Are you a real estate agent, property manager, or web developer looking to save money and build a website for your business using WordPress as the platform? In this article, we take a look at some of the best WordPress real estate themes currently available.
While assembling this list, we looked for themes that would provide something close to a turn-key solution, combining awesome design with bulletproof property management & real estate functionality. We looked for things like Google Maps integration, advanced usability features (like front-end submission and AJAX searching), and support for popular plugins like dsIDXpress.
There’s no shortage of excellent, premium WordPress real estate themes out there, with dozens available on the ThemeForest marketplace alone, but these were the ones that stood out to us. If you have a personal favorite, feel free to let us know about it in the comments below.
One of our favorite real estate themes for WordPress, in terms of both aesthetics and usability, is EstateEngine. Developed and designed by the experts at EngineThemes, everything you need is included to build a full-fledged real estate directory. The design is clean, professional and modern, while leaving enough room open for you to mix in your own brand and character.
User experience is paramount, and EngineThemes nails it. Performance is excellent, and navigation/search features are sensible and intuitive. Front-end forms & submissions make it easy for property owners and realtors to add and manage their properties, and advanced, AJAX-powered searching provides visitors and would-be property buyers with a smooth, enjoyable experience.
Google Maps is integrated, and secondary features like drag & drop page building SEO optimization add even more value. The only possible drawback is missing support for the popular dsIDXpress plugin. Other than that omission, we’re extremely impressed with what EstateEngine has to offer. Highly recommended.
WP Pro Real Estate 7
WP Pro Real Estate 7 is the seventh entry in what is arguably the most successful line of WordPress real estate themes (and all predecessors still available on the ThemeForest marketplace).
Although we prefer the minimal design of EstateEngine, the features of WP Pro Real Estate are undoubtedly stronger. Providing a bit more versatility, the comprehensive features set includes a few possible must-haves like dsIDXpress support and Walkscore integration. This one also is well-optimized for vacation and rental business models similar to AirBnB.
With six other high-profile property themes to their credit, the developers clearly have a lot of experience to industry specific knowledge to draw on, and that shines through on the final product.
The design of Real Places is reminiscent of a few high-profile realtors, and a variety of layout variations and options make this one of the most flexible and versatile options for property management companies on our list. The developers have paid close attention to building an above-average UX, described as ‘purpose-oriented’ design. And that purpose-oriented designs succeeds: Real Places scores plenty of points on the usability front as a result. Webmasters who require dsIDXpress support will find that here, too.
Like most modern ThemeForest products, Real Places includes Visual Composer and Revolution Slider as extras. The theme is mobile and translation ready, including support for WPML.
WP Rentals is undoubtedly the best theme available for building a website that mimics the user experience of rental websites like AirBnB. The design is clean-cut and professional, and performance is a snappy and fluid. With necessary features like commissions management, booking calendars, Google Maps integration, and custom pricing (based on length of stay), WP Rentals comes as close as possible to providing a turn-key solution.
Quick Sale is a bit different from the other themes we’ve looked at so far, in that it was developed with single property sales in mind (catering to the ‘for sale by owner’ trend). With a bit of tweaking, the theme can also be adapted for use by real estate agencies (dsIDXpress is supported) or property management firms, though we might recommend just going with one of the other themes on our list if that’s your aim. But for single properties, Quick Sale is a fantastic, great-looking option, providing a ton of cool features. Worth a closer look.
Reales WP earns a spot on our best-of list in part due to its classy, elegant design, and there’s something about the aesthetic that better lends itself to high-end, luxury properties than some of the others. The developers have opted for a familiar real estate UX, ensuring an intuitive, smooth experience for both site admins and visitors. Contemporary must-have features like front-end submission and Google Maps are included.
Skyestate is our second favorite real estate theme in terms of design, and its clean lines and liberal use of white space make it reminiscent of EstateEngine in many ways. It’s remarkably versatile, too, with several layout presets included, plenty of back-end options to adjust, and support for Visual Composer. Skyestate is mobile-optimized (and retina-ready) to provide a flawless, consistent user experience on smartphones and tablets. And it’s fully compatible with dsINXpress. Good stuff.
Luster is a promoted by the developer as the biggest real estate theme, and we suppose that’s a reference to sheer volume of bells & whistles they’ve baked into it. One of the most notable features is the seven distinct design/layouts to choose from. While most presets in premium property themes offer minor layout and color variations, each of Luster’s seven designs are strikingly different from one another. And along with all the functionality common to real estate websites, the theme also supports third-party plugins ignored by many others, like WooCommerce and MailChimp.
Cliche or not, Luster might be the best bang-for-you-buck on our list.
Hometown – Real Estate WordPress Theme
Hometown is unpretentious in its design, and straight-forward in execution. It’s a streamlined package that provides you with everything you need to build a full-featured website for your agency or property.
Oikia is another slim, focused theme developed exclusively for property management companies and realtors. Built by the renowned team of WordPress masters at cssigniter, the UX is familiar and intuitive, and the design is vibrant eye-catching — certain to make an excellent, instant impression on visitors and future clients.
ElegantEstate lands on our list as an oldie-but-goodie. This theme has been around for a few years, but shows no signs in waning in popularity. The warm, friendly design is a winner, and a great match for agencies servicing small communities. It’s a nice alternative to some of the colder, corporate aesthetics we’ve looked at above, though lacks some of the more sophisticated features of the afformentioned, like dsIDXpress support.