‘Tis the season for swapping spackle and nails for frosting and gumdrops! The Bob Vila cookie construction crew recently assembled several store-bought gingerbread house kits for display in our homes. While many didn’t turn out as pristine as the photographs on the packaging, all are as unique and charming as the DIYers who built them.
From quaint log cabins to sparkling castles to slightly scary mansions, the following gingerbread house real estate listings are the icing on the cake of the 2022 holiday season.
1. Candyland Cabin
This charming 2-story cabin is fit for a King Candy. Adjacent to the Princess Lolly primary bedroom is a large, furnished walk-in closet and an en suite bath with a gumdrop clawfoot tub. A sun-drenched sitting room looks out into the sugar plum garden, which is home to a family of friendly gnomes. — Kara Illig, Senior Editor, Commerce
2. Gumdrop Cottage
Traditional meets whimsical with this quaint Bavarian-inspired cottage. Features like rounded shingles adorned with candy beads and gumdrop crenellations are sure to catch the eye! — Sabrina Serani, Associate Editor, Performance
Get the Wilton Ready-to-Build Gingerbread House Kit (2 pack) at Amazon for $29.99.
3. Retro Starter Home
As-is midcentury modern 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom gem formerly owned by the Havisham family waiting for the right buyer to come along and make it their own. Great opportunity for empty nesters looking to age in place in what a local 11-year-old boy says is a “slightly above average 1-story house.” — Daryna Tobey, Deputy Editor, Service & News
4. Treehouse Fixer
Quaint home in the trees. Lots of room for sweat equity! — Michelle Larson, Assistant Editor, Commerce
5. Plant-Based New Build
No need to bake cookies for this open house! Get this 1-story, vegan and gluten-free cottage, and let the natural gingerbread smell distract you from the lack of dairy and indoor plumbing. — Amy Anderson, Features Editor, Service & News
6. Frosted Barndominium
This cherry-red barndominium features two bedrooms, one bath, and an otherwise open floor plan. The new gingerbread roofing was just installed this year. Plus, a host of animals including sheep, cows, and pigs come with the property to help the next lucky homeowner achieve their homesteading dreams. — Kathleen Corlett, Editor in Chief
7. Gothic Estate
Charming historic mansion with plenty of rooms for holiday guests—as long as they don’t mind bunking with ghosts. Buyer beware! — Evelyn Auer, Assistant Editor, Performance
8. Curb Appeal Cottage
Not your cookie-cutter cottage. This charming gingerbread home honors the good bones of this classic house style, while adding a colorful flair to its curb appeal. Native gumdrop shrubs and sugared evergreens dot the overgrown coconut grass for a sustainable landscape. — Senior Editor, Audience Development
9. 2-for-1 Row House
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own not one, but two historic San Francisco row houses. This package deal won’t last! $6M, must have 50 percent down payment. A great opportunity for a family with a penchant for DIY projects and/or great connections with local contractors since these Painted Ladies need more than just a fresh coat! Serious inquiries only. — Sophie Kaemmerle, Executive Editor, Performance
10. Quaint Log Cabin
Looking for a cozy, low-maintenance escape? Nestled among the evergreen trees, this traditional log cabin offers turnkey convenience and extra helpings of nostalgic charm! — John Coyne, General Manager
11. Classic Castle
Classic medieval-style castle ready for immediate occupancy. Stylish white-brick front, with charming adornments including blue and white pearl accents and blue and white snowflakes scattered across the front. Castle is a modest size and perfect for a smaller family. — Becky Helzer, Lead Copy Editor
Get the Wilton Ready-to-Build Gingerbread Shimmer Castle Kit at Amazon for $29.39
12. Home on Wheels
Take your home on the road with this beautifully renovated vintage camper. Spacious kitchen with original Formica countertops, a dinette that doubles as guest bed, and an eco-friendly composting toilet. New weatherproof windows and a fresh paint job give this mobile home a leg up in terms of efficiency and style. — Jenny Stanley, Executive Editor, Service & News
Get the Holiday Camper Gingerbread Kit at Amazon for $19.55.
13. Dining Table Mansion
This one-of-a-kind residence offers a gracious 5 square millimeter interior with an expansive 4 square feet of outdoor space. Large outdoor entertaining spaces include a clump of colorful sugary treats, with expansive waterfront views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. — Paul Rankin, Commerce Content Update Editor
Get the Holiday House Gingerbread Cookie Kit at Amazon for $14.99.
14. Festive Treehouse
Quaint and unique 2-tier gingerbread treehouse for sale. Complete with a snowy-white rooftop, gumdrop accents, and colorful beads, this 1-bedroom treehouse is the perfect addition to your backyard this holiday season. Asking price: $15. — Perri Kressel, Senior Shopping Editor
15. Candy Mansion
If you’ve been looking for your next wintery home, this gorgeous 105 square-inch gingerbread mansion just may be your next home. Zero bedrooms and no baths, this house features an open interior design that’s just ripe for your creative ideas! — Austin Fracchia, Senior Operations Manager
16. Country Abode
Traditional and timeless, this newly built classic house is a sturdy cabin with one bedroom and zero bathrooms. The open-concept, mixed-use layout offers a roomy 978 square millimeters of floor space, perfect for both first-time buyers fresh out of the oven as well as fully cooled gingerbread people looking to downsize. — Phillip Tinner, Assistant Editor, Service & News
17. Magnificent Manor
Sweet curb appeal! First time on the market! New roof, fence, and siding. This illuminated manor house features butterscotch candy windows that twinkle and glow. Did we mention the landscaping? Stately sugar pine trees define the front yard and offer privacy, while the newly installed picket fence accents the well-manicured front lawn. Bring your decorating ideas, this one won’t last long! — Mark Wolfe, Staff Writer, Commerce
18. Historic Row Houses
Just listed! Three-family brownstone with plenty of character. Don’t let the curb appeal fool you, completely remodeled inside, and the roof is only a week old! — Stephanie Cronk, Executive Editor, Commerce
19. Cozy Cottage
Charming country getaway boasts original features outside and inside. Step through the colorful peppermint pillars into a cozy 20 square inches of gingerbread wonderland. Just a stone’s throw away from the Sea of Swirly, Twirly Gumdrops, this Wilton-designed cottage is the perfect backdrop for romantic retreats or just a little R and R with the family. — Beth Cranston, Associate Editor, Commerce
Get the Wilton Gingerbread House Kit (pack of 2) Amazon for $29.99.
20. Barn Conversion
Live the country dream! This completely restored English barn features an open ground floor plan and a 2-bedroom/1-bath loft with vaulted living space and a wood-burning stove. The silo has been converted to an observatory that overlooks the Smoky Valley and offers stunning 360-degree views. Enjoy modern amenities and smart-home connectivity in this quaint barn-style conversion. — Glenda Taylor, Staff Writer, Commerce
The prices listed here are accurate as of publication on 12/22/22.