Open Houses of the Week: June 16-17

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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.

Los Angeles


Open house: Sun., June 17
Price: $5.695 million
Property details: This remarkable contemporary is said to have "the best promontory view in Los Angeles." With panoramic city and ocean views, the 6,600-square-foot home is L.A. luxury through and through. The home's sprawling entertainment areas are complemented by natural wood accents and stone surfaces. Glass-walled doors lead to a huge infinity pool and spa. The home features four bedrooms and five bathrooms.

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Paradise Valley, Ariz.


Open house: Sat.-Sun., June 16-17
Price: $3.395 million
Property details: This stunning home brings Arizona desert magic to a whole other level with its expansive views over Mummy Mountain and truly incredible natural detailing. Fine woodwork, travertine and marble flooring, custom walnut cabinetry and exquisite ceiling details only serve to complement an exceptionally luxurious 8,551-square-foot home. We're talking pool, spa, gourmet chef's kitchen, in-home movie theater and wet bar. The home features five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

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McLean, Va.


Open house: Sun., June 17
Price: $3 million
Property details: This gorgeous home built on a nearly 4-acre lot is the epitome of Old World English country charm -- except, it's packed to the gills with state-of-the-art modern features. It has a poolhouse and bar, an art studio and greenhouse, a 500-bottle wine cellar and an entire wing set aside for entertaining. It strikes the perfect balance between classic elegance and modern-day luxury. At 8,000 square feet, with six massive bedrooms and eight bathrooms, this stunning home is more like a tranquil retreat.

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West Harrison, N.Y.


Open house: Sat., June 16
Price: $2.935 million
Property details: This flawless all-brick Colonial boasts European flair and luxury features to boot. Exhibit A: the home's heated saltwater pool with spa and waterfall. Then there's the abundance of outdoor entertaining spaces with built-in barbecues and lush landscaping. Inside you'll find five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and majestic dining and living spaces, all sprawled across 8,824 square feet.

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Honolulu


Open house: Sun., June 17
Price: $2.2 million
Property details: The broker calls this home "understated," but we see nothing understated about its stunning tropical location and luxurious island-style decor. From its spacious lanai to its marble and stone flooring and wild, verdant greenery, this home is nothing short of a private paradise. Plus, it's located in Honolulu, steps from the ocean and close to shopping and theaters. The home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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Chevy Chase, Md.


Open house: Sun., June 17
Price: $1.659 million
Property details: A classic Colonial that's sophisticated yet homey, this beautiful five-bedroom home is perfect for growing families. It has rolling lawns, a spacious backyard (with a rear patio, featuring a gas grill!) and ample living spaces. The home is also steps from the neighborhood playground and the Shops at Friendship Heights. It's a perfect balance of modern conveniences and traditional American beauty.

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Austin, Texas


Open house: Sat., June 16
Price: $1.255 million
Property details: This truly exceptional Austin mansion is more California-luxe than down-home Texan, but we're not complaining! With a heated pool, spa and waterfall, two-story stone fireplaces, an in-home theater with bar, a stone patio with Viking grill and even an air-conditioned doghouse (that matches the main house!), this home will leave you wanting for nothing! Plus, it's gorgeous: With travertine floors, granite details, coffered ceilings and LED custom lighting, you'll be living in A-list style.

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Open Houses of the Week: June 16-17

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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