It's hard to believe from the outside that this mansion, right on the beach in Longboat Key, Florida, isn't a historic home somewhere in Europe. With six bedrooms, six bathrooms and all the amenities, it's a sight to see.
Some of the mansion's original features were kept and incorporated in to the home's renovation. The Vault was original to the house, along with the trestle shaped steel columns. These elements flow beautifully into the bar area.
The Duchess Mansion is a landmark residence built in 1906 for a leading industrialist of the time and, at one point, was the home of a European Duchess. The walls are constructed entirely of cast-in-place concrete, three feet in depth.
Glamorous custom pendants and chandeliers create a sense of luxury and unique character. The entry staircase pickets are elegant teardrop shapes, while the use of polished nickel and fused glass is used in the dining room’s grand chandelier over the table.
Grassy lawns surround the main house, which is set up on an embankment so as to maximize the incredible views. Two nearby outbuildings echo the mansion's architecture and provide garage space and storage cellars.
The 15,000-square-foot residence offers up sweeping views of the surrounding land and rambling Kentucky bluegrass lawn. A few of the luxuries included in the estate: an indoor pool, private tennis courts, a climbing wall, basketball court, pond and bike trail.
The juxtaposition of materials such as steel and marble merge yesterday with timeless modernism in this powder room. The room also features marble walls and sink, custom steel pendant and a gold leafed mirror.
Completely refurbished in 2007, the mansion epitomizes the classical style. The building materials were taken from other historical homes, now gone, such as the Mansion of the Count of Romanos and the ancient German Embassy.
This dreamy historic home, Arden, was built in 1917 and designed by renowned architect Neel Reid. Located in Atlanta, Georgia in the prestigious neighborhood of Buckhead, it is considered to be one of Reid's masterpieces.