Now in our second year of scouring the city for its most beautiful houses, the D Home editors finally have the hang of this beauty pageant thing. We’ve been running the roads, armed with iPhones and notepads, looking for the prettiest palaces in town. And we remain as superficial as ever. Forget what your mother told you about being pretty on the inside. For our needs, it’s what’s on the outside that counts. This race is about one thing only: curb appeal.

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4301 4301 Lakeside Dr. photography by Scott Womack

4301 Lakeside Dr.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Highland Park BUILT: 1924 STATS: 6 bedrooms, 8.1 bathrooms ARCHITECT: Anton Korn WHY WE CHOSE IT: We basically work across the street from this gorgeous mansion. Despite its size—it’s more than 10,000 square feet—there’s something really peaceful about it, like a chapel or a convent of old. And every day on our way to the office, it reminds us that even if we work really, really hard, we will never have a house this lovely.

4524 4524 Rawlins St. photography by Scott Womack

4524 Rawlins St.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Perry Heights BUILT: 1936 STATS: 4 bedrooms, 2.1 bathrooms ARCHITECT: Ralph Bryan WHY WE CHOSE IT: More traditional than most of our picks, this 3,881-square-foot house is so Southern. It’s the sort of place that makes us want to take a seat in one of those rockers on the porch, have some tea, and say things like, “After all, tomorrow is another day.” Fear of trespassing charges prevents us from doing just that.

4340 4340 Rheims Pl. photography by Scott Womack

4340 Rheims Pl.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Highland Park BUILT: 1998 STATS: 4 bedrooms, 4.1 bathrooms square footage: 5,420 WHY WE CHOSE IT: Modern doesn’t have to be cold, as is evidenced by this contemporary place on Rheims Place. D Home editor Peggy Levinson felt so strongly about the great combination of architecture and nature going on here that she forced us to drive by it a dozen times. We’re still friends. But only because she’s right.