Luxury Outlook 2022
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
Whether Old World or modern in inspiration, a fountain brings the serene sounds of water to any home. At each of these five estates—from Florida to California wine country—a fountain becomes an eye-catching element that turns an outdoor area into a peaceful, placid oasis.
Sonoma, California | Tina Shone, Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage
At the end of a long drive lined with oak trees, jasmine, clematis, and roses, this refined home and guesthouse overlook approximately 14.5 acres of lush wine country land, some nine acres of which are planted with Chardonnay vines. In the main residence, the great room, family room, and owner’s bedroom open to a spacious patio, an inviting swimming pool, and a calming wall fountain—all with mountains as a backdrop. A large pond and Sonoma Creek lie on the eastern boundary of the estate.
A stunning fountain sets a serene Old World tone for this Mediterranean-inspired residence, which is surrounded by manicured landscaping and mature trees on a lovely corner in Houston’s Braes Heights neighborhood. Interior highlights include formal living and dining rooms, a chef’s kitchen, a two-story den with custom built-ins, a library, and a media room with theater seating. Outdoors, a covered patio with an alfresco kitchen overlooks a pool, spa, and whimsical treehouse.
Los Angeles, California | Brooke Knapp, Drew Mandile, & Dean Mandile, Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage
A charming courtyard, ivy-draped walls, thriving flowers and greenery, and a koi pond with a waterfall create a romantic first impression at this lovely four-bedroom home on the Sunset Strip. Among its alluring spaces are an elegant living room with a soaring ceiling, a formal dining area, a library with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves, a delightful cook’s kitchen, a family room, and breezy Saltillo-tiled verandas. The outdoor kitchen gives way to a dining terrace, the refreshing pool, and a lush, verdant lawn.
Palm Beach, Florida | Judge Moss, Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage
Sleek and sophisticated, this four-bedroom Palm Beach home is a chic and restful oasis. Extensively renovated, it offers a cheerful eat-in kitchen and a relaxed but stylish living and dining room that opens to a fountain courtyard, which in turn gives way to a lush yard and a swimming pool surrounded by new landscaping and lighting. A path leads from the property to a private 2,000-square-foot parcel on the sunny, sandy beach.
Santa Fe, New Mexico | Darlene Streit, Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage
On 104 acres in the Sangre de Cristo foothills, this mountain compound—a striking residence, a guesthouse, and a casita—enjoys a view that stretches all the way to Colorado. The uniquely designed home is introduced by a dramatic entry arch and a tiled Mayan-inspired fountain and features a living room with 22-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, a “sunset room,” a secluded owner’s suite, a chef’s kitchen with an oversized granite-topped island, and an outdoor pavilion designed for cooking, entertaining, and dining in the alpine air.