September 15, 2017 / Property Spotlight

The Breakfast Club: 5 Homes with Stylish Breakfast Areas

Inspired by Audrey Hepburn: The Personal Collection at Christie’s this fall, Luxury Defined tours 5 homes that celebrate the art of breakfast


This fall, the personal possessions of one of the most beloved stars in the history of film and fashion will be presented in a flagship sale at Christie’s London. The highly anticipated Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn offers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life and career of the late screen legend, fashion icon, and humanitarian. Among the 400 lots, which include portraits, photographs, memorabilia, and items from her personal wardrobe, is the star offering, Hepburn’s original Breakfast at Tiffany’s film script, annotated in her own hand. To commemorate her most famous role, Luxury Defined presents a showcase of international homes that pay stylish attention to breakfast. Though far from Tiffany’s, we think Holly Golightly would approve, and “might even buy some furniture and give the cat a name!”

Via Venezia
Malibu, California

Lavish, landscaped grounds with palm trees and water features ornament the view from this Malibu home’s breakfast nook, a picture of elegance complete with Tiffany-esque crystal chandelier. Serving the breakfast nook is a fully equipped chef’s kitchen, complete with center island/breakfast bar, sandstone walls, and white marble floors.

Situated within an exclusive guard-gated enclave of Malibu, California, this Mediterranean-style estate is entered via wrought-iron gates that lead to a motor court, surrounded by manicured lawns, mature trees, and cascading waterfalls. Inside is a two-story foyer with hardwood floors and a grand circular staircase, which opens to Venetian-inspired reception rooms comprising a formal living room, dining room, and great room with wet bar. The gourmet kitchen invites with its custom cabinetry, top-of-the-range appliances, and center island; a stone archway opens to wonderful breakfast nook with a bay window facing the garden. Other stellar features include a master suite with sauna, steam shower, walk-in closets, and two decks overlooking the rear garden and pool terrace.

Standen House
Andover, Hampshire, England

Holly Golightly might admire “the quietness and the proud look” of this home’s charming breakfast nook, overlooking the pastoral grounds and situated just off the rather grand Georgian dining room.Standen House, a 16th-century manor house in the Hampshire countryside, is surrounded by more than 40 acres of glorious private parkland.

This historic Grade II listed house in the English village of Chute Standen near Andover, has an enviable setting within 40 acres of private parkland. The principal part of the house dates from the 16th century, with significant Georgian additions. The reception rooms comprise a drawing room with French doors opening to the grounds; a music room with raised stage; and a formal dining room and breakfast nook, served by a stylish country kitchen complete with Aga. The east wing houses two studies, an office, and gym. The grounds abound with such world-class recreational options as a swimming pool, tennis court with pavilion, and equestrian facilities: stables, fenced paddocks, an outdoor manége, and riding trails.

Waterfront Estate on Lake Michigan
Highland Park, Illinois

Designed for the epicurean, the kitchen is chock-full of appliances as well as a bar and a separate breakfast nook with a breathtaking panorama of Lake Michigan. Designed for the epicurean, the kitchen is chock-full of appliances as well as a bar and a separate breakfast nook with a breathtaking panorama of Lake Michigan. This waterfront estate in the prestigious North Shore suburb of Highland Park takes full advantage of its 1.91-acre setting on the shores of Lake Michigan.

This elegant Lake Michigan estate ensures lakefront living at its finest. Sweeping views of the lake are enjoyed from nearly every vantage: the reception rooms, office, gourmet kitchen and breakfast room, private quarters, and lovely lawned terrace, which leads down to a private beach. The master suite has its own spa bathroom and enormous walk-in closet. There are five additional bedroom suites for family members, guests, or staff. The home is arrayed with unique resort-style features including an indoor pool, fitness center, home theater, and lower-level recreation area with family room, game room, wine cellar, bar, and screening room.

Sui Generis
Brielle, New Jersey

Sui Generis combines outstanding luxury with everyday functionality. In the breakfast area, stately columns and decorative windows enhance the scenic view of the river. The aptly named Sui Generis is a one-of-a-kind waterfront retreat on New Jersey’s Manasquan River.

This singular residence, which takes its name from the Latin word for unique, encapsulates design at its most exceptional, within an idyllic setting on the banks of the Manasquan River. The nine-bedroom residence was designed to cater to every luxury. Among its outstanding appointments is a climate-controlled wine cellar and tasting room, a billiards room, and a home theater. The gourmet kitchen opens to a stunning glass-enclosed breakfast area facing the river. The outdoor delights include two deepwater docks, an alluring pool with cabana, bar, and outdoor kitchen, ideal for entertaining, and a Japanese-style garden, which provides a tranquil space to relax.

Parisian Pied-à-Terre
Paris, France

This second-floor apartment in the 6th Arrondissement, near Luxembourg Gardens, is the quintessential Parisian pied-à-terre. The home’s charming breakfast patio overlooks Rue Bonaparte, home to France’s famous Pierre Hermé pâtisserie. Other gracious appointments include a formal dining room and fully equipped contemporary kitchen.

In the heart of one of Paris’s most sought-after areas, this perfect pied-à-terre on Rue Bonaparate has been beautifully renovated, fully furnished, and professionally designed throughout. Offering 1,862 square feet of palatial living and entertaining areas, the second-floor apartment boasts a generously proportioned reception room, formal dining room, library, fully equipped contemporary kitchen, and a balcony, ideal for morning coffee and croissants from avant-garde pâtisserie Pierre Hermé. There are two bedroom suites each with a luxurious bathroom and a dressing room. The apartment is fully air conditioned and includes staff quarters, a storage cellar, security surveillance, and caretaker services.

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Lucy Carsen
Christie's International Real Estate