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The Extraordinary Homes that Inspired Us in 2018

Before we get too far into 2019, we decided to round up the most significant listings from the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® program that made an impression on us last year. 2018 was a year for the history books — quite literally — as several iconic residences with legends of their own captured our attention.  Whether you appreciate old Hollywood glamour, classic East Coast grandeur or untouched Colorado land as far as the eye can see, each one of these properties left us in a state of awe — as fine estates are wont to do.

Chartwell

One of the finest residential offering in the United States, “Chartwell” is the ultimate trophy and a legend cherished for generations. Situated on 10.39 acres in the heart of Bel Air, the main residence was originally designed by Sumner Spaulding in 1930 with a timelessly elegant exterior of symmetrical cut limestone in the French Neoclassical style. The interiors were masterfully renovated in the late 1980s by Henri Samuel, one of the most important designers of the 20th century. Offering panoramic views from downtown to the Pacific Ocean, “Chartwell” is a rare combination of extensive grounds and powerful jetliner views. Features include a Wallace Neff designed 5-bedroom guest house, 75-foot pool with spacious pool house, tennis court, car gallery for 40 vehicles, 12,000 bottle wine cellar and precisely manicured gardens befitting a chateau in France. A world-class estate of this caliber has not been offered in decades.

875 Nimes Rd
Los Angeles, CA, United States
$ 245,000,000

The Beverly House

The Beverly House” Gordon Kaufmann, 1927: by far, the most important and iconic Mediterranean Estate in California. Set over 3.5 acres in the heart of Beverly Hills, The Beverly House offers complete privacy surrounded by manicured grounds and beautiful wrought iron gates. A sweeping 800-foot driveway welcomes you into the main residence, while the vast motor court centered by a tile fountain sets the stage. Period details abound, including a two-story wood paneled library, coved ballroom, billiard room and tiled formal dining room. Once home to William Randolph Hearst and honeymoon location for John F. Kennedy, this estate is a rare offering for a collector of the finest architecture. A collectible in every sense.

1011 N. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA.
$ 135,000,000

Owlwood

Owlwood is an offering unlike any other in the city of Los Angeles. Sited on approximately 10 acres in the heart of Holmby Hills, it is a world unto itself. Designed by renowned architect Robert D. Farquhar in 1936, the main house features extensive wood paneling, exceptional period detail and impressive scale. Grand public rooms include a baronial living room, oval sunroom, library, and magnificent formal dining room. A sweeping two-story stair hall with soaring ceilings sets the tone for an opulent second floor complete with extensive master suite. Rich in history, Owlwood was once home to Tony Curtis and Sonny and Cher. Three lots combine to form one of the most important real estate assemblages in Los Angeles. Verdant rolling lawns, a full tennis court and an Olympic-size pool with pool house make it the ultimate world-class compound.

141 S. Carolwood Drive
Los Angeles, CA.
$ 115,000,000

Indian Harbor Estate

One of the most impressive properties in the country, this magnificent Indian Harbor Estate is poised on its own 6-acre peninsula, rimmed by the sparkling waters of Long Island Sound. Reestablishing its original beauty, the present owners have indulged in extensive remodeling and additions, including a sensational guest house with luxury suites and an indoor pool. A three-story rotunda introduces the regal main rooms, each with commanding views of the pool, putting green, tennis court, manicured lawns, and three fully equipped staff apartments.

21 Vista Drive
Greenwich, CT.
$ 45,000,000

Custom Bay Estate

Nestled between the beach and the bay with approximately 90 feet of frontage across three lots, this custom estate commands distinction sight unseen, yet the caliber can only truly be appreciated firsthand. Designed by renowned architect Robert Sinclair, built by Patterson Custom Homes, and finished by Blackband Design, the home has a prestigious pedigree that represents innovative design and quality construction. The envy of every passerby is evoked with a towering façade and backyard fit with luxurious amenities including cooking area, fire pit, bay beach present at most tides, an approximately 57-foot-long pool with underwater speakers and new dock that can accommodate a minimum of four vessels. Approximately $1,000,000 in Riviera Bronze windows and doors blends the outdoors and indoors where sophisticated city living meets the comfort and casualness of the coast. Five bedrooms, two game rooms, two bars, two gourmet kitchens, executive office, craft room, theater, gym, mudroom, and sauna are complemented by striking design elements, including precision millwork, a floating, underlit staircase beneath oversized skylight, fireplace within an expansive stone hearth and mantle and 1,100-gallon aquarium. State-of-the-art technology operates the home.

1813 E. Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA.
$ 44,995,000

97-Acre Aspen Ranch

A very rare offering of 97 acres just 3.5 miles away from Aspen is now available and features a single-family building right on the 41 acres of Lot 2 and 56.9 acres on Lot 1 (see listing 155268 and 155270). Large-scale land ownership this close to the amenities in Aspen and Snowmass is extremely unusual. The total package of Lots 1 and 2 of the Richard B. Woods Lot split each with building rights would make for the perfect family compound. The current improvements on Lot 1 include a 7,855 square-foot single family home, barn, garages. Add the pond, stream, numerous trails and access to public trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and other recreational activities and you have a remarkable, once in a lifetime offering.

1313 & 1333 W. Buttermilk Road
Aspen, CO. 
$ 40,000,000

The Razor House

Razor House was named after Razor Point – fitting for a property that pays homage to a cinematic landscape where cliffs meet the infinity of ocean. White concrete, stainless steel and glass rise in a cantilevered design, offering some of the most hypnotic panoramas of the Pacific. Nature passes through the house via floor-to-ceiling walls of glass. A detached guesthouse and stunning outdoor terraces, including a rooftop entertaining space with outdoor kitchen & spa reveal a reverence for the surroundings.

9826 La Jolla Farms Road
La Jolla, CA. 92037
$ 30,000,000

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