Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of rural Missouri, Pensmore is on track to claim bragging rights as one of the world’s largest private homes upon its completion in 2013. This chateau-style mansion will have 72,000-square-feet on more than 500 acres of land. Its owner, Steven Huff, chairman of TF Concrete Forming Systems, wants Pensmore to be the first major energy efficient, environmentally sustainable single-family residence of this caliber. The home’s concrete shell is reinforced with “Helix” steel fibers by PolyTorx. The twist-shaped fibers will act as an added guard within the structure against tornadoes and earthquakes.
Perched above the sea and rock formations in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, Canada, this stunning waterfront residence offers 13,000 sq. ft. of luxury living space. The exquisitely crafted home features an intricate blend of custom milled beam work, slate roofing, fine woodwork, natural stone and hardwoods. All principal rooms open out to intimate oceanfront covered patios and manicured lawns. The lower level includes a custom basketball court, a billiard lounge, a games room, a home theatre and a wine cellar. This beautiful estate offers casual elegance wrapped in 270 degrees of ocean and coastline views in a serene setting.
Located on the beach in the Grand Cayman in Cayman Islands, this luxury home is the ultimate tropical retreat. The contemporary interior design is the epitome of tropical elegance. A basement cave spa with grotto pools and waterslides by the beach offer exotic relaxation with all the privacy and luxury.
This modern luxury home in Jakarta, Indonesia is built around an interior courtyard garden. The lower level courtyard has a swimming pool and a garden. The second level outdoor space is dominated by a safety glass wrapped by a reflecting pond. The wooden front door with custom floral pattern reflects the courtyard inside. Plenty of natural light filters throughout the house with the interior garden courtyard providing a sense of peace and tranquility.
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.
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.