Nine is mighty fine—especially when it’s followed by six zeroes. Yes, $9 million will buy you a pretty nice pad pretty much anywhere, like an entertainer’s paradise in Tampa, Fla. and a stone manor (Yes, a manor!) in Greenwich, Conn.
You can even find a stunning estate in the notoriously expensive Bay Area, home to some of the most expensive real estate in the world. Our first listing in this new look at homes in Five Cities across the country is in Ross, Calif., just adjacent to better-known San Rafael and about 18 miles north of San Francisco. It’s just one of the exceptional properties that will tempt you to move this month.
170 Laurel Grove Ave.
7 Bedroom, 7 baths
7,701 Square Feet
Small-town living in the Bay Area never looked so inviting. This Marin County property has been realized as the ideal family compound, set back in the trees on a 1.34-acre flat lot, with multiple structures and within walking distance to the private Priory Tennis and Swim Club.
The open floorplan in the main residence emphasizes that family-friendly ideal, with a modern farmhouse kitchen featuring professional appliances, a butcher block island, two-tone cabinetry, and rustic oak beams, opening into the dining room and living room. The serene first-floor master suite with fireplace opens out to the grounds and has its own private patio. Walls of windows flood the home with natural light, and outside are a huge deck, a grassy lawn, a pool and pool house, and lush gardens.
This home is listed for $8,995,000 with Lauren Hamblet of Coldwell Banker Greenbrae.
204 Harbor View Lane
5 Bedrooms, 5 baths with 2 partials
9,149 Square Feet
Your home is your fortress, alright. Private, refined, and perfectly positioned in Harbor Bluffs overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, this Tampa-area estate offers a unique take on sophisticated waterfront living. Stately columns and dramatic dual staircases greet you at the door, with easy flow into the main living areas.
This entertainer’s paradise features a gourmet kitchen that is the epitome of traditional elegance, with two-tone cabinetry and Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Bosch appliances, with the addition of a well-appointed stainless steel prep kitchen. Provide security and anonymity to your guests in this private playground with secure underground parking and A/V surveillance, and captivate them with a long list of incredible features, including: a gym; 250+ bottle wine cellar; game/media room; permitted indoor gun range; indoor-outdoor bar; and an elevator. The incredible outdoor space reveals an infinity pool; spa; multiple waterfront terraces, lanais, and patios featuring fire features and an outdoor kitchen; and a private deep water dock and covered boat lift.
This home is listed for $9,250,000 by Jennifer Zales of Coldwell Banker Tampa Westshore.
6 Vista Cielo
7 Bedrooms, 8 baths with 1 partial
12,000 Square Feet
You’ll stand out on the covered porch and gaze out at the point where the hillsides tumble into the Monterey Bay. Or, on one of the numerous other outdoor areas, where you can enjoy 360-degree views that span the Preserve Golf Club to the Salinas Valley. This is California living at its finest. Inside, rich wood floors, light-filled spaces, six fireplaces, and a meticulous use of high-end materials make this Carmel estate a standout.
The kitchen, outfitted with enough marble to resemble a high-end showroom and custom cabinets that bring in a rustic touch, is every bit the showstopper as the topography. The lower-level entertainment zone features a home theater, bar, and wine cellar, and six private suites plus a guesthouse give you ample room for extended family or to use as a corporate retreat.
This home is listed for $8,998,000 with Sharon Swallow of Coldwell Banker Pebble Beach The Shops at The Lodge.
15 Reynwood Manor
5 Bedrooms, 5 baths with 2 partials
9,712 Square Feet
Looking for something truly unique in your luxury home? How about a European stone manor? The historic Reynwood Manor, built by the construction firm that was responsible for the Holland Tunnel, was completed in 1935 and recently renovated to preserve the majesty but update the property to modern standards.
The stone exterior elicits comparisons to castles, and, so, too, does the setting, on a tranquil, private lane encompassing more than nine acres of rolling landscape, private parkland, and English gardens. Stone envelopes the voluminous interior of this distinctive property as well, complemented by arched windows and doorways, detailed wood ceilings, stone fireplaces, and intricate moldings. Formal spaces are scaled for the most inspired gatherings, and inclusive of one incredible feature after another, such as the cathedral windows that afford serene views of the grounds in the living room. This home also includes a renovated gourmet kitchen; a luxe master suite with his-and-her marble baths and dressing rooms, a sitting room with a fireplace, and a library; indoor and outdoor swimming pools; and tennis courts.
This home is listed for $8,995,000 with Tamar Lurie of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Greenwich.
186 Meadowbrook Road
5 Bedrooms, 6 baths with 3 partials
11,000 Square Feet
The blood pressure drop as you approach this private estate: manifested by the serene suburnan Boston setting, all rolling greens and mature foliage. Just wait until you see it in technicolor in the fall!
The sights are no less spectacular once you reach the property. The first floor of this 11,000-square-foot estate is entertainer-perfect and also ideally configured for every type of buyer. The 10-foot island in the kitchen is topped by a chandelier-pierced architectural dome. Open to the family room, the kitchen is outfitted with a 60-inch Wolf range.
Gather in the large living room, where a fireplace awaits and intricately designed wall and ceiling moldings offer a hint of the architectural detail found throughout the home. The formal dining room offers enough space to host extended family and direct access to the outdoors, and a breakfast nook is flooded with light from windows on two sides and skylights above. This home also offers a handsome paneled home office that leads to a private covered patio, an elevator, home theater, gym with a large steam shower, and unparalleled views of the Weston Golf Course from almost every room. Outdoors, you’ll find a sports court, bluestone terraces, and an outdoor chef’s kitchen.
This home is listed for $9,200,000 with Carolyn King of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Weston.