’s Top 5 Picks of the Week: Washington Castle Home & New Hampshire Lake Winnipesaukee

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Connecticut Glass Bridge to Private Tower

Designed by renowned architect Rafael Vinoly–who also devised Jazz at Lincoln Center, 432 Park Avenue and the Tokyo International Forum–this modern home sits on five woodsy acres in small town Ridgefield, CT, just 52 miles north of Manhattan.

Connecticut Glass Bridge to Private Tower

Situated in a private tower, the residence’s master suite and home office are accessible only by a glass bridge from the main house, alongside a sitting room, penthouse office and rooftop terrace. Each of the 16,000 square-foot home’s three bedrooms comes with its own bath, on top of the four half-baths adjacent to indoor and outdoor swimming pools and public and family spaces. The contemporary structure’s sunny and spacious nature makes the $25 million property perfect for both large scale and close-knit entertaining.

New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee

Currently on the market for $49 million, Longview Estate is an ideal residence for grand entertaining.

New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee

Located in Alton, NH, ten miles down the road from Mitt Romney’s summer vacation home, this sprawling property boasts two large residences totaling over 63,000 square feet. Together, they sport 11 bedrooms; 24 bathrooms; 24 fireplaces; a ballroom; two boathouses; multiple docks; an infinity pool; a stone grotto; a tennis court; a stone amphitheater; a teahouse with a small kitchen by the water’s edge; and  a sizeable entertainment barn that comes complete with a catering kitchen and a two-bedroom guest suite.

The 16-acre swath of land can also be divided, and the homes may be purchased separately.

Washington Castle Home

Peeled from the pages of a fairytale, this breathtaking castle is poised on over 20 acres of forest green, and is surrounded by quaint, burbling brooks, private hiking trails and a singing creek that transforms into a beautiful waterfall, punctuated by a natural swimming hole at its base.

Washington Castle Home

Located in Sedro-Woolley, WA, the 2,972 square-foot property, presently on sale for $825,000, bears stone walls and numerous windows that allow residents to relish local flora and fauna even from indoors. It comes with three bedrooms, two baths, a living room, a dining area, a roomy kitchen with granite counters, a spacious family room, a basement, a security system, and a garage with multiple terraces.

Accessible via a private entry bridge, the castle is a stone’s throw from Seattle, and a short drive away from island ferries.

An Iowa Surprise

Situated by West Okoboji Lake, this stunning 24,876 square-foot glass mansion was built to entertain. Its vast, open plan can accommodate parties large and small, from intimate fundraisers to monumental music concerts.

An Iowa Surprise

The nine-bedroom, sixteen-bath home has six fireplaces, parking space for ten cars and plenty of dock room for visiting boaters. A caretaker’s cabin is also located across the street.

The estate’s chief jaw-dropping feature, however, is Kevin O’Sullivan’s–a fantastic replica of an authentic, full-sized Irish pub. Thanks to multiple bars and kitchens (including a catering cookery), guests will never be too far from a snack and a cold one. Amazingly enough, the main house kitchen allows residents to enjoy a morning cup of joe with at least 25 of their closest friends.

Owners Tom and Molly Bedell are currently asking $14.9 million for this entertainer’s paradise.

California’s Villa de Montana

Reminiscent of the homes on the hills of Provence, France, this Mediterranean-style villa is poised high on the side of a mountain and is surrounded by 20 acres of oak forest, overlooking a picturesque deep valley below.

California's Villa de Montana

The 14,000 square-foot, 32-room residence has 10 bedrooms, six baths, a library, a chef’s kitchen and two master suite towers on opposite ends of the structure, along with two imported Louis XIII limestone fireplaces–one in the great room, and one in the formal dining area. It also touts a 13,000-bottle wine cellar, and a space appropriate for a separate wine cavern.

The secluded Napa estate, which comes with a guesthouse, caretaker’s quarters and numerous gardens, was named “World’s Best California Property” by London’s “World’s Best Magazine” in 2006. Previously priced at $22.5 million, it will be auctioned no reserve on May 22nd.

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