Architecturally designed to reflect the strength of its mountain site, this slopeside chalet boasts massive, curved spanning timbers combined with generous use of real rock, copper, oil rubbed bronze and feature lighting inside and out. Form follows function in this carefully designed retreat with gourmet kitchen, two master suites and inviting foyers.
Craftsman style homes have a rich history dating back to the 1920’s. Uniquely joining interior and exterior design cues while using signature architectural motifs like exposed beams or rafters and prominent brick or stonework, craftsman homes are once again finding themselves at the forefront of luxury real estate. According to the Wall Street Journal, the modern craftsman home is, “growing in popularity: Houseplans.com, a large online seller of blueprints, said 25% of the plans it sold in the last quarter were craftsmen.” As seen in the homes below, the addition of modern touches like high ceilings, the use of natural light, modern amenities and brighter colors add enduring qualities the classic craftsman design and make for a unique living space.
Prominently featuring a relocated and rebuilt blacksmith’s shop from 1750, this modern craftsman home is the amalgamation of classic elements and modern design motifs. With soft white walls, high ceilings highlighting the exposed wooden rafters and a plethora of natural light exposure, this pictured sitting area has the enduring timelessness of a craftsman home while also feeling vibrantly modern at the same time.
Understated elegance, contemporary clean lines and a true appreciation of craftsman design combine to offer a tranquil retreat in the gorgeous Mt. Olympus Cove area of Utah. Basking elegantly in the softly penetrating natural light, this modern take on the craftsman is captivating. The nearly floor to ceiling stone-faced hearth centered between the large windows is an inspiring twist that modernizes the overall design.
Highlighting the use of one of the more recognizable craftsmen features, this Georgian home sits on more than one wooded acre north of Atlanta. The exquisitely detailed beams above the entrance, the external brick and stonework walls, and exposed wooden accents are all distinctly craftsman. From the outside looking in, the overall shape and large windows offer a modern touch on an otherwise classic look.
Nestled on 2.6 acres, this modern craftsman’s outdoor living space brilliantly displays its enduring features. While the stonework hearth and exposed ceiling rafters are indicative of the classic craftsman design, the invigorating use of natural light and lofting high ceilings add a luxuriously modern twist. Thinking outside of the box allows this design to reflect that of the overall home’s while still being wholly unique and contemporary.
While not necessarily a craftsman style home, this 480 square meter Tuscan farmhouse showcases some qualities cut from the same cloth as a modern craftsman. The stainless kitchen appliances coupled with the exposed stone ceilings and floors pictured in this kitchen are the kinds of style modification found in more contemporary craftsman homes. The large window over the sink allows for a wealth of natural light to fill the room and helps create an inviting atmosphere.
This warm, inviting and energy efficient Canadian home is an exquisite modern craftsman. Inside and out, this home’s features blend old and new seamlessly. The exposed beams, prominent stonework, soft color, modern amenities, and large windows throughout the design of the home speak to everything that a modern craftsman can and should be. Enjoy the comfort and warmth offered in front of the walk around stone fireplace while taking in the hillside vistas from the surrounding windows in this living space.
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10. Ibiza, Spain
Located in an easily accessible yet ultimately private location, this southeast facing mansion sits on the coastline with its own sea access and old light house. Exuding elegance and casual luxury, the main house has accommodation for 22 people, two separate guest houses for 14 guests and a staff house with 4 bedrooms, a unique infinity pool, spacious salons, various sea-oriented entertaining areas, a tennis court and luscious gardens.
9. Telluride, Colorado
Nestled deep within the rarest assemblage of rolling meadows and mature forest just 12 minutes from the historic resort town of Telluride, Colorado, this property offers the ultimate retreat for those seeking privacy, scenic beauty and serenity. A warm and inviting main house and story-book guest house are situated upon a rise overlooking the regions towering 14,000-foot peaks. The property’s vast acreage is threaded by a private trail system providing gated access into tens of thousands of acres of surrounding National Forest.
8. Cape Town, South Africa
Located in the heart of the unique enclave of Lions Head Nature Reserve in Cape Town South Africa, lies a Villa so spectacular in contemporary design, it is a true architectural feat. High above the cityscape this exquisite Villa enjoys unobstructed, panoramic views of Clifton’s four famous beaches and the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
7. Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
One of Germany’s most beautiful historic properties, Burg Rheineck is located just 30 kilometers south of Bonn, the former capital of Germany. The castle is located on top of a hill overlooking Bad Breisig, known for its thermal springs and the beautiful promenade along the Rhine River. The castle has seen many famous visitors over the centuries including the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm, Mikhail Gorbachev, John F. Kennedy Jr., Yehudi Menuhin, Alexander von Humboldt and many others.
6. Mallorca, Spain
Located in Son Vida, this unique villa enjoys breathtaking views of the sea, Palma city and its port. The Chameleon Villa boasts extraordinary light effects, consisting of the finest LED technology, which can be programmed to change colors on a whim. Comprised of three buildings, the main house is spread over three floors including a living area, library, TV room, bedroom suites, kitchen and wine cellar. In the second building are swimming pools, fitness and spa area. The third building is the guest house.
5. James Island, Canada
James Island is a 780-acre private island prominently situated within Canada’s famous Gulf Island archipelago. The second largest privately owned island within the Gulf Islands, James Island is as rare as it is unique. Steeped in a rich and documented history, the island has had several lives: from agricultural settlement; to an industrial plant and company town; to its present incarnation as an exclusive retreat and a return to much of its natural state.
4. Olbia-Tempio, Italy
Built by Prince Karim Aga Khan, this waterfront villa on the north shore of Sardinia boasts thirteen bedrooms and its own private beach. The home is situated above the bay of Porto Cervo to capture spectacular views while maintaining privacy with unmatched luxury. Plush couches and poolside lounge areas create comfortable outdoor living spaces for relaxation and entertainment.
3. Hobe Sound, Florida
Luxurious Bahamian-inspired estate designed and custom-built in 2010 by international superstar Celine Dion for her and her family. Located on the exclusive Jupiter Island, this 5.5 acre property with over 415 linear feet on the Atlantic Ocean is being sold turn-key with almost all its contents.
2. Water Mill, New York
Villa Maria is a private and magnificent waterfront estate with stately gardens and glorious views of Mecox Bay. At 22,000 sq. ft., it has 11 bedrooms including a 6-room beautifully appointed master suite, a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase, a 60 foot living room with original fresco details a state of the art kitchen and a wine cellar. All principal rooms are brilliantly sunny and take advantage of the panoramic water views. The outdoor spaces feature a grand 2-story portico and a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay. There is a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a charming two-bedroom guesthouse.
1. Key Largo, Florida
Just ten minutes by helicopter to Miami’s South Beach or by boat to Key Largo, Pumpkin Key is an extraordinary private island totaling 26 acres located in the Florida Keys. Self-sufficient with water and electric from the shore, the island currently features one main home with three bedrooms, two caretaker’s cottages, and a dock master’s apartment. The island also includes a 20-slip marina able to accommodate a mega-yacht, tennis courts that also serve as a helipad and golf cart paths that circle the island.
The early 1900′s Craftsman style exterior of this lakeside home was sympathetically restored and enhanced, while the interiors have been completely transformed to create a calming, comfortable and soothing residence. Dramatic windows on all sides provide abundant natural light from all directions creating a constantly changing ambiance. Spacious backyard and patio spaces make this home ideal for entertaining.
Discover Kestrel Ridge Farm, an iconic 160-Acre property cradling the Elbow River in Springbank and just minutes from Calgary’s metropolitan center. Nestled in the foothills of the pristine Canadian Rockies, this highly coveted equestrian estate sits on the last remaining area of untouched plateau before ascending into the revered rocky mountain ridges.
Legacy homes are built with custom touches, including charms of the past combined with today’s modern amenities. Located near popular university towns around the world, these inviting legacy homes are sure to be passed down for generations to come.
$3,800,000 USD | Princeton, NJ | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty
Princeton, New Jersey- This gracious and comfortable one-of-a-kind home is located in the prestigious university town of Princeton, New Jersey. Exposed beams, stone and plaster walls, as well as six fireplaces, offer welcoming warmth to all formal and informal spaces. Reading nooks and sitting areas introduce six architecturally intriguing bedrooms, perfect for a growing family. Wine cellar, fitness and rec room, pool and fire pit complete this tasteful home.
$4,475,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty
Austin, Texas- This true contemporary waterfront home in Austin features six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three car garage, and 110 feet of Lake Austin waterfront with plentiful views. The home is complete with a beautiful swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and a two story boat dock. Not too far away, is the bustling city of Austin, home to universities, great restaurants and more, making this a perfect legacy home.
£5,800,000 GBP | London, England | London Sotheby’s International Realty
London, England- An elegant and immaculately presented family townhouse located in the heart of Connaught Village, a moment’s walk from Hyde Park. The house has been lovingly refurbished and compromises of four to five bedrooms, four bathrooms, formal reception room, dining room, kitchen, two cloakrooms, conservatory, a large garden, excellent storage space and a roof terrace. Overlooking communal gardens, the house benefits from wonderful privacy and lovely views, offering a touch of country life within the big city.
$2,455,000 USD | Berkeley, California | East Bay Sotheby’s International Realty
Berkeley, California- A stunning, gated masterpiece French Mediterranean in the heart of the Berkeley Hills. This home offers privacy and tranquility with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, Mount Tamalpais, and more. A large outdoor patio and backyard are perfect for entertaining and gardening. The location of this four bedroom home provides easy access to shopping, restaurants, parks, schools and freeways.
1 200 000 $ CAD | Kingston, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada
Kingston, Canada- This unique and modern waterfront home is nestled in an exclusive, heavily treed enclave, great for a family and just 10 minutes from downtown Kingston. The fantastic floor plan showcases magnificent river views from the many large windows and skylights which flood this new home with light and love. The master bedroom of this four bedroom home has a walk-thru closet and a private balcony overlooking the water.
When affluent consumers are considering their next purchase, waterfront properties top the list, according to the Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Lifestyle Report. Explore these magnificent waterfront homes featuring docks, a luxury amenity trending among affluent consumers around the world.
$4,900,000 USD | Savannah, Georgia | Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty
Dating back to 1880, this clapboard home, sits on Grimball Creek in Savannah, Georgia. The five bedroom home features a wraparound porch and terrace, offering unparalleled views of the Intracoastal Waterway. The home also features a game room, wine cellar and it’s very own private deepwater dock, perfect for boating and shrimping.
Price Upon Request | Gland, Switzerland | Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty
This ravishing waterfront home sits on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by broad meadows, fields and woodland with breathtaking views of the lake and Alps. The property, built in 1923 enjoys direct access to the lake, with a jetty and breakwater providing moorings for several boats. The home also features a tennis court, swimming pool, stables and a spectacular vaulted wine cellar and tasting room in the basement.
$2,950,000 USD | Knoxville, Tennessee | Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty
This lovely lakefront estate has floor to ceiling windows that offer lots of natural light. The home is located in the Tennessee Valley between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau in the southern region of the Appalachian Mountain chain, an area known for its scenic beauty. Outside, the house boasts a pool, pool house, lush landscaping, barn, and boat dock with lift.
$18,900,000 USD | Holland, Michigan | Crawford Group Sotheby’s International Realty
Sited on historic Lake Macatawa, the Hazelbank Estate exudes privacy and plentiful acreage on Pine Creek Bay. This John Tilton designed estate is the epitome of grace, dignity and classic architectural design integrity presenting the opportunity to be a family legacy home in a one of a kind environment. The property offers a horse barn, pastures, paddocks, and a 10-acre pine wooded area for riding and hiking. Additional amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a dock on the lake.
$21,500,000 USD | Paradise Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty
Villa Florentine is an elegant estate featuring luxurious touches while maintaining the ambience of comfortable Caribbean living. The property boasts 12 bedrooms, has extensive entertaining spaces and is positioned for views down the central waterway. This majestic family compound also has 175 feet of bulk-headed canal frontage with docks and boatlifts – perfect for keeping a collection of motor yachts, sailboats and jet skis. In addition to amenities including a pool and billiards room, the most alluring element of this remarkably lavish house is the rooftop sunbathing deck and the observation tower that affords amazing views.
$8,750,000 USD | Hunts Point, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty
This waterfront estate is a vision of modern luxury. The architecturally stunning residence provides relaxed, refined living with light and airy spaces. Gracious living space blends between indoors and out providing ample entertaining areas. The home also features a wine cellar and a dock on the lake.
7 999 000 $ CAD | Mont-Tremblant, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec
This unique waterfront residence on Lac Tremblant faces west and captures stunning sunset views over the lake. The traditional post and beam style home sits on a pristine landscaped 5.05 acre lot with 758 feet of shoreline on Lac Tremblant, including a sandy beach, private dock and tennis court.
Over the years, the history of architecture has revealed many different styles of structural design. During the 20th century, modern architecture took center stage, later to be recognized as a significant design movement. Built from 1945 to the 1980’s, mid-century modern homes are characterized by simplicity, open design concepts, and extensive use of glass, meant to create an uninterrupted connection with nature. Defined by their attention to detail, artistic touches and incorporation of harmony with nature, Ulrich Franzen, Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra became known as some of the most important modernist architects. Explore five luxury mid-century modern homes currently on the market, designed or inspired by the styles of these three renowned architects.
Built in 1963 on former farmland in the midst of an apple orchard, the Dana House, designed by Ulrich Franzen, was unique in design in contrast to the glass rectangles created by many prominent mid-century architects. This brick ‘pavilion house’ set on nine acres of expansive lawns, meadows, orchards and woods, is over 5,500 square feet of modern mid-century design and on the market for the first time. This tranquil oasis offers the best of both worlds with its proximity to the heart of New Canaan, CT, one of Fairfield County’s most desirable locations. The home has five bedrooms, four full and one half baths, multiple decks, and acres of privacy. Multiple walls of glass, offer uninhibited views of the lush outdoor landscape. The property is protected by the New Canaan Nature Center in the rear and the New Canaan Land Trust on one side.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own the only Frank Lloyd Wright home in Houston (Bunker Hill Village). Originally designed in 1954, built in 1955 and expanded by the current owner, this home is truly an artistic masterpiece. Art aficionados will appreciate the multiple gallery walls throughout this striking residence. Situated on a gated, approx. 51,727 square foot lot at the end of a lane, this residence is ideal for grand entertaining and casual living. The galleries create a master wing, children’s wing and gracious living areas. High ceilings in the expanded portion of the home allow for ample natural light while the overhangs in the original portion create an intimate feeling. The entire home is built from concrete block, wood and glass around the pool and patio.
Lush green space surrounds this exceptionally tranquil west coast home. The epitome of privacy is captured in the contemporary hideaway. A Frank Lloyd Wright design, this home allows for the outdoor luxury to permeate into the indoor residence, skylights illuminate this three bedroom home. The main floor is continuous with its open concept, no component is without natural flow. Relaxation awaits in the master suite on the main level, enjoy the spa inspired en suite with a unique circular tub and rain shower spout overhead. Unique handcrafted lighting adds a special touch throughout the home.
The Dorothy Serulnic Residence built in 1953 by Richard Neutra, features glass walls allowing for spectacular mountain and city skyline views. The home has a Bear Valley stone fireplace, a classic Neutra built-in sofa and cabinet and public rooms that are open and welcoming. There is built-in furniture throughout and even vanities, desk top reveals and a sliding Neutra kitchen table. Totally indoor/outdoor, this is Neutra at his best.
Richard Neutra’s Pitcairn House, a very private, hidden masterpiece, is the quintessential house in the woods. Marvelous design, comfortable living surrounded by acres of wildlife and nature, yet close to metropolitan areas. A long driveway leads toward the top of a ravine overlooking the Pennypack Creek and groves of oak, beech, maple and poplar to the site chosen by Neutra in 1959. The superbly designed and maintained 6,303 square foot house completed in 1962 is set on 10.1 conserved acres in turn surrounded by the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, an 812-acre nature conservancy. Neutra signature designs are found throughout, such as floor-to-ceiling windows, connecting the indoors with nature outside.
Exquisite 4 season waterfront home on Roberts Bay, Lake Joseph. 610 feet of lakefront on a point that provides highly desirable peace and privacy. Modern 2 slip boathouse with complete 2nd storey living accommodation for friends and family.
Custom built residence featuring 8,000 square feet of finished living space. High quality finishes throughout, open concept entertaining areas. Finished walk-out basement with theater/media room, gym and nanny suite. Enjoy outdoor lifestyle in the private oasis rear grounds designed by Janice Rosenberg.