Open Houses of the Week: March 23-24

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 23-24


Open house: Sun., March 25
Location: Phoenix
Price: $699,000
Property details: This three-bedroom, Spanish-style home overlooking the Phoenix Mountain Preserve blends beautifully into its desert landscape. Decked out in warm earth tones, the 2,990-square-foot home boasts vaulted, wood-beamed ceilings, custom stone fireplaces and domed stained-glass windows. Enjoy gorgeous mountain and desert views as you relax on the enormous covered patio that wraps around the home, or take a dip in your sprawling, palm-flanked swimming pool.

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Edwards, Colo.

Open house: Sat., March 24
Location: Edwards, Colo.
Price: $1.225 million
Property details: Snow bunnies, this home's for you! Nestled in the Vail Valley, just west of the famous ski and resort towns of Vail, this picturesque four-bedroom located in the prestigious Alcazar enclave is mere minutes away from world-class skiing. Outdoor perks aside, the 3,400-square-foot home offers breathtaking views over the Game Creek Bowl. It also boasts flawless hickory floors, marble details throughout, and a huge outdoor wood patio with a gas fireplace.

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Malibu, Calif.

Open house: Sun., March 25
Location: Malibu, Calif.
Price: $4.15 million
Property details: If you'd prefer sandy beaches to powdery ski slopes, this striking four-bedroom contemporary may just be perfect for you. Located on pretty Las Tunas Beach, you can enjoy endless blue views from Palos Verdes to Point Dume. Sparkling panoramas aside, the home boasts fine craftsmanship, from its custom tile design, hardwood floors, and granite, marble and onyx details. We love that gorgeous outdoor deck right on the water, perfect for watching those million-dollar Malibu sunsets.

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Edina, Minn.

Open house: Sun., March 25
Location: Edina, Minn.
Price: $1.75 million
Property details: Located in the historic, well-heeled neighborhood of East Edina, this stately four-bedroom home is perfect for families. Situated by abundant parks and schools, and boasting a sprawling green lawn in addition to various indoor and outdoor playspaces, the property offers plenty for families with school-age kids and rambunctious tots. Meanwhile, grownups can enjoy the many posh amenities the home includes, such as an in-home gym.

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Austin, Texas

Open house: Sun., March 25
Location: Austin, Tx.
Price: $1.350 million
Property details: This stunning 2,783-square-foot home, situated on a huge 1.97-acre-lot that gently slopes into the main body of Lake Travis, is a nature-lover's dream. You get idyllic lake and hill-country views from the large deck over the courtyard, and the entire property is flanked by mature trees. The luxurious pool and spa (with firepits!) overlook the sloped garden that leads down to the lake and boat ramp.

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Open House: Sun., March 25
Location: Atlanta
Price: $1.275 million
Property details: Columned porches, sweeping staircases, majestic French doors, and exquisite tiered moldings make this plantation-style Atlanta mansion an absolute dream. With interiors reminiscent of a bygone, "Gone With the Wind" era, the five-bedroom beauty is a rare find. We especially love those outdoor porches equipped with rocking chairs, boasting views of willowy green trees and endless lawns.

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Kaneohe, Hawaii

Open house: Sun., March 25
Location: Kaneohe, Hawaii
Price: $1.295 million
Property details: Homes on Oahu can have an unfair advantage: They are nestled in one of the world's most beautiful beach landscapes, making them desirable by default. This brand-new plantation-style home is no different. Built in 2011, the stunning property offers sweeping ocean and mountain views from all rooms (naturally). It's spread over 2,758 square feet and has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a state-of-the-art kitchen.

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Miami Beach, Fla.

Open house: Sun., March 25
Location: Miami Beach, Fla.
Price: $1.45 million
Property details: This white-hot, 3,460-square-foot contemporary isn't shy about its luxury amenities. With its soaring ceilings, Jacuzzi, open terraces, pools and Miele appliances, it's your quintessential Miami Beach mansion, and that ain't a bad thing! Featuring three spacious bedrooms, four bathrooms and "walls of glass" offering views of the pool, patio and backyard, you can enjoy resort-style living all year-round.

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Open Houses of the Week: March 23-24

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.

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Location: New Canaan, Conn. 
Price: $3.195 million
Beds/Baths: 6/8
Sq. Ft.: 7,402

Nestled in the bedroom community of New Canaan, Conn., this Colonial sprawls a mind-numbing 7,402 square feet. The home's portico gives a little extra oomph to its Colonial bones. 

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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".

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Location: Bath, Maine 
Price: $875,000
Beds/Baths: 6/7
Sq. Ft.: 4,877

This historic home, built in 1889, offers two parlors, radiant flooring and steam baths. As with many other Queen Anne-style homes, the interior hosts a variety of colors. 

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An iconic American architect crafted this style. 

Give us a guess. 

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. 

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This two-story prairie-style home spans 2,243 square feet and offers solar electricity, solar hot water and in-floor radiant heat. Like most prairie-style homes, it has a sweeping, open floor plan. 

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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. 

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Location: Boulder, Colo.
Price: $1 million
Beds/Baths: 4/4
Sq. Ft.: 5,804

Built in 1956, the home sprawls 5,804 square feet. Like many midcentury moderns, the dwelling has glass walls.

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These homes are mostly found in New England. 

Anything come to mind?

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.

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Location: Chatham, Mass.
Price: $2.695 million
Beds/Baths: 5/5
Sq. Ft.: 3,260

This sizable Cape Cod makes a great clan getaway with its five bedrooms. The home has hardwood floors, water views and a fireplace. There's also is a golf course nearby. 

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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. 

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Location: Atlanta
Price: $8 million
Beds/Baths: 7/9
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. 

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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. 

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This home offers jaw-dropping views of the sweeping New Mexico landscape. 

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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. 

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Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Price: $2.9 million
Beds/Baths: 5/3
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." 

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