Real Estate Globetrotting Without Ever Leaving the United States
So you dream of traveling the world? There’s so much to see, since every country differs in terms of culture, climate, and often most notably, architecture. As it turns out, you don’t have to leave the United States — or your computer — to circle the globe. Many of those international architectural styles are represented in a variety of homes that are for sale right here in the U.S.
Ready for takeoff? Enjoy the sights!
6935 Date Palm Ave S, St. Petersburg Fl 33707
For Sale: $674,900
- This Spanish Villa estate in Florida would give homes for sale in Madrid a run for their money. Located on a pristinely landscaped and gated acre of St. Petersburg real estate, the smooth cement exterior, Spanish tile details, arched windows, and stucco roof exude the essence of Spain’s architectural elegance. Though the 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom house was built in 1925, it has been updated with luxurious amenities such as a state-of-the art theater room, master bath with a spa tub, and a gourmet, granite-countered kitchen. The impressive grounds include a courtyard, pool, and private guest house. The 5,000+ sq ft home is currently asking $674,900, a nearly 25 percent decrease from its original May listing price of $899,000.
1 Castle Road, Piermont, NY
For Sale: $9,500,000
The ivy-covered exterior and Beaux-Arts architectural style of this stone castle will transport you to the grassy and castle-plentiful countryside of Ireland. Situated on 18 lush green acres, this 30+ room residence, named the Piermont Castle, is far from its Irish look-a-likes. It’s actually located just 45 minutes north of New York City and currently listed on the Orangeburg real estate market for $9.5 million. Built in 1892, the vast property includes a 15,000-sq ft main house, separate cottage, two-story barn, and in-ground pool.
2340 Bella Vista Dr, Montecito, CA 93108
For Sale: $4,625,000
Known for its gorgeous landscapes and home to some of history’s most influential people like Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo, the Tuscany region of Italy is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. For the new owners of this Montecito estate, there won’t be any need to take a Tuscan vacation – they’ll be living in one. Listed on the Montecito real estate market for $4,625,000, this 3-acre property is “true to its Tuscan origins” boasting multiple terraces that overlook romantic gardens, an al fresco stone dining loggia with fireplace, and sweeping ocean views from almost every room.
31388 Broad Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
For Sale: $10,950,000
Complete with a zen garden surrounding a tranquil pool, this Asian-inspired home could easily be imagined as sitting right on the Japan coast. But this piece of Malibu real estate is on the California coast. Its beach-front setting, secluded location, floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding paper room dividers, and direct beach access add to the zen atmosphere. As an added bonus, the recently remodeled estate, which features 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and a separate guest suite, just received a massive $6 million price cut. The most recent cut is the third in a string of price reductions that has brought the home’s list price down nearly 73 percent from the original asking price of $39,995,000.
29 Star Island Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
For Sale: $19,999,000
From its distinct Moorish architecture and extravagant gardens, to the eye-catching sky blue exterior, this extravagant 10,160-sq ft home looks as if it were directly imported from Morocco. Believe it or not, this private African-like sanctuary sits on nearly an acre of Miami Beach real estate and was most recently home to popular shoe designer Donald J. Pliner. Pliner’s home is outfitted with Southwestern, African, and Balinese-influenced decor, including hand-painted murals. The property also includes a resort-style swimming pool surrounded by tropical foliage, an oceanfront gazebo with wet bar, and 100 feet of private waterfront with private boat and jet ski docks.
949 Fields Of Boaz Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22903
For Sale: $2,995,000
If owning a French chateau in the south of France is on your bucket list, this French country estate in Charlottesville, VA is a dream come true. Named Les Papillons, the 8,270-sq ft residence is situated on over 24 acres and “offers every amenity” including a sub-level wine cellar, on-site barn, marble-tiled foyer and library. The 6-bedroom, 5-bathroom residence and its timeless French charm are currently listed on the Charlottesville real estate market for $2,995,000.
7970 Roseland Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
For Sale: $3,450,000
According to the listing description, this piece of La Jolla real estate was designed “after the mansions on the Greek island of Hydrea.” It looks more like it was directly imported! The stucco roof and smooth white exterior paired with grand arches and beautiful ocean views immediately transports you to the Greek Isles and the rich ancient mythology rooted there. Built in 1981, the Stuart Baesel-designed masterpiece boasts over 4,800-sq ft, has 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a wrap-around balcony, and a huge great room for entertaining.
133 Colony Rd, Longmeadow, MA 01106
For Sale: $1,299,000
Timber-framed, Tudor-style architecture, similar to the 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom estate pictured above, is densely abundant in many areas of Germany. In fact, the German town Quedlinburg, is known to house one of the oldest timber-framed homes in all of Germany. Offering a twist on its German ancestors, this classic Tudor-style home incorporates brick and stucco construction and boasts over 6,200 sq ft. Features include a gourmet kitchen with professional appliances, large family room that overlooks the garden, a grand staircase, sun room, walk-in closets, and updated bathrooms. Located in the prestigious neighborhood of Colony Hills, this property is currently listed on the Longmeadow real estate market for $1,299,000.
(undisclosed address), Greenwich, CT, 06831
For Sale: $7,450,000
Another French-inspired estate joins the list, but the inspiration for this offering is from Normandy, a seaside region northwest of Paris. The Norman countryside is full of historic stone houses, almost identical to this park-like property currently listed on the Greenwich real estate market for $7,450,000. Noted as a “Normandy-style residence,” this home sits on three acres “laced with creatively arranged gardens with a private framework of mature trees.” The main residence includes 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, stone terraces and almost 6,500-sq ft of living space. The property also includes a heated pool and pool house complete with a changing area, powder room, and exterior shower.