Architecture Digest editors have selected the most extraordinary homes for sale around the world. Check them out after the jump.
San Clemente, California
Pedigree: Spanish Revival grandeur meets historic intrigue at La Casa Pacifica, an iconic 1927 oceanfront estate that has been published in Architectural Digest on three occasions.
Crafted by architect Carl Lindbom for oil tycoon Hamilton H. Cotton, the Orange County home was purchased in 1969 by President Richard Nixon, earning it the nickname the Western White House.
Property Values: The impeccable 5.5 acres are dotted with a pool, guest villa, and tennis court, among other amenities.
Talking Point: Clint Eastwood, Frank Sinatra, and countless other stars have been guests at the home.
Stats: 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 half bath, 9,000 SQ. FT., $75 million
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Pedigree: Finding inspiration in the Southwest’s traditional adobe dwellings, the AD100 firm Alexander Gorlin Architects devised this 2005 residence as a series of interconnected pavilions.
Set against a backdrop of mountain peaks, the home takes full advantage of its dramatic site, with broad window walls and myriad outdoor entertaining spaces. Crisp lines and sleek finishes distinguish the minimalist interiors.
Property Values: Enhancing the 12.5-acre plot is a lap pool bordered by a fuchsia-hued wall in the spirit of Mexican architect Luis Barragán.
Talking Point: This is the first time the house has been on the market.
Stats: 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 7,700 SQ. FT., $3.9 million
Pedigree: Dating from the 15th century, this renovated hunting lodge is the picture of Provençal charm, its ocher exterior accented by sun-faded blue shutters. Inside, ceiling frescoes, walls finished with marmorino plaster, and rustic parquetry floors lend a refined but cozy atmosphere.
Property Values: In addition to a pool and pool pavilion, the lush 17-acre grounds include guest and staff houses.
Talking Point: The parterre garden, which has several exquisite water features, offers a captivating spot to unwind.
Stats: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4,300 SQ FT., $4.5 million
Pedigree: Old-world elegance prevails at Villa Grazioli, an extraordinary hilltop manor constructed in 1580 as a home for Cardinal Antonio Carafa.
Expanded in the early 18th century by the architect Baldassarre Erba Odescalchi, the estate later fell into disrepair but in 1998 was restored and transformed into a boutique hotel. Behind the building’s gracefully symmetrical façade lies a series of vaulted rooms brimming with period details.
Property Values: The rambling, parklike grounds encompass nearly four acres and include two additional houses for a total of 62 bedrooms.
Talking Point: Art lovers will delight in the rare opportunity to live amid Baroque frescoes by such noted painters as Agostino Ciampelli and Annibale Carracci.
Stats: 13 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 6 half bath, 39,500 SQ. FT., $17.5 million
Pedigree: Designed by Oglesby Greene Architects, this 2009 residence was built to embrace its setting on a bluff overlooking the city’s White Rock Creek, with expansive windows affording views of the surrounding woodlands. Composed of a pair of gabled wings linked by a two-story glass corridor, the house features Douglas fir and rugged limestone throughout its striking interiors.
Property Values: The one-acre parcel boasts a number of inviting outdoor spaces, such as a rooftop terrace, an infinity pool, a koi pond, and a hot tub with an adjacent fire pit.
Talking Point: Bird-watchers will enjoy discovering egrets, cardinals, and other avian species among the area’s wildlife.
Stats: 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 11,000 SQ. FT., $9 million