BOSTON (MainStreet) -- There's nothing like a fancy kitchen to cook up big interest in a home that's on the market."Kitchens are a huge factor in the price of a property," Atlanta real estate agent Debra Johnston says. "People spend so much time there these days that kitchens have become a lot more than just places to cook dinner." >>The supremacy of the kitchen appliance started back in recession-tinged 2009. Johnston says good kitchens and master bedrooms are the top things house hunters look for, with a nice kitchen adding $50,000 or more to a home's sale price. "It's all about where people spend the most time when they're at home," she says. "That's what's most important to buyers." Here are five homes for sale around the country that offer some of the coolest kitchens on the market today.
Listing agent: Bob Hurwitz, Hurwitz James Co., 310-477-8865
This 3-acre estate's open kitchen leads to the home's dining room and family room, where big glass doors connect you with a heated outdoor eating area overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Open the doors and you can create a massive indoor/outdoor entertainment space capable of holding dozens of guests.
Listing agent: Melanie Delman and Robin Nicholson, Lila Delman Real Estate, 401-284-4820
This 19th century Tudor mansion doesn't merely have a kitchen, but an entire cooking wing designed to serve the property's 120-seat ballroom. Known as the Fairholme Estate, the home once belonged to Philadelphia's wealthy Drexel family -- who hosted the Vanderbilts, the Astors and other Newport society figures at lavish parties.
Listing agent: Tom Love, The Tom Love Group, 702-838-5100
This mansion's kitchen boasts four Akso stainless-steel dishwashers, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, a Wolf professional-grade oven and a Miele coffee/cappuccino maker. Other amenities include Pierre Brun limestone counters, Kohler gooseneck faucets and two granite islands for food preparation.
Listing agent: Mark von der Burg, VDB Estates, 425-882-8821
This home's kitchen features an imported Lacanche stovetop range, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two Bosch dishwashers and a Viking stainless-steel microwave oven. There are also granite counters, custom birch cabinets and big windows overlooking Puget Sound.
Listing agent: Debra Johnston, Sotheby's International Realty, 404-312-1959
This Country Tudor estate's owners are in the restaurant-supply business, so they outfitted the home's professional-size kitchen with "pretty much every cooking appliance imaginable," listing agent Debra Johnston says. There are two ovens, two build-in fryers, a built-in steamer, a built-in cappuccino maker and a commercial-grade grill with a copper hood.
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