Your Favorite Houses From Prefit Magazine
Each issue Prefit Magazine features some of the most handsome homes in the country. These six are the ones readers voted as best of the best.
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Your Favorite Cape Cod
Seattle, WA | 2,900 square feet | Built in 1930
It doesn’t get much more quaint than this classic Cape, with its trio of second-floor dormers and sharply pitched roof covered in cedar shakes. The house was originally built without a portico — it was put on to make entrances and exits more pleasant in the wet Seattle weather. A new white picket fence was added two years ago to replace an original one that had rotted.
Your Favorite Victorian
Detroit, MI | 2,900 square feet | Built in 1885
With a stone foundation, wraparound porch, and handsome navy exterior (Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore), this 19th-century Queen Anne beauty is old-fashioned in the best way. The owners keep the landscaping simple — mostly green-and-pink-tinged peegee hydrangeas — so plants don’t distract from the house.
Your Favorite Cottage
Fairfield, CT | 1,200 square feet | Built in 1917
From the sunflower door (Cheerful by Sherwin-Williams) to the white picket fence surrounded by rosebushes, everything about this century-old charmer says “come on in.” The deep gray (Software by Sherwin-Williams) lets details like intricate brackets on the columns stand out. What you can’t see: The porch ceiling is painted light yellow to complement the door color.
Your Favorite Classic Colonial
Minneapolis, MN | 5,500 square feet | Built in 1930
This house is already a head-turner with its dormers, dolomite stone foundation, and bay window. But it’s the little details — anchor cutouts on the shutters, lemon trees in the planters — that make it extra special. Interesting tidbit: The 4-inch-tall guards along the roof prevent snow from avalanching onto the front steps.
Your Favorite Dutch Colonial
Cleveland, OH | 2,400 square feet | Built in 1923
No doubt what grabbed readers most about this Midwestern gem was the original Art Deco three-window front door painted Celebration Orange by Glidden. (Smart move: The owners also painted the storm door the same color so it wouldn’t distract from the main door.) The large portico is framed by two stately concrete planters filled with purple verbena, begonias, rose mallow, euphorbia and elephant’s ears.
Your Favorite Tudor
Kansas City, MO | 1,588 square feet | Built in 1930
This house on a tree-lined block looks like it was plucked right out of a fairy tale, thanks to the half-timber detailing painted dark brown (Black Bean by Sherwin-Williams), striking scarlet front door (Ruby Ring by Behr) and curved, geranium-lined walkway. Lantern-style sconces flanking the front door add a soft, warm glow to the entrance in the evening.