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.
Coral Gables, Fla.
Open house: Sun., April 22 Price: $2.75 million Property details: This striking, sunset-hued home is not for the faint-hearted! For starters, it features flaming tangerine exteriors, staggering waterfront canal views, endless luxury amenities, and a sprawling, palm-flanked swimming pool. Not an inch of this 4,840-square-foot beauty is subtle, folks -- but who need subtlety when you get five enormous bedrooms, marble floors, and ocean access from your own backyard? A character-filled home with luxury amenities to boot. See inside this property.
Open house: Sat.-Sun., April 21-22 Price: $434,900 Property details: This one's for those who love the great outdoors but don't want to compromise their creature comforts! Set in the majestic Tucson desert and surrounded by abundant wildlife and desert vegetation, this unique Santa Fe-style home not only blends beautifully into its natural surroundings, but also boasts the finest amenities. From private patios, fireplaces, hand-crafted redwood ceilings and enormous French doors that lead to sprawling outdoor entertaining spaces, this 2,532-square-foot home is nothing short of a desert oasis.
Open house: Sun., April 22 Price: $2.795 million Property details: Like the Florida home, this magnificent L.A. home is an eye-catcher. With similarly bright exteriors (this one's an attention-grabbing shade of sunshine-yellow), you'll never see a dull day again! Dubbed a "private oasis" with its unobstructed mountain, city, ocean views, the 3,870-square-foot home is perfect for outdoor entertaining -- particularly by that inviting luxury pool. Inside, you're treated to sprawling living spaces, soaring ceilings, Saltillo-tile floors, marble counters and a charming breakfast area. It's a home as sunny and sweet as the golden state itself! See inside this property.
Open house: Sun., April 22 Price: $4.495 million Property details: If you crave a little slice of California luxury on the East Coast, then check out this Peter Cadoux-designed stunner located right on the Bermuda Lagoon. The Colonial-style beauty is equipped with a glistening pool and spa (with cabana!), waterfront views, and a private deep-water boat dock. Inside, the 5,256-square-foot, four-bedroom home is decked out with stone fireplaces, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, a chef's kitchen and a wet bar. Throw in stunning wood details, an ornate staircase and plush decor, and you have yourself a dream home in the heart of Westport.
Open house: Sun., April 22 Price: $5.5 million Property details: This magnificent brick Georgian Colonial is located on over 10 acres in the heart of the picturesque community of New Vernon in Harding. Perfect for large families, the sprawling home features six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a banquet-size dining room and a "spectacular" great room. Outside, nature lovers will enjoy the splendid countryside views, swimming pool, fenced pasture and six-stall brick barn. A stately country "getaway" that's actually minutes from the midtown train, shopping centers and recreational areas.
Open House: Sat., April 21 Price: $350,000 Property details: This incredible ranch-style home is just 35 minutes from downtown Boise but feels like worlds away, thanks to its serene location in the Boise National Forest. With endless mountainous views and grassy immediate surrounds that you can enjoy from your huge wraparound porch and deck areas, this home is perfect for outdoor entertaining. We love the classic details inside, from the hardwood floors to the clawfoot tubs.
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Open house: Sun., April 21 Price: $1.395 million Property details: If you love traditional Americana, then this classic, Craftsman-style home could be perfect for you. With a full front porch, generous lawns and backyard, spacious bedrooms (there's five of them), and hardwood floors throughout, it makes for a cozy family nest. Built over 4,860 square feet, boasting state-of-the-art Bosch and Wolf appliances, and luxury finishes, this Arlington beauty is the modern-day "white picket fence" home. All you need is a rocking chair.
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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."