While December might not be when people traditionally house hunt, there are benefits to perusing real estate listings in advance of the busy spring season. Here, we’ve rounded up seven examples of why you should be on the lookout for a new abode this holiday season. From a historic home in Huntsville, Alabama, to a private country escape in Northern New Jersey, these are a few of our favorite current scouted real estate listings.
300 Williams Avenue // Huntsville, Alabama // Contact: Julie Lockwood, Van Valkenburgh & Wilkinson Properties, Inc., 256.797.4028
The details: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 7,284 square feet, 2.77 acres.
Features we love: This grand home in the Twickenham Historic District has architectural details to spare, plus an impressive pedigree—it was built by the second Governor of Alabama. Perfect for owners who appreciate the past, the residence boasts soaring ceilings, plenty of space, and lots of potential.
2335 Lane Woods Drive // Columbus, Ohio // Contact: Jane Kessler-Lennox, New Albany Realty, Ltd., 614.562.1212
The details: 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 partial bathrooms, 12,699 square feet, 2.53 acres.
Features we love: Situated across from Scioto Country Club—and located just minutes from downtown and Ohio State University—this custom home is an entertainer’s dream, thanks to a movie room, wine cellar, and a screened in porch with fireplace.
San Antonio, Texas
17418 Rancho Diana // San Antonio, Texas // Contact: Leslie Brown, Phyllis Browning Co., 830.331.8450
The details: 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 1 partial bathrooms, 4,246 square feet, 0.69 acres.
Features we love: Inside, this transitional-style home offers open living spaces and kitchen outfitted for entertaining. Outside, two covered patios, a private pool with hot tub, a covered patio with a fireplace, and putting green ensure the owners will enjoy the lush surroundings.
4040 Cochran Chapel Road // Dallas, Texas // Contact: Becky Frey, Compass, 214.536.4727
The details: 4 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 partial bathrooms, 5,564 square feet, 1.46 acres.
Features we love: Large windows take full advantage of the wooded surroundings at this luxurious Bluffview creek-front property that comes complete with high-end kitchen appliances, a screened-in outdoor living room, and an infinity pool.
Hill Country, Texas
147 Augusta // Boerne, Texas // Contact: Judith Rivers, Phyllis Browning Co., 830.331.8450
The details: 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 1 partial bathrooms, 5,427 square feet, 1.12 acres
Features we love: An impressive entryway gives way to formal and informal living spaces at this unique Hill Country retreat. A spacious master wing offers privacy plus stunning views, while a covered patio and pool area take advantage of the beautiful countryside as well.
Northern New Jersey
39 Lamington Road // Readington Township, New Jersey // Contact: Molly Tonero, Turpin Realtors, 908.256.6724
The details: 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 partial bathrooms, 7,605 square feet, 13.49 acres.
Features we love: This beautifully updated country estate, which was built in 1845, is less than an hour’s drive from Manhattan. Featuring a pool, tennis court, two barns, and a pasture—plus a terrace garden—it’s an ideal escape for city-dwellers seeking privacy in an utterly charming setting.
Asheville, North Carolina
319 South Braeside Court // Asheville, North Carolina // Contact: Brian Etheridge, Carolina Mountain Sales, 828.551.8043
The details: 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 partial bathrooms, 8,758 square feet.
Features we love: This Biltmore Park abode situated on two acres offers views of the Biltmore Estate. A Mexican marble fireplace and hardwood herringbone floors contribute to the rustic vibe, while a home theater and billiard room are prime for entertaining.