A 24-Karat Gold Pool and 14 Other Amazing Features of America’s Most Photographed Homes
The most photographed homes in the United States are some of the most iconic and unique displays of architecture. Each home has a distinct style reflecting its location, history, or previous owner. Ahead, find out which homes are the most photographed in America.
Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, is among the photographed homes in America. The sprawling mansion covers 14 acres, according to Graceland’s website. The property has a trophy building, racquetball building, and a meditation garden. The main house includes the kitchen, famous jungle room, and a bedroom for Presley’s parents.
Hint: A Miami mansion has a gold pool.
Gianni Versace’s mansion
Late designer, Gianni Versace, spends millions renovating his Miami home. Part of the renovation is installing a pool. Today, the pool is one of the most photographed aspects of his former mansion. Gold tiles create an intricate design in the pool, glowing through the water.
Hint: A home in the Florida Keys is all about location, location, location.
An inn overlooking the ocean at the southernmost point in the Florida Keys is simply known as The Southernmost House. The Victorian style inn has a sprawling porch and historic bedrooms. An inground pool is available for lounging in the Florida sun. Presidents and royalty have both stayed at this inn, according to their website.
Hint: George Washington designs this home.
George Washington expands Mount Vernon to the one we know today. For the time, Mount Vernon is unusually large. The home is 11,028 square feet in size. Mount Vernon overlooks the Potomac River, with the best view being from the two-story porch designed by Washington, according to Mount Vernon’s website.
Hint: Trees are the biggest reason this home is photographed.
Oak Alley Plantation
This Louisiana plantation is lined with oak trees (nearly 300 years old) making a dramatic statement. A national historic site, the plantation is filled with history. An 1830s kitchen is preserved underneath a 1920s garden. The big house is filled with historic architecture and details.
Hint: Newspaper magnate builds a castle in California that’s now a state park.
National historic landmark is Heart Castle, owned by William Randolph Hearst. The castle is a California State Park, the grounds are that big. The grounds have a zoo, which was once the world’s largest private zoo. The castle boasts an airport, two pools, a wine cellar, and massive gardens, according to the castle’s website.
Hint: This author frequented the inn on p. 3.
Ernest Hemingway’s Florida home
Author Ernest Hemingway’s Florida residence is a charming, picture-perfect building. No wonder the his home is one of the most photographed homes in the the United States. There’s a wraparound balcony, bay windows, and shutters to add to the island charm. Forget the typical doorway in this home. Instead see arched doorways, unusual moldings, and vibrant tiles.
Hint: Every American knows what this house looks like.
The White House
The most well known home in the United States is without a doubt, the White House. It’s also one of the most photographed. The White House is not only an iconic home but has a bowling alley, garden, basketball court, and pool and cabana. “An underground passage was created to allow the first family and guests to reach the cabana from the ground floor of the West Wing without going outside,” The Spruce said.
Hint: An author’s home has 25 rooms.
Mark Twain’s house
Located in Hartford, Connecticut is Mark Twain’s house. The writer’s home reflects his success as an author. The 11,500 square foot home has 25 rooms and three floors, according to the Mark Twain House and Museum. The home has a dedicated conservatory and lots and lots of detail in every room. Aspects of the home are designed by Louis C. Tiffany & Co., the son of the jewelry store’s founder.
Hint: A ‘90s sitcom helps make these homes popular.
The “Painted Ladies” are the brightly colored homes making up San Francisco’s skyline. The homes are famous, in part, because of the TV show, Full House. One of the home’s offers an unobstructed view of downtown San Francisco, according to Business Insider. Crown moldings, massive windows, and high ceilings make the Victorian homes shine.
Hint: Another president designed this famous mansion.
Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello mansion has an octagonal shaped dome and an ivory portico, according to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. The home has a whopping 43 rooms. In the house are 33 rooms, four in the pavilions, and six underneath the South Terrace. Plus, there are 13 skylights and eight fireplaces.
Hint: A stairway to nowhere and a room full of windows bring visitors to this house.
Winchester mystery house
The Winchester Mystery House, known for paranormal activity and odd design features, is among the most photographed homes in the country. A doorway to nowhere and a staircase to the ceiling are features of this house. Supposedly, Sarah Winchester, “continuously built (and built and built) onto her initially small, two-story farmhouse to appease the spirits of those killed by the guns manufactured by her husband’s firearms company,” according to the home’s website.
Hint: A home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright sits on top of a waterfall.
Fallingwater in Pennsylvania
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s love of nature is evident in his Mill Run, Pennsylvania home, named Fallingwater. The home is constructed over a waterfall in the Allegheny Mountains, according to Bob Vila. A bridge, stone walls, and a terrace are additional features of the home. There’s also a barn on the property.
Hint: These apartments are a photographer’s dream.
Down-under-the-Manhattan-Bridge-Overpass, or DUMBO for short, are some of the most photographed homes in America. People regularly stand in the street to capture an incredible view of the bridge. Unbeknownst to them, the views from the apartments above are even better. Up-to-date apartments with hardwood floors and shiny new appliances are available to those who can afford five thousand dollars in rent.
Hint: This East Hampton home is featured in a movie.
The cottage, originally built in 1885, features a cant-miss replica of a windmill. The living room has exposed beams and wood burning fire place, according to House Beautiful. Take a dip in the heated pool made of granite or sit in the screened-in porch. Entertain in the 600 square-foot dining room and have guests sleep over in one of the many bedrooms.
Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!