The benefits of a beautiful outdoors

Even today, it's worth investing in your home's exterior. Good landscaping adds about 10% to a home's value, according to a Michigan State report. Plus, you can use your yard to enjoy some R&R. These four homes are on the market now.

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Oakland
Price: $575,000

On a corner lot packed with rhododendrons and azaleas. The wooden walkway off the sunroom leads to a gazebo and hot tub.

Rooms: 3 bed, 2 bath

Square feet: 1,450

Taxes: $9,760

Lot size: 0.16 acre
NEXT: Bridgeport, Conn.
Last updated June 01 2009: 4:32 PM ET
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Source: HSH Associates; Bankrate.com; East Bay Sotheby's International Realty; Century 21 Premier Homes, Trumbull; Sotheby's International Realty in Santa Fe; Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty.
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