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HGTV's FrontDoor.com Identifies Top 10 Iconic American Homes.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Some homes have stunning architecture, luxurious features or famous owners, taking them from just home-sweet-home to legendary landmarks. From the historic homes of founding fathers to the lavish estates of big-time stars, HGTV's FrontDoor.com names the top U.S. iconic homes. (http://www.frontdoor.com/top10)

#10: Hearst Castle
Not to be confused with Hurst Castle, Henry VIII's Device Fort near Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.


Hearst Castle was the palatial estate of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
. The palatial pa·la·tial  
adj.
1. Of or suitable for a palace: palatial furnishings.

2. Of the nature of a palace, as in spaciousness or ornateness: a palatial yacht.
 estate of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst boasts 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens. The house has welcomed many famous guests over the decades and is now maintained as a California state museum, hosting nearly 700,000 tours each year.

#9: Brady Bunch House. Appearing in nearly all 115 episodes of the 1970s cultural hit The Brady Bunch, the Brady Bunch, The

widower and widow marry, producing an instant, wholesome family of eight. [TV: Terrace, I, 115]

See : Wholesomeness
 split-level rancher was home to America's favorite blended TV family. The L.A. house was chosen by show creator Sherwood Schwartz, and all the shots of it were taken prior to the series' debut.

#8: Painted Ladies. Often referred to as "Postcard Row," six brightly colored Victorian homes make a famous landmark on San Francisco's Steiner Street. Gracing the city's skyline, these homes are a classic image of the Bay area.

#7: Neverland Ranch. Although empty since Michael Jackson moved out in 2005, this Tudor-style house is now visited by fans seeking to pay their respects to the late superstar. In 1988, Jackson transformed the grounds of this Santa Barbara estate into an amusement park, adding a zoo, railroads and carnival rides.

#6: Monticello. A famous example of neoclassical architecture, this home was designed by President Thomas Jefferson and has been featured on the U.S. nickel since 1938. Jefferson was influenced by Parisian architecture in his design, and he lived in the Virginia home when writing the Declaration of Independence.

#5: Graceland. This National Historic Landmark was purchased by Elvis Presley in 1957 and was named for the original owner's daughter "Grace." Presley made extensive renovations to the Memphis mansion that included a state-of-the-art television room, jungle room and meditation garden.

#4: Biltmore Estate. Modeled after three 16th-century French chateaux, the 175,000 square-foot estate of George Vanderbilt is the largest privately-owned home in the U.S. Though no one has actually lived there since the 1950s, the mammoth North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures


Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop.
 house (featuring 250 rooms, an indoor pool and bowling alley) welcomes more than a million visitors each year.

#3: Playboy Mansion. Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner has made his home in this L.A. abode One's home; habitation; place of dwelling; or residence. Ordinarily means "domicile." Living place impermanent in character. The place where a person dwells. Residence of a legal voter. Fixed place of residence for the time being.  for several decades, making it the infamous setting of lavish parties and even a television reality show. The house features a zoo, aviary aviary

Structure for keeping captive birds, usually spacious enough for the aviculturist to enter. Aviaries range from small enclosures to large flight cages 100 ft (30 m) or more long and up to 50 ft (15 m) high. Enclosures for birds that fly only little or weakly (e.g.
, waterfall and wine cellar.

#2: Fallingwater. One of the most famed creations of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this house is built atop a waterfall and features cantilevered balconies and organic stone materials. Located near Pittsburgh, the home is the only Wright-designed house open to the public.

#1: The White House. From John Adams to Barak Obama, the White House isn't just the President's home but a symbol of America. The Washington, D.C. residence was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban in 1792. Though the interior has been completely redone re·done  
v.
Past participle of redo.
, the exterior sandstone walls are original. The home extends many amenities to sitting presidents, including tennis courts, bowling lanes, a pool and movie theater.

About FrontDoor.com

FrontDoor.com (http://www.frontdoor.com) is an online real estate information service powered by HGTV HGTV Home and Garden Television , the No.1 source for home-related media content. The site currently offers more than 4 million listings of homes for sale. In addition to providing users with the latest real estate listings, FrontDoor.com houses expert HGTV advice and videos along with original Web series and a comprehensive library of features, tools, guides and information. Users can also interact with FrontDoor through Facebook and Twitter.

FrontDoor.com is run by Scripps Networks Digital, a diversified multi-platform programmer that delights millions daily with award-winning content in the home, food and living categories. Scripps Networks Digital's Web sites -- HGTV.com, FoodNetwork.com, DIYnetwork.com, FineLiving.com, GACTV.com, Recipezaar.com, HGTVPro.com, FrontDoor.com; and the newest Food2.com -- are powered by engaging content, interactive tools and social spaces that take fans of Scripps Networks cable brands further into the story and offer online users information and inspiration to fuel their passions. SN Digital also distributes content to mobile and online partners, providing lifestyle solutions virtually anywhere, anytime.

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