Our friends at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com have rounded up a fine mix of luxury abodes currently on the market, from the priciest property in the nation's capital, to Sean Penn's Malibu beach retreat.
Washington’s Fessenden House
Currently the most expensive listing in the nation’s capital, the 20,000-square-foot Fessenden House—located just 15 minutes away from downtown D.C. and the White House—is now on the market for $22 million.
Modeled after 18th Century English and Scottish architecture, the neoclassical abode—built in 1994—sits on an acre of land overlooking acres of wooded parkland. Comprised of numerous formal rooms, seven bedrooms, and 14 baths, the bright and elegant residence also features private staff’s quarters, a temperature-controlled wine cellar and tasting room, and an elevator.
Frank Gehry’s Winton House Auction
Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry years before he hit superstardom, this 2,300-square-foot, odd-shaped home—set to be auctioned off on May 19th—features a pyramid-shaped living room and a curved bedroom finished in Minnesota limestone.
Completed in 1987, the residence—composed of metal, stone, and plywood—also consists of a galvanized-steel loft, plus a second rectangular bedroom. Originally a guest house, the Winton home was transported in sections to the University of St. Thomas campus in Owatonna, Minnesota, where it served as a faculty conference and academic center. Last year, the campus was sold to another company, with the agreement that the new owner would upkeep the house while the school shopped it around. Once it’s sold, the structure—valued at $1.5 million—will presumably be moved to yet another locale.
Modern Mansion in Houston
Sited on bluff over the Buffalo Bayou, this nine-acre estate in Houston, Texas—now priced at $35 million—features a 14,868-square-foot house with four bedrooms and eight baths, on top of formal rooms, a family room, a library, a media hub, and a mammoth gym.
Equipped with smart-home technology, the house—discreetly placed close to many shops, schools, and restaurants—can be monitored from anywhere on the globe, and features geothermal heating and cooling systems.
Jacksonville Home Featuring Pre-Civil War Wine Cellar
Made to match and accommodate an antique wine cellar that dates back before the Civil War, this 3,225-square-foot home in Jacksonville, Florida—named “Perley Place” after its original owner—is now on the market for $989,000.
The four-bedroom, four-bath home’s antebellum wine cellar opens up to a patio with views of the St. Johns River, a brick courtyard with a large fountain, a shared boat dock, and a swimming pool. French doors and sizable windows with transoms and plantation shutters—along with second-floor balconies—allow ample natural light to stream into the urbane home.
Sean Penn’s Malibu Home
Academy Award winner Sean Penn has just listed his gated beach retreat in Malibu—tucked on 1.4 acres in the prestigious enclave of Point Dume—for $6.55 million ($2.75 million less than what the actor plunked down for it back in 2009).
Built in 1960, the Spanish-hacienda style home features three bedrooms and three baths laid out in a traditional U-shaped layout, enveloping a courtyard and pool on three sides. Notable facets of the celebrity abode include skylights, a rose garden, and a detached guesthouse, not to mention maid’s quarters.
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