Musician Moby bought a castle built in the 1920s in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, California and restored it to its original elegance. The house has all the old Hollywood flourishes. The renovation preserves details such as wood-beamed ceiling, and the furnishings are mid-century modern. The garages are turned into kick boxing room and recording studio. The house is set on three acres with stupendous views. From the deck you can see the Hollywood Reservoir, the famous Hollywood sign and, on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean.
Perched high on the hill in Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Palazzo Positano was originally a 17th century Monastery and Episcopal residence. The property has been completely renovated and is now a luxury villa. Baroque architecture and interior decorations such as painted ceilings, lacquered doors, wood furniture and stucco-works have been carefully restored, even the original altar in the private chapel was kept. The sunny terraces have breathtaking panoramic views of the picturesque town and the Mediterranean sea. The villa also has a private spa with heated pool and Turkish Bath making it the ultimate retreat.
Lyons Demesne is a luxury grand estate on 600 acres of land in County Kildare, Ireland. The house with classic Georgian architecture was originally built in 1785. Recent refurbishment integrated contemporary comfort with the elegant and luxurious design. The property has a lake and beautiful formal gardens.
No expense was spared with the building of this 15,000-square-foot luxury estate in Corona, California. The architecture and interior design are fashioned in the French and Italian traditions of European aristocracy. The foyer of the home extends into a central isle with dome glass ceiling. Its grandness is reminiscent of St. Peter’s Basilica. Ionic capital columns support the arched hallways, and marble flooring, crown moulding and baseboards provide an air of opulence and old world elegance. The landscaping of the property has the ambiance of a Tuscan estate with its mature olive trees. The estate has magnificent views of the Santa Ana Mountains and city lights. A 17,000-square-foot swimming pool and party pavilion along with a cinema and ballroom offer grand scale entertaining and living.
Champ d’Or Mansion at 1851 Turbeville Road in Hickory Creek, Texas is a 48,000-square-foot luxury home inspired by the architecture and interior design of chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte. The estate is owned by Alan Goldfield and his wife Shirley, hence the name Champ d’Or (Field of Gold). The property is surrounded by beautiful gardens and private lakes. Inside the house, a stunning grand staircase in the foyer leads to a domed ceiling. The green tea room is modelled after New York’s Tavern on the Green. There is a two-storey Chanel-style closet in the master suite. The estate also features two swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), a cinema, a bowling alley and a steam room.
Canadian billionaire Paul Desmarais has a stunning property on 21,000 acres of land located in Sagard, in the heart of Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada. Inspired by the architecture of French royal estates before the Revolution, the luxury estate has beautiful formal gardens that remind one of the Palace of Versailles. The estate also has a breathtaking view of the lake and the valley beyond.
Casa Abril is a luxury grand estate located in Berazategui, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The property sits on 7.41 acres of land and was originally built in 1932 by renowned architect José Mille for its first owners, the Pereyra Iraola family. The architecture of the 46,000 sq. ft. mansion was inspired by palaces like Versailles. This sublime mansion features incredibly spacious rooms, high ceilings, stained glass windows, wrought iron handrails and all the characteristics of French Classicism.
Located in Manhattan Beach, California, this beautiful Spanish Revival estate celebrates the richness of its architectural style with contemporary simplicity. White washed plaster defines indoor and outdoor spaces. The courtyard connects the various elements of the estate. The architecture, landscape and interior design are integrated to express the vision and aesthetic of an intimate Southern Californian home.