Though unique architecture and polished interiors filled with one-of-a-kind custom furniture and museum-quality art collections only add to a piece of real estate’s value, the compelling selling points are all in the amenities.
From a double-height basketball court underneath a New York city townhouse to a 4K cinema room on the lower level of a five-bedroom mansion in Caesarea, Israel, the amenities on offer within some of the world’s largest estates are worth considering.
Luckily for anyone looking for a sprawling estate with luxurious niceties, there are quite a few of them on the market.
From Los Angeles to Toronto, there are plenty of Olympic–size pools and 1,000-square-foot wine cellars to go around. That said, these amenity-rich homes won’t be available for long.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Based on its name—Villa BlackRock—and look, it’s easy to assume that this seven-bedroom residence is in Italy, but the Federico Spagnulo–designed, four-story masterpiece is actually in Dubai.
The Italian architect also sourced materials from all over the world—think Swedish wood flooring, Belgian fireplaces, American veneered paneling, and a bespoke spiral staircase by the likes of the Iranian artisan whose work has been featured in New York City’s Guggenheim Museum.
In addition to the air conditioned three-car garage and staff quarters with room for up to seven employees, the palatial home also boasts a fully equipped 860-square-foot private gym that overlooks the towering Burj Khalifa, a private cinema, a knife-edge pool with a sunken seating area and an in-built Olympic–level current machine, and a 1,000-square-foot spa complete with a sauna, steam room, vitality pool, plunge pool, treatment room, and salon.
Price: Upon request
Beds/Baths: 7 bedrooms, 12 full baths
Square footage: 18,468 square feet
New York, New York
Between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, this town house stands out against the others on the block with its copper-clad rounded bay window, and it somehow represents both classic New York and contemporary luxury.
With nearly 12,000 square feet of interior space, the home also features 2,600 square feet of outdoor space that comprises a ground-floor loggia, multiple terraces off the guest bedrooms, and a sweeping rooftop terrace with a full outdoor kitchen and multiple seating areas.
With seven stories, walking up and down isn’t exactly ideal, so the architects installed an elevator that goes from the rooftop all the way down to the cellar, which houses an arcade and game room, double-height basketball court, a temperature-controlled wine storage facility, and a fitness centre.
Price: $25.98 million
Beds/Baths: 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 3 half baths
Square footage: 11,300 square feet
Israel doesn’t have a monarchy, but if it did, the royal family would live in this Baroque– and Rococo–inspired mansion overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The foyer, a 2,475-square-foot grand hall crowned with crystal chandeliers and 14-karat gold moldings, sets the tone for the rest of the home, which spreads across multiple levels.
The amenities, though, are what makes this palace worth its $250 million price tag.
From the wine room with space for hundreds of bottles to the billiard hall to the 4K cinema room, this impressive architectural feat was designed for parties worthy of Marie Antoinette and her sunrise crowd of stylish coquettes.
Price: $250 million
Beds/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 10 half baths
Square footage: 63,130 square feet
Great Neck, New York
If images of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby come to mind upon a glance at this 18-bedroom mansion on Long Island, it’s because it’s right smack dab in the middle of Great Neck, where Fitzgerald wrote his acclaimed novel. In fact, the fictional city in which the glamorous story unfolds is based on Great Neck. It was also built at the height of the American Golden in 1928. Situated on Long Island Sound, the 20th-century architectural compound boasts three separate homes, a deep water dock, 100-plus-feet of waterfront space, a pool that borders the Sound, a full-size tennis court, several English-style gardens, three indoor pools, a lazy river, and a cinema room. Jay Gatsby would certainly have attended lavish parties at this Pond Road mansion.
Price: $55 million
Beds/Baths: 18 bedrooms, 24 full baths, 8 half baths
Square footage: 8.08 acres
Los Angeles, California
Situated on a 30,060-acre lot on L.A.’s coveted Forest Knoll Drive, this five-bedroom modern farmhouse is the work of interior designer Karan Brady. There’s a chef’s kitchen outfitted with the newest appliances, a highly serene entrance waterfall, a cozy media room, and a full gym that rivals the local Equinox. Plus, just beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows is a crystal garden that houses a glittering infinity pool and spa overlooking the city. The home’s centerpiece, though, is in the primary suite where partners’ baths and a double-size cedar sauna make for a spa-worthy oasis.
Price: $12.5 million
Beds/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 7 full baths
Square footage: 6,338 square feet
An oceanfront midcentury-modern home in the heart of Malibu is as coveted as California real estate gets, and this four-bedroom bungalow is hardly an exception.
The last architectural masterpiece by American architect Pierre Koenig, this beach bluff residence is situated at the end of a long cul-de-sac on a private boulevard and was specifically positioned to maximize the coastline views.
It may be a few years old (and took a whopping 11 years to build), but it’s a modern, eco-friendly, solar-powered, smart home that has adapted to its future seamlessly.
It also comprises unique elements that make it that much more enticing, including its own retractable drawbridge, radiant heated flooring, a spacious home theater and gym, and several floating walkways that lead from the home to the cantilevered ocean decks.
A few older features that keep the charm of the original house are the wood-burning fireplaces and mature Cypress trees.
Price: $24.95 million
Beds/Baths: 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 2 half baths
Square footage: 4,000 square feet
There’s a reason fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent spent so much time in Morocco, specifically Marrakech: It’s an understatedly chic place whose rich history massively influences everything from the clothes to the architecture. Case in point, this 75,347-square-foot riad with enough gardens to make Moroccan royalty blush. In fact, each of the five guest suites (in addition to the 1,640-square-foot primary bedroom) boasts its own highly manicured garden. The wellness area, though, is the home’s most impressive element. A 2,296-square-foot spa equipped with a hammam (a type of Islamic steam bath), massage room, pool, lounge, and library hardly offers residents a reason to leave the palace.
Price: Upon request
Beds/Baths: 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths
Square footage: 75,347 square feet
North Palm Beach, Florida
On the always quiet Little Lake Worth in North Palm Beach, Florida, Seminole Sanctuary—as it’s known in the neighborhood—is a grand residence (with a separate guest house) that recalls old-school elegance set within an ultra-modern home.
Like the Fifth Avenue mansions of the Gilded Age, Seminole Sanctuary is a home worthy of festive and large soireés, courtesy of the expansive outdoor space that overlooks the water.
You may not be able to see the Atlantic from the ground floor, but it’s pretty much all you can see from the enormous rooftop terrace, which boasts a summer kitchen and living and dining areas.
There is also not one but two pools and a swanky imported glass elevator.
Price: $37 million
Beds/Baths: 6 bedrooms, 8 full baths, 3 half baths
Square footage: 17,562 square feet
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Often referred to as Millionaires’ Row and famously one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Canada, Bridle Path comprises an impressive collection of multi-acre estates that look more like châteaux than they do private residences.
And one of them, a six-bedroom copper-roofed mansion on High Point Road, just became available for the price of $19.5 million.
Though the indoor desert gardens, staff quarters, theater, spa treatment space, billiard room, 10-car garage, and pool are certainly elements worth discussing, the sports arena is the home’s main event.
Plus, a short stroll down one of the estate’s several walks leads to a tennis and ice skating area, offering homeowners outdoor activities all year-round.
Price: $19.5 million
Beds/Baths: 6 bedrooms, 14 full baths
Square footage: 26,000 square feet
New York, New York
Few standalone family homes offer the sweeping list of amenities available at an apartment building like 200 Amsterdam, which sits halfway between Central Park and the Hudson River. From the one-bedroom apartments to the multi-story penthouses on the upper floors, nearly all of the spaces within 200 Amsterdam feature elegant entry galleries, classic layouts, and glass-cornered rooms to optimize the views. As far as amenities go, The Spa at 200 features a 75-foot-long saltwater pool, an invigorating whirlpool, a temperature-controlled experiential rain shower, an infrared sauna, and a steam room outfitted with soothing Thermo Aspen Cedar.
For residents with kids, the Little Composers room is named for the neighborhood in which 200 Amsterdam resides, Lincoln Center, and comes complete with a performance stage, a costume area, and an instrument nook. Any more seasoned musical residents can enjoy the separate soundproof rehearsal room. Perhaps better than both musical enclaves is 200 Amsterdam’s exclusive access to Lincoln Center, where residents can enjoy a bespoke VIP membership.
Price: Up to $38 million
Beds/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 1 half bath
Square footage: 3,429 square feet
Santa Monica, California
Witkoff, the developers behind The Edition, has recently unveiled a new wellness-forward residential building in Santa Monica. Dubbed The Park, the ocean-adjacent building is chock-full of modern apartments designed specifically for beach living and defined by carefully curated services. The amenities, though, are key: From chefs available to prepare delectable dishes to organizing surf board rentals, The Park is elevating the concept behind concierge buildings to new heights.
Among the several luxuries, the spa, complete with a pink Himalayan salt sauna, private treatment rooms, and a collection of heated lounge chairs; the one-acre outdoor gym, pool, produce garden, and dog park; and the expansive co-working space in the punchy library hardly offer residents a reason to leave.
Price: $9,000–$26,000 per month
Beds/Baths: Up to 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths
Square footage: Up to 1,732 square feet