18. Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Kentucky
Your Take: “It’s a $7 million house. Includes a basketball court, library, workout room, backyard, rec room and big back porch. Twice as big as any other Greek house on campus. Often the setting for "Women of UK" calendar photo shoots. Two stone lions stand out front that are constantly guarded by pledges armed with paintball guns.” -- Ben, Kentucky
Our Take: “Constantly” guarded by pledges with paintball guns? Like you can go there at any time of the day and get a paintball blast to the face? We admire their forced commitment.
17. Phi Kappa Psi, Ohio State
Your Take: “Modeled after the South Carolina governor's mansion, the Phi Psi house was built in 1907. Since being built, it served as the model for fraternity houses in the Midwest. Phi Kappa Psi has been the longest continuous charter at OSU. Alumni raised $3 million for renovations from 2008-2010 and renovated the house in the summer of 2011. Currently the house has a capacity for 50 brothers to live in, a private parking lot for 30 cars, ideal location, and two full balconies.” -- Daniel, Ohio State
Our Take: Yes, another Ohio State house. (There honestly could have been four on the list—the TKE castle is literally No. 31). We’re sorry, but the school seems to have a stranglehold on fratsles.
Phi Kappa Psi gets on the list for its size, its exterior looks, and its deep-pocketed alumni who literally raised millions of dollars to renovate a house consummated to male bonding and excessive drinking.
16. Sigma Phi Epsilon, Michigan State
Your Take: "Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, indoor basketball court, three levels with 2 full bars, backyard patio on the Red Cedar River.” -- Ryan, Michigan State
“We’re located right on the Red Cedar River, which you may recognize from the Michigan State Fight Song. The main room in the house is about the size of a basketball court and can easily hold hundreds of people. There is also a balcony on the second floor that wraps around this entire room, which makes for epic parties. In these areas we have two full 10 feet bars, a basketball hoop, and a full size stripper pole. The house also has two outside balconies that overlook the river. There are 26 rooms in the house, along with a presidential suite, multiple bathrooms, and a full kitchen.” -- Brandon, Michigan State
Our Take: It’s staggering that there’s a fraternity house designed by maybe the world’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, but here we are. The Sig Eps of Michigan State boast an abode with some of the coolest amenities of any on the list, including an indoor basketball court, full-sized bars, and, of course, a stripper pole. And now we’re left wondering if Frank’s blueprints made room for the pole.
15. Beta Theta Pi, University of Oklahoma
Your Take: “The Gamma Phi chapter is currently in its third house as a fraternity. It was completed in 1929 and has remained unchanged on the exterior ever since and is on the National Register of Historic Places.” -- Neal, Oklahoma
“Living rooms with lofted bedrooms for every room.... Setup is perfect for great parties.” -- Connor, Oklahoma
Our Take: It’s no secret that fraternities love secret rituals. This house looks like a friggin’ Masonic temple. Someone get Dan Brown on the phone and tell him to write a thriller about the Oklahoma Beta Theta Pis.
14. Phi Delta Theta, Butler University
Your Take: "It is a special place where all brothers are welcome. We have roof access, full kitchen with cooks, and a spacious great room. Plus, who wouldn't want to live in a castle?" -- ABROham Lincoln, Butler (not a real name)
"Its actually a fucking castle. 'Nuff said. And there’s a roof you can go out on. Bitches love the roof." -- Jon, Butler
Our Take: It is actually a fucking castle. Built in 1929 and recently renovated to make it—seriously—the first LEED certified fraternity house in the state of Indiana, the Phi Delt's palace boasts a limestone and granite exterior with a brand-new interior. We just hope the 48 residents have remembered to put in a monastery in which to properly worship at the feet of Brad Stevens.
13. Acacia, Indiana
Your Take: “Check out how ballin that bitch is.” -- Don, Indiana
Our Take: It’s ballin, bitch.