Throughout the entire year, the internal PR team has seen some extremely beautiful homes on Trulia – from million dollar mansions in Los Angeles to more modest beach homes off the coast of Miami. As part of our end-of-year tradition, we’ve asked our internal PR team members, Ken, Daisy, Vanessa, Cristin and newbies Matt and Korina to choose their most favorite listing to call their 2012 dream home. Which one is your favorite?
One day when I retire, I want to live in the woods where I can hear water flowing down the side of a mountain. I want to take a walk in the trees each morning, but I still want to be able to enjoy good restaurants and be close to civilization. That’s why this home in Telluride, CO, is my dream home. It has the look and feel of a mountain lodge, but it’s also got a modern design. (For those you who know me, I love modern design and clean lines.) This home pretty much delivers on everything on my checklist.
My dream house is up for grabs in Piedmont, CA–that means I can look at the listing and drool over the six-bedroom, five-full/three-partial bath mansion anytime I want. What I love most about this home is its history and style, which brings to life one of my favorite books, “The Great Gatsby.” Built by renowned architect Albert Farr in the 1920s, it features all the classic details and elegance that you don’t see in any of the new track homes built today. But this home isn’t just beautiful on the outside, all of its original plumbing and fixtures were gutted and updated, making it truly beautiful on the inside. Moreover, this four-story house includes a library, wine cellar, grand stone terrace with outdoor fireplace, two offices, and a guest suite with its own kitchen and private entrance.
There is no other word to describe my dream home than magical. When I dream, I dream big, and this 24,500-square-foot home not only delivers, but blows minds. Located in small-town Washington, UT, this home is likely the coolest thing the area has ever seen, with its seven bedrooms, ten baths, and out-of-this world amenities. I wouldn’t say the location is my favorite, but with a place like this, I’d never want to leave the house–and that’d be just fine by me. The Tuscan-style estate is fully equipped with a spa room, performance stage, home theater, kids mini-theater, library, kids play room, elevator, gym, and atrium. If that wasn’t enough, the home also includes a sports pub with two-lane cosmic bowling alley, full bar, and arcade room. This house might as well be my personal Dave and Busters! For outdoor entertaining, the home includes a fire pit, barbeque, and swimming pool with spa. But say I do decide to leave the house one day—then you’d find me on the slopes of Utah, snowboarding my little heart out. Not too shabby.
Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places on the planet, and it’s everything I could ever want in a dream home location, being both a summer and winter hot spot. I really can’t choose which season I love better, so this location offers the best of both worlds. My dream home is more McMansion than it is cabin in the woods, and it has every amenity a city girl could want in her mountain escape: seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a theater, fitness room, wine cellar, and six fireplaces to cuddle up in front of. It’s also lakefront in Hurricane Bay, one of the most ideal and exclusive parts of Lake Tahoe. This house stuns passersby from the street and those cruising on the lake. Now I just need a helicopter, so I can avoid all the traffic on my way out to the lake on Friday evenings!
Having enjoyed the climate and lifestyle in Santa Barbara while living there during and immediately after college, I’ve always longed to move back some day, and this stunning property would be the perfect home for my return. The house includes a number of great features that suit my personal taste, starting with the location in Montecito, which features sweeping views of the ocean and Channel Islands. I also love to entertain guests, which would be a joy here–whether cooking a large meal in the gorgeous kitchen, spending time outside grilling over the gourmet fire pit, or lounging in the pool and hot tub. Lastly, this home’s sleek interior and massive wine cellar complement my love of wine and modern design. I could see myself spending many blissful years in such a beautiful property.
With airy bedrooms and a huge yard leading to the beautiful beach, this home in Anahola, Hawaii would be the ideal place to live with my family. The décor is exactly what I envision when I think of the Hawaiian Islands–simple yet colorful with views of the ocean and luscious greenery. And I could just see my little boys playing in the water and looking for shells. Who wouldn’t want to wake up every morning to the sound of the waves crashing right in your backdoor!?