Green With Envy: 4 Homes With Lush Landscaping

From a 1920s villa in Santa Barbara to one of the largest private landholdings in Greenwich, these homes are surrounded by lush landscapes that extend their interior opulence to the outdoors.

Mediterranean-Style Sanctuary

Joe McCorkell Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito Coast Village Road Brokerage

Blending 1920s elegance with contemporary comforts and conveniences, this Mediterranean-inspired home atop a gentle knoll in Santa Barbara offers lovely living and entertaining spaces, a cook’s kitchen, six restful bedrooms, four stylish baths, a deck, a balcony, and a freestanding garage. Nearly every room enjoys a view of mountains, the ocean, and neighboring rooftops. The picturesque grounds comprise impressively lush gardens of tropical foliage and a swath of green backyard grass ringed with mature privacy hedges.

Old World–Inspired Château in Houston

Rachel Solar  | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

This 15,033-square-foot manor adjoining one of the River Oaks Country Club’s emerald golf courses dazzles with its refined living and dining spaces and luxurious bedrooms and baths. Other highlights include a gym with a wet bar and built-in speakers, an office, game and garden rooms, a Savant smart home system, and a generator. The majestic 1.5-acre grounds boast a koi pond, two vine-draped pergolas, and a pool and enveloped crape myrtles, weeping willows, oaks, and magnolias.

Connecticut’s Creamer Hill Farm

Leslie McElwreathJoseph Barbieri | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

This estate is one of the largest private landholdings in Greenwich. Two discreet gated drives lead to an extraordinary 14,296-square-foot residence, which is filled with light and shares its 81.45-acre wooded expanse with a bright modern three-bedroom guest cottage, a baseball field, a tennis court, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, and a workshop or barn. Oversized windows and decks provide panoramic views that stretch out toward the enveloping trees, ponds, streams, and the Byram River.

Montecito Gem

Mark MacGillvray | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Impeccably renovated, this idyllic villa on one of Montecito’s most prestigious streets marries Mediterranean and modern styles and features three bedrooms and baths, an office, living and dining areas, a well-outfitted kitchen, wine storage, and a two-car garage. The distinctive natural setting recalls the Mediterranean countryside, and a dense ring of mature trees creates an oasis of privacy for the emerald yard and a sun-washed resort-like terrace with a fireplace, vine-draped pergolas, and a pool and spa.

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