Estates For Sale

by bellasemplicita

Here are some beautiful homes featured on Architectural Digest.  My personal favorite is the one in Oxshott, England, but I would take all of them!



Montauk, New York

4 bedrooms
4.5 baths
4,590 sq. ft.
$9.95 million

Pedigree: This collection of stacked modern boxes, built just last year, is more house than it appears at first. The main structure “functions as a fabulous one-bedroom home,” says architect Steven Harris. The guest wing, seemingly separate, is connected by an underground passage. Harris arranged the glass-and-wood residence to create a courtyard sheltered from sea breezes, providing a “different kind of beach experience” and extending the outdoor entertaining season.

Property Values: The master bathroom—equipped with a tempered-glass fireplace—allows the owners to soak while taking in ocean vistas from one of the highest locations in Montauk.

Talking Point: The windows of the below-ground media room offer glimpses of swimmers in the pool.

Contact: Sotheby’s International Realty, 631-324-6000;


Oxshott, England

13 bedrooms
10 baths
31,580 sq. ft.
$32.3 million

Pedigree: Pinewoods House’s fairy-tale Jacobean façade, not to mention the home’s galleried banquet hall and frescoed drawing room, was deliciously backward-looking when it was built in 1880. Now, after a three-year renovation, the property has a modern spa, two heated swimming pools, a screening room, and parking for six cars.

Property Values: The three-acre lot (with a cottage) borders a broad swath of the forested Crown Estate and is just 19 miles from central London and 20 minutes from Wimbledon. And amid the restored historic gardens is a helicopter pad.

Talking Point: From the telescopes in the many-mullioned tower “watch room,” you can see as far as Canary Wharf.

Contact: Savills Cobham, 011-44-19-3258-6200;

Charleston, South Carolina

5 bedrooms
5 full baths, 2 half baths
5,920 sq. ft.
$17.5 million

Pedigree: Sitting on concrete pilings in the city’s harbor, this two-year-old house offers all the pleasures of terra firma, with a wine room and a cypress-paneled library. Land-loving visitors can make themselves at home in the two-bedroom guest quarters above the onshore garage. Green features include solar panels fixed to the pier and a geothermal HVAC system.

Property Values: The three-story dwelling looks out on open ocean as well as Charleston’s steepled skyline. Its 100-foot floating dock is the only one attached to a single-family home in the historic district.

Talking Point: A former U.S. Navy property, the site became available for residential use after it was decommissioned.

Contact: McAlister Preferred Properties, 843-884-1664;

Wouldn’t you just love it?