Luxury Living Homes with outstanding landscape design

Luxury Living: Homes with outstanding landscape design

From California to Rhode Island via Vienna, 5 properties with grounds and gardens designed by illustrious landscape architects — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

Superb ocean and mountain views rival the impressive architecture of this elegant circa-1930 Montecito estate by acclaimed architect Lutah Maria Riggs (1896-1984), with landscape design by Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932). Extensively remodelled in 2006, the estate features lavish entertaining spaces enhanced by two acres of gardens, comprising manicured lawns, box hedges, native plants, oak and citrus trees. There is also a swimming pool, cabana, sport court, guest house, and six-car garage.

The longtime residence of political hostess Eileen Slocum and diplomat John Slocum, this Bellevue Avenue estate was designed by Dudley Newton in 1880 with interiors by Ogden Codman. Sited on 4.85 acres, the home is accessed via a gated drive. The exterior is made of stone; the formal interior, executed in classical French Empire style, encompasses 13,962 square feet with 12 bedrooms, 8 full and 3 half bathrooms. The estate’s mature grounds were designed by noted landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers, who played an influential role in creating the National Park Service just over a century ago. 

Villa Lieblein is a heritage-protected residence on a third of an acre of gardens in Döbling, one of Vienna’s most prestigious quarters. Built in 1924 as a private residence, and later used as an embassy, the 8,761-square-foot home has today been meticulously restored. Grand period details, such as hardwood floors and a sweeping staircase, seamlessly blend with contemporary elements. Adding to the splendour is a formal English-style garden designed by revered Austrian landscape architect Albert Esch (1883-1954).

An homage to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style, La Maison de Verre was built in the early 1960s by architects William F. Shellman and William H. Short, and later preserved and expanded by its current owner. The 10,800-square-foot residence is set within a series of walled gardens, originally designed by the landscape architect Robert Zion, best known for restoring the Statue of Liberty Park and pioneering the ‘vest-pocket park’, exemplified by Paley Park in Midtown Manhattan.

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  • Ohana Longboat Key, Florida

Poised on 2.57 acres on the Gulf of Mexico, Ohana is a waterfront compound with gardens designed by world-renowned landscape architect Raymond Jungles. Inspired by the spirit of coastal South Africa and southern Indonesia, this tropical hideaway comprises three pavilions, including a main house and beach cottage. Coral-stone courtyards and walkways lead to the outdoor living spaces, featuring exotic gardens, a tennis court, a free-form pool with elevated spa, and a thatched terrace, steps away from miles of white-sand beach.