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Luxury Living: Homes with grand façades

From New Mexico to the heart of the English countryside, 5 homes with an artisanal element, crafted from adobe, wood, stone and flint — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

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  • Casa Heyne San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

    US$3,800,000

High on a hill overlooking Parque Juarez, Casa Heyne is a luxurious hacienda in San Miguel de Allende’s most exclusive neighbourhood. Architect Pedro Urquiza’s creation was faithfully built using only the 400-year-old tools and techniques of colonial Mexico. From the thick, sun-dried adobe brick walls to the antique mesquite doors, arched windows, wood-beamed ceilings, and hand-waxed wood floors, the result is a masterpiece of artisanal craftsmanship.

This Pueblo-inspired residence, commanding seven picturesque acres in Tesuque Ridge, near the historic Santa Fe Plaza, was designed to capture the beauty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The 4,400-square-foot residence has a traditional stucco façade surrounded by wood-beamed porticos, with an additional 2,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space. Inside, soaring ceilings are adorned with rough-hewn beams harvested from nearby forests. Other artisanal details include a fireplace designed by Santa Fe artist John Valdez, a game room with a handcrafted solid cherrywood bar, and a custom-built, 6,000-bottle wine cellar.

This enchanting country cottage is set into a lush hillside overlooking the Chilean capital, Santiago. The home’s exterior is crafted from decorative, multi-hued stone under a mansard roof. Adding to the French flair is a two-story tower with a conical slate-tiled roof. There are four en suite bedrooms, including a garden-level master suite, formal reception rooms, and inviting family areas. Patterned stone terraces lead out to the tranquil gardens designed by celebrated landscape architect Juan Grimm. A pool and a waterfall offer breathtaking vistas of the valley of Santiago and the Manquehue hill.

This unique log-and-stone home is poised atop Mount Wescott overlooking the village of Montebello and Ottawa River Valley. Originally built in 1933 by Finnish master builder Victor Nymark, the turnkey residence has been completely restored, expanded, and updated to modern standards while maintaining its original character. The living spaces feature wide-plank hardwood floors and six fireplaces, a screened-in porch, and a spa. The secluded 1.4-acre grounds are ideal for entertaining, with several stone terraces and a separate four-bedroom guest house.

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  • Deerleap Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, England

    £3,995,000

In the heart of the Hampshire village of Rowlands Castle, Deerleap is an impressive brick-and-flint country house dating from the early 1700s, with additions in the 1740s and early 1800s. This house is now predominantly Victorian in character, featuring beautifully proportioned interiors extending to more than 11,000 square feet including the mews cottage, office complex, and four-car garage. The residence is surrounded by five acres of grounds with a heated pool, formal gardens and several outbuildings.