Million-dollar homes and gardens

Price: $1.5 million
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 6 2 halfs
Square feet: 7,357

Description: This custom house was built in 1974, and the original owners have maintained it in pristine condition. The interior has large rooms — and lots of them. There’s a formal dining room that seats at least 12, a family room, breakfast room and a laundry room. And three fireplaces.

Vines have colonized some of the brick exterior walls, giving the house a warm, settled look. The two-acre lot boasts many fine shade trees, blooming perennials such as azaleas and dogwoods, formal hedges bordering paved stone paths, and climbing roses.

The garden also offers a tennis court, a screened-in porch and large in-ground pool.

For further information: Coldwell Banker

NEXT: Coral Gables, Fla.

Price: $2 million
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 4 2 halfs
Square feet: 4,068

Description: Is there a lovelier embodiment of a tropical paradise than a palm tree? This property has a bunch of them, plus a lagoon pool with waterfall. Large palm fronds overhang the water and dense plantings come right up near the pool’s edge.

The patio features a sweet, thatched-roofed palapa, where residents can take shelter from the sun or rain, but there’s also an extensive open area of flagstone where they can work on their tans. Like sports? Try the combo tennis and basketball court.

Indoors are all the luxury features one would expect with a soaring ceiling heights, a thoroughly modernized kitchen, elegant fan lights over some of the interior doorways and glossy hardwood floors with everything kept in tip-top condition.

For further information: Coldwell Banker


Price: $2.495 million
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 3
Square feet: 1,908

Description: This 1929 English cottage was designated a historic landmark in 2004. The house itself is not only gorgeous, it has a storybook look that gives the impression that Little Red Riding Hood could come skipping round the corner.

Inside, the home is all leaded glass, subway tile baths, and built-in knick-knack shelves. But it has also been modernized and updated with a Viking range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and granite counters.

And the garden, oh my! The house sits on barely a tenth of an acre, but what color and form is packed into that small space. There’s a wonderful English garden of foxgloves, Icelandic poppies, delphiniums and other bright bloomers, a flagstone patio and paths, scented herbs, thick shrubs and vine-covered fences. Topping it all off, almost literally, is a thick fig vine that forms dense conical canopies over the front of the house.

Best of all, the home is located outside San Diego, which has some of the best weather in the country. That means the residents can enjoy the fabulous outdoor setting all year round.

For further information: Coldwell Banker
NEXT: Cape Cod, Mass.

Price: $1.09 million
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 3 and 2 halfs
Square feet: 4,353

Description: The virtues of this beautiful, early American home, circa 1834, begin with its location. It sits near the sea and just down the Cape Cod shore from Hyannis, one of the Cape’s premiere recreational boating spots.

The grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, famed father of American landscape architecture who planned, Boston’s Emerald Necklace chain of parks, New York Cit’s Central and Prospect parks, and the Vanderbilts’ Asheville, N.C., Biltmore estate, just to name a few.

The front entrance is a picturesque gate with a white spindle-turned fence leading to a brick walk flanked by a fine old tree. The lot is three-quarters of an acre and features many mature trees, flowering shrubs, arbors, annual gardens and lawns.

Inside is everything you’d expect from a New England clapboard antique. There are hardwood floors and doors, two fireplaces, crown moldings, window seats, built-in cabinets and bookcases, all beautifully maintained.

For further information: Sotheby’s

NEXT: West Nyack, N.Y.

Price: $1.595 million
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1.5
Square feet: 1,729

Description: This 60-year-old Cape Cod is modest in size, but the workmanship, setting and condition are all superb. The interior boasts hardwood floors, built-in bookcases and cabinets, a stone fireplace and French doors. The exterior of the house features clapboard siding and a steeply pitched roof.

Where the property really shines is its outdoor space. There’s a screened in porch with stone floors that leads out to the patio, and from there you enjoy beautiful views. You see the hillsides and Lake DeForest, a reservoir that provides drinking water to Rockland County, a suburb of New York City, which lies 30 minutes away.

The gardens are lush and extensive: The house sits on 1.6 acres and faces a broad, green front lawn. In the back is a shaded flagstone patio lined with ground cover and hedges. The in-ground pool is shadowed in afternoons. There’s perennial flower plantings and a hill that rolls down to the lake.

For further information: Sotheby’s

NEXT: Sedona, Ariz.

Price: $1.395 million
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 4
Square feet: 5,600

Description: With the views this red-rock country home commands, it’s natural to want to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. Thankfully, this house offers nearly an acre of hillside. Plus, the patio features an outdoor kitchen.

The plant of choice for current owners was roses, and the beds are studded with a profusion of the red, yellow and pink flowers. There are also evergreen and deciduous trees that don’t interfere with the vistas of Boynton Canyon and Mogollon Rim.

Indoors boasts a dramatic living area with 22-foot tall ceiling of Douglas pine. Huge windows diminish the barrier between interior and exterior. The rooms are big and modern, with many exquisite built-ins and niches.

For further information: Coldwell Banker

NEXT: Ketchum, Idaho

Price: $1.393 million
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 4
Square feet: 3,500

Description: This house is in the Ketchum-Sun Valley area, where the famed outdoors have drawn celebrities, such as Gary Cooper and Ernest Hemingway, and ordinary Americans, since the 1930s. It’s a ski center but also boasts great fishing, riding, hiking and hunting.

The elevation, at more than a mile high, means the garden’s season is brief, but it is bathed in mountain sunshine and the plants bloom profusely. This is a continually blooming garden that goes from daffodils and tulips in the spring to daisies in the summer to chrysanthemums in the fall. There are also thick ground covers, lawns, shrubs, and shade and flowering trees. The lot, at an acre-and-a-half, is big enough to keep horses, but it’s only a couple miles from town.

Inside is a combination of country-home elegance and rusticity. There’s a fireplace, rough-sawn hickory floors, Silestone engineered-stone countertops and top-of-the-line appliances.

For further information: Sotheby’s

NEXT: Sandy Springs, Ga.

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