What Does $25 Million Buy Around the World?
Luxury Defined tours seven international homes priced in the neighborhood of $25 million
What does it cost for a luxury beachfront villa or ski chalet in one of the world’s top resorts? How about an elegant apartment next to a royal palace in, say, Monte Carlo or London? Well, for $25 million, or thereabouts, home buyers can live like royalty. The diverse range of properties at this price point include these palatial homes and more. Those who prefer to escape the city might consider a modernist ranch in California or Colorado, or a refined waterfront lifestyle in a serene villa on Lake Lugano, Switzerland, all designed by prominent architects. Here, we find out what and, perhaps even more importantly, where $25 million gets you.
Bespoke Residence in Royal St. James’s, London, England
St. James’s House is a magnificent Grade II*-listed building, superbly located in the heart of London’s most prestigious and historic district, close to Buckingham Palace. One of its finest residences is the Clarence. Finished and furnished to the highest level of specification by renowned interior designer Katherine Pooley, the elegant four-bedroom home affords views toward London’s West End and neighboring St. James’s Palace. The impeccable services and facilities of St. James’s House include 24-hour concierge, valet services, an underground car park, residents’ gym, pool and spa, and even lifestyle management.
Lakefront Villa in Caslano, Switzerland
Known as Piccola Venezia, meaning Little Venice, this enchanting estate on Lake Lugano has five key buildings: a primary villa, three guest houses, and a boathouse. The structures have been thoughtfully conceived and designed to work in harmony with their breathtaking backdrop of Monte Caslano Natural Park. A serene, private lagoon, which flows in from the lake, is a unique feature of the estate, as is the vast swimming pool. The lovely, landscaped gardens are punctuated with sculptures and fountains, and offer private beach access on Lake Lugano. A Pedrazzini-Mahogany speedboat is included in the purchase.
Oceanfront Estate in Vero Beach, Florida
This sensational seven-acre oceanfront estate in Vero Beach, Florida, takes its inspiration from the architecture of France’s Côté Sud. Built in 2018, the ultra-luxurious, ultra-private beachfront compound comprises four dwellings: the great house, pool house, carriage house, and guest house, and exquisite gardens with a magnificent resort-style pool. The estate is offered in immaculate, turnkey condition and features high-tech and eco-friendly design elements, including Smart House technology and geothermal air conditioning.
Modernist Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe, California
With more than 60 acres, Del Dios Ranch is one of the largest tracts in coveted Ranch Santa Fe, California. The magnificent main residence, a redwood, glass, and marble structure, with foundations and framework of poured-in-place concrete, was designed from 1969 to 1972 by noted modernist architect Fred Briggs, with interiors by mid-century modern maestro Arthur Elrod. An entire wing of the house is dedicated to the indoor pool and spa, while the master suite occupies a private second level. Three en suite bedrooms are in a separate first-floor wing. The home commands 360-degree views from a private hilltop. The grounds include a guest house, tennis court, equestrian facilities, a lake, and Valencia orange groves.
Coastal Villa in Ibiza, Spain
Can Cascade is a unique luxury villa with 25 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, and idyllic indoor-outdoor living spaces with breathtaking sea views. The villa is divided into a main house and two guest houses. The lavish amenities include a master suite with fireplace, dressing room, and private terrace; a fitness center, a cascading pool with Jacuzzi; and, a private nightclub with capacity for 150 people. The tranquil grounds offer sweeping views of Cala Jondal Beach and include a tiki bar, chill-out areas, dining patios, and lush Mediterranean gardens.
Harbor-View Penthouse in Monte Carlo, Monaco
This designer duplex penthouse has a prestigious location in a luxury building overlooking Monte Carlo’s Larvotto Beach. The residence underwent meticulous renovation by Belgium interior designer Francois Marcq. The main floor comprises an elegant living/dining room, a contemporary kitchen, and the private quarters, which include a lavish master suite with a dressing room and seafront terrace, an en suite bedroom, and two guest rooms. A sculptural staircase ascends to the upper level where a grand living room opens to a private roof deck with a heated pool, alfresco dining area, and solarium. The residence is offered with full furnishings and décor, and includes two storage cellars and two garage parking spaces.
Contemporary Marvel in Telluride, Colorado
Perched cliffside on a private peninsula, with one of the most spectacular views in the Rocky Mountains, Sunset Ridge is just minutes from Telluride, the historic Old West town and top-ranked ski resort. Defined by its dramatic rooflines and bold, linear architecture, Sunset Ridge was designed by its current owner and renowned Aspen architect Bill Poss not only to frame the mountain views, but seemingly to integrate the mountains into the structure itself—an effect magnificently achieved. The contemporary living spaces flow out to balconies and terraces, ideal for grand-scale entertaining. There are seven bedrooms, eight full and two half-bathrooms. Finishes, appointments, and custom furniture were globally sourced by the design team.
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