From warm, firelit living rooms to secluded private retreats and infinity-edge pools with sunset views, these seven spaces have the decorative details and carefully created ambience that make them just right for romance.
Santa Barbara’s Casa Cielo
Thanks to its completely secluded 3.2-acre setting at the end of a gated drive, this majestic three-bedroom Mediterranean villa benefits from unparalleled views of ocean, islands, and mountains. With its poolside cabana, theater, wine cellar, bocce court, gardens, fire pit, sunny patio, and shady west-facing dining verandah, it was designed for consummate entertaining and relaxation. The infinity-edge saltwater pool and spa are perfectly perched for private appreciation of enviable sunsets and an irreplaceable view.
Offered at: $9,950,000
Location: 3090 Hidden Valley, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Exquisite NYC Designer Masterpiece
Filled with glorious sunlight, this spectacular 8-room residence enjoys a lofty perch on a high floor of a full-service Prewar building. Designed by renowned architect Emery Roth, it boasts an ideal floor plan for elegant living and entertaining. The private elevator entry opens into a grand, corner living room with a wood-burning fireplace.
Offered at: $4,150,000
Location: 417 Park Avenue, Apt 4E, New York
French Country–Inspired Hamptons Haven
On nearly two lush acres, this grand estate includes a light-filled residence of 8,880 square feet, a relaxing swimming pool and spa, an expanse of verdant lawn, and a pool house. Of the home’s seven bedrooms, the upper-level master retreat is the most serene and secluded. An eye-catching vaulted beamed ceiling, sunny windows, French doors, and a Juliet balcony overlooking the grounds all contribute to the French country–inspired romanticism.
Offered at: $12,900,000
Location: 70 Great Plains Road, Southampton, NY 11968
1920s Hollywood Villa with Enviable Views
Perched just above Chateau Marmont and Sunset Boulevard, this four-bedroom 1920s villa is suffused with romantic Mediterranean style and enjoys a vista that sweeps from the downtown skyline to the ocean. A welcoming warmth pervades its living area, which features a 20-foot beamed pitched ceiling, handsome hardwood floors, and oversized wood-burning fireplace with a striking decorative mantel. Numerous windows offer views in two directions, and glass doors access a breathtaking terrace with Old World tile, arches, and ironwork.
Offered at: $3,250,000
Location: 8222 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Villa del Alma in Santa Fe
On nearly 13 acres deep in the hills north of Santa Fe, this stately yet welcoming three-bedroom estate brings together a variety of classical stylistic elements and details that reveal a dedication to beauty. With its Italianate fountain, cream-colored stone, and timeless barrel-tiled roofline, the landscaped entry courtyard introduces the Old World ambience found throughout the home, giving way to a skylit atrium with a reflecting pool, a year-round virtual garden lush with plants, color, and light.
Offered at: $3,995,000
Location: 101 Tano Norte,Santa Fe, NM 87506
Dramatic Ocean and Sunset Views in Carmel
Replete with handsome natural surfaces of Brazilian cherrywood, travertine, granite, and Venetian plaster, this 5,300-square-foot, three-bedroom residence is a serene oasis in Carmel. Designed to take full advantage of its enviable location, it has commanding Pacific Ocean views from nearly every room, including the master suite, where a deep soaking tub—secluded in a private alcove of its own—has been thoughtfully positioned beside an oversized arched window for enjoyment of rosy romantic sunsets.
Offered at: $4,795,000
Location: 32691 Coast Ridge Drive, Carmel, CA 93923
Timeless Prewar Manor on Long Island Sound
Directly on Noroton Harbor, this unique eight-bedroom estate has dazzling views of the water and the Manhattan skyline. The master suite is an exercise in sophisticated style and restful romance, boasting a warming fireplace and a comfortable sitting area. Double glass doors open to a deck overlooking the grounds, which include an emerald lawn, an alluring swimming pool, a sun-soaked terrace, mature trees, a perennial garden, a tennis court, and a private dock.