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Real Estate Porn: A Private Planetarium and Oscar Wilde’s London Flat

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm / Posted by

SAN FRANCISCO: Built in 1912, this 7,800-square-foot pink palace is located high on the Belvedere peninsula, and boasts seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and a ballroom. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, [...]

 

SAN FRANCISCO: Built in 1912, this 7,800-square-foot pink palace is located high on the Belvedere peninsula, and boasts seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and a ballroom. If that doesn't tickle your fancy, we're betting the view—a sweeping shot of the San Francisco bay and Golden Gate Bridge—will. $11,750,000 at Zillow.com

 

LONDON: Attention, literature buffs: This elegant Tite Street apartment was once home to Oscar Wilde, who penned some of his most loved works during his 11 year residency. In addition to its literary [...]

 

LONDON: Attention, literature buffs: This elegant Tite Street apartment was once home to Oscar Wilde, who penned some of his most loved works during his 11 year residency. In addition to its literary heritage, the flat offers totally refinished interiors, an open plan kitchen and a laundry room. Who knows, maybe Oscar used to pin up his tighty-whiteys in there! £1,150,000 at Savills.

 

MEXICO CITY: This hot pink villa, Cuadra San Cristobal, was designed by legendary architect Luis Barragan, best known for his ability to blur the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces. To wit: [...]

 

MEXICO CITY: This hot pink villa, Cuadra San Cristobal, was designed by legendary architect Luis Barragan, best known for his ability to blur the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces. To wit: The oceanic-looking swimming pool extends all the way to the back porch steps. When you're tired of paddling around, hit the private stables, which come with their own guest house. Price upon request at Christie's.

 

MIAMI: Not long after the sale of "Real Housewife" Adrienne Maloof's $20 million mansion, Miami housewife Lisa Hochstein has listed her 10,000-square-foot estate— christened, with typical housewife [...]

 

MIAMI: Not long after the sale of "Real Housewife" Adrienne Maloof's $20 million mansion, Miami housewife Lisa Hochstein has listed her 10,000-square-foot estate— christened, with typical housewife subtlety, the "Palacio del Eden." Complete with a stained glass dome, frescoed ceilings, and huge marble columns, the house is made to look like an old-timey Italian villa. $10,750,000 at Realtor.com.

 

MONTANA: Formerly known as the Yellowstone Club, this rambling lodge features a private ski mountain (complete with its own lift) as well as a marble terrace outfitted with in-ground jacuzzis overlooking [...]

 

MONTANA: Formerly known as the Yellowstone Club, this rambling lodge features a private ski mountain (complete with its own lift) as well as a marble terrace outfitted with in-ground jacuzzis overlooking Big Sky country. $28,000,000 at Concierge Auctions.  

 

NEW YORK: Conceived by legendary interior designer (and former Warhol companion), Jed Johnson, this sophisticated Yorkville estate features sweeping views of the nearby river as well as a private [...]

 

NEW YORK: Conceived by legendary interior designer (and former Warhol companion), Jed Johnson, this sophisticated Yorkville estate features sweeping views of the nearby river as well as a private library and elevator landing. The price also includes a full-staff, who have private quarters on the property (yes, like Downton Abbey). $11,950,000 at Sothebys.

 

COLORADO: This Telluride lodge is more castle than cabin, with killer views of the Rocky Mountains and a smattering of unusual amenities like a "stellar observatory," Buhatanese bridge, spring-fed pond [...]

 

COLORADO: This Telluride lodge is more castle than cabin, with killer views of the Rocky Mountains and a smattering of unusual amenities like a "stellar observatory," Buhatanese bridge, spring-fed pond and over 16 miles of hand-laid trails. $10,950,000 at Zillow.

 

URUGAY: Located on a private lake (but, naturally, with its own infinity pool—just so you have options), "El Refugio" is an oasis of sleek, modern design, with five separate guest houses, a sky-high [...]

 

URUGAY: Located on a private lake (but, naturally, with its own infinity pool—just so you have options), "El Refugio" is an oasis of sleek, modern design, with five separate guest houses, a sky-high entrance hall and an outdoor kitchen. $5,500,000 at Sothebys.

 

VIRGINIA: Word has it that the former owner of this Great Falls mansion is a Saudi princess, whose "royal" tastes translated into bejeweled walls and draperies as well as French-imported marble [...]

 

VIRGINIA: Word has it that the former owner of this Great Falls mansion is a Saudi princess, whose "royal" tastes translated into bejeweled walls and draperies as well as French-imported marble finishings and Greek-style columns. $5,500,000 at CastleAziza.com.

 

NEW YORK: Part Gatsby-mansion and part yacht club, this Water Mill mansion is located on 2.3 acres of Mecox Bay waterfront. If you're not the boating type, check out the private theatre, game room, or [...]

 

NEW YORK: Part Gatsby-mansion and part yacht club, this Water Mill mansion is located on 2.3 acres of Mecox Bay waterfront. If you're not the boating type, check out the private theatre, game room, or walk-in wine cellar. A private island comes with the property, as does a "fur vault." Why not? $39,500,000 at Sothebys.

 

Whether or not you’re a captain of industry, few pleasures in life are as uncomplicated as clicking through impossibly luxe (and ridiculously expensive) real estate listings.

On this week’s listings round-up, we’re thinking “earnestly” about Oscar Wilde’s former London flat, as well as the 16 miles of hand-laid trails (and private planetarium) at a luxe Telluride lodge.

Too rustic for your taste? Maybe the private island attached to a sprawling Water Mill mansion (which comes complete with its own fur-vault) will pique your interest.

Share with us in the comments. Which of these listings catches your fancy the most?

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