Open Houses of the Week: June 2-3

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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.

Honolulu


Open house: Sun., June 3
Price: $1.65 million
Property details: It's hard to compete with homes in Honolulu, but this one takes Hawaii's magic to a whole new level. With its "stunning architectural design" and its classic, "old Hawaii" charm, this 2,461-square-foot beachside home is an absolute dream. With a lush garden courtyard, soaring wood ceilings, and airy rooms and living spaces, this three-bedroom home (built in 1977) is down-to-earth yet incredibly luxurious.

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Malibu, Calif.


Open house: Sun., June 3
Price: $13.5 million
Property details: A stunning, completely remodeled hacienda located on over an acre within the exclusive Serra Retreat. Perfect for entertaining, the 3,931-square-foot, three-bedroom home also boasts a two-bedroom guesthouse, a pool, spa and outdoor fireplace. Plus, it's nature-lover-friendly with its lush tropical landscaping, organic vegetable garden, citrus grove and greenhouse.

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Dallas


Open house: Sun., June 3
Price: $1.739 million
Property details: We just love this gorgeous Tudor home in Dallas' Stratford Manor. Boasting its original 1927 charm and craftsmanship, the spacious three-bedroom home features soaring ceilings, arched passageways, and the Tudor style's traditional plaster walls. Two downstairs living areas offer views of the home's sprawling pool and massive, landscaped backyard -- perfect for families with children and pets.

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Tucson, Ariz.


Open house: Sat.-Sun., June 2-3
Price: $425,000
Property details: Wildlife and abundant desert vegetation surround this stunning hideaway in Tucson's Foothills neighborhood. The 2,532-square-foot home also features three spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, and four (yes four!) private outdoor patios. Perfect for entertaining, the outdoor living spaces take full advantage of the home's stunning desert mountain views. Inside, we also love the romantic beehive fireplace, French doors and hand-crafted redwood ceilings. Incredible attention to detail!

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Great Falls, Va.


Open house: Sun., June 3
Price: $2.125 million
Property details: A truly classic, 5,194-square-foot beauty flanked by rolling lawns and towering mature trees on an almost two-acre lot. Inside, the home is just as striking with its hardwood floors, vintage-style furnishings, ornate light fixtures and sophisticated, curving grand staircase. The home features four bedrooms, five bathrooms and a huge chef's kitchen. We love those enormous windows offering views of the incredible nature that surrounds it.

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Mamaroneck, N.Y.


Open house: Sun., June 3
Price: $3.395 million
Property details: This grand Queen Anne-style shingled cottage boasts all its original features -- exquisite wood detailing, stained glass windows, seven fireplaces and even its hardwood flooring. The waterfront home's distinctive touches include that grand circular tower and palatial fieldstone porch. We love its huge, grassy, 1-acre lot and private beach. It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in an interior of more than 3,500 square feet.

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Bremerton, Wash.


Open house: Sun., June 3
Price: $374,900
Property details: We love this beautiful three-bedroom located on an idyllic, tree-canopied lane in the heart of Bremerton. The home boasts a covered front porch, from which you can enjoy views over your rolling front lawn, mature trees and colorful front gardens. Inside, you'll find a spacious family room, a huge office, and three bathrooms. And though all that surrounding nature may make you feel like you're in some kind of country paradise, you're actually only 10 minutes away from shopping in Silverdale!

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Open Houses of the Week: June 2-3

Spring buying season is here, and it may not have come at a better time for Americans thinking about taking the real estate plunge. Call us sanguine, but market bellwethers seem to suggest that housing's five-year descent has finally come to an end.

With home affordability scraping record heights
, now may be the best time to buy in decades, with one caveat: You should look at a home purchase the old-fashioned way -- as an investment in a living space, not a high-performing stock. Home prices are not going to rocket upward, as in the "steroid years."

To celebrate the warm weather (and uptick in home construction and sales that usually accompany it), AOL Real Estate brings you homes on the market with some of the most mouth-watering outdoor entertaining spaces. Click through our galleries to see outdoor features of every stripe, ranging from free-form terraced pools to zen gardens. 

Location: Old Greenwich, Conn.
Price: $14.5 million
Beds/Baths: 5/6
Sq. Ft.: 8,100

This waterfront mansion in woodsy Greenwich, Conn., is set on the much-coveted Long Island Sound waterfront. Behind its mogul-worthy exterior awaits some stunning outdoor space. 

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Flanked by a luscious pool is a semi-enclosed patio, circled by by a stone wall, bushes and columns.

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The columns support a pergola laced with free-flowing vines. Taken with its otherwise-groomed features, the space offers a pitch-perfect blend of natural and man-made elements. 

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Location: Sarasota, Fla.
Price: $12.9 million
Beds/Baths: 5/9
Sq Ft: 9,202 

This elegant villa sits behind gargoyle-lined walls, mixing "classic mediterranean architecture with Moorish flair." Amenities include a gourmet kitchen, media room, two-story office and exquisite murals. 

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The luxury home is brimming with extravagant outdoor spaces, boasting eight open-air porches and patios that overlook a lagoon-like pool and the salty expanse beyond. 

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The columned, curtain-draped cabana is "second to none," the listing says. It presides over a waterfall, spa, water slide, lounging area and the next logical conclusion for such lavish space: a stage for live entertainment. 

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Location: Naples, Fla. 
Price: $12 million
Beds/Baths: 5/7
Sq. Ft.: 8,500

Florida has more that its share of luxurious "outdoor rooms" and spaces, and this 8,100-square-foot, palm-guarded mansion is among the best. For the deep-pocketed buyer, it also doesn't hurt that home prices, on average, have fallen 50 percent from their housing-boom peak. 

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In addition to a wide range of amenities and finishes, the home features a roofed, outdoor kitchen that hugs the home's rear, and overlooks an intoxicating series of pools. 


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The home's series of pools, at different depths, flow from one to the other. 

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Location: Santa Fe, N.M. 
Price: $4 million
Beds/Baths: 5/7
Sq. Ft.: 7,728

This pueblo-style hacienda commands 14 acres, a generous portion of which are devoted to a stunning network of naturalistic pools. 

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Described as a "free-form pool" in the listing, it includes tiered waterfalls and a hot tub, surrounded by benches and exquisite landscaping. 

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The home's covered porch overlooks a vast New Mexico landscape, including views of five mountain ranges. 

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Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Price: $990,000
Beds/Baths: 6/5
Sq Ft: 5,900

A classic stone and brick home in the historic town of Chattanooga. Great for a large family, it has a master suite featuring a private sitting room, three large bedrooms that share a room with a fireplace and bathroom, and a guest room on each floor.

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Outside, you’ll find a large yard, porches and stone patio with a fire pit.

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Its interior, with plenty of hardwood flooring and marble surfaces, gives the house a polished look that contrasts with the outdoor entertaining area's embrace of the elements.  

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Location: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Price: $1.395 million
Beds/Baths: 6/8
Sq Ft: 9,507

This custom-designed mansion
stretches nearly 9,507 square feet, and offers verdant landscaping -- from a lush, sweeping lawn to mature, encircling trees. 

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What sets this entertaining space apart is its nuanced approach to landscaping, which strikes the perfect balance between laissez faire and hands-on. Well-kept garden plots are set against a backdrop of bushy trees. The rich expanse is anchored by a minimalist pool. The home also features a wrap-around patio, fireplace and hot tub. 

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Location: Andover, Kan.
Price: $2.999 million
Beds/Baths: 5/9
Sq. Ft.: 7,998

Built in 2009, this solidly built luxury home delivers a lot of bang for its buck. Interior features include vaulted ceilings and doorways. There's elaborate stonework throughout. 

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At its rear sits a large outdoor patio that stretches out from an open-air room. The paved expanse eventually reaches a hot tub. 

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Encased in brick, stone and wood, the home's exquisite outdoor room features a kitchen and massive stone fireplace. 

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Location: San Diego
Price: $595,000
Beds/Baths: 3/2
Sq. Ft.: 1,140

Though modest compared to our other picks, this Spanish-style home, which has stood since 1931, makes creative use of its outdoor space.

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The home's tiled terrace features a lushly landscaped path, and overlooks a mix of California plant life. A "shade sail" adds some flair to the area, while providing refuge from the blazing San Diego sun.


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Shade sails are trending in the world of outdoor decor, architecture and home design website Houzz says. In addition to providing, er, shade, the furnishings "lend a strong, artful, sculptural look," shade designer Tres Jones tells Houzz. We couldn't put it better! 

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Location: Naples, Fla.
Price: $11.95 million
Beds/Baths: 6/11
Sq Ft: 11,113

This house is a water-lover’s dream; it's set right on Naples Bay, and has quick access to the Gulf. With a private boatlift and dock, a quick trip out to sea is only minutes away.

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The castle-like home has an outdoor kitchen, a large pool and a hot tub, all with pristine views of the bay.

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Inside you’ll find lots of marble throughout the large hallways and open spaces, and a place to dine for any occasion. There’s a breakfast bar, breakfast room and a formal dining room. 

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Location: Houston
Price: $1,995,000
Beds/Baths: 2/4
Sq. Ft.: 3,600

This Texas mansion features exquisite landscaping and an outdoor pool that is surrounded by fragrant Asian plants, including a Chinese fringe tree, olive shrubs, and white star jasmine. Ivy weaves its way through the home's columned pergola. 

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The carefully landscaped exterior features a zen garden with a remote-controlled mosquito system, "which sprays a natural chrysanthemum repellant." 

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