4 houses worthy of royalty
After more than a year of staying at home, it’s only natural that people want more space. This collection of properties, from European Gothic castles to a Portuguese palace, has just that.
French fairytale castle
Location: Vitré, Brittany, France
Price: $ 1.9 million
This over 8,000 square foot, 12-room Gothic-style chateau was built in 1860 and restored in 2004 and 2016. It features original moldings, woodwork, wood floors and a fireplace, along with modern amenities such as central heating and an elevator. .
Set on 12 hectares, the estate features an English park and a French garden with ponds, centuries-old trees and an orchard near Vitré, known for its medieval town center.
Represented by: Anne-Marie Nordvik from Mercure Group
39-acre “expressionist” estate in Southern California
Location: Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, California
Price: $ 35 million
Called Villa Nafissa, this custom built home sits on nearly 39 acres in Rancho Santa Fe with trails, a lake, and waterfalls that take inspiration from Monet’s garden in Giverny. The property includes a primary residence of approximately 16,000 square feet and a separate lodge with a double-sided fireplace, commercial kitchen and upstairs office.
Facilities include a gym, tennis and basketball courts, a children’s playground, a vegetable garden, and yoga and meditation gardens.
Palace of Portugal with vineyard
Location: Monção, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Price: $ 29.9 million
The Brejoeira Estate, built by Portuguese nobleman Luis Pereira Velho de Moscoso in the early 19th century, sits on 74 acres of land in Monção, a town on Portugal’s northern border with Spain. The property includes 44 acres of vineyards and its own winery, which produces around 75,000 bottles under the Palácio da Brejoeira brand.
The granite building was designed by architect Carlos Amarante in the neoclassical style and incorporates Baroque influences. It includes a chapel, a theater and a winter garden. There is also a lake with an island and man-made caves.
‘Copper King’s’ Montana Log Cabin
Location: Bigfork, Montana
Price: $ 2 million
The Kootenai Lodge, which overlooks Swan Lake in Bigfork, MT, was built in the early 1900s as a summer residence for the daughters of Cornelius Kelley, president of Anaconda Copper Mining Co. The two-bedroom house was completely renovated between 2018 and 2020 but retains three original stone fireplaces and has a wraparound deck.
The property includes a swimming pool, gym and yoga rooms, as well as a dock with a pontoon boat that the owners of the property can use. The garage was built in 2019 to match the house and contains epoxy floors and built-in cabinets.
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