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45 of the Most Stunning House Exteriors Ever

Talk about curb appeal!

They say it’s the inside that counts, but these homes are pretty stylish on the outside too. Whether grand or quaint, these homes are inspiration to step up your curb appeal.

Rebecca Vizard kept the charm of her estate intact but infused the funky flair of New Orleans. The exterior hints at the serene vibe of this lakeside home.

Situated on a 60-foot setback, Anne Hepfer’s L-shaped cottage features large windows, intricate stonework, and muted colors.

Located in Twin Cities, this 1920’s colonial is packed with artwork and creative flair, perfectly crafted by designer Janet Gridley.

Andrew Howard was intentional at making sure this Florida home still felt like a vacation, regardless of how many kids were running around. The clean and crisp exterior is reflected in the family-friendly interior design.

Dating back to 1915, this Atlanta cottage has a storybook feel. Designer Shon Parker gave this charming home an overdue facelift with painted ceilings, patterned furniture, and stainless steel appliances.

Previously destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, this New Jersey home got a helping hand from Joe Lucas. The shingled house, complete with a screened porch, looks out on the bay — and the client’s 28-foot yacht.

This 8,000 square foot weekend home, designed by Summer Thornton, alludes to the light and airy nature of lake life.

To refresh this historic home, designer Juan Carretero added quintessential notes of English culture and tradition, including cast-concrete ewes out front.

This coastal home received the Jeff Lincoln treatment, complete with potted plants and a touch of greenery.

A Lake Tahoe retreat decorated by Matt O’Dorisio has a wooden exterior trimmed with copper gutters.

To “update and clarify” a 1961 house in Houston, architect Ray Booth balanced the original aesthetic with a contemporary point of view. Booth tweaked the ’60s white-brick facade with new vertical shutters and added a steel-gated front door and custom lantern.

Justina Blakeney’s 1926 Spanish-style home in Los Angeles is modestly sized but packs a major punch. Burnt orange trim makes a statement from the street.

The entrance to this South Carolina “kitchen house” — now a guesthouse — opens onto a bluestone courtyard. An ivy-covered gate seals off the secluded space.

Historic homes of a similar age surround an 1892 townhouse in a Richmond,Virginia, but don’t let its understated facade fool you. Designer Suellen Gregory coated the interior in bold shades of pink.

Designer Michelle Prentice’s new house in Beaufort, South Carolina, seamlessly blends into its neighborhood of historic homes.

Jill Sharp Weeks’ 1740s home sits the heart of the Charleston’s historic downtown.

Near Seaside, Florida, a two-story beach-front cottage designed by Birmingham, Alabama-based architect James F. Carter features an old-fashioned tin roof and traditional stacked screened porches. “It has the echo of a friendlier time,” says Carter, but also solar panels and eco-conscious materials.

Owner Gary McBournie’s Welsh terrier, Winston, lounges in a Nantucket cottage‘s garden, which used to be a parking lot. At the center of the walkway, an English armillary sphere circa 1890 serves as sculpture.

A storybook gate set into a verdant hedge offers a peek at this beguiling 1920s cottage. Its understated Old Florida charm captivates passersby every bit as much today as it did two decades ago, when it belonged to one of America’s most beloved decorators, the late Albert Hadley.

An almost black hue, Farrow & Ball’s Railings modernizes the exterior of the 1920s Ann Arbor home. Ribbed Mediterranean Jar planter and Duomo lanterns by Restoration Hardware.

Designer Garrow Kedigian’s handsome Montreal weekend house was built in 1923 and has a unique L-shaped corner layout.

The exterior of a Swedish summer house is painted in traditional Falun red.

Pittsburgh Paints’ Citadel Blue brightens the exterior of the Lake Michigan house, designed by Alexander Bogaerts.

The stately 1860 London townhouse is a commanding presence in fashionable South Kensington.

Towering cypresses are reminiscent of a Tuscan landscape in a Corona del Mar, California, house decorated by Barbara Barry.

A restrained Shingle Style exterior belies the exuberance within John Knott and John Fondas’s Maine summer house.

Pupils entered the landmark Peabody School through separate doors for girls and boys. “The exterior appears much as it did in the early 20th century,” designer John Peixinho says of his restored Rhode Island house. He removed faux-Victorian gingerbread added about 20 years ago and “tweaked the 1980s paint color. The red had been too blue.” He opted instead for Benjamin Moore’s Country Redwood.

The rear façade features a staircase of Tennessee fieldstone that leads to a covered porch with an outdoor fireplace in a western North Carolina house.

The gray-shingled story-and-a-half house is typical of Nantucket.

Designed by architect Douglas VanderHorn, the Greenwich, Connecticut, house is built of Connecticut fieldstone and cedar shingles.