Taking a Look at Three World-Class Compounds

Luxury Estate in Parker Colorado
 
The term “compound” gets thrown around a bit in real estate and for good reason. It conjures up images of sprawling estates with numerous dwellings where multi-generational families can come together, but with enough space so as not to drive one crazy. The storied Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts perhaps best exemplifies the prestige of owning your own micro-village, but following are a few certified compounds that can certainly rival it.
 
Luxury Home in Parker, ColoradoLocated in Parker, Colorado, Serenity Ridge is a modern day castle in the Rocky Mountains and with over 43,500 square feet it’s the third largest private residence on the market in the United States. Used by the current owner for both family and corporate affairs, the 70 acre estate boasts 11 bedrooms, conference facilities and an entertainment floor complete with bowling lanes, movie theater, performing stage and dance floor. Escape to the massive pool area and you’ll find all the amenities of a professional spa, including a sauna, steam room and two fully-equipped locker rooms. Recently featured on the cover of Unique Homes, Serenity Ridge will be auctioned with no reserve September 27, 2014.
 
Luxury Villa in Uvita, Costa RicaFrom the Rockies to the rainforest, this next compound consists of three luxurious villas in Uvita, Costa Rica. Situated on 36 lush acres and surrounded by an additional 200 acres of preservation land, Mareas Villa enjoys sunset views over the Pacific Ocean, a yoga pavilion and glass-tiled infinity edge pool. With a total of 10 bedrooms throughout 18,000 square feet of living space, the refined accommodations are fit to hold groups of all sizes for the perfect tropical getaway. Venture through the grounds of Mareas Villa and you’ll find an assortment of exotic delights, from waterfalls and wildlife to mature fruit trees. 
 
Waterfront estate in Longboat Key, FloridaFinally, this last luxury compound, known as Ohana, is reminiscent of a Balinese resort set on the Gulf of Mexico. The beachfront estate in Longboat Key, Florida is poised on over two and a half acres and encompasses three separate pavilions connected by natural Hemingway coral stone walkways. Combining a low-key beach lifestyle with turnkey finish, Ohana’s design captures mesmerizing ocean views and affords year-round outdoor living. From the expansive open terrace with free-form pool one can dine al-fresco under a palm-thatched canopy or amble down to the white sand beach and azure waters. 
 
Looking for more world-class compounds? Be sure to check out the many available on Luxury Portfolio!
 

Stepping into the Spotlight: Phenomenal Floors

saint adele masterpiece quebec

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).

sainte adele interior wooden beamed living roomSet 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.

1848 London mansion exceptional period detailsAcross 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.

elegant preston hollow estate perfect for entertainingLastly, 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.

Want to take a walk on the well-appointed side? Step inside Luxury Portfolio.
 

Fabulous Al Fresco Dining

Luxury Home in Tucson Arizona
 
In many parts of world it’s finally time to spend your days outside, be it at the beach or one of the various exciting events going on now, such as the World Cup or Tour de France. But you don’t have to go inside when the sun goes down and, frankly, one of our favorite parts is capping the day off with some al fresco dining in the transcendent evening light. With that in mind, we found a few extraordinary homes where you can unwind and enjoy your dinner in the great outdoors. 
 
Tucson Arizona Luxury EstateThis first home is a breathtaking contemporary estate in Tucson, Arizona with numerous terraces to take advantage of the warm desert air. The views are simply unbeatable, as the home sits behind the gates of the Ventana Canyon Mountain Estates and looks over the picture-perfect city. Whether you’re entertaining on a grand scale or hosting an intimate dinner party, the main terrace is the perfect place to take in a brilliant sunset with a glass of wine. The spectacular contemporary design also boasts a bridge walkway connecting the extensive outdoor spaces, which include a tiled pool and spa, rare cactus garden and covered indoor-outdoor bar.

Victorian Luxury Home in London

Located on one of Wandsworth Common’s premier streets, this magnificent Victorian home in London, UK continues the al fresco trend. The back of the home is outfitted with a substantial deck and garden, which receive ample sunlight throughout the day, as well as a patio with an outdoor kitchen and barbecue area. Abounding in privacy and greenery the backyard oasis is a rare luxury where you can relax with a gentle breeze as the day comes to an end in one of the world’s most exciting cities. Additionally, the home’s rooftop terrace is suited for entertaining with splendid garden views to take in the beautiful scenery. 
 
Tuscan Villa in Florence, ItalyOf course, we couldn’t talk about al fresco dining without including a Medicean villa in the Tuscan hillside. This magnificent home is set atop the most prestigious hill in Florence, Italy, just 10 km from the city center, with olive trees, a swimming pool and lush gardens throughout the grounds. The highlight, however, is a spacious terrace with a gazebo and ancient stone fountain where you can marvel at the surrounding hills, vineyards and historic villas as night falls over Tuscany. 
 
Looking for more luxury homes with al fresco dining? Check out the Luxury Portfolio Al Fresco LookBook on Pinterest! 
 

Idyllic Island Retreats

Exquisite Gulf to Bay Casey Key Home

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.

Screened Lanai Casey Key EstateEvoking 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.

Striking Newport ContemporaryNestled 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.

Orcas Island Stunning Waterfront GemLocated 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.

Looking for that idyllic island retreat? Explore the possibilities at Luxury Portfolio.

A Look at Lakeside Luxury

Living Room Overlooking Lake Tuscaloosa

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.

Outdoor Entertaining Area overlooking Lake TuscaloosaLocated 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.

Outdoor Living Room Masterpiece Waterfront Property MinnesotaIn 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.

New Zealand Lakeside Home Best Wakatipu has to offerLastly, 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.

Looking for the best in lakefront properties? Dive into Luxury Portfolio.

Soak in the Scenery: Breathtaking Views from the Bathtub

Spectacular Paradise Valley Home

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.

Sensational view from Paradise Valley BathtubBoasting 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.

Steamboat Estate Boasts Beautiful Bathtub ViewWant 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.

View from Mauritius Penthouse Bathroom

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.

Looking to immerse yourself in luxurious views?  At Luxury Portfolio we have thousands of listings — guaranteed to make a splash.
 

Check out Kim and Kanye’s Honeymoon Retreat on Luxury Portfolio

Kim Kardashian Kanye West Honeymoon Castle Ireland
 
Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are all about luxury, so naturally the newlyweds chose one of the most regal estates in all of Europe for their honeymoon. The grand Castle Oliver in County Limerick, Ireland is currently listed with Luxury Portfolio member Ganly Walters for € 2,950,000 (roughly US $ 4 million) and available to anyone who wants to live the fabulous life like “Kimye”.
 
Kim Kardashian Kanye West Honeymoon Castle IrelandSituated on 15 lush acres, the luxurious castle has the distinction of housing Ireland’s largest private wine cellar with a capacity of 55,000 bottles. Throughout the first floor and upper mezzanine levels are twelve en suite bedrooms, while the ground floor boasts a gothic dining room, billiard room, numerous reception rooms with 18 foot high ceilings and more.
 
Click here to learn more about Kim and Kanye’s lavish honeymoon retreat!
 

Luxury Homes for Your Luxury Car Collection

Luxury Home in Victoria, Canada
 
For years, the garage was the final frontier of the luxury home. Relegated to old bicycles, lawn tools and, well, stuff you simply weren’t ready to do away with, but recently it has finally received the luxury treatment. Far from your father’s garage, affluent homeowners are building their own private showrooms to house vast collections of fine automobiles. From car turntables to elevators, here are a few of our favorite garages to keep your vehicles in mint condition. 
 
This first home, a waterfront modern in Victoria, Canada, is first-rate from top to bottom – the bottom in particular, with a subterranean garage that delivers your automobiles to ground level via a state-of-the-art car lift. Giving a whole new meaning to the term “man-cave”, this massive garage sits beneath an award winning home that was featured in Architectural Digest for its breathtaking location, myriad amenities and timeless design. 
 
Aspen, Colorado Luxury Ski HomeIn the heart of the Rocky Mountains is where you’ll find this unsurpassed Aspen Mountain estate, boasting a five-car garage with a car turntable and glass vertical pocket garage door. It’s fair to say you won’t be digging your car out of the snow anytime soon at this luxurious ski home, but if you do get snowed in you’ll find plenty to do between the bowling alley/target range, indoor saline pool and much more. Check out the home’s segment on CNBC’s Secret Lives of the Super Rich to see the turntable in action. 
 
Atherton, California Luxury Home
This last home is a dream come true for any car collector. The turnkey estate in Atherton, CA includes a 14-car garage museum to house the collection that spans across decades. If you run out of space for your vehicles here, well let’s just say that’s one of those “good problems”. Additionally, this impressive luxury home includes a tennis court, Grecian inspired pool and an unparalleled level of finish throughout. 
 
For more homes that can accommodate your car collection check out our Luxury Garages LookBook on Pinterest!
 

The Big Reveal: The Beauty of Exposed Brick and Stone

Irish Fortress Converted into Luxury Home

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.

Irish Fortress Living RoomOffering 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.

NYC Spectacular Outdoor DeckCrossing 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.

Artistic Texan Compound

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.

Are you looking for an extraordinary space with exposed elements? Get your fix of stones and bricks at LuxuryPortfolio.com.

Steve Martin Lists St. Barths Villa

Steve Martin St. Barths Villa
 
Hollywood funnyman and banjo virtuoso Steve Martin has listed his St. Barths villa with Luxury Portfolio affiliate Sibarth Real Estate. The comedic icon will no longer be an out-of-towner on the prestigious island, asking € 7,950,000 (or just under US $11 million) for the four bedroom home.
Steve Martin St. Barths Villa
 
Villa Au Soleil, as the property is named, was extensively renovated in 2003 with an authentic Caribbean style – bright walls, beautiful stonework and freely flowing indoor/outdoor spaces overlooking Saint Jean Bay and the Caribbean Sea made it the perfect place for Martin and his family to escape between films. On over half an acre, the home enjoys considerable space and privacy, with a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and a gazebo surrounded by a lily pond in the middle of a lush tropical garden. 
 
Visit the listing page to learn more about Steve Martin’s St. Barths villa!

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