’s Top 5: Romantic Homes for Valentine’s Day

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Suzanne Somers’ Sensual Sensation (above)

Suzanne and her charming TV host husband, Alan Hamel, have created an earthy and at the same time glamorous estate which is now back on the market. Modeled after L’oustau De Baumaniere in Provence, France, this compound is pure romantic sophistication surrounded by ultimate privacy. On 73 acres and set into the side of a craggy mountainside above the valley in Mesa Canyon, the couple has combined their love of nature and elegance by bringing out the best in both with their use of contrast. Imagine crystal chandeliers twinkling against natural rock and reclaimed wood . . . rough against smooth, soft against hard . . . all in perfect balance. To add even more intrigue, access is via a private funicular, a golf cart or a hillside of stone steps - but no cars. There are five buildings to explore with 10,000 square feet of pavilions. One houses the master suite, another dining and living room, a separate two-room kitchen and wine cellar and a stone guest house designed in the 1920s by Albert Frey. There is also an outdoor amphitheater carved into the mountain that seats 50, has a dance floor, as well as a pool, spa, hiking trails and natural waterfall that spills musically down the hillside.

Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel have listed their ultra romantic, private Palm Springs retreat, asking $14.5 million. Was first listed in 2008 at $35 million.


Steve Martin’s West Indies Hideaway

Steve Martin has had a fabulous career. From writing comedy, plays, music and books to stand up comedy to stage and film actor and musician, Martin has been showered with awards for excellence at every turn. If it’s creative, he not only does it but excels. His comedy albums “Let’s Get Small” and “A Wild and Crazy Guy” went platinum and his song “King Tut” reached No. 17 on the 1978 charts selling over a million copies. He appeared 16 times on “SNL” and after years in comedy, stopped doing stand-up in 1981 in order to concentrate on film. He has now made 53 films, many of which he has either written or co-written.

The Martins have put their stunning St. Barth Island paradise on the market. Located high in the hills of Lurin, St. Barthelemy, the sprawling 28,191 square foot tropical colonial-style home sits gracefully above the Atlantic with fabulous views from its half-acre of land. Each of the four bedrooms with en-suite baths and outdoor showers open to their own terrace through louvered floor-to-ceiling shutters. The master also has an outdoor shower and a hot tub on the private terrace. The entire home is island style with beamed ceilings and walls opening to views of the ocean, multi-level terraces and the two-tiered infinity pool. A perfect home for friends and family, especially for those who love spending private moments together in the tropics.

Steve Martin’s Villa Au Soleil in St. Barth now for sale at $11.59 million.


John & Jackie Kennedy’s Honeymoon Haven

The 1920’s era Beverly House is huge at over 50,000 square feet in a blend of Spanish and Italian style and a fabulous history.  Originally built for Union Bank & Trust  executive Milton Getz, this is the home that actress Marion Davies bought in 1946 for her longtime partner, William Randolph Hearst, and where they lived until his death in 1951.  When Jack and Jackie stayed here, it is said that they watched their first film together as a married couple in the mansion’s theatre - a Hearst-produced film from the 1920s.

This exquisite home and its gardens have been the backdrop for scenes in “The Godfather,” “The Bodyguard,” “Topaz,” “Into The Night” and “Fletch.”  The estate includes 29 bedrooms, 40 bathrooms, two guest houses and a separate apartment. Total privacy on almost four acres and only three blocks from Sunset Boulevard, the star studded Beverly House can now be leased at $600,000 per month or for sale at $115 million


Ryan O’Neal & Jacqueline Bisset

Located on 2.8 very private acres, the 11,737 square foot home is spacious with a layout and flow perfect for entertaining in the well-appointed formal rooms or for quiet, private times luxuriating in deep comfort. With three bedrooms and nine baths, the master suite is a great getaway with a sitting room, large his-and-her baths and views over the pools and treetops. The outside is even better. Water everywhere: pools, waterfalls, pool island with trees; pools in shade, pools in sunshine and a small lake. Play, daydream, entertain? Just pick, it’s all here. Tennis, swimming (in possibly the largest private pool in the U.S.) or paddle boating around the small lake with its overhanging vegetation. Entertaining any size group is made easy in the large tennis court pavillion with its bar and orchestra stage, also with outdoor kitchen, spa and guest house.

Van Dyke's Houston home has one of the largest private pools in the U.S., full size lighted tennis court with viewing stands and party pavilion with bar and stage for orchestra. Asking $14.5 million. It’s no accident that “The Thief Who Came to Dinner” with Ryan O’Neal and Jacqueline Bisset was filmed in this magical setting.


Romantic Private Gulfstream Island

Located on the Atlantic side of the Overseas Highway that runs the length of the Florida Keys, Melody Key is situated a half mile off Summerland Key and almost equal distance between Key West and Marathon.

The island, which can be reached only by boat and was formerly owned by Nick Hexum, lead singer of the rock band 311, is completely self-sufficient. Powered by solar with a state-of-the-art solar inverter and on-demand muted generator, there is also a desalination system for fresh water. In addition to the island, included is a waterfront lot with dock on Summerland Key. Not only can another home be built on this lot, but there is also plenty of room on six-acre Melody Key to expand if desired.

The beauty of the island stands out from every angle: From satellite, aerial photos, from the water and on the land. The main house measures approximately 2,800 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths and an observation deck from which to see the sun rise over the Atlantic and the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. The granite countered gourmet kitchen has all Viking appliances, and the grounds contain a swimming pool and spa surrounded by tropical trees and landscaping. Melody Island’s celebrity-level privacy and proximity to the Keys best restaurants, shops and nightlife, make this island stand out as the jewel in the string of pearls that is the Florida Keys.

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