Beyoncé and Jay Z
Take a cue from this power couple’s New Orleans’ Garden District home, and keep your property well manicured. Even though not all of us have a striking 13,292-square-foot home that's been converted from an old Presbyterian church, the fact remains that a neatly maintained, stately hedge adds a powerful visual touch to your front yard, not to mention much-needed privacy.
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While the singer’s horse ranch outside Malibu boasts an impressive seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, it’s the gorgeous wraparound porch that has us swooning. Adding a porch to your own home creates a convenient outdoor living space, the perfect place to enjoy sunny weather. Turn yours into a seasonal hangout with accessories like a Ping-Pong table and a complete set of outdoor furniture that will keep family and friends coming back.
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Telluride, Colorado, offers a gorgeous backdrop for any home, especially if it’s sitting on 298 acres of national forest land. But we’ve got our eye on the wall of windows that runs across the back of the house. It not only exposes the home to a flood of light, but it also takes advantage of the location's natural beauty while—because it’s not on the front of the house—still affording a lot of privacy.
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Her pristine, beach-adjacent property near Malibu’s Zuma Beach draws inspiration from traditional homes in the South of France, but the minimalism of the facade is a serious selling point. Short, symmetrical landscaping allows the natural stonework to shine—when you've got it, flaunt it.
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The pop star’s sweet Spanish-style bungalow, just blocks from the beach in Venice, California, has something in common with her music: pop. Hits of eggshell blue on the front gate and front door inject personality, while quaint climbing vines on the front porch provide a romantic complement. (A back patio with Spanish-style tile and an outdoor kitchen isn’t so bad either!)
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James Van Der Beek
This surprisingly down-to-earth investment property includes lots of fun details on the inside: vaulted ceilings, an open kitchen, a master spa, and a steam shower, to name a few. But the high-end amenities all start with attention to detail on the outside. Note how the covered porch, with its charming swing and tall shutters, invites guests to sit and stay a while.
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There’s nothing demure about this grand brick manor estate in New Jersey. Nestled on three-plus hilltop acres and including a swimming pool, two waterfalls, a tennis court, and putting green, it seems a bit out of budget to replicate. But calling attention to the structure's height through distinctive picture windows framed in bright white—now that we can do.
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Inside this 10-bedroom, eight-bath manor, you'll find classic features that include a mahogany-paneled library, a master bedroom with fireplace, and a large butler’s pantry—and the outside is just as upscale. The combination of a mostly brick exterior, crisp white trim, and stately navy blue shutters contribute to the sleek elegance and timelessness of this imposing residence.
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Even if you don't happen to have a view of the Hollywood sign, you can draw inspiration from this cool California abode. Ironwork columns in front are an unusual design choice that works especially well with the metal outdoor furniture displayed on the lawn. The stonework running halfway up the front exterior is in keeping with the locale and adds visual weight without being overpowering.
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While this nine-bedroom home is definitely on par with the other properties in its neighborhood of Hidden Hills, California, the statement-making white brick exterior paired with dark mortar sets it apart in stylishness. And to repeat the look along the walkway up to the house—what a way to make an entrance!
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With looks that blend in better in Bedrock than Beverly Hills, this modest but unique one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath residence, which sits on 22 acres in Malibu, is made entirely of stone. The advantage of this look? Cool temperatures and spectacular views. Let this be a lesson to think beyond traditional siding—especially if you live in a warm climate.
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