This week's #housepornthurs contest was no competition: @HoulihanRE won almost everyone over with this amazing manor in Bedford, N.Y., an estate made for the most refined of us all. But we have to give it up for our runner-up, @PartnersTrust, who submitted this Spanish villa with spectacular ocean views in Malibu, Calif. You're both deserving of the crown!
But there can only be one winner, so back to it: The Colonial New York manor is luxurious living at its best, "brilliantly designed for the way we live today," the listing says. Soaring ceilings open up the huge living spaces, and you'll feel like a movie star climbing the floating staircase and stopping on the rich walnut indoor balcony to gaze upon the expansive living room. Several fireplaces flanked by wood, stone and marble fill the home, and large arched windows wash the rooms in natural sunlight. As you travel the winding hallways, stop for a workout at the home's personal gym or catch a flick in the home theater.
In most of the main rooms are French doors leading to the gorgeous ground outside. (Did we mention that the 9,200-square-foot house sits on 4 lush acres surrounded by trees?) Take a dip in the inviting pool, relax in the spa or meditate in the colorful gardens. All this for $4.85 million? Sounds like a deal to us. Not that we're saying we could afford it anyway. (But if you can, this would make a great Christmas present. Just thinking ahead.)
Patti J. Howard of Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate has the listing.
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