’s Top 5 Picks of the Week: Featuring San Francisco’s Nirvana House and Shirley MacLaine’s New Age Ranch

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Shirley MacLaine's New Age Ranch

Priced at $18 million, Shirley MacLaine’s New Mexico Ranch—which the decorated actress fondly refers to as “Plaza Blanca”—is only an hour’s drive north of Sante Fe.

Shirley MacLaine's New Age New Mexico Ranch

Poised on approximately 7,451 acres, the ranch's main house boasts nine bedrooms and six baths, a caretaker’s cottage, a swimming pool, two ponds, a horse barn, ranch buildings, equipment and a yurt. Situated beneath the 10,000-square-foot structure is an apartment that comprises a living room, a kitchen, and four bedrooms designed to resemble a Native American kiva. The property also features a greenhouse and a chicken coop, providing food year-round. Completely off-grid, the home is powered by solar panels and a wind generator.

San Francisco's Nirvana House

San Francisco architect and urban park planner Angela Danadjieva’s “Nirvana” house is now on the market for $7.5 million.

San Francisco's Nirvana House

Designed to meld natural outdoor scenery with healthy, natural building materials such as Carnelian granite, redwood, cedar and glass for natural light, the house sits on a ridge outside San Francisco Bay in Tiburon’s Hill Haven area. Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, and the San Francisco skyline, the eco-friendly abode measures in 4,500 square feet, and features a 10-foot indoor waterfall that maintains a healthy humidity and replacement of oxygen.

Among the four-bedroom, five-bath residence's features are a unique patterned sky roof of redwood and cedar; a sizable great room with 36-foot-tall windows; a total of 57 windows throughout the house, providing stunning views; and a stone patio that leads to a lawn overlooking the Bay. The property's entry has an electronically controlled gate with a stone driveway leading to the attached two-car garage.

Maryland Penderyn Auction  

This elegant 22,500-square-foot Georgian-style residence is nestled on an 18-acre peninsula jutting out into the Wye River, enveloped by a mile of waterfront on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Maryland Penderyn Auction

The home's beautifully manicured grounds and 157-foot Bailey dock—which touts 11 slips, and conveniently awaits guests arriving by water—make the sprawling estate perfect for large garden parties and events.

Built with handmade bricks, the home has custom Palladian windows and French doors, as well as 11 handmade English chimneys. Its fireplaces have mantelpieces collected from country homes in England, except for the mantel in the family room, which was acquired from a 16th-century French monastery. The house features a two-story grand foyer, a 60-foot arched hallway, a drawing room, a music room, a conservatory with hand-painted vaulted ceiling and Chinese silk wall-coverings, a paneled billiard-family room, and a 22-seat formal dining room. Each of its eight bedrooms come with its own full bath, while its master suite has a separate reading area and an opulent master bathroom.

Previously priced at $9.95 million, the Chef Boyardee heir’s Georgian-styled estate will be auctioned with no reserve on July 19th.

Illinois Castle Home

Built in 1990 in the Chicago bedroom community of Marengo and tucked in between I-90 and State Highway 47, this magnificent castle—very privately situated on 39 acres of land—is being sold with 10 acres for $1.099 million.

Illinois Castle Home

Touting 8,500-square-feet of living space, the home has four bedrooms and six baths, along with a three-story great room and a stone fireplace. Its master suite has the surprising feature of a spiral staircase, which leads to the top of a turret terrace, while its generous kitchen boasts many windows that bathe the space in natural light, as well as a plethora of cabinets, ample counter space, and a sizable dining area. The property also comes with a pool, a wide patio, and a 10,000-square-foot heated barn with eight horse stalls. A greenhouse, vegetable, flower and fruit garden complete the lush compound.

Interested parties should take note of the standing option to purchase the whole 39-acre swath of land (for a negotiable sum).

JFK’s Palm Beach White House

John F. Kennedy’s Palm Beach White House, originally name “La Guerida,” was designed by society architect Addison Mizner in 1923.

JFK Winter Whitehouse - Copy

Located on about 1.6 acres with 204 feet of oceanfront, the home has 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, formal and casual rooms, a tennis court, a swimming pool, and a four-car garage.

Previously priced at $120,000 in 1933 and $4.92 million in 1995, JFK's restored and updated property is now asking a whopping $38.5 million.

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