Whether you’re in the market for a summer getaway or an alpine escape, a property steeped in history or something with a modern twist, one of these five newly listed estates is bound to catch your eye. Nestled on a forested peninsula in southern Sweden, the opulently restored Fogelvik Castle sits on land that once belonged to a 15th-century king. Another pedigreed gem encompasses 50 lush acres in Yucatán, Mexico; currently a luxe bed-and-breakfast, the 17th-century Hacienda Katanchel was refreshed by architect Aníbal González and designer Mónica Hernández. And in Tuscany, two storied parcels are being offered as one sumptuous 12-acre compound that includes a four-bedroom main villa, a 1647 chapel, and a studio that once served as the atelier of avant-garde Dutch artist Karel Appel. Meanwhile, two modern homes in the U.S. boast stunning designs by high-profile architects. In 2009, on a sprawling 105-acre spread just outside of Vail, Colorado, AD100 talent Annabelle Selldorf crafted a refined structure embellished with copper brise-soleil, masonry siding, and pine beams. For the more beach-inclined, there’s a serene ipe-clad residence in Provincetown, Massachusetts, that was completed in 2013 by the esteemed New York firm Hariri & Hariri Architecture.
23,700 sq. ft.
Set on a private peninsula some 140 miles south of Stockholm, historic Fogelvik Castle was designed in the 18th century by Carl Hårleman, the father of Swedish Rococo style, on land that in the 1400s was home to the country’s King Charles VIII. In 1995 the current owners undertook a painstaking restoration of the three-story castle’s period details, among them murals by artist Jean Baptiste Masreliez. The verdant three-acre property includes a pair of spacious detached wings—with guest quarters, a grand entertaining hall, and a sauna—plus a summer cottage.
Contact: sothebysrealty.com; +46-8-545-80-000
6,200 sq. ft.
Once a convent and later an agricultural estate, this impressive 13th-century Tuscan compound encompasses 12 rolling acres peppered with vernacular structures. The main villa, a meticulously refurbished beauty with its own watchtower, is joined by four outbuildings—including a 1647 chapel and an atelier that previously served as the studio of Dutch avant-garde artist Karel Appel—housing 23 additional bedrooms. An equestrian statue by Appel can be found on the manicured grounds, which also boast bountiful olive groves and a vineyard that yields some 3,000 bottles of Sangiovese and Chianti Classico each year.
Contact: christiesrealestate.com; +39-0575-788948
2,500 sq. ft.
Perched high on a dune at the tip of Cape Cod, this 2013 house overlooks Pilgrims’ First Landing Park, the storied stretch of sand where the Mayflower originally docked in 1620. When conceiving the striking building, the Manhattan firm Hariri & Hariri Architecture looked to a more recent past, taking inspiration from the Bauhaus. (Walter Gropius designed the landmark 1959 residence next door.) Clad in Brazilian ipe wood and gray stucco, the two-story home features a dramatic asymmetrical roofline, double-height window walls, and a sleek glass-and-steel bridge connecting the bedrooms on the second floor.
Contact: kinlingrover.com; 508-349-2782
11,900 sq. ft.
For the design of this 2009 alpine getaway—located on 105 pristine acres just outside Vail—AD100 architect Annabelle Selldorf took cues from the surrounding swath of White River National Park. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the rugged landscape (the best views are from the three-level tower), while at the center of the dwelling is a lush courtyard that Selldorf envisioned as an intimate counterpoint to the sweeping vistas. To infuse her sophisticated aesthetic with a decidedly rustic edge, she used local materials, from fieldstone to copper to pine beams.
Contact: elliman.com; 970-925-8810
2,300 sq. ft.
In 1996 Spanish architect Aníbal González and his wife, designer Mónica Hernández, purchased this former sisal plantation on the outskirts of Mérida and transformed the 50-acre property into a luxurious boutique resort. Christened Hacienda Katanchel, the sumptuous compound comprises a 17th-century manor, a lofty warehouse turned grand salon, and a whopping 33 guest pavilions, each with its own plunge pool. A private rail system services the fruit-tree-dotted grounds, which are just a short walk from Mayan ruins.
Contact: sothebysrealty.com; +52-33-3627-6437
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