If you're active on social media and love drooling over real estate listings, you're more than likely familiar with the popular Instagram account Zillow Gone Wild, which boasts over 1.7 million followers to date. But if you've never heard of this concept, we'll give you a brief rundown. In short, Samir Mezrahi, who runs the account, actively combs Zillow listings and posts photos of a wide variety of eye-catching homes, which range from outlandish to creative to completely strange (trust us). Each of Mezrahi's postings is accompanied by a witty caption and a link to the property's Zillow listing, making it easy for those who want to learn more about a property—or just gawk over it—to get the full scoop. So if you dream of living in a Medieval-style castle decked out with a moat, drawbridge, hidden passageways, and plenty more, Zillow Gone Wild is the place to look. Below, you'll find more pictures of this listing, which Mezrahi highlighted a while back and is truly fit for royalty.
Though his account is somewhat of a viral fixture on Instagram, Mezrahi only launched his page in December of 2020. However, he says that he has been interested in real estate for as long as he can remember. "I felt like a ton of people were using Zillow as their 'bored on the phone app,' or browsing to see where they could move to either aspirationally or for real, because companies were telling people they could work from home," Mezrahi explains. "It's honestly been so much fun to run [the account] and bring joy to people every day," he adds. And he's even contributed to some sales, making the account truly a win-win. "A bunch of the homes have sold because people have seen them on the account, and I'm happy to bring people together since a home is so important to people's lives."
Mezrahi always enjoys seeing the comments that followers leave whenever he shares a listing photo. "I love when people are like, 'I didn't think I wanted this but now I do'. People are also always talking about 'starting a commune' with the homes, which is fun to see." Generally, feedback on the houses posted is positive. "People really love the homes we post, and I like to think of it as a celebration instead of hating on anyone's unique style," Mezrahi shares.
Interior designers also enjoy following the account. ”I love Zillow Gone Wild," says Marlaina Teich ofMarlaina Teich Designs. "They share images of architecturally amazing homes as well as homes with the most cringe-worthy decor!" The Long Island-based designer adds, "I am as obsessed with real estate as with interior design, and it gives me a chance to see homes in different parts of the country and the varying design styles. I can find inspiration for my interior design projects as well as enjoy a few horror-filled giggles over the sometimes tacky decor."
Amala Raj Swenson of Amala Raj Interiors in San Diego is also a fan of the page. "Samir has the best sense of humor, and I’ve even had clients quote him when we’re picking out lighting or mirrors for their homes," she says. "It’s also really interesting to read the comments to get a full range perspective of what people truly think of 'luxury' details in a home."
It only makes sense that gazing at homes all day has influenced Mezrahi's aesthetic a little bit. Since starting the account, Mezrahi has witnessed his own real estate preferences change dramatically. "Before I would think an untouched in time mid-century modern [home] was disgusting, and now would do anything for one and get super excited when I see there is a new one on the market," he shares. "A Frank Lloyd Wright house would be a dream." His least favorite home style? Split-level houses. "I have no idea who thought that would be a good idea, and even worse, they still make them today. Who wants that?"