Price of Luxury

What Does $15 Million Buy Around the World?

Luxury Defined tours six international homes priced in the neighborhood of $15 million

In the global marketplace for luxury real estate, just what does $15 million buy? That’s the million-dollar or, rather, the $15 million question in this Luxury Defined collection. Consider Aspen, Colorado, where that princely sum buys a one-of-a-kind contemporary residence on 12 acres with unrivaled views of the Rocky Mountains. Searching for the island lifestyle? One of the finest homes in the Caribbean is on offer: a lavish beachfront villa with a pool, tennis court, and putting green on two secluded acres in Anguilla. Or perhaps paradise lies in Tuscany, and a 13th-century estate surrounded by 12 acres of baroque gardens, vineyards, forests, and an olive grove in the heart of Chianti country. Thus $15 million is a high-value price point for high-value individuals—not those with the assets of royalty or small governments. For truly affluent investors, these homes can be the culmination of a life’s work, a life’s dream, a legacy. And that neighborhood of $15 million or thereabouts comes with some spectacular whereabouts.

Tuscan Chianti Estate near Florence, Italy

Bounded by cypresses, vineyards, olive groves, and ancient forests, this historic estate is in the heart of the Tuscany’s Chianti Classico wine region.

This magnificent estate encompasses more than 20,000 square feet of living space surrounded by more than 12 acres of land. Majestic cypresses lead to the main entrance gate. The beautiful grounds include a Renaissance chapel built circa-1647, four formal gardens graced with marble fountains and sculptures, olive groves, vineyards, and a private forest. The luxurious accommodations are composed of two private villas, three apartments, and a historic dwelling with four apartments, all meticulously renovated by local artisans. These are complemented by three swimming pools surrounded by terraces, from which to take in the captivating views of the Chianti Classico hills.

Contemporary Ranch in Aspen, Colorado

Erickson Ranch is the largest, most private lot on Red Mountain, a coveted location in a coveted destination: Aspen, Colorado.

The jet-set ski mecca of Aspen and the Rocky Mountains form the backdrop to this spectacular estate. The property has been in the same family for the past 70 years and is the largest, most private lot currently listed on Red Mountain. These 11.8 acres boast unrivaled vistas south and southwest from Independence Pass to Mount Sopris. The 6,800-plus-square-foot home made from wood, stucco, metal, and glass is set at the base of Red Mountain. The contemporary design of the elongated residence is perfectly positioned and designed to pull in the astounding panorama to combine nature and living in one.

19th-Century Palacete in Lisbon, Portugal

This palatial 19th-century mansion in Lisbon’s coveted Príncipe Real quarter has been meticulously restored to retain its ornate architectural details.

This stately palacete is in the heart of Lisbon’s Príncipe Real quarter, a genteel neighborhood of garden squares and colorful mansions, adjoining the ultra-hip Barrio Alto. Built circa 1899, the mansion has been sensitively restored to retain all of its unique architectural details, including the stately coral-hued façade, magnificent roof dome, and four-story turret with spire. The 11,000-square-foot interior is appointed with elegant reception and dining rooms, a well-equipped kitchen, and office. The private quarters comprise two guest suites, a full-floor master suite with Jacuzzi and spectacular views of Lisbon and the River Tagus, and a separate guest/staff annex on the grounds. A cinema, indoor pool, gym, and spa complete the luxury.

Cerulean Villa in West End, Anguilla

At this serene beachfront villa on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, everything possible has been considered for the comfort and entertainment of guests.

One of the most luxurious and exclusive beachfront properties in the Caribbean, Cerulean Villa is set amidst tranquil landscaped gardens on a secluded stretch of beach in West End, Anguilla. Decorated by renowned interior designer Scott Salvator, this magnificent villa combines a serene atmosphere with a sense of proper indulgence. Everything possible has been considered for comfort and entertainment. The nine-bedroom villa is spacious enough to sleep 18 guests or extended family members (as well as three additional bedrooms for staff) and boasts an indoor dining room warmed by a fireplace, an outdoor dining and kitchen area, a recreation room, tennis court, putting green, gym, and even a full-service spa room.

The majestic waterfront estate in Fort Myers features a grand, fully furnished Palladian-style residence, two acres of landscaped gardens, and a dock with direct Gulf of Mexico access.

This Palladian-inspired estate offers complete privacy and unparalleled luxury on two-acres of waterfront in Fort Myers, Florida. A long granite driveway introduces the property, which is fully gated and accessed through two private roads. The four-bedroom main residence’s windows, arches and arcades capture the Palladian aesthetic of symmetry and balance. Italian marble floors, Venetian plastering, and a wrought-iron staircase are among the artisanal details. The luxury appointments include indoor and outdoor home cinemas, a gym, elevator, a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, a 65,000-gallon mosaic-tiled infinity pool, 16-person spa, and a car collector’s dream garage. The grounds are styled as botanical gardens with exotic fruit trees and 200 plant species. Two docks offer access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Contemporary Smart House in Vancouver, Canada

This contemporary home in Vancouver’s University Endowment Lands neighborhood offers three levels of luxurious living space and beautiful grounds.

Panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the North Shore Mountains are on display from nearly every room of this contemporary smart house sited on a bluff in Vancouver’s University Endowment Lands. A grand double-height foyer greets family and guests in style. The three-level residence offers more than 10,000 square feet of living space with six bedrooms and nine bathrooms on nearly a third of an acre of landscaped grounds. The handcrafted details include marble and oak floors, panelled walls, crown moldings, and solid wood doors. An elevator, Control4 home automation, cinema, wine cellar, tiki bar, and spa with indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room are among the luxury amenities.