Dramatic Doorways | Five Homes with Colorful Front Doors

A good first impression is everything. From Cape Cod to California wine country, these front doors greet guests with doses of cheery, welcoming color.

Striking Santa Fe Style

Santa Fe, New Mexico | Neil Lyon GroupSotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage

Sophisticated Southwestern design distinguishes this award-winning three-bedroom home in the exclusive community of Las Campanas, northwest of downtown Santa Fe. Contributing to the unique ambience are carved columns, archways, outsize ceiling vigas, custom wooden lintels and ceiling treatments, and distinctively detailed doors—including an arched double front door featuring a regionally fitting turquoise hue, ornate carvings, and rustic hardware. A covered pavilion and a traditional portal with a kiva fireplace offer intimate outdoor spaces with mountain views and access to a greenbelt.

Hillside Haven Near Hollywood

Los Angeles, California | Jeffrey YoungSotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage

Perched on a hillside near Bronson Canyon, this cheerful two-bedroom home is a delightful aerie just minutes from Franklin Village and Hollywood. Vivid double front doors offer an inviting introduction to the home’s crisp, clean, light-flooded interiors as well as its balconies, sunny deck, refreshing new swimming pool, and thriving terraced gardens threaded with pathways. The home also includes an attached one-bedroom bungalow with a kitchenette—a perfect private retreat for guests.

Charming Carmel Cottage

Carmel Valley, California | Courtney StanleySotheby’s International Realty – Carmel Rancho Brokerage

This remodeled three-bedroom home is replete with California charm. The light green shade of the entry door—and a Dutch door opening to the dining room—echoes the color of the surrounding grasses, ferns, and majestic oaks. In the living area, a dramatic stone fireplace creates welcoming warmth, and oversized windows take advantage of expansive views. Patios and a generous deck accommodate outdoor living with ease. The property also features a one-bedroom guesthouse and a studio, gym, or office.

Wine Country Retreat

Napa, California | Cheri StanleySotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – Broadway Brokerage

Beneath the dramatic pitch of this home’s covered entryway, a bold red door offers a welcoming burst of color and opens to the open-plan living room, dining room, and chef’s kitchen. The four bedrooms overlook and open to the five-acre property, which includes garden beds, a vineyard, pastureland, a barn, and a guesthouse or office with its own covered porch. The estate is ideal for indoor-outdoor living and entertaining, with sun-washed patios and terraces, a fire pit, and a tennis court.

Osterville Oasis

Osterville, Massachusetts | Peggy Rowland & Samuel WilsonSotheby’s International Realty – Osterville Brokerage

On a peaceful street on quiet Little Island, this lovingly maintained four-bedroom residence boasts a rare blend of elegance and comfort. The serene blue tone of the charming front door mirrors the nearby waters and opens to living and entertaining spaces—and beyond, an enviable expansive deck—all designed to make the most of the idyllic views of enveloping greenery, marshland, and sunsets. The home enjoys deeded access to the bay and is minutes from the marinas of Osterville Village.

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