Abundant curb appeal, lovely gardens, and whimsical touches are all apparent in these 11 storybook homes for sale right now.
Quaint and charming, this style appeals to spirited buyers in search of a home beyond the basic tract dwelling.
Built in the 1920s and 1930s, these magical cottages exude a sense of family warmth and a connection to a bygone era. But just because most of them are nearing their 100th birthday doesn’t mean these homes are stuck in yesteryear.
There’s a landmark storybook beach house in Southern California just steps from the beach, a terra-cotta and teal delight in New Jersey, and an elegant secret garden storybook home in Idaho—all of which have undergone meticulous updates that don’t overwhelm their original look and feel.
Located from coast to coast, each of these 11 storybook homes is ready to become a lucky buyer’s happily ever after.
Cottage storybook: This Tudor built in 1926 sits on a quarter-acre in what the listing calls a Tuscan neighborhood.
The three-bedroom home boasts a newly renovated kitchen, plenty of natural light, a bonus office with reclaimed wood ceiling, and a sunroom with stone floors. A welcoming backyard features a stone patio and built-in grill for entertaining.
Lannon stone storybook: Sharp peaks and towering trees give this five-bedroom home impressive height from the curb.
Built in 1931, the whole house has undergone an update. There’s a Carrara marble double shower in the owner’s suite, a gourmet chef’s kitchen with Amish cabinets, hardwood floors, and a garage with gym. There’s also a fenced backyard and screened porch for lounging.
Historic storybook: Built in 1928 just steps from the beach, this four-bedroom cottage sits on a gated corner lot, close to everything in the La Jolla Shores area.
Inside, you’ll find cathedral ceilings, a new custom kitchen, and a wood-burning fireplace.
Storybook with treehouse: A bright teal door is just the beginning of the appeal of this five-bedroom home, less than a half-mile outside town.
Inside the Tudor-style dwelling, the kitchen has two sinks, French doors leading out to a screened porch, a mudroom, and a newly renovated bathroom in the master suite. There’s a deck out back, plus a custom treehouse.
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Secret garden storybook: Elegant inside and out, this four-bedroom home sits on a premier corner lot and is surrounded by gardens, waterfall features, and wildlife.
Built in 1925, the listing details state that the home is an area landmark and in pristine condition. It also includes a studio above the detached two-car garage for guests, in-laws, or use as an office.
Affordable storybook: Situated in the city’s Westside neighborhood, this three-bedroom home was built in 1929, but it features modern amenities throughout.
There’s a finished basement, exercise room, living room with fireplace, and third-floor loft. Outside, there’s a large deck overlooking the landscaped, fenced backyard.
Chevy Chase Gardens storybook: This four-level home built in 1931 boasts plenty of space, thanks to its six bedrooms.
Inside, there are refinished hardwood floors, fresh paint throughout, an updated kitchen, and a first-floor in-law suite. Outdoors, the property features a charming English garden and a flagstone patio.
Sun-filled storybook: Meticulously maintained, the highlight of this charming three-bedroom home is a cozy living room with wood-burning fireplace.
There’s also a sunroom/office overlooking the backyard plus a fun first-floor rec room. The outdoor space has a patio and deck for relaxing and bird watching.
Landmark storybook: Built in 1926 on a half-acre in Chevy Chase Canyon, this charming four-bedroom home is perched on a steep lot.
It comes with a golf cart and a path to lead the owners to terraced gardens and outdoor seating areas. Inside, there’s a cool fourth-floor library with floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves. The property also includes a natural stream, a wooden bridge to a separate studio building, and even a waterfall.
All-brick storybook: Freshly painted and move-in ready, this brick two-bedroom was built in 1944.
It includes details like crown molding and original trim. There’s also a new kitchen and updates to the infrastructure. Outside, there’s a custom flagstone patio in the fully fenced backyard.
Red door storybook: Built on a tree-lined street, this adorable five-bedroom home with a bright-red front door was built in 1929.
Highlights of the updated family home include hardwood floors, a second-floor balcony, and a formal dining room.