From a Mediterranean-inspired villa in Palm Beach, designed by the legendary Addison Mizner, to a Saint Helena vineyard estate, created from Captain Thomas Amesbury’s 1886 pre-prohibition stone winery, here are seven storybook historic homes.
Casa del Ensueños
One of revered architect Addison Mizner’s rare lakefront designs, this six-bedroom residence is a proper palazzo. Its lavish 14,397-square-foot interiors reflect the opulent style for which Mizner was known, with graceful arched ceilings, impeccable stonework, ornate fireplaces, dramatically soaring ceilings, carved beams, cathedral windows, sculpted plasterwork, majestic marble floors, and romantic balconies overlooking the water. The vibrant 1.5-acre property fronts Lake Worth and encompasses tropical gardens, medieval-inspired maze, a pool and cabaña, a lovely three-bedroom guesthouse, and a dock with a boatlift.
Offered at: $32,500,000
Location: Palm Beach, FL 33480
Old Mille Farm
Architect Charles Lewis Bowman designed this striking Elizabethan manor for financier Charles L. Ohrstrom; it was constructed in 1927, and in 1931, the Greenwich Board of Trade awarded Bowman a medal for its outstanding design. The 15,800-square-foot
home is nestled on 75.7 emerald acres that include a pool, a tennis court, a greenhouse, gardens, an orchard, a lake, a stone cottage, and stables. Although within commuting distance of Manhattan, it could easily be mistaken for an English country manor of impressive scale and style.
Offered at: $19,950,000
Location: 124 Old Mill Road, Greenwich, CT 06831
Timeless Elegance in Los Angeles
A singular blend of classical architecture and modern luxury, this elegant Italianate estate dates to 1927 and has been impeccably restored. It features superbly scaled spaces, including an atrium, a chef’s kitchen, a conservatory, a theater, an octagonal sitting room, and a stately living room The six serene bedrooms, which include a regal master wing, are filled with refined period flourishes. From many rooms and the gorgeous sun-drenched terrace, views sweep across landscaped gardens, a swimmer’s pool, and treetops toward the city skyline.
Offered at: $15,000,000
Location: 2267 Chislehurst Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
A Napa Valley Classic
An ambience of late-19th-century classicism pervades this 10.69-acre estate. Once a winery owned by Capt. Thomas Amesbury, the property has been transformed into a luxurious compound consisting of a 3,500-square-foot three-bedroom home, a two-bedroom guesthouse, a pool house with a game room and bar, a carriage-style three-car garage and caretaker’s cottage, a pool, lush lawns, formal gardens, a tennis court, vineyards, and an olive grove. Period features have been retained to preserve the timeless charm, while high-end materials and up-to-the-minute amenities have been added.
Offered at: $15,000,000
Location: 1777 Inglewood Ave, Saint Helena, CA 94574
Timeless Georgian-Style Manor in Houston
The skills of American architectural masters Harrie T. Lindeberg and his protégé John Staub are well apparent in this Georgian-style manor on 1.7 parklike acres in the serene Houston enclave of Shadyside. Built in 1921, the 12,808-square-foot home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is filled with regal detailing. A meticulous restoration provided the features and amenities necessary for fine modern living while respecting the home’s integrity and maintaining its original grandeur.
Offered at: $15,000,000
Location: 2 Longfellow Lane, Houston, TX 77005
Stylish Revival in Sag Harbor
This 3,000-square-foot Greek Revival saltbox home on one of the prettiest streets in Sag Harbor Village pays homage to the area’s history. Dating to the 19th century, the three-bedroom home was restored and rejuvenated, resulting in a stylish, inviting retreat that combines modern interiors and amenities with cherished period details. It features a light-filled kitchen, formal living and dining rooms with original fireplaces, and an office or media room. The charming oversized pool house offers space for guests and entertaining.
Offered at: $4,500,000
Location: 39 Suffolk Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Las Milpas: A Santa Fe Legacy
An authentic piece of Santa Fe history, this one-of-a-kind residential compound consists of a home, a two-bedroom casita, a three-room studio, a library, a chapel, a four-bay garage, stables, and several other outbuildings, all on approximately 1.24 acres minutes from Canyon Road—the city’s famed art thoroughfare—and the historic downtown Plaza. A 25-year endeavor to maintain and restore this extraordinary property has resulted in an estate that epitomizes the region’s distinctive culture and Spanish revival architecture.
Offered at: $4,900,000
Location: 2 Cerro Gordo Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501