Six Homes Designed by Legendary Architects

With their noteworthy design pedigrees, distinctive lines and details, and in some cases, official landmark status, these iconic residences are stylish reminders that visionary creations from America’s architectural luminaries can still be found from coast to coast.

Reginald Johnson’s Rancho San Carlos

This irreplaceable 237-acre estate has remained in one family for nearly 100 years. Atop a hill at the end of a winding private drive is a majestic Monterey Colonial manor designed in 1931 by esteemed Southern California architect Reginald Johnson. Its 29,483-square-foot layout spans more than 30 rooms suffused with an Old World sophistication and serenity, with refined living areas centered around a courtyard and master and guest wings thoughtfully secluded. The acreage also includes 10 cottages, an office, orchards, and extensive equestrian facilities.

Offered at: $85,000,000
Location: 2500 East Valley Road, Montecito, CA 93108
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Peter Marino’s Upper East Side Mansion


Architect Peter Marino is well known for his distinctive take on modern luxury, and this lavish Neo-Georgian mansion on one of the Upper East Side’s most desirable, architecturally significant blocks is no exception. Throughout the 7,130-square-foot interiors, elegant antiques combine with striking contemporary pieces and varying textures create eye-catching contrast and vitality. Highlights include a marble-clad gallery, a 30-foot-wide living room, a south-facing garden, and a regal master suite with sitting and dressing rooms, an opulent bath, and a wood-paneled library.

Offered at: $24,500,000
Location: 128 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021
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Addison Mizner’s Casa del Ensueños in Palm Beach

Addison Mizner is revered for his elegant interpretations of Mediterranean style, which revolutionized Palm Beach’s residential architecture. This impressive landmarked Venetian-inspired estate epitomizes the splendor and grace for which the architect is celebrated. One of Mizner’s rare lakefront designs, the roughly 1.5-acre property encompasses a six-bedroom, 14,397-square-foot main residence exemplifying his regal, opulent aesthetic; a serene cabaña accompanying an alluring swimming pool; lush tropical gardens; a lovely guesthouse; and frontage on Lake Worth with a dock.

Offered at: $32,500,000
Location: Palm Beach, FL 33480
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A Seaside Stanford White Cottage

Celebrated American Renaissance architect Stanford White designed this delightful cottage—one of Montauk’s iconic “Seven Sisters”—for its breathtaking cliffside location. Impeccably preserved, painstakingly renovated, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is a shingle-style classic, offering more than 3,800 square feet, four bedrooms, living and dining rooms, a library, six fireplaces, numerous breezy porches, and original millwork, windows, and floors. The carefully chosen 2.3-acre site affords an inspiring panorama of the ocean and green moors.

Offered at: $16,250,000
Location: 153 Deforest Road, Montauk, NY 11954
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Landmark Home by Maya Lin in Lenox Hill

This impressive 4,700-square-foot condominium home in a Beaux Arts mansion is the combination of two residences, one of which was the work of world-renowned architect Maya Lin, famed designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In its current configuration, the inviting home features a versatile layout that offers generous living and entertaining space on two levels, a formal dining room, a sleek kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, a secluded master suite, a three-bedroom guest wing, and a striking 460-square-foot outdoor living area.

Offered at: $9,995,000
Location: 4 East 62nd Street, Apt 2/3, New York, NY 10065
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The Neutra-Maltzan Modernist Compound


This breathtaking compound marries two architecturally significant homes. The Dorothy Serulnic residence—designed by legendary modernist Richard Neutra in 1953—boasts many of the architect’s signatures, including built-in furniture and a floor plan that links the indoors with the outdoors. The Pittman Dowell Residence is a 2009 design by Michael Maltzan, a unique heptagonal masterpiece with a raised interior courtyard at the center. The property also features a unique 5.5-acre cactus garden, an entertaining pavilion, and spectacular mountain and city-skyline views.

Offered at: $4,500,000
Location: La Crescenta, CA 91214
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