Six Sweeping Staircases that Go Above and Beyond

A striking staircase can set the tone in a home, creating a dazzling first impression. Whether they feature elegant ornamentation or crisp, clean minimalism, these staircases are fascinating focal points, as thoughtfully designed as the rest of their surroundings.

Montecito’s Rancho San Carlos

Atop a hill at the center of a 237-acre estate, this irreplaceable Monterey Colonial manor was designed in 1931 by esteemed Southern California architect Reginald Johnson and has remained in one family for nearly 100 years. Its 29,483-square-foot layout spans more than 30 rooms of Old World sophistication and serenity, with refined living areas and master and guest rooms linked by a stately staircase with a decorative iron railing. The acreage also includes 10 cottages, an office, orchards, and equestrian facilities.

Offered at: $85,000,000
Location: 2500 East Valley Road, Montecito, CA 93108
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Fifth Avenue’s Crown Penthouse

The chic 10,000-square-foot penthouse at 212 Fifth Avenue boasts majestic proportions, striking architectural details, smart-home technology, luxurious appointments, and expanses of terraces offering views of the city’s iconic buildings. The drama begins in an atrium foyer with a breathtaking bronze staircase connecting the home’s three levels. In addition to a great room, a library, a sleek kitchen, and an observatory, the floor plan features five bedrooms, including a seven-room master suite.

Offered at: $62,800,000
Location: 212 Fifth Avenue Penthouse, New York, NY 10010
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Oceanside Oasis on Seminole Beach

This elegant Palm Beach–area estate takes full advantage of its secluded oceanfront location, blurring the lines between indoors and out and affording sweeping views from nearly every room. Measuring 25,878 square feet, it offers 11 bedrooms, 18 baths, and an array of spaces ideal for indoor-outdoor living and entertaining. In the home’s dramatic central stairway, a custom-crafted three-story light fixture composed of Swarovski crystals glimmers as though imitating the inspiring ocean just outside.

Offered at: $49,500,000
Location: North Palm Beach, FL 33408
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Neoclassical Manhattan Manor

Built in 1895, this 12,729-square-foot manor on an enviable block off Fifth Avenue exemplifies the refined style of New York’s Gilded Age. Its six levels offer a total 22 rooms, including nine bedrooms, as well as three terraces and a garden. Masterfully renovated, the residence retains a host of period details, including six marble fireplaces, wood floors with lovely inlays, intricate moldings, Ionic columns, casement windows, and a sweeping stairway with an opulent wrought iron and brass balustrade that creates a glamorous introduction.

Offered at: $29,500,000
Location: 11 East 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028
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Remarkable Modern Hollywood Hills Home

This 9,997-square-foot contemporary home near the Sunset Strip is filled with glorious airy light thanks to expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and “disappearing” pocket doors. The open-plan layout spreads elegantly across multiple levels linked by a sweeping stairway with a sleek translucent railing. Highlights include five serene bedrooms and 10 baths, a seductive array of indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, a state-of-the-art Bulthaup kitchen, a wine and tequila cellar, a home theater, and a unique glass-enveloped swimming pool.

Offered at: $25,950,000
Location: 8854 Thrasher Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069
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Sophisticated 21st-Century Victorian

This delightful home near Mission Dolores Park has been restored and augmented for 21st-century living. Among its alluring spaces are chic living and dining areas, a kitchen with superior appliances, a skylit family room, three bedroom suites, a four-car garage, a guest level with a private entrance, and a serene south-facing garden with an outdoor kitchen. Timeless details such as herringbone-patterned floors combine with striking contemporary elements, including walls of glass and a dramatic steel staircase beside an eye-catching walnut statement wall.

Offered at: $9,400,000
Location: 3847-3849 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
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