C’est la Vie: Six Merveilleux Homes Inspired by France

In desirable locations from coast to coast, these French-influenced estates—with their striking façades, multipaned windows, eye-catching rooflines, balconies, intricate masonry, turrets, and corner quoins—combine a distinctive but relaxed refinement with a certain je ne sais quoi.

French Country Elegance in the Hamptons

Filled with French country inspiration, this elegant six-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot home is minutes from Atlantic Ocean in one of Bridgehampton’s most desirable locations. A shingled roof, corner turrets, earthy terra-cotta tile, oeil-de-boeuf windows, decorative quoins, transom windows, and walls of French doors with crémone bolts conjure an unmistakable Old World ambience. The 1.4 manicured acres also include a heated gunite saltwater pool, a detached three-car garage, and space for tennis courts, if desired.

Offered at: $6,595,000
Location: Bridgehampton, NY 11932


River Oaks Refinement

In the secluded Tall Timbers section of Houston’s River Oaks, this 11,248-square-foot manor boasts stunning custom French style, with columns, decorative fireplace mantels, marble tile, ornate crown molding, detailed millwork, and a sweeping staircase. Hallmark spaces include a foyer rotunda with a muraled dome, formal living and dining rooms, a grand salon, a kitchen and breakfast room, a wet bar, and a family room overlooking the covered outdoor pavilion and landscaped backyard. The swimming pool is accompanied by a limestone terrace and a pool house.

Offered at: $12,900,000
Location: 3920 Inverness Drive, Houston, TX 77019


French Country–Inspired Manor in Palm Beach Gardens

This 8,589-square-foot estate brings to mind an idyllic manor in the French countryside, with oak and limestone floors, crown moldings, surfaces of Carrara marble and onyx, and other elegant details throughout. It offers a formal living and dining room, a breezy family room, a gourmet kitchen, an office or library, a living and dining verandah with a summer kitchen and fireplace, and a pool and a spa surrounded by a terrace and gardens. Completing the estate are a one-bedroom guesthouse and a four-car garage.

Offered at: $7,100,000
Location: 12215 Tillinghast Circle, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418


Modern Gallic Manor in Greenwich

On 2.25 acres in a bucolic midcountry location surrounded by a land trust, this six-bedroom estate honors centuries-old building techniques, materials, and style. Combining clean contemporary lines with the rustic charm of the French countryside, it features a living room with a fabulous wet bar, a formal dining room, a spectacular kitchen, a butler’s pantry, a family room, a library, and six bedrooms. Across the lush backyard lies a 60-foot pool and a whimsical stone pool house with a bath.

Offered at: $9,600,000
Location: 11 Simmons Lane, Greenwich, CT 06830


French Country Ambience with a Pacific Ocean View

With hewn wood ceiling beams and trusses, stone tiles, handmade doors and cabinetry, plaster walls, walnut wood floors, graceful archways, and handsome stonework, this lovely 4,545-square-foot home exemplifies Gallic style. Among the alluring spaces are a French country–inspired kitchen, four bedrooms with serene baths, a wine cellar, a sauna, and a stone balcony looking out toward the Pacific. Ownership affords access to private Yankee Point Beach and the hidden Malpaso Canyon hiking trails.

Offered at: $3,599,000
Location: 139 San Remo, Carmel, CA 93923


Maison à l’Orange

Recalling the rustic charm of a getaway in Provence, this delightful two-bedroom pied-à-terre enjoys a desirable location on St Helena’s Westside. Beyond a rugged façade of local stone lie an open living space with a soaring ceiling and a wood-burning fireplace, a restful guest bedroom secluded behind steel French doors, and a lofty master retreat. Alfresco living, dining, and entertaining amid lush orange and walnut trees and manicured hedges is an effortless delight. The fenced property also includes a freestanding art studio.

Offered at: $2,200,000
Location: 1706 Spring Street, Saint Helena, CA 94574


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