Situated on its own 9.41-acre peninsula with approximately 1,800 feet of ocean frontage in Cohasset, Massachusetts, The Oaks is a palatial estate bearing a rich history and decades of painstaking care and maintenance. After years of occupancy by various residents (among them actor Lawrence Barrett and later Clarence W. Barron, owner of the Dow Jones Company, the Wall Street Journal, and Barron’s Weekly), the home, originally built in 1850, was razed in the early 1930s, when the currently standing Georgian Revival-style incarnation was built in its place. Aside from a storied past, the palatial 24,000-square-foot estate, which is located on the site of Cohasset’s largest 19th-century shipyard, is rife with exceptional amenities, including a private beach and a protected deepwater dock. Additional details of the 10-bedroom, seven-plus-bathroom mansion can be viewed at jonathanradford.com.
The Details: $22.2 million for The Oaks as stand-alone property, $44,900,000 for entire Cohasset Harbor portfolio. Jonathan P. Radford, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 617-266-4430 (office), 617-335-1010 (mobile), firstname.lastname@example.org, jonathanradford.com.
Pacific Time, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel, which has occupied its waterfront site in Victoria, B.C., for over 85 years, returns in May of 2012 as Victoria’s first luxury boutique resort and spa featuring private residences and condos. Located on the shores of the Pacific overlooking Mt. Baker and the islands of Haro Strait, the rebuilt hotel comprises 100 vacation hotel suites and 20 residences. Amenities include owner’s concierge, butler, and housekeeping services; car washing and valet; 24-hour room service; an onsite sommelier and wine cellar; a spa, mineral pools, and a fitness facility; and parking for owners in a secured underground facility. Vacation hotel suites range from $425,000-$1.2 million, while residences range from $1.1 million to over $3 million.
The Royal Vista Estate, located on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands, is a rare jewel in a cosmopolitan society, an emerging culinary destination, and a tax-neutral offshore zone. A supremely private estate situated on a bluff with a beach cove, The Royal Vista Estate comprises approximately 56 acres and boasts a helicopter pad, 850 feet of beach, an equestrian park, stables, nature trails, lakes, indigenous fruit trees, walking and jogging paths, and tennis and basketball courts. The Royal Vista Estate features ceilings made from 150-year-old solid timber, unique rooms for entertaining or relaxing, and state-of-the-art technology and security features. The 28,000-square-foot estate also offers a triple garage and staff quarters.
The Details: US $35 Million. Sheena Conolly, Sotheby’s International Realty Cayman Islands, 345-525-3333, email@example.com.
Home to otters, sea lions, and orcas, Galiano Island, British Columbia, is rife with spectacular sights. One magnificent home from which to view them is the newly built Blue Raven. Situated on 2,400 feet of oceanfront amidst forest, ponds, and open lawn, the 5,000-square-foot estate is brimming with views from all principal rooms and is ornamented with expansive windows, French doors, and 1850s reclaimed wide-plank Hemlock floors. The house comprises five bedrooms, and the master bedroom boasts 10-foot ceilings and a private office. The property is also equipped with a 1,400–square–foot oceanfront guest house and 700–square-foot caretaker’s quarters, so there’s plenty of room for everyone. – Rebecca Kensil
The Details: $7,900,000, Shara Turner, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, 778–374–3100, firstname.lastname@example.org, sharaturner.com.
Set on 2.5 private acres on Billionaire’s Row in Palm Beach, this more than 20,000-square-foot mansion, completed in 2011, was inspired by the grand estates of France. In addition to its sprawling living space, the waterfront chateau offers 7,000 square feet of loggias, a five-car garage, a guest house, and two gated entries. The home is anchored by the Intracoastal Waterway to the west, allowing for lake and sunset views, and comprises sculpture gardens and lushly landscaped gardens. Interiors are rich in architectural details and mouldings and include Marie Antoinette oak parquet flooring and handcarved marble and stone fireplaces. Ideal for the art connoisseur, fabulous art walls and niches can house an extensive collection. Private deeded beach access and dockage onsite are included. Visit 1220southocean.com. The Details: $74,000,000 Jim McCann/Corcoran, 561-296-8720.