I short-listed my favourite 9 picture perfect curbside ‘wow’ homes out of the MSN article’s 14.
Picture Perfect Curbside Wow!
[ Sourced from: MSN.com’s article on “Picture Perfect Homes with Curbside Wow!” ]
:: 1 :: An interesting face
Tigard, Oregon, USA
<< Sometimes it’s the face of the house that gives a home curb appeal. This home has several textural tones that make its exterior visually interesting: shake cedar up high, fiber-cement siding lower down and contrasting brick stonework keep the eye interested.
But that’s not the only thing working for this four-bedroom home, which was owned by the builder of the neighborhood; professional landscaping draws you in, and there’s a water feature near the doorway. >>
:: 2 :: A handsome combination
North Carolina, USA
<< Sometimes it’s a combination of things that make a home work. This French Country home, on a Davis Love III-signature golf course, is visually interesting, from the gables to the stone accents to the curved wooden posts to the metal Juliet balcony. A Pennsylvania bluestone walkway leads to a welcoming, arched, double front door. Inside is a five-bedroom, 4,944-square-foot home with all the amenities you’d expect. >>
:: 3 :: A balanced winner
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
<< Thinking of selling your home? Take the advice of agent Jill Giese: She starts out across the street from a home and squints. Does anything get snagged in her eyesight, or is everything in balance?
There’s a nice symmetry to this four-bedroom home, with its neat shrubs, matching trees and pillars near the front door. What you can’t see: its great views of the Boise foothills and, inside, the hardwood floors and custom tile work. >>
:: 4 :: Spanish looker
Pasadena, California, USA
<< Attention to detail can make or break a first impression of a home. In this case, the home’s owner has designed exhibits for the Huntington Library and for the Walt Disney Co., and that eye for detail is evident throughout.
The Spanish-style home is surrounded by mature trees and has an inviting courtyard entrance complete with custom iron gates and pavers and a fountain. The two-bedroom, two-bath home isn’t large, but it has many handsome details inside, including period windows and custom wood doors. >>
:: 5 :: Sugar House sweetheart
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
<< Sometimes a green thumb can make all the difference. In the case of this home, in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City, the owners were gardeners. The entry is lined with orange and yellow “popcorn” marigolds, which create an inviting path to the door. Once you reach it, the rest of the house isn’t bad, either: a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1950s brick rambler that sits just across from Sugar House Park, with views of the Wasatch Range. >>
:: 6 :: A welcoming way
Manassas Park, Virginia, USA
<< What makes a picture-perfect home? Sure, a tasteful fence is nice, and this one has it — or at least a piece of one. But what really draws people in and welcomes them is a tasteful entryway. This home has not one but two — one near the driveway, and a portico with pillars in front of the door. The 9-year-old Colonial is no slouch on the inside, either: This four-bedroom, four-bath home has hardwood floors on the main level, a fireplace and a quiet deck over a patio out back. >>
:: 7 :: A subtle makeover
Seattle, Washington, USA
<< Sometimes a fresh coat of paint in the right hue can make a huge difference. This Cape Cod-style home, in the coveted Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle, got a paint job in preparation for going to market, with colors chosen by a designer — pearl gray and classy purple that are subtle yet show well on the house. The uncluttered, blooming flower garden out front doesn’t hurt the scene, either. Inside is a 2,300-square-foot home with four bedrooms, two baths and views of Lake Washington. >>
:: 8 :: A Georgia peach
Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA
<< Sometimes the suburbs can be as picturesque as the forest. This stately suburban gem sits on more than an acre on a quiet cul-de-sac in the upscale Sandy Springs/Dunwoody area of Atlanta. Mature loblolly pines and blooming azaleas lend a bucolic, aristocratic feeling to the approach to the $450,000, custom-built home, as does the circular drive. Inside, the 4,479-square-foot home features five bedrooms, 4.5 baths and a gourmet chef’s kitchen. >>
:: 9 :: Mid-West gentility
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
<< Some homes get it all right: This house has the curb appeal down to a science: There’s a quaint picket fence. The home’s handsome stone façade. Pearl-gray shutters that pleasingly match the roof’s color. And low hedgerows that usher visitors to the front door. Inside are 3.5 bathrooms and five bedrooms — the master bedroom even has a fireplace —and out back is a multilevel deck for entertaining. >>
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- Power plants
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- Foreclosed homes
- Lacklustre landscaping
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