Valentine's Day is coming up fast, and for those without a dinner date, the night might mean downing a pint of J&B or Ben & Jerry's to numb the pangs of loneliness. Sheesh, that's a bit dramatic. Maybe it's not you, it's...your city. So if you've been struggling to find a significant other, it's time to move to a city with more options. We looked to the Travel + Leisure Best Cities for Singles list and culled from the magazine's annual reader poll to find the lands of plentiful potential partners, then searched each town for one impressive residence that might make a date want to spend the night. From Sin City to the Big Easy, we've found places that have the space, the views, the features, and, yes, the outlandish decor, to wow even the most jaded local single.
Coming in at #5, it's Las Vegas and this 10,000-square-foot penthouse atop the Planet Hollywood tower (above). $6.9M might seem like a lot for raw space, but between the expansive terraces, trippy tinted glass, and mesmerizing Strip-to-desert views there's enough to win over any reluctant (post)-dinner date. Plus, when this sky palace is completed, it could feature up to nine bedrooms and nine baths, so you could move your whole loveless crew into town.
? At #4, NYC might be the least surprising singles destination; after all, young people have been flocking to the city for generations, living in grimy, tiny, and undoubtedly pricey apartments that help keep them single. This downtown party pad of a townhouse sure breaks that cycle and should impress everyone from the aspiring model/actor to the uptown workaholic with its subterranean gym, terraced rear garden, and contemporary interiors. Set on tony Waverly Place—where even Don Draper shacked up post-divorce—this smashing mansion is asking $18.9M.
? Taking the bronze medal spot is Austin, Tex., where a famed live music scene meets a college town meets some sweet ol' Southern charm. The city plays host to this lakeside retreat, formerly the home of tennis star Andy Roddick. It seems that since Roddick and wife Brooklyn Decker have settled down together, the Nebraska native has decided he's got no use for this four-bedroom love shack, so he put it on the market for $3.6M. Either that or he decided that owning a house with a basketball—but no tennis—court might have hurt his career.
? Miami, Fla. pulls in at #2, thanks to famous beaches, nightlife, and good-looking locals, but if any of the respondents had been staying at this $27M penthouse we're betting the city would've fared even better. Boasting 6,200 square feet, the condo features a rooftop pool and expansive patio with panoramic views of the Atlantic. For $4,350 per square foot, you'd expect some extras, and this place delivers: the heavenly penthouse includes all furnishings and artwork. Pricey, but it could potentially be put to work by this weekend.
? The residents of New Orleans will have yet another thing to celebrate this year during Mardi Gras: being named the best city in America for singles. And there's probably no better place to celebrate Mardi Gras year round than this unique estate. Occupying a verdant lot in the French Quarter, this $3.65M 5,000-square-foot mansion has plenty of space to entertain, but if you're looking for a date younger than 75, we'd suggest removing the pastel paintings.
· America's Best Cities For Singles [Travel+Leisure]
· 80 E Harmon #6006, Las Vegas [Sotheby's]
· 109 Waverly Place, NYC [Prudential Elliman]
· Watersedge, Austin [Sotheby's]
· Setai Penthouse, MIami [Sotheby's]
· The Tomato Warehouse, New Orleans [Sotheby's]