Our 10 Most Distinguished European Properties

A continent of disparate countries creating a hotbed of culture and history, Europe is seen by many as the center of the world. It’s no coincidence that it almost always appears in the middle of world maps. 

When did it all start? In the medieval times of Castles and royalty? Maybe it was the age of exploration. It doesn’t really much matter because Europe is eclectic in nature, as most things are, but the special thing about Europe is that it bears so much of its past in its everyday life.

We can visit those castles, can see Vermeer’s lapis lazuli, walk original cobblestone streets peppered with ancient cathedrals, even smell what Sean Maguire smelled in the Sistine Chapel.

All these parts of history coming together to form the continent we know today. In everything from bloody histories to study abroad stories, the continent’s eclectic nature is clear to see on almost any scale. We even get to see that diversity in our list! 

Everything from contemporary estates to historic villas, here are the ten most luxurious properties we have for sale throughout Europe!

10. Kapellen, Antwerp, Belgium

Price Tag: $6,681,637

Nestled in the forest of Kapellen, this villa has exceptional views of the Royal Antwerp Golf Course. Incredibly modern, still in its infancy at five years old, this clean-cut behemoth sits on an expansive 100,233 square foot lot. The living area coming in at an astounding 12,163 square feet of living space still leaves a plethora of room, even when accounting for the in-ground pool. Thanks to the architect, who was no stranger to the effects of natural light in interior spaces, we have a beautiful home to start our list.

9. Loule, Faro, Portugal

Price Tag: $7,424,040

An impressive driveway brings us through the door to the grand hall of this beach style villa. The coastal vibes are further enhanced by the ocean view, bright interior colors, and the villa’s short distance from both the beach and the Ria Formosa natural park. Pool privacy is preserved by meticulously maintained and well-laid gardens. With a lot size of 41,440 square feet, and a living space of just over 5,000, the additional plot of land has full building rights and limitless potential. Five en-suite bedrooms, seven baths, this 2002 home is the perfect perch for the successful thalassophile.

8. Budapest, Hungary: Villa Christina

Price Tag: $9,023,065

During the reign of King Matthias, the area where this villa lies was managed by the crown. These old hunting grounds are one of the most sought after residential areas in Budapest.

An environmentally friendly, modern minimalist mansion. It’s fitted with vanguard tech, ranging from security, to earthquake protection, to controlling the whole compound from your smart device. Emphasis on modern, this 2015 home is state-of-the-art.

With a lot size of about 35,000, and a living space of just over 23,000, to call it spacious is an insult. Some of that space is dedicated to the spa in the basement, fit with saunas, a steam room, salt caves, solariums, and even a tepidarium.

This property is one you have to see for yourself, though, you’ll only be amazed. To understand a villa like this, you’ll have to experience it for yourself.

7. Berlin-Dahlem, Germany

Price Tag: $10,648,405

Wrought iron and shrubbery envelop this palatial German villa. Built in 2006, 20,020 square feet of living space, upon first glance this building is undeniably impressive. More full baths than there are bedrooms, and as many indoor pools as there are kitchens, the interior is a must-see as well. Aesthetically reminiscent of Olympian gods, modernized and exemplified, especially in the pool room, this villa is hard to forget.

6. Tannay, Switzerland

Price Tag: $15,482,000

Switzerland! Home to some of the world’s best skiing, the world’s best chocolate, and the best option we had for number six on this list. 5,400 square feet of living space, sitting atop 24,000 square feet of land, this home was only missing one thing. It wasn’t a pool, no, it has a beautiful one of those. It was missing a homeowner, but then you came along. Once you reach out to us here at Castles, we’ll be happy to help make your transition seamless and painless.

5. Ramatuelle, Saint-Tropez, France: Villa Salmanazar

Price Tag: $20,776,445

There may not be a human alive that could argue the fact that France, home to our number five pick, is one of the most breath-taking, romantic locales on the planet. This sprawling estate, aptly named not after the biblical king, but the nine-liter large format wine bottle, is a force to be reckoned with. Dormant amongst the hills of Ramatuelle, Provencal-style and Saint-Tropez flair synthesize into this beauty.

Easy access to le Cote d’Azur, and privacy from the tourists. While it exudes a beach club feeling, upon entering it’s clear that the villa is well-suited for family living as well. A two-hour drive from the nearest airport, fifteen minutes from Saint-Tropez as we know it, and five minutes from Club 55, this property is malleable. It is exactly what you need it to be.

4. Lake Como, Brunate, Italy

Price Tag: $22,660,000

Two wings coming together with two styles to form this Italian villa tucked amongst the trees overlooking Lake Como. Views of the Alps, including Mont Blanc, are enough to give people their first understanding of what everyone in the know means by “the great outdoors.” The south wing was built neo-Louis XV style, while the north wing boasts a modern rationalist style. Various artists, architects, and designers have their marks all over this estate; art blessing the walls and ceilings of numerous rooms.

In addition to these two wings, there’s a separate villa meant for the staff needed to maintain 12,702 square feet of living space sitting on top of 269,107 square feet of land. Yes, that was typed correctly. 269,000 square feet of land. With various parts of this property resembling the more visually stunning stills from the internationally multi-award winning film “Call Me by Your Name,” this is one you’ll want to see.

3. Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Price Tag: $29,307,072

Built in 2017, almost 12,000 square feet of living space, this is one of the most impressive modern penthouses you’ll ever see. We promise.

2. San Rafael, Ibiza, Spain

Price Tag: $51,074,322

If Avicii were alive today, he would agree, this equestrian territory is cool. We’re positive he would have stronger words, but we’re speechless. If you’re into numbers, you’ll love to hear that this compound boasts almost 22,000 square feet of living space. Whether you’re into numbers or not, you’ll be astonished to hear we called it a “territory” because it exists on 861,094 square feet of land. Imagine the potential for events! One main house, two side houses for the staff, enough room to raise around one hundred horses, a path with over one hundred olive trees, three huge terraces, plenty of wrought iron and natural stone walls, an eight car garage, and a bathing lake for the horses. In, of all places, Ibiza. You can understand our shock.

1. Mosina, Poland

Price Tag: $59,068,115

30,000,000 square feet. Thirty million square feet.

An estate in a national park, overlooking the Warta River where we find a private marina. Europe’s most well-equipped polo club, and an indoor practice facility, exist on the grounds. Tournaments are held either in the lit arena, or the other two fields. The villa also contains:

  • A ballroom featuring a hand painted ceiling and crystal chandeliers
  • A library/cigar lounge
  • A mahogany paneled dining room
  • Owner’s kitchen equipped with Clive Christian furniture
  • A study
  • White marble floors in the main lobby accompanying the swimming pool
  • Stables for sixty horses
  • Glass sunroom
  • Summer and winter paddocks
  • A 1,400 square foot country-style guest house with five suites
  • An oak paneled tennis court of 2,800 square meters
  • An office building of 1,600 square meters connected to the carriage house

The main building has four floors consisting of almost 10,000 square meters. Altogether, we’re looking at 14 bedrooms, 25 full baths, 15 half baths, and 40,000 square feet of living space.

It is safe to say that the biggest price tag on our list is warranted.

That concludes Our Top 10 Most Distinguished European Properties! All of these properties are available for purchase through the representation of Castles Unlimited. Please feel free to contact us with any inquiries, as we’re looking forward to touring and meeting the horses.

California Rentals Added to Castles Magazine Listings

Castles Magazine has added several luxury rental properties in California to its listings! Here’s a quick look at what’s new:

LOS ANGELES

8157 Laurel View Drive

Features:
– 4 bed, 4 bath
– eat-in chef’s kitchen
– high ceilings
– pool and outdoor dining area
– balconies

12258 Richwood Drive

Features:
– 5 bed, 6 bath
– culdesac property
– gated community
– pool

ORANGE COUNTY

45 Linda Isle

Features:
– 4 bed, 5 bath
– waterfront, includes dock
– pre-installed security system
– space for office, screening room,
gym/yoga room

521 Seaview Street

Features:
– 3 bed, 3 bath
– minutes from the beach
– private drive
– fully furnished
– bbq grill, outdoor dining area
– 360 views of mountains,
ocean, and Catalina Island

 

Beachfront Estate in Turks and Caicos

Point House rests on the northern beach of Parrot Cay boasting 5 bedrooms over 7,000 square feet of luxury living space. Bordering the pristine Nature Reserve, Rocky Point, Point House enjoys solace and serene privacy. Not far away are the COMO Parrot Cay award-winning resort amenities and facilities. Continue reading

Great Island Cape Cod Estate for $9,999,999

63 Smiths Point Road
West Yarmouth, MA

Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5.5
Living Area: 7,866 square feet
Lot Size: 3.82 acres
Price: $9,999,999

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Great Island, one of the most treasured and desirable communities on Cape Cod, known for its privacy, security and amenities is home to this magnificent sea side residence. Offering luxurious living space, panoramic ocean views and access to tennis courts, golf course and private beach club, this stunning residence is situated on 3.82-acres with approximately 640-feet of private sugar sand beach. Private deep water slip on shared heavy-timber dock in protected waters of Uncle Roberts Cove provides immediate access to Nantucket Sound and Islands. Potential guest suite above detached garage. Truly a rare and unique opportunity to own and enjoy a generational quality estate.

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Iconic Mercer Island Waterfront Estate

Southpointe
Mercer Island, Washington

Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5.5
Lot Size: .5 acres
Living Area: 5,370 square feet
Year Built: 1990
Price: $7,950,000

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Sitting at the southernmost tip of Mercer Island awaits Southpointe. Boasting 147 feet of no bank, south facing waterfront, this impeccable 5 bedroom, 4.75 bath estate has the most phenomenal views and privacy of any home on Lake Washington. Mt. Rainier in all its splendor, takes center stage in the jaw dropping 180-degree view.

With the utmost attention to detail, this iconic home was completely renovated to include all new baths, gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, new roof, driveway, furnaces, new deck and 42 pin pilers placed along the water’s edge to ensure the stability of the shoreline.

The main floor offers a master suites with private deck and separate mother-in-laws quarters boasting a spacious living area perfect for an office, den or media room. The lower level adorns three additional bedrooms including a grand master suite with his and her closets and separate dressing areas, gas fireplace, inspiring water views and a luxurious spa-like bath.

With parking for seven cars, enjoy hosting family and friends to celebrate in the beauty of this marvelous estate. Offering floor to ceiling windows throughout the main level, the views are an ever changing vista of waterfront living at its best.

The backyard is an entertainer’s oasis. An intimate fire pit ideal for unwinding after a long day’s work, a stunning upper deck perfect for large cocktail parties or al fresco dining, and lush green gardens irrigated from the lake, enjoy a slice of paradise every time you step outside. A covered dock with boat lift capable of housing a 30 foot boat, a tie up space for a larger yacht and jet ski lift, come home by land or water and feel like you’ve arrived.

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Infamous Helmer Castle in Jackson Michigan Now On The Market

7300 South Draper Road
Jackson, MI

Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Lot Size: 20 acres
Year Built: 1920
Price Upon Request

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Step into the castle and step back in time to a home modeled after a fifth-century castle built near Nuremberg, Germany. Crafted in the 1920s in Jackson, Michigan by eccentric concert violinist Max Helmer, the local Liberace of his day, the Castle’s fascination, history and folklore are legendary.  Situated on a private 20-acre estate, with nearly a mile of scenic driveways through a beautiful hardwood forest, the legendary “Castle”, as it’s known in the state is located on the highest point in south central lower Michigan.

The Castle, constructed with over 500 tons of fieldstone and steel reinforcement include a dungeon below grade which is accessed through a trap door. The walls of the home are over three feet thick at the base with a lookout/sundeck on the top of the massive 7 story tower which is accessed by an iron spiral staircase. In total, the Castle has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and five fireplaces.

Located not far from metro Detroit, it is near the Michigan International Speedway and the college towns of Ann Arbor and Lansing. This beautiful rolling hills property in the Great Lakes state is surrounded by countless inland lakes and countryside, perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. The estate itself offers extraordinary hunting, hiking and year round nature lover opportunity.

Although this unique estate has been a primary residence for the past 35 years, the future offers unlimited possibilities. For example, these include but are not limited to; vacation home/rental, new single family home development, golf course development, special event venue, lodging for visiting NASCAR race enthusiasts and U of M or MSU activities.

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Video Tour of Mansion In Coral Gables for $7.9M

Address: 26 Tahiti Beach Island, Coral Gables
Price: $7,950,000
Beds: 5
Full Baths: 5
Half Baths: 2
Lot Size: 1 Acre

About

Timeless Palladian residence situated on an acre of private estate on Tahiti Beach Island. There is a grand entrance with a 2-story foyer. The interior is complete with elegantly understated details including coffered ceilings and white on white boiserie. The gourmet kitchen has an oversized marble island and opens to a large covered terrace. The 2-story family room opens to the colonnade overlooking the pool and beautiful landscaped grounds. The fully equipped gym and home theater complete the house.

Award Winning New Zealand Smart Home

243 Lower Shotover Road
Queenstown, New Zealand

Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 5
Living area: 4,004 square feet
Lot size: 1.5 acres
Price: $2,074,756

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This residence was the winner of the Gold Award and Lifestyle Award for the Southern Region at the 2015 Registered Master Builder House of the Year Awards. Built to the highest quality and immaculately finished, this home exudes contemporary design an comfort.

Precast concrete panels, both inside and out, contrast perfectly with soft timber floors and feature wood paneling to create warmth and luxury throughout. Full-height windows in the four bedrooms (each with en-suite bathrooms) and living areas take advantage of all day sun and sweeping views of Coronet Peak and The Remarkables mountain range.

Integrated with superior technology, the home offers outstanding controllability. Security, blinds, temperature and sound systems are controlled through electronic touch pads that can be monitored internationally.

Perfect for entertaining, large living spaces flow seamlessly onto a north facing sheltered outdoor patio area with its own feature dining table with built-in barbecue.

The impeccable modern finishes are further complemented by the latest in energy efficiency features which include a ground source hat field, solar water hating panels and double glazed treated windows.
 
 
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Park Avenue Penthouse for $10,750,000

1130 Park Avenue
New York, New York

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 4
Year Built: 1927
Price: $10,750,000

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This modern penthouse apartment is a stunning, light-filled sanctuary in one of Manhattan’s most distinguished white-glove cooperatives on Park Avenue. Beautifully constructed, not a single detail has been overlooked in this elegantly renovated and sophisticated 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom Carnegie Hill home.

Enter from the semi-private landing into the sun-filled, expansive living-dining space with soaring 10-foot high beam ceilings, an elegant marble wood-burning fireplace and custom French doors that lead to the sweeping 70-foot terrace perched high above Park Avenue with scenic city views to the East River. With fantastic outdoor access and lovely indoor spaces, this home provides the perfect setting for versatile entertaining.

The spacious chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry, honed stone countertops and top-of-the-line appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking vented cooktop, oven and warming drawer, built-in Miele espresso maker and Viking wine refrigerator will delight even the most discerning chef.

Three meticulously appointed bedrooms offer comfort and tranquility. The luxurious master bedroom suite with its large picture window has an impressive walk-in closet and direct access to the terrace through two sets of French doors. The generously-sized second bedroom includes an en suite marble bath and Central Park Reservoir views, and the third bedroom, currently functioning as a library with pocket doors, features custom built-in cabinetry and bookshelves and fantastic sunlight thanks to an oversized single-paned double glazed window, one of many throughout the apartment. There is also a large powder room off the hallway which can easily be converted into a full bath.

The staff room, also with Central Park views and an adjoining full bathroom, is a private retreat, accessible from the rear hallway off the kitchen. Given its separation from the rest of the residence, it is perfectly suited as guest bedroom, office or gym. The rear terrace, while owned by the co-op, is only accessible by the penthouse floor and offers incredible Central Park Reservoir views. Custom millwork, dark oak floors, radiant under-floor heating in the master bath, a Creston sound system, ample closets and storage space, washer/dryer and central air throughout distinguish this exceptional residence from the rest.

Built in 1927 and designed by renowned architect George Fred Pelham, 1130 Park is one of Carnegie Hill’s most desirable buildings nestled among the finest museums, charming boutiques, excellent restaurants and Manhattan’s finest private schools. Building amenities include a 24-hour doorman, concierge, bike room, private storage room in the basement, fitness room and a live-in superintendent. Pets are welcome. A rare and special offering.

Listing Office:

1444324843Warburg Realty Partnership, Ltd
Warburg Realty Partnership
Main: 212-439-4500
Fax: 212-988-0192

Contemporary Feng Shui Estate in Atherton, CA for $39,800,000

246 Athernon Avenue
Athernon, CA

Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 8.5
Living Area: 26,643 square feet
Lot Size: 2.53 acres
Year Built: 2016
Price: $39,800,000

About

This just completed home by Pinnacle Group is an exquisite expression of modern design with architecture by Farro Essalat, AIA. Boasting over 18,000 square feet of living space, the main residence is thoughtfully arranged with rooms scaled in proportion, emanating from a central plane. Beginning outside is a linear reflecting pond that traverses the design, culminating in the rear grounds. This focal point adds a soothing Feng Shui element to the crisp lines of the architecture. Enormous walls of glass provide a seamless connecting to the outdoor venues. The walls are carefully crafted with reveals in lieu of moldings and the floors are expertly finished in patterns of white oak and limestone. Throughout German lighting fixtures stand alone as works of art, exemplifying the modern ambiance.

Spread over three levels, the residence includes every luxurious amenity a buyer could desire. This includes three kitchens; a wine cellar with private dining room; a full bar; an a customized theater. There are 7 bedrooms, each with en suite bath, elevator access to all three levels and a separate one bedroom guest house and multi room pool house – offering incredible accommodations for families of all sizes. The gated grounds of more than 2.5 acres are equally as impressive, with contemporary gardens plus a pool and spa.

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Listing courtesy of Gullixon