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 31 - April 1
Open house: Sat., March 31 Location: Las Vegas Price: $3.7 million Property details: This stunning, Tudor-style masterpiece of a home may look like it belongs in a quaint, tree-lined street in Arlington, Va., but it's a tucked-away treasure right in the Sin City desert. You can hardly tell, with its location on a peaceful cul-de-sac and its abundance of lush greenery that includes a "secret garden," exotic fruit trees, a pond, and a natural pool with waterfall. The sprawling, 12,242-square-foot beauty features seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, a theater and a gym. Best of all? It boasts the most incredible views of the mountains. Leaving Las Vegas? Never! See inside this property.
Open house: Sun., April 1 Location: Frisco, Texas Price: $1.469 million Property details: How about this elegant Mediterranean on stunning Buena Vista Drive? Its exteriors boast flawless detail, from its cast stone balustrades to its perfect, chiseled-edge travertine pavers. Inside: exceptional millwork, natural stone and hardwood flooring, and elaborate crown moldings. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom Texas gem also features a gourmet kitchen, a library, a spacious living room with fireplace, a game room, a wet bar, and that incredible pool and spa (pictured). Generous outdoor entertaining areas ensure you can make the most of that glorious Texas weather by dining (and drinking!) al frisco. We mean, fresco.
Open house: Sun., April 1 Location: Kingstown, R.I. Price: $995,000 Property details: This breathtaking waterfront Colonial in North Kingstown will make you feel as if you're on a country getaway, every day. Situated in a private park setting sprawled over four magical acres, the home is flanked by nature, nature, and more nature. From a glistening lake, to colorful gardens, wild greenery in the back and front yards and specimen trees peppered throughout the property, this is a nature-lover's dream. The 6,700-square-foot home features five bedrooms, 3½ baths, and a gourmet kitchen. On snowy East Coast eves, curl up by the living room fireplace and enjoy the stunning views with a cup of hot cocoa. Simply divine.
Open house: Sun., April 1 Location: Tucson, Ariz. Price: $1.795 million Property details: If you've never dreamed of living smack in the middle of the Arizona desert, it's probably because you haven't yet laid eyes on this pretty home. Located on 6.2 acres of land, this stunning contemporary is the perfect blend of modern-day luxury and down-to-earth simplicity. Its clean lines and understatedly stylish, woodsy decor allow the home's breathtaking natural surrounds to take the spotlight ("huge Catalina Mountain views," the listing raves). Additionally, the gorgeous four-bedroom, four-bathroom home boasts 16-foot ceilings, a pool and spa, and plenty of patio space for outdoor entertainment. What more could you want?
Open house: Sun., April 1 Location: Los Angeles Price: $2.995 million Property details: Who doesn't love a home that boasts a timeless Spanish architectural style? From its gleaming white stucco exterior, terra-cotta roof tiles, flawless ornamental ironwork and wooden detailing inside and out, this home exemplifies everything we love about Spanish-style homes. The gorgeous, 3,977-square-foot beauty also features soaring ceilings, tumbled marble floors, custom-handcrafted railings and a stunning outdoor fireplace and patio ("too many details to mention!" says its listing, and we agree). It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, and with its spacious backyard and lawn, and close proximity to some of West L.A.'s finest schools, it makes an ideal family home.
Open House: Sun., April 1 Location: Atlanta Price: $849,900 Property details: This home is so wonderfully picturesque we think it belongs in a movie (just look at that stunning flower garden)! Located in the prestigious Springlake neighborhood of Atlanta, the beautiful five-bedroom, five-bathroom home is flanked by parks and tree-lined streets. It features soaring ceilings, a fireplace, and a finished terrace overlooking a tree-filled yard that's as sweet as a Georgia peach.
Open house: Sun., April 1 Location: Miami Beach, Fla. Price: $8.65 million Property details: Located in the gated Sunset Island IV community in Miami Beach, "Villa Tiamo" boasts million-dollar ocean views from every room. Despite being a short walk from South Beach, it's not your typical Miami McMansion, with its classical Italian detailing, high-end finishes, soaring ceilings and open, light-filled spaces. A home filled with character (and decked out with an unbelievable rooftop terrace offering views over South Beach and the trendy, cafe-packed Lincoln Road).
Open house: Sat., March 31 Location: Eagle, Idaho Price: $529,900 Property details: For this price point, this home is one of the finest we've seen yet! Boasting a southern view of Banbury Ridge, huge entertainment and living spaces, a gym, an elegant wine bar, gourmet kitchen and -- our favorite feature -- an old-world library with 12-feet high, book-lined shelves and a rolling ladder. We love the cherrywood detailing throughout and that sprawling backyard. Perfect for families with pets.
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."