These Multimillion-Dollar Homes Let the Outdoors In
If location is everything to a home's value, it stands to reason that a particularly valuable home should be oriented, in turn, to its location. This is especially true in settings whose weather is beautiful, views are spectacular, and temperature is conducive to indoor/outdoor living.
These four properties, from Provence to Palm Beach, have successfully integrated their architecture into the landscape, to stunning effect.
Cannes Penthouse, for $16.2 million
Set on the Boulevard de la Croisette, a road that snakes along the beach in Cannes, France, this 2,500-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath penthouse is oriented exclusively toward its ocean views. The apartment is set up in an open plan: Indoors are the living area, dining room, and kitchen, all connected. There's also a small studio for staff with a separate entrance, two underground parking spots, and two storage cellars.
All the unit's public rooms open onto a 1,000-square-foot terrace, which has enough space to include its own dining table and entertaining space. Glass doors tuck away to combine the indoor and outdoor living areas. Given that Cannes is on the French Riviera and has temperatures that rarely dip below 40 degrees, you can pretty much use this setup year-round.
Contemporary Mansion in Palm Beach, for $11.75 million
This 5,100-square-foot house, designed by the contemporary architect Milton Klein, is set on a 0.65-acre lot on an ocean-block street in Florida's Palm Beach. The six-bedroom, six-bath, and two half-bath house comes with a tennis court, tiled swimming pool, and a jacuzzi, plus gated beach access.
Most of the ground-floor rooms open onto either the tennis court, the home's multiple terraces, or its lush, private gardens—which means that if you're not blasting the air conditioning inside, you can enjoy the inside-outside vibe. There's also a three-car garage that houses a complete catering kitchen.
Restored Farmhouse in Provence, for $5 million
Set on almost 10 acres of land near the medieval town of Oppède, France, between Avignon and Aix-en-Provence (both just under an hour away), this 4,520-square-foot farmhouse has been refurbished and converted into an (almost) contemporary estate. The home has extensive gardens and paths, its own vineyard, a square pool, and several pavilions constructed out of former storage sheds, all of which are open to the elements. Happily, Provence is temperate for most of the year, which means the outdoor living spaces can receive ample use.
In total, the house has four bedrooms and four baths, all meticulously restored. The house comes with an olive grove, several outbuildings, and zoned permission to build a garage.
Hillside Mansion in Malibu, for $9.995 million
Located in Point Dume, Calif., an area in Malibu that's south of the Pacific Coast Highway and overlooking Paradise Cove, this 4,880-square-foot house is about an hour's drive from downtown Los Angeles. The house, finished with Brazilian hardwood and polished concrete floors, has four bedrooms, two baths, and three half-baths and was built explicitly for indoor/outdoor living.
There's a Miele-equipped kitchen, a three-car garage, and an in-ground pool and jacuzzi, along with a cabana and built-in outdoor seating. This being Southern California, you can expect the latter to get a lot of use.