Is 11 a lucky number? Many numerologists and new age philosophers think so—not to mention those who like to hit the craps table. It’s also a charmed number when it comes to real estate, as you’ll see by the homes in our Five Cities this month. Set a budget of $11 million and you have a beautiful and bountiful array of options in terms of style, size, and setting.
This price range is gracious, whether you’re looking for a home on the water, one in a capital with a view of famous monuments, or a project with a pedigree and unlimited promise. This month’s feature has an especially international flavor, including homes in some of the world’s prime spots, and a few that are masquerading (in the best possible way). Sink in and take your pick.
5 Baths and 4 Partials
17,599 Square Feet
It’s Tuscan splendor on the waterfront, with four-and one-half sprawling acres of land and 247 feet right on the Intracoastal waterway and bay. This massive estate—all 17,599 square feet of it—will transport you to the Italian countryside, with authentic architectural details including frescoed walls, columns, and rich custom cabinetry. Tuscany doesn’t have this, though: astounding vistas out over all that water, viewed from oversized windows throughout the interior and the massive ground-floor loggia with outdoor fire pit, pond and fountain, putting green, and playground.
The open design of the home makes entertaining easy, with a formal grand salon featuring a two-story, handmade fireplace, an immense dining room with room for 20, and a full commercial catering kitchen with a covered terrace. Extreme measures were taken to provide storm protection in this home, including 173 concrete pilings, concrete reinforced walls, windows that can sustain 175 mile-per-hour winds, and a whole-house generator. This estate also includes a guest suite, a saltwater infinity pool, and an outdoor kitchen.
This home is listed for $11,900,000 by Martha Thorn of Coldwell Banker Belleair & The Beaches.
37,674 Square Feet
Medieval castle alert! Imagine the possibilities in this historical residence dating back to to the year 1100. Formerly an ancient abbey set in the Umbrian countryside and known as the oldest hotel in Italy, this distinctive property holds a mystique unrivaled around the world. Behold the turreted tower. The limestone walls. The fresco featuring the Oratory of the Crucifixion. The centuries-old trees. The four suites and 18 rooms of the hotel floor, plus the numerous cavernous meeting spaces.
And then there are the pastoral views that drink in the character and historic nature of the property and its surroundings. Orvieto is just over 60 miles north of Rome, and was built by the Etruscans on a massive plateau of volcanic tuff. The dramatic site appears as a fortress, rising above the walls that surround the city, encircled by the famed Anello della Rupe walls, and ensconced in a fairyland of vineyards and verdant fields. The recovery has been done. The transformation awaits.
This home is listed for $11,317,426 by Flavia Begozzi of Coldwell Banker BODINI INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE.
6 Baths and 3 Partials
14,906 Square Feet
The French countryside comes to Texas in this incredible 8.34-acre estate on a street named, appropriately enough, Giverny—the French village where Claude Monet created his Water Lilies series. Located in the guard-gated, master-planned community of Chateau Du Lac, on the north shore of Grapevine Lake and walking distance to the lake, this estate is awash in luxury. It reveals six beautifully appointed living areas, two gourmet chef’s kitchens, and finishes including marble and hand-scraped wood floors, paneled walls, and exposed beams.
This home also boasts a wine cellar and tasting room, six custom fireplaces, immaculate grounds with multiple sitting areas, an infinity pool and spa, extensive patio space, and outdoor kitchen, as well as a 10-car garage.
This home is listed for $10,900,000 by James Striegel of Coldwell Banker Flower Mound.
Ile De France, France
Prefer the real thing when it comes to your French estate? How about this magnificent Montmartre mansion, featuring nearly 15,000 square feet of interior space and a view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris? Located in the 18th Arrondissement, Montmartre is a charming district that’s home to cobblestone avenues, scores of bistros, the Basilica du Sacré-Coeur, and this stunning residence.
The spacious, open design features a sleek kitchen that flows seamlessly into the large living room with fireplace and out to a private terrace with a view of Paris’ monuments.
The vista is equally stunning from the luxe master suite, which encompasses an entire floor with its tremendous bath and dressing room, and also has its own private terrace. This manse also includes an elevator, game room, theater, spa, hammam, and an oversized garage.
This home is listed for $ 10,984,561 by Vanda Demeure of Coldwell Banker PREVIEWS Demeure Prestige.
6 Baths and 1 Partial
6,535 Square Feet
Atherton holds the distinction of being the priciest town in the United States, and residences like this centrally located estate showcase why this upscale northern California town is favored by industry leaders and tech execs. English gardens and limestone walkways greet you, leading to the grand two-story foyer of this sprawling, gated estate. Inside, contemporary updates blend with traditional warmth and top-of-the-line finishes.
Elegant formal rooms include large living and dining rooms, plus a handsome study, and a gourmet island kitchen. Outside is an entertainer’s paradise, featuring an 80-foot pool with spa, stone terraces with a Rumford fireplace, a heated loggia, an outdoor kitchen, and a separate heated poolside pavilion.
This home is listed for $10,795,000 by Hugh Cornish of Coldwell Banker Menlo Park.