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BEST VILLAS OF 2014
From modern contemporary villa, to classic architectural masterpieces, we introduced you to some of the best and most luxurious estates and villas, which were on sale during the year 2014 throughout the world. This time we present ten absolutely the most impressive villas among them:
10. Castle like property in Texas
Texas might not exactly the place where you would expect to encounter in a castle in the style of the Old World, but Memorial villa is the closest thing to it. When you look at this home, you will think that you are no longer in Houston, due to the fact that it is surrounded by 2.5 hectares of forest. Being sheltered is one of the best features of this property. This luxury villa offers over 3,000 m2 of space, which consists of spacious rooms such as receiving hall, Versailles room, music room, eastern galleries hall and family room. All rooms in this mansion are impeccably decorated and equipped with the best amenities.
9. Silvertop, Los Angeles
No one really has a chance to encounter a special villa like this on everyday basis, which in addition to impeccable looks, has historical connections with the city. This mansion was built in 1956 by a wealthy investor Kenneth Rainer and architect who worked on the project's John Lautner. In many ways, this villa was ahead of its time, with benefits such as arched concrete roof, raised driveway and Infiniti pool, in addition to many smaller, but equally impressive elements and pieces of equipment. We must emphasize that the owner of the villa had a hand in designing many of the elements of the villa.
8. El Fureidīs, Santa Barbara, California
We've all heard of Scarface, famous film scripted by Oliver Stone which speaks of a ruthless Cuban kingpin, Tony Montana, which is perfectly revived by Al Pacino. But few people know that this movie was filmed in a luxury villa in Santa Barbara, although the action takes place in Miami. Villa with the name El Fureidīs was designed and built in the early twentieth century and it is the work of the architect Bertram Goodhue. In this villa we can see a synthesis of Roman, Persian and Arab architecture, as well as "chat room" with traces of Byzantine style. Perhaps this eclectic environment attracted the attention of film producers who have opted for this location.
7. Enigma Mansion, Cape Town, South Africa
Situated in the richest part of Cape Town, Enigma villa is one of the most luxurious, if not the most luxurious estate in South Africa. This villa with an area of 2,000 m2 has luxury items such as replicas of Louis XIV handles that are hand-made and imported from Argentina, Persian silk carpets from London, the lighting from California, hand painted wall panels from Paris and Versace cutlery and decor from Italy. In addition, this villa includes a modern IT system that costs a million dollars and whose planning and setting took two years of operation.
6. Toriva Villa, Marbella, Spain
Situated in the beautiful town of Marbella, on Spain's Costa del Sol, this magnificent villa Toriva offers great views of the Sierra Blanca mountain range and the Mediterranean Sea. It is located in the heart of a large estate which measures approximately 2.47 acres and is surrounded by beautifully decorated gardens, has a swimming pool and Greek-style with white columns. The main house is a sight for sore eyes in the true sense of the word, an architectural masterpiece. There are about 3,800 m2 of living space, divided into eight bedrooms and ten bathrooms, so the new owners have enough space that will meet all their needs.
5. Villa di Sogni, Laguna Beach, California
This great villa is situated in the beautiful town of Laguna Beach, California. It is called Villa di Sogni, which means House of Dreams, and you yourself will understand why. It is the work of a well-known architect John O'Neill, built by Italian artists who have used the finest Italian materials. It now represents a wonderful mix of Mediterranean charm and glamour of the west coast. In addition to seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, this villa has beautiful gardens with elegant fountains and a swimming pool with a waterfall.
4. Le Palais Royal, Hillsboro Beach, Florida
Located in Florida, Le Palais Royal villa at one time was the most expensive possession of the United States. It is under construction since 2009 and has approximately 6,000 m2 of ultra luxurious space, which contains eleven bedrooms and seventeen bathrooms. Other high quality amenities include a private IMAX theater with 18 seats and a screen of 50 inches, spacious Infinity pool with LED lighting and a large garage with enough space for 30 cars.
3. Wentworth Woodhouse, United Kingdom
Although the new owners will have to spend about $ 60 million to repair the structural problems of the villa, it still acts as a valuable investment. 300 years old, and has the widest façade in Europe, about 2.5 km corridor and approximately 25,000 m2 of living space, making it the largest private villa in the UK. This is really an ideal place to live if you are a member of the royal family.
2. Satsang, Yorba Linda, California
The small town of Yorba Linda, California is home to many architectural wonders, and one which was built in 2014 and is very special, bears the name of Satsang. This contemporary villa of steel and glass panels offers you a perfect view of the environment, nine bedrooms and twelve bathrooms. The owners of the estate and their guests can enjoy a villa in many ways - there is an elegant ballroom with a central stage, home theater with 12 seats, and an indoor pool. There are also a fitness center, spa, sauna, outdoor basketball and tennis courts and much more.
1. Palazzo di Amore, Beverly Hills, CA
Last November, this villa, which is probably the most expensive house in the United States, was put on sale. Given that the estate which is magnificent, had to have a proper name, they called Palazzo di Amore, or Palace of Love. The price of this property is $ 195 million. This property is the definition of luxury and power. It is located on the land of 25 hectares and has approximately 5,300 m2 of space, with twelve rooms and twenty-three bathrooms. One of the best benefits of this property is certainly a Turkish spa with magnificent and large swimming pool.
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