Open Houses of the Week: June 23-24

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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.

Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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Open house: Sun., June 24
Price: $14.9 million
Property details: This magnificent Mediterranean is fit to be a celebrity's hideaway home! It's located on a quiet lane and sits on more than 2 acres of park-like, grassy lawn. Relax by your tropical pool with cabana, soaking up that glorious California summer sun while nursing a mojito (cabana boy not included). The stunning home is sprawled across 10,000 square feet and features nine bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and an outdoor gym.

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Pinecrest, Fla.

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Open house: Sun., June 24
Price: $4.65 million
Property details: Clearly, we love the Mediterraneans! This Mediterranean in idyllic Pinecrest boasts marble and wood floors, as well as stunning Chicago brick. Mixing old-world charm with modern luxury features, the 13,157-square-foot home boasts a 12-seat theater, a wine cellar and a custom bar. The luxurious house features 10 spacious bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and expansive terraces with incredible nature views. And don't even get us started on that pool....

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Chevy Chase, Md.

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Open house: Sun., June 24
Price: $2.6 million
Property details: This charming home nestled in Chevy Chase's West Village is perfect for those who love nature. Flanked by trees, bushes and greenery, this flawless Victorian feels more like a country getaway. Close to a golf course and great schools, the six-bedroom home is perfect for sports lovers and growing families alike. Plus, it just got a $200,000 price reduction! What are you waiting for?

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Paradise Valley, Ariz.

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Open house: Sat.-Sun., June 23-24
Price: $1.175 million
Property details: Now this home is something else. With polished walnut wood flooring, 16-foot coffered ceilings, wood beams and stone accents, this place is easy on the eyes. Plus, there are luxury features to boot: a wet bar with wine fridge, a theater room with surround sound, and a marble-and-limestone bath retreat. Throw in five huge bedrooms, a pool and spa, and a 600-square-foot guesthouse, and you couldn't possibly want for anything else.

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Great Falls, Va.

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Open house: Sun., June 24
Price: $1.399 million
Property details: This Colonial, according to the listing, "combines the best of traditional design with contemporary flair." And we couldn't agree more. With massive multiple windows flooding each level with light, gorgeous wood floors, soaring ceilings and flawless details, we'd say it's one of the finest homes in Great Falls. The home features five bedrooms, five bathrooms and is set on more than 2 acres.

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Austin, Texas

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Open house: Sun., June 24
Price: $1.225 million
Property details: Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac dappled with mature trees, this majestic six-bedroom home is wonderfully private, yet close to shops and the neighborhood park. Inside, you'll find a media and game room, ample living spaces and a spacious gourmet kitchen. We love the abundance of entertaining areas, particularly that gorgeous pool area with custom veranda -- perfect for summer parties!

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Greenwich, Conn.

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Open house: Sun., June 24
Price: $3.395 million
Property details: We love this classically beautiful home boasting stunning private gardens on more than 2 acres -- perfect for those green thumbs! The gorgeous five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home features an oversize living room with fireplace, panelled library with wet bar and the most elegantly marbled entrance hall you'll ever see! In the backyard, you get a luxurious in-ground pool with natural stone waterfall and diving board. Heavenly.

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Open Houses of the Week: June 23-24

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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