March 8, 2017 / Property Spotlight

Haute Architecture: Homes with Fashionable Amenities

Inspired by this season’s fashion shows, Luxury Defined spotlights five haute homes

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If you are a dedicated follower of high fashion, you take your style notes from the runways of Paris, New York, London, and Milan. When it comes to high-fashion living spaces, take your cues from this Luxury Defined collection of chic homes designed with haute couture in mind. For the model, the designer, the stylist, or the fashionista for whom “retail therapy” is both art form and lifestyle, a luxury home must offer certain amenities: A vast, walk-in wardrobe, a decadent dressing room, a lavishly styled bathroom, and other custom features are de rigeur for both storage and display. So whether your personal style is a designer gown or a bespoke suit, a retro urban duplex or a Gatsbyesque oceanfront estate, these homes’ on-trend features can be the ultimate fashion accessory.

Designer Duplex in Confignon
Geneva, SwitzerlandThis über-fashionable home in the Geneva suburb of Confignon makes a statement with its ultra-modern, glass-walled walk-in closet.This contemporary duplex in Confignon is surrounded by the Swiss countryside yet is within easy access of Geneva and its international airport. The residence has been renovated with sophisticated design elements throughout. A designer kitchen with wine display, formal dining room, and terrace are among the first-floor highlights. The upper level houses three guest bedrooms and the master suite, a luxurious retreat with a private loggia, wellness area, spa-like bathroom, and a sensational glass-walled walk-in closet.

Mission-Revival Estate by Myron Hunt
La Cañada Flintridge, California

This California home’s walk-in wardrobe and dressing room is appointed with custom-designed built-ins including several closets, a center island, and banquette; chandeliers and huge windows provide ample light.This California home’s walk-in wardrobe and dressing room is appointed with custom-designed built-ins including several closets, a center island, and banquette; chandeliers and huge windows provide ample light.This California home’s walk-in wardrobe and dressing room is appointed with custom-designed built-ins including several closets, a center island, and banquette; chandeliers and huge windows provide ample light.

This Mission-Revival estate in the prized L.A. neighborhood of La Cañada Flintridge was built in 1918 by master architect Myron Hunt. A past recipient of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, the landmark property comprises a 16,155-square-foot main house, a guest house, and nearly two acres of parklike grounds. The lavish appointments include two master suites, one with a vast walk-in closet and dressing area, an original speakeasy from the prohibition era, and enchanting grounds with rose gardens, a pool, sport court, putting green, and horse corral.

The Russell Pancoast Estate
Miami Beach, FloridaThe Russell Pancoast Estate is a 1930s landmark in Miami Beach. The home’s elegant master bathroom is like a jewel, accoutered in white marble with sea-green-hued furnishings.This historic waterfront estate on Sunset Island evokes the grandeur of a bygone era. Originally built in 1937 by architect Russell Pancoast—grandson of Miami Beach pioneer John Collins—this stately residence has been rebuilt with both classic and contemporary elements. The grand appointments include elegant reception rooms and five bedrooms, highlighted by a master suite with walk-in closet and balcony. The landscaped grounds are a tropical oasis with a pool, summer kitchen, and 100 feet of waterfront with a dock and boat lift. 

Contemporary Villa in Quinta Patiño
Cascais, PortugalThis coastal villa outside Lisbon features a custom-designed closet with his-and-her closets and dressing areas; a huge mirror, studio lighting, and skylight provide the finishing touches.This contemporary villa in the exclusive Quinta Patiño golf resort near Sintra exudes sophistication and style. The three-level home abounds with chic indoor-outdoor spaces, ideal for hosting lavish parties and events. The master suite is a fashion maven’s dream, with its custom-designed dressing room. There are also extensive recreational amenities: a home theater, game room with bar, fitness center with hammam and pool, and beautiful gardens with an outdoor pool and entertaining terraces overlooking the fairways.

Alcooringa
Sydney, AustraliaAlcooringa, a magnificent 1930s estate overlooking Sydney Harbour, has a number of fashion-friendly features, including a grand ballroom with Italian chandeliers and marble floors.One of Sydney's most significant Spanish Mission-style residences, Alcooringa was built in the 1930s by F. Glynn Gilling, one of the premier architects of the interwar period. The seven-bedroom main residence and three-bedroom cottage are ensconced amid magnificent gardens with sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and the Pacific Ocean. A spectacular galleria opens onto the formal reception areas. Perfect for fashionable events, the grand ballroom is accoutered with Italian chandeliers and marble floors, and served by a caterer’s kitchen and wine cellar.

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Lucy Carsen
Christie's International Real Estate

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