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International Homes From HGTV's Ultimate House Hunt

What if you could peek inside some of the most incredible homes in the world, from the poshest penthouses to the grandest mansions? With HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt, we’re offering you the chance to do just that. We’ve rounded up dozens of amazing pads across the globe, and now we need your help finding the best of the best.

Here’s how it works: Start in one of our 10 categories, whether you have a penchant for urban homes, international escapes or historic estates. Next, click any home to start browsing photos; when you’ve found your favorite, click “I’m Ready to Vote.” After casting your vote, you can explore the next category or enter for your chance to win $10,000.

Ready to start house hunting? Here’s a look at just a few of the contenders – be sure to check out the all the amazing homes in each category. You can come back every day through July 7 to show your support for your favorite houses and enter the $10K giveaway.


Rustic lake house or oceanfront escape? Tour all of the nominees, vote for your favorite + enter for your chance to win $10K >>

Waterfront Homes From HGTV's Ultimate House Hunt

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What if I told you that you could peruse the halls of some of Los Angeles’ most gorgeous homes and raise money for charity at the same time? The Mandeville and Sullivan Canyon Architecture Tour, hosted by the Venice Family Clinic in California, earns critical healthcare funds by giving patrons exclusive access to four top-tier homes designed by architectural rock stars Cliff May, Paul Davis, Susan Minter, Marmol Radziner and Ken Ungar.

If you aren’t able to make it to California, don’t despair! Take a virtual sneak peek into these incredible homes for a firsthand look at the rustic architectural beauty of Mandeville and Sullivan Canyon.


Cliff May was an architectural genius and pioneer who developed the California Ranch House in the 1930′s. He built five different homes for his family, each an experiment in what did and didn’t work for their everyday needs. The Experimental Ranch was the fourth in this succession of homes built by May, featuring moveable partitions throughout to allow its residents to create and change rooms within the home. The house was deemed a City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Landmark in 2002 and has since been restored by the design firm Marmol Radziner.

Photo by Joe Fletcher

The home’s design erases the boundaries between indoors and out with a 288-square-foot skylight and large windows featured throughout the main living areas. The live-edge wood table, vintage dining chairs and velvet sectional sofa were all custom built by the Marmol Radziner firm.

Photo by Joe Fletcher

The outdoor seating area, nestled into a landscaped hillside, flows seamlessly into the living room thanks to a sliding partition between the spaces.

Photo by Joe Fletcher

A stainless steel backsplash and solid walnut cabinets and countertops bring style and function to the custom kitchen.

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Blustery temperatures and winter weather have me dreaming of one thing — a cozy cabin weekend. Driving to the mountains and shacking up with friends and family for a long weekend of good food and good movies — never a bad idea.

HGTV’s FrontDoor tried to tempt me into a winter vacation dream by showcasing this idyllic Aspen cabin. Check out this adorable getaway with flawless views of the Rocky mountains.

Aspen Cabin Front

Isn’t it cute? There is no need for a massive log mansion — I mean, I wouldn’t complain — but this quaint little cottage looks like it was built for full-of-nothing weekends.

Aspen Cabin Living Room

Aspen Cabin Fireplace

All you need is a working fireplace and dvd player for a great weekend retreat. I love this cabin’s rustic chandelier and the open concept really lets you soak up all the wood construction.

Aspen Cabin Window

Aspen Cabin Master

That comfy leather chair looks like a good spot to curl up and read, or maybe just watch the snow fall — if you’re lucky enough. The windows in the master bedroom also have wonderful woodsy views. But here is what really has me dreaming of this cabin…

Aspen Overhead

Aspen Mountain Views

Those incredible mountain views. You know the coffee commercial where the entirely too-happy morning couple is drinking in front of sprawling mountain views? Well, that couple wishes they were here. The way the sun makes the snow sparkle on the top of the mountain would make me a morning person.

I can’t wait for my first chance to see the mountains this season. Have plans for family retreats or full-of-nothing weekends? Share them with us here — we would love to see where you’re going!

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Not so much a fan of The Real Housewives franchise? For shame! No, I don’t hold it against you — well, I do, but not in any real way that matters.

Even if you don’t watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you have probably read in recent headlines that one of its stars, Teresa Giudice, is in a bit of a pickle. As she and her husband Joe work through their much-publicized “issues,” it looks like the couple has decided to part ways with their Towaco home.


With six bedrooms, six bathrooms and over 10,000 square feet, the home has just been listed for $3.9 million. The house is full of custom moldings, imported marble floors and fixtures as well as architectural details in every room. “Tre” wasn’t playing around when she designed her castle (Do you all remember the episode when she was buying furniture? Classic Tre!).

Teresa Giudice

This familiar home (to fans, anyway) sits on over 3.5 acres.

Teresa Giudice

Grand two-story entrance with double Cinderella staircases

Teresa Giudice

The gourmet kitchen features a butler’s pantry and large working center island.

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The first rule of real estate is location, location, location — but what happens when a buyer’s only option in the right location is a house with horrible design and a clunky layout? Renovation, design and real estate pros Joanna and Chip Gaines say buy it — then fix it! Fixer Upper is the Texas couple’s new show coming to HGTV Thursday, April 24, at 11pm/10c. The network is excited to have their expertise on television — and, is thrilled to have Joanna as our newest guest editor. Welcome, Joanna!

As with last quarter’s guest editor, Nancy Fire, Joanna will be bringing her fun, expert commentary to Design Happens, adding insight to 2014 design and home remodeling trends throughout, and even taking over HGTV’s Instagram here and there.

Joanna Gaines Guest Editor Joanna Gaines

For you to get to know a little more about HGTV’s new star and our guest editor, we recently interviewed Joanna.

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It’s one of the priciest streets in England with some of the most sought after properties in the country. But behind the doors of many of the mansions on The Bishops Avenue in north London (“Billionaires’ Row”), there is little in the way of opulence or luxury. It is estimated that a third of the homes, worth an estimated $582 million, are in a state of disrepair after lying vacant for decades.

London Mansion

The pricey Heath Hall is on the market for $91million.

Despite their poor condition, the houses remain a safe place for the wealthy to invest their money because of London’s rocketing property values, which rose 11% last year, and because of the road’s reputation as a hotspot for the rich and famous.

London Mansion

A crumbling ballroom in one of the mansions along The Bishops Avenue in north London

Of the homes that are occupied, even those are used infrequently by their owners for short periods each year, with residents complaining that there is little in the way of a ‘community.’

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Happy Friday, readers! What are you doing Sunday night? My plans include wine, friends and The Grammys. This is by far my favorite award show of the year with music performances all night long. Music’s biggest night will surely produce some noteworthy — and likely shocking — fashion choices and memorable performances by the year’s hottest acts. From Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to Lorde and Carole King, it’s sure to be three hours of musical bliss.

What better way to celebrate The Grammys than to take you inside some of the performer’s homes? The best part? Some of these celeb pads are for sale. Just get that checkbook ready.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's Home for Sale

This charming Nashville home was built in 1925 and purchased by Taylor in September 2010 for her parents. She ended up selling the place a year later for $1.35 million, $50,000 more than what she originally paid. No sad songs here.

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560 State Street

In 2009, Jay-Z released a New York anthem featuring Alicia Keys called “Empire State of Mind.” In the first verse he mentions living at 560 State Street in Brooklyn. Well, here she is. And for sale, too.

Check Out the Brooklyn Building Where Jay-Z Once Resided >>

Katy Perry

Katy Perry's House for Sale

This three-acre, Mediterranean-style Park Hill estate was built in the early 1920s and boasts breathtaking views of the Los Angeles skyline.

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Former blue-haired pop singer Katy Perry just released the lead single from her fourth studio album titled Prism. The new single, “Roar,” is causing quite an … uproar (sorry), but that’s beside the point. If you came to Design Happens to read about Katy Perry, then you know what you’re getting. DESIGN.

In 2011, Katy sold her contemporary Los Angeles digs for a solid $3.3 million. In June 2011, she bought a three-acre Mediterranean-style estate, known as Park Hill, nestled in the Hollywood Hills. Unfortunately, she never moved in. Four months ago, Katy put the home on the market for $6.925 million. If you’re trying to pinpoint the home on a map, it’s close to celebrity hot spot Chateau Marmont.

Ready to step inside? Tour Katy Perry’s Old World-inspired mansion, starting at the double gate.

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Next, you’ll see the two-story entryway clad in marble and stone reminiscent of Mediterranean style.

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One of the home’s key features is its lagoon-style pool situated between lush landscaping and two on-property guesthouses.

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UPDATE: The poll is now CLOSED. Thank you for your participation.

Imagine you could move into any kind of home: Which of these 11 styles would you choose? A tidy Colonial or a picturesque Victorian? Grand Tudor or cozy Cape Cod? Vote now to pick your favorite. Choose one style only. The numbers correspond with the homes in the image below. We’ll reveal the rankings in the September issue of HGTV Magazine, plus show you more homes currently for sale in the top three styles.

september-homes-poll1 Keller Williams Lake Oconee | 2 Prudential Patt White Real Estate | 3 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate | 4 Prudential NW Realty Assoc | 5 Keller Williams Realty Platinum Partners | 6 Long & Foster – Grove | 7 North Fork Real Estate Inc | 8 HomeTown Realty | 9 Shamrock Realty, LLC |10 Southland Lakefront & Mountain Properties |11 Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

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Have mercy on my soul. Could our government not have picked a better day to take our money than on a Monday? Don’t they know (or care) that we struggle with the start of the workweek anyway — much-less adding this fun to the mix? Ugh. Hang in there, folks.

Let’s try and offset our inevitable irritation and daydream a bit — let’s envision ourselves in Hawaii — in this oceanfront estate. Heck, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones getting a tax refund this year and can purchase it (the house only costs $11,950,000 — again, one can dream).

Feeling any better? Me either — let’s just keep our heads down and power through this day. Sigh. Ah, Hawaii.

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We’re in the midst of award season, and searches are buzzing for the next big show, the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, on February 10. According to Yahoo! Web Trend Expert Carolyn Clark, searches for Grammy nominations are spiking, along with nominee Kelly Clarkson. I’m not only going to point you right to this year’s nominees, I’m also going to give you all something even better: a tour of five Grammy-nominated artists’ homes. Yup.

Katy Perry’s Elegant Contemporary Abode | Los Angeles 

Nominations: Best Pop Solo Performance

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Taylor Swift’s Elegant Country Estate | Nashville, Tenn.

Nominations: Record of the Year, Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Best Song Written For Visual Media

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The other morning, I unexpectedly woke at 5:30 and could not get myself back to sleep. But thanks to this bout of insomnia, I found a documentary that I had to share with you all. (Does everyone watch movies when they can’t sleep? I am new to sleeplessness.) The Queen of Versailles chronicles three years in the life of timeshare mogul David Siegel and his wife Jackie. When the cameras started rolling, director Lauren Greenfield thought she was going to document the construction of the biggest personally owned home in America. At 90,000 square feet and outrageous cost of $100,000,000, “Versailles” was the stuff of self-made-billionaire dreams. What the director did not know when she started filming in 2008 was that an economic crash was just around the corner for this family and the entire country.

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Like so many other Americans, Siegel overextended the real estate ventures he personally and professionally embarked on. And after the very sudden and dramatic collapse of the real estate market and the near death of his business, Westgate Resorts, the fate of the Siegels and the unfinished Versailles is unknown. The cameras keep rolling as assets are auctioned off, private schools are spurned for public ones, and the spending habits of a once-billionaire’s wife finds its only outlet at Walmart. If you’ve got time for a movie this weekend, mix yourself a cocktail, grab some movie snacks and stream this stunning piece of cinéma vérité.

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Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures; Lauren Greenfield

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We’re getting down to the nitty-gritty today, so if numbers, finances and budgets make you queasy, you may want to click on over to something pretty. You know, like this.


The fact of the matter is, Husband and I both freelance for a living. And while freelancing may be synonymous with pajamas, couches and Cheetos, it’s also a lot more difficult than it sounds (and I’m not talking Cheeto dust on my white keyboard).

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So. Now that you’ve seen my home in complete shambles, you’re probably wondering how we acquired the mess in the first place, yes? Lucky for you, I take really great notes.

Our search for the perfect home began in July 2009 when we had finally saved enough couch cushion pennies to bid on something that didn’t live on wheels. Because I’m married to a very unexpectedly burly man, we had decided early in the process that we would purchase a foreclosed home at auction and fix it up with a bit of elbow grease (and a ton of trash bags).


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Earlier this week, our friends over at announced a partnership with 250 newspaper across the country. Along with enhancing their current listings, newspapers will eventually be able to take advantage of FrontDoor’s offerings of articles and video content from real estate experts.

The first site to launch with enhanced FrontDoor content is San Francisco’s own  The deal covers listing with newspapers owned by Cox Newspapers, Freedom Newspapers, Journal Register Co. and Southern Newspaper Group.

Keep en eye out for FrontDoor coming to a newspaper near you!

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