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 house: Sun., April 29 Price: $2.995 million Property details: This harmonious, six-bedroom home in McLean is remarkably stylish. Built upon 4.7 acres, the home beautifully compliments its surrounding environment through "transparency of spaces" and an abundance of gorgeous greenery in and outside the home. Gorgeous gardens with specimen plantings, water features, fire pits and exquisite wood details throughout make this home a cut above the rest. There's a guesthouse, too, for visiting family and friends!
Open house: Sun., April 29 Price: $10.9 million Property details: This award-winning, four-bedroom L.A. home is nothing short of star-worthy. Sprawled across 7,000 square feet, this sleek modern boasts expansive ocean and city views and (naturally) luxury amenities to boot. We're talking a two-story theater, wine cellar, bar, wardrobe conveyor and massive pool. Plus, you get grand ceilings, "gallery walls," and design that's inspired by "classic Euro styling," according to the listing. Whew! A home fit for an A-lister.
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Open house: Sat., April 28 Price: $3.795 million Property details: This prestigious High Ridge truly has it all. To begin with, its 10-foot coffered ceilings, imported tiles and trim, and elevator access to all three floors mixes modern luxury with classic touches. The stately manse, located on a 2.05-acre lot, also overlooks a gorgeous in-ground pool and waterfall and private pond with dock. Inside, you are treated with a majestic two-story entry foyer and a massive library. Throw in Jacuzzis, a pub room and an in-home gym, and you could want for nothing else! A dream home.
Open house: Sun., April 29 Price: $279,900 Property details: A ranch-style home that blends beautifully with its natural surroundings. From its two-tone paint, white-wood blinds, laminate floors and backyard filled with fruit trees, this 2,713-square-foot home is the epitome of earthy chic. The property is close to walking, hiking and biking trails, and boasts an oversized backyard and enormous pool. Close to shopping centers and elementary schools, the four-bedroom home is perfect for families.
Open house: Sun., April 29 Price: $650,000 Property details: This stunning 3,600-square-foot Seattle home boasts a charming Southern wrap-around porch and is flanked by leafy mature trees on all sides. Inside, you'll find gleaming hardwoods, soaring ceilings, window seats with rich fir trim, stained glass and ornate light fixtures. The home's impressive "period kitchen" boasts a unique vintage stove and pretty tiled floors. A beautiful five-bedroom home that tips its hat to the traditional with its elegant antiquarian touches.
Open House: Sun., April 29 Price: $769,000 Property details: An eco-friendly home that's glamorous and green, this two-bedroom Pemberton Heights contemporary is the epitome of environmentally conscious modern luxury. With a design that's pure "architectural magic" (could you expect anything less from architect Hugh Jefferson Randolph and LEED-certified builders Durrett Interests?) this Pemberton Heights beauty is easy on the eyes and earth. Breathtaking floor-to-ceiling glass windows showcase the home's lush yard while flooding the museum-like interior with ample sunlight. One of a kind.
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Open house: Sun., April 29 Price: $2.75 million Property details: This stunning, 5,900-square-foot Victorian is a historic property that's perfect for those seeking respite from glass-walled contemporaries and cookie-cutter condos. This beautifully-restored five-bedroom home pays homage to all that is classically beautiful, with its exquisite, old-world staircases, flowing drapes, crown moldings and antique decor. Multiple porches overlook verdant gardens, and the home's sequestered pool is flanked by a beautiful terrace and pergola-covered seating area.
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This home dates back to the pre-Revolutionary era, but still remains a popular architectural choice for many Americans.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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"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."