Looking to retreat to the peace and beauty of nature? You don’t have to go far: This exquisite selection of luxury real estate offers lush green settings, spectacular landscaping and unparalleled views. Let there be spring:
1 of 7 | A Historic Green Estate in Montecito
This spectacular estate is a one-of-a-kind gem that offers refined, elegant living in close proximity to all Montecito has to offer. An exquisitely renovated historic estate on over three lush flat acres, this classic Spanish Revival estate home was designed by famed architect George Washington Smith in the 1920's. Step through the gates to enter a private green world completed with a long, hedge-lined driveway leading to a large motor-court bordered by specimen palm trees and evergreens. The property also boasts a picturesque rose garden, orchard, outdoor fireplace, multiple sitting areas, succulent garden, romantic reflecting ponds, tennis court and tennis pavilion.
$19,950,000 | Montecito, CA 93108 | View Listing
2 of 7 | A Certified 'Green' Ocean-to-Lake Estate
It doesn't get any more luxurious and close to nature than this: Acqua Liana - or Water Flower - is a magnificent Tahitian inspired ocean-to-lake estate located in Manalapan, Florida. This oceanfront masterpiece designed by renowned real estate "artist" Frank McKinney weaves the sea and water into its very essence: With 150 feet of ocean frontage, the property offers a tranquil setting with its many water features including waterfalls, water floors, swimming pools, reflecting pools, an incredible 2,000-gallon aquarium and much more. Even better, it's been the first the ultra-luxury home to obtain triple "green" certification through the U.S. Green Building Council, the Florida Green Building Coalition and Energy Star for Homes.
$23,850,000 | Manalapan, FL 33462 | View Listing
3 of 7 | An Expertly Landscaped Greenwich Mansion
For a taste of classic architecture, modern amenities and sprawling, well-manicured grounds, consider this magnificent stone Georgian on 5.34 acres with pool house and pool on coveted Clapboard Ridge Road in mid-country Greenwich. Large, floor to ceiling windows offer unobstructed views of the stunning treeline that surrounds the home as well as illuminate this bright, elegant mansion.
$29,500,000 | 110 Clapboard Ridge Road, Greenwich, CT 06830 | View Listing
4 of 7 | Gently Rolling Hills and Brilliantly Manicured Lawns
On a quiet country lane off of Round Hill Road in Greenwich, this French Palladian country estate features expertly designed and manicured lawns and hedges, rolling down to a crystalline and placid lake. A winter garden, vine-wrapped gazebo and extraordinary two-story folly with flying spiral staircase all allow the homeowner to peer out into his or her personal kingdom for an estate like no other. For the most creative among us, this is not to be missed.
$12,995,000 | 17 Aiken Road, Greenwich, CT 06831 | View Listing
5 of 7 | Hidden and Alluring Gardens in Bridgehampton
Viewed from the front, few would suspect this classically charming shingled traditional 5 bedroom home to conceal magnificent formal gardens usually found in storybooks. A wide covered porch and balcony above overlook the truly enchanting gardens with fire pit and sitting area flanked by a wisteria-shaded path, rows of crepe myrtle, and heated pool anchored by a regal cherry tree. In the summertime, these gardens explode with color as flowers halo this serene rustic paradise.
$6,300,000 | 178 Sagaponack Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11932 | View Listing
6 of 7 | Historic Napa Charm and Elegance
For a vineyard country getaway that radiates pure luxury, character and substance, look no further than this historic Napa Valley estate. Created from Captain Thomas Amesbury's 1886 pre-prohibition stone winery, this extraordinary country property is sited along the western bench of the valley floor and nestled within a sea of vineyards, with outstanding views of the Mayacamas Mountains. The expansive entertaining patio overlooks sweeping lawns, an inviting azure pool, tennis court and splendid formal gardens designed by Walter Guthrie. The property also features a 7.2 +/- acre Merlot vineyard and olive grove, producing a delicious and select variety of olive oil.
$15,000,000 | 1777 Inglewood Ave, Saint Helena, CA 94574 | View Listing
7 of 7 | An Aptly Named Happy Canyon Ranch
With an utterly irreplaceable setting, this 137-acre Happy Canyon Ranch is in a prime Santa Ynez Valley location and designed to delight. The entry road passes through open fields and stands of oaks to the residence which overlooks an approximately 10-acre park centered on a lake and studded with heritage oaks and sycamores. Wandering the expansive grounds, you'll find quaint-yet-functional farm structures that include a chicken coop, a dog run, garden and green house and a large pole barn with horse pasture.