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30 Beautiful Real Estate Websites

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Real estate is a valuable and often expensive purchase. Copious research is done by home buyers before venturing out to acquire real estate. In this day and age, gathering information about a property is typically done online, and an effective and captivating website design can make or break a home sale.

In this showcase, we’ll explore some great designs of real estate websites. We’ll also discuss some commonalities between them to tease out current trends in real estate websites.

1. Traditional/Sophisticated Themes Versus Modern/Contemporary Themes Link

Property realtors want to convey the message that they’re reliable and well-established. They want home buyers to feel that they will be purchasing property from a company that’s dependable, steadfast and time-tested. That’s why most of them opt for a classic and sophisticated theme for their websites, rather than a sleek, modern theme.

Stone Coast Properties1
monicaruggieri.com2

2. Image-Heavy Designs Link

Home buyers want to see what they’re potentially buying without having to take the time to travel to a property. Real estate websites typically contain a lot of images for this very purpose.

Coconutgrove3

3. Photo Galleries Link

Again, photo galleries allow website visitors to see what properties look like without having to leave their computer. That is why you’ll often find image galleries that feature properties that realtors currently have available.

www.realtor.com4
weinsteinproperties.com5

4. Property Locator Feature Link

Many real estate websites provide a property locator feature for home buyers to find properties for sale in areas they are interested in.

http://www.remax.com/6

Real estate property locator features are usually a Web form with various input fields — such as property type, property features, price range, zip code, etc. — so that you can easily narrow down your search to the exact type of property you’re looking for.

http://www.destin-florida-real-estate.com/7

Many realtors use a third-party service or application (such as Google Maps8) to enable this feature on their websites.

http://www.prudentialct.com/map_listings.aspx?displ=map&state=CT9

Showcase Link

Ranchline10
Ranchline is an excellent example of a real estate website that embodies the trends discussed above: clean and sophisticated design, image-heavy and graphic-centric, with a property search feature conveniently located in the left-hand column.

Ranchline11

Cantera Real Estate12
Cantera Real Estate has a clean, captivating traditional design and presents a housing locator to visitors in the top half of the home page.

Cantera Real Estate13

Naples Real Estate14
Naples Real Estate features a property for sale on the home page to highlight a piece of real estate that they’re currently promoting.

Naples Real Estate15

MacAllan Ridge16
MacAllan Ridge’s beautiful design uses an illustrated background as its defining feature.

MacAllan Ridge17

Broadview Homes18
Broadview Homes ventures out of the box with a dark and very modern theme.

Broadview Homes19

Hillwood Residential
Hillwood Residential uses family photos in frames to give off a feeling of traditionalism and family values.

Hillwood Residential

Riverside View
Riverside View uses a light-blue color palette that evokes a feeling of modernity coupled with sophistication.

Riverside View

Under the Roman Sun20
Under the Roman Sun captivates viewers with its large beautiful images of Rome in the top half of the home page.

Under the roman sun21

Monica Ruggieri Real Estate22
Monica Ruggieri’s design is a great example of using classic and sophisticated themes on a real estate website.

Monica Ruggieri Real Estate23

Lanikai Properties24
Lanikai Properties uses a bold and colorful theme to portray the nature of its properties in Hawaii.

Lanikai Properties25

Stone Coast Properties26
Stone Coast Properties has a dark background with classic and vintage design elements.

Stone Coast27

Signature Properties28
Signature Properties has a clean and sophisticated design.

Signature Properties29

The Meadows at Historic Castle Rock30
On the home page of The Meadows at Historic Castle Rock, you’ll see an image-heavy, Flash-based slideshow.

The Meadows at Historic Castle Rock31

Coldwell Banker Real Estate32
This well-established real estate agency, Coldwell Banker, has a clean Web form at the center of its design.

Coldwell Banker Real Estate33

Belvedere Inc.34
Belvedere Inc. uses a dark-brown textured page background and green leaf elements to evoke a feeling of nature and environmental friendliness.

Belvedere Inc35

Woolshed Grove36
Woolshed Grove has images of families in the header.

Woolshed Grove37

Bluegrass Commons38
Bluegrass Commons captures the viewer’s attention with the promise that, “This is the one.”

Bluegrass Commons39

The Real Estate Concierge40
The Real Estate Concierge’s website has a dark theme to create a sense of sophistication and affluence.

The Real Estate Concierge41

Marin Real Estate42
Marin Real Estate relies on the slideshow on its home page to captivate viewers.

Marin Real Estate43

Bellingham Real Estate44
Bellingham Real Estate has an engaging image of a mountain range in the header section.

Bellingham Real Estate45

San Clemente Real Estate46
“Clean” best describes the design of the San Clemente Real Estate website.

San Clemente Real Estate47

BATICO48
BATICO has a dark theme and image-heavy home page.

BATICO49

Oypro50
Oypro, which deals with commercial real estate, has a very clean design.

Oypro51

Travis Marshall Realtor52
Travis Marshall has a clean and sophisticated Web design.

Travis Marshall Realtor53

REALTOR.com54
REALTOR.com focuses on the content by using light, unobtrusive colors in its website design.

REALTOR.com55

Best Plots56
Best Plots couples a dark theme with a clean and uncluttered design.

Best Plots57

Mike Gagne Realtor Services58
Mike Gagne includes a photo of himself to create a personal, rather than corporate, touch for his website.

Mike Gagne Realtor Services59

Kensington Lakes60
Kensington Lakes’ dark-themed design makes the images really pop out.

Kensington Lakes61

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.stonecoastproperties.com/
  2. 2 http://monicaruggieri.com/
  3. 3 http://www.coconutgroveportdouglas.com.au/
  4. 4 http://www.realtor.com/
  5. 5 http://weinsteinproperties.com/
  6. 6 http://www.remax.com/
  7. 7 http://www.destin-florida-real-estate.com/
  8. 8 http://code.google.com/apis/maps/
  9. 9 http://www.prudentialct.com/map_listings.aspx?displ=map&state=CT
  10. 10 http://www.ranchline.com/
  11. 11 http://www.ranchline.com/
  12. 12 http://www.austinrealestate.com/
  13. 13 http://www.austinrealestate.com/
  14. 14 http://www.previewnaples.com/
  15. 15 http://www.previewnaples.com/
  16. 16 http://macallanridge.com/
  17. 17 http://macallanridge.com/
  18. 18 http://www.broadviewhomes.com/
  19. 19 http://www.broadviewhomes.com/
  20. 20 http://www.undertheromansun.com/
  21. 21 http://www.undertheromansun.com/
  22. 22 http://monicaruggieri.com/
  23. 23 http://monicaruggieri.com/
  24. 24 http://www.lanikaiproperties.com/
  25. 25 http://www.lanikaiproperties.com/
  26. 26 http://www.stonecoastproperties.com/
  27. 27 http://www.stonecoastproperties.com/
  28. 28 http://www.signatureproperties2.com/
  29. 29 http://www.signatureproperties2.com/
  30. 30 http://www.meadowscastlerock.com/
  31. 31 http://www.meadowscastlerock.com/
  32. 32 http://www.coldwellbanker.com/
  33. 33 http://www.coldwellbanker.com/
  34. 34 http://belvedereinc.net/
  35. 35 http://belvedereinc.net/
  36. 36 http://www.woolshedgrove.com.au/
  37. 37 http://www.woolshedgrove.com.au/
  38. 38 http://bluegrasscommons.net/
  39. 39 http://bluegrasscommons.net/
  40. 40 http://www.therealestateconciergellc.com/
  41. 41 http://www.therealestateconciergellc.com/
  42. 42 http://www.marinmodern.com/
  43. 43 http://www.marinmodern.com/
  44. 44 http://www.bellingham-realestate.net/
  45. 45 http://www.bellingham-realestate.net/
  46. 46 http://www.hartanovteam.com/
  47. 47 http://www.hartanovteam.com/
  48. 48 http://www.batico.be/
  49. 49 http://www.batico.be/
  50. 50 http://www.oypro.com/
  51. 51 http://www.oypro.com/
  52. 52 http://travismarshall.com/
  53. 53 http://travismarshall.com/
  54. 54 http://www.realtor.com/
  55. 55 http://www.realtor.com/
  56. 56 http://www.advice-landforsale.co.uk/
  57. 57 http://www.advice-landforsale.co.uk/
  58. 58 http://mike-gagne.com/
  59. 59 http://mike-gagne.com/
  60. 60 http://www.kensingtonlakes.com.au/residential-airpark/
  61. 61 http://www.kensingtonlakes.com.au/residential-airpark/
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Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions, a web publication for web developers and designers, and the Deputy Editor of Design Instruct, a web magazine for designers and digital artists. He has over seven years of experience as professional web developer and web designer and has written a book on JavaScript.

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  1. 1

    Stop it with the stupid buzzwords, getting so ridiculous how nearly every post on every design blog either has “Beautiful”, “Fantastic”, or “Inspiring” etc etc.. in their headlines.

    …and these real estate sites are only “Beautiful” to women and homosexuals.

    -84
  2. 2

    My site didn’t make it :-(

    -5
  3. 3

    thanks

    -4
  4. 4

    @Gary Simon chill dude, if you don’t like it don’t view it. I for one think they are (for the most part) beautiful sites, and I’m a straight male designer.

    Great article, needed some good motivation as we regularly have been building realtors websites here in Florida. Thx

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  5. 5

    Any idea on how many, if any, were WordPress or other open source templates?

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  6. 6

    Thanks for this great list!

    -1
  7. 7

    We do a lot of Home Builder websites and I’m always looking for new ideas. Good list, thanks.

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  8. 8

    many of these looks like free templates

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  9. 9

    hartanovteam is a complete rip of a 2Advanced site so remove this cheapass immediately.
    Nice list of sites, none really are comprehensive in the way of presenting information and property listings, most are too designy with too many design elements dominating the page.

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  10. 10

    Stop reading my mind Smashing Magazine…. lol
    I’m actually working on a real estate website now… freaky :P

    -1
  11. 11

    Excellent resource of real estate sites. the work and the motivation behind this post is appreciable.

    Just surprised you don’t list BlueRoof in your list… it’s one of the best real estate sites available on web. they also won the W3 Web Award Silver medal for their service.

    Still it’s a good list. thanks Jacob for sharing !!

    DKumar M.
    @instantShift

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    Matt Cassarino

    April 23, 2009 2:12 pm

    Great collection of designs here, thanks for putting this together. Plenty enough to inspire!

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    David Desjardins

    April 23, 2009 3:02 pm

    It’s a great list, but sadly most realtors lack the foresight and willingness to embrace quality design. The vast majority like to pay $50 per month for a rented template site.

    Oh – And if I see one more realty web site using the ‘LIVE, WORK, PLAY’ tagline, I think I will vomit.

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  14. 14

    As a former real estate web marketer, virtual tour, and site developer….this post was right up my alley. I had the pleasure of being employed by the top producing real estate team in the US (2005) and I can tell you personally that we spent thousands of dollars every year on our sites design to reach out to our target audience.

    In real estate buyers are really all about virtual tours and the web before a call is even generated so having a great site with emphasis on UI is crucial. Even after having contact with a Realtor most correspondence is done on the web by sending virtual tour links and property listings to buyers. I still consult with Realtor’s on site design and UI and I feel that there will be a huge resurgence of real estate projects when the housing marketing comes around. Great Article!

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  15. 15

    Klaye Morrison

    April 23, 2009 3:48 pm

    Great post Smashing Magazine, and thanks for featuring Coconut Grove :)

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  16. 16

    Awesome reference. Love this post.

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  17. 17

    Yes! Love it Smashing Magazine. Now, please, post an article about Tourism websites, something like the official tourism website from states, countries etc. I really need some good motivations and looking for new ideas.

    1
  18. 18

    Thank you everyone for all the valuable comments!

    @A00A1: That’s one thing I wanted to mention as well – virtual tours are very popular (or at least, they used to be popular). Thanks for adding your thoughts and giving us an insight about your experience!

    @Kris Themstrup: Completely agree with you – it was hard to find individual agent sites, glad I somehow stumbled upon Mike Gagne, Travis Marshall, and Monica Ruggieri. People who take the time to make their web presence unique make me more confident to make an investment with them (in any field, even outside real estate).

    @Nadia: I really enjoy reading comments because you guys have such great ideas! I’ll have to talk to the editorial team here on Smashing to see if I can work on this.

    @Cyril: That’s actually not a bad idea!

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  19. 19

    They didn’t get my site either, because it’s newer and different than all of these typical real estate sites.These are great for finding properties and whatnot, but what about finding the agents? Most of these are for higher end, and yeah theyre pretty too look at, but not applicable to most of us! Link

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  20. 20

    excellent , thank u sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much

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  21. 21

    all those sites looks pretty much the same and boring

    @joe If you have nothing else to say, then just shut up. You obviously know nothing about web design if you say “all those sites look the same and boring”. Add something useful to the discussion or do us a favor and fuck off.

    And thanks for the resources SM. I would love to see more of these. It would provide me with lots of inspiration whenever I’m designing a website for a particular field.

    -6
  22. 22

    I visits some of those sites and they all are slow (I have a 24Mbit connection). The most sites takes about 2 a 4 sec to load. Beauty vs. fast loading then i go for fast loading.

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  23. 23

    Jason Barone

    April 24, 2009 8:14 am

    Those are some phenomenal sites. In my opinion, an agent’s website is the most important part of their business. Sadly though 80-90% of the agents out there simply can’t afford to get a site like those, it would be way out of budget. I’ve spoken to some of the designers of those sites and the price estimates for most of those are well over $5000…

    Great post though, I’ll constantly refer back to it.

    1
  24. 24

    Someone explain to the estate agents what rel=”nofollow” means! Quick!

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  25. 25

    “beautiful images of Rome in the top half of the home page”

    The Under the Roman Sun shows a picture of Florence not Rome!!!!

    1
  26. 26

    All these articles about “50 Stunning Somethings” and “40 Incredible Something-else” could be much improved if they were changed to “20 interesting Somethings” and “15 well-made Something-else”.
    There is no reason to bury the good stuff among so much banality and you could really be bit more modest with the adjectives.

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  27. 27

    Tom Bradshaw

    April 24, 2009 4:23 am

    Really good showcase, I’ve bookmarked it for future reference. I particularly like MacAllan Ridge, Under the Roman Sun, Woolshed Grove and BATICO.

    -1
  28. 28

    Have you seen pureutah.com? [http://www.pureutah.com]

    Excellent design and UI- among the best that I have seen.

    -2
  29. 29

    Under the Roman Sun is portraying the city of Florence at that specific screen shot, though it could be Rome by selecting it on the right. Besides that: great collection!

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  30. 30

    all those sites looks pretty much the same and boring

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  31. 31

    @ Desjardins…lol..True..That makes me sick..but SM nice list

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  32. 32

    Excellent reference

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  33. 33

    After spending some time on these sites, it just shows how terrible most real estate websites are. There are some examples here that we can call nice, but the majority are very ordinary indeed.

    As a test, have a look at some great examples of designer portfolio websites that have been promoted here on this site, would even of these examples make it onto those lists? I doubt it.

    I also visited a number of these portfolio websites and none of these designerts have any real estate clients. This tells me a number of things.

    1. It is troo hard to do real estate agent websites.
    2. real estate agents do not care enough about their brand.
    3. That hopefully we can revisit this again next year and see some truly beautiful designs and not just the word in a headline.

    Real Estate is without doubt one of the leading reasons people use the Internet and it has transformed the way we all buy and sell real estate, what we need is someone to bring the style back into real estate agent websites. Yes, they must work as we delve deeper, but the above examples just amplify how poor the efforts are as of today.

    We are hopeful that a new system to be launched publicly shortly will help web design and development teams create beautiful real estate websites off the Zoo Property Platform using the Zoo API.

    Peter Ricci

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  34. 34

    I think that last comment is totally wrong-headed. There is often a big gap between the web designers who get their websites on “most beautiful” lists, and web designers who actually have big accounts and make good money. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing, or a coincidence. Large websites for big accounts are very tedious, difficult things to build, and you have to make 1,000 compromises before the project is finished.

    This kind of post is incredibly useful for web designers who are actually working designers – I don’t mean any respect to the newbies who are making cute WordPress themes and getting recognition for their work making websites for WEB 2.0 applications. That’s the right thing to do. But, my vote is for more of these posts, that show actual working examples for real world businesses.

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  35. 35

    Real estate websites are just plain boring. I think it has to do with the nature of the information they need to deliver. (3BD/2BA/2500sq/2Car/.25Acre/$250,000/ PIC) Doesn’t matter how pretty you make it, this is what people are looking for.

    I think the trend to single property websites is going to continue, as it demonstrates agents “actually” working, rather then talking about how good their work is. I think we are going towards the end of the period where agent (and company) sites are everything to everybody. (Buyer- clck here, Seller click here, my resume – click here, my team- click here, my listings – click here, the process, financing, escrow, inspections, featured listing, hot listing, deal of the week listing, ALL listings, how to fix the roof, paint the fence, etc, etc, etc.)

    Seriously, casting a thousand lines doesn’t mean you”ll catch the biggest, or even the most fish. I guess I just wasn’t impressed by any on the list and I certainly wouldn’t pay $5,000 for any of them. Thay all look like template site to me, with only slightly better visual appeal. I don’t mean to put down the work that people have done, it’s all nice work, and they’re all real pretty, but at the same time, they’re all the same and kinda boring. Somebody do something different, please.

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    • 36

      I tend to agree with this guy. I know Real Estate Webmasters has prices from 5k to 10k and in 2010 it seems like you could get these same websites for a lot less. I think the single property website will grow and of course it will be up the agent to learn the technology and back link it to their own website and build their brand. To the agents that sit on Active Rain all day. You got a prayer!

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  36. 37

    Thanks a lot. Saved me loads of time just at the right moment.

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  37. 38

    thanks, some pretty good ones here, but I’ve also seen better. I’m still bias for mine, 4realvalues.com its design is 5 years old and still going strong!

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  38. 39

    Beautiful sites!! How can I submit our site for consideration?

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    perla bravo

    May 20, 2009 12:32 pm

    Are these templates free to use for your own business?

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  40. 41

    Just as someone mentioned a bunch of template/word press looking web sites. Nothing original or unique about them….

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