Rye, N.Y. Winner of the 2010 American Institute of Architects Design Award for the area, this five-bedroom house is set on 6.4 acres.

Details include a large stone fireplace, multiple balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an exercise room. Outside details include a heated pool, a tennis court, and a barbecue patio. $5,995,000. Nancy Lawton, Houlihan Lawrence, (914) 260-1788.


McLean, Va. Built in 2003, this house was designed by architect Mark McInturff and won an American Institute of Architects Regional Merit Award. The five-bedroom home features a wine cellar, a fitness center, an elevator, and stone and cherrywood detailing.

The property includes a guesthouse, a pool, and an outdoor living room with a fire pit. $5,290,000. Ron Mangas, TTR Sotheby's International Realty, (703) 298-2564.


Greenwich, Conn. Built in 2009, this home has received numerous American Institute of Architects awards. The glass-and-steel house overlooks Long Island Sound and features Lutron lighting, motorized shades, and two fireplaces.

The 0.4-acre property features an outdoor shower, a patio, and access to the Shoreham Club beach. $6,495,000. BK Bates, Houlihan Lawrence, (203) 536-4997.


Sister Bay, Wis. Set on a 6.4-acre wooded bluff, this three-bedroom house looks out on Lake Michigan. The home won an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1997. Details include a 23-foot-high stone fireplace, a wooden barrel-vaulted ceiling, and guest quarters with an exercise room and sauna. $1,895,000. Sara Massey, True North Real Estate, (920) 868-2828.


Lofthouse. The classic Colonial home inspires this "Steal of the Week" kit-house design. It can be built with two to four bedrooms, open or closed dining areas, and a two-story living room. Ranked among the top 100 home products by This Old House, it is energy efficient and uses Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood. Starts at $370,000. Blu Homes, (866) 887-7997.


Los Angeles. This three-bedroom house was featured in the Los Angeles Times as "Home of the Month." Built in 1953, it includes a triangular great room, a dual-sided fireplace, and a master bedroom with access to a gravel garden.

Other exterior details include a lap pool, an outdoor living room, and a light-filled studio. $2,500,000. Frank Langen, Deasy/Penner & Partners, (310) 275-1000.


Potomac, Md. Built in 1974, this four-bedroom house, situated on 1.9 acres of woodland and landscaped gardens, won an American Institute of Architects award. Interior details include a chef's kitchen and a master bedroom with a large fireplace.

Outside features include a two-bedroom guesthouse, a pool, and a pool house. $2,950,000. Ron Mangas, TTR Sotheby's International Realty, (703) 298-2564.

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