From Carrie Bradshaw's infamous West Village stoop to the home of the leader of the Free World, America is home to some pretty iconic houses. Whether architectural wonder or historical monument, these 10 homes share one common theme: They're all worth a visit. So if you happen to find yourself in any of the areas below, be sure to investigate and let us know which one is your fave. Happy House Hunting!
1. Carrie Bradshaw’s Stoop
New York City
While portrayed as an Upper East Sider, Carrie Bradshaw's apartment was actually located in the West Village at 64 Perry Street. The Infamous stoop is where many of her dates started and ended, and its become successful an NYC landmark that the owners of the townhouse have actually been forced to gate the bottom of the stairs. So while you can't sit and have a cigarette a la Carrie, you can still swing by and soak in the SATC vibes.
2. The Glass House
New Canaan, CT
Built by Phillip Johnson between 1949 and 1995, The Glass House is now a National Trust Historic Site on 49-acres and is comprised of 14 structures, including the Glass House (1949) and features a permanent collection of 20th-century paintings and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. The house itself is one of the coolest places out there, made entirely of— you guessed it — glass, it's home to the kitchen, dining, and sleeping areas of the estate and is truly a sight to see. But please note: it's closed for the winter so wait until May when a tour of the grounds is sure to be spectacular.
Mill Run, PA
Sitting atop one of the most gorgeous waterfalls you'll ever see, Fallingwater was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 as a private residence and weekend home for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner, Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. It's hands-down one of Wright’s most widely acclaimed works, and is probably one of architecture's most important homes. Today it's a national landmark and well worth a detour.
If you're as obsessed with Hamilton as most of us are, then the former home of Thomas Jefferson is definitely something you should visit. Monticello is steeped in history. With 43 rooms, 8 fireplaces and 13 skylights, this place is beautiful. And it just looks so stately, ya know?
5. Hearst Castle
San Simeon, CA
This might be the most garish building in existence, but The Hearst Castle is definitely a modern-day icon. Built (but not finished) by William Randolph Hearst, the home sits on 250,000 acres and served as an entertainment space for many notable guests. With a zoo, endless gardens, two pools, a wine cellar, airport, and more, this place is luxe to the max. The architecture, which borrowed styles from cultures around the globe, is a little confusing, but it's still cool and well worth a visit. Plus the view of the coast can't be beat.
6. Rainbow Row
Have you been to Charleston yet? If not, book your flight ASAP. Every historic home (they were built in 1770s) on downtown’s King Street deserves a mention, but the row houses dubbed “Rainbow Row” are sure to make you Insta Famous.
7. The Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate was built by George Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895 and qualifies as the largest private home in the United States. Do you want me to repeat that? Today it's open to visitors, so book a room and see what it feels like to live like the richest person on the planet.
8. Lyndhurst Castle
Situated just north of New York City (a 45-minute train ride, to be exact), Lyndhurst Castle is a gothic beauty. Owned by a succession of successful people, it has since been donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation (yay for us). It’s quite beautiful in springtime and we suggest a picnic on the grounds.
9. Lower East Side Tenement Museum
New York City
Different from most on the list, this house will inspire conversation and reflection. Experience how immigrants lived in tight quarters in the 19th Century. Walk through the actual apartments of the working class newcomers to NYC. It’s a humbling and important experience.
10. The White House
How could we make this list and not include the White House? First inhabited in 1800 by John Adams and his wife Abigail, the home has served every president except George Washington. Formerly called the "President's Palace," the "President's House," and the "Executive Mansion,” Teddy Roosevelt gave it the name “White House.” Appropriate, Teddy. It is, in fact, a white house. We might suggest you wait until 2020 for a visit, but that's just our two cents.