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 April 7 - April 8
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Open house: Sun., April 8 Location: Pacific Palisades, Calif. Price: $8.89 million Property details: Located in the Riviera section of the picturesque Pacific Palisades, this stunning home strikes the perfect balance between traditional and modern. With classically elegant French features combined with clean lines, modern hardwood floors and luxury amenities, the six-bedroom home is anything but your typical McMansion. In addition to almost 8,000 square feet of sun-drenched living space, the home also offers breathtaking canyon views, a huge swimming pool, and a patio with outdoor fireplace -- perfect for enjoying that year-round California sunshine. See inside this property.
Open house: Sat., April 7 Location: Las Vegas Price: $2.35 million Property details: Lately, Sin City's been blowing us away with their stellar selection of real estate. Exhibit A, this truly beautiful five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in the prestigious community of Mountain Trails. From its remarkable lush landscaping, to its inviting swimming pool and spa, to its numerous terraces (perfect for dining al fresco), and soaring cathedral ceilings, this home is, well, a jackpot. We love the home's travertine and marble interiors and custom drapery. Kids will love the full sport court and sprawling lawns.
Open house: Sat.-Sun., April 7-8 Location: Beaver Creek, Colo. Price: $7.85 million Property details: It's been described as "sophisticated grandeur with mountain charm," and we couldn't agree more. This home couldn't get more elegant or classy with its striking architectural elements: picturesque windows framing postcard-perfect views, antique chandeliers dripping from soaring ceilings, a four-sided stone fireplace, and a flowing floor plan sprawled over a generous 9,500 square feet. You can enjoy Colorado's great outdoors from its many decks and patios, or curl up by the fire with a book. Either way, this eight-bedroom, nine-bathroom gem seem like one of the finest residences in Beaver Creek (and only five miles away from the world-famous ski hub, Vail!).
Open house: Sat.-Sun., April 7-8 Location: Paradise Valley, Ariz. Price: $2.25 million Property details: There's no denying that we love a desert home. Especially one that's located in Paradise Valley, is completely sustainable and Energy Star-certified, and boasts mountain views from every room. (Don't even get us started on that pool and spa.) This spectacular 5,760-square-foot desert dream boasts four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, game room, indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, and an incredible resort-style backyard.
Open house: Sun., April 8 Location: Houston Price: $1.4495 million Property details: If desert living isn't your thing, then how about a lavish Mediterranean with an in-house movie theater and a wine room? This incredible 5,761-square-foot property is the epitome of luxury. The custom-built main house and gorgeous casita (guesthouse) surround the home's resort-style pool, perfect for cool, lazy laps on a hot Texas afternoon, or simply enjoying from the home's wraparound verandas. Houston luxury at its very finest.
Open House: Sat., April 7 Location: Arlington, Va. Price: $1.395 million Property details: If you prefer a home that's a little more low-key but still has ample space and luxury amenities, then this five-bedroom home in Arlington may be the perfect home for you. Though it looks like your classic, Craftsman-style American home, it's filled with modern features including Bosch & Wolff appliances, a Carrera marble spa and luxury finishes throughout. The 4,860-square-foot home boasts stone fireplaces, a full front porch and gorgeous landscaped front and back yards. Close to the Metro and some of Arlington's finest schools, the home is perfect for a growing family.
Open house: Sat., April 7 Location: Southold, N.Y. Price: $523,000 Property details: This beautiful North Fork property, built in 1850, is not just a home, it's a "gentleman's farm." The farmhouse boasts gorgeous views over the homestead, and is flanked by lush greenery, gardens and mature trees. From its cutting garden, gazebo, soaking pool and spectacular country views, you'd never believe it was just a couple of hours drive from New York City. Perfect for those city mice who need a regular country getaway.
Open house: Sat., April 7 Location: Alpharetta, Ga. Price: $445,900 Property details: This idyllic home in the charming community of Alpharetta is a two-story gem filled with character. Though on the outside it's your classic New Traditional home, on the inside it's decorated with splashes of color -- a different shade for every room! The beautiful six-bedroom, five-bathroom home features a fully-furnished basement that's decked out with recreation and media space. The home boasts a gorgeous wraparound porch that's as sweet as a Georgia peach! All you need is a rocking chair.
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."