City dwellers appreciate the convenience of walking to everything, having all the metropolis has to offer just outside their door. In most cases, that door is connected to a multi-unit dwelling — single family homes are not abundant. Perhaps even rarer is a full-fledged mansion in the city. Take a peek at four magnificent manses that take urban living to a whole new level.
Located on one of the most desirable streets in Pacific Heights, this San Francisco stunner features some of the most postcard-worthy views in the city. Spanning four levels and 8,675 square feet, the four bedroom/six bathroom (plus one half-bath) home was originally designed by celebrated Bay Area architect, Louis M. Upton in 1912. Planted on an ideal corner lot, the classic Spanish-Italian Renaissance property is a feast for the eyes outside and inside.
Situated in South Rosedale, Toronto’s most coveted neighborhood, this impeccable seven bedroom/five bathroom estate is flooded with light and features lush, private gardens. Three levels of luxury restored and renovated to perfection, it’s a million miles from ordinary and just steps away from everything Yonge Street has to offer.
In the Second City, we found a property that is second to none. This spectacular Gold Coast home in Chicago has been lovingly restored to its original 1891 glory and updated with state-of-the-art amenities, making it an absolute showstopper. With 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and well over 18,000 square feet of living space, this home features a sprawling English garden, elevator, five-car garage and a nicety that any winter-weary Chicagoan would appreciate, a walkway snow melt.
Positioned on the second highest point in New York City, this French provincial 1926 castle has stormed into the 21st century with the most modern conveniences. Designed by distinguished architect Frank Forster, this unexpected architectural treasure is just a 15-minute taxi commute to Midtown Manhattan. With five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, the home features expansive rooms replete with charming details like beamed ceilings, leaded glass windows and wide-plank oak floors.
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For most of us, our first introduction to homes featuring a conservatory was through a beloved board game, as in, “I suggest it was Mrs. Peacock in the conservatory with a candlestick.” Frankly, it’s no mystery at all as to why a conservatory is a welcome feature of a home. We are going to “clue” you in on three homes that feature captivating conservatories.
Our detective work first took us to Oak Park, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, where we happened upon this architectural jewel and timeless landmark designed by famed Chicago architects Nimmons & Fellows. Built in 1909 and thoughtfully updated with every modern convenience, this four-bedroom/four bathroom (plus three half-bath) home is a tranquil oasis in a highly sought-after neighborhood.
Charming details like a checkerboard floor and intricate ironwork set the tone as soon as you enter this alluring home. Lush landscaping and an inviting pool set the perfect backdrop for the bright and airy conservatory. Other features include a well-appointed kitchen and separate guest house.
Secondly, we investigated a magnificent manor estate in Great Falls, Virginia. We uncovered so many impeccable details in this show-stopping home that it would be challenging to list them all. The millwork, the wall coverings, the tiling, the marble work — the craftsmanship and artistry are simply unmatched.
Tucked away in the lush Virginia countryside, yet only 30 minutes away from bustling Washington, D.C., this resplendent five bedroom/six bathroom (plus four half-bath) manse has not one but two conservatories; one adjacent to the family room, the other from the master suite. Other don’t-miss details of this spectacular property include six wood burning fireplaces, a four-car garage and a 1,300 square-foot apartment.
Lastly, we discovered an exquisite north side estate in Summit, New Jersey. This historic Colonial Revival mansion designed by noted architect John N. Cady is close to town yet offers total privacy. Set on over an acre of land, the property boasts an in-ground pool, spa and pool house.
Significant architectural details include leaded glass windows, ornamental moldings and coffered ceilings. The six-bedroom/four bathroom (plus two half-bath) home’s crowning touch is the conservatory which is adjacent to the open concept Christopher Peacock Refectory kitchen — any chef would marvel at its amenities. Anchored by a fieldstone fireplace, this convivial space beckons guests to relax and stay a while.
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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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