10 baller Summer retreats you can buy right now
Sure, renting a week at the Hamptons/on the Cape/in your family's creepy-old cabin is a good way to decompress, but know what'd be better? Full-time access to your own baller getaway all year long. So, we've rounded up 10 spectacularly over-the-top Summer getaways currently on the market in the states and abroad for you to drool over.
Just 60mi south of the capital city, this ancient Grecian style palazzo boasts 1300ft of Mediterranean coastline atop sprawling dunes, and was built in 1960 for the Italian countess married to the dude who founded the Venice Film Festival.
Granite Peaks Ranch
The last privately owned ranch before the expansive Veminuche Wilderness, this 565-acre immaculately landscaped fly-fishing and equestrian estate counts three miles of the Pine River as part of its property, and's encircled by incredible 12000ft granite peaks.
Gulf Islands, British Columbia
This private 780-acre island has its own Jack Nicklaus Signature 18-hole championship golf chourse, white sandy beaches, a luxe 5000sqft main home with six guest cottages, and even it's own "village" with a library, gym, store, and kitchens.
The Lodge Island
Situated in a private 2900-acre nature preserve home to lots of endangered wildlife, this lodge was designed by the same famed German architect who built many Milwaukee mansions for brewery barons. And if you get bored playing pool in the game room, you can go hang in the special fish cleaning room, or its '50s-style bomb shelter!
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Fort Washington, PA
This sprawling 40000sqft modern estate outside Philly is divided into three supremely luxe wings, and features everything from a two-tiered media room, to a 4000sqft temp controlled wine cellar, and even a safe room. Meanwhile, the grounds include two guest cottages, a private pond, pool and pavillion, and even a "Play House" with and indoor clay tennis court.
16th Century Castle
With an original foundation nearly 600 years old, this incredible landmark was fully renovated under close supervision from the country's Historical Monuments dept in 2003. Every floor offers panoramic views of both Lake Geneva and the Alps, and the enormous living space includes everything you'd want in your own private castle: a ballroom, banquet hall for 90 guests, several "themed" parlors, a billiards room, and even a smoking room.
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Noble House of PortugalVila Nogueira De Azeitao, Portugal
Just half and hour from Lisbon, this lush 16 Century historic compound sits at the entrance to a National Park on 35acres with its own lake, and features an incredible temple-shaped pavilion in the center. Along the walls of several rooms and hallways there're intricate tile illustrations depicting scenes from Virgil's Aeneid and other epics.
One of the largest privately held parcels of land in North America, this property situated halfway between Ottawa and Montreal is made up of 65000 acres, laying claim to over 70 lakes, and a private gated community with 13 chalets and marina. And while it doesn't come with any "home" per se, no doubt if you have the bones to buy it you'll have no trouble getting one monstrous one built.
Elk Park Ranch
Boasting six fully stocked fishing ponds on 1000acres of meadows, this wooded ranch also features a mile of Florida River frontage, horse facilities, a wine cellar, a timber & stone style main house, and several rustic cabins and guest houses, making it perfect for huge groups.
About 2 hours from London, the grounds for this classic country home boast a few expectedly British features (meticulously manicured walled-in garden, tennis court, fountains... a "football pitch"), as well as some universally awesome amenities like an indoor pool, workshop, steam room, and even a helicopter hangar.