Whether soaring and sweeping or chicly contemporary, a striking staircase creates a dramatic first impression in any home. From boldly ornamental in Greenwich and Houston to crisp and clean in California, these stairways make for a grand entrance.
Elegant Old World Estate in Houston
A home of truly regal finery, this 20,157-square-foot Renaissance-inspired manor in a prestigious gated Houston community deserves a distinguished introduction. Just beyond a majestic two-story entry with a groin-vaulted porte cochère lies its spectacular foyer. Amid surfaces of Crema Marfil marble and beneath a domed ceiling with an antique Baccarat chandelier, a stunning floating staircase with an ornate iron rail hints at the masterful craftsmanship and impeccable attention to detail exhibited throughout. A fully equipped bar is discreetly located beneath the stairs.
Offered at: $30,000,000
Location: Houston, TX 77024
New Beaux Arts–Inspired Townhome
New ground-up construction in the historic district of Manhattan’s Upper East Side—closely guarded by the city’s landmarks laws—is exceedingly rare, which makes this residence quite exceptional. In the gracious entry gallery, a stately staircase rises beside a west-facing window. Beyond lie a chef’s kitchen, a sunroom, a media room, a formal dining room, a bar, a luxurious living room, four sophisticated guest suites, a magnificent master suite, and versatile cellar space.
Offered at: $29,500,000
Location: 34 East 62nd Street, New York, NY 10065
Grand Georgian Greenwich Manor
At this magnificent 24,039-square-foot stone Georgian manor in midcountry Greenwich, modern amenities are given classical flair. In the center of a spectacular domed foyer is the home’s dramatic main staircase, rising and spiraling to the upper level and the private quarters. Among the inviting spaces found beyond are formal living and dining rooms, a billiards room, a walnut-paneled library with a bar area, a playroom, a family room, and limestone-finished kitchen with a breakfast area and a cold pantry.
Offered at: $24,995,000
Location: 110 Clapboard Ridge Road, Greenwich, CT 06830
Majestic New Florida Estate
On more than an acre overlooking the course of the Old Palm Golf Club, this majestic new six-bedroom home epitomizes modern Florida living. The luxuriously sleek 12,573-square-foot interiors are filled with stylish custom finishes, and the grounds feature a striking swimming pool and spa surrounded by a collection of alfresco living and entertaining areas. Linking the home’s main-level public spaces with the five primary bedrooms is a sweeping double staircase with an eye-catching decorative metal railing. This residence is offered fully furnished.
Offered at: $10,600,000
Location: 12403 Hautree Ct, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Contemporary Vineyard Estate
Minutes from the shops and restaurants of Napa and Yountville, this vineyard estate blends strong, clean contemporary lines with the gentle organic beauty of its 3.62-acre setting, which includes three acres dedicated to vineyards. Offered fully furnished, the home features a welcoming open floor plan with five bedrooms, resort-caliber amenities, and walls of windows offering sweeping views. A strikingly modern glass-railed staircase with sturdy wood treads gives equal importance to form and function.
Offered at: $8,950,000
Location: 1155 Orchard Ave, Napa, CA 94558
Coveted Ocean Road Estate
Perched on a 1.1-acre lot in a desirable Bridgehampton location, this traditional gambrel-style home was designed and built to the highest standards and offers seven bedrooms and 10,500 square feet. A double-height foyer with Australian cypress flooring and board-and-batten-inspired paneling links well-proportioned living spaces—a great room, a sitting area, a gourmet kitchen, and a formal dining room—with the four serene bedroom suites. The lower level features a theatre, a gym, a cedar-lined sauna, and a wine cellar.
Offered at: $8,900,000
Location: 536 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Traditional Meets Modern in Los Angeles
Enveloped by lush greenery in the coveted Bird Streets area, this seven-bedroom contemporary estate encourages indoor-outdoor living. Anchoring the open-plan public spaces—a living room, a family room, a gourmet kitchen, and an outdoor living area overlooking the pool—is a staircase that rises to an upper-level landing. The dramatic design of its railing epitomizes the attention to stylish detail found throughout. Other highlights include a theater, a wood-paneled wine “gallery,” a guesthouse with a sauna, smart-home technology, and a three-car garage.
Offered at: $8,500,000
Location: 1387 North Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90069