With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we’ve got all things “green” on the mind. From rolling green lawns and world-class botanical gardens at a historic estate in Montecito to a collection of ultra-private villas nestled in one of Mexico’s last remaining beachfront jungles, these seven offerings around the world are worth celebrating.
The first residential project in the United States from the world-renowned MAD Architects, Gardenhouse brings visionary design to Beverly Hills, offering a collection of distinct, contemporary residences. Featuring one of the largest living walls in the country, Gardenhouse is enveloped in a vibrant façade of native plants and succulents, which transform with the seasons, creating a living, ever-evolving art piece. It is intelligently designed to block out the sounds of the city while also helping to regulate the interior temperature of the building.
Rolling green lawns, otherworldly gardens and majestic palms abound at this magnificent Montecito estate, represented by Stefan Pommepuy, Santiago Arana and Mauricio Umansky. Showcasing 360-degree views of the entire Montecito Valley past Santa Barbara’s downtown waterfront to the Channel Islands, the lush property is nothing short of transportive. Impeccably maintained grounds include expansive loggias, a statuary, turtle pond, swimming pool and one of the finest botanical gardens in the Santa Barbara area, with over 200 fruit trees, 500 rose bushes and a 19th century European limestone pergola.
Located in the Hollywood-west foothills and surrounded by verdant gardens and mature, leafy trees, this meticulously maintained, 110-year-old California craftsman bungalow is painted in a cool green hue that makes it a standout among its neighbors. Represented by Stefan Pommepuy and Jonathan Ruiz, large windows throughout the home capture lush views at every turn, while an ethereal backyard with a swimming pool and charming, covered sun porch are enveloped in greenery.
This spectacular Brentwood home brings new meaning to the term “going green.” Perched in the hills with views stretching from the Getty Center to Downtown L.A., the newly constructed contemporary residence, represented by Billy Rose, features complete smart home automation and full off-the-grid-capabilities, powered by solar panels and backed by Tesla Powerwalls.
Just minutes from the heart of Beverly Hills, this exquisite French contemporary estate, represented by Mauricio Umansky and designed by renowned architect Richard Landry, boasts greenery galore. French doors off grand-scale living spaces open to sprawling grounds, complete with a resort-caliber swimming pool surrounded by rolling lawns, a mini golf course, professionally lit tennis court and private vineyard overlooking views of the city, ocean and mountains.
Situated along Santa Barbara’s upper State Street and surrounded by far-reaching views of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Estancia is a collection of single-story residences and multi-story townhomes represented by The Agency Development Group. Drawing the outdoors in at every turn, residences feature signature, Spanish architecture on the exterior and sleek, contemporary design on the inside. Tree-lined streets encircle the residential buildings, while a vibrant, community green provides central, open-air space for residents, complete with a footbridge stretching across a gently curving, stone creek bed.
Does it get any greener than the jungle? Among the first collections of One&Only villas to own in the world, One&Only Mandarina Private Homes places residents along the pristine Riviera Nayarit, in one of Mexico’s last remaining beachfront jungles. Showcasing 55 ultra-private villas neighboring the new One&Only Mandarina beach resort, residences are surrounded by sandy shores, tropical jungle, soaring mountain peaks and lush flatlands. The architectural design of the resort, residences and amenity offerings was envisioned to preserve the landscape and its rich geological and cultural heritage, with each residence oriented to capture breathtaking views of the jungle canopy.