Open Houses of the Week: Veterans Day Special

There's something about that "Open House" sign that acts like a magnet. Whether you're looking for a new place to live, keeping tabs on real estate in your neighborhood, or just angling for a sneak peek at someone else's private domain, the lure of an open door is strong indeed.

In honor of Veterans Day, this week we explore the best places to buy for our troops. With many of our service members contemplating retirement in their late 30s and 40s, it's important to find communities that understand and appreciate their skill sets and needs. Drawing on a study of 379 cities, and the USAA identified the best cities for retiring vets. (To see all 14 criteria used to determine the best cities, see the report here.) In turn, we did some of our own recon and came up with some of the finest open houses these troop-friendly cities have to offer.

Open Houses for Nov. 12-13

Oklahoma City, Okla.

Open house: Sunday, Nov. 13
Location: 12501 Arthur Ave
Price: $338,000
Property details: Built in 2008, this 3-bedroom custom home has curb appeal down to a science -- plenty of fresh landscaping, new window treatments, and a gas line in the back for killer cookouts. And for the lifelong soldier, there's comfort in knowing that OK City has four nearby military bases and a VA medical center.

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Norfolk, Va.

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 12
Location: 2040 Kersey Ave
Price: $194,900
Property details: Virginia has a long history of supporting the troops, and with homes like this 4-bedroom family home, it's easy to put down new roots. And for those looking to transition into a new career, Norfolk is known for its large volume of defense contract awards.

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Richmond, Va.

Open house: Sunday, Nov. 13
Location: 11324 Lady Slipper Lane
Price: $175,000
Property details: What's more American than a beautifully restored Colonial-style home? This two-story, 4-bedroom home is selling for $20,000 less than the median home price in Richmond. Plus, the sellers are offering up to $2,500 in closing cost assistance. Check the listing to see inside.

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Austin, Texas

Open house: Sunday, Nov. 13
Location: 2012 Laurel Ridge Cv
Price: $895,000
Property details: For the military retiree who enjoys the finer things in life, dive into this luxury listing in the Lone Star state's most troop-friendly city. This 5-bedroom home includes a game room, media room, outdoor kitchen, sitting room with fireplace, and of course, this resort-style pool. And what better way to kick off retirement than with a trip to the nearby golf club.

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San Antonio, Texas

Open house: Sunday, Nov. 13
Location: 18002 Bullis Hl
Price: $462,000
Property description: One part Mediterranean-style pool house, one-part custom bungalow, this 3-bedroom home has everything a young retiree is looking for -- an outdoor pool/hot tub combination, detached garage for unlimited man-cave possibilities, and a "xero-scaped" lawn (i.e.: little water required) for no-hassle Sundays.

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Madison, Wis.

Open House: Saturday, Nov. 13
Location: 1173 Farwell Dr
Price: $950,000
Property description: Built in 1917, this stunning historical home could have been transplanted from the heart of Georgia. Spend a lazy afternoon on the back patio and watch the sunset over the Lake Mendota shoreline. With just a 5.8 percent unemployment rate, Madison also offers young retirees plenty of job prospect in their next career.

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Philadelphia, Pa.

Open house: Sunday, Nov. 13
Location: 224 Delancey St
Price: $1,395,000
Property description: The City of Brotherly Love has always been kind to the armed forces. In fact, Pennsylvania has a zero percent state tax on military retirement pay. As one of the larger cities on the list, it also includes some tonier listings -- like this 3,000-square-foot town home. Peek inside at this ultra-deluxe gourmet kitchen.

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Raleigh, N.C.

Open house: Sunday, Nov. 13
Location: 323 Marlowe Road
Price: $949,900
Property description: Home builder, we salute you. This more than 5,000 square foot custom brick home is stunning, inside and out. With cherry hardwood floors, 10-foot high ceilings and a top-notch chef's kitchen, this understated 5-bedroom home is the epitome of early retirement.

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