’s Top 5 Picks of the Week: Featuring Matt Damon’s Old Florida Mansion

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Matt Damon’s Old Florida Mansion

Alas, Hollywood A-lister Matt Damon—who now resides in L.A.’s Pacific Palisades near fellow actor and dear friend Ben Affleck—has found his old Miami Beach waterfront residence on La Gorce Island a new owner.

Matt Damon Old Florida Home

Damon and his wife, Luciana, originally listed the Mediterranean-style home in April 2013 for $20 million—a figure that was later reduced to $18.999 million (though the final sale price has yet to be disclosed).

With 12,705 square feet of interior living space, the property’s main house—which sits on an acre of land—has seven bedrooms, ten baths, and a gourmet kitchen complete with professional appliances and prep spaces, in addition to a home theater and a custom office. A pool house with a roof terrace and outdoor kitchen also sits on the grounds, accompanied by a serenity pool and walk-in tiled pools, plus a hot tub and a two-bedroom guesthouse, all tucked behind lush palm trees and an eight-foot-tall security wall. Sporting 170 feet of water frontage along Biscayne Bay, the phenomenal estate also comes with a boat dock and overlooks incredible views of downtown Miami.

Lloyd Wright Jr.’s Birdsong

Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. conceptualized the Birdsong residence—located in Minnetonka, Minnesota—in 1960; however, the home’s construction was delayed until 1963, due to its owners’ failure to immediately find the perfect swath on which to build it on.

Frank Lloyd Wright Jr Birdsong

Sited on a dozen acres—10 of which house polished lawns, edged beds, a pond, and a natural pool with fountains—the 5,999-square-foot residence, which is currently priced at$5.9 million, features rooms thoughtfully positioned in order to create optimal viewpoints from which to admire its picturesque surroundings. The house consists of five bedrooms, five baths, and large and open formal rooms, including a spacious family room with barn wood paneling known as the “old room.” Blessed with three fireplaces, the home also has a three-car garage, a clay tennis court, and numerous terraces ideal for entertaining.

Colorful Fidalgo Island Compound

Situated on Fidalgo Island, Scimitar Ridge Ranch—commonly referred to as Washington State’s “Camp David”—is comprised of 15 buildings, including a 21,764-square-foot main residence consisting of nine bedrooms and 10 baths.

Fidalgo Island Compound

A mixture of brick, stone, various woods, and glass, the grand estate exudes a rustic, modern elegance, boasting spacious, airy rooms adorned with bucolic murals; huge stone fireplaces; vaulted and two-story ceilings; and a wonderful chef’s kitchen, to boot.

Currently on the market for $19 million ($11 million less than its original asking), the property also touts a charming chapel with stained-glass windows, and a large red horse stable that complements the many equine trails that cut through its grounds.

New Jersey Prudential Insurance Mansion

Minutes away from Morristown National Historic Park in Somerset Hills, New Jersey, “Stronghold”—a 30,000-square-foot brownstone mansion originally owned by Forest Dryden, founder of Prudential Insurance—is now up for grabs for $18 million.

Stronghold Mansion New Jersey

Built in 1899, the castle-like residence—which has undergone extensive restoration—now consists of seven bedrooms and eleven baths, in addition to a foyer with a staircase, formal living and dining areas, a gourmet kitchen, a breakfast room, a family room, a home office, and a conservatory. Along with a swimming pool, a building that houses an indoor basketball court also rest on its grounds.

Iowa’s Most Expensive Home

Nestled on six acres in Des Moines—the world’s third largest insurance capital—this one-of-a-kind residence is wholly immersed in nature, inside and out.

Iowa's Most Expensive Home

Sporting an interior marvelously coated with natural wood, the spectacular home is adorned with skylights and suspended walkways, not to mention a drawbridge that allows one to cordon off the master suite if so desired. Touting more than 9,400 square feet of living space, the organic abode has a bevy of notable features, including an observation tower, a six-car garage, a gourmet catering kitchen at its main level, formal dining with enough space to accommodate 24 guests, and a vaulted two-level great room with breathtaking views. On the second floor lies three en suite guest bedrooms, each with its own balcony, plus an indoor greenhouse, an exercise room, and a massage room. The house’s third floor showcases its master suite, which comes complete with his-and-hers closets; a custom granite tub with a waterfall; and a sauna with a fourth-level lookout tower.

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