Luxury Outlook 2023
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
Whether classical or colorfully modern, a fountain brings the serene sounds of water to any estate. Each of these five homes—from Connecticut to California—uses a fountain to turn an outdoor area into an oasis that is both eye-catching and calming.
Shelton Wilder, Sotheby’s International Realty – Brentwood Brokerage
Just blocks from the beach in the Santa Monica Canyon, this secluded 4,706-square-foot four-bedroom masterwork is replete with Balinese architectural inspiration. Limestone walls, Indonesian coral, leather, terrazzo, and abundant use of richly hued teak contribute to its unique ambience. The rooftop deck is an enviable getaway, while a mature sycamore tree stands stalwart over the home, its glorious courtyard gardens, and a dazzling outdoor water feature.
Kellie Geitner, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty
Stately Mediterranean style pervades this 9,985-square-foot residence in Houston. Perfect for effortless day-to-day living and entertaining, it features a study, a formal dining room with a temperature-controlled wine room, a media and game room, a family room with 24-foot ceilings, a chef’s kitchen with a butler’s pantry, and six bedrooms, including two primary suites. The backyard is a lush oasis with a breezy loggia, a summer kitchen, multiple patios, fire pits, and an alluring heated pool and spa with a waterfall and whimsical colorful lighting.
Kevin McDonald, Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – Sonoma Brokerage
On 20 acres with valley and vineyard vistas and groves of olive trees, this light-filled Tuscan-inspired villa features a multi-level floor plan with three bedrooms and open, inviting living and entertaining spaces. A one-bedroom guest suite is tucked above the two-car garage. The enviable setting encourages outdoor living, and the home obliges with multiple alfresco spaces, including a stone terrace with a breathtaking view and a classical fountain.
Mary-Stuart Freydberg & Mary Jones, Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage
At the heart of 2.7 lush acres, this renovated five-bedroom Colonial is filled with light and elegant spaces: formal living and dining rooms, a chef’s kitchen, a gym, a playroom, and a family room opening to a deck that overlooks the magnificent backyard. The home’s park-like property features expanses of lawn, stately stone walls, a bridge leading to a path that winds through the woods, and a sparkling private pond with a dramatic fountain.
Walter Bering, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty
This striking 5,297-square-foot contemporary home in the rarefied wooded environs of River Oaks offers a wealth of stylish, lofty spaces. A foyer with a sculptural staircase flows to the formal living room, the dining area, and a kitchen with an island, a wet bar, and a breakfast nook. Beyond are a family room and a library with floor-to-ceiling windows, bookshelves, and a reading loft. Covered outdoor sitting areas on two levels overlook the luxurious backyard, which includes an oversized pool with a captivating waterfall.
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