In Romance, Homeowners Have Game, Survey Says

romantic coupleBy Les Christie, CNNMoney

NEW YORK -- When it comes to dating, homeownership can be the ultimate aphrodisiac.

In a survey of 1,000 single people, more than a third of women and 18 percent of men said they would much rather date a homeowner than a renter.

Only 2 percent of women said they preferred to date a man who rents, while only 3 percent of men said they would choose a woman who rents over one that owns her home, according to the survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive for real estate site Trulia.

Both sexes also clearly prefer it when there's no roommate in the picture; 62 percent of survey respondents, men and women, prefer to date singles who live alone.

And there was bad news for the growing number of boomerang kids -- the young adults who went off to college, graduated and then wound up back in their old bedrooms. It's going to be hard to find love, except (perhaps) from your parents. Less than 5 percent of all singles surveyed said they would date someone living in their childhood homes.

"That's a real deal-breaker," said Michael Corbett, a spokesman for Trulia. "If you're still living with your folks, you're dead-on-arrival for dating."

Trulia also asked which home features are the biggest turn-ons. No. 1 turned out to be a master bath. Men (64 percent) love that private sanctum almost as much as women do (75 percent).

Walk-in closets were cited by 55 percent of men and 72 percent of women and gourmet kitchens got 51 percent of the male vote and 62 percent of the female. Hardwood floors, outdoor decks and home theaters also came in high on the list.

Interestingly enough, hot tubs got a lot less love from respondents. Only 26 percent of men and 22 percent of women cited the old standby in the science of seduction as an amenity they would truly want.

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In Romance, Homeowners Have Game, Survey Says

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we thought we'd be remiss if we didn't bring you some of the most passion-stirring dwellings on the market. 

From a vine-draped French farmhouse in Montecito, Calif., to Katharine Hepburn's majestic seaside estate, the 10 homes on our list -- compiled by -- all offer their own unique flavor of romance rooted in history, appearance and setting. 

Click through our gallery to see 10 homes that will make you swoon. 

Location: Roquebrune Cap Martin, France
Price: $50.732 million
Beds/Baths: 7/7
Sq Ft: 10,000+

Presiding over the Mediterranean, the estate of world-famous perfume maker Mademoiselle Chanel has hosted guests including Picasso and Sir Winston Churchill. 

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Lovers residing in this storied retreat have a variety of entertainment options at their disposal. For starters, sweethearts can roll the dice in Monte Carlo, bask in sunlight on the home's rolling hills or visit the scenic town of Eze. 

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The estate boasts jaw-dropping panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, offering countless spots for canoodling. 

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Location: Old Saybrook, Conn. 
Price: $28 million 
Beds/Baths: 6/8
Sq. Ft.: 8,368

This home has been in the family of acclaimed actress Katharine Hepburn since 1913. Another exceedingly famous character has expressed interest in it recently -- at least according to the rumor mill: Barack Obama. 

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Resting on 3.4 acres overlooking Long Island Sound, the home stretches 8,000 square feet, and has a gourmet kitchen and three-car garage. 

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Hepburn reportedly constructed a model of the home using building blocks from F.A.O. Schwarz in 1939, and later in the year began to construct the real thing. Howard Hughes, Hepburn's lover, reputedly used to land his seaplane in front of the mansion. 

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Location: Montecito, Calif.
Price: $5.4 million
Beds/Baths: 2/2
Sq. Ft.: 3,869

Draped in vines that crawl across its barrel-tiled roof, and even infiltrate its interior, this home is modeled after a French farmhouse.

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The home's guesthouse and garage a create courtyard perfect for romantic strolls. Interior highlights include soaring ceilings, lime-washed walls and tile floors. 

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A gourmet kitchen with an attached open-walled extension blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living. The property nestles into a 45-acre nature preserve and offers access to clubhouses, pools and tennis courts. 

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Location: Vicksburg, Miss.
Price: $2.9 million
Beds/Baths: N/A writes that this home is tied up in a fascinating love story from the Victorian era. The home's former owner fell in love his future wife when she was only 14. They married after she turned 16 when he was 30. 

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The mansion reportedly took 10 years to construct, finally reaching completion in 1852. During the Civil War, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, who was related to the lady of the house, converted the home into a hospital.

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Serving as a perpetual reminder of the war, a cannonball that was fired into the home remains lodged in a parlor wall. Currently, the home is a hotel, hosting many a pair of sweethearts. 

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Location: Sonoma, Calif.
Price: $3.995 million
Beds/Baths: 4/3.5
Sq Ft: 6,300

"Maison de Pierre's" entry on the market, as it turns out, stems from love: The current owner is cutting the mansion loose in order to move overseas to be with his Italian sweetheart. 

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The home's exterior is largely built of stones set by a father-and-son team of French masons, who were recruited to build the luxury home. 

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The woodsy mansion boasts three fireplaces and a slate roof with copper gutters. 

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Location: Aspen, Colo.
Price: $48.5 million
Beds/Baths: 12/19
Sq. Ft.: 23,649

Commanding 80 acres, this massive ski mansion stretches a jaw-dropping 23,649 square feet, enough to host an entire clan, scions and all. 

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'Jigsaw Ranch' also comes with a cabin, guest house and gatehouse, quarters that could provide a bit more intimacy for lovebirds. 

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The home's giant swath of acreage contains a private island, perfect for amorous jaunts. 

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Location: Belvedere Island, Calif. 
Price: $45 million
Beds/Baths: 7/11
Sq. Ft.: 15,500 

This expansive home offers gorgeous, uninterrupted panoramas of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. You can revel in the vistas through the home's romantic, waterside terrace or through the interior's floor-to-ceiling windows. 

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Beneath the terrace, waves wash ashore, producing a sound that jibes perfectly with candlelit meals. 

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The home features an exquisite interior. Each room was decorated by a professional who was competing in a decorating contest held in the home. 

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Location: New York, N.Y.
Price: $28 million
Beds/Baths: 7/7
Sq. Ft.: 10,911

You pretty much never get this much space in New York City unless you drop some serious, serious dough. In the case of this $28 million Tribeca abode, we're talking a soaring mountain of dough. The home rises five stories, with a roof boasting gorgeous views of Manhattan's skyline. 

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There are three terraces that jut out from the home, offering plenty of spots for lip locks in the night air. And you can switch between them without even haven't to climb just one flight of stairs: The home has an elevator. 

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The bed-of-roses master suite features a jacuzzi. 

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Location: Key Largo, Fla.
Price: $20 million
Beds/Baths: 5/6
Sq. Ft.: 6,127

Publicity-shy magnate Arthur Vining Davis once owned this private island, which is accessible through boat or helicopter. The lush island sits close to the swanky Ocean Reef Club Resort. 

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If privacy nearly always enhances any romantic experience, then this property sets the stage for some of the most amorous interactions conceivable. 

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The island is the highest in the Keys, reaching 21 feet above sea level. 

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Location: Lakeland, Fla.
Price: $2.3 million
Beds/Baths: 4/6.5
Sq. Ft.: 4,412

Country singer Tammy Wynette always lusted after a home like the idyllic mansion featured in "Gone With the Wind," the classic novel and film about Southern aristocratic life at the time of the Civil War. She got her wish when she purchased this plantation home in Lakeland, Fla. 

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Both Thomas Edison and Teddy Roosevelt paid visits to the home, which dates back to 1902. After Tammy moved in, the guest list included the likes of country singers Johnny Cash and Charlie Pride. 

The property's sweeping meadows and lush plants render it truly pastoral. 

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