The true essence of a home lies in its ability to bring people together. Maybe it’s the brilliant views of a city gleaming right outside the dining room window or the spacious, verdant backyard with room for a table that seats 20. Perhaps it’s the small details—the ones that may fly under the radar, like an airy open-floor plan or cozy wood-burning fireplace that set the perfect mood and make a home dazzle. From day to night, indoors and out, we’ve rounded up our top picks of the ultimate homes designed for bringing people together, entertaining and making memories that last. Right this way.
East coast charm meets chic California living in this surfer’s paradise that overlooks the historic, famed canals in Marina Del Rey’s prestigious Silver Strand neighborhood. An architectural standout, 4619 Roma Court is a rare find with a spectacular roof deck that boasts 360-degree water views, a built-in barbeque, fridge, spacious entertainment area, wooden Japanese soaking tub and fireplace—all of which overlook the canals, the scenic Santa Monica Mountains towards Malibu and the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the south. Lindsay Guttman holds the listing.
Represented by Rita Whitney and Ann E. Metzger, and situated in Newport Beach’s highly coveted Bayshore Drive, this grand estate offers a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. The home boasts an open concept design with beamed ceilings, a well-appointed chef’s kitchen and spacious dining room. The best part? Each room opens to deep patios perfect for entertaining.
This rare retreat, represented by Lindsay Guttman, is situated high above the Sunset Strip in the Hollywood Hills’ highly exclusive Bird Streets. Steeped in privacy, the custom, contemporary five-bed, seven-bath home seamlessly fuses indoor and outdoor living—drawing iconic and magnificent city views into several of the rooms, with a special focus on the dramatic and elegant open dining space that overlooks the sparkling city lights beyond.
Tranquility meets luxury in this stunning, brand new construction nestled in the hills above Sunset Boulevard. Offering incredible panoramic city and canyon views with ultimate privacy, this warm, contemporary abode is adorned with the finest custom finishes, incredible indoor-outdoor living spaces and dreamy views throughout every room. The lower level is thoughtfully dedicated to the finest amenities for entertainment, including a custom home theater, full bar, fitness center, wine cellar and a second living room. Camellia Yeroomian holds the listing.
This one-of-a-kind estate has breathtaking, unobstructed city and mountainside views surrounding the 1.5-acre property. Set behind gates in prime Hollywood Hills West, the 11,000-square-foot contemporary home, represented by Nick Sandler, Bennett Hirsch and Mauricio Umansky, features multiple dining terraces, an oversized infinity pool with spa complete with sun deck, a charming outdoor kitchen and large flat grassy areas, all fostering an inviting setting ideal for entertaining and relaxation alike.
Situated privately behind a set of gates above the famed Chateau Marmont, this new modern retreat boasts a vast array of luxe amenities and exquisite finishes. Panoramic views from Downtown L.A. to Century City are showcased through a wall of Fleetwood glass doors. Downstairs presents an entertainer’s dream space with a game room, wine cellar, movie theater, bar and a fitness studio with a hot and cold plunge, dry sauna and steam shower. Blair Chang and Stefan Pommepuy hold the listing.
Minutes from Sunset Boulevard and The Beverly Hills Hotel, this luxurious, transcendent hideaway, represented by Freddy Thomas and Fred Dapp, is tucked away on a peaceful, quiet street. The open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, multiple dining terraces and oversized salt-water lap pool/spa, complete with a sun deck, cabana, herb garden and grassy seating area, come together to create an inviting setting perfect for hosting or relaxing.
A gorgeous, stately home with a classic wrap-around porch, this seven-bed, five-bath home is situated on five acres of land in Hollister, California and bordered by a charming seasonal creek. The gourmet kitchen is a standout and features a six-burner gas range, double ovens, sleek stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. With an abundance of counter space and a spacious backyard with a pool, there is plenty of space for eating, entertaining and lounging. Rick Zea holds the listing.
A grand Mediterranean-style retreat represented by Michael Chiovari in the coveted Vista Del Corazon gated community, this estate boasts contemporary conveniences, exquisite design and thoughtful amenities—all crafted to maximize effortless, year-round entertaining. Inside, find airy living spaces with walls of glass doors that open to a generous outdoor terrace with a resort-style pool, barbeque area, built-in speakers, custom glass fire pits and covered lounge spaces. The spacious kitchen is a chef’s dream and the lower-level entertainment area is equipped with a full bar, commercial ice maker and soda system. Let the good times begin.
There’s no better spot in Aventura for ocean-view cocktails than at this one-of-a-kind condo at the coveted Williams Island. The 2,100-square-foot turnkey home offers refreshed living spaces and breathtaking ocean and intracoastal views. Entertainment-ready, the kitchen features new top-of-the-line appliances with retro checkerboard style flooring. The incredible resort-style amenities include a heated pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, tennis courts, restaurants, a spa, salon and much more. Get in touch with Paulina Sneider for more information on this coastal getaway.
Located on an oversized lot on one of Magnolia’s most coveted streets, this architectural masterpiece has been meticulously curated and thoughtfully designed. Represented by Jen Cameron and James Campbell, the home’s backyard offers extraordinary privacy—its garden sanctuary is ideal for al fresco dinners and boasts pristine landscaping and gorgeous hardscaping. Recent renovations to the masterful chef’s kitchen include a striking vaulted beamed ceiling, Viking appliances, gas fireplace and oversize island—all adding to the estate’s undeniable allure.
Balanced, timeless and modern in its design, West Enclave 10 is a Ritz-Carlton Reserve branded second-row residence located in San Jose del Cabo. With over 10,000 square feet, this airy one-level villa easily accommodates up to 16 people, creating the perfect space for lounging and entertaining. The private outdoor living space has a fire-pit with seating, heated swimming pool and jetted spa, grill station, dining space and a comfortably appointed outdoor living room. Let the year-round al fresco dining begin. Fabian Bouffier and Janet Jensen hold the listing.
Sally Sudol’s idyllic listing in the exclusive, gated community of Puerto Aventuras provides everything you could want in a tropical destination. Indulge in luxurious comforts on the covered terrace, which features a living room, TV cabinet, marble table for six to eight people and a bar with onyx cover. Entertain guests while looking out over the infinity pool, surrounded by lush jungle, with a Jacuzzi and waterfall, and enjoy the unbeatable sunshine, garden and golf course views.
Tranquil ocean views and a verdant valley of native jungle flora set the stage for this exceptionally private, gated estate listed by Yvienne Peterson and Gerrit Peterson on the North Shore of Maui. This seven-bed villa spans across multiple structures and has no shortage of things to do. With eight additional beds for guests, seven offices, three hot tubs, a 400-foot trampoline, private theater room (which seats up to 20), ECO golf range, fenced-in animal haven and stone carved soaking tubs, guests will be entertained for days on end.
The penthouse at the Keefer, represented by Kit Matkaluk and Hugh Cooper, is one of the most unique offerings in all of Vancouver. Accessed directly by elevator, this immaculately renovated loft has soaring ceilings and a massive 2,580-square-foot rooftop patio with a private, glass-bottom pool. Whether it’s lounging on the roof deck, dining in the newly updated kitchen with Gaggenau appliances and a dining table for 10 or relaxing in the enormous living room with abundant wall space for art and flat screens, this home fosters a unique and fun lifestyle all year long.
Situated on a cul-de-sac with a view of the quaint Highlands Ranch, this six-bed, six-bath home ensures space for the whole family—in-laws included. The newly finished basement has everything you need to entertain with a gorgeous wet bar, home gym and walk-out access to the large backyard with an expanded patio and built-in fire pit. Tina Christensen holds the listing.
The West Ranch is a historic, extraordinary 135-acre ranch and once-in-a-lifetime legacy compound unlike anything else currently available in the Roaring Fork Valley. Set amidst rolling green pastures and giant weeping willow trees, The West Ranch features a main residence, two additional cabin homes, an expansive barn, multiple outbuildings, two five-acre homesites and extensive water rights. When it comes to entertaining, nothing beats The Hangar, a rustic space intended for gatherings that has a game area, pool table, and bar and lounge with a wood-burning fireplace. Represented by Heather Sinclair, Chris Flynn and Lauren Bullard.
Recharge with friends and family inside this premier homesite on a quiet cul-de-sac in Summit Sky Ranch. Represented by Tina Christensen, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath residence is part of a close-knit community connected by private hiking trails and a shared love of nature. Enjoy wine and beer on tap with the neighbors at Aspen House, a year-round outdoor pool, hot tubs, ping pong, video game console, fitness rooms and even a fairy village—if you know where to look.
Etay Simhony and Nurit Coombe hold the listing for this one-of-a-kind custom home located on a premium half-acre lot in Luxmanor, one of the D.C. area’s most desirable communities. The residence is expansive and accommodating with nearly every amenity imaginable. The main level includes a game room, movie theater, music room, glass-enclosed wine room and multiple access points to the backyard oasis with a designer pool. The outdoor kitchen, private pool and multiple glass doors seamlessly merge the indoor and outdoor living spaces. Plus, the home offers ample guest parking with space for up to 22 cars.
This European-style Chateau, listed by Cliff Smith and Todd David Miller, sits on over six acres in one of the finest suburbs in southern Connecticut. With 16,216 square feet of living space, there is no shortage of things to do and rooms to explore. Whether it’s the music room, two-level library, marble bar room, remarkable wine cellar, theater space, game room, tennis court or expansive underground car showroom, this home wows at every opportunity.
Revered for its incomparable waterfront setting and bountiful amenities, this residence is a rare, private pond-side retreat in the heart of the Berkshires. Set on over 321 acres with its own 33-acre pond, 14 Sullivan is composed of a mid-century modern home, nearby guesthouse, Airstream and bunkhouse, and can host up to 20. Primed for water recreation, the extensive shoreline encompasses a historic boathouse, three docks, a sandy beach and a deep-water swim area. Enjoy kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing and fishing at this exquisite one-of-a-kind property. Eric Rollo holds the listing.
Welcome to this palatial convertible three-bed, two-bath home on Manhattan’s iconic Upper East Side. Represented by John Antretter and Brigitte Pays, this spacious sun-drenched residence offers a plethora of amenities within the full-service co-op. Enjoy a beautifully amenitized health club, indoor swimming pool, pilates studio, sauna, yoga room and landscaped rooftop garden.