Best of 2012's #Housepornthurs Winners

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This year we launched #housepornthurs in order to leverage the Twittersphere to discover some of the country's finest listings. To participate in the weekly Twitter conversation, you just tweet a listing with #housepornthurs on a (surprise!) Thursday.

After reviewing the submissions, we select two finalists and then put them to a vote on our Facebook page the following Wednesday. Then we feature whichever submission gets the most likes as our House of the Day the next day -- on #housepornthurs!

We're proud to say the social media campaign was a smashing hit (in our humble, totally unbiased opinion) with Realtors and brokerages from all over tweeting a vast array of jaw-dropping listings.

Have a look at some of 2012's best #housepornthurs winners.
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Best of 2012's #Housepornthurs Winners

Embracing its leafy surroundings, this large Colonial home comes gift-wrapped in ivy and exquisite landscaping. @HoulihanRE snagged another #housepornthurs win by submitting this home in swanky Scarsdale, N.Y.

See more photos, and learn more about the home: Scarsdale Colonial Comes Wrapped in Ivy

This state-of-the-art mountain home takes full advantage of its scenic surroundings with features that enable visitors to experience the rustic, forested environs near Lake Tahoe.

See more: Truckee Cabin Is Rustic on the Outside, Futuristic on the Inside

The uber-luxurious home sold in late November for $13.25 million. That may seem like a whopping price tag, but believe it or not, it pales in comparison to the home's original ask.

See more photos, and the price at which the home was originally listed: Mercer Island Waterfront Mansion Sells at Half Its 2010 Asking Price

Located in uber-ritzy East Hampton, the 4,500-square-foot home stares out at Napeague Harbor. The nearby beaches and ocean offer ample opportunity for swimming, kayaking and fishing, while the 1,000-acre preserve behind the home boasts trails ideal for hiking and mountain biking. 

But the home's biggest head-turner may be its gazebo. 

See photos of the glass-enclosed gazebo and more: East Hampton Home Has Hot-Tub Gazebo That Overlooks Napeague Harbor

This property is a dream come true for anyone who loves the outdoors. The 5-acre ranch, located in Ashton, Idaho, comes complete with a four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom log home.

See more: Idaho Ranch's Natural Attractions Include National Park, View of Grand Tetons

Perched over Phoenix Lake and Mt. Tamalpais, "Villa Della Pace," listed for $11.495 million, boasts jaw-dropping views of a rolling swath of hills and parkland in Kentfield, Calif. From stone terraces and manicured lawns to radiant gardens and outdoor fireplace, the home's exquisite landscaping packs quite the punch.

But the villa's pool takes the cake...

See photos of the ivy-draped terrace and more: 'Villa Della Pace' Boasts Picturesque Pool and Panoramas in Kentfield, Calif.

Sheathed in an austere white exterior, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home has 3,668 square feet of interior space featuring Brazilian cherry woodwork and gleaming tile floors.

See more: Oregon Home Is a Contemporary Standout in a Rustic, Woodsy Setting

Nestled into a gated community, the $4.395 million "Storybook Country English" presides over 1.5 acres of rich, verdant landscaping. With two turrets peeking at visitors through the property's tree canopy, the home flaunts a manicured lawn, fountains and a stone fence that is gift-wrapped in flowers and bushes.

See more photos of what @sothebysrealy said is "like a fairytale!": 'Fairy Tale' Home Is Just Plain Magical

The mouth-watering 4,346-square-foot home is the last unit available in The Touraine, a swanky apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side that is supposed to reach completion in the spring of 2013. The last of 22 boutique units, "Penthouse 1" offers five bedrooms and three bathrooms decked out in ritzy decor and fixtures.

See photos of the penthouse, and more: Swanky 'Penthouse 1' in Manhattan Has a Terrace to Die For

Towering over Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, the $12.95 million duplex features two expansive, sheltered terraces that stare out at the Big Apple's skyline. They offer especially breathtaking views of the Empire State Building and midtown Manhattan.

But perhaps the home's most over-the-top amenity is its "sky garage."

See photos of the sky garage, and more: Manhattan Penthouse With Sky Garage

Tucked away in the posh Hamptons beach community of Sag Harbor, N.Y., this nautically themed house, priced at $6.7 million, presides over 150 feet of Long Island beachfront that is the envy of old-money business moguls everywhere.

See more: Sag Harbor Lighthouse Home Is a Waterfront Hamptons Beauty

Nestled in the affluent Studio City neighborhood, this 89-year-old chateau priced at $7.995 million boasts panoramic city and mountain views. On a property stretching for 3 verdant acres, the home's rock-star amenity is a 50-foot infinity pool that stares out at L.A.'s sprawl.

See more photos, and learn more about this historic mansion: Chateau in Studio City Mixes Flapper Glam and Modern Luxury

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