Things are looking down at the moment; don’t worry, that’s not a bad thing. We decided to take a look at what’s happening under foot. Flooring can make a big impact in a room, and we’ve discovered a few places that get it just right. Come explore three exceptional homes from the ground up (no need to remove your shoes).
Set on a private island, this true masterpiece in Sainte-Adèle, Quebec maximizes its enchanting setting with countless windows throughout the home. Flooded with natural light, the space incorporates unexpected elements like raw quartz, stone, wooden beams, iron work and polymer cement epoxy floors.
The unique, high-gloss floors add character and drama to the space, a dwelling that is a brilliant display of contradictions — avant-garde, yet warm and inviting. With three bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, this home keeps things interesting at every turn with surprising angles, rich textures and up-to-the second amenities.
Across the pond, this majestic 1840 London Mansion was meticulously refurbished, retaining many of its original period features while adding super-modern conveniences. Set back from the street on a tree-lined driveway, this magnificent seven-bedroom property is five floors of full-blown fabulousness.
Replete with 19th century details, including ornate moldings and ironwork, the flooring throughout the 6,500 square-foot home is more captivating from one room to the next. The kitchen’s hardwood flooring features a herringbone pattern, a nod to the past while perfectly grounding its modern appliances. Hardwood flooring in the grand reception space has a rich baroque pattern that sets the tone for formal affairs. Other features of this show stopping manse include a patio garden, roof terrace and five-car garage.
Lastly, take a Texas Two Step into this commanding Austin stone gated estate. Located in Dallas’ desirable Preston Hollow neighborhood, this three-bedroom/six-bathroom (plus two half bath) home boasts an expansive open floor plan designed for gracious and relaxed entertaining — both indoors and outdoors.
The convivial living room features floor-to-ceiling windows that flawlessly frame the lush landscaping on the property. From top to bottom the room is a winner; a beamed ceiling and a handsome quatrefoil patterned tile floor add depth and personality to the space, sure to make guests feel right at home. Other outstanding features of the property include a guest house with temperature controlled wine room and a picturesque in-ground pool.
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It’s true; no man is an island…but he sure might enjoy living on one. Island living offers a more leisurely pace, an escape from heavy traffic and almost guaranteed water views. Here are three properties that might have you pining away for island life.
Evoking a Key West vibe, this Gulf-to-Bay Florida beach house on secluded Casey Key offers spectacular water views from every room. With five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, this grand home offers leisure activities for everyone, whether it’s a long walk on the beach, boating or chilling by the pool there’s plenty to do (or you can happily choose to do nothing at all).
The dramatic open foyer with its spiral staircase welcomes guests; over 7,000 square feet of living space ensures you can invite many of them. Standout features include a two-story fireplace, a step-up bar with an auxiliary kitchen, an expansive screened lanai and a sprawling pool and spa overlooking the boat dock with lift.
Nestled in Newport, Rhode Island, this striking custom-built contemporary is a dynamic work of glass and steel. Flooded with light, offering 270-degree views of the ocean, the sleek five bedroom/five bathroom (plus one half bath) home is located just off of famed Ocean Drive.
A bold Rob Lorenson sculpture on the front lawn perfectly complements the fully-furnished home. Four levels of living space with multiple decks and balconies offer ample space and privacy for overnight guests. Additionally, this home features an elevator and a three-car garage.
Located on Orcas Island, this stunning waterfront gem in Washington State features exquisite architectural details throughout the three bedroom/three bathroom main home, as well as the two separate guest homes. This compound was built for entertaining.
Soak-in year-round sunsets from the patio with stone fire pit; take a dip in the heated pool or spa or row-row-row your boat from the private dinghy dock. With its own beach and five-plus acres of impeccably landscaped grounds, this property offers a rare opportunity to live and play next to the Salish Sea.
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If your idea of paradise includes the beach, boating or bonfires, chances are you’d enjoy a house by the lake. With pristine views, total tranquility and the promise of plenty of outdoor fun, who wouldn’t? We found three exceptional properties that demonstrate lakeside living at its finest.
Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this Luxurious home on Lake Tuscaloosa offers sublime views from just about every room. With five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two partial bathrooms, this 6,500 square-foot custom-built home is replete with state-of-the art appliances and top-of-the-line finishes. Built to entertain, the home features a dream kitchen with an expansive Calcutta gold marble island, a commercial-grade double oven and no less than three dishwashers.
Other stand-out features include three fireplaces, a workshop, a fitness room and two screened porches. While there is plenty to fall in love with inside the house, what it offers outside is equally impressive. The boathouse features a covered area for waterfront entertaining and for the chef that prefers to work his or her magic al fresco, there’s a covered balcony with outdoor grill kitchen.
In the Land of 10,000 Lakes we discovered 10,000 square feet of finished space in this masterpiece waterfront log home. Located in Nisswa, Minnesota, this sprawling estate is destined to be enjoyed by many generations to come. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are unparalleled.
With its commanding lake views it’s perfect for a family or corporate retreat. The seven-bedroom property features soaring wood-beamed ceilings, a magnificent stone hearth and an outdoor living area with fire pit. Other notable features include an exercise room, geothermal cooling, in-floor heating system, walkout basement and 500 feet of west-facing shoreline.
Lastly, we discover that lakeside living is equally lovely on the other side of the planet. Located in Queenstown, New Zealand, this superb home with its prime waterfront position, captures the finest mountain and lake views Wakatipu has to offer.
Situated in desirable Kelvin Heights, this distinct home draws inspiration from its surroundings. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows frame the breathtaking scenery outside. The sunny deck offers a perfect spot for outdoor dining or soaking up some rays. Other features in this four-bedroom home include a lower level wet bar, library, office and sewing/craft room.
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At Luxury Portfolio we are fortunate to showcase myriad properties that offer outstanding views, but we’ve singled-out a few properties that offer an unusually stunning view — from the bathtub. Join us for some good clean fun and soak in the beauty of these tub-tastic vistas.
Boasting panoramic views of Camelback Mountain, downtown Phoenix and Four Peaks, this beautifully renovated Arizona home has rich finishes throughout. Details like intricate stonework and timber beams add depth and charm to this exceptional space.
Offering a resort-style pool and spa area, the three bedroom/three bathroom home spans over 5,800 square feet and is outfitted with a superb sound system and state-of-the-art touch controls. Relaxing tunes are in order while you bathe, taking in the not-to-be-believed mountain views.
Want some more mountain majesty? Perched above the Rollingstone Golf Course at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, this majestic Steamboat, Colorado home offers equal parts recreation and relaxation. After an action-packed day of skiing, a long, hot soak is in order. This home offers a sublime view of the slopes as you steep yourself in luxury.
Four large bedroom suites make this an ideal dwelling for hosting overnight guests. The large, open floor plan offers both formal and casual spaces. The ample, chef-friendly kitchen has everything you need to wow your guests. Fun for all four seasons, the outdoor space with its sweeping golf course and snow-capped mountain views is perfect for toasting marshmallows in the fire pit or chilling by the peaceful water feature.
Over 10,000 miles away in Balacclava, Mauritius, this spacious coastal penthouse is part of an exclusive residential resort that connects Mauritian heritage and personality with the well-appointed offerings of an elite resort. The facilities include a private clubhouse with meticulously maintained beachfront, swimming pools, tennis courts and fitness area.
The prestigious four-bedroom/four-bathroom penthouse features a private plunge pool and roomy outdoor verandah. The space was brilliantly designed to bring the outdoors indoors; clean lines and orderly spaces offer elegant modernity with spectacular scenery. Perhaps one of the most sensational views is from the tub; you’ll be inclined to absorb every bit of it until the last bubble has burst.
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Exposed brick and stone add texture, depth and character to any space. We’ve uncovered three alluring spaces that artfully utilize exposed building materials; it’s a look that can offer vintage charm or up-to-the-second modernity. Have a penchant for rough-hewn décor? Take a look at these three impressive (and totally different) properties.
Offering smashing views of Dublin Bay, Dublin city and Dublin Mountains the Majestic Bartra Tower is a masterful transformation in an enviable location. Guarded by high walls and encircled by lush greenery, this Irish property, formerly a fortress, is a seaside sanctuary that has incredible one-of-a-kind elements like a barbeque in place of the former shot furnace and an inviting living space that was originally the sleeping quarters of twelve soldiers.
Located in the lower level is the master suite; the original gun powder storage room has been magically transformed into a gleaming white Carrera marble master bathroom. The bedroom has a tub à deux and original fireplace adding romance and warmth to this exceptional space.
Crossing the pond for something completely different, we found this boutique condo prewar duplex in Manhattan’s trendy Financial District. Ticking off every box on that must-have list — high ceilings, hardwood floors and in-unit laundry this home has something that sets it apart from so many others, a sprawling rooftop deck.
Host a starry-starry dinner party or take a dip in the hot tub; this urban oasis even has an outdoor shower. Living in this two-bathroom/two-bedroom (plus office) dwelling includes all the perks of an ultra-happening neighborhood; popular eateries and stylish stores are within easy reach.
Lastly, the Lone Star State is home to this unique compound on hill country land. Built in 1876, this splendid property is set on 25 bucolic acres in Wimberley, Texas (about 28 miles southwest of Austin). The property has several structures including a main house, four casitas for overnight guests, a four-bedroom ranch house and a studio apartment.
The perfect retreat for imaginative souls, guests will enjoy the tranquil sculpture gardens, koi pond and crepe myrtle allee. The main home has artistic touches at every turn, inspiring creativity and relaxation. Of particular note is the circular staircase that adds drama with a rustic flair.
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