A RECENT EXCERPT FROM LUXURY DEFINED PROPERTY GALLERIES
from Christie’s International Real Estate
Luxury Defined spotlights a collection of properties with resort-inspired indoor pools for year-round recreation and relaxation
Situated in the charming Swiss village of Morcote, this chic 1960s villa has an indoor pool complex with lounge seating and a garden terrace overlooking Lake Lugano.
This enchanting Mediterranean-style villa in the picture-postcard village of Morcote, Switzerland, is just steps from the shores of Lake Lugano. Built in the mid-Sixties, the 9,127-square-foot residence was redesigned for ultimate comfort and luxury. The indoor pool is a haven with an elegant seating area, stone floors, stately columns, and French doors opening to lovely landscaped gardens. There are several reception rooms and eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The interiors open to covered verandas, balconies, and charming stone terraces with sunset views over the lake.
Private Residence in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Set within a third of an acre of leafy gardens, this beautiful three-story home has a coveted location on a peaceful private street in Neuilly-sur-Seine, an exclusive suburb on the northwestern edge of Paris. The three-story residence was completely reconstructed by a renowned architect and equipped with the latest luxury lifestyle amenities. Among the highlights is a 40-foot-long indoor pool, situated on the lower-level recreation floor with spa, gym, screening room, and six-car garage. A staircase ascends to the garden level, comprising several elegant living and reception rooms and a generously proportioned eat-in kitchen. On the second floor are two luxurious bedroom suites, including the owner’s suite, with a bathroom, dressing room, and study opening to a terrace. The third floor offers two additional bedroom suites, each with a luxurious bathroom and dressing room. The property also includes a 1,614-square-foot guest house.
Contemporary Haven in Esposende, Braga, Portugal
This contemporary home is a luxurious private haven in the historic coastal city of Esposende in northern Portugal. The amenities are reminiscent of a five-star resort; especially the indoor swimming pool, with its wood deck, lounge area, and sliding doors that open to a sun terrace. The interiors are warm and inviting. Vast walls of glass bring in the Portuguese sunlight and views of the surrounding greenery. There are several reception rooms, including a living room with a suspended fireplace. Four bedrooms, all with spa-style bathrooms, offer comfortable accommodations for residents and guests. The interiors open out to a walled grounds with lovely landscaped lawns and a sports field.
East Meets West Luxury Manor in Bratislava, Slovakia
East meets West at this unique country estate in the Little Carpathians Protected Landscape Area, just outside the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. The château-style main residence was built in 1905 and updated for the 21st century. Among the updates are a range of luxurious amenities, including a beautiful mosaic-tiled indoor pool (housed in a separate building with a ballroom and conference room), an outdoor pool, fitness center, and wine cellar. The magnificent main residence pays homage to Gothic and Byzantine architectural influences. The interiors are a blend of traditional and contemporary details, including furnishings by Versace Home Collection. The entrance hall leads into a grand dining room with terrace, a fully fitted kitchen, and living room, gym, guest and staff bedrooms. The upper floors include a Zen-inspired stone hallway, a study/ library, and several bedrooms suites, including the lavish main suite with dressing room, soaking tub, and shower. The residence is set within mature gardens with towering trees, stone paths and terraces, a circular driveway, and grotto-style pool.
Vitacura Valley Estate in Santiago, Chile
This magnificent estate in Chile’s beautiful Vitacura Valley offers breathtaking vistas of Manquehue Hill and the city of Santiago. The stately six-bedroom residence extends to more than 21,500 square feet across multiple levels. At the highest point of the home is a terrace with a spa and Jacuzzi overlooking the city. Other resort features include a large heated indoor pool, spa, sauna and steam rooms, tennis and racquetball courts, a cinema, and wine cellar. The residence is introduced via the central hall, which leads to the reception rooms, large kitchen, two family rooms, living room, and dining room. Beyond are the serene gardens, graced with water fountains, gazebos, winding paths, several oriels, entertaining terraces, a barbecue area. The property also includes four staff rooms, parking for up to 25 vehicles, and top-of-the-line security, including a surveillance system and 24/7 guard house at the entrance.
Timeless Estate on Bainbridge Island, Washington
This unique 10-acre estate in the historic Fort Ward district of Bainbridge Island fuses historic appeal with classic design and luxury amenities. The property served as the Navy Radio Receiving and Control Building—a top secret strategic communications center for the United States Pacific Fleet during World War II. It remained in the possession of the United States Navy until 1960. In recent years, the building has been transformed into an immaculate turnkey home. The interior aesthetic exudes glamour while prioritizing comfort. Among the many deluxe amenities is the indoor pool room with a beautiful stone deck and vast windows facing the gardens. Other highlights include multiple formal and family rooms, a massive master suite, an artist’s studio, and a wine cellar. The residence sits in an elevated position to take advantage of the light and the views of the beautiful landscaped grounds. Downtown Seattle is just 10 minutes by ferry.
6.5-Acre Family Compound in Saddle River, New Jersey
This 6.5-acre country estate was designed for resort living and grand-scale entertaining. Located in Saddle River, just 30 minutes from Midtown Manhattan, this palatial home offers 17,000 square feet of custom-designed living and entertaining areas across multiple levels, ideal to host formal or intimate gatherings. The main level features a grand foyer, living room, formal dining room, and chic kitchen by Kuche + Cucina. Farther along is a private master suite and a decadent indoor pool. The leisure facilities also include an outdoor pool, regulation lighted tennis court, and full-service cabana. The property includes a generator and a six-car garage. Three acres of land with a four-bedroom colonial farmhouse and 10-stall barn with paddock are also available for purchase.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t add two Special Properties to this article: Modern Masterpiece on 3.57 acres, located in Franklin Lakes and River Oak, a 43+ Acre Family Compound located in Mahwah New Jersey both have very impressive spa areas!
California living in the beautiful Northeast.
Magnificent modern masterpiece set on 3.57 gated acres affording reservoir, mountain & sunset views. Expansive open floor plan with recently refinished ash floors, tremendous ceiling height, floor to ceiling windows & doors that open to the breathtaking Mediterranean-style courtyards and loggias surrounding this Villa. Luxurious spa with an outstanding 40 ft indoor pool, hot tub, adjacent fitness center, sauna and two dressing rooms with showers. The unparalleled custom library/office is equipped with wet bar, fireplace, private terrace and houses 8,000 volumes! A first floor guest suite and 4 other bedrooms include the master suite retreat with a wall of glass that opens onto the 60′ sun terrace, custom closets, dressing area and 2 full baths that open to a covered veranda. The awe-inspiring architecture was designed to enhance an indoor-outdoor living experience creating a sanctuary while conveniently located 30 minutes from NYC.
43+ breathtaking acres along the panoramic Ramapo River surrounds this English Country estate offering an incomparable lifestyle within close proximity to Manhattan.
For the equestrian, there is a 20 stall barn with state of the art amenities, an indoor riding arena, paddocks and trails. For the sports enthusiast, there is both an outdoor infinity pool, spa, soccer/football field, as well as a basketball court, and private outdoor spa for the master suite. There are sport lounges throughout the estate, as well as an indoor pool, wine cellar, home theater, English Pub/banquet, massage room, gym, and padded recreation area. The details of the main residence are too numerous to list. Unparalleled state of the art technology throughout the compound.