There's nothing quite like the lure of an open house sign. Granted, you might not be in the neighborhood (or tax bracket) for many of these outstanding properties, but there's still plenty to admire -- even from the comfort of your swivel chair.
From coast to coast, and everything in-between, we lay down the welcome mat at some of the most enticing open houses in the nation. So wipe your feet at the door and scroll right on through.
Open Houses for March 10-11
Open house: Sun., March 11 Location: Tucson, Ariz. Price: $1.795 million Property details: This sleek, minimalist contemporary in the Foothills gated community of Tucson blends seamlessly into its stunning desert setting. Boasting views of the Catalina Mountains from its sprawling patio and pool area, you get a front-row seat to admire Arizona's jaw-dropping natural beauty. The 5,721-square-foot home features four bedrooms, six bathrooms, 16-foot ceilings, cherrywood and limestone finishes, and a gourmet kitchen. See inside this property.
Open house: Sat., March 10 Location: Edina, Minn. Price: $1.750 million Property details: Located in one of the great, classic neighborhoods of East Edina, this splendid four-bedroom home is a rare find. The stately Hennepin County home features a spacious living room decked out with an antique-style, gas-burning fireplace, a huge office, a gym and a dazzling chef's kitchen. With its generous backyard and lawn, and proximity to an impressive selection of elementary and middle schools in the Edina district, it's perfect for families with young kids.
Open house: Sun., March 11 Location: Eagle, Colo. Price: $1.1 million Property details: This is luxury ranch living that's an homage to Colorado's natural beauty. Boasting wooden floors, stone walls, soaring wood-beamed ceilings and snow-capped views from every window, this Eagle Ranch mansion's earthy aesthetic serves to highlight its breathtaking surrounds. The 4,680-square-foot home features five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a walk-out basement complete with wet bar and stone fireplace.
Open house: Sun., March 11 Location: Worthington, Ohio Price: $699,900 Property details: This modernist midcentury classic home, built on a three-quarter-acre lot, boasts an innovative round design by Theodore van Fossen. With quarry-tile floors, custom woodwork, insulated glass windows and Miele appliances, this stunning three-bedroom home is for those who are detail-oriented and accept nothing but the best. See inside this property.
Open house: Sun., March 11 Location: Princeton, N.J. Price: $1.495 million Property details: "Picture perfect" is all we can think when we look at this idyllic Colonial-style home built in 1965. The five-bedroom, four-bathroom property strikes the perfect balance between "classic grace and livability," its listing boasts, and we agree. With standard practicalities like state-of-the-art HVAC and roofing, coupled with stunning wood detail, sun-splashed stone floor bridges, and cherry-wood, granite and marble decor, the home seamlessly blends beauty with functionality. We love its sprawling free-form backyard pool flanked by rolling green lawns, perfect for enjoying warm Princeton summers.
Open House: Sun., March 11 Location: Los Angeles Price: $5.995 million Property details: Perched high on a private promontory, this stunning, 4,044-square-foot estate overlooks the Stone Canyon Reservoir and is a tranquil haven tucked away from the bright lights of Hollywood and the Sunset Strip. Surrounded by greenery, boasting serene views of Bel Air and a sprawling lawn, the spacious five-bedroom, five-bathroom beauty is perfect for growing families. It features a contemporary kitchen, a media room, pool, spa and a gorgeous gazebo -- perfect for enjoying those picturesque California sunsets.
Open house: Sun., March 11 Location: Dallas Price: $699,000 Property details: This charming 3,476-square-foot home is located on the leafy Sprucewood Drive and boasts 14 of its own willowy trees -- and some rolling green lawns. Nature aside, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom property features polished wood floors, antique-style fireplaces, exposed brick, a spacious, open kitchen with granite countertops, and massive windows throughout.
Open house: Sun., March 11 Location: Miami Beach, Fla. Price: $8.65 million Property details: There's no denying that this 8,284-square-foot "Villa Tiamo" is Miami luxury through and through, with its rooftop terrace, infinity pool and water views from every room. It's located inside the gated Sunset Island IV community and is a stone's throw from South Beach and the bustling, fashionable stores and cafes of Lincoln Road. Location aside, the home itself is impressive. We're talking soaring double-volume ceilings, exquisite high-end finishes and generous windows that fill the museum-like home with sunlight. The majestic home features nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms and a stunning Italian kitchen.
This home dates back to the pre-Revolutionary era, but still remains a popular architectural choice for many Americans.
Can you guess the style of this house?
One of the country's most prevalent home styles, the term "Colonial" covers a broad spectrum of homes that typically share the following characteristics, according to "This Old House": large entryway, symmetrical facade, six-over-six windows, and a gable or gambrel roof. Colonials also often have dormers, or a protruding space on the slope of the roof.
Sort of evocative of a castle isn't it? Its name has a similar association.
Guess this home's style.
Queen Annes are characterized by their stark, asymmetrical shapes, bay windows and jutting turrets. They typically have decorative trim and a first-floor porch. Sometimes referred to as "Victorian," the Queen Anne style emerged as a popular design after the Civil War, when munitions factories began mass producing metal house parts and wood trim, according to "This Old House".
Created by preeminent American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, prairie style reflects the larger-than-life architect's fondness for low horizontal lines and airy interiors. The homes usually have low-pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, a central chimney and open floor plan.
This style of home had its heyday in the 1950s and '60s.
Can you guess the design?
Midcentury moderns feature flat roofs and are often constructed of brick, stucco and stone. The homes usually offer open-floor plans that feature an airy center area that functions as a living and dining-kitchen space. Built to welcome in natural light, the homes often have floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
The Cape Cod style is a type of Colonial that came into its own in the 1920s. The classic Cape Cod is a one-story symmetrical cottage with a steep pitched roof and dormers. Their exteriors are typically clapboard, stucco or brick. While this home wears the trappings of Cape Cod style, it dwarfs its ancestors in size.
This style of home shares its name with a Southern state.
Do you know what it is?
Georgians have symmetrical facades with double-hung windows. Their front doors are generally paneled with transom lights, and sometimes have pedimented crowns. Georgian exteriors are generally brick in the South -- as with this lavish mansion in Georgia -- and clapboard in the North.
Price: $8 million
Sq. Ft.: N/A
This ivy-covered mansion boasts a grand portico and two symmetrical wings. The home sits on a five-acre estate that has gardens, waterfalls and two ponds. Highlights include two guesthouses, a nine-car garage, 12-seat theater, elevator and billiard room.
This style of home, influenced by native American architecture, is common in the Southwest.
Can you name the style?
The pueblo house was the home of choice for many Spanish settlers and Native Americans who lived in the southwest in the colonial era. The homes usually have flat roofs, adobe exteriors with rounded edges and exposed wood beams.
This style of home covers a wide range of modern-day domiciles.
Take a guess.
"Contemporary" is a bit of an umbrella term that encompasses a wide array of modern styles. They are generally minimalist and emphasize functionality, often featuring clean lines and abundant natural light.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Price: $2.9 million
Sq. Ft.: 8,100
This giant contemporary has sweeping marble-tiled floors along with floor-to-ceiling windows, out of which you can take in picturesque views of Salt Lake City and the mountains beyond it. Amenities include a hot tub, swimming pool and "meditation area."