Castles and ‘A Christmas Story’ House

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Neiman Marcus Christmas House (above)

As one of the much anticipated fantasy gifts in this year’s Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, for $30,000 some lucky person will be able to spend the night and entertain as many as ten friends for dinner in the iconic Glass House designed by Philip Johnson.   It is also the opportunity to privately and more personally understand how it must have been to live as one of the twentieth century’s most revered visionaries as you wander among the 14 architectural structures, study his world-class modern painting and sculpture collection, visit the private library, and stroll through the 47 acres of landscaped grounds.   The multi course dinner that will be served to you and your guests will be provided locally and will be enjoyed at Johnson’s own dining table separated from the great outdoors by only walls of glass.


“A Christmas Story” House

Though definitely not for sale, but for those who wish it were Christmas every day, The Christmas Story House makes it Christmas 365 days a year in Cleveland.  Yes, there are people who love the magic of Christmas so much that huge decoration warehouses devoted solely to Christmas are dappled around the country in all the major cities.  So after you’ve bought another backyard storage building and filled it to the rafters with decorations and are frustrated that there’s no place to put more, how about a little road trip to Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood and experience your favorite holiday whenever your heart desires.


Vail Christmas Penthouse!

Home prices are steep in Vail but much lower than the peak year of 2008 when the village’s total residential home sales reached almost $2 billion. Located in downtown Vail, across from the Village Center and Austria Haus, the Solaris offers private residences for sale, vacation leasing and long-term leasing.  The most expensive is Penthouse B with six bedrooms – three of them master suites, large stone fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and full, up close view of skiers flying down the slopes.  From the terrace one can enjoy the Plaza view below or looking out over Vail Village.  Entertaining is easy with the open floor plan and chef’s-catering sized kitchen. Vail penthouse offered at $15 million.


Above Vermont’s Clouds

Ultimately private and with every conceivable luxury, this 18,095 square foot home is nestled into the side of a wooded high peak with astronomical views of sky, mountains and the valley below.  Built in 2001, rooms are huge with high ceilings, multiple skylights and glass walls with European and Vermont marble floors.  Outside is graced with an automatic snow melt system and plenty of space for guest parking along with a six-car enclosed garage.  Included are four bedrooms, nine baths, home theatre, large year-round indoor pool, bar, large chef’s kitchen with views from walls of glass, library, family dining overlooking the clouds and large formal rooms for entertaining almost any sized group.                                                                                                      

Asking $6.9 million for Above the Clouds mansion with Stowe Mountain Ski Resort and Stowe Mountain Golf Club just around the bend.


Christmas Castles of Europe

This castle has been owned by the same family for 12 centuries. The unusual history of ownership has resulted in a continuity of maintenance and restoration almost impossible to find in similar structures today. All of the castle’s technical and mechanical systems have been updated and when offered for sale it was move-in ready.  The castle is 35,521 square feet with 16 bedrooms, 18 baths, a grand hall with a 15th century fresco and heavily beamed ceilings. There are two chapels, one of which won an award as the best frescoe renovation in a privately owned chapel. A unique feature is the 16 original Baroque and Rococo tile stoves – a traditional and quite romantic heating system that dates back to the Romans and is still found in some parts of Europe.

Though this castle is no longer available to excite your Christmas dreams, there are many others dotted all over Europe that are for sale and have been restored to defy the drafts and cold dungeons of medieval times and would be spectacular vantage points for watching snow fall over the land on Christmas Eve.

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