Parlez-vous français? Maybe you don’t speak French, but your home could. Each one of these five luxury real estate properties features the hallmarks of French architectural style – hipped roofs; brick, stone, or stucco siding; and beautiful Renaissance detailing.
1 of 5 | Greenwich Country Home
Set on more than five pristine acres protected by conservation land, "Laurel Hill" - the dream project of Cindy Rinfret, the famous interior designer - is a French country home for owners valuing a lifestyle that's both sophisticated and casual. With limestone and hardwood floors, four antique fireplaces and French doors opening onto the terraces and perennial gardens, Laurel Hill feels like a small piece of France nestled in Connecticut.
$6,450,000 | Greenwich, CT | View Listing
2 of 5 | New York City Mansion
Just a few steps from Fifth Avenue and Central Park you'll discover this awe inspiring limestone French-style mansion. Built in 1913, the flexible open floor space of the townhouse offers its owners countless possibilities for modern decor. From the second floor drawing room with parquet de Versailles floors and French doors leading to a Juliet balcony stretching the length of the mansion's facade, to the media room with terrace on the fifth floor, this is a home for those with singular vision.
$23,000,000 | New York, NY | View Listing
3 of 5 | Santa Barbara Beach House
Anyone who has ever visited France's coast will feel an instant sense of nostalgia upon entering this French Normandy-style seaside home in Montecito. The custom-designed home boasts a two-story entrance gallery, a handcrafted grand fireplace and an exquisite formal dining room. But the home isn't just a keen resemblance of those in France. It also embodies Santa Barbara living with its private beach access, tennis courts and clubhouse - a vivid meeting of old and new.
$4,750,000 | Montecito, CA | View Listing
4 of 5 | Houston Estate
This undeniably romantic French-style brick home in Houston's coveted Broadacres Historic District is a study in style and elegance. Cross the oak tree studded lawn on a bricked walkway to discover an expansive entry foyer with marble floors and a curving wood-spindled staircase. What lies beyond is even more impressive - formal living and dining rooms lit naturally by wide bay windows, a classic paneled library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and a master bedroom straight out of the Palace of Versailles.
$6,750,000 | Houston, TX | View Listing
5 of 5 | Carmel Country Estate
Preserved among the legacy oaks of Quail Meadows, this generous French country estate in Carmel offers its owners both beauty and privacy. Past the regal grand entry is a living room whose vaulted ceilings and tall windows fill the home with natural light while looking out onto the backyard and patio. Further still is the professional kitchen complete with a Viking range double oven and wide limestone counter tops. With each step you take it becomes clearer that this is a home of utmost craftsmanship and grace - a perfect family retreat.