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    Be still, the hearts of all modernist architecture enthusiasts: Pierre Koenig's last built project, an extraordinary four-bedroom, glass-walled home in Malibu, Calif., has just hit the market.

    Priced at a cool $18.495 million, the home was described by Koenig as a "perfect jewel." The architect, whose sleek glass-and-steel creations became "emblems of the progressive values of Postwar suburbia," spent 11 years designing the beach house (his final design before his death in 2004). In typical Koenig fashion, the home is constructed almost entirely from steel, glass and concrete, and features its own drawbridge and an outdoor staircase leading down to the coastline. The home runs on solar power.

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    Architecture aside, we love the home's quiet location, surrounded by lush greenery and steps away from the ocean. The home also boasts views of mountains and water from almost every angle.

    Cory Weiss has the listing.

    Click on the images below to see more homes for sale in Malibu, Calif.



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    You already knew about New York's incredible "Mushroom House" but it seems like Ohio's got its own that blows New York's right out of the water.

    This colorful and quirky one-bedroom, one-bathroom home in Cincinnati looks like it's been plucked straight out of a Tim Burton movie. With a spiraling, neon-orange staircase, curved walls, psychedelic stained glass, circular steel steps and anthropomorphic window shapes, this crazy-beautiful home may be listed for $349,000 (previously $525,000) but its eclectic appeal is priceless. Though the New York "Mushroom House" admittedly looks more like a mushroom, this Pixar-esque home is known by the same name due to its unique siding that perfectly resembles the underside of a mushroom. See for yourself.

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    The home was built by architect Terry Brown, who spent over a decade creating the unusual home with 35 of his former students from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Every inch of the 1,260-square-foot Mushroom House is decked out in either wood, colored glass, shell or ceramics. In fact, it's engulfed in so many different colors, shapes and textures, it's less of a house than it is a work of art.

    Amanda Coleman Voss of Robinson Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

    Click on the images below to see more homes for sale in Cincinnati.



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    The glorious month of May is right around the corner, which means Cinco de Mayo is just days away! Which for us at AOL Real Estate means getting drunk ... on gorgeous homes like this $6.2 million Mediterranean-style hacienda.

    Villa Ascosa, located in Austin, Texas, is built on one of the city's highest hills, offering endless views over Austin's hill country. The villa's rare setting boasts 4.5 acres of land, an assortment of fruit trees and abundant wild greenery. Its architecture is an homage to traditional, earthy beauty and new green technologies. To maximize energy efficiency, for example, the walls were built from 12-inch-thick aerated concrete blocks.

    Inside, you'll find sprawling spaces, soaring, wood-beamed ceilings, ornate curved staircases and gorgeous, terracotta-tile floors and mosaic walls. (Check out that wine cellar!)

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    The home features five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, an in-home theater, wine cellar, and a spectacular outdoor patio overlooking a glistening infinity pool. Heaven!

    Brian Langlois of Capital City Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

    Click on the images below to see more homes for sale in Austin, Texas.



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    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.

    Coconut Grove, Fla.


    Open house: Sun., May 6
    Price: $4.5 million
    Property details: Whether you've got a growing family or are swinging solo, this sprawling and private Mediterranean estate could be perfect for you! Nestled on over an acre of lush grounds in the heart of Florida's idyllic Coconut Grove, the stunning 6,307-square-foot home was built in 1910 for the town's founder, John Peacock. So the finest attention to detail was paid. From the Honduran mahogany impact windows and doors, original Florida cherrywood floors, soaring ceilings and even a 1,500 bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar, the home has predicted your every need. Got kids? They'll love the colossal backyard pool, tennis courts and generous recreational rooms, while adults can wind down on the patio, nursing a drink from their outdoor wet bar. Heavenly.

    See inside this property.

    See more Coconut Grove homes for sale.

    Tucson, Ariz.


    Open house: Sun., May 6
    Price: $4.199 million
    Property details: A stunning desert contemporary for those who love the great outdoors and their creature comforts. The 5,338-square-foot home boasts incredible mountain and city views from every angle, accentuated by the home's earthy-chic details and decor. Italian grained-walnut millwork cabinets and drawers complement limestone floors and natural agate counters. Metallic-leather door-fronts beckon you inside to enjoy breathtaking natural vistas from the observation deck. We love the resort-style backyard, featuring hand-carved Cantera planters and flawless landscaping. A desert dream, through-and-through.

    See inside this property.

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    Austin, Texas


    Open house: Sat.-Sun., May 5-6
    Price: $1.779 million
    Property details: A truly beautiful Austin home on a 1.07-acre lot that features seemingly endless space and stunning details throughout. The five-bedroom, Tuscan style beauty boasts brilliant Turkish travertine and hickory hand-scraped wood finished all over, vaulted ceilings, hand-trowled walls and a flowing floor plan. We love the dramatic, vintage-style chandeliers hanging in every room and those exquisite stone fireplaces. Massive windows offering staggering views of Austin's hinterlands don't hurt either!

    See inside this property.


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    Hinsdale, Ill.


    Open house: Sun., May 6
    Price: $3.8 million
    Property details: This extraordinary stone-and-brick manor is a stunning example of Old World craftsmanship fused with state-of-the-art technology. The sprawling six-bedroom New Traditional beauty offers soaring ceilings, custom millwork and high-end finishes throughout its four levels. We love that fabulous chef's kitchen, perfect for the budding Gordon Ramsays of the world, and that handsome ground-floor cherry library, complete with wood-burning fireplace. A gem in the beautiful village of Hinsdale.

    See inside this property.

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    Potomac, Md.


    Open House: Sun., May 6
    Price: $4.5 million
    Property details: A sweet Maryland home that's the perfect blend of old and new. Built in 1986, the charming Colonial retains its classic beauty with some incorporated modern touches by the original builder (like an elevator, for example!). The stunning seven-bedroom home boasts soaring, cathedral-style ceilings, wood paneling, and brand-new doors and windows. Outside, you get sprawling green lawns (perfect for pets), a gazebo, and even a pool with cabana! Perfect Potomac luxury.

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    McLean, Va.


    Open house: Sun., May 6
    Price: $2.495 million
    Property details: Perfect for families, this gorgeous 6,500-square-foot brick mansion boasts rolling green lawns, a massive yard and over 2 private, wooded acres perfect for summer picnics and fun outdoor activities. Inside, adults will appreciate flawless detailing, from the polished mahogany paneling, coffered ceilings, intricate wrought-iron railings and French limestone floors. The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home also offers a very open floor plan that includes a dramatic entry foyer and a spectacular master suite (that has a fireplace and luxurious bath!). Plus, there are plenty of recreation spaces inside and guest rooms to boot.

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    Ryan Seacrest, host of American Idol, has officially purchased talk show host Ellen DeGeneres's Beverly Hills estate for $37 million. DeGeneres originally asked $49 million for the 3-acre property, which has a 9,200-square-foot main house, three guest houses, an outdoor pool, covered lounging and dining areas, and koi ponds.

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    There's no doubt about it, this newly listed mansion is baller. In more ways than one. First off, it's owned by NFL Hall of Famer Willie Roaf (the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints offensive tackle was inducted just this year), and it's also an exceptional property in its own right.

    Nestled in the hills adjoining Orange and Villa Park, Calif., the colossal home affords miles upon miles of city and nature views. Capitalizing on its elevated location, the home's outdoor entertaining features take al fresco to a new level: We're talking stone-paved covered patios with fire-pits and a built-in grill, and a pool, spa and fountain -- all of which boast incredible vistas over northern Orange County.

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    The 6,500-square-foot home also features a two-story grand foyer, a wet bar, stacked stone fireplaces and a huge billiard room. The home is on sale for $2.95 million.

    Mike Hickman of Seven Gables Real Estate has the listing.

    Click on the images below to see more homes for sale in Villa Park, Calif.



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    If going back to school is the last thing you'd ever want to do, it's probably because you haven't yet laid eyes on this incredible school-turned-penthouse. That's right, this impeccably stylish, $975,000 penthouse was once part of New York City's P.S. 90.

    Though classes at the old Central Harlem elementary school (built circa 1905) are no longer in session, the conversion that's taken place on the former school's uppermost level -- now the penthouse suite -- is teaching us a lesson or two in style. With European oak floors boasting an exquisite herringbone pattern, nine-foot ceilings and "walls of windows," you could easily mistake this stunning, sunlight-drenched space for a Tribeca loft or an East Village penthouse. And with those luxe bathrooms featuring staggered bond-mosaic walls and Palmira stone baths? We give it an A+.

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    If living in a former classroom isn't cool enough for you, the penthouse also comes with a 1,500-square-foot private terrace (bigger than the apartment itself, which stands at 1,392 square feet) that offers majestic Central Park and Manhattan skyline views.

    Lucie Holt and Yana Milanova of Citi Habitats have the listing.

    Click on the images below to see more homes for sale in New York, N.Y.



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    At AOL Real Estate we love nothing more than a gorgeous home with A-list associations and this one's got beauty and star power to boot!

    This newly-listed, $14.9 million mansion in La Jolla, Calif., belonged to the late jockey Billy Pearson, who was credited with over 800 victories in the 1940s and '50s and was close to Hollywood heavyweights like director John Huston and dancer Gene Kelly. The perpetually star-studded home also served as a staging ground for Bing Crosby and fellow actor and singer Burl Ives.

    Horseman and his Hollywood posse aside, the 10,000-square-foot home is still outstanding on its own merits. The sprawling, six-bedroom manse boasts ocean views, a home theater, a colossal wine cellar and five courtyards. Plus, it's been designated a historic site and was modeled after Italian opera house "Teatro La Fenice" by the celebrated architect Tom Sheperd.

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    Andrew Karrigan of Teles Properties has the listing.

    Click on the images below to see more homes for sale in La Jolla, Calif.



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    La Jolla Cove in San Diego

     

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    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.

    Albuquerque, N.M.


    Open house: Sat., May 26
    Price: $265,000
    Property details: A unique, 2,748-square-foot, two-bedroom home with character to boot -- particularly if you love the great outdoors! With balconies that overlook the breathtaking Sandia Mountains and a lush front yard that's been landscaped with native grass, it's a home that's perfect for nature lovers. Plus, it's in walking distance to parks, and in a great northeast location.

    See inside this property.

    See more Albuquerque homes for sale.


    Mesa, Ariz.


    Open house: Sat.-Sun., May 26-27
    Price: $339,000
    Property details: A stunning four-bedroom, three-bathroom Mesa home that boasts spectacular city and desert mountain views. The 2,657-square-foot home offers exquisite detailing throughout, from its plank maple floors with custom molding, plantation shutters, travertine tiles and gorgeous fireplaces, it's a home that's both luxurious and easy on the eyes. Plus, with abundant outdoor entertaining spaces and covered patios (even a built-in barbecue island and in-ground heated pool!), it's perfect for entertaining. And at less than $400,000 -- the price is right, too!

    See inside this property.

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    Oakton, Va.


    Open house: Sun., May 27
    Price: $899,000
    Property details: Situated on an idyllic, quiet drive in Berryland Farm, this classic Colonial sits on over half an acre of lush greenery, abundant with mature trees and professional landscaping. Inside, you'll find four spacious bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and over 3,800 square feet of elegant living space. Perfect for entertaining with its huge backyard, deck, gazebo and in-ground pool.

    See inside this property.

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    Los Angeles


    Open house: Sun., May 27
    Price: $2.299 million
    Property details: Truly a California beauty, and located in the heart of the action! This stunning five-bedroom, 4½-bathroom Mediterranean is conveniently located near the Los Angeles County art museums, The Grove shopping center, Beverly Center, Whole Foods Market and the trendy restaurants on Third Street. Inside, you'll find all the modern luxury features that you could dream of, from top-of-the-line appliances, a gourmet chef's kitchen, and fireplaces. Throw in a luxe backyard pool and spa and you have yourself the perfect L.A. dwelling.

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    Millburn, N.J.


    Open house: Sun., May 27
    Price: $2.15 million
    Property details: This picturesque Colonial was built in 1905, yet boasts a wonderful balance of Old World charm and modern luxury. Inside, you'll find a huge, renovated gourmet kitchen, glossy hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, numerous fireplaces and airy, museum-like living spaces. We love the home's massive windows, lending views of flawless garden landscaping. The stunning home features six generous bedrooms and six full bathrooms.

    See inside this property.

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    Gambrills, Md.


    Open house: Sat.-Sun., May 26-27
    Price: $897,587
    Property details: A beautiful and spacious luxury manor (built in 2012!) on an acre of rolling green land. Located in the coveted Duckett Farm community and close to Fort Meade, the elegant four-bedroom, four-bathroom home boasts both looks and location. With over 3,554 square feet of living space and generous front and back yards, the home is perfect for big (or growing!) families with pets.

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    Dallas


    Open house: Sun., May 27
    Price: $650,000
    Property details: This immaculate custom-built home is just minutes away from Knox Henderson and boasts the finest of luxury amenities. Surround sound in the game room, family room and even patio, a large outdoor bricked patio with a fireplace, and a "dreamy" chef's kitchen stocked with stainless steel appliances -- you'll want for nothing. Throw in oak hardwood floors and stairs, and exquisite crown moldings, and you'll have yourself your dream Texas home.

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    House of the Day desert getaway

    We love homes in Arizona: sleek contemporary architecture, contrasting beautifully with that rugged, golden desert landscape. This remarkable Scottsdale home, however, takes that Arizona magic to a whole new level. (Hat tip to our friends at Realtor.com for the listing!)

    With its natural stone and copper finishes inside and out, the 11,500-square-foot home pays homage to the spectacular nature that surrounds it. From its koa and monkey wood detailing to its exposed stone walls, the home is down-to-earth yet luxurious. Built on 2 sprawling acres, the four-bedroom property boasts reflection ponds (pictured above), an indoor pool flanked by lush greenery, and an outdoor pool with spa, from which you can enjoy some of the Arizona desert's finest mountain views. See for yourself below.

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    The asking price? $4 million. But those views at sunset -- priceless.

    Ivan Zuieback of Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

    Click on the images below to see more homes for sale in Scottsdale, Ariz.



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    We speak a lot about homes that are "divine" or "heavenly," but this one literally is. Built for Jesus Christ himself on his Second Coming, this exquisite mansion in Riverdale, N.Y., has hit the market for a kingly $14.988 million.

    A steal, really, considering it was designed to house the savior of all mankind! And it looks the part, too. The New York Theological Society really pulled out all the stops when they constructed the palatial home in 1928. Dubbed the Chapel Hill Mansion, the 15,000-square-foot estate boasts limestone walls, ceilings adorned in gold and silver leaf, imported French walnut detailing throughout and hand-carved marble fireplaces. Oh, and chandeliers designed by the artisans of The Plaza (the home's listing agent Sean McPeak tells us they spent 10 years working on the mansion before they even began decorating the famed hotel). Plus, marble floors (get this) imported from the Vatican. The Vatican.

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    If that still doesn't impress you, then this surely will: The mansion sits on the highest point in all of New York City. Forget the Empire State Building, the Chapel Hill Mansion will get you the best view of the city that one can possibly buy.

    And then, there's a slew of other luxury amenities -- a gym, a terrace, a hot tub, even a conservatory!

    "The conservatory is probably my favorite part of the house," McPeak tells AOL Real Estate. "Glass walls, lots of plants, aged copper, heated floors. It's wonderful."

    Sean McPeak of Prudential Douglas Elliman has the listing.

    Click on the images below to see more homes for sale in Riverdale, N.Y.



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    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.

    Ross, Calif.


    Open house: Sun., May 20
    Price: $3.698 million
    Property details: This 3,960-square-foot residence is located on one of Ross's finest streets and boasts four bedrooms and four baths. Sitting on over 2 acres, it offers powerful views of Mt. Tam and the San Francisco Bay, as well as a sweeping yard with a pool and wooden deck.

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    Tucson, Ariz.


    Open house: Sun., May 20
    Price: $895,000
    Property details: Situated high against monumental Pusch Ridge, this 6,094-square-foot hilltop estate offers four beds and four baths. Located in a gated community, the home features glass-etched double-entry doors which open into a grand foyer, a gourmet kitchen with granite fixtures, and a great room with copper fireplace and 24-foot ceilings. There are also two master suites and a library loft. Outside is a Pebble-Tec pool surrounded by accented boulders, as well as a putting green and a 3½-car garage.

    See inside this property.

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    Potomac, Md.


    Open house: Sun., May 20
    Price: $1.745 million
    Property details: This California contemporary home was designed to integrate the natural beauty of its surroundings with its interior, which includes five bedrooms and 5½ baths. The house sits on a private, professionally landscaped lot of more than 2 acres and boasts a three-tiered deck, multiple patios, and an in-ground swimming pool with a waterfall. Other features include a recreation room, game room, exercise room, and bar with custom cabinetry.

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    Greenwood Village, Colo.


    Open house: Sun., May 20
    Price: $2.2 million
    Property details: This 5,495-square-foot country estate features walls of windows and a sophisticated, angular architectural style. With four bedrooms and five baths, the home has a versatile floorplan that can accommodate intimate evenings as well as large-scale gatherings. Nearby is a neighborhood equestrian park.

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    Pinecrest, Fla.


    Open house: Sun., May 20
    Price: $1.695 million
    Property details: This stunning modern home was designed by architect David Wolfberg as his personal residence and is located in Devonwood, a deluxe community of 77 residences with private police protection. A series of terraces offers spectacular views of lush tropic scenery. With 6,101 square feet -- and five bedrooms and five baths -- the house features plenty of flexible space. Outside, amid the verdant vegetation, is a beautiful pool.

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    Toluca Lake, Calif.


    Open house: Sun., May 20
    Price: $3.4 million
    Property details: This lush Spanish Revival home is located on Lakeside Golf Course and offers four beds and five baths. With 5,132 square feet, there's more than enough room for fabulous features like a gourmet kitchen (with Viking Pro appliances, granite counters and large, walnut center-island) and spacious master suite (with dual walk-in closets, breathtaking views, and a copper bathtub). Amenities include fireplaces, fountains and a wine closet, and there are high ceilings, mahogany windows and doors, and distressed wood floors throughout. Its private yard includes a loggia, barbecue, and a pool with a spa.

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    Hansville, Wash.


    Open house: Sun., May 20
    Price: $598,500
    Property details: This 2,430-square-foot waterfront home is situated on the banks of the placid Hood Canal, and at the foot of Mt. Ranier and the Olympic Mountains. It includes three bedrooms and three baths. The main living areas and upper master suite offer sweeping marine views, while a wide, covered deck for dining features a firepit, gardens and surrounding hardscape. A freestanding garage includes a loft with workspace.

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    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.

    Honolulu


    Open house: Sun., June 3
    Price: $1.65 million
    Property details: It's hard to compete with homes in Honolulu, but this one takes Hawaii's magic to a whole new level. With its "stunning architectural design" and its classic, "old Hawaii" charm, this 2,461-square-foot beachside home is an absolute dream. With a lush garden courtyard, soaring wood ceilings, and airy rooms and living spaces, this three-bedroom home (built in 1977) is down-to-earth yet incredibly luxurious.

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    Malibu, Calif.


    Open house: Sun., June 3
    Price: $13.5 million
    Property details: A stunning, completely remodeled hacienda located on over an acre within the exclusive Serra Retreat. Perfect for entertaining, the 3,931-square-foot, three-bedroom home also boasts a two-bedroom guesthouse, a pool, spa and outdoor fireplace. Plus, it's nature-lover-friendly with its lush tropical landscaping, organic vegetable garden, citrus grove and greenhouse.

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    Dallas


    Open house: Sun., June 3
    Price: $1.739 million
    Property details: We just love this gorgeous Tudor home in Dallas' Stratford Manor. Boasting its original 1927 charm and craftsmanship, the spacious three-bedroom home features soaring ceilings, arched passageways, and the Tudor style's traditional plaster walls. Two downstairs living areas offer views of the home's sprawling pool and massive, landscaped backyard -- perfect for families with children and pets.

    See inside this property.

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    Tucson, Ariz.


    Open house: Sat.-Sun., June 2-3
    Price: $425,000
    Property details: Wildlife and abundant desert vegetation surround this stunning hideaway in Tucson's Foothills neighborhood. The 2,532-square-foot home also features three spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, and four (yes four!) private outdoor patios. Perfect for entertaining, the outdoor living spaces take full advantage of the home's stunning desert mountain views. Inside, we also love the romantic beehive fireplace, French doors and hand-crafted redwood ceilings. Incredible attention to detail!

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    Great Falls, Va.


    Open house: Sun., June 3
    Price: $2.125 million
    Property details: A truly classic, 5,194-square-foot beauty flanked by rolling lawns and towering mature trees on an almost two-acre lot. Inside, the home is just as striking with its hardwood floors, vintage-style furnishings, ornate light fixtures and sophisticated, curving grand staircase. The home features four bedrooms, five bathrooms and a huge chef's kitchen. We love those enormous windows offering views of the incredible nature that surrounds it.

    See inside this property.

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    Mamaroneck, N.Y.


    Open house: Sun., June 3
    Price: $3.395 million
    Property details: This grand Queen Anne-style shingled cottage boasts all its original features -- exquisite wood detailing, stained glass windows, seven fireplaces and even its hardwood flooring. The waterfront home's distinctive touches include that grand circular tower and palatial fieldstone porch. We love its huge, grassy, 1-acre lot and private beach. It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in an interior of more than 3,500 square feet.

    See inside this property.

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    Bremerton, Wash.


    Open house: Sun., June 3
    Price: $374,900
    Property details: We love this beautiful three-bedroom located on an idyllic, tree-canopied lane in the heart of Bremerton. The home boasts a covered front porch, from which you can enjoy views over your rolling front lawn, mature trees and colorful front gardens. Inside, you'll find a spacious family room, a huge office, and three bathrooms. And though all that surrounding nature may make you feel like you're in some kind of country paradise, you're actually only 10 minutes away from shopping in Silverdale!

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    The house made famous by the 1989 comedy-drama "Steel Magnolias" has just hit the market for $1.175 million. Not too bad, considering that the beautiful abode was once a movie set for the memorable film starring Academy Award-winning actresses Julia Roberts, Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine.

    The charming home, located in Natchitoches, La., was built before the Civil War in 1840 and sits along the Cane River. Though it was once the on-screen home of the Eatenton family, it is now being used as a bed-and-breakfast (aptly named "The Steel Magnolia House"). It includes six bedrooms and 6½ bathrooms in its generous 6,000 square feet of living space. Below, see a slideshow of "Steel Magnolia" movie stills juxtaposed with listing photos that show the house today.

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    The "Steel Magnolias" house joins a slew of other iconic movie settings that have hit the market, including the "Deep Throat" home in Miami, Fla., the "Home Alone" house in Winnetka, Ill., and the "Hunger Games" town by Hildebran, N.C.

    Andy Osborn of Coldwell Banker has the listing.

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    Even if you're not a fan of MTV's "Real World," you can still happily admire -- from afar -- the gorgeous mansion used for the show's 24th season in New Orleans.

    Nestled -- quite literally, as you can see -- in lush, verdant greenery, the stunning traditional looks more fit for an A-list celeb than a group of rowdy 20-somethings. Abundant with historic details, such as crown molding, original mantelpieces and classic, curved staircases, the 8,813-square-foot home is the picture of elegance. And it's now on sale for a $3.3 million.

    Though the basic elements of the home haven't changed since MTV filmed there in 2010, it does look like it's been classed up a little after the reign of Ashlee, Preston and McKenzie. Instead of garish colors and wild furniture, the home's decked out with sleek cream- and beige-colored designer pieces. See for yourself.

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    Margaret L. Stewart of Latter & Blum has the listing.

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    Ever thought of building a home embedded into a rocky mountainside? That's just one house that made the cut in the American Institute of Architects' 2012 awards for homebuilding excellence. From pads with glass roofs to environmentally friendly low-income housing, the AIA honored this year's most innovative projects around the country in four categories: one- and two-family custom residences; one- and two-family production homes; multifamily housing; and specialized housing. We promise you'll want to move in to every home.

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  • Do you have a favorite room in your home where you like to retreat from it all? Somewhere that you go to relax? A great spot for watching the game or hanging out? A proverbial "man cave?" We want to hear from you! Please include:

    1. Any information about the room, especially something that you think makes it stand out.
    2. Your city and state.
    3. A way to contact you.

    Send photos of your digs to Graham.Wood@teamaol.com, and you could end up in our Father's Day photo gallery!

    We can't wait to see your pictures!

     

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    open houses of the weekThere'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.

    Los Angeles

    open houses of the week
    Open house: Sun., June 10
    Price: $10.9 million
    Property details: Situated just above the famed Sunset Strip in the coveted "bird streets," this stunning 5,600-square-foot estate is nothing short of an A-list property. With luxury features such as an infinity pool and spa, stainless steel wet bar, outdoor fire pit and decks, and state-of-the-art iPad system to control the entire home, you'll be living the luxe life in this L.A. beauty. The home features Baltic Stone detailing and ceilings of cedar and ipe wood. It has five bedrooms and six bathrooms.

    See inside this property.

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    Armonk, N.Y.

    open houses of the week
    Open house: Sun., June 10
    Price: $3.995 million
    Property details: This elegant country mansion is perfect for those who love the great outdoors but still yearn for those necessary creature comforts! Built on more than 3 manicured acres boasting apple orchards and lush, wild greenery, this 10,000-square-foot home offers you endless views over upstate New York's inimitable natural surroundings. The home has five spacious bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Luxury features include an infinity pool, spa and wet bar.

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    Santa Fe, N.M.

    open houses of the week
    Open house: Sun., June 10
    Price: $949,888
    Property details: Located in the picturesque Northeast foothills, this truly beautiful split-level 4,800-square-foot house is anything but your average home. Sitting on a 1-acre, tree-covered lot within blocks of Santa Fe's historic plaza, this unique home boasts plaster walls, and other regional architectural details such as vigas (rough-hewn beams) and latillas (wood slats that accent the ceilings and walls). It even has a casita (guesthouse)! It's a five-bedroom home with character to boot!

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    Great Falls, Va.

    open houses of the week
    Open house: Sun., June 10
    Price: $3.575 million
    Property details: Got an eye for beauty? This exceptional stone-and-stucco Colonial pays "unsurpassed attention to detail." With a custom slate roof, exterior landscaping by Charles Owen, marble floors and wood detailing, this is simply one of the prettiest homes you'll ever lay eyes on. Curl up by the classic antique-style fireplace with your favorite read, or whip up your favorite meal in the chef's kitchen. This five-bedroom home has something for everyone.

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    Scottsdale, Ariz.

    open houses of the week
    Open house: Sat.-Sun., June 9-10
    Price: $2.375 million
    Property details: Who says living in the middle of the Arizona desert can't be sheer luxury? With a Triangle negative-edge pool and spa, a U-shaped martini-and-wine bar, ample outdoor patio space for entertaining, and a yoga room, this Scottsdale home is L.A.-luxe through-and-through. Boasting an open floor plan by George Zajacek in collaboration with Aaron Jenks, the home features five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and airy, museum-like living spaces. With those unbeatable golden views, this home's a desert dream.

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    Bethesda, Md.

    open houses of the week
    Open house: Sun., June 10
    Price: $1.875 million
    Property details: This beautifully renovated, Mediterranean-style home sits on 2 lush green acres, steps away from the Congressional Country Club. Love entertaining? This home could be perfect for you, with grand spaces, a two-story foyer with curved staircase, a window-wrapped sunroom and even a wine-tasting room! The home features six bedrooms, six bathrooms and a massive chef's kitchen.

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    Boise, Idaho

    open houses of the week
    Open house: Sat., June 9
    Price: $535,000
    Property details: If you want fantastic city views in an idyllic suburban setting, then this home is definitely for you. Close to the foothills, botanical gardens and downtown Boise, you can't beat this home's convenient location. Inside you'll find glossy hardwood floors, expansive windows in every room and gas fireplaces for those chilly nights. The 2,705-square-foot home features four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

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    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.

    Los Angeles


    Open house: Sun., June 17
    Price: $5.695 million
    Property details: This remarkable contemporary is said to have "the best promontory view in Los Angeles." With panoramic city and ocean views, the 6,600-square-foot home is L.A. luxury through and through. The home's sprawling entertainment areas are complemented by natural wood accents and stone surfaces. Glass-walled doors lead to a huge infinity pool and spa. The home features four bedrooms and five bathrooms.

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    Paradise Valley, Ariz.


    Open house: Sat.-Sun., June 16-17
    Price: $3.395 million
    Property details: This stunning home brings Arizona desert magic to a whole other level with its expansive views over Mummy Mountain and truly incredible natural detailing. Fine woodwork, travertine and marble flooring, custom walnut cabinetry and exquisite ceiling details only serve to complement an exceptionally luxurious 8,551-square-foot home. We're talking pool, spa, gourmet chef's kitchen, in-home movie theater and wet bar. The home features five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

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    McLean, Va.


    Open house: Sun., June 17
    Price: $3 million
    Property details: This gorgeous home built on a nearly 4-acre lot is the epitome of Old World English country charm -- except, it's packed to the gills with state-of-the-art modern features. It has a poolhouse and bar, an art studio and greenhouse, a 500-bottle wine cellar and an entire wing set aside for entertaining. It strikes the perfect balance between classic elegance and modern-day luxury. At 8,000 square feet, with six massive bedrooms and eight bathrooms, this stunning home is more like a tranquil retreat.

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    West Harrison, N.Y.


    Open house: Sat., June 16
    Price: $2.935 million
    Property details: This flawless all-brick Colonial boasts European flair and luxury features to boot. Exhibit A: the home's heated saltwater pool with spa and waterfall. Then there's the abundance of outdoor entertaining spaces with built-in barbecues and lush landscaping. Inside you'll find five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and majestic dining and living spaces, all sprawled across 8,824 square feet.

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    Honolulu


    Open house: Sun., June 17
    Price: $2.2 million
    Property details: The broker calls this home "understated," but we see nothing understated about its stunning tropical location and luxurious island-style decor. From its spacious lanai to its marble and stone flooring and wild, verdant greenery, this home is nothing short of a private paradise. Plus, it's located in Honolulu, steps from the ocean and close to shopping and theaters. The home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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    Chevy Chase, Md.


    Open house: Sun., June 17
    Price: $1.659 million
    Property details: A classic Colonial that's sophisticated yet homey, this beautiful five-bedroom home is perfect for growing families. It has rolling lawns, a spacious backyard (with a rear patio, featuring a gas grill!) and ample living spaces. The home is also steps from the neighborhood playground and the Shops at Friendship Heights. It's a perfect balance of modern conveniences and traditional American beauty.

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    Austin, Texas


    Open house: Sat., June 16
    Price: $1.255 million
    Property details: This truly exceptional Austin mansion is more California-luxe than down-home Texan, but we're not complaining! With a heated pool, spa and waterfall, two-story stone fireplaces, an in-home theater with bar, a stone patio with Viking grill and even an air-conditioned doghouse (that matches the main house!), this home will leave you wanting for nothing! Plus, it's gorgeous: With travertine floors, granite details, coffered ceilings and LED custom lighting, you'll be living in A-list style.

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    "Romeo & Juliet" star Claire Danes has just listed her spacious loft, located in New York's celeb-studded SoHo neighborhood, for a cool $5.99 million.

    claire danes soho homeThe classic, 3,851-square-foot space features three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The building itself dates back to 1882, but the apartment has been restored with wooden beams and columns -- beautifully blending old-school New York with modern conveniences.

    The loft, which is located in the same neighborhood where Danes grew up, offers ample living spaces and direct elevator access. Plus, there's a rotating breakfast bar, which apparently is meant to give Danes extra space in the kitchen -- maybe to rehearse lines for her latest movie or to make homemade marshmallows. By the way, the home also once boasted a swing in the living room. (Oh, how the 1 percent live!)

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