Instant Glamor and Relaxation: Just Add Water

Cincinnati Showstopper River View

The soothing sounds of fountains and waterfalls create a tranquil atmosphere. It’s no wonder they are a popular feature at spas and resorts; the calm bubbling puts minds at ease and nerves on pause. We have discovered some luxury properties that boast unique aquatic features that provide immediate relaxation.

Cincinnati Italian Villa River ViewThis Italian showstopper feels like it is a million miles away from Cincinnati; with its gracefully secluded gated-entry and welcoming courtyard with fountain, you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away to Europe. Offering three levels of extraordinary amenities, this home has five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms — plenty of room to entertain visitors.

The dramatic two-story reception room immediately sets the tone for this one-of-a-kind property. With commanding views of the river from floor-to-ceiling windows, your guests will know they have arrived somewhere special. The chef’s kitchen exudes Italian charm while offering state-of-the-art appliances. The master bath features an over-sized spa shower with separate soaking tub.

The outdoor space is equally luxurious with its pool and multiple terraces that afford a panorama of the river and the impeccably manicured gardens. Other highlights include a fully finished walk-out basement and handsome decorative details throughout the home.

Calgary Executive EstateHeading to the Great White North we discovered this Gracious Executive Estate in Foothills, just outside of Calgary. A stunning water feature greets you upon entering this impressive six-bedroom manse. An entertainer’s dream come true, 12,000 square feet of developed space ensure that you have plenty of room for an extensive guest list.

The home features a gourmet kitchen with additional prep kitchens and unmatched entertainment facilities including an indoor pool, home theater, game room, wet bar and coffee bar.  Beyond the indoor offerings, guests will enjoy the beautifully landscaped yard and the elevated terrace with mountain views.

Should you need to hire some helping hands with a home of this magnitude, there is a lower level nanny/caretaker suite with its own private entrance and kitchenette. With all the offerings of a far-away retreat, the home is just 18 miles away from downtown Calgary.

Chicago Live and Work ComboWandering to the Windy City, we were delighted to find this urban oasis, the quintessential live and work combo. Situated on an oversized lot, this home features multiple French doors that lead to a columned rotunda terrace. Gazing at the lush European garden with custom water feature it might be easy to forget you are in the city of Chicago; it’s an escape like no other.

The first floor of the home was flawlessly designed to be a perfect live and work space. The open kitchen leads to a family room and greenhouse. Curved walls and the three-story curved staircase echo the design of the rotunda, giving the space brilliant character.

The massive master suite does not miss a single sumptuous detail. With dual baths and dressing rooms, any pair would be perfectly content calling it a night here. Other outstanding details include four fireplaces, Trompe l’oeil faux marble crown molding, antique reclaimed wood paneling and audio wiring throughout the home.

If you are looking for a far-from-ordinary dwelling with a water feature, distinctive homes are always bubbling up at Luxury Portfolio International.

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