6 homes with beautiful kitchens

It doesn't hurt to look!

Charleston, South Carolina. Among the updates to the 1824 John Bickley House is its complete chef's kitchen, with Wolf range, warming drawer, Sub-Zero refrigerator, bar with wine refrigerator, black-granite island, and copper farm sink.

The five-bedroom Regency-style home retains its original heart-pine flooring, 12-foot ceilings, and ornate plasterwork, and features an open living area off the kitchen and a formal dining room. Outside are two covered piazzas, a terrace, and a landscaped garden. $3,195,000. Etta Connolly, William Means/Christie's International Real Estate, (843) 568-0449.

Middletown, Rhode Island. The gourmet kitchen of this cottage-style home features a fireplace, exposed-brick wall, cathedral ceiling, and walk-in pantry. The four-bedroom, open-plan house has a vaulted great room with stone fireplace, dining room with wine cabinet, and recreation room.

The 11-acre property, set amid vineyards and farms and close to Newport, includes a pool and pool house, outdoor fireplace, and oversize garage with guest quarters. $2,850,000. Michelle Kirby, Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty, (401) 862-7873.

Fairfield, Connecticut. This Georgian-style home has a kitchen designed for kosher entertaining, with high-end double refrigerators, dishwashers, and oven, a coffee center, a butler's pantry, and a U-shaped prep island–bar that brings together cook and guests.

The six-bedroom house features an ornate dining and music hall, a basement den with bar and billiard table, a game room, and a gym. The 3.35-acre landscaped grounds include a garden, a terrace, a swimming pool, a spa, fruit trees, and two garages. $3,975,000. Denise Biagi, Coldwell Banker Realty, (203) 953-6933.

Durham, North Carolina. The kitchen of this four-bedroom home features a walnut-topped work island, white quartz counters, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and a Viking gas stove and convection oven. The open-plan house, finished with French doors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and built-in cabinetry, includes a wine room, a screened porch, and a gardener's potting studio.

The 1-acre lot is landscaped with mature trees, slate terrace, spa, and cascading water feature, and overlooks the Donald Ross golf course. $1,975,000. Susan Peak, Peak Swirles & Cavallito Properties, (919) 612-3221. Photos courtesy Lighthouse.

Dallas. The larger of this smart home's two indoor kitchens has two stainless-steel islands, two dishwashers, a convection oven, and a commercial-grade range and vent. The four-bedroom house includes six fireplaces, a vaulted great room, and a dining room seating 20.

The 1.26-acre property is bordered by a tree-lined creek, studded with sculpture, and connected by flagstone paths, and features a Zen garden, a swimming pool, an ornamental pond with waterfalls, and an outdoor kitchen and bar. $5,895,000. Dona Timm, Coldwell Banker Realty, (972) 333-3370.

Eloy, Arizona. The kitchen in this three-bedroom ranch-style home features a six-burner Blue Star cooktop, high-end appliances, a wine cooler, custom cabinets, and granite counters. The house has energy-efficient air-conditioning and a media room, a den with a wet bar, and a home office.

The property includes desert-garden landscaping, a casita, a partly covered patio with barbecue and smoker, dining-bar area, and two firepits, and mountain views; the gated community offers tennis, golf, a pool, a clubhouse, and a gym. $499,000. Brenda Amans, HomeSmart Success, (815) 988-3992.

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