Houston, Texas. Built in 2008, this four-bedroom hacienda-style house has a courtyard with a summer kitchen, a living-room area, and a pool. The first-floor master suite features a bay window and a master bathroom with a marble tub and a stone steam shower.

Additional details include French doors, a mezzanine library, and a media room. $4,750,000. Joe Lucia, John Daugherty Realtors, (713) 626-3930.


Kingfield, Maine. This three-bedroom house with an attached barn is close to Sugarloaf ski resort. The custom-built residence features a gourmet kitchen, a master bedroom with a spa tub, and a billiards room.

The 40-acre property includes a four-car garage and a deck overlooking fenced pastures. $875,000. Charlene Hamiwka, Legacy Properties/Sotheby's International Realty, (207) 671-0085.


Craftsbury, Vermont. Set on 75 acres, this three-bedroom house was custom-designed by the current owners. The master suite has a fireplace, hardwood floors, and a door that opens to the yard.

The property includes a brook, two waterfalls, wooded acres, and meadows. $795,000. Betsy Donlon, Lang McLaughry Real Estate, (802) 533-9909.


Southampton, New York. This six-bedroom house was built circa 1892 and is one of the original cottages of the Shinnecock Summer School of Art. The master has exposed-beam ceilings, glass-diamond lead-paned windows, and wide-plank floors.

Sitting on 0.5 acres, the home is close to the village and ocean beaches. $2,295,000. Christine Sullivan Witker, Brown Harris Stevens, (631) 204-2403.


Golden Valley, Minnesota. Built in 1940, this stone four-bedroom home has two master suites, one on each floor. Details include a turret with a Tiffany chandelier, a renovated kitchen, and a cedar-walled bomb shelter.

The exterior of the house has copper gutters, a satellite-controlled sprinkler system, and a barbecue area. $1,195,000. Barry Berg and Chad Larsen, Coldwell Banker Burnet, (612) 925-8411.


Irvine, California. Located in a gated community with a working avocado grove, this home sits amid a cluster of small Italian-piazza-style areas with a shared motor court. Interior features include a two-story foyer, a chef-style kitchen, and an open floor plan leading to an outdoor room.

The master suite has views of Los Angeles. Starting at $1,500,000. Andrea Martinez-Trott, Brookfield Residential, (866) 400-2422.


Lakewood, Washington. Built in 1972, this three-bedroom "Steal of the Week" contemporary house sits on a heavily landscaped lot. Interior features include vaulted ceilings, picture windows, and a gas fireplace. The dining room has a large sliding door that opens onto the back patio. $383,000. Grace Hudtloff, John L. Scott Real Estate, (253) 581-1100.

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