Architects


Thinking about renovating in 2014? Zillow Digs’ latest survey shares which home design trends will be huge in the next year.

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Photo credit: DetailsADesignFirm

>> 2014 Design: Open Cabinets, Kitchen Trends


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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