One of my favorite pastimes is perusing real estate listings, and I have been doing it since I was about 12 years old. Back in the “dark ages” before the Internet, I would use my allowance money to subscribe to Unique Homes, which was a magazine full of luxury real estate from across the country. I am so grateful that now we have Zillow, so we can all peruse to our heart’s content! Below are highlights from some of my favorite homes currently for sale from Florida to Connecticut and everywhere in between… enjoy!
Introducing Mayfair, one of Atlanta’s landmark homes on 1.5 acres behind a graceful wall in the heart of Buckhead. Designed in 1929 by Atlanta architects Cooper and Cooper, the home’s grand scale has classic details found only in America’s most historic homes. Features include herringbone wood floors, 12-ft ceilings, magnificent cornices and moldings, 11 fireplaces, and multiple French doors opening to a rectangular pool and parterre garden. Graciously restored to the beauty originally envisioned, the home has hosted some of Atlanta’s most significant events. You can see the listing here.
Palm Beach, Florida
“Southways”, built in 1920, is a Beaux Arts mansion set on 1.3 acres, located in the desirable center of town in Palm Beach, Florida, only 250 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. The home is centered on its three lots, providing the ultimate in privacy. There are only two Beaux Arts style homes in Palm Beach, Southways and Whitehall (which is now the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum). The architect for Southways is the renowned Hoppin & Koen, who were at one time part of the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White of New York. Southways is on the market for the first time in 50 years. Visit www.southways.info for further description, specs, floor plan, survey, and to view the gallery.
Coral Gables, Florida
This 4,025 sq ft waterfront charmer is move in ready and would make a perfect primary residence… or second home! It is located in a 24-hour guard-gated waterfront community with direct access to the Miami bay. Property was taken down to the studs in 2013 with no expense spared and designer finishes throughout. Elevated property with complete impact windows and doors. Expansive backyard, covered patio, and pool perfect for family gatherings! Five bedrooms (two down and three up), five bathrooms, private 30ft dock and huge three car garage with plenty of storage… All this in a central Coral Gables location 1.5 miles from Coconut Grove. Furnishings and boat are also available for purchase! Please click here for additional information or contact Nancy Batchelor at 305.588.2884, and for a video tour, click here.
West Hartford, Connecticut
One of West Hartford Connecticut’s most historically significant homes, “Eyrie Knoll” is a 12,000 square-foot residence designed in 1931 by renowned architect Grosvenor Atterbury, and situated on a 3.5 acre parcel on one the city’s most prestigious streets. My talented friend Holly Holden featured the home last year in the pilot episode of her TV series “You are Cordially Invited.” (Please click here to watch her fascinating 25 minute tour… You won’t want to miss this!)
Iron gates welcome visitors into the 16-room mansion known as Eyrie Knoll, or “nest on a hill.” The historic residence was custom built with the finest materials and craftsmanship, and recently renovated to preserve its quality, character and charming period architecture. This landmarked estate has housed the majority of the works included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2009 Du Paquier exhibition, a variety of Degas sculptures, and a Steinway piano signed by the renowned pianist and composer Roger Williams. The 10,000 bottle wine cellar and tasting room was featured in a 1996 issue of Wine Spectator magazine, and in 1999 Julia Child utilized the impressive gourmet kitchen, holding a professional chef event held at the home.
According to the Hartford Courant, an estimated $5m was spent by the current owners in extensive renovations and enhancements to the property and grounds. For the next very lucky owners, it is now available for just $1.75m. You can see the listing here.
Brooke House presides over Georgetown from the finest location in Washington. Once a part of the neighboring Evermay Estate and former home to Senator Ted Kennedy, the original property dates to 1887. Expanded in the 1950s and renovated by C. Zapatka, the home retains its Edwardian elegance. Completely renovated to the highest global standard with no detail overlooked, the estate and its grounds reaffirm the grace of the Federal period. With over 9,000 square feet, the scale and quality of Brooke House is exceptional for Georgetown, and it is known as one of Washington’s greatest homes. Behind the home, formal gardens yield to views of the magnificent grounds of Evermay, one of the most important gardens in the city.Unquestionably, Brooke House is firmly positioned for the 21st century to maintain its heritage as one of the great estate homes of Washington DC. You can see the listing here.
Newport, Rhode Island
Restored and inviting Ogden Codman masterpiece offers every modern amenity and comfort. Exquisitely detailed interiors flow beautifully for entertaining or just relaxing at home. This historic property includes a two bedroom carriage house. Bailey’s Beach and the Cliff Walk are a short walk away. Absolute perfection! “Quatrel” was built in 1853 and was originally known as “Fairbourne”. It was built for Earl P. Mason of Providence who was the president of the Rhode Island National Bank. The house was designed by Providence architect Thomas Alexander Tefft in the style of an Italianate villa. In 1880 the house was sold to New York lawyer and art connoisseur Egerton Winthrop. In 1903 Winthrop engaged architect Dudley Newton and Ogden Codman, Jr. to enlarge and remodel the house in the Classical Revival style. Many of Codman’s architectural drawings for “Quatrel” are in the collection of Historic New England and include elevations, details, and plans for the dining room, hall, library, drawing room, and the garden and trellis. Codman was a friend of Edith Wharton, the 19th century writer and taste-maker who wrote several design books including The Decoration of Houses which was co-authored by Codman. In 1949 the house was sold to Louis and Elaine Lorillard who renamed the house “Quatrel”. The Lorillard’s were the founders of The Newport Jazz Festival. Only six families have owned “Quatrel” since it was built. You can see more here.
Iris Court was built in 1854 in Albany, Georgia for Judge John and Adelaide Stovall Jackson. Following the Civil War, Iris Court was used for Federal Headquarters where area citizens were required to swear allegiance to the United States in the presence of American officials to regain their United States citizenship. The home was just one block away from the Albany town square. The wheels of fate were at work as a neighbor, Edward Vason Jones, was an admirer of Iris Court as a young boy. As Albany’s town center grew more commercial, Iris Court was to be torn down and dismantled for its beautiful materials. Luckily, that young boy who had admired Iris Court years ago, returned to his home town of Albany after World War II to practice architecture. Jones contacted his friend, Charles O. Smith, Jr., who ended up purchasing Iris Court and moving it to Moultrie where it sits today. Edward Vason Jones, a distinguished architect who would later work on projects for the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the United States State Department, and later for the White House, dismantled, reconstructed, renovated, and restored Iris Court. Edward Jones was to have said that Iris Court was his favorite private project.
Today, this beautiful antebellum home sits on approximately eighteen private landscaped acres just outside of Moultrie, Georgia. The main level of the home consists of a formal dining room, drawing room, living room, kitchen, half bath with powder room and breakfast room with large butlers pantry. The second level of the home has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. The house is spacious covering about five thousand two hundred square feet. The grounds are spectacular. A guest house and additional acreage is available for purchase separately. Please click here to see the listing.
Beaufort, South Carolina
This idyllic antebellum home which was built in 1852 by successful South Carolina cotton planter Lewis Reeve Sams is a rare opportunity to own a slice of Beaufort’s rich history. This 3 story 7,600 sq ft mansion has served as a hospital to Union Army officers, and headquarters to General Rufus Saxton during the Civil War. It has also been known as the ”Bay Street Inn,” and was featured in the ”Prince of Tides” movie, based on the novel written by iconic Pat Conroy. Unrivaled details of this home are found at every turn. The listing can be seen here.
Lake Forest, Illinois
Designed by renowned architect Harrie T. Lindeberg, this 1929 home has been lovingly restored to its original splendor and renovated to meet the needs of today’s most discerning homeowner. Located in Lake Forest, Illinois on 2+ acres with own tennis court, pool and attached coach house, this truly is country club living at its finest. Elevator and wine cellar are just several of the new additions to the home. Perfect walk to town or lake location. You can see the listing here.
Locust Valley, New York
“The Money Pit” house from the 1986 film staring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long has been reduced from $12.5m to $4.5m. In the film, Hanks and Long play a couple who purchase what appears to be a beautiful mansion for the bargain price of $200,000. However, once they move in, they discover it is in need of much more repair than anticipated. Unlike in the movie, this 14,000 square foot home is in perfect condition. Situated on 5.4 acres in Lattingtown, New York, the Federal-style, three-story home was built in 1898 and has been meticulously restored and updated. Features include elaborate moldings, eight fireplaces, ebony wood floors, seven bedroom suites, and a four room master suite. For additional details, please click here and visit Hooked on Houses for a comparison with the movie house.
New York, New York
The former Manhattan maisonette apartment of Sister Parish and Patricia Altschul is for sale. The original hand painted cabinets installed by Sister Parish in the kitchen are still present, and I spy a curtain designed by Mario Buatta for Patricia Altschul in the bathroom. For additional information, please click here, and to see the apartment featured in Architectural Digest when it was owned by Altschul, click here.
Overlooking Savannah’s picturesque Forsyth Park in the Historic Landmark District, the Mills B. Lane House, c.1907 is a Georgian Revival jewel. The iconic home is known for its Ionic columns, “Swan’s neck” pediment, grand shuttered windows with splayed lintels, parquet floors, and period moldings with 29 handpainted murals adorning the grand entrance hall. Handsome pocket doors open to two formal parlors, a ballroom-size dining room, and an intimate library with built in bookshelves, all with French doors revealing the poolside garden veranda. The estate features a gourmet chef’s kitchen with butler’s pantry and commercial grade luxury appliances, lower-floor wine and billiards rooms and spa, four third-floor bedrooms–one the luxurious master suite–and a fourth-floor suite. An elevator adds to the modern convenience of this immaculate home. The terrace and in ground pool along with pool house afford a private oasis in the heart of Savannah’s celebrated downtown neighborhood.
I am in love with every detail of this home! Beautifully sited on a rare .85 acre corner lot, this 1954 Colonial Estate is a masterpiece. Updated in 2004, it features a grand facade, natural light throughout, designer finishes and sophisticated details. The Palladian entry opens to a stately living room and formal dining room featuring Zuber wallpaper. A library and game room combine for gracious entertaining. A separate family entrance opens to a gourmet kitchen and family room overlooking the outdoor living area and pool. The master retreat and 4 spacious bedrooms offer views of the expansive grounds. The listing can be seen here.
Palmyra, New York
Built in 1925, this 5,688 square foot Colonial sold last month for $250K!!! The architecture is magnificent, wouldn’t you just love to restore this beautiful gem?! You can see more here and take a video tour here. It would cost a fortune to build a home of this stature today… I wonder if it would be possible to relocate? That is a topic I would love to explore!
Isn’t it fun to look at homes for sale? Which one (or two!) would you choose? Please feel free to email me if you see a home for sale that would be a good fit for The Glam Pad… I am thinking of making the Real Estate Roundup a quarterly feature!