Luxury Outlook 2023
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
While glass-walled apartments and park-facing penthouses have traditionally defined modern luxury, a new trend is emerging in high-end real estate: the modern farmhouse.
From rolling hills to sprawling fields, these homes are inspired by tradition and designed to blend back-to-the-land simplicity with contemporary comforts. Don’t be fooled by their humble monikers—these farmhouses are anything but rustic.
Country living gets a luxurious upgrade in the picturesque region of Tuscany, Italy. Here, rows of vineyards heavy with plump, sun-ripened grapes dip and flow like gentle waves in the warm wind.
At the heart of every Tuscan countryside is a centuries-old farmhouse, its terracotta roof tiles glistening in the golden sunlight. Adorned with trailing bougainvillea and surrounded by towering cypress trees, these homes are the epitome of rustic elegance. The Via Grosseto Cinigiano is one such gem. Located on a hilltop in one of the most exclusive areas of Tuscany, this property spans 800 square meters, nestled within nearly three hectares of pristine land.
Peek inside and you’re immediately transported back in time, thanks to the authentic restoration that has preserved the original charm of this ten-bedroom, twelve-bathroom estate. The attention to detail is evident in every room—from the Tuscan terracotta floors to the exposed stone walls.
Outside, the warm glow of Tuscan sunsets casts a spell over the saltwater pool, where you can soak up the stunning views of rolling hills and even catch a glimpse of the nearby island of Montecristo on clear days.
The property also features a private helipad, wine cellar, and 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside.
Less than an hour’s drive from San Francisco, Napa Valley, known as the crown jewel of California’s wine country, offers a different kind of farm-style luxury.
Here, sprawling vineyards stretch across the valley, their meticulously manicured grapevines resembling a patchwork quilt. Reminiscent of an Ansel Adams masterpiece, rows of vines line the landscape as far as the eye can see.
It’s not just the vineyards that make Napa Valley a sought-after destination for luxury buyers. Architecturally stunning wineries punctuate the landscape, offering not just wine production but also tastings, tours, and gastronomic experiences.
Nestled among these vineyards and wineries sits 2848 Monticello Road, a contemporary Mediterranean estate, reborn from the traditional farmhouses of the region. Designed by Michael Baushke at Apparatus Architecture and built by David Easton of Rammed Earth Works, the property spans 75 acres and features a two-acre Cabernet vineyard, solar-heated pool, Zen meditation pond, and hundreds of ancient olive trees.
Sometimes, modern luxury is about stepping back and embracing a quieter, more peaceful pace. The affluent town of Greenwich, Connecticut, offers just that—a tranquil retreat with close proximity to New York City.
It’s not just the easy commute to Manhattan that makes Greenwich an attractive destination. Steeped in history, the town is home to picturesque Victorian homes and sprawling estates, many of which were inspired by the classic farmhouses of New England.
94 Pecksland Road is a prime example of this blend of old and new. Originally built in 1935, this farmhouse has undergone bespoke renovations while maintaining its rich history as an iconic Greenwich property. Behind its charming exterior lies a modern interior filled with elegant design choices. The gardens surrounding the property are equally impressive, featuring tiered cutting and berry gardens, flat play areas, and a lower field perfect for sports activities.
Translating to “wild coast,” Costa Brava in Spain boasts a rugged coastline dotted with sandy beaches, hidden coves, and charming seaside villages. The coastal paradise has long attracted luxury buyers to this region, both due to its idyllic countryside and proximity to Barcelona.
Nestled on the banks of the Ter River, lies Torroella De Montgri, a beautifully restored farmhouse and barn that combines traditional charm with modern luxury. This property spans over 1300 square meters and features two complete and independent houses, a large swimming pool, a paddle tennis court, a garage for three cars, and a cultivation field. The renovation of this property has spared no expense–only the highest quality materials were used including Corian for bathrooms and kitchens, hardwood windows, and handmade terracotta floors.
Far from being quaint, these upscale farmhouses bring together the rustic charm of country living with sophisticated design elements and modern amenities.
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