An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
What constitutes a luxury home? There was no singular answer to that question in 2023, as every month produced a pageant of some of the most exemplary and visionary properties on earth.
Some are chic and innovative, featuring the latest technology and forward-thinking approaches to indoor-outdoor living. Others celebrate classical prestige, paying homage to stately nobility and long-standing traditions. There are those that are perfect for entertaining, blending elegance with extravagance, and those that are better suited to enlightening, with architecture and design that belong in a catalog of high art.
And certain luxury homes create universes entirely unto themselves—personal paradises that serve as ideal refuges and idyllic retreats, uniting the natural and cultural worlds in unique and inspired ways.
In celebration of a new year—and commemoration of another year gone by—here are five glamorous homes that epitomize each of these styles and were featured in 2023.
Picture the pinnacle of ultramodern living; it’s probably a home paneled with panoramic expanses of glass, surrounded by intriguing water features and vibrant living walls, with top-of-the-line amenities, accessories, and appliances effortlessly automating everyday functions.
Situated in the private community of La Gorce Island, this glittering villa meets all those criteria and more, adding a dedicated dock for a large yacht to its long list of cutting-edge conveniences.
Major urban metropolises hold deep histories, long memories, and epic stories, many of which are preserved in their most esteemed residences.
Nowhere is this more readily apparent than in this fabulous townhome, which has hosted famous figures past and present—including serving as a film set for luminaries such as Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse, and Tom Hooper. With its opulent moldings, ornate wainscotting, and hand-painted wallpapers, it’s a paragon of old-world wonder, yet updated with a range of thoughtful new renovations.
There are properties that have it all—pools and pavilions, gardens and gazebos, fitness facilities and games rooms and guesthouses; spaces for recreation and relaxation that can enchant or enthrall almost anyone.
Envisioned in the style of a hôtel particulier, this waterfront resort is one of those residences that makes the most of having the most, with its six bedrooms, seven full baths, and two acres of land. From a wine vault fit for a master vintner to its scenic light-filled solarium, every area is bursting with exuberant character.
When does a work of architecture become a work of art? Perhaps when it’s a museum-quality melange of different iconic styles, all coming together to craft a stunning, habitable masterpiece that complements and contrasts its location in a compelling way.
This sculptural abode atop Mount Veeder could easily be viewed as equal parts art installation and property. Though its flawless white façades may seem simple at first glance, they combine influences from modernist and Art Deco architecture, as well as deconstructivist aesthetics. This grandeur is intensified by the local vistas of Napa Valley and terraces of Cabernet vineyards.
Sometimes an estate just isn’t enough. It has to be an escape—an experience that provides a haven unlike anywhere else in the world.
With a phalanx of olive orchards, unparalleled perspectives of the mountains and sea, and a monastery-turned-chateau as a main residence, this prominent property in the ever-aristocratic French Riviera is on another level of luxury. The home, with its bucolic groves and sporting grounds, has been a coveted oasis for celebrities since its exquisite refurbishment more than a century ago.
The dynamic and diverse luxury homes showcased throughout 2023 demonstrate the finest styles and lifestyles, while constantly presenting fresh, distinct personalities. They’re never predictable, nor are they conformist; and as a new year commences, it’s exciting to consider both the extant and nascent properties that will be featured in 2024.
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