Under the Tuscan Influence: Six Stunning Mediterranean-Inspired Estates

With their striking barrel-tiled rooflines, stately colonnades, graceful arches, grand stairways with decorative ironwork, and breezy loggias, these Mediterranean-style homes are timelessly chic.

Villa Il Cortile

This award-winning waterfront villa on one of the most prestigious thoroughfares on exclusive Everglades Island reflects the refined Mediterranean style for which Palm Beach is renowned. Centered around an exquisite 900-square-foot courtyard, it features dramatic arched doors, casement windows with classic shutters, eye-catching coffered and vaulted ceilings, limed cypress rafters, and colorful antique European tile. The enticing pool is surrounded by an emerald lawn on the banks of Lake Worth. A private dock encourages boating and other water activities.

Offered at: $20,995,000
Location: 670 Island Drive, Palm Beach, FL 33480


Mediterranean Majesty in Texas

Replete with Mediterranean style, this six-bedroom, 39,960-square-foot manor is a magnificent setting for truly grand entertaining. In addition to well-appointed chef’s and catering kitchens, it features a home theater, an Old World–inspired wine room with a groin-vaulted brick ceiling, and resort-caliber grounds that feature a dramatic swimming pool and spa, a cabana with a rain curtain and a Mediterranean-inspired barrel-tile roof, a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen with an opulent tile mosaic.

Offered at: $6,950,000
Location: 11010 N Country Squire Street, Houston, TX 77024


Mediterranean Escape in Montecito

Atop a hill overlooking Montecito and the ocean, this impressive five-bedroom home recalls the refined villas of Italy’s Tuscan countryside. The ambience is one of a Mediterranean escape, with a vine-draped façade, barrel-tiled rooflines, plentiful use of iron and wood, four fireplaces, covered patios with groin-vaulted ceilings and archways, and an idyllic courtyard with a fountain. Beyond the 60-foot lap pool and one-bedroom pool house, the acreage includes an avocado orchard, fruit trees, and manicured gardens.

Offered at: $5,995,000
Location: 117 Crestview Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108


Andalusian Inspiration

Generous use of richly hued wood, rugged stone, plaster, ornate decorative metalwork, and colorful tile fills this elegant 7,015-square-foot villa with unmistakable Mediterranean charm. Highlights include five bedrooms, a living room with a hand-carved marble fireplace, a formal dining room, a game room, a media room, two offices, a wine cellar, a gourmet kitchen with hand-painted Terra Nova tiles, a delightful guest casita, and numerous outdoor living spaces with sweeping views, including a balcony with a fireplace.

Offered at: $4,895,000
Location: 7549 Canada Vista Court, Monterey, CA 93940


Wine Country Villa

This unique estate in Glen Ellen combines timeless Mediterranean styling with modern comforts and conveniences. Hallmarks of the three-bedroom home include lofty ceilings, plentiful windows and French doors, and a magnificent sunroom and conservatory. The 15.48-acre property features 900 olive trees that produce an award-winning oil, mature cypress trees, a wine cave, pristine equestrian facilities, idyllic outdoor spaces that include a pool and a bocce court, and lovely landscaping and gardens inspired by the Tuscan countryside.

Offered at: $3,650,000
Location: 8189 Sonoma Mountain Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442


Classical Elegance

An air of Old World refinement pervades this stunning 8,953-square-foot villa steps from the ocean in Palm Beach. The six-bedroom Mediterranean-inspired estate features a dramatic double staircase, an elevator, colonnaded cloisters, impressive fireplaces, pecky cypress ceilings, elegant use of tile and decorative ironwork, graceful arches, balconies with ocean views, and a separate guesthouse. The refreshing swimming pool is surrounded by a lush lawn, mature palms, and a classical fountain. Deeded beach rights are a welcome extra.

Offered at: $11,795,000
Location: 110 Clarendon Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480



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