by INHABIT EDITORS
A monthly showcase of the most spectacular listings across the Corcoran network.
Enjoy our monthly survey of incredible listings across the Corcoran network. Highlights in this edition: three New York City homes with prewar panache, a pedigreed mansion in Westchester County, a waterside retreat outside Charleston, and views for days in the San Francisco Bay Area, St. Barth, and on Italy’s Lake Garda.
New York City
What’s Here: Prewar charm and modern flair merge seamlessly inside this lavish Upper East Side residence. Award-winning architect Oliver Cope has thoroughly reimagined the home’s c.1925 Emery Roth design, installing new walls, hardwood flooring with a vapor barrier, and a re-poured cement slab. Three oversized windows frame views over 93rd Street from the living room, which is warmed by a wood-burning, antique marble-manteled fireplace. A dining room done up in hand-painted wallpaper fits the bill for all formal gatherings. Bask in the rising sun in the east-facing windowed kitchen, an ideal morning coffee setting.
What We Love: The home’s fantastic finishes, which include custom plaster crown moldings and millwork, a host of bespoke built-ins, hardware from a litany of top designers, and radiant heat flooring in the laundry room and every bathroom.
What’s Here: Enter beneath 10-foot-high ceilings, atop dark wooden flooring, and into this five-bedroom duplex condo only a few grass blades north of Madison Square Park. Eastern and northern exposures allow natural light to fill up a corner living room, which overlooks Fifth Avenue from the former direction and peers uptown at the Empire State Building via the latter. There are two home offices, one adjacent to a media room/library, the other — outfitted with a desk and custom built-ins — slotted into a heavenly primary suite. When you’re not working, the bedroom is a retreat, sporting a dressing area, multiple walk-in closets, and a spa-worthy bath.
What We Love: The home’s location in NoMad keeps it extremely close to numerous standout restaurants and bars — whether within NoMad’s few square blocks or in next-door neighbors Chelsea, Flatiron District, and Gramercy.
What’s Here: Brooklyn living with an old-world refinement in a c.1852 Italianate-style Cobble Hill townhouse. Your first stop inside is on the wide-open parlor, combining living and dining into a sole expansive space with an eat-in kitchen along the rear. Lovely prewar features include 12-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and stained glass pocket doors — and that’s just on the parlor floor. Original design details are discoverable throughout, including parquet flooring with mahogany inlays, fireplaces with intricate marble mantels, and wedding cake-style moldings. Explore all five levels via a skylit staircase bolstered by its hand-carved balustrade.
What We Love: Three outdoor spaces, a deck adjoining the kitchen, a primary bedroom terrace, and a wonderfully landscaped back garden, are all sure to be the envy of family and friends alike.
What’s Here: From an Amagansett knoll, this six-bedroom home has everything and the (farmhouse) kitchen sink. One direction from a double-height entry gallery leads into a great room with a fireplace and wet bar. The other reveals a kitchen, with its aforementioned sink, ready to cook up countless chef’s specials for serving beside a second fireplace in the adjacent dining area. Upstairs, the primary suite boasts yet another fireplace, a walk-in closet, and a terrace overlooking the home’s stellar grounds. Sitting in the backyard is a 50-foot heated saltwater pool, an outdoor kitchen, an all-weather tennis and basketball court, a built-in trampoline, and a screened pavilion for a yoga or art studio.
What We Love: When the weather isn’t cooperating, or you’d just rather stay in, the finished lower level possesses abundant attractions. Among them: a screening room, a wine cellar, and a home gym with a steam shower.
What’s Here: Lush greenery and gardens envelop this West Palm Beach property, forming a tropical escape that is yours to keep. This home fits right in the city’s El Cid Historic District with its Spanish Mission-style flair: a stucco facade, a red-tiled roof, and arched doorways. A signature Sunshine State warmth permeates the interior, awash in air and natural light no matter what room you choose to sit in. Ceilings rise to epic heights in the dining room, which rests on Mediterranean-inspired tiled floors and is an effortless setting for formal meals. Guests will enjoy this home’s many pleasures while staying in a separate apartment above a two-car garage.
What We Love: The home boasts many a tranquil terrace, each ideal for glimpsing picturesque panoramas of the nearby Intracoastal Waterway.
What’s Here: This grand, contemporary Lake Burden waterfront home in Windermere spans 7,875 square feet, with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and three half bathrooms. The house is a masterpiece of indoor-outdoor living, with a covered outdoor kitchen, two large balconies, and an outdoor seating area that leads directly to the pool, spa, and backyard, as well as a pathway to the private dock. The inside is bright and inviting, with an open-concept floor plan with 11-foot ceilings. The property is a short drive to Disney and Universal Studios, and Orlando’s top non-theme park attractions too. Every day feels like a vacation in this light-filled home.
What We Love: The primary suite is a luxurious oasis: The bedroom has a fireplace, its own sitting area, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and a custom walk-in closet. The ensuite spa-style bathroom is enormous, with dual vanities, and a walk-in shower.
What’s Here: Beechwood is a significant American historic house, part of an estate that has been home to an astoundingly diverse cast of notable historic figures including Frank A. Vanderlip, one of the founders of the Federal Reserve; Henry Walter Webb, railway executive; abolitionist Sojourner Truth; Animal House actress Mary Louise Weller; and novelists John Cheever and Richard Yates. The current mansion dates to the late 1800s and boasts six bedrooms, a conservatory, a home theater, and a wine cellar. Beechwood’s grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, landscape architect of NYC’s Central park, and include a grass tennis court, and a pool. The Beechwood community features an on-site resident manager and grounds maintenance by an HOA.
What We Love: The house has been updated with modern conveniences, while maintaining the detailed splendor of the original, such as the great room’s custom-carved red oak paneling, intricate ceiling latticework in the conservatory, and fireplaces in the bedrooms.
What’s Here: A delightful four-bedroom, three-bathroom house sits on the quiet, western end of Sullivan’s Island. With 360-degree views of the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean, the Charleston harbor, and the city beyond, this home can boast of both sunrise and sunset views. The backyard is a secluded paradise, sporting a large pool, bordered by mature palm trees, and illuminated with professional landscape lighting. Unwind with a morning cup of coffee or an evening cocktail in the garden’s gazebo that perfectly frames a view of the Ben Sawyer Bridge, the iconic entrance to Sullivan’s Island. There are plenty of fun, charming nooks throughout the house, including an unusual octagonal sunroom with panoramic views connected to the primary suite.
What We Love: Discover the perfect spot for contemplation at the very top of the house by climbing a spiral staircase to the third-floor cupola, with stunning vistas as far as the eye can see.
What’s Here: Perched in the hills of Sausalito, on the aptly named Cloud View Trail, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathrooms house offers glorious, sweeping vistas of the Bay Area, with direct views of Tiburon, Angel Island, and Richardson Bay. A striking and modern residence, the structure’s architecture was designed to create a sense of almost living in a treehouse — with expansive windows offering a cinematic view of the surrounding hills and water in nearly every part of the house.
What We Love: There’s a big deck accessible from the top floor with space for a grill and plentiful seating that is the perfect perch for watching the famous San Francisco fog roll over the surrounding hills. Or head out the front door and you’ll find the many trails of the Golden Gate Recreation Area at your doorstep, perfect for hikers, dog walkers, and mountain bike cyclists.
What’s Here: A contemporary five-bedroom built in 2019 has all the latest technology making this the smartest home on the block. Whether you’re throwing a party or just singing to yourself in the shower, the thoughtful integration of tech throughout makes this house comfortable and fun. There’s radiant heat on the main level and in all six bathrooms, plus a whole-house Sonos system with speakers throughout, including in the steam shower in the primary en suite. The kitchen has two dishwashers, a built-in Miele coffee maker, and a wet bar with a wine fridge. There’s also a finished basement with a wet bar, home gym, rec room, and guest suite.
What We Love: The living area has accordion-style glass doors that open fully to the backyard, where there’s a built-in grill and fire pit, with custom bench seating surrounding the pit. There’s also a three-car garage with overhead storage and a built-in ladder.
What’s Here: An incredibly chic villa in Dévé, on Morne du Vitet, has all the ingredients for living the good life: panoramic views for miles, a lush and secluded location, and ample space for relaxing, including a fabulous pool. The primary house has two bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom, and a living room with dramatic arched windows that overlooks the sea. A separate bungalow with a third bedroom and bathroom will be completed before the sale of the villa.
What We Love: Both bedrooms have vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and outdoor showers, for the most glorious of indoor-outdoor lifestyles.
What’s Here: A historic, completely renovated nine-bedroom villa — divided into multiple separate lodgings — is perched in the hills of San Zeno di Montagna, overlooking Lake Garda. There’s a two-level manor house comprising the ground floor with a living room with a veranda, kitchen, den/library, and three bedrooms on the floor above; a two-bedroom apartment on the third floor; a three-bedroom garden apartment; and a finally, a separate one-bedroom apartment. All of the dwellings have access to the swimming pool, solarium, and sauna, as well as the terrace and the garden.
What We Love: It’s easy to understand why Shakespeare set Romeo and Juliet here in the province of Verona, especially when you climb the stone staircase to the top of the turret and take in the breathtakingly romantic view of Lake Garda from north to south.