February 9, 2018 / Property Spotlight

6 Homes with Flawless Fireplaces

Luxury Defined presents a collection of elegant properties with heavenly hearths

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There was a time when luxury living meant bringing the fire indoors, to a cave with a natural chimney. Fire cooked the food, brought light and warmth into the home—and it kept away the predators. Since the advent of lintel, post and roof, the fireplace has evolved into a highly decorative and symbolic architectural form that has warmed ancient castles, royal palaces, and stately homes. With the coming of eco-friendly and cutting-edge technology, today’s fireplaces blend artistry and innovation. Whatever its style, be it an intricate stone-carved gothic masterpiece or a high-tech showpiece with clean, bio-fueled flames, a fireplace brings comfort and grandeur to any hearth and home. Here are six homes with fireplaces to warm the body and soul.

Villa Hanspaulka
Prague, Czech RepublicThis contemporary home in Prague is accented with artistic finishes, including an Italian Travertine fireplace in the main living area.Villa Hanspaulka, a contemporary villa in the upscale Prague neighborhood of Dejvice, offers nearly 16,000 square feet of living space across five levels. The central living area is anchored by an Italian travertine fireplace, and features a kitchen and dining area enveloped by walls of glass. Fireplaces grace the main terrace and roof deck, which are served by a catering kitchen and two elevators. The private quarters comprise a master bedroom, four additional family/guest bedrooms, and staff quarters. Other outstanding features include a recreation floor with an indoor pool, sauna, gym, cinema, and wine cellar. The grounds include a seven-car garage and serene, parklike gardens.

The Stanley House
Los Angeles, California

Several spectacular linear fireplaces add to the allure of this dream house in the Hollywood Hills.Several spectacular linear fireplaces add to the allure of this dream house in the Hollywood Hills.Several spectacular linear fireplaces add to the allure of this dream house in the Hollywood Hills.

A mid-century masterpiece with a 21st-century soul, the Stanley House is perched above the neon glow of Hollywood’s luminary Sunset Strip, with 270-degree views of the City of Angels. The swan song of celebrated architect Austin Kelly, founder of XTEN Architecture, it has interiors by rock star Lenny Kravitz’s firm, Kravitz Design, and art installations by RETNA. The luxurious living spaces extend over three levels with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The multi-room master suite has a raised bio-fuel fireplace and jetliner views of the city. Other stellar features include a nightclub—“disco Volante”—on the lower level and a spectacular pool terrace with a circular glass pool and stone fire pit above the glittering city below.

Contemporary Ski Retreat
Verbier, Switzerland

This ultra-luxurious chalet in the Alpine resort of Verbier has a glass fireplace in the master suite, a fireplace on the terrace, and a fire pit built into the floor of the great room. This ultra-luxurious chalet in the Alpine resort of Verbier has a glass fireplace in the master suite, a fireplace on the terrace, and a fire pit built into the floor of the great room.

This contemporary Alpine chalet In the exclusive ski resort of Verbier, Switzerland, features four luxurious levels framed by views of the Grand Combin massif. The main floor is a vast open-plan living area framed by a central fireplace, which flows out to a covered terrace with a barbecue area and cedarwood hot tub. The top floor belongs to the master suite, with its glass fireplace, spa bathroom with a therapeutic bathtub, Italian shower, and a secluded private deck. Four more bedrooms, each with its own bathroom or shower, face south onto the garden. After a day on the slopes, residents can retire to the lower-level recreation floor, featuring a cinema, bar, wine cellar, ski-boot warming area, and a wellness center with a hammam, sauna, massage room, gym, and chlorine-free lap pool.

Desert Hacienda
Phoenix, Arizona

The great room of this hacienda-style home in the Desert Southwest is warmed by a stunning two-story stone fireplace.This decorative carved stone fireplace adds to the grandeur of the master suite.

The courtyard fireplace and custom-tiled fountain of this private, gated contemporary hacienda in Phoenix are among the surprisingly elegant and intimate features to counter the heat of the day and embrace the warmth of the night. High-end distinctive designer touches include soaring beamed ceilings, an automated, 20-foot radius window wall, an interior stone slab water feature, hand-carved cabinetry, interior doors and built-ins, custom designed lighting fixtures and cabinet hardware. There is also a 1000-bottle wine cellar, gourmet kitchen, indoor/outdoor wet bar, and a Lutron lighting system with Savant master control. Separate guest quarters with living area, and full guest casita. Inviting outdoor courtyards include a Zen garden, fireplaces, and infinity pool.

Big Sky Country Estate
Stevensville, Montana

The centerpiece of this custom-designed Montana log home is a massive hearth handcrafted from locally sourced stone and wood.The centerpiece of this custom-designed Montana log home is a massive hearth handcrafted from locally sourced stone and wood.
This spectacular 181-acre mountain estate might just be cowboy heaven. The centerpiece of the 10,000-square-foot, five-bedroom main house is the two-story great room with a vaulted ceiling and colossal stone fireplace, intricately carved from local stone and wood. Off the great room is a full kitchen and a deluxe master suite with a private patio looking up to the majestic Sapphire and Bitterroot mountains. The wooded grounds offer a pavilion with a barbecue grill and pizza oven, a sunken lounge with fire pit, and a dining terrace, surrounded by gardens, a lake, barn, and equestrian arena.

 

Greylogs Estate
Spartanburg, South CarolinaGreylogs Estate is a historic woodland retreat adorned with antique finishes and inviting fireplaces.Built in 1925, Greylogs Estate was designed to emulate the grandeur of Grove Park Inn in nearby Asheville, South Carolina. A rambling country house, it proffers fine architectural details: as intricate roof lines, fine interior woodwork, and massive granite fireplaces. The appointments include five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a formal dining room, and office. The palatial living room is designed around a central hearth and adjoins an expansive screened porch leading to a large dining terrace. The lower level houses a garage and workshop; wine cellar; a vintage, 1960s fallout shelter; and space for a “rec room.” The main residence is complemented by a two-bedroom guest house, formal gardens with a one-acre pond, a tennis court, pastures and a three-stall horse barn.

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Lucy Carsen
Christie's International Real Estate

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