This year we launched #housepornthurs in order to leverage the Twittersphere to discover some of the country's finest listings. To participate in the weekly Twitter conversation, you just tweet a listing with #housepornthurs on a (surprise!) Thursday.
After reviewing the submissions, we select two finalists and then put them to a vote on our Facebook page the following Wednesday. Then we feature whichever submission gets the most likes as our House of the Day the next day -- on #housepornthurs!
We're proud to say the social media campaign was a smashing hit (in our humble, totally unbiased opinion) with Realtors and brokerages from all over tweeting a vast array of jaw-dropping listings.
Have a look at some of 2012's best #housepornthurs winners.
Best of #Housepornthurs
Best of 2012's #Housepornthurs Winners
Embracing its leafy surroundings, this large Colonial home comes gift-wrapped in ivy and exquisite landscaping. @HoulihanRE snagged another #housepornthurs win by submitting this home in swanky Scarsdale, N.Y.
Located in uber-ritzy East Hampton, the 4,500-square-foot home stares out at Napeague Harbor. The nearby beaches and ocean offer ample opportunity for swimming, kayaking and fishing, while the 1,000-acre preserve behind the home boasts trails ideal for hiking and mountain biking.
But the home's biggest head-turner may be its gazebo.
Perched over Phoenix Lake and Mt. Tamalpais, "Villa Della Pace," listed for $11.495 million, boasts jaw-dropping views of a rolling swath of hills and parkland in Kentfield, Calif. From stone terraces and manicured lawns to radiant gardens and outdoor fireplace, the home's exquisite landscaping packs quite the punch.
Nestled into a gated community, the $4.395 million "Storybook Country English" presides over 1.5 acres of rich, verdant landscaping. With two turrets peeking at visitors through the property's tree canopy, the home flaunts a manicured lawn, fountains and a stone fence that is gift-wrapped in flowers and bushes.
The mouth-watering 4,346-square-foot home is the last unit available in The Touraine, a swanky apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side that is supposed to reach completion in the spring of 2013. The last of 22 boutique units, "Penthouse 1" offers five bedrooms and three bathrooms decked out in ritzy decor and fixtures.
Towering over Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, the $12.95 million duplex features two expansive, sheltered terraces that stare out at the Big Apple's skyline. They offer especially breathtaking views of the Empire State Building and midtown Manhattan.
But perhaps the home's most over-the-top amenity is its "sky garage."
Tucked away in the posh Hamptons beach community of Sag Harbor, N.Y., this nautically themed house, priced at $6.7 million, presides over 150 feet of Long Island beachfront that is the envy of old-money business moguls everywhere.
Nestled in the affluent Studio City neighborhood, this 89-year-old chateau priced at $7.995 million boasts panoramic city and mountain views. On a property stretching for 3 verdant acres, the home's rock-star amenity is a 50-foot infinity pool that stares out at L.A.'s sprawl.