When you’re set in a beautiful landscape, why not reflect the natural surroundings? Lucid Stead is an art installation home in Joshua Tree, San Bernadino, California. The home is on desert land owned by the artist himself, Phillip K. Smith III. It was originally a shack dating back to the 1940’s.
Part art project, part architecture, the home transforms throughout the day. In the daylight, it appears almost transparent as it reflects its surroundings. In the evening the structure’s door and windows change colors by LED lights controlled by computer. To see more of this gorgeous project go here.
It’s where the Obama family vacations. Since I’ve never had the opportunity to visit, to me it’s always been a mysterious place. So, when we were vacationing in Cape Cod we decided to take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard for one day. It actually reminded me somewhat of some of the lake communities in Northern Michigan. One big difference is the ocean of course. Another is it seems like every store and restaurant is in an adorable home. This one is Edgartown Books.
I just loved their staircase that led to the youth section of the bookstore!
You don’t have to go far on the island to find The Black Dog merchandise. You know how there is a Starbucks every few blocks in major cities? That is what it is like with The Black Dog on Martha’s Vineyard. Everywhere you look there is an opportunity to purchase a sweatshirt with the iconic black dog. But, I wanted to see the original tavern. Located in Vineyard Harbor, it became the island’s first year round restaurant when it opened in 1971.Of course there are even more opportunities to buy Black Dog stuff when you walk to the tavern. Two quintessential East Coast buildings house The Black Dog retail stores. The tavern was built by Captain Robert Douglas who decided it was time the islanders had a place to eat throughout the year. You can read more about the history here. It’s located right on the beach and has a great view of the harbor.I loved all the cedar shingled buildings on Martha’s Vineyard. But, my favorite part? The clam chowder in a mug. I rarely eat clam chowder. I love it. But, the calories! I ate clam chowder four separate times on vacation and it was awesome!Okay back to the architecture and design! Even the run down buildings had character on Martha’s Vineyard. This one was right next door to the tavern and I thought it was charming.In the marina at Vineyard Haven, right outside the tavern, there was a massive yacht, named Vango. There were rumors around town that it’s Oprah Winfrey’s yacht and she parks it there for the summer. Another tourist asked the guard at the marina and he confirmed that it’s hers.
I can’t say for sure that this is Oprah’s ride. But, whoever owns this yacht has lots of money! It even has a helicopter landing pad. You can see a little of the red helicopter in this picture. Unfortunately we couldn’t get too close. I found a link that shows the layout and interior of this super yacht. You can see it here. I also found a video of the helicopter landing on the yacht a few years back.
To learn more about Martha’s Vineyard go here. To read my blog post about Cape Cod go here.
What time is it? Time to take a look at this spectacular clock tower triplex in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. In case you were wondering, DUMBO is an acronym for District Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. This home is the most expensive condo in Brooklyn. It’s priced to move at $18 million. Sounds funny until you take a look inside and consider this home was listed for $25 million just four years ago. What makes this home truly exceptional is that there are working clocks on four faces of the apartment. Each of the clocks is in its own 14-foot-high round window, offering amazing views! There is also a three-story glass elevator. It’s visible on the right-hand side of the image above.
Here is an exterior shot of the building, the home occupies the top three floors and the terrace at the very top.
There is no need for art in this apartment, the clocks are like their own works for art. Lest you worry about the clocks showing different times, the four clocks are electronically synchronized to show exactly the same time.
Can you even imagine entertaining in this house? It’s breathtaking. The main floor has 16-foot ceilings, and is 3,000 square feet. Overall the home has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and over 6,800 square feet.
Wow! The view from this room shows both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge. I would imagine this is even more beautiful at night.
The kitchen was custom designed by Canova and has white lacquer cabinets, Pietra Cardosa sandstone and stainless steel countertops, and appliances by Gaggenau and Sub-Zero.
This bathroom is a stunner! Every room in this house seems to have great views. The terrace overlooks Manhattan’s Financial District. I’m so glad this place is for sale, otherwise I’d probably never get a peek inside!
To read a 2009 New York Times article about this property go here. To see a video go here. To see the listing go here.
Ever dream of selling all of your worldly possessions and downsizing to the mountains? Or looking for a remote getaway? Snowy Range Cabin in Centennial, Wyoming seems like a world away, yet it’s within the budget of many at just $89,900. Located just a mile from town and the Medicine Bow National Forest, this cabin offers both modern day conveniences and a recreational playground.
It was built in 2002 and has one bedroom, a loft, one bathroom and a kitchen. There’s one catch, it’s just 288 square feet. So, you have to be ready to live simply and without a big group. Although the listing does claim the cabin can sleep four comfortably.
The lot is elevated and offers breathtaking views of the Snowy Range Mountains, Jelm Mountain, and Lake Hattie. The next owner will also have the opportunity to buy one or two of the adjacent lots.
I love a little log cabin and this one is just perfect at 12’x24′. A well, septic, and electric, have already been installed. I would love to spend a weekend here! But, I do think I’d feel a little claustrophobic in that sleeping loft. That looks like some tight quarters.
The view through this window is amazing! The home is also located just four miles from Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area.
To see more of this tiny house go here.
This is one of those homes you can dream about if you win the lottery. Like one of the largest jackpots. At $30 million this is the most expensive listing in one of the most expensive places to live in the United States.
In the Pacific Heights section of San Francisco, this estate was built in 1894 and is Queen Anne style. The home has 13,500 square feet of living space, 7+ bedrooms and 7+ baths and sits on one of the largest lots in the city at .61 acres.My favorite part of this home, the garden solarium, is shown above. This room also has a koi pond!
The listing says this home has hosted many fabulous events over the years. I can only imagine this solarium has seen its fair share of great gatherings!This home was designed by E. A. Hermann for Captain Hermann Meyer and his wife and eight children. More information about the history of this property can be found here. While I’m so not a fan of the decor, the details and rooms in this home are gorgeous. So if you have $30 million dollars to buy a mansion in San Fran, you probably have some spare cash to remodel this kitchen. It’s in desperate need of some updating! Track lighting? I do like the commercial fan over the huge gas cooktops. I do like the layout of this room and how it’s open to a sitting area, breakfast seating, and has lots of windows!
Here is a part of the house I love just as it is. These built in bookshelves are gorgeous! Although I’d be willing to be the warm lighting on the books is from track lighting. The views from this home are crazy! Can you imagine working with a view like this? While I’d love it, it’d be hard to concentrate on work.The master bedroom has a fireplace, chandelier, master bathroom en suite and sitting area. Check out this picture window from the third floor’s workout room. This massive estate has multiple terraces and outdoor spaces. What a great place to have your morning coffee and look out over the city.
If you’ve ever been to San Francisco you know that space is a premium and this home has lots of space! I love this courtyard space, it looks like a perfect place to meditate.
No this isn’t the county park, this is part of this property!To learn more about this property visit its website here.
Actor Jeremy Renner is a house flipper. Who knew? But, this is no ordinary house flip. This home in the Hollywood Hills recently sold for $24 million, an increase of $17 million in just three years.
This estate has six-bedrooms, 11-baths, and 10,000-square-foot on two acres. Renner’s business partner is actor Kristoffer Winters. Together they’ve flipped more than 20 homes in the past 12 years.
They were going for a 21st century Great Gatsby feel with this remodel and I think they’ve succeeded. This home is amazing.
In addition to all of the art deco pieces, there is a lot of greenery in this home. They’ve carved out an interesting seating area behind the couch.Here is my favorite room in the house. Can you even imagine entertaining here? That may be the most gorgeous home bar I’ve ever seen. More beautiful than a restaurant!
Usually with these homes, I try to give you just 1-2 images per room. But, these are all so beautiful I had a hard time cutting some of these out. Each picture shows something unique. This next shot gives you a good idea of the layout of this room.But, how could I not include this? We get a good look at these amazing chairs. It kind of reminds me of Restoration Hardware’s Aviator Chair. They even have a similar couch. The movie star prints add to the old Hollywood glamour of this home. I love this room and the large windows overlooking the pool. There are lots of places to lounge and dine in this estate. This great room is open to the kitchen. The dining room is equally as gorgeous The floor to ceiling windows are so dramatic.If you’re going to have a super glamourous Hollywood estate, you absolutely must have a screening room with red velvet curtains.And of course it must open to the outdoors. Wow! Here is the backyard view that shows the windows that were visible in the great room and dining room. The terrace is begging to host an amazing outdoor party. I would imagine the square footage of this terrance is equal to an average size home. Next comes his and her bathrooms, and many bedrooms. The man of the house even has a barber chair in his home. Makes perfect sense. If you’re a super famous movie star, you can’t be bothered going to the salon to get your hair done. Her closet has marble in it. Interesting that they staged this area with fresh flowers and one item of lingerie. Can you even imagine doing your makeup here? Wow.
Next are three bedrooms with access to the spectacular grounds. Again the furnishings remind me of Restoration Hardware. Probably even more expensive though. But, similar trunks can be found there.
To read more about this house visit Variety, to see even more images of this house visit its website.
This converted church in Mount Kisco, New York, looks more like a Thomas Kinkade painting then a residential home. While I’m not a fan of paintings of picturesque homes, I’d love to live in something this beautiful. What curb appeal! I would purposefully go somewhere every evening so I could return at dusk and see this setting. The 2,772 square foot home was recently on the market for $549,900, but was pulled off last month. The structure was built in 1903 and it has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. It has stained glass windows, cathedral ceilings, 3 fireplaces and wide plank floors. This layout shows the flow of the home. I’d be curious how they use the great hall since they already have a living room and family room. So clearly this home needs a little updating. Someone needs to strip that wallpaper stat! But, I can see it has a brick fireplace in the dining area and the kitchen is pretty open to this room.There is even more wallpaper to strip in the galley kitchen. It looks like they had to update the hardwoods in the kitchen. Such a pet peeve of mine, two different hardwoods in adjoining rooms!The next two images are all bedroom shots. I like how the home has lot of curves, and fireplaces. I don’t like how much wallpaper is here! Someone really loved wallpaper. I like how these hardwoods are stained darker. These may be some of the widest plank hardwoods I’ve ever seen. To see more images of this converted church home visit Zillow.
This converted firehouse in our nation’s capitol is hot! Engine House No. 7 was put into service in 1885. This home was an active fire station until the early 1970s. Then is was sold to a family that manufactures harpsichords.
According to the listing, “since 1992, Engine House No. 7 has functioned as the home gallery, studio and residence for renowned sculpture-artist Craig Kraft.”
Artist Craig Kraft is a neon light sculptor. His website says he is “one of only a handful of light artists in the world who bends his own glass and is respected for his ability to precisely manipulate the figure and light to capture his own artistic vision.”Besides getting to look at this cool house, it’s neat to see how the artist’s work is on display in his own home. These large statement pieces look great on the exposed brick.The home has 6,267 square feet of space and still has many of the original details from the time it was a working firehouse including: wooden lockers, floors, exposed masonry and a brass fireman’s pole!
There are three bedrooms, two baths, a loft space and other sleeping areas. Additionally there are two one-bedroom in-law apartments.
Even more artwork is visible on the landing of the stairs.
The sink in this bathroom is fun, there is room for three!
The rooftop space is amazing! Engine House No. 7 is for sale for $2.65 million.
To visit the listing click here
If you have a spare $26 million and a love for history, this home may be for you! This Washington D.C. mansion is not only prominently placed at 15 DuPont Circle, it is also the former residence of President and Mrs. Coolidge. The marble and brick neoclassic Italianate style estate was built in 1901 and has 36,470 square feet. With four-stories, 16 bedrooms, 8 full baths and 7 half baths, you’ll never run out of space. The home was designed by renowned architect Stanford White for Robert and Nellie Patterson, who owned the Chicago Tribune. According to the home’s website, when planning the build, they requested “an impressive exterior and grand interiors suitable for entertaining on a large scale.”They asked for grand interiors, and you can’t get much grander than this. The marble stairway leads to a landing with a marble fountain!The main living areas in the Patterson Mansion are on the second level including the “paneled living room, gracious dining room and stunning ballroom complete with orchestra balcony.”
Can you imagine that this ballroom was a part of someone’s private home? In 1927 the Patterson Mansion was the temporary home to President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge while the White House was being renovated. During this time they hosted Charles Lindbergh following his historic transatlantic flight. I’m sure Lindbergh received many accolades from dignitaries while socializing in this room!It was on the front steps that Lindbergh addressed the crowds that gathered to get a peek at the popular aviator.
To learn much more about this estate go here. To see the listing details go here.