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. So wipe your feet at the door and scroll right on through.
Open Houses for March 17-18
Open house: Sun., March 18 Location: Los Angeles Price: $5.275 million Property details: With East Asian accents and California flair, this custom-built Tuscan villa boasts six bedrooms and 6.5 baths. Inside, the over 6,000-square-foot home includes soaring ceilings, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a chandelier-decked foyer, and a contemporary design scheme. The pavilion-style roofing isn't the only feng shui feature the home hides. See inside this property.
Open house: Sun., March 18 Location: Providence, R.I. Price: $1.295 million Property details: This picturesque Georgian-style home dates back to 1930, but with the extensive renovation that the owners have put in, you'd never know it. The 4,400-square-foot home includes a total of 10 rooms, with six bedrooms and three full baths. Get toasty by the fireplace in the upstairs master bedroom while the kids play down in the fully-finished lower level. Entertain in your immaculate kitchen and dining room area. Or find the wall of French doors leading to your private stone terrace and garden to survey your masterful estate.
Open house: Sun., March 18 Location: Baltimore, Md. Price: $955,000 Property details: There's nothing provincial about this French Country-style four-bedroom home in Baltimore. After a two-year renovation process, the 1920s-era home manages to be both period-specific and fully equipped for modern living. Chandeliers and stone flooring comprise the pitch-perfect interior design, while the rooms are well-apportioned and sunny. But perhaps the best feature of the home isn't in the home at all -- the 9-foot stone garden house and lion-headed fountain in the backyard.
Open house: Sun., March 18 Location: Austin, Texas Price: $849,950 Property details: Located in the well-heeled community of Green Shores on Lake Austin, this sumptuous 4,000-square-foot mansion is prime real estate for your next black tie event. The five-bedroom home includes a sophisticated patio area with a custom pool and ample space for socializing. Just don't venture too close to the edge of the pool in your three-piece suit, or the driest thing on the patio may be the martinis. See inside this property.
Open house: Sun., March 18 Location: Orono, Minn. Price: $2.975 million Property details: Purify yourself in this home near the waters of Lake Minnetonka. At least that's what Minnesota-native Prince would do. At a whopping 9,591 square feet, this stately brick mansion is big enough for the purple one and every member of the Revolution. Built in 2002, this five-bedroom, six-bath palace goes to show that you don't need to hug the coast to find high-end luxury homes. Guess it's a "Sign o' the Times."
Open House: Sun., March 18 Location: Stamford, Conn. Price: $825,000 Property details: This sizable Colonial measures over 3,000 square feet and boasts five bedrooms and three baths. Situated on 2.9 lush acres in a suburban nook in North Stamford, the property offers plenty for families with rambunctious tots. The pool in the backyard will keep the kids occupied while the grownups enjoy the many posh amenities the home includes inside.
Open house: Sun., March 18 Location: Camas, Wash. Price: $759,900 Property details: Slide right into this 2004 brick home with pristine views of the Columbia River. The street may be crooked, but the house is a flat-out looker. With architectural columns, a grand entry staircase and designer millwork throughout, this custom home has plenty to offer the right buyer.
Open house: Sat.-Sun., March 17-18 Location: Davie, Fla. Price: $1.29 million Property details: Every inch counts in this 4,312-square-foot Mediterranean. From the 270-foot paved driveway, the 26-foot-wide kitchen, the 25-foot media room -- and, of course, this nearly 50-foot covered patio and pool area for all-year enjoyment. Click the listing link below to see if the rest of the property measures up to your imagination.
This home dates back to the pre-Revolutionary era, but still remains a popular architectural choice for many Americans.
Can you guess the style of this house?
One of the country's most prevalent home styles, the term "Colonial" covers a broad spectrum of homes that typically share the following characteristics, according to "This Old House": large entryway, symmetrical facade, six-over-six windows, and a gable or gambrel roof. Colonials also often have dormers, or a protruding space on the slope of the roof.
Sort of evocative of a castle isn't it? Its name has a similar association.
Guess this home's style.
Queen Annes are characterized by their stark, asymmetrical shapes, bay windows and jutting turrets. They typically have decorative trim and a first-floor porch. Sometimes referred to as "Victorian," the Queen Anne style emerged as a popular design after the Civil War, when munitions factories began mass producing metal house parts and wood trim, according to "This Old House".
Created by preeminent American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, prairie style reflects the larger-than-life architect's fondness for low horizontal lines and airy interiors. The homes usually have low-pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, a central chimney and open floor plan.
This style of home had its heyday in the 1950s and '60s.
Can you guess the design?
Midcentury moderns feature flat roofs and are often constructed of brick, stucco and stone. The homes usually offer open-floor plans that feature an airy center area that functions as a living and dining-kitchen space. Built to welcome in natural light, the homes often have floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
The Cape Cod style is a type of Colonial that came into its own in the 1920s. The classic Cape Cod is a one-story symmetrical cottage with a steep pitched roof and dormers. Their exteriors are typically clapboard, stucco or brick. While this home wears the trappings of Cape Cod style, it dwarfs its ancestors in size.
This style of home shares its name with a Southern state.
Do you know what it is?
Georgians have symmetrical facades with double-hung windows. Their front doors are generally paneled with transom lights, and sometimes have pedimented crowns. Georgian exteriors are generally brick in the South -- as with this lavish mansion in Georgia -- and clapboard in the North.
Price: $8 million
Sq. Ft.: N/A
This ivy-covered mansion boasts a grand portico and two symmetrical wings. The home sits on a five-acre estate that has gardens, waterfalls and two ponds. Highlights include two guesthouses, a nine-car garage, 12-seat theater, elevator and billiard room.
This style of home, influenced by native American architecture, is common in the Southwest.
Can you name the style?
The pueblo house was the home of choice for many Spanish settlers and Native Americans who lived in the southwest in the colonial era. The homes usually have flat roofs, adobe exteriors with rounded edges and exposed wood beams.
This style of home covers a wide range of modern-day domiciles.
Take a guess.
"Contemporary" is a bit of an umbrella term that encompasses a wide array of modern styles. They are generally minimalist and emphasize functionality, often featuring clean lines and abundant natural light.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Price: $2.9 million
Sq. Ft.: 8,100
This giant contemporary has sweeping marble-tiled floors along with floor-to-ceiling windows, out of which you can take in picturesque views of Salt Lake City and the mountains beyond it. Amenities include a hot tub, swimming pool and "meditation area."