Explore Five Storybook Historic Homes

Some lovers of fine luxury real estate do not just want their homes to be beautiful in and of themselves, but rather demand a bit of eminence with their property.

From a Saint Helena vineyard estate, created from Captain Thomas Amesbury’s 1886 pre-prohibition stone winery, to a NYC West Village townhouse with its own carriage house, here are five historic homes for you to consider:

1 of 5 | Santa Barbara Rancho San Carlos

1 of 5 | Santa Barbara Rancho San Carlos


You will not be likely to find another opportunity to own a home built in 1931 that has only been under the ownership of one family the entire time, which is one of the very special things about Rancho San Carlos. Sitting on a hilltop in Montecito, this 30-room, 29,000-square-foot estate also boasts nearly 240 acres of property around the stunning, iconic home. Reginald Johnson, a world-renowned architect, designed this majestic, sprawling property, which has 10 residential cottages, equestrian facilities and orchards in full production to boot.

$125,000,000 | 2500 East Valley Road, Montecito, CA 93108 | View Listing

2 of 5 | New York City Townhouse with Carriage House

2 of 5 | New York City Townhouse with Carriage House


To give you an idea of how historic this West Village gem truly is, keep in mind that it comes with its own carriage house and horse walk - yes, a horse walk. Knowing that, it should not be surprising that it was built in 1859, and also comes with two classic New York vault lights. With 7,500 square feet inside and another 670 square feet in the private bluestone courtyard, you will feel anything but claustrophobic. And the best part? The 2013 renovation maintained the nobility of the original structure while adding all of the modern amenities.

$24,500,000 | 336 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014 | View Listing

3 of 5 | Amesbury's Napa Valley Estate

3 of 5 | Amesbury's Napa Valley Estate


Although the 7,100-square-foot home is a bit more on the modern side, this estate was founded by Captain Thomas Amesbury's pre-prohibition stone winery in 1886. With incredible views of the Mayacama Mountains, a massive patio, gardens by Walter Guthrie and a versatile living room, this property is an entertainer's dream. You will also have more than 7 acres of Merlot-producing vineyards that have been used for more than 130 years.

$15,000,000 |1777 Inglewood Ave, Saint Helena, CA 94574 | View Listing

4 of 5 | East Hampton Henry D. Hedges House

4 of 5 | East Hampton Henry D. Hedges House


Somehow, this 7,000-square-foot home that is straight out of a simpler time is only 100 miles from Manhattan. This means you can wake up in what feels like an early-1900s estate and make it to the bustling city in only a couple of hours. Built in 1903, the home has eight bedrooms and is situated in East Hampton, granting access to white sand beaches, golf courses, legendary restaurants and so much more. This home really emits the more beloved characteristics of the early 20th century, with period detail, a wraparound porch, grand staircase and hand-carved fireplace.

$8,500,000 | East Hampton, NY 11937 | View Listing

5 of 5 | Santa Fe House of Sunshine

5 of 5 | Santa Fe House of Sunshine


This Santa Fe property was built during the Spanish Colonial era, then bought by one of the original founding members of the art colony back in 1914. This is the same art colony that eventually established Santa Fe as one of the premier artistic communities of the American Southwest. The House of Sunshine is a three-room compound that combines modern conveniences with surreal historical traits, and lays right alongside the world-renowned Canyon Road area.

$3,400,000 | 922 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | View Listing

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