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House hunting: 7 homes with foreign-design inspirations
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Cincinnati. Located in one of the city's historic neighborhoods, this 84-year-old, French Eclectic-style, four-bedroom house is set on a 0.4-acre lot. It features exposed wood beam ceilings, French doors, a billiards room, and a newly remodeled kitchen.


The home is near the Cincinnati Country Club and the Ohio River. $1,195,000. Perrin March, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, (513) 321-9944.



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Naperville, Ill. Built in 2004, this four-bedroom stone house was influenced by Tuscan villa architecture. Interior details include exposed wood beams, arched doorways, a gourmet kitchen with a pizza oven, and master suite with a balcony.


The home also features an elevator, a wine cellar, and a loggia with a dipping pool and a spa. $3,275,000. Gail Niermeyer, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, (630) 369-9000.



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Scottsdale, Ariz. Inspired by a 14th-century Italian villa, this three-bedroom home was built in 2003. Interior features include 100-year-old pine flooring, hand-carved doors, custom-made tiles, and a spiral staircase leading to an underground wine cellar.


The facade has a Gothic arched entry, hand-carved gargoyles, and custom ironwork that surrounds the house. $3,895,000. Lisa and Matt Lucky, Russ Lyon/Sotheby's International Realty/Top Agent Network, (602) 320-8415.



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Santa Barbara, Calif. Built in 1926, La Otrada is a Spanish-style colonial in the Hope Ranch neighborhood. Set on 2.7 acres, the four-bedroom stucco home features an enclosed courtyard, hand-carved wooden ceilings, and Spanish-tile floors.


Included are a one-bedroom guest apartment, a tiered flagstone terrace, a rose garden, and fruit trees. $5,595,000. Colleen Parent-Beall, Village Properties/Christie's International Real Estate, (805) 895-5881.



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East Hampton, N.Y. This six-bedroom Asian-style home is located five blocks from the ocean. The house is centered around a lotus pond, and the main residence is connected by a sky bridge to a music room, a massage room, and a media room.


Exterior features include a mahogany deck, a black-granite infinity pool, and a bamboo grove. $9,500,000. Jack Pearson and Cee Scott Brown, Corcoran Group Real Estate, (631) 899-0307.



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Macon, Miss. The five-bedroom Goodwin Harrison House is the "Steal of the Week." It is an example of Greek architecture's influence on early structures in the U.S. Built in 1852, the house features ornate fireplace mantels, hardwood floors, and a parlor and a dining room separated by sliding wood doors. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. $299,000. Ernesto Caldeira, Dorian Bennett/Sotheby's International Realty, (504) 450-8991.



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West Palm Beach, Fla. The four-bedroom, Spanish-style Castle of Old Northwood was built in 1926. The home features a stone staircase, a great room with cypress ceilings and a fountain, and a master suite with a full sitting room.


Outside details include a rear patio covered in cypress, a front porch with French doors, and mature plantings. $985,000. Holly Luhtala, Corcoran Group Real Estate, (561) 254-4140.



**For more information on these homes, please contact the realtor listed**


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