August 14, 2017 / Property Spotlight

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Six Homes for Stargazers

In anticipation of the Great American Total Solar Eclipse 2017, Luxury Defined tours six homes with dedicated spaces to contemplate the stars

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On August 21, the Great American Solar Eclipse will turn the day into night from coast to coast as the moon shadow traverses 14 states in a “path of totality,” just 70 miles wide. In honor of this once-in-a-generation astronomical event, Luxury Defined shines the light on six stellar homes with amenities to view the night sky.

Eclipse-chasers and stargazers have descended on the United States from across the globe to experience the country’s first total solar eclipse in the 26 years.From a Gothic Irish castle with its own glassed-in viewing area to a Caribbean waterfront retreat with a private observatory, these spectacular residences are ideal vantages for gazing at the stars and observing celestial events.

Charleston Harbor Estate
Charleston, South Carolina

The Charleston Harbor Estate is the only private residence in downtown Charleston with its own boat dock. Wraparound decks facing the ocean are the ultimate venue to view the stars and indeed the total solar eclipse: Charleston, South Carolina, is the biggest city within the path of totality and the last to witness the awe-inspiring sight of day turned into night! The Charleston Harbor Estate is the only private residence in downtown Charleston with its own boat dock. Wraparound decks facing the ocean are the ultimate venue to view the stars and indeed the total solar eclipse: Charleston, South Carolina, is the biggest city within the path of totality and the last to witness the awe-inspiring sight of day turned into night!

South Carolina is a significant destination for this month’s solar eclipse, with perhaps the choicest spot within the path of totality on the Atlantic Seaboard. This 2.7-acre waterfront property offers a unique lifestyle: Formerly a degaussing station for the United States Navy, the Charleston Harbor Estate is the only single-family residence in downtown Charleston with its own 240-foot private boat dock, complete with 20,000-pound-capacity boat lift! This luxurious four-bedroom home is set on concrete pilings above the water to take full advantage of the iconic views across Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter, and the Charleston peninsula.

Catmando
Telluride, ColoradoCatmando is a private, 35-acre compound at eye level with the Colorado Rockies. By day or eventide, the estate’s fire-lit terrace is a lavish venue to view the majestic Gray Head Wilderness and Rocky Mountains. By night, residents can watch the stars from their own private observatory.The Catmando estate is a private, 35-acre oasis in the heart of Colorado’s magnificent Gray Head Wilderness Preserve. This exclusive mountain compound overlooks 14,000-foot-high snow-capped peaks and the Telluride ski area, which combine to create one of the best views in North America. The living spaces are exquisitely crafted from an authentic pre-Civil War barn, updated with modern luxuries, such as a gym, media room, and even a private observatory. The grounds were landscaped for pure enjoyment of the magnificent setting. The centerpiece is an entertainment terrace enhanced with multi-tiered patios, a palapa, fire pits, waterfalls, and ponds, traversed by a Bhutanese-inspired bridge.

Stargazer
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands This stunning, skillfully designed property combines light, space, and spectacular ocean views to create an environment like no other, from the white-sand beach to the pond stocked with turtles to the private observatory (the only one on the archipelago).Stargazer is a luxurious and harmonious retreat built to fulfill every need. The location is sublime: sited on a 60-foot bluff with stair access to a secluded, white-sand beach in the prestigious International Drive, Blue Mountain. The 15,000-square-foot, six-bedroom home’s interior highlights include a gym, pilates room, dance studio, and home theater. Outside is a professional, illuminated tennis court; sauna and hot tub; two swimming pools; and beautiful gardens with fruit trees and native plants, decks and patios, a secret grotto with waterfall and pond stocked with turtles, and the star attraction: the only observatory in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Lake Lugano Penthouse
Lugano, SwitzerlandThis luxury lair on the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Lugano is as glamorous as they come. For an added layer of star appeal, a gold-plated telescope provides the finishing touch.The forested mountainsides and teal-green waters seen from this penthouse are so breathtaking they seem otherworldly. Poised on the lakefront, surrounded by stately villas, this penthouse in the most highly sought-after area of Lugano is the epitome of luxury and elegance. The living spaces exude Swiss sophistication with exquisite interior decor, highest-quality finishes, and neutral palette. The wraparound windows and sliding glass doors combine form and function, flooding the space with natural light and providing a show-stopping vista of the lake. Outside, an entertaining terrace and infinity pool is a tranquil space to contemplate the ethereal beauty of Lake Lugano under the light of the moon.

Villa Heaven
Vastkusten, SwedenWith a name like Villa Heaven what is left to say? This Swedish dream home has a glass roof with built-in third-floor living area offering 360-degree views of the surrounding wilderness and overhead views of the sky.This woodland aerie on the west coast of Sweden combines all the virtues of a contemporary home with the enchantment of a tree house. The 3,282-square-foot structure has been ingeniously built with a larch-wood façade and a glazed A-frame roof, which serves as a living space under the sky. The home is tranquil, private, and modern. On the ground floor, an open-plan kitchen and dining area open to a transparent sheltered deck bordered by the forest canopy. The second floor has a lounge with fireplace, master suite, office/bedroom, and spa-like bathroom with a sauna facing the woods. The “heavenly” third floor’s glass-enclosed roof provides both horizontal and celestial views as far as the eye can see.

Inniscorrig Castle
Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland

Just 10 minutes from Dublin City Centre, Inniscorrig Castle, a romantic Gothic-Revival mansion, seems a world away. The ever-changing scenery of Dublin Bay and the Irish Sea are on permanent display from the conservatory, which doubles as an observatory after dark. Just 10 minutes from Dublin City Centre, Inniscorrig Castle, a romantic Gothic-Revival mansion, seems a world away. The ever-changing scenery of Dublin Bay and the Irish Sea are on permanent display from the conservatory, which doubles as an observatory after dark.

This castellated waterfront mansion has a rich historical provenance; a spectacular coastal location, just 10 minutes from the center of Dublin; and one of the city’s last remaining private harbors with direct access to the Irish Sea. Inniscorrig was originally built circa 1847 as the summer retreat of renowned Dublin physician Sir Dominic Corrigan, and its distinguished guests included British monarchs Edward VII and George V, whose visits were commemorated by elaborate motifs which can be found throughout the residence. The house has been sympathetically restored. Among the updates is a conservatory, ideal for stargazing or admiring the breathtaking views of Dublin Bay and the Howth peninsula. This historic property is complemented by Italianate gardens, a lodge house, waterfront terrace, and boat house.

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Lucy Carsen
Christie's International Real Estate

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