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5 cool homes with fireplaces in hot markets

Traditional, brick fireplace

Buyers expect to see fireplaces. "In the '30s and '40s, fireplaces were always considered the focal point of a home," Piper says. Today, even in newer, contemporary homes, traditional fireplaces are often the room's centerpiece.

Stockton, Calif.

Average days on market: 48

Asking price: $735,000

Square feet: 2,190

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