You need not be a king or queen to live in a home that evokes the sense of grandeur and opulence found in a royal palace. A handful of exceptional properties around the world boast impressive square footage, sprawling manicured lawns and stately facades, resembling even the most impressive of regal residences. Whether you are looking for a permanent residence to fit your kingdom or a unique investment opportunity, look no further than these 5 magnificent palatial homes.
Follow the quarter-mile drive lined with olive trees and pass the chardonnay vineyard to find this breathtaking Montecito estate. Originally built in 1919, the 8-acre property has recently undergone a gorgeous and painstaking renovation, blending fine luxury and effortless functionality to create a dream home. A classic Roman courtyard greets you, transporting you to Italy with a stunning fountain and astounding design. The residence is teeming with architectural details that will no doubt leave you impressed. The many floor-length windows invite warm natural light into all corners of the home, and the many fireplaces invite you to curl up with a good book and relax. The main residence’s kitchen is spacious, with high-end appliances that will delight any home chef. The outdoor dining and surrounding gardens provide an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and the sparkling pool awaits you. There is not an inch of this property that hasn’t been lovingly updated and designed to perfection.
French Grandeur in New Jersey
Who knew you didn’t have to leave New Jersey to experience luxurious French living? Chateau Sheree is a seven-bedroom, 14-bathroom sprawling estate in Saddle River. The home sits on 2.4 acres and boasts outdoor amenities such as a beautiful pool and fully equipped cabana. The property is gated, offering the most in quiet privacy. When you enter the home, you will be greeted with a magnificent staircase and grand foyer. Throughout the residence, one can find 47,000 sheets of 22-karat gold leaf worked into the astounding woodwork. There are an impressive 12 fireplaces, a 3-story elevator, and 28 zones of heating and cooling. The newly renovated lower level of the home features a wine cellar and tasting room, fitness room, and spa.
19th Century Castle
Originally built around 1850, this eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom chateau in Limoges, France is French elegance at its finest. Upon entering the chateau you will find a gorgeous, mosaic-lined entrance hall with a stunning oak staircase. Each of the three reception rooms on this floor feature marble fireplaces. The formal dining room can easily hold at least 20 guests, proving to be an ideal place for dinner parties and birthday celebrations. You can also find a library and music room in the residence. The chateau is completely air conditioned to keep everyone cool and comfortable throughout the hotter months. The outbuildings include a fitness gym with a heated, indoor swimming pool, a large six-car garage, horse stable, and four fully equipped guest apartments. Wander the sprawling grounds and enjoy the vegetable and rose garden, ponds and meadow.
Renovated French Chateau and Equestrian Farm
This enormous renovated chateau sits on a massive 316 acres of land in Nantes, France and features a world-class equestrian facility. Overlooking the River Erdre, the chateau dates back to the 18th century and was renovated to become a beacon of modern luxury. Upon entering you will be greeted with soaring ceilings. In the main house you will find a gorgeously updated kitchen and plenty of natural light throughout, as well as an indoor swimming pool and fitness area. The chateau is sold fully furnished, making the moving process effortless and convenient. The renowned equestrian facilities boast a top-quality riding area and room for 400 boarders. This equestrian property is the ideal place for anyone with a passion for horses and luxurious living.
Majestic Melbourne Abode
This estate in Melbourne, Australia awaits those in search of fine luxury and elegance. Not one but two kitchens are found in the home and feature high-end Miele appliances. Five bedrooms can be found on the second floor and each feature a private ensuite. Beautiful French doors lead out to the courtyard where you can relax and take in the fresh air. The ground floor of the home offers an exceptional guest bedroom for visiting friends and family. The below-ground garage can hold up to eight vehicles, and elevator access allows the home to be both practical and convenient. The location of the property is unmatched and is walking distance to private schools, as well as the Toorak, Hawksburn, and Armadale villages.