Top 10 stunning real estates and why we can't have them (slideshow)

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PHILIPPINES, February 17, 2013 – We’ve all been there—browsing lifestyle magazines and real estate websites to gaze at the stylish, classy, and comfortable homes in lush locations like Italy, Rome, Greece or France.

But while some of us are dreaming about houses under the Tuscan sun, others have gone to great lengths to bring the Tuscan, the Mediterranean and even the Asian style architecture in their very own backyards.

And with the real estate market currently developing in the U.S., more and more of these posh addresses with exotic designs are becoming available.

But those great and detailed designs that give you that foreign feel may come with a rather hefty price tag.

Here is a top ten list of exotic and luxuriously designed homes that are currently available in the market, starting from the most affordable to the most grand.

An Open Plan Vacation Home-Kaneohe, Hawaii

An Open Plan Vacation Home-Kaneohe, Hawaii

1. An Open Plan Vacation Home—Kaneohe, Hawaii The Wall Street Journal

Situated in the island of Oahu, this vacation home is a perfect place to relax and take in the beautiful scenery of Hawaii. The house has a loft-like layout based on an airy and open floor plan. Its style is reminiscent of a cross between traditional Hawaiian themes and modern design.

The home itself is surrounded by lush trees and distant mountains. The lush greenery provides coverage despite the glass windows and open spaces. This estate is for sale at $1,260,000.

The Grove Park Inn For the 21st Century—Asheville, North

The Grove Park Inn For the 21st Century—Asheville, North

2. The Grove Park Inn For the 21st Century—Asheville, North Carolina

Floor Plan Online

Imagine a cozy manor in an English countryside—except for the small fact it’s actually in the U.S. This home at Coppers Hawk Drive in Asheville is reminiscent of the historical Grove Park Inn but with the promise of breathtaking views of the surrounding trees and mountains.

This 2.12 acre estate has 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms, 3 garage bays, and 2 additional garages. It’s still actively for sale at $4,200,000.

 

Contemporary Midcentury Style—Santa Monica,

Contemporary Midcentury Style—Santa Monica,

3. Contemporary Midcentury Style—Santa Monica, California

The Wall Street Journal

With an eclectic mix of modern design meets traditional East Asian and Hawaiian influences, this home is surely a rare and exotic find. The house has an open floor plan with surprising twists in the design.

One room in particular can be converted from an art gallery to a basketball court and vice versa. It includes three bedrooms, two full baths, one half bath, a media room, the art gallery/basketball court, and an office loft. The place is priced at $5,495,000.

 

The Zen Inspired Mix of Modern and Traditional—Los Angeles, California

The Zen Inspired Mix of Modern and Traditional—Los Angeles, California

4. The Zen Inspired Mix of Modern and Traditional—Los Angeles, California Hilton & Hyland

This home located at Sierra Mar Drive mixes futuristic design with the classic traditional Japanese style. The two-storey house is a residential property that looks more like a 5-star resort.

It includes a swimming pool, incredible city views, a luxurious and spatial master suite, chef’s kitchen and even its own guest house. This comfortable and posh residence is priced at almost $8,000,000.

 

Mediterranean Villa—Beverly Hills, California

Mediterranean Villa—Beverly Hills, California

5. Mediterranean Villa—Beverly Hills, California

Hilton & Hyland

At first glance, this home with the famous zip code looks like a painting from a museum. Having the magnificent Mediterranean style in mind, the architecture of this home gives off a feel of living inside a museum abroad.

With 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a sauna, guest suites, and many more, this residential property has a price tag of almost $10,000,000.

 

Mark Wahlberg’s Oak Pass Estate—Beverly Hills, California

Mark Wahlberg’s Oak Pass Estate—Beverly Hills, California

6. Mark Wahlberg’s Oak Pass Estate—Beverly Hills, California

Hilton & Hyland

Having been once owned by a famous actor in the Italian Job, this residential estate is nothing short of “magical” and overly comfortable.

The interiors of this estate, both for its main house and guest house, look like a very cozy bed and breakfast that you don’t want to check out of. But it’s the surrounding view outside the property that is mesmerizing. The home’s outdoors is more like the scenery for a five-star resort getaway in Asia with its serene waterfall and pool with a grotto. Not at all bad for a price tag of $13,000,000.

Villa Nafissa—Rancho Santa Fe, California

Villa Nafissa—Rancho Santa Fe, California

7. Villa Nafissa—Rancho Santa Fe, California

Hilton & Hyland

Remember the old movies that show breathtaking views of Chinese and Japanese ponds and gardens? It’s also in California.

Situated in the most drool-worthy landscapes in the country, Villa Nafissa is a living art as it incorporates graceful designs in its architecture. The home comprises of a 7-bedroom main residence, a resort club, two guest houses, and a gymnasium.

With features like 24-hour security and gardens almost like those of Monet’s painting, it’s not surprising that it’s worth $40,000,000.

 

The Crescent Palace—Beverly Hills, California

The Crescent Palace—Beverly Hills, California

8. The Crescent Palace—Beverly Hills, California

Coldwell Banker

Known as “Le Palais” or The Crescent Palace, this French chateau-styled residential property speaks volumes about luxury and would make anyone inside it feel like they’re travelling the world.

This lush home includes a Turkish pool, a hammam, a European-style swan pond, a 5,000 bottle wine cellar, and a bar lounge. With almost every kind of style from around the world, this estate is on the market for $58,000,000.

 

The Woolworth Mansion—New York, New York

The Woolworth Mansion—New York, New York

9. The Woolworth Mansion—New York, New York

Christie’s Real Estate

The design of renowned architect Charles Pierpont Henry Gilbert was built for the businessman Frank Woolworth in 1916. The French Gothic-style estate at Fifth Avenue is still legendary today, not only for its history but also for its grand luxury.

The 16-acre estate consists of the main residence named Winfield Hall, an arch at the main entrance, two greenhouses, a garage with living quarters, and surrounding picturesque landscapes. In 1979, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently for sale for $90,000,000.

 

The Beverly House—Beverly Hills, California

The Beverly House—Beverly Hills, California

10. The Beverly House—Beverly Hills, California

Hilton & Hyland

Everyone knows the iconic movies “The Godfather” and “The Bodyguard”, so this estate is not only the most expensive one in this list but also the most famous.

Originally owned by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, The Beverly House is an H-shaped mansion in Beverly Hills consisting of 29 bedrooms, 3 swimming pools, tennis courts, a cinema, and a nightclub.

Besides starring in a number of movies, the residence is also known for being the location for John and Jacqueline Kennedy’s honeymoon. It’s currently the most expensive private residence in the U.S., valued at a whopping $165,000,000.


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