If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then these kitchen islands are the hub of activity that keep it beating, acting as focal points that unite cooking, dining, storage, and socializing in one central stylish space.
Coastal Oasis in Palm Beach
This secluded oceanfront estate takes full advantage of its location, featuring an array of lovely spaces ideal for indoor-outdoor living and entertaining. In addition to 11 bedrooms and 18 baths, highlights include an elegantly styled kitchen suited for all manner of culinary pursuits, with top-tier appliances, a coffee bar, refrigerator drawers, a walk-in pantry, a breakfast area, and two islands—one with stylish casual seating and another with abundant storage and a cleverly hidden television.
Offered at: $49,500,000
Location: North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Old World Meets New in Darien
From its enviable locations on the coast of the Long Island Sound, this timeless eight-bedroom manor enjoys dazzling uninterrupted water views and gracefully blends English Tudor, French Normandy, and Colonial styles with sophisticated contemporary additions. Its enchanting variety of light-filled spaces were destined for stylish living and entertaining—most notably the impressive chef’s kitchen. A vision in crisp white, regal stone, and efficient stainless steel, it includes a generous island offering casual seating for four beneath whimsical, well-positioned lighting.
Offered at: $18,900,000
Location: 163 Pear Tree Point Road, Darien, CT 06820
Designer’s Napa Valley Compound
Constructed of weathered cedar, stucco, and native stone, this Napa Valley home designed by Rela Gleason consists of three linked pavilions offering a living and dining salon, a library, master and guest suites, gym, a media room, an office, a wine cellar, and a terrace. The cook’s kitchen features superior-quality appliances, two sturdy stainless-steel-topped islands, and a dining counter. Beyond is an inviting lounge with a view across the infinity pool to meadows and hills.
Offered at: $17,000,000
Location: 777 Lommel Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515
Renovated East Hampton Classic
Condé Nast Traveler editor Pilar Guzmán and Vanity Fair publisher Chris Mitchell modernized this 1890s Shingle-style cottage, creating a light-filled open-plan getaway with nine bedrooms, inviting living areas, and a heated pool is set amid an expansive green lawn. The heart of the home is an airy, expansive kitchen with top-tier appliances, handmade-tile walls, bleached-fir floors, blond wood cabinetry, a breakfast area with mullioned windows, and an oversized centerpiece island with a two-inch-thick Carrara marble top.
Offered at: $12,500,000
Location: 62 Dunemere Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937
English Inspiration in Houston
In the heart of Houston’s River Oaks, this classic English-inspired residence boasts carefully planned, thoughtfully designed interiors, including a living room, a lounge with a bar and wine refrigerators, a family room with beautiful views, a master retreat with a fireplace and a luxurious bath, four guest bedrooms, and a game room. Adjoining the family room is a stately kitchen with Wolf, ASKO, and Sub-Zero appliances; a Statuarietto marble backsplash; and a spacious island with leathered soapstone counters, a bar sink, and counter seating.
Offered at: $7,900,000
Location: 2520 Del Monte Drive, Houston, TX 77019
Impeccable Modern Hudson Square Loft
Accessed via a private elevator, this 3,276-square-foot home has been impeccably renovated to include three or four bedrooms and a combination of superior modern features with such authentic Pre-War details as fluted concrete columns and white oak floors. The open-plan living area is ideal for large-scale entertaining, with glorious light from west-facing windows. Occupying one corner of the space is a state-of-the-art kitchen featuring a six-burner Miele range, a Bosch dishwasher, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and an elegant Carrara marble island that comfortably seats four.
Offered at: $6,995,000
Location: 481 Greenwich Street, Apt 5B, New York, NY 10013
Sophisticated Style in San Francisco
Throughout this striking three-bedroom residence in a 1903 building in Pacific Heights, impeccable attention to detail and superior-quality finishes are readily apparent. Living up to its name, the light-flooded great room features an impressive open kitchen, an inviting living area, and an elegant dining space. Sleekly, stylishly minimalist, the kitchen boasts open shelving, discreet appliances, and a waterfall-edge marble island with a six-burner gas rangetop and seating for four.
Offered at: $3,475,000
Location: 2876 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94115