From Houston’s leafy environs to the fertile terrain of California’s wine country, these welcoming homes greet visitors with front doors in cheerful, eye-catching hues.
Luxury in Los Feliz
Secluded from the street, this Colonial-style home dates to 1928 and exemplifies an uncommonly classic elegance for its Los Feliz location. A lush sunken courtyard with a vibrant front door is an inviting introduction, opening to light-filled living and dining rooms, a library, a cook’s kitchen, and a family room, all giving way to the outdoors and an alfresco kitchen and fireplace, a pool and spa, and a grassy yard. Six bedrooms and an office enjoy the privacy of the upper level.
Traditional Tanglewood Treasure
Contemporary flair and traditional style unite in this Neoclassical home in Houston. An elegant front door in alluring aubergine is set in a carved stone archway and topped with an eye-catching custom transom. Beyond is a 7,896-square-foot multilevel floor plan featuring six bedrooms, soaring ceilings, handsome millwork, architrave moldings, marble and oak floors, stone fireplaces, and marble countertops. The backyard boasts a loggia with a summer kitchen, sunny patios, and a refreshing pool.
Expansive Wrightian Hideaway
This custom Carmel Valley home on 40 gently rolling acres pays homage to Frank Lloyd Wright with its midcentury modern angles and materials. Beyond unique turquoise front doors is an airy, fluid 6,160-square-foot floor plan with a chef’s kitchen, a dining area, and a welcoming living area—all crowned by 21-foot western red cedar ceilings. The property enchants with a 60-foot infinity-edge lap pool, a pool house, terraces, a vegetable garden, a greenhouse, glorious flora, majestic oaks, a barn, and space for equestrian pursuits.
Colonial Classicism in Wine Country
This regal three-bedroom home in the charming town of Sebastopol has a bold red front door—framed by stately columns—that echoes the brilliant hue of the La Sevillana roses flourishing along the front yard’s storybook picket fence. The 3.51 acres that envelop the classical residence feature a gazebo flanked by blossoming cherry trees, an expansive entertaining courtyard, Italian fountains, fruit and flowering trees, raised garden beds, a greenhouse, a three-horse bar, open pasture, and parking for up to 40 cars.