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From a Portland houseboat to a Big Bear A-frame, these are the home tours our readers loved most this year—and the number one home might surprise you

Nena Farrell  – December 20, 2019 | Updated December 24, 2019

Every week, we share a new home tour on sunset.com. As the year comes to an end, we took a look at which home tours were our readers’ favorites, spread across the West from Tucson, Arizona up to Portland’s hills. Scroll on to find out the top ten homes our readers loved most this year.

#10: A Cliff May Ranch Home

A Cliff May Ranch Home
Alison Bernier Photography

This Long Beach home left us inspired to play with trending colors and fun art, with inspiration from the homeowner’s very own shop, Prism Boutique.

Take the tour: This Modernized Cliff May Ranch Home Is Decked Out with The Season’s Hottest Color 

#9: A Houseboat in the Hills

A Houseboat in the Hills
Thomas J. Story
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That’s right, it’s a handmade houseboat turned hillside home, tucked in Southwest Portland and full of beautiful details. 

Take the tour: What’s a Houseboat Doing in the Hills of Portland? 

#8: A Storybook-Inspired Escape

A Storybook-Inspired Escape
Thomas J. Story

With inspiration from the homeowner’s favorite books, this home was designed by the Sally Breer and Jake Rodehuth-Harrison of ETC.etera, who also designed the Sunset 2019 Idea House.

Take the tour: This Modern Storybook Home Draws Inspiration from Narnia, Harry Potter, and Oz 

#7: A Bold Take on Neutrals

A Bold Take on Neutrals
Madeline Tolle

This beautiful gut-and-reno project left us craving black countertops—and an all-black bathroom.

Take the tour: This Venice Home Takes Bold Neutrals to the Next Level 

#6: A Worldly Inspiration

A Worldly Inspiration
Swiley Interior Photography

To design this Joshua Tree abode, the homeowners took inspiration from their travels to Morocco and New Mexico.

Take the tour: Step Inside a Joshua Tree Home That Mixes Mediterranean and Southwestern Styles 

#5: A SoCal Surf Cottage

SoCal Surf Cottage
Thomas J. Story

This 1920s cottage in San Diego embraces the adult summer camp look with Pendleton blankets, vintage pennants, and hooks everywhere.

Take the tour: This SoCal Surf Cottage Is Like Year-Round Summer Camp 

#4: The Ultimate Desert Cool Property

Posada
Thomas J. Story

The couple behind Joshua Tree’s coolest Airbnbs have created their next must-visit property in Tucson, Arizona.

Take the tour: This Stunning Tucson Property Is the Epitome of Desert Cool 

#3: A Moody Mountain Cabin

Big Bear A-Frame
Courtesy of Airbnb

Who can resist a cozy A-frame in the woods, especially when its design is inspired by cigar and whiskey bars?

Take the tour: This Moody Big Bear Cabin Is a Dreamy Urban Escape 

#2: A Modern-Boho A-Frame In Marin

Marin A-Frame
Thomas J. Story

This hip hideaway was stripped back and brightened up for a complete makeover by a Bay Area designer.

Take the tour: This A-Frame in the West Marin Woods Is a Modern-Boho Paradise 

#1: A Garage Guest Room

Rockridge Casita
Courtesy of Rockridge Casita

That’s right, the most-read home tour of the year isn’t a house at all, but a backyard guest casita in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. From the cute exterior to the guest room inspo inside, it’s easy to see why our readers loved this one.

Take the tour: How One Oakland Couple Turned Their Garage into the Guest Suite of Their Dreams

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