Though this weekend we're taking some time out to celebrate and honor the greatest women in our lives -- our mothers -- for many, the house hunt doesn't stop! Luckily, we've compiled a list of amazing open houses across the country that would make mom proud. As a bonus, some of these open houses will offer special treats for moms who attend this upcoming Sunday, May 13 (though it's our belief that moms should get special treatment every day).
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. So wipe your feet at the door and scroll right on through. Oh, and Happy Mother's Day to all moms!
Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Open house: Sun., May 13 Price: $659,000 Property details: This home, flanked by verdant gardens and fruit trees, is an ode to the beauty of our collective mom -- Mother Earth. Nestled in gorgeous, forest-lush greenery on picturesque Little Manzanita Bay (we're talking stunning waterfront views), the exceptional home is perfect for those who love the great outdoors without wanting to sacrifice their creature comforts. Inside, you get over 4,000 square feet of expansive rooms, fireplaces, five updated bathrooms and a new kitchen -- though those perpetually green views from every window are what really steal the show here!
Open house: Sun., May 13 Price: $1.35 million Property details: A truly exceptional Colonial-style home that would make any mom proud -- from its polished hardwood floors and dramatic curved staircases, to its exquisite crown moldings and flawless classical, antique-style furnishings, this stunning mansion shows like a model home. It features four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a gourmet chef's kitchen that would make Nigella Lawson drool. And this Mother's Day, they're slicing $50,000 off the original listing price! Also, free roses for any moms attending the open house this Sunday. See inside this property.
Open house: Sun., May 13 Price: $3.199 million Property details: This exceptional Midcentury renovation, originally designed by Neutra apprentice Donald P. Polsky and built in 1961, is perfect for moms who have the most refined architectural tastes (and who love to entertain!). The home features a sunlit living room that boasts a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass; it opens to an expansive outdoor entertaining deck with stunning views of the canyon, all the way to the ocean. Plus, there's a glistening luxury pool and spa. Inside, you get 3,791 square feet of space, four bedrooms, four bathrooms and soaring cathedral-style ceilings throughout. A classic Beverly Hills beauty.
Open house: Sun., May 13 Price: $1.825 million Property details: A rare and exquisite home that's the perfect blend of "classic Santa Fe," with all the modern touches. At 6,219 square feet, it's perfect for huge family gatherings, abundant with spacious living and dining spaces. There's even a huge guesthouse (or mother-in-law quarters, perhaps?) equipped with a full kitchen and two individual suites. Inside, you're blessed with spectacular east and west views, brilliant white plaster walls, antique beamed ceilings, and gorgeous brick floors. See inside this property.
Open House: Sun., May 13 Price: $699,000 Property details: This beautifully remodeled desert home on aptly-named Gold Dust Avenue boasts gorgeous mountain views that every mom will love. Inside, the home boasts exquisite details -- vaulted ceilings, custom tile work, glass-block accents, hardwood floors, wet bars, fireplaces and bay windows. Moms (and dads!) can whip up gourmet meals in the sunny kitchen while the kids frolic on the sports court and grassy lawn. Afterward, the whole family can take lazy dips in the sparkling pool and soak up that warm Santa Fe sun.
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Open house: Sun., May 13 Price: $1.85 million Property details: Lake Travis main basin views? Check. Open floor plan and sprawling living spaces? Check. Luxury amenities to boot? Check. This home has been described as a "work of art," with its amazing curved, stone staircase, custom floor tile, incredible double-height ceilings, and endless water views from almost every angle. Plus, with energy efficient features, this 5,446-square-foot beauty is as green as it is glamorous.
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Spring buying season is here, and it may not have come at a better time for Americans thinking about taking the real estate plunge. Call us sanguine, but market bellwethers seem to suggest that housing's five-year descent has finally come to an end.
With home affordability scraping record heights, now may be the best time to buy in decades, with one caveat: You should look at a home purchase the old-fashioned way -- as an investment in a living space, not a high-performing stock. Home prices are not going to rocket upward, as in the "steroid years."
To celebrate the warm weather (and uptick in home construction and sales that usually accompany it), AOL Real Estate brings you homes on the market with some of the most mouth-watering outdoor entertaining spaces. Click through our galleries to see outdoor features of every stripe, ranging from free-form terraced pools to zen gardens.
Location: Old Greenwich, Conn.
Price: $14.5 million
Sq. Ft.: 8,100
This waterfront mansion in woodsy Greenwich, Conn., is set on the much-coveted Long Island Sound waterfront. Behind its mogul-worthy exterior awaits some stunning outdoor space.
This elegant villa sits behind gargoyle-lined walls, mixing "classic mediterranean architecture with Moorish flair." Amenities include a gourmet kitchen, media room, two-story office and exquisite murals.
The columned, curtain-draped cabana is "second to none," the listing says. It presides over a waterfall, spa, water slide, lounging area and the next logical conclusion for such lavish space: a stage for live entertainment.
Florida has more that its share of luxurious "outdoor rooms" and spaces, and this 8,100-square-foot, palm-guarded mansion is among the best. For the deep-pocketed buyer, it also doesn't hurt that home prices, on average, have fallen 50 percent from their housing-boom peak.
A classic stone and brick home in the historic town of Chattanooga. Great for a large family, it has a master suite featuring a private sitting room, three large bedrooms that share a room with a fireplace and bathroom, and a guest room on each floor.
What sets this entertaining space apart is its nuanced approach to landscaping, which strikes the perfect balance between laissez faire and hands-on. Well-kept garden plots are set against a backdrop of bushy trees. The rich expanse is anchored by a minimalist pool. The home also features a wrap-around patio, fireplace and hot tub.
The home's tiled terrace features a lushly landscaped path, and overlooks a mix of California plant life. A "shade sail" adds some flair to the area, while providing refuge from the blazing San Diego sun.
Shade sails are trending in the world of outdoor decor, architecture and home design website Houzz says. In addition to providing, er, shade, the furnishings "lend a strong, artful, sculptural look," shade designer Tres Jones tells Houzz. We couldn't put it better!
This Texas mansion features exquisite landscaping and an outdoor pool that is surrounded by fragrant Asian plants, including a Chinese fringe tree, olive shrubs, and white star jasmine. Ivy weaves its way through the home's columned pergola.