You know those houses that just stop you in your tracks? The ones that make you forget your manners and straight-up stare? Maybe there’s wisteria climbing the trellis on the front walkway, or there’s a white picket fence overtaken by azaleas. Or maybe the house has a nostalgic red tin roof, or pretty pairs of periwinkle shutters. Better yet, maybe the house is framed by oaks, or boasts a front porch a mile wide. Whatever that X-factor is, we’re total suckers for a house with curb appeal, and Southern homes – big or small, old or new – have that stop-you-in-your-tracks charm by the bucket-load.
From sunny beach cottages in Key West to the historic grand dames of New Orleans, Southern homes have really put their best faces forward in 2017. Here, we’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite pieces of exterior eye candy (from the magazine and our Instagram feed) that taught us a thing or two about curb appeal this year. Take a scroll down memory lane, and try to choose a favorite!