Tour a Chic Contemporary Château in Houston

This striking 8,159-square-foot estate—designed by celebrated interior architect Lauren Rottet and built in 2013—re-envisions a French country château through a modern lens. Exemplifying crisp contemporary design, the lines of its façade are softened by handsome rustic materials, from reclaimed wood to Texas limestone and clay roof tiles imported from France. Elegant entertaining is clearly a…

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Tour Santa Fe’s Villa del Alma

Santa Fe is known for its unique blend of cultures — the architecture, food, and traditions of Native American, European, and Anglo people interweave easily here, creating a rich, enchanting tapestry. That easy blend is readily apparent at this unique estate deep in the hills north of Santa Fe, where classical elements combine in a…

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Tour a Darien Estate with Stunning Water Views

The rarefied Darien address of this unique eight-bedroom estate puts it in an enviable position, directly on Noroton Harbor, on the coast of the Long Island Sound, where views of the dazzling water are uninterrupted. Clear evenings reveal views of the Manhattan skyline and twinkling lights. The home’s original footprint was created in 1915, when…

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Tour Artist Fernando Botero’s Upper East Side Home and Art Studio

Much like the portraits and still lifes for which internationally acclaimed Colombian artist Fernando Botero is known, the views from this spectacular condominium residence are outsize, generous, and bold. The home’s style, too, is impressive and ambitious, thanks to a high-contemporary design by architect Juan Montoya, a fellow Colombian and a fixture of Architectural Digest‘s…

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Tour an Elegant Houston Residence with a Unique Heritage

Behind a low, ivy-covered brick wall in River Oaks, perhaps Houston’s most exclusive residential enclave, this 9,057-square-foot New England Colonial-style home is suffused with a sense of timeless American charm and Southern grace. Designed by architect J. T. Rather for George R. Brown—the construction magnate and philanthropist for whom the city’s convention center is named—the…

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Tour Tommy Hilfiger’s $50 Million Penthouse in the Plaza Hotel

Few things epitomize luxurious Americana quite like Tommy Hilfiger and his brand. A majestic penthouse atop the legendary Plaza Residences on Central Park South is a fitting setting for the fashion and lifestyle designer to choose for his one-of-a-kind residence, where rooms are grandly proportioned and classically detailed and views sweep across Fifth Avenue and…

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Tour a Classic Tudor-Style Estate in Midcountry Greenwich

Displaying many of the eye-catching characteristics of Tudor architecture —gracefully pitched rooflines, decorative half timbering, elaborate stonework — this truly classic estate in midcountry Greenwich includes a light-filled main manor of approximately 10,000 square feet and a charming guesthouse and pool cabaña. Encompassing an impressive circular entry courtyard, grand specimen trees, spectacular gardens, lush lawns,…

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Tour a Magnificent New-Construction Estate in Encino, California

The history of Encino, California, can be traced back to Spanish expeditions in the 1760s, and while this striking home of approximately 14,000 square feet is of thoroughly new construction, it boasts a classic elegance fitting its enduring location. Soaring ceilings and a sweeping double staircase introduce the refinement and grandeur that characterize nearly every…

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Tour an Iconic Hamptons Oceanfront Estate

Cresting a dune between the Atlantic Ocean and historic Georgica Pond, this iconic three-story oceanfront estate is a Hamptons landmark, one of the most widely recognized houses on the beach. In 1877, shipbuilders and carpenters constructed it for a descendant of 18th-century Congregationalist theologian Jonathan Edwards. In the ensuing decades, it has withstood storms, played…

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Tour a Grand Mediterranean Estate in Carmel

Within the exclusive environs of the Tehàma Golf Club community, this Mediterranean estate, inspired by the distinctive style of Tuscany, sits at the heart of roughly 16.9 acres with magnificent vistas of mountains, tree-covered hills, sunsets, and the waters of Monterey Bay. The uncommon refinement begins with a majestic arched iron gate, which gives way…

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Tour Isla Cielo – a Striking Contemporary Masterpiece in Santa Fe

When Santa Fe is the topic of discussion, modern architecture doesn’t exactly spring to mind. In this—one of the oldest cities in North America, where the still-standing governor’s “palace” dates to 1610—adobe walls, kiva fireplaces with soft organic curves, and wood-beamed portales lined with chile ristras are the order of the day, less so the…

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