Luxury living Art galleries & artist’s studios

Luxury living: Art galleries & artist’s studios

From California to the Cotswolds, 5 homes from Christie’s International Real Estate with dedicated space for displaying a notable art collection — or creating a masterpiece of your own 

This country estate is a veritable sanctuary on 30 private acres near Bergerac in the Dordogne valley. Carefully and imaginatively restored over recent years, the property and its idyllic grounds present myriad opportunities for recreation and entertaining. A separate indoor-outdoor atelier and art gallery is located on the banks of a private lake; other unique features include a dovecote, boat house and dock, infinity pool, two loggias, outbuildings, streams and woodland.

The estate of the late best-selling novelist Jackie Collins overlooks the Hollywood Hills from its prime one-acre setting in the ‘flats’ of Beverly Hills. Custom-built for the author in 1991, the mansion features a two-storey foyer which serves as an impressive art gallery. The 21,784-square-foot interior boasts grand reception rooms, family areas, a screening room, offices and a gym. A courtyard pool, inspired by David Hockney's painting A Bigger Splash, adds to the glamour of this Hollywood home.

Situated on a private peninsula overlooking Connecticut’s Fisher Island Sound, Salt Acres is an 11-acre Victorian-era compound with nearly half a mile of pristine coastline and magnificent English gardens. Built in the mid 19th century, the beautifully restored estate comprises three residences, including a manor house. Artists will enjoy the studio located at the top of the main residence. A saltwater pool, tennis court, private beach, and 450-foot breakwater pier with a boat dock round out the estate’s recreational options.

This contemporary southwestern home was designed for the serious art collector. A museum-quality gallery with 14-foot-high ceilings for large displays is furnished with lighting installed by the Getty Museum; fire-retardant walls and a state-of-the-art security system are designed to protect valuable works. An apartment above the four-car garage offers additional studio space or guest accommodations. The secluded grounds include a pool, koi pond and teahouse.

This striking home in the heart of the Cotswolds reflects the very latest in high-quality design. Chantry’s Barn has been stylishly converted to retain many traditional Cotswold features while combining state-of-the-art luxuries. The 2,500-square-foot interior offers four bedroom suites, reception rooms, an entertainment suite, a gym and a sauna. A contemporary gallery space is graced with a stylish spiral staircase and ample room to house a significant collection.