November 30, 2017 / Property Spotlight

You're Invited: 5 Homes Made for Entertaining

From a 40-seat home theater to Michelin-starred dining, these luxurious properties have fantastic entertainment value

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Whether you're hosting a chic cocktail party this holiday season, or a lively family gathering at any time of year, these properties, for sale through our global network of luxury property affiliates, provide all the high-spec facilities a host could need. Just make sure your guests know when the party is over, or they might never want to leave.

1. Hotel hospitality
Higashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

The interiors at the Four Seasons Hotel Residences Kyoto incorporate traditional Japanese elements such as <i>shoji</i> panels, polished wood, Kyoto-style <i>fusuma</i> screens, and <i>urushi</i> lacquerware, alongside modern amenities. Photograph: Japan Capital Realty, Inc.The 10-seat Sushi Wakon is overseen by chef Rei Masuda, who sources fresh ingredients from Tokyo’s iconic Tsukiji Fish Market. Photograph: Japan Capital Realty, Inc.The property has been designed to maximize <i>kutsurgoi</i>, the art of Japanese relaxation, and residences feature panoramic views of the majestic pond garden and Kiyomizu Temple. Photograph: Japan Capital Realty, Inc.

The only luxury hotel residences in the heart of this historic city, the Four Seasons Hotel Residences Kyoto is perfectly located for taking in the nearby temples and shrines. But it’s the five-star amenities that elevate entertaining here to an art form. Residents and their guests can enjoy Michelin-starred dining at Sushi Wakon, witness a private tea ceremony alongside the 800-year-old water garden, watch a Geisha performance, and even participate in exclusive experiences, from Zen meditation to ceramics.

2. Belle of the ball
Bellevue Hill, Sydney, Australia

The Spanish Mission-style Bellevue Hill property was built in the 1930s by architect F Glynn Gilling. Photograph: Craig BryantWith stunning views across Sydney Harbour, the home evokes a sense of romance and glamour. Photograph: Craig BryantA grand ballroom on the lower level—complete with Italian chandeliers and marble floors—is perfect for entertaining. Or take it outside to the terraces overlooking the property’s gardens and patios. Photograph: Craig Bryant

One of Sydney’s most significant Spanish Mission-style residences, Alcooringa is set amid lush gardens, and the grounds boast views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Epitomizing the romance of Old Hollywood, the 10-bedroom property is perfectly configured for grand-scale entertaining. A double-height entry galleria is wrapped in a sweeping staircase, and opens to formal living and dining areas; a stunning ballroom graces the lower entertaining level; and outdoors, sun-drenched terraces are joined by an al fresco dining pavilion.

3. Always in fashion
Westminster, London, England

A curved extension to the rear of the property has created an impressive amount of space for entertaining, comprising a drawing room, dining room, and upper-level <i>piano nobile</i>. Photograph: Strutt & ParkerNewly refurbished, the home maintains its period elegance. Photograph: Strutt & ParkerThis grand Queen Anne house is steps away from London’s leafy St James’s Park, and a short walk across the park to the historic shops of St James’s Street. Photograph: Strutt & Parker

This magnificent Grade I-listed Queen Anne house has been comprehensively refurbished, yet retains its period grandeur to create elegant living spaces with open views over St James’s Park. Distinguished from neighboring properties by its bowed rear extension, which emulates a feature fashionable in late 18th-century architecture, the home’s impressive entertaining areas include a drawing room, dining room, multiple roof terraces, and a majestic upper-level piano nobile.

4. A wealth of leisure
Los Angeles, California, USA

From the sprawling entertainment terraces to the five bars and four-lane bowling alley, this Los Angeles property features a stunning variety of amenities. Photograph: Hilton & Hyland Real Estate/Rayni & BrandenViews from the home span the mountains all the way to the ocean—with the Los Angeles skyline in-between. Photograph: Hilton & Hyland Real Estate/Rayni & BrandenThe 38,000-square-foot home comes complete with a 40-seat indoor theater. Photograph: Hilton & Hyland Real Estate/Rayni & Branden

Located within ultra-exclusive Bel Air, the 38,000-square-foot Billionaire takes entertainment to new levels. Property developer Bruce Makowsky’s most luxurious creation, the residence features an astonishing array of amenities, from an 85-foot glass-tile infinity pool to a 40-seat home theater. Soak up the views from 17,000 square feet of entertainment decks, relax in the wellness spa, try out the four-lane bowling alley, or admire more than 100 art installations. Five bars, stocked wine cellars, and 12 oversized suites add to the experience.

5. Garden-party ready
Dublin, Ireland

Set over 17 acres, the Emsworth property is perfectly suited for entertaining—especially outdoors. Photograph: Sherry FitzGerald GroupOrganize a game of pool, tennis, basketball, soccer, or rugby—or enjoy a trip down the zip line on the property. Photograph: Sherry FitzGerald GroupThe pool and patio area features a pizza oven and barbecue, as well as outdoor fridges. Photograph: Sherry FitzGerald Group

With 17 acres of gardens, lawns, and private woodland trails, plus two swimming pools, a barbecue area and a zip line, the Emsworth residence might be the perfect property for a garden party. An integrated Bang & Olfson sound system throughout the main house, guest house, pool area, and gardens ensures there will always be a party playlist, while soccer, rugby, and Gaelic football fields will keep guests busy until it’s time to gather around the pizza oven or barbecue for the main event. The branches of the estate’s mature beech trees will look great stung with lanterns come sundown.

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