The beating heart of any home, the kitchen is attuned to the living rhythms of family life. For those who love to entertain, a well-designed, visually appealing kitchen that can handle many guests is paramount. The contemporary, multipurpose kitchen with its all-star appliances has evolved into an entertainment venue, where guests can mingle with the cook, and even participate in the big show, while an open-plan design makes for a sleek transition from stove to table. Herewith, Luxury Defined presents a showcase of homes with kitchens that offer far more than sustenance, with elegance and style.
Vero Beach, Florida
This contemporary retreat has an idyllic oceanfront setting on nearly two private acres along a 200-foot stretch of Vero Beach, Florida. The accommodations are luxurious: four bedroom suites and a three-bedroom guest house. The main house is arranged around a double-height great room, with wraparound glass walls overlooking the sea. The home is an epicure’s delight: The main kitchen is fitted with Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Bosch appliances. It is complemented by a catering kitchen and an oceanside summer kitchen with pizza oven. There are several spaces designed to host gatherings both large and small, inside and out: a formal dining room, beachside tiki hut, and lanai with fireside dining area and lounge, and two separate pool terraces.
Dural, NSW, Australia
This landmark estate on Dural's Golden Mile is one of Sydney's most distinguished properties. The elegant two-story Provençal-style main residence was built with the finest craftsmanship and finishes. The private quarters comprise seven king-sized bedrooms and five and one half bathrooms, including a deluxe master suite and a self-contained guest suite. The entertaining areas are served by a beautiful French country kitchen with double ovens, a walk-in pantry, and cool room, as well as a wine room. The outstanding amenities include a theater, billiards room, and nearly five acres of glorious grounds with a floodlit tennis court, pool and spa, stables, six-car garage, vegetable garden, chicken coop, and children’s playground.
California Resort Home
Ladera Ranch, California
This luxurious five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in the upscale residential community of Ladera Ranch in Orange County, California, was designed with entertaining in mind. The open-plan interior creates an easy flow between the reception rooms and service areas. The formal dining room is served by a large walk-in wine cellar and a dream kitchen equipped with a six-burner Viking stove and other top-of-the-line appliances, a huge center island, and a butler’s pantry. The decor invites with its neutral palette, whitewashed oak floors, and beamed ceilings. Alfresco gatherings are accommodated in the outdoor kitchen and pool terrace. Residents enjoy access to Ladera Ranch resort’s four clubhouses and other world-class facilities.
La Maison de Verre
Princeton, New Jersey
An homage to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style, this striking 10,800-square-foot residence in Princeton, New Jersey, was built in the early 1960s by architects William F. Shellman and William H. Short, and later preserved and expanded by its current owner. The home’s innovative additions create spaces for 21st-century living, while preserving the unique architectural lines of the house. At the heart of the home are the entertaining spaces. The dining room takes the form of a Philip Johnson-inspired glass house set between two walled gardens. Adjacent is a professionally equipped Italian cherry kitchen by Piero Lissoni for Boffi, which flows into a tranquil family room with wet bar, providing an ideal venue for intimate gatherings or public functions large and small.
Prague, Czech Republic
This contemporary villa boasts five levels of sophisticated living spaces surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. The main living area is a lavish entertaining venue. Anchored by a fireplace, it boasts a kitchen and dining area with walls of glass opening to a terrace and served by a catering kitchen. Other elegant event spaces include a roof terrace with lounge and fireplace. The accommodations comprise a master bedroom, two guest suites, two children's bedrooms, a playroom, and staff quarters. An indoor pool, sauna, gym, cinema, wine cellar, seven-car garage, smart-home technology, two elevators, and tranquil gardens are among the outstanding amenities.
Craftsman-Style Country Manor
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Designed by renowned architect Kenneth Nadler, this Arts and Crafts-style manor house is surrounded by 10 acres of pastoral grounds, a short walk to the charming town of Great Barrington. The architecture is a blend of new and old. A beautiful cedar and stone façade opens to light-filled living spaces with high ceilings and burnished wood floors. The living room leads into a delightful country kitchen with a pale cream palette and beautiful wood floors. Its open-plan layout, huge center island, and sleek modern appliances are ideal for catering large events. Other superb amenities include an office, game room, and elevator, which ascends to the home’s private quarters comprising a deluxe master suite and three guest bedrooms.
Savannah, Georgia With a name inspired by the nearby Wilmington River, this grand Savannah retreat offers panoramic water views and scenic landscaping. While the home sits on a high bluff and boasts 300 feet of deepwater frontage, it imparts a private, secluded feeling thanks to its gated entry and long driveway through lush, landscaped grounds. The French Caribbean-style main house offers over 14,500 square feet with eight bedrooms and bathrooms. The large gourmet kitchen, fitted with commercial grade appliances, butler’s pantry, and outdoor kitchen with three grills, four refrigerators, and smoker make hosting parties here a treat.