You want frescoes, gilt mouldings, mosaics and decorative wood panelling? Take a look at these 6 exclusive homes, from a lavish 16th-century villa in Italy to the perfect Paris apartment with all the trimmings — all from Christie’s International Real Estate
This stately 16th-century villa is surrounded by 10 acres of private parkland near the medieval city of Lucca. Among the magnificent Renaissance treasures are barrel-vaulted ceilings and walls adorned with frescoes and reliefs, monumental columns, and marble statuary. The outstanding appointments include a great hall, several reception rooms, 11 bedrooms, and glorious grounds graced with a Baroque garden and original 17th-century stables.
This Colonial Revival mansion sits on 14 acres overlooking Weld Pond in the historic Massachusetts village of Dedham. The estate has been brought into the 21st century by a team of architects, engineers and builders who have thoroughly restored and updated its structures, systems and grounds. Grand period details, such as ceiling medallions, carved-wood mantels, and decorative panelling, are found throughout the formal rooms. The contemporary updates include a gourmet kitchen, media room and gym.
Exceptional architecture and fine craftsmanship have created this graceful 2.1-acre estate in the exclusive Rancho Santa Fe Covenant. Hand-forged wrought-iron gates and a long drive lead to a courtyard with a fragrant rose garden. The refined Mediterranean-inspired details continue inside with beamed and coffered ceilings, stone archways, and sweeping terraces overlooking lush gardens and a serene swimming pool.
This sumptuous 4,843-square-foot apartment is situated on the second floor of a listed 1930s building at the edge of the Bois de Boulogne. Enjoying open views from nearly every room, the ornate interiors include a paneled entrance hall leading to a magnificent reception room with high ceilings and exquisite gilded moldings. Other highlights include Versailles-style parquet flooring and beautiful antique fireplaces. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence includes two staff rooms, two cellars, and a secured double garage.
The centerpiece of this quinta in Portugal’s Vinho Verde wine region is a fairytale four-story mansion. The façade is graced with blue mosaic tiles, while the opulent interior is adorned with rich finishes of exotic wood and marble, vaulted ceilings and frescoed walls. Bordering the residence are formal gardens which lead down to the banks of the River Ave and the wine estate, comprising mature vineyards, an oenology lab, cellar, outbuildings and staff quarters.