Four Exquisite Homes With Different Spins On Modern Luxury

For homebuyers looking for luxury, there’s no shortage of options. Here’s a curated collection of homes, each a showcase in design from classic to contemporary, on the market in choice markets around the world.

Luxurious Rancho Santa Fe Retreat at 14741 Rancho Santa Fe Farms Road

Natural stone and reclaimed wood planks feature prominently in the design of this retreat in San Diego’s Rancho Santa Fe community. (Willis Allen Real Estate)

‘Warm And Wonderful’ In Southern California

Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Price: $6.750 million

14741 Rancho Santa Fe Farms Road living room

The custom home, listed for $6.75 million, was designed for the owners and features vaulted ceilings, elaborate fireplaces and a wine room. (Willis Allen Real Estate)

Called Casa “Calado e Meraviglioso,” which translates to “warm and wonderful,” this Mediterranean-style home was custom built in 1998 and completely remodeled in 2010. The four-bedroom, six-bathroom main house spans over 6,150 square feet, all on one level, with views of lush landscaping and surrounding hills. The living area, which flows from the indoors to the outdoors, features a fireplace, wet bar and wine room. Outside, there’s a pool, two firepits, a fireplace and a full kitchen surrounded by flagstone terraces. 

 14741 Rancho Santa Fe Farms Road patio and swimming pool

The more than 2.4 acres of grounds feature stone patios, an invisible-edge pool, an outdoor kitchen and a tennis court. (Willis Allen Real Estate)

The property also features a 1,250-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest house, which includes an office fitted with built-in cabinetry, plus an entertainment room with a bar that opens to the pool. There’s also a tennis court and four-car garage. The 2.4-acre property also has an independent solar energy system and its own well. 

It is listed with Connie Berkley of Willis Allen Real Estate.

28&33 Kwu Tung Road, Sheung Shui living room and entry

Listed for about $9.5 million (HKD 75,000,000), this three-story home in Sheung Shui features a modern aesthetic, high ceilings and walls of glass. (

Hong Kong Escape 

Location: Sheung Shui, Hong Kong

Price: $9.665 million (HKD 75 million)

28&33 Kwu Tung Road, Sheung Shui

A glass staircase connects each level of the house. (

This contemporary home comes with a private pool and garden that sits off the main living area. It also features floor-to-ceiling wine storage. Spanning three stories, a master suite with a dressing room and study spans the top floor.

28&33 Kwu Tung Road, Sheung Shui

Another perk: a private swimming pool, which is something of a rarity. (

It is listed with Joshua Miller of

toorak estate on edzell ave melbourne australia

Melbourne, where the Edzell Avenue home is located, saw a 3.7% increase in property prices in December quarter 2020, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. (Private Property Global)

Australian Riverfront Abode

Location: Toorak, Victoria, Australia

Price: $11.745 million (AUD $15.95 million)

 7 Edzell Avenue entry

Clean lines, white brick and subtle curves reinforce the home’s Art deco-inspired design. (Private Property Global)

Called “Tarcoola,” this home sits on a scenic bend of the Yarra River, on prized Edzell Avenue in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak. The tree-filled property comes with a private jetty, pontoon, boat shed and picnic area. The five-bedroom contemporary home features walls of windows and a fireplace. 

“Tarcoola” on Toorak’s Prized Edzell Avenue living room

The timeless design, which dates to the 1930s, retains many of its original fixtures and fittings while incorporating a range of modern amenities. (Private Property Global)

It is listed with Ken Jacobs of Private Property Global.

Located in the exclusive Lawrence Park enclave, this custom home pairs designer-done interiors with grounds rivaling that of a resort. (Barry Cohen Homes)

Luxe Living In Canada

Location: Toronto, Canada

Price: $7.99 million (CAD $10 million)

 47 Daneswood Road living room with white walls and black fireplace

Listed for about $7.97 million (CAD 10,000,000), the 10,000-plus-square-foot home is visually stunning thanks to black-and-white palette and Art deco accents. (Barry Cohen Homes)

In Toronto’s Lawrence Park neighborhood, this designer home spans more than 10,000 square feet with custom millwork and sophisticated finishes, including a black-and-white color scheme and Art Deco accents. There’s a loft level and the chef’s kitchen features a walk-in pantry. Outdoors, gardens surround a saltwater pool, cabana and hot tub.

 47 Daneswood Road swimming pool and outdoor living area

A saltwater swimming pool sits between the main residence and a cabana. (Barry Cohen Homes)

It is listed with Barry Cohen of Barry Cohen Homes.

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I’ve been working as a journalist in the New York metro area for more than a decade and have developed a specialization in luxury real estate, writing about everything from the post-recession housing market in Fairfield County, Connecticut, to the third-home market in the Hamptons. I’m currently also a regular contributor to Newsday and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. If you spot me in my Brooklyn neighborhood and I’m not knitting, I’m probably admiring the beautiful Victorians that surround my apartment building (and trying to figure out what they would sell for).