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Twin Lakes: Martha Stewart's Living (Really)
Twin Lakes: Martha Stewart's Living (Really)
Location: Cary, NC

For the style conscious, Twin Lakes attempts to bring to life the domestic fantasies peddled in Martha Stewart's Living magazine.

In this 650-home neighborhood, Stewart brings inspiration from her own homes in New York state, Connecticut and Maine to this affluent southern suburb aptly nicknamed "Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees." Shortly following Stewart's 5-month prison stay for lying to authorities about a stock sale, KB Home (KBH) partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. (MSO) in 2005 to build Twin Lakes: New Homes Created with Martha Stewart.

The timing was awkward, but hardly surprising for this iconic homemaker known for simplicity and style in everything from sheets to gardening tools. Twin Lakes features townhomes and single-family dwellings based on inspirations of Stewart's design team -- everything from wainscoting to light fixtures to paint colors and flooring. Stewart advised on the homes' floor plans, which include larger laundry rooms, well organized closets as space for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Stewart's homes have caught on in developments in Florida, Illinois, California and Colorado.

So if you're looking for something that looks almost too perfect to live in, then Twin Lake might just be that too perfect a place.

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Last updated July 16 2010: 11:50 AM ET
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