A kitchen island can be one of the most versatile and appealing features in a piece of luxury real estate. Kitchens naturally bring families and friends together – sharing meals, enjoying a cup of coffee or glass of wine or simply casual and impromptu entertaining – so a centralized island can encourage the feeling of openness and sophistication. From a custom-built Houston home to a dramatic San Francisco contemporary estate, here are seven properties featuring expertly designed kitchen islands.
1 of 7 | Pristine Luxury Estate in the Hamptons
Seeking refreshing, modern appointments and state-of-the-art amenities amid the height of spacious luxury? Twin Peaks - a pristine Kean Development country house featuring pool, pool house, cottage, and tennis court occupying three levels of sumptuous detail - has recently been completed and is ready for you. The main house plays host to full professional chef and traditional kitchens - featuring elegant marble kitchen islands and matching stool seating - along with eight full en-suite bedrooms. Add to this a great room, breakfast room, media room, library, extensive loggia and expansive lower level with theater, gym, professional two-lane bowling alley and entertainment lounge with full bar and billiards. It would take more space than we have to describe all the amenities Twin Peaks has to offer, so seeing is believing!
$39,500,000 | 9 Olde Towne Lane, Southampton, NY 11968 | View Listing
2 of 7 | A Boutique Tribeca Penthouse Triplex
Combining the best of both loft and townhouse living, this sprawling TriBeCa penthouse triplex features three outdoor spaces, including a private rooftop terrace with views of Downtown Manhattan in every direction. Inside, you'll find a luminous residence with a centralized glass staircase leading to the penthouse's private and serene master suite as well as rooftop terrace. A sitting area flows seamlessly into the dining room and chef's kitchen, outfitted with marble countertops and top-of-the line appliances, from Subzero to Miele.
$10,995,000 | 49 Murray Street, Apt PH, New York, NY 10007 | View Listing
3 of 7 | A Dramatic and Striking San Francisco Contemporary
Recently renovated by Jensen Architects and DrömHus General Contractors, this Alamo Square Park home offers incredible design and attention to detail, all in service of a dramatic contemporary scheme. A bold and minimalist kitchen island - painted a striking deep blue and white - is steps away from a casual dining area overlooking beautiful vistas of the park, as well as stunning views north across San Francisco. Additional details include a roof deck with panoramic views, vaulted ceilings, a dramatic custom designed central staircase, an elevator to all levels and a large family room/in-law suite with direct access out to the yard.
$7,300,000 | 1164 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117 | View Listing
4 of 7 | A Serene Canyon Compound
Nestled in the Happy Canyon Vineyard Appellation and surrounded by large cattle ranches, the Rambling Oaks Ranch is an 83-acre retreat compound in the hills of Santa Ynez, California. Both the main residence and the managers' residence have tasteful kitchen islands, designed to evoke traditional flair and modern contemporary features. The three homes that make up the compound are situated among ancient oaks, rolling hills, embraced by unobstructed 360-degree views of mountain peaks from Figueroa and beyond.
$5,850,000 | 1628 Rambling Oaks Road, Santa Ynez, CA 93460 | View Listing
5 of 7 | Bright and Open Florida Ranch
This fabulous single-story home built on the best 20-acre parcel in Ranch Colony features an open floor plan and floor to ceiling windows, harnessing the warm Florida sun to create elegant luminescence. Granite countertops meet pale stained wood paneling give the centralized kitchen island a unique decor. The home is completed by five bedrooms, five baths, full furnishing as well as indoor and outdoor pools.
$5,850,000 | 1901 Se Ranch Rd, Jupiter, FL 33478 | View Listing
6 of 7 | A Restored Colonial with Modern Sensibilities
This elegant and inviting Sunset Square Colonial home has been masterfully restored with incredible attention to its original 1921 old-fashioned charm - located in one of L.A.'s historical hideaways, just blocks from the gateway to the World Famous Sunset Strip. But don't let it's exterior fool you: Inside, you'll find modern flourishes like a large open gourmet kitchen, tasteful and contemporary kitchen island, state of the art finishes and stainless steel appliances, built-in speakers and more. Folding patio doors that open to a wood deck, grassy yard, swimming pool and spa complete this picture of luxury and comfort.
$3,600,000 | 1610 North Ogden Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90046 | View Listing
7 of 7 | Harmonious Living in Houston
This stunning custom built country escape harmoniously merges an elegant, thoughtful design with timeless finishes and the natural beauty of the outdoors. In addition to the gorgeous Italian marble kitchen island, this Houston estate features a Control-4 Smart system, 900+ bottle wine cellar and top-of-the-line appliances. If you're feeling like taking your cooking outdoors, the house also features an infinity pool and cabana, complete with an Argentinian grill, private guest house, manicured nature trails leading to a creek, secret garden, rustic chicken coop, storybook tree house, pond and more.