Seven Kitchens that Offer the Perfect Recipe for Entertaining

A formula that combines style, comfort, and functionality makes the kitchen a space where people want to gather. In estates from Manhattan to Monterey, kitchens with fluid floor plans, superior appliances, and refined surfaces help guests feel welcome and hosts at ease.

Whitehall: A Modern Napa Valley Vineyard Estate

Blurring the lines between architecture and art, this peerless Napa Valley estate sets a new standard for luxurious modern living. At the heart of the four-bedroom main residence — in a space with an easy, gracious flow perfectly suited for entertaining — is a sun-drenched state-of-the-art kitchen with a spacious island and strikingly chic surfaces. A family room adjoins, and both are linked with alfresco living and entertaining areas, including a state-of-the-art outdoor culinary center and the home’s infinity-edge swimming pool.

Offered at: $42,000,000
Location: 1561 S Whitehall Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574

The House of Ki

In the kitchen of this stunning 14,868-square-foot contemporary estate in Houston, cabinetry and paneling are crafted from eye-catching zebra and limba wood, and the island is wrapped in striking rare golden onyx. Architects Stern & Bucek designed the home’s fluid open floor plan, with a welcoming living area steps away, allowing for the easiest of entertaining. Expansive walls of glass give way to a patio overlooking the pool and lush 8.7-acre grounds, affording the opportunity for fabulous indoor-outdoor festivities.

Offered at: $35,000,000
Location: 27 Mott Lane, Houston, TX 77024

Greenwich Sanctuary

Clean, crisp, and full of light, the kitchen of this six-bedroom, 12,078-square-foot home in Greenwich exemplifies its unique combination of classic details and contemporary ambience. Renovated in 2014, it features a soaring 11-foot ceiling, two islands, professional-caliber stainless-steel appliances, Waterworks tiles, built-in shelving, abundant cabinet space, and richly hued hardwood floors. An adjacent butler’s pantry is a welcome addition for the entertainer, with marble countertops, a wine chiller, and extensive cabinetry for glassware.

Offered at: $11,000,000
Location: 32 Vineyard Lane, Greenwich, CT 06831

212 Fifth Avenue

The building at 212 Fifth Avenue, designed in 1912 by Schwartz & Gross and restored by Helpern Architects and the internationally acclaimed design firm of Pembrooke & Ives, features generous proportions and a wealth of distinctive architectural features. This three-bedroom 11th-floor residence accommodates the finest contemporary living and entertaining, with a chic, spacious kitchen that includes an island and countertops of four-inch-thick Calacatta marble, custom milled-wood cabinets, top-of-the-line Gaggenau appliances, and oversized windows offering a rarefied view.

Offered at: $7,450,000
Location: 212 Fifth Avenue, Apt 11B, New York, NY 10010

Palm Beach Modern Majesty

The open floor plan of this striking modern Florida home measures 11,126 square feet and includes five bedrooms and six baths. The core of the home is the generous light-filled living area, which encompasses dining space, a cozy sitting area with a fireplace, and an impressive kitchen with sleek white surfaces, handsome contrasting wood cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, and two islands, one that seats four comfortably. Expanses of glass open to the enticing outdoor swimming pool and the peaceful 20-acre grounds beyond.

Offered at: $4,950,000
Location: 1901 Se Ranch Rd, Jupiter, FL 33478

An Entertainer’s Dream in Los Angeles

This stunning architectural masterpiece offering commanding views and a stunning swimming pool, allows for quintessential indoor-outdoor California living. Sophisticated design and generous proportions are its hallmarks, with airy ceilings and a flowing open floor plan, the heart of which is a sleek gourmet kitchen with an island seating for four. An entertainer’s dream, it adjoins the living room and opens to outdoor living area with sweeping views of the San Fernando Valley.

Offered at: $4,895,000
Location: 2660 Skywin Way, Los Angeles, CA 90046

New Modern Living in Amagansett

Designed by award-winning architect Andrew Pollock, this new modern Hamptons home features seven bedrooms and expansive walls of glass offering seemingly endless views across an open field. Nowhere is glass put to more dramatic effect than in the magnificent main living area, which encompasses a chef’s kitchen with pietra cardosa counters, custom teak cabinetry, and appliances from Wolf, Miele, Bosh, and Sub-Zero. The space easily accommodates a crowd, with generous seating space and doors nearby to a mahogany deck and the heated swimming pool.

Offered at: $4,495,000
Location: 22 Scrimshaw Lane, Amagansett, NY 11930

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