Luxury Defined tours six stunning homes,
each with its own zero-edge pool
A RECENT EXCERPT FROM LUXURY DEFINED PROPERTY GALLERIES ON CHRISTIESREALESTATE.COM,
It’s summertime, and what better way to escape the triple-digit temperatures than in cool waters and the beautiful illusion of an infinity pool? The water flows over a vanishing edge, there to be silently filtered, cleaned, and returned. Ah, the Zen tranquility of it. But that edge, that negative-edge horizon line makes artists of us all, placing us at the center of a new perspective on the world. What better way to contemplate that view—whether it be the sea, mountains, or countryside—from the glassy surface of water melding into a cloudless blue sky? Consider a chic villa with an infinity pool overlooking Lake Zurich, or perhaps a coastal compound with a pool facing Narragansett Bay. And if one infinity pool isn’t enough, how about five, each framing a picture-perfect vista of Mexico’s Pacific coast? The homes featured in this Luxury Defined collection illustrate why an infinity pool is more than a trick of perspective: it’s the ultimate place to while away a lazy summer afternoon.
Lake Zurich Villa in Canton Schwyz, Switzerland
This ultra-luxurious contemporary villa in Canton Schwyz, between the Etzel mountain ridge and Lake Zurich, features elegant living spaces surrounded by walls of glass that frame the awe-inspiring lake vistas. The upper floor features a sumptuous open-plan living room anchored by a firepit built into the floor. A terrace leads to a spectacular infinity pool that appears to blend into the lake below. The lower-level houses the master suite, with a generously proportioned designer bathroom and two dressing rooms. Further accommodations include a private guest apartment with its own entrance. There’s also a wine cellar and a luxury spa with sauna, steam room, and fitness room, all with lake views, and a Jacuzzi on the verandah.
Casa Millas in Costa Careyes, Jalisco, Mexico
Commanding a premier vantage point on three acres in the exclusive enclave of Rincon in Careyes, Mexico, Casa Millas is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, with the sound of crashing waves below and with water views to the horizon. Indoor-outdoor living is the essence of the six-bedroom, 17,000-square-foot home designed by Manolo Mestre, one of Mexico’s leading residential architects. The main residence includes two large bedrooms with luxury bathrooms, a large theater, and a gym. The five infinity pools are semicircular and designed to mirror the geography of the bluff with infinity edges melding perfectly with the distant ocean waters. The master suite is essentially a private island in one of the estate’s pools. Further complementing the offering are three luxury guest suites.
Shangri-La on Narragansett Bay in Bristol, Rhode Island
Shangri-La on Narragansett Bay is a stylish and carefully curated collection of four waterfront residences on 1.8 acres of private shoreline in the historic seaside community of Bristol Highlands. This extraordinary bayfront estate, crafted over three decades is the result of talent, time, and love of place. The property comprises a main house, two guest houses, staff quarters, two greenhouses, a teahouse, and garages. The outdoor living spaces, expertly placed among the residences are designed to capture the dramatic sunset views of Narragansett Bay, include a heated infinity pool with two cabanas, a koi pond, and a private sandy beach.
La Garibaldina in Sardinia, Italy
An impressive estate offering privacy, tranquility, and enviable outdoor living, La Garibaldina is an idyllic contemporary retreat, superbly hidden in the highly desirable location of the Costa Smeralda, close to beaches and marinas, and a few minutes from Porto Cervo. Set within the wild hillside, rocky hideaways, olive groves and allotments, the estate amounts to 18.5 acres with stunning sea views and mountain vistas. The villa boasts remarkable outdoor entertaining areas, including an outdoor kitchen, barbecue and traditional pizza oven, perfect for sunset feasts, while a spectacular infinity pool overlooks the archipelago of La Maddalena. A secluded bespoke hot tub provides a sublime finishing touch.
43+ Acre Country Estate in Mahwah, New Jersey
Encompassing more than 43 acres along the Ramapo River, bordered by a further 9,000 acres of preserved land, this extraordinary English-inspired country manor and horse farm offers an incomparable lifestyle within proximity to Manhattan. The main residence is a beautiful stone mansion with 10 bedrooms, 10 full and four half bathrooms. The amenities are without peer. Indoors are several sport lounges, a lap pool with spa, massage room, gym, padded recreation area, home theater, wine cellar, and an English-style pub. The outdoor spaces include a three-tiered stone terrace with outdoor kitchen and an infinity pool, perfectly positioned to take in vistas of the grounds. There’s also a soccer field; basketball court; and an equestrian facility with a 20-stall barn, 14,000-square-foot indoor riding arena, five paddocks, and private riding trails.
Art-Inspired Villa in Sète, Herault, France
The sleek horizontal lines that frame this contemporary villa on Mont St-Clair in the French seaside resort of Sète are gleefully upstaged by a playful postmodernism throughout. The light-filled, 3,875-square-foot interior’s main living spaces all face the sea. Other highlights include a gourmet kitchen by Atelier ST Paul and four bedroom suites, opening to an ipé wood terrace facing the sea. The basking deck frames a glorious infinity pool, where the spillover washes down over a glittering sea-life mosaic by French artist Hervé Di Rosa.