August 17, 2016 / Property Spotlight

Seven Homes with Illuminated Entryways

Chosen for their artistic and innovative illuminations, these homes make a dazzling first impression


A home with a beautifully lit main entrance can make a dramatic first impression. Whether it’s a sweeping driveway graced with antique street lamps, an entrance court with a sophisticated light installation, or a grand foyer with a crystal chandelier, carefully orchestrated lighting can be used to stunning effect. Each of the unique properties featured here have been designed to capture the functionality and beauty of light—be it natural or artificial—using traditional methods of illumination, innovative lighting technologies, or through the use of reflective elements such as glass, water, and luminescent materials, demonstrating how great lighting can turn a home into a glittering work of art.

Villa Paradiso
Paradise Valley, ArizonaA pair of illuminated sculptures, sitting astride a central waterway, guard the entrance to Villa Paradiso, an estate of unmatched grandeur in Arizona’s Paradise Valley.Unrivaled luxury and sophistication define this grand estate prominently situated on 12 acres. Privately gated and set amid lush landscapes with views of Camelback Mountain, the McDowell Mountains, and Four Peaks, this unique property is a shimmering oasis amid the Sonoran Desert. Guarding the entrance to this unmatched estate is a pair of perfectly symmetrical illuminated sculptures, which stand astride a central waterway. Villa Paradiso's entry welcomes with a grand rotunda graced with a coffered dome ceiling and sweeping twin staircases. Beyond are exquisite living areas, the masterful creation of renowned interior designer David Scott. Outside, the resort-like atmosphere continues with a pool and manicured lawns, which offer the ultimate setting for relaxation and dream entertaining beneath cloudless desert skies.

Le Forge du Roy
Dordogne. Aquitaine, FranceThis magnificent 17th-century estate in the Dordogne region of France shines amid 182 acres of verdant parkland; adding to the splendor are several dwellings, a pool, fishing pond, and stream.This 17th-century chartreuse is set like a jewel amid the idyllic Dordogne countryside. Surrounded by 182 acres of private parkland in a quiet valley north of Les Eyzies, this enchanting manor house is introduced via a long driveway and beautiful entrance, illuminated with antique lamps. With 6,458 square feet of living space, the home also boasts six en suite bedrooms and grand reception rooms, all with south-facing views of the surrounding parkland. Complementing the estate is a four-bedroom guest house, two-bedroom gite, manager's house, gym/yoga room, swimming pool and pool house, pastures, and woods, and a private trout lake and stream for fishing.

Designer Smart House
Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaAn artfully lit stairway and sophisticated interior lighting heighten the allure of this contemporary smart house in Ottawa, Canada.This smart home in Ottawa, Ontario, is a triumph of high-tech, contemporary design. The entrance is marked by a heated and artfully illuminated drive and walkway that leads to an open foyer with a dramatic “floating” staircase. Sophisticated lighting techniques and designer touches are found throughout the living spaces. The award-winning Design First kitchen features a receding wall for entertaining purposes, and both the fitness room and wine cellar are walled in glass. The sensational recreational options include a screening room, a rooftop garden with a hot tub and media viewing area among the treetops, and a ground-floor patio with a built-in fire pit.

Entertainer’s Paradise
Newport Coast, CaliforniaThe California sun is enjoyed both inside and outside this sumptuous home via a courtyard atrium that infuses the central living spaces with natural light.Luxuriously expanded and fully remodeled, this exclusive Costa Azul home on California’s Newport Coast features 4,347 square feet of interior space and 11,500 square feet of outdoor entertaining areas. The drama unfolds at the gated loggia entrance: clad in ivy and beautiful mood lighting. It opens to the heart of the home: a sun-drenched atrium courtyard, designed to flood the interior spaces with natural light. The formal living room, with its five fireplaces, glows with warmth and light, and the great room has direct access to the Urban Landscapes-designed gardens, complete with a peninsula entry pool, infinity-edge spa, fireplace and conversation area, and outdoor kitchen with media area.

Architectural Aerie
Javea, Alicante, SpainA gallery entrance with sculptural light fixtures, housed in a lighthouse-style rotunda facing the sea, lends to the luster of this Spanish villa on the Costa Blanca.Spectacular sea views and avant-garde design are the hallmarks of this resplendent villa on Spain’s Costa Blanca. Cleverly designed to enhance its exclusive hillside location, the home’s white-stucco façade and central rotunda are reminiscent of a lighthouse perched high above the Porto de Javea. The art-gallery-styled, two-story entrance hall certainly impresses. Built into the hillside, it features a natural rock wall, a mirror wall, and stunning sculptural light fixtures. Other stellar details include 8,557 square feet of chic living and entertaining areas with five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a spa, gym, and heated indoor pool overlooking the bay.

Resort-style Hideaway
Honolulu, Hawaii
State-of-the-art lighting, exquisite materials, and designer amenities are among the highlights of this modern Hawaiian villa.This Hawaiian residence blends comfort, elegance, and state-of-the-art amenities for sophisticated modern living. At its entrance is a solid Acacia wood door with luminescent coral tiles, which opens to a double-height atrium-style entry gallery with a custom-designed six-light chandelier. The interiors have been designed for grand-scale entertaining and feature high ceilings and quality finishes of travertine, granite, limestone, as well as designer lighting, smart home technology, and 24-hour security monitoring. The highlights include five bedrooms and five bathrooms in the main house, a one-bedroom guest cottage at the rear of the home, and a lavish entertainment bar and pool deck.

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