Making A Splash: 5 Homes With Soothing Water Features

Whether classical or colorfully modern, a fountain brings the serene sounds of water to any estate. Each of these five homes—from the Connecticut to California—uses a fountain to turn an outdoor area into an oasis that is both eye-catching and calming.

California Meets Bali

Shelton WilderSotheby’s International Realty – Brentwood Brokerage

Just blocks from the beach in the Santa Monica Canyon, this secluded 4,706-square-foot four-bedroom masterwork is replete with Balinese architectural inspiration. Limestone walls, Indonesian coral, leather, terrazzo, and abundant use of richly hued teak contribute to its unique ambience. The rooftop deck is an enviable getaway, while a mature sycamore tree stands stalwart over the home, its glorious courtyard gardens, and a dazzling outdoor water feature.

Modern Mediterranean Elegance in Houston

Kellie GeitnerMartha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 

Stately Mediterranean style pervades this 9,985-square-foot residence in Houston. Perfect for effortless day-to-day living and entertaining, it features a study, a formal dining room with a temperature-controlled wine room, a media and game room, a family room with 24-foot ceilings, a chef’s kitchen with a butler’s pantry, and six bedrooms, including two primary suites. The backyard is a lush oasis with a breezy loggia, a summer kitchen, multiple patios, fire pits, and an alluring heated pool and spa with a waterfall and whimsical colorful lighting.

Redwood Valley Villa

Kevin McDonaldSotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – Sonoma Brokerage

On 20 acres with valley and vineyard vistas and groves of olive trees, this light-filled Tuscan-inspired villa features a multi-level floor plan with three bedrooms and open, inviting living and entertaining spaces. A one-bedroom guest suite is tucked above the two-car garage. The enviable setting encourages outdoor living, and the home obliges with multiple alfresco spaces, including a stone terrace with a breathtaking view and a classical fountain.

Greenwich Garden Sanctuary

Mary-Stuart Freydberg & Mary JonesSotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

At the heart of 2.7 lush acres, this renovated five-bedroom Colonial is filled with light and elegant spaces: formal living and dining rooms, a chef’s kitchen, a gym, a playroom, and a family room opening to a deck that overlooks the magnificent backyard. The home’s park-like property features expanses of lawn, stately stone walls, a bridge leading to a path that winds through the woods, and a sparkling private pond with a dramatic fountain.

Riveting Contemporary in River Oaks

Walter BeringMartha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 

This striking 5,297-square-foot contemporary home in the rarefied wooded environs of River Oaks offers a wealth of stylish, lofty spaces. A foyer with a sculptural staircase flows to the formal living room, the dining area, and a kitchen with an island, a wet bar, and a breakfast nook. Beyond are a family room and a library with floor-to-ceiling windows, bookshelves, and a reading loft. Covered outdoor sitting areas on two levels overlook the luxurious backyard, which includes an oversized pool with a captivating waterfall.

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