’s Top 5 Picks of the Week: Featuring Nelson Rockefeller’s Dome House

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The Bruce Willis Ski Home

Hollywood A-lister Bruce Willis—likely best known for starring in the film franchise, Die Hard—has just put his Idaho digs on the market for $7.05 million.

Bruce Willis Ski Home

The actor and his then-wife, Demi Moore, spent a great deal on renovating the six-bedroom, seven-bath house property, which overlooks Flying Heart Lake and offers 8,403 square feet of living space. Situated on 20 very woodsy acres, the estate—just minutes away from skiing, hiking, biking, and theater sites—boasts heated terraces and balconies, a driveway with vaulted ceilings, three fireplaces, and a spacious gourmet kitchen. The residence’s 2,200-square-foot master suite comes complete with a fireplace, sitting area with a jetted soaking tub, a granite steam shower, and a generous walk-in closet and dressing room with built-in dressers and shelving. Outside lies a resort-sized heated swimming pool with waterfalls.

The celebrity house is located in Hailey—a small town Moore and Willis also invested a small fortune to ameliorate. The former couple took it upon themselves to revamp Hailey’s sole movie theater, and purchased a bar and restaurant that they refurbished, attracting tourism to the town.

Historic Laguna Castle by the Sea

Once known as “Mariona,” Villa Rockledge—one of Southern California’s most storied properties—was built in 1918 by architect Frank Miller. A handful of notables including Bette Davis, Charlie Chaplin, and Rudolph Valentino have spent time at the historic estate, which touts a dozen bedrooms and 11 baths between its main house and six villas.

Historic Laguna Castle by the Sea
With 8,065 square feet of living space spread across over half an acre, the Mediterranean-style residence—currently on the market for $30 million—features stucco, red-tile roofs and giant ceiling beams in addition to being surrounded by secret gardens and ivy-covered walls, creating a charming and magical atmosphere. The newly restored and updated estate is also connected to a private cove beach with a tide pool.

Nelson Rockefeller’s Dome House

Commissioned and designed by former U.S. vice president Nelson Rockefeller, this one-of-a-kind home on the pristine island of St. Croix—presently asking $1.499 million—is energy-efficient and easy to maintain, not to mention impervious to storms. The residence’s most noteworthy feature, its monolithic dome, was fashioned out of steel-reinforced concrete, lending to its extremely durable structure.

Nestor Rockefeller's Domed House

With 4,500 square feet of living area, the Rockefeller house is comprised of five bedrooms and four baths and is topped by a 24-foot Lexan domed-center skylight, which allows natural light to stream through into a tropical indoor garden punctuated by a rock waterfall. 360-degree views of the Caribbean Sea surround the property, which is almost completely self-sufficient (its roof is designed to collect rainwater, and is outfitted with a solar panel system that generates two Kilowatts of power every month, making the home’s electrical bill practically non-existent).

Brooklyn’s Tracy Mansion

Tracy mansion—a Park Slope home designed by architect Frank J. Helmle in the early 1900s for tugboat and barge tycoon John Tracy—is now up for sale for $13 million, down from its original $25 million asking.

Brooklyn's Tracy Mansion

Helmle’s very first residential design, the 9,788 square foot Brooklyn house—built of pale limestone—is 50 feet wide and is comprised of 23 rooms, in addition to nine bathrooms. The classical home—considered one of the most notable residences in the borough by the Brooklyn Historical Society—showcases four fluted Corinthian columns, bronze doors, a marble grand entryway with a vaulted ceiling, stained-glass windows, elegant light fixtures, and herringbone-wood floors.

America’s Largest Craftsman Home

Known as “Artemesia,” this European-style craftsman mansion—originally listed at $11.995 million, but now asking $9.995 million—underwent a painstaking 25-year restoration by its owner, actor Leonard Fenton.

America's Largest Craftsman Home

Perched atop Hollywood Hills, the stunning residence sits on nearly two acres of tranquil forest, at the end of a long, gated drive. Built in 1913 by Frederick Engstrum, the home was originally—and still is—equipped with a rainwater collection system that supplies the bathroom showers, a gray-water system that feeds water into the garden, and a tankless water heater, plus an electric intercom and central vacuuming system. It also has a classic Murray Harris organ—the second largest residential pipe still in existence countrywide. The residence’s current owner also added network wiring and updated the structure’s mechanical systems.

With 13,290 square feet of living space, the Craftsman property—which consists of a main house, carriage house, gatehouse and fireplace pavilion—has public rooms large enough to accommodate 500 guests, with more than enough space and cozy private rooms for family. The eight-bedroom, seven-bath estate also has six terraces, sleeping porches with their own Murphy beds, three patios, and six Batchelder tile fireplaces.

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