Top 10 Properties Worldwide Over $10 Million: May 2020
A rare, untouched mid-century modern residence designed by critically acclaimed architect William R. Stephenson, AIA and built by Jack Straus stuns in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. Stephenson was best known for designing the homes of several celebrities of Hollywood’s Golden Age, including the Pacific Palisades home of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. The house impresses “as is” with seven bedrooms, five baths, including the master wing with two bedrooms and an eastern wing with four guest bedrooms. There is an additional staff room with living area, bedroom and bath. Given its original 1960s condition, this well-maintained home is a true dream project for a decorator or designer. Added bonus: it rests on over four acres zoned for equestrian use with approximately 1.5 acres flat and directly connected via horse trails to Will Rogers Park.
Listed by Christophe Choo of Coldwell Banker Realty, Beverly Hills
13 Star Island Dr
Miami Beach, FL.
This gorgeous waterfront estate on exclusive, guard-gated Star Island exemplifies luxury in every way. Sited on a manicured 40,000-square-foot lot, the residence offers 15,011 square feet of living space and 100 feet of waterfront with direct Biscayne Bay and Miami skyline sunset views. Details exquisitely executed, such as stone floors and Venetian plaster walls, speak to the most refined of tastes. An elevator unites two stories, which includes a living room that opens to the private formal dining room, an industrial-style chef’s kitchen, library/den, wine room and great room that opens to the pool area. Stylish Miami outdoor entertaining is made effortless thanks to a pool with Jacuzzi, cabana bath, covered bar and private 100-foot Ipe wood dock with Atlantic Ocean access.
1150 Channel Drive
Overlooking Butterfly Beach, this magazine-worthy residence is a true standout with panoramic ocean and Channel Island views framed by nearly 101 feet of frontage. Privacy abounds on the approximately 26,000 square-foot lot, where a vanishing-edge pool, large terraces, heated loggia, and a private rear patio featuring outdoor kitchenette and fireplace with pizza oven make outdoor entertaining a pleasure. A huge rooftop deck reveals sublime views and yet another idyllic space for entertaining. Unique finishes and appointments adorn the completely modern home, which boasts nearly 6,000 gross square feet of living, finished or covered space. Neighboring the Four Seasons Biltmore and close to Coast Village and downtown Santa Barbara’s dining and entertainment, this beachfront estate is the ultimate oasis.
Listed by Tim Smith of Coldwell Banker Realty, Newport Beach
126 Strum Island Way
Oakland, Nova Scotia, Canada
Whether escaping the noise of everyday life or distancing yourself from others, The Lodge at Strum Islandis a 10-acre private island in Nova Scotia that was designed with security, seclusion and self-sustainability in mind. Offering its own power source, heat, food and water as well as transportation via boat and docks (and with the option for a helicopter), The Lodge provides a tranquil surrounding with well-manicured landscaping and beautiful gardens, greenhouses, walking trail and thousands of indigenous trees and native plants. The expansive main lodge offers over 10,000 square feet of space executed with tasteful design that combines rustic elements and transitional elegance. Inside, there are six bedrooms, all with their own en-suite bathroom, as well as fantastic natural light with beautiful views, a stunning great room with hand-carved bar and signature fireplace, and a massive gourmet kitchen and dining area with butler’s pantry. When it’s time to get back to the mainland, you’re just a mere 3-minute boat ride to the 100-foot wharf, and only another 5 minutes to Mahone Bay.
Listed by Mariana Cowan of Coldwell Banker Supercity Realty
620 N Linden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA, US
This magnificent French estate in the coveted west-end of the Beverly Hills flats was built by some of the best artisans in the industry with unparalleled attention to detail. Great volume and scale are the hallmarks of the design. Drenched in sunlight in the daytime, this home provides a setting for grand entertainment at night. Seven bedrooms and seven and a half baths complete the residence, along with a well-appointed and large master suite with sitting area, his and her baths, sauna and especially appointed walk-in closets. Manicured grounds encompass a spacious guesthouse and a large yard with a covered barbecue area, pool and attached Jacuzzi.
Listed by Mitra Sisatar of Coldwell Banker Realty, Beverly Hills
Via Appia Antica
A legendary property of undeniable allure: this former celebrity-owned estate is embedded within Rome’s archaeological park of Ancient Appia, about 300 meters from the tomb of Cecilia Metella and just 10 minutes from the Colosseum. The main dwelling rests on an ancient basalt quarry used in Roman times to obtain the material for the road pavement. The main villa is spread over about 680 square meters arranged on two levels. Much of the detail reveals the extraordinary history of this dwelling. Roman concrete vaults, mosaic floors made with original ancient Roman tiles and more characterize the residence. In the main residence, there is a library and four bedrooms, including the master retreat, which has direct access to the terrace overlooking the garden. In the upper garden, there is a swimming pool with heated water in which you can swim even in winter. A narrow lawn connects various levels of the park and leads in front of the second dwelling, where there is a spacious loft of more than 500 square meters, kitchen, two fireplaces and a spacious reception-friendly lounge that opens to the outside.
Listed by Valentina Bodini of Coldwell Banker Bodini International Real Estate
635 Meder St
Santa Cruz, CA.
This secure and private family compound consists of three parcels totaling 5.7 acres with ocean views and overlooking open space on the western edge of Santa Cruz. High ceilings and walls of glass flood every room with natural light and provide a feeling of serenity while living elevated among the treetops. Radiant floors, a chefs dream kitchen with a labradorite center island, hydraulic elevator, and video security system are just a few of the notable features. The gated entrance opens to beautifully landscaped park-like acreage including areas of undisturbed habitat frequented by deer, turkeys and hawks. Beyond the main house, there is a fully-equipped one-bedroom guest house, as well as a bunker-like separate office space and a solar-heated infinity-edge pool.
Listed by Daniel Oster of Coldwell Banker Realty, Santa Cruz
14200 Calle Real
Goleta, CA, US
Villa della Costa overlooks Santa Barbara’s Gaviota Coast and its vast panorama of spectacular untouched seaside landscape with breathtaking 360-degree views of the mountains, pastoral countryside, Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. The estate was conceived to reflect a passion for privacy, quality and the ever-inspiring drama of this remarkable setting. Newly built and completed in 2014 by architect J.M. Sewall & Associates with interior finishes designed by Mark Weaver & Associates and built by luxury estate builder Kitchell, the result is a perfect fusion of early California style with today’s demand for modern technology, convenience and comfort. Surrounded by large coastal ranch properties, all 106 acres were hand-picked for optimum privacy and views — an ultimate hideaway.
244 Polhemus Ave
Atherton, CA, US
Genteel living unfolds at this sophisticated and intimate Atherton home. Custom-built in 2009 by Jeff Wise, the property encompasses 10,560 square feet with seven bedrooms and seven and a half baths, plus a separate guest house — providing the ultimate in space and flexibility for family, guests and staff. A sommelier-worthy wine cellar, quality home theater, and sports bar are among the sumptuous accommodations and fine amenities teeming throughout. Befitting a gorgeous home such as this, the impressive grounds of almost one acre are lushly planted with level lawns. A redwood forest is home to a custom treehouse complete with a zip line, while a trampoline and sport court along with the pool and spa provide everything needed for recreational enjoyment. Situated in prime Atherton near the top-rated Las Lomitas schools, this home is a rare Silicon Valley opportunity.
Listed by Hugh Cornish and Stephanie Elkins of Coldwell Banker Realty, Menlo Park
13600 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA, US
Immersed in privacy and serene natural beauty from a knoll-top pedestal, this gracefully designed villa unites dramatic views and unspoiled surroundings from 287 grassy acres. Surrendering to ubiquitous magic and spectacular proportions unique to Southern California, this property represents a perfect harmony of early California architecture and modern creature comforts. Easy access to Montecito and Santa Barbara affords a sophisticated cultural experience with discretion and convenience. This spectacular property occupies a portion of the historic Rancho Tajiguas, with abundant private water.