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This penthouse is perched atop the historic 1923 Granada Theatre building, one of the tallest in Santa Barbara, a city on the California coast. Overlooking downtown, the Pacific Ocean, the harbor, the Channel Islands, and the surrounding Santa Ynez Mountains, this apartment offers “amazing, panoramic views,” said Cristal Clarke, the listing agent with Sotheby’s International Realty Montecito. ⠀

A combination of urban living, unparalleled views, and the size of the property (over 3,000 square feet) makes this a one-of-a-kind home.⠀

While the rest of the building is zoned for commercial use, the top two floors are occupied by two penthouse apartments.⠀

“There is just nothing like this in Santa Barbara. Most condominiums downtown are much smaller in square footage,” Ms. Clarke said.⠀

“The current owner bought the property as a shell,” Ms. Clarke said, and as she completed the apartment, “she did everything with impeccable taste.” French white oak floors, natural materials, and crisp, white walls and marble throughout the open-floor plan give the entire home a feeling of serenity and easygoing sophistication.⠀

This 3,367-square-foot penthouse apartment has two bedrooms, two full baths, and one half bath. There’s also an additional office. #ListingOfTheDay

It’s not outside the realm of possibility that this penthouse has the best view of any residential property in London.⠀

Practically touching distance from Tower Bridge, on the edge of the Thames, The High Command, as it’s called, is at the top of the historic Anchor Brewhouse, formerly the Courage Brewery, and was designed to “picture frame” the British icon through floor-to-ceiling glazing the width of both the seventh and eighth floors.⠀

Many other icons, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard and the Gherkin, are on display from the penthouse’s four floors and five terraces.⠀

In fact, one of the biggest draws of this apartment is the abundance of outside space, at an “almost unheard of” 2,000 square feet, according to listing agent James Hyman of Cluttons LLP Tower Bridge. Most river apartments in London are on the south side of the river, which means they do not get much light and sun on balconies and terraces. High Command has terraces located on both sides of the property.⠀

“Anybody with in excess of £10 million (US$12.9 million) to spend, who wants river aspect and a Central London location, would not be able to find another apartment that offers better views,” Mr. Hyman said.⠀

Set over 4,280 square feet, the penthouse has four bedrooms and three full bathrooms plus five separate outdoor “entertaining and viewing” terraces. #ListingOfTheDay

Located in Sands Point, a tony hamlet on the North Shore of Long Island that reportedly inspired the setting of “The Great Gatsby,” this home on Old House Lane is one of the largest certified green homes in the country.⠀

“It has reclaimed water, solar systems, geothermal heating and cooling,” said listing agent Shawn Elliott, of @shawnelliottluxuryrealestate. “ These things cost millions to put into the house but do make it eco friendly,” he said. Gardens on the roof grow vegetables and also insulate the home to offset heating needs.⠀

Built in 2014 by the architecture firm Narofsky Architecture with the intent of housing three generations of a family, two wings fan off of a large, multipurpose living room.⠀

It was originally listed for $38 million in 2015 by the owner, technology executive Sonny Chabra.⠀

Set on a 3.7 waterfront lot, the 16,000-square-foot home features eight bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and four half baths. #ListingOfTheDay

You won’t know where the house ends and nature begins in this Vail Valley home, called Walden House.⠀

The name comes from the fact that there’s a private pond on the property, and its secluded nature is reminiscent of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond. All water activities (boating, fishing, skating) are exclusively for use by the Walden House owner, though the pond does also provide water for the Cattleman’s Club homeowner association.⠀

Designed by renowned architect Annabelle Selldorf, whose designs include New York City’s Neue Gallery, the house is built around an enclosed, landscaped courtyard and features enormous windows in every room, the better to take in the stunning mountain vista. It is about 15 miles from Vail, a popular and posh ski resort.⠀

The house is 11,869 square feet, and includes seven bedrooms, eight full baths and one partial bath. It sits on a 105.63-acre property.⠀

There is an also a two-bed, two-bath guest/caretaker unit (at 1,354 square feet) on the property.⠀

In addition, there are two contiguous 35-acre lots being sold separately. 420 Saddle Horn Way and 765 Saddle Horn Way are asking $3.5 million each. #ListingOfTheDay

Vineyards, views of the Pyrenees and visions of 17th-century duels are some of the highlights of the Chȃteau D’Arricau-Bordes.⠀

Located in the countryside in southwest France, the property has wine-making history, as well as ties to a real-life musketeer and a British military hero. But it’s not just the place’s pedigree that makes it enticing—the chȃteau has been restored to a high standard and been outfitted with modern amenities.⠀

“It’s an impressive and beautifully finished property,” said Jack Harris, an agent with London-based @knightfrank. “It’s got its own grounds, its own hobby vineyard … and views of the mountains.”⠀

And compared to similar properties elsewhere in France, the price is very attractive. In fact, the price has come down about €1 million over the last 18 months, Mr. Harris said.⠀

Restorations on the centuries-old chȃteau were taken up in the 1970s, when the building was close to ruin.⠀

“Quite often you’ll find when chȃteaus are restored, they deck them out in completely contemporary fittings,” Mr. Harris said. “This has been very tastefully done; they left a lot of the original features.”⠀

That includes the original fireplaces, wooden beams and stone walls, he said, as well as a stone spiral staircase which leads to the main building’s third floor. Like any good chȃteau, there are numerous reception areas, including a formal living room, a billiards room and a drinks parlor.⠀

The roof has also been recently restored, so potential buyers don’t have to worry. “Other places require a huge amount of work,” Mr. Harris said. “Not just time and money, but energy.”⠀

The current owners, a British family, don’t spend as much time there as they once did.⠀

The seven-bedroom, five-bathroom chateau sits on more than 34 acres of gardens, vineyards and woodlands. There’s also a three-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage on the property. #ListingOfTheDay

Among the vistas you can see from this cliffside home in Laguna Beach, California, are Catalina Island, a rocky channel island that serves as a summer escape point for Angelenos, and through to the stunning private beach of Irvine Cove.⠀

“Nobody can deny that the ocean views and the sunsets, from this house, are breathtaking,” said co-listing agent Gina Blancarte of @theagencyre.⠀

Geographically, the home is located on Emerald Point, a rocky outcropping sandwiched between two picturesque coves, Cameo and Emerald Bay, in the Emerald Bay community. “It’s an exclusive, guard-gated community of 500 homes,” Ms. Blancarte said. “This community is very active and, within the gates, the residents enjoy amenities like professional tennis courts, a community pool and spa, a park and clubhouse, and beach volleyball.”⠀

Inside, the master bedroom is spacious, offering a private office area, a terrace and dressing areas. The master bathroom comes complete with a soaking tub, thoughtfully positioned for maximum views. The communal spaces have been designed to bring the outdoors in with retractable walls of windows.⠀

“What’s quite impressive is the interior of the home, which is done in Venetian plaster from floor to ceiling,” Ms. Blancarte said. “You walk in and your eye focuses on these beautiful, white Venetian plaster walls and you think that you’re somewhere like Mykonos, Greece. Then, around every corner you have perfectly framed pictures of the ocean view via these massive windows,” she added.⠀

Five bedrooms and seven full bathrooms fill out the floorplan of this 7,078-square-foot space (the lot size is 13,812 square feet). #ListingOfTheDay

Back Bay, Boston, is known for its remarkably well-preserved Victorian row houses. “It’s one of the most desired neighborhoods in Boston,” said listing agent Beth Dickerson of @gibson_sir.⠀

And here’s a chance to get into a row house that’s unlike any other in the area, as it’s actually two, combined by some of the design industry’s greatest talents, into one. “Each of the row homes were originally built as single-family units in 1860,” Ms. Dickerson said.“⠀

In 1990, a developer had the opportunity to purchase both homes and create five individual condominiums. Guy Grassi and Bunny Williams combined two of those (units 1 and 3)” into one large, extra-wide unit, which is what’s up for sale now. The remodeled condominium is 45 feet wide.⠀

“The buyer who is most fit for this home is someone who loves to entertain and someone who loves Old World character with a modern twist,” Ms. Dickerson said.⠀

The two combined units are now one seamless apartment, with a parlor, a second floor, and garden-level floor that offer 5,410 square feet of living space. There could be anywhere from three to six bedrooms, depending on how the buyer chooses to use the spare rooms. There’s a garden patio and a rooftop deck, as well as a four-car garage. #ListingOfTheDay

This grand villa on the southwest coast of Sol de Mallorca is about 15 minutes from the island’s capital city of Palma. “The area is sort of a consolidated tourist and residential stretch of beach,” said Mark Harvey of @knightfrank.⠀

The home is perched high on the cliffs, overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean. When the home was built just over eight years ago, the technology used to build on the rock face “was an engineering feat in and of itself,” Mr. Harvey said. Situated in a quiet “villa district,” the property is surrounded by pine forests, while numerous terraces overlook the water. A secluded bay below the villa is accessible by a private stone staircase.⠀

The home’s Mediterranean architecture and styling is timeless, while it was built “using the finest technology and materials available,” Mr. Harvey said. The materials “from the marble floors, the choice of limestone, the stone on the terraces— it’s all incredible. The overall effect is that the home is very grand, yet comfortable.”⠀

With 1,081 square meters (over 11,600 square feet) of living space, this four-story villa includes seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in the main living area, as well as two guest apartments with a private entrance on the lower level. All furnishings are included in the sale of the property. #ListingOfTheDay

Perched on a forested bluff along the Colorado River by Lake Travis is a singular white dwelling that takes advantage of its sweeping views via expansive windows and multiple balconies.⠀

This architectural marvel’s two-story height further boosts the home’s vantage point, which enjoys stunning sunsets all year round.⠀

“My favorite features of the home are the views and, really, the overall design of the house, which is architecturally spectacular,” owner John Dietrich said. “There are no blinds and the main living area upstairs has exquisite cutouts.”⠀

There are teardrop cutouts in the ceiling as well as in the master bathroom, Mr. Dietrich said.⠀

Though known locally by its nickname, “The Mushroom House,” the home’s designer, John Covert Watson, was inspired by a sand dollar (which an aerial view of the home makes clear).⠀

“The home is attracting one-of-a-kind buyers who understand the significance of the structure and the architecture,” he added.⠀

The 2,240-square-foot three-bedroom home has two full bathrooms and one half bathroom. The 12,393-square-foot lot includes a private backyard. #ListingOfTheDay

For those who enjoy drinking in Napa Valley views while drinking the region’s premier wines, this 40-plus acre vineyard estate could be the perfect place.⠀

From the property’s gate, a long driveway leads to the expansive motor court and an immensely private, custom-built primary residence complete with high-end finishes and materials, soaring ceilings and French doors throughout. But its most unique feature is within the grounds: A seven-acre vineyard has been producing premier wines since 2003.⠀

“This is a unique opportunity of not just buying the property and the vineyard, but also buying the premier wine business established in 1998,” said Olivia Hsu Decker of @goldengatesir. “Its wine inventory, equipment, marketing network and wine club members are also included in this sale. This would give the buyer an instant estate home, vineyard and a turnkey wine business—it’s all ready to go.”⠀

Nestled on 42 acres, the 12,000-square-foot residence has seven bedrooms and six full bathrooms. In addition, the property includes a 2.25-acre cleared site (far above the house and the vineyards) with stunning panoramic views of the whole Napa Valley. #ListingOfTheDay

This three-bedroom apartment was part of a major renovation of Maui’s Montage Kapalua Bay resort in 2014, which cost a reported $15 million.⠀

The verdant land where the resort and residences stand was once used as a plantation.⠀

“The area is steeped in history,” said Tina Necrason, senior vice president of residential for Montage International, the company that operates the residences.⠀

Everything at the resort is geared toward families, she said, citing the hotel’s wide array of cultural activities that make residents and guests feel “a part of the [island] community.” Whether it’s making leis with the resort’s cultural ambassador, touring the island’s historical museums, or learning to hula and play ukulele, the resort offers many opportunities to experience the island culture.⠀

Summing up the resort’s atmosphere, Ms. Necrason said Montage Kapalua Bay is best described as “relaxed ultra-luxury.”⠀

The residence’s interior has an open layout designed to naturally incorporate a view of the palm- strewn coastline. “Everything really flows seamlessly from the indoors to the outdoors,” Ms. Necrason said of the sixth-floor residence, which offers views of Kapalua’s coastline, Molokai, and Maui’s sunset from its own 628 square-foot lanai (or porch).⠀

Completely turnkey, the residence also includes furnishings provided by Bassman and Blaine Interiors. Relaxed wicker furniture provides a beachside feel from the privacy of the residence’s lanai, while textured wood pieces, such as a petrified wood side table, remind the homeowner of the lush natural landscape just beyond their doorstep.⠀

An outdoor barbecue and a large indoor kitchen island offer ample opportunity to bring the outdoor cookout inside. #ListingOfTheDay

The commute to and from Silicon Valley is infamously difficult, but imagine how sweet life could be if you could not only live about six minutes away from Sandhill Road, where all the biggest venture capital firms call home, and just a dozen or so miles from the headquarter campuses in Menlo Park. Such would be the paradise of inhabiting this home.⠀

Not to mention the commute itself: “Driving home,” said listing agent Judy Citron, “you feel like you’re in Muir Woods, or the South of France.”⠀

The property itself spans 7.7 acres of private manicured grounds, including a pool and poolhouse, several meditation spots, a fitness room, a guest house, several gardens, and a newly up-and-running Pinot Noir vineyard with over 400 plants (the first harvest was this year!).⠀

And the house, a mid-century modern masterpiece, first built in 1958, was recently renovated to highlight its original charm, but include all the modern updates of a true tech-elite lifestyle.⠀

“User-friendly” is probably the best way to describe its perfect streamlining of function and form. “Everything just glides,” Ms. Citron said. “The grounds, the house—everything is so manicured and flows in such a logical way. It’s absolutely breathtaking.” The renovation not only restored the home’s beauty, but its infrastructure as well: there’s an extensive new draining system that withstood the torrential rains of last winter, “which really speaks to the integrity and the future of the home.”⠀

As to the panoramic views of the Bay Area: “You can see Stanford’s Hoover Tower, rolling hills, the Bay, all the way across the Bay—it just goes on and on. Because the house sits in its own microclimate, you can see the fog roll in toward the coast without obstructing the view. It looks like cotton candy—even on a rainy day you can see for miles—because the home is perched on a mountain that allows you to sit above the weather changes. It has its own little cove,” Ms. Citron said.⠀

All this, and so close to town? “It’s almost unheard of in the Bay Area,” Ms. Citron said. “It’s jaw-dropping.” #ListingOfTheDay

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