No matter how lavish your great room is or how spectacular your outdoor deck may be, there’s one space dinner guests will inevitably flock to no matter what the occasion—and that’s your kitchen. Kitchens are the social hub; the place where families come together in the morning, where friends drift in for weekend coffee and yes, where dinner guests congregate for easy conversation. While styles may vary, in its best form, the ultimate kitchen is functional, spacious, and of course, effortlessly inviting.

Take a look at six spaces that leave us with acute cases of kitchen envy. From rich woods to warm palettes to clean modern lines, these kitchens manage to charm us, captivate us and welcome us all at once. One look and you can almost taste the food simmering on the stovetop, smell the coffee brewing and hear the lively chatter of family and friends as they linger by the countertops. The heart of the home: this is it.

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1. Chic Warmth

Set inside a 12,092 square foot estate, this fabulous kitchen is incredibly inviting with a warm mix of woods, gorgeous counters and backsplash and plenty of room for socializing.  The rest of the manor includes  7 bedrooms, 8 full and 3 partial baths, as well as a mud-bath spa, dry saunas and a 4-car garage.

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65 Selby Ln
Atherton, CA 94027
$12,300,000 USD

2. Sleek Comfort

This incredible 3,327 square foot San Francisco home showcases the ultimate in modern living, especially with this beautiful professional chef’s kitchen. The space is separated from the outdoor courtyard by a sleek wall of windows, creating an amazing hub for indoor outdoor entertaining. The rest of the home features three bedrooms, three full baths and one partial bath, as well as a dramatic great room, high ceilings and abundant natural light.

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226 Palo Alto Ave
San Francisco, CA 94114
$3,895,000 USD

3. Modern Enchantment

This extraordinary chef’s kitchen has an open, fluid design with soaring ceilings, large windows, two islands and the finest pecan flooring.  Set in desirable Los Altos Hills, the 7,151 square foot home also features five bedrooms, including a palatial master suite, as well as six full and two partial baths, a 12-seat theater and a 3,500 bottle cellar. The homesite is equally impressive with an infinity pool, multiple water features and a vineyard.

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11271 Magdalena Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94024
$8,995,000 USD

4. Contemporary Refinement 

This gorgeous Playa del Rey Bluff home features a gourmet kitchen built for entertaining with a large center island, sleek cabinetry and a flowing open design. Spanning 6,462 square feet, this modern estate also includes 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, a vast great room with ocean views and fabulous deck space to admire the breathtaking city, marina, ocean, wetland and mountain vistas.

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7835 Veragua Dr
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
$4,395,000 USD

5. Charmed Elegance

This fabulous, newly constructed home features a chef’s kitchen adorned with ornate cabinetry, deep, rich woods and magnificent attention-to-detail from every angle. The home itself spans 5,679 square feet with four full-suite bedrooms, four full baths and one partial bath. Highlights include iPad-integrated automated controls for the property, an executive office and an outdoor entertainment area with media center and custom chef’s grilling space.

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1837 Stonehouse Road
Arcadia, CA
$3,988,000 USD

6. Old World Finesse

Set inside the coveted gated community of The Strand, this breathtaking oceanfront estate features a grand kitchen space with an open, flowing design, high, ceilings detailed with wooden beams, Euro-styled brick flooring and lustrous wooden cabinetry. The exquisite home spans 8,838 square feet with four bedrooms, five full and two partial baths, as well as an extravagant great room, outdoor living spaces and spectacular ocean views from nearly every room.

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53 Strand Beach Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
$19,995,000 USD

Do any of these fabulous kitchens speak to you? Tell us which is your favorite!