You may take the stairs for health purposes, but what about staircases for aesthetic reasons? After all, staircases can make a big, bold statement upon entering a home. And, for movie buffs, significant scenes have been played out on staircases, including Scarlett O'Hara's grand entrances and exits and Rocky's triumph in running up the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
We found some impressive staircases in homes for sale, ranging from marble spirals to seemingly floating structures. The staircases below will make you feel like a million dollars and have you skipping the elevator more often that not.
- <p> <a href="http://realestate.aol.com/homes-for-sale-detail/120-E-70th-St_New-York_NY_10021_M48054-39630" target="_blank">120 E. 70th St., New York</a><br /> For sale: $35,000,000</p> <p> Although this <a href="http://realestate.aol.com/homes-for-sale-detail/120-E-70th-St_New-York_NY_10021_M48054-39630">New York townhouse</a> has an elevator, the oval staircase (above) is much more interesting. The staircase forms a spiral up six floors of the home, which was built in 1930, reportedly as a wedding present for Charles C. Auchincloss, a New York lawyer, stockbroker and book collector. The 10,000-square-foot home is one of the largest homes in <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Manhattan-New-York-NY/">Manhattan</a>, and with an equally large price tag of $35 million, one of the most expensive.</p>
- <p> <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6387-W-Sturgeon-Rd-Rathdrum-ID-83858/2137516479_zpid/">6387 W. Sturgeon Road, Rathdrum, Idaho</a><br /> For sale: $6,900,000</p> <p> Built from rustic logs, the staircase of this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/ID/">Idaho home</a> (above) is no less striking than one of polished marble. The 8,400-square-foot home sits on nearly 298 acres and includes panoramic mountain views, and a creek and pond. The luxury home is ultra private and is located only a short distance from popular vacation spot <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Coeur-d%27Alene-ID/">Coeur d’Alene.</a></p>
- <p> <a href="http://realestate.aol.com/homes-for-sale-detail/1611-Beach-Ave_Atlantic-Beach_FL_32233_M56967-16180">1611 Beach Ave., Atlantic Beach, Fla</a>.<br /> For sale: $3,800,000</p> <p> This <a href="http://realestate.aol.com/homes-for-sale-detail/1611-Beach-Ave_Atlantic-Beach_FL_32233_M56967-16180">Atlantic Beach home</a>, and its staircase, are nothing short of dramatic. The steps appear to float as they stretch up to the modern home’s next floor. The oceanfront home also has extensive patios, infinity pool and spa.</p>
- <p> <a href="http://realestate.aol.com/homes-for-sale-detail/14-Colony-Rd_Edgewater_NJ_07020_M62221-69759" target="_blank">14 Colony Road, Edgewater N.J. </a><br /> For sale: $1,498,000</p> <p> Whether it’s a painted front door, accent wall or sports car, the color red makes a splash. The homeowners of this <a href="http://realestate.aol.com/homes-for-sale-detail/14-Colony-Rd_Edgewater_NJ_07020_M62221-69759">New Jersey home for sale</a> decided to make their modern staircase (above) even more of a statement. The contemporary home is on the <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Edgewater-NJ/">Edgewater real estate market</a> and features walls of glass, stainless steel appliances and another pop of red paint on the gas fireplace.</p>
- <p> <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5550-N-40-Pl-Dallas-TX-75252/53127815_zpid/">5550 N. 40 Place, Dallas</a><br /> For sale $2,499,999</p> <p> Floating staircases are both architecturally and visually interesting, as the curvy version shows in this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Dallas-TX/">Dallas home for sale</a>. Other features of interest in the home include exposed brick walls and wood beam ceilings.</p>
- <p> <a href="http://realestate.aol.com/homes-for-sale-detail/6-Monarch-Cv_Dana-Point_CA_92629_M15435-21637">6 Monarch Cove, Dana Point, Calif.</a><br /> For sale: $22,995,000</p> <p> This <a href="http://realestate.aol.com/homes-for-sale-detail/6-Monarch-Cv_Dana-Point_CA_92629_M15435-21637">California mansion</a> has two statement staircases — one curling around its exterior (above) and another one spiraling multiple times as it connects interior floors. Of course, if that’s too much, the 12,000-square-foot <a href="http://realestate.aol.com/homes-for-sale-detail/6-Monarch-Cv_Dana-Point_CA_92629_M15435-21637">Dana Point home</a> also includes an elevator.</p>
- <p> <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2800-Pacific-Ave-San-Francisco-CA-94115/15080877_zpid/">2800 Pacific Ave., San Francisco</a><br /> For sale: $12,500,000</p> <p> Is it one or two staircases? With the aid of a mirror, the style of this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/San-Francisco-CA/">San Francisco home</a>‘s grand staircase is, dare we say, magnified. Even without the mirror, it’s obvious that the staircase (above) is a significant piece adding to the grandeur of the Herbst Manor. Built in 1899, the home also features a French salon, formal drawing room, master suite with dressing room and paneled library.</p>
- <p> <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2715-Shadow-Canyon-Rd-Diamond-Bar-CA-91765/21673044_zpid/">2715 Shadow Canyon Road, Diamond Bar, Calif.</a><br /> For sale: $6,889,000</p> <p> This French-style home has a grand double-staircase in its entry, but a smaller spiral staircase is the structure that caught our eye. Leading to a study nook in its library, the narrow staircase is one of the many details in the custom-built home.</p>
- <p> <a href="http://realestate.aol.com/homes-for-sale-detail/1103-Apple-Pie-Ridge-Rd_Alto_GA_30510_M67008-21166?ex=GA539441758" target="_blank">1103 Apple Pie Ridge Road, Alto, Ga.</a><br /> For sale: $6,900,000</p> <p> Nestled in <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Alto-GA/">Alto, Ga</a>., is <a href="http://realestate.aol.com/homes-for-sale-detail/1103-Apple-Pie-Ridge-Rd_Alto_GA_30510_M67008-21166?ex=GA539441758" target="_blank">a home </a>that conjures up images of mountainside homes in Colorado and Utah. The home’s custom-built, free-floating staircase (above) is constructed of black walnut. Oak and tile floors, Douglas fir ceiling beams and six stone fireplaces complete the lodge ambiance.</p>
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