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Luxury Living: Windmills, watchtowers and lighthouses

From New England to the Netherlands via the Norfolk Broads, 5 unique private homes with splendid appendages — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

Leonide is a one-of-a-kind home on the Oude Veer canal in Anna Paulowna, Netherlands. This unusual residence is composed of a two-storey saw barn surrounding a traditional Dutch windmill originally built in 1892. The main living spaces are housed in the saw barn, which provides 2,895 square feet of luxurious accommodations. At the heart of the home is the living room and country kitchen. The conservatory offers sweeping views of the countryside. Further highlights include an office, master suite, two guest bedrooms, an indoor pool with sauna and riverfront gardens.

Stunning location and dramatic design converge at Lighthouse Point, a unique oceanfront property on Deer Isle, Maine. Inspired by New England’s iconic lighthouses, the cedar-shingle main residence features a lighthouse tower with 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Maine coast, and Camden Hills. The living spaces include four bedrooms, three full and two half bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, and a magnificent great room with cathedral ceiling and walls of windows facing the sea. An additional 1.19-acre lot with an existing dock is also available for purchase.

One of the most painted and photographed sites in England, Cley Windmill is a Grade II*-listed Georgian windmill on half an acre of picturesque riverfront grounds on the north Norfolk coast. The windmill tower is constructed of red brick under a white beehive timber cap rising 80 feet, offering breathtaking views over the Norfolk Broads Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The windmill and long house have been faithfully restored and converted into attractive and well-proportioned accommodation of great character. Of particular note are the wooden sails, fantail and gallery, exposed brick and flint façade with the occasional gargoyle, and the main shaft and wheel at the top of the tower.

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This seaside compound in Chatham, Cape Cod, comprises a five-bedroom main house, a two-bedroom carriage house, and a one-bedroom windmill house — all with stunning views of Oyster Pond. The main house has undergone a thoughtful renovation, retaining the elegant 19th-century period character with the addition of 21st-century comforts. The expansive first floor features multiple living/entertaining spaces and a gourmet kitchen. The carriage house has also been meticulously restored and updated, as has the two-story windmill, reimagined as a private hideaway suite. The property is steps from the beach and the historic village of Chatham.

This rare oceanfront estate, in the private coastal community of Smith’s Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea, features a 6,000-square-foot main residence and a restored World War II watchtower with a further 2,000 square feet of living space. The unique waterfront offering includes a private beach, infinity pool, hot tub, tennis court, and landscaped gardens with a gazebo and koi pond with waterfall. The property also includes guest quarters and garage space for six cars.