In desirable locales from East Coast to West, these inviting homes greet visitors with front doors that provide welcoming doses of cheerful eye-catching color.
Charming Carmel Cottage
Carmel, California | Noel Beutel & Steve Beutel, Sotheby’s International Realty – Carmel Rancho Brokerage
Meticulously remodeled and exemplifying the storybook charm of a cottage in the English countryside, this enchanting three-bedroom home in the picturesque village of Carmel-by-the-Sea is introduced by a striking red front door—a traditional symbol of warmth, welcome, and safety. Other highlights include a living room with a beamed ceiling, a stone fireplace, and richly hued hardwood floors; a bright, well-appointed kitchen; restful private quarters; and backyard deck enveloped in greenery.
Enduring Elegance in Houston
Houston, Texas | Pene Moore, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty
A stately entry with a vibrant green door creates the ideal introduction to this handsome 4,472-square-foot home in a desirable gated Houston community. A timeless elegance pervades nearly every space, from formal living and dining rooms, a well-outfitted and efficient kitchen, a den with a fireplace, and an office to an owner’s suite with dual baths and walk-in closets. Two tranquil courtyards accessed via coordinating green French doors allow for relaxed outdoor enjoyment.
San Francisco, California | Wendy Storch, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
Behind a whimsical pink front door, lovingly maintained and restored original details exist in harmony with modern conveniences in this delightful two-bedroom Victorian retreat in San Francisco’s bustling Castro district. Color and texture are used to eye-catching effect throughout, from the centerpiece kitchen to the beautiful bedrooms. A backyard deck and mature landscaping combine to create a serene oasis in the heart of one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. A one-car garage and air conditioning are among the amenities.
Enchanting Escape in Carmel
Carmel, California | Steve Beutel & Noel Beutel, Sotheby’s International Realty – Carmel Rancho Brokerage
Recalling the clear skies above and the dramatic Pacific Ocean waves just blocks away, a blue front door and other accents add visual appeal to this five-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot residence in Carmel. Spaces throughout—including a unique kitchen with a fireplace and a game room with a bar—are bright, airy, inviting, and filled with charming timeless details. Impeccably manicured grounds and gardens as well as private patio areas complete the idyllic picture.
A Massachusetts Classic
Sandwich, Massachusetts | Tori Harrison, Sotheby’s International Realty – Sandwich Brokerage
Walking distance from the iconic Sandwich Boardwalk, this classic clapboard building offers an exciting opportunity for a discerning buyer in search of a versatile two-home property. Each of the dual front doors is finished in a welcoming cheerful red, and the interiors feature formal living rooms with hardwood floors and sunny windows, eat-in kitchens, and two upper-level bedrooms accompanied by a full bath. The backyard is a lush oasis with a handsome brick patio ideal for lounging and grilling.
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