DICK CAVETT’S OCEANFRONT ESTATE, MONTAUK, NEW YORK
Perhaps the most extraordinary of the “Seven Sisters”—seven estates designed by Stanford White and Frederick Law Olmsted for the ultra-private, turn-of-the-century Montauk Association summer colony—Dick Cavett’s 20-acre, bluff-top estate with over 900 feet of ocean frontage and sensational 360-degree views is bordered to the east by over 190 acres of oceanfront parkland that embraces an additional 2,200 feet of pristine coastline. Famous guests include Muhammad Ali, Sir Laurence Olivier, Tennessee Williams, Alec Baldwin, and Woody Allen. The 7,000-square-foot home, meticulously rebuilt by the Cavetts in 1997, embodies an exact replica of the original Stanford White design. The reborn three-story, seven-bedroom Traditional, “a simple country house by the sea” in the words of Cavett’s late wife, Carrie Nye, is minutes to the regional airport, Lake Montauk marinas, world class golf, and the renowned amenities of the Hamptons. The estate’s setting retains its unspoiled environment envisioned for the site’s original design by Olmsted—the landscape architect for New York City’s Central Park—and is adorned by a winding path leading down to the oceanfront cove with private sandy beach known by local cognoscenti as Cavett’s Cove, many miles of equestrian trails, a secluded fresh-water pond inviting meditation, and swimming pool at the end of a special canopied trail reveling in endless views of the sea. #realestate#estatelife#luxury#grandeur#leadingestatesoftheworld#LE205#dickcavett#cavett#oceanfront#montauk#newyork#sevensisters#oceanfrontage#muhammadali#olivier#alecbaldwin#golf#olmsted#centralpark#equestrian
OLD TAHOE CHARM, CARNELIAN BAY, CALIFORNIA
On the shore of Lake Tahoe, a quintessential Old Tahoe icon proudly provides a firelit lake-view living room, country kitchen, and cozy dining room with brick fireplace. Upstairs, the master suite features a charming sitting room with a fireplace and observation deck. Below, wide stairs flow from the living room to a spacious family room, an outdoor lake-view hot tub, and a second bedroom. This level opens to steps leading to a large patio with a rustic stone fireplace and, a few steps below, to the beach and pier. The landscape has been sensitively embellished with wonderful patios and gardens, while the 125-foot shoreline invites playful wading and inspires water sports with its updated private pier and two buoys. A guesthouse provides two bedroom suites with a lakeside deck.
MAGNIFICENT 14TH-CENTURY HILLTOP ESTATE, FLORENCE, ITALY
Tuscan farmsteads and prestigious villas punctuate the surrounding hills.
The villa of exceptional historical and architectural pedigree commands a hilltop in Bellosguardo, an exclusive residential area on the outskirts of Florence. The estate, comprising several buildings within a completely fenced park overlooking the “cradle of the Renaissance” and the Arno valley, has been the home of Florence’s most important families dating back to the 14th century. The three-story, 1,235-square-meter villa with south-facing terrace offers breathtaking views, and its original Medieval-style façade maintains its unique charm. Surrounding the main villa are a two-story gardener’s lodge—a typical Tuscan farmhouse, two rural outbuildings converted into homes, and another building designed for residential use. Overall, the estate comprises some 3,200 square meters. Extensive private grounds include an olive grove and a majestic forest. #realestate#estatelife#luxury#grandeur#leadingestatesoftheworld#LE204#14thcentury#hilltopestate#florence#italy#tuscan#farmstead#villa#bellosgurardo#renaissance#arnovalley#medieval#olivegrove#forest
THE WILLIAM C. COKER HOUSE, CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA
The house is well sited above North Street in the oldest Chapel Hill National Register Historic District, where a winding drive flanked by towering white oaks and Eastern hemlocks leads visitors to a terrace with a low stone wall that wraps around the home’s façade. Double diamond-light French doors beneath a gabled entry open to a sweeping transverse hall floored in quarter-sawn oak, and a view of the richly turned balustrade of the home’s two-story staircase that carries to a wide second-level stair landing with built-in window seat beneath casement windows. To the right is the main parlor with massive stone fireplace that rises to a white oak boxed-beamed ceiling, the room lit by groups of diamond-paned casement windows, a design feature that appears throughout the house. The parlor opens to both an open-air sitting area and a small interior sun porch. To the left, a snug library features another fireplace with a tall, paneled Arts and Crafts surround, and French doors opening to the north porch and the front terrace. #realestate#estatelife#luxury#grandeur#leadingestatesoftheworld#LE205#williamccokerhouse#chapelhill#northcarolina#franklloydwright#prairiestyle#architecture#slateroof#northstreet#frenchdoors#library#terrace#diamond-light
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THE WILLIAM C. COKER HOUSE, CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA
The William C. Coker House, ca. 1908, is distinguished by its unique history and extraordinary setting, the house and its notable gardens testifying to the complementary aspects of architecture and landscape. Coker, influenced by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, selected the Prairie Style of architecture for his Chapel Hill home. The structure’s deep overhanging eaves, prow-gabled slate roof, grouped casement windows, interior stone chimney and exterior stucco finish speak to an integration with nature and a love of natural materials. The interior Arts and Crafts woodwork is among the most intact and extensive found in Chapel Hill. #realestate#estatelife#luxury#grandeur#leadingestatesoftheworld#LE205#williamccokerhouse#chapelhill#northcarolina#franklloydwright#prairiestyle#architecture#slateroof