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What Does $2.5 Million Buy?

Luxury Defined tours six homes priced at around $2.5 million

In the global marketplace for luxury real estate, just what does $2.5 million buy? In this Luxury Defined edition, we tour the world to find out just what this price point can provide. For starters, space and spectacle, fixtures and finishes, landscaping and location, location, location . . . Choose among a thoroughly modern mansion in Santiago, Chile, or a traditional riad in Marrakech. Or escape the city in a restored 17th-century manor house on 60 acres in the Dordogne region of France, or a contemporary ski retreat in the forests of Hokkaido, Japan. Read on to discover what and, perhaps even more importantly, where $2.5 million gets you.

Spectacular Modern Home in Santiago, Chile

This striking home above the city of Santiago, Chile, combines contemporary architecture with environmentally sensitive features, including a solar-heated swimming pool.

This sleek, spectacular modernist home is in Lo Barnechea, an exclusive neighborhood overlooking the city of Santiago and Chile’s Central Valley. The 6,673-square-foot home was designed in 2013 by Chilean architect Francisco Alemparte. The geometric lines of the exterior continue within the minimalist interiors. The design incorporates energy-saving and sustainable design, with thermo-panel windows throughout the home and solar panels to heat the swimming pool. The light-infused reception hall has a powder room and flows into a living room and dining room. Sliding glass doors open to a covered terrace and a lap pool surrounded by a verdant lawn bordered by specimen trees. The chef’s kitchen has a mid-century modern aesthetic. Adjacent is a breakfast room with nature-themed wallpaper and colorful furniture to offset the muted palette. The owner’s suite, situated on the second floor for added privacy, features a vast en suite bathroom, two walk-in closets, and a studio. This floor also offers three bedroom suites, a family room, and full bathroom. The lower level houses an elegant living room, wine cellar, media lounge, and fully equipped gym with a full bathroom.

Riad Anyr in Marrakech, Morocco

The medieval citadel of Marrakesh is the setting for the opulent Riad Anyr, a 12-bedroom, 12-bathroom mansion with an interior courtyard and a rooftop terrace with views of the Atlas Mountains.

This enchanting Moroccan riad is near, yet seemingly a world away from, the bustling Medina of Marrakech. Set in the old Dar el Bacha, once the palace of the Pasha of Marrakech, a short walk from the souks and Jemaa el-Fna square, the mansion was owned by a spice merchant. The riad underwent a sensitive renovation, true to its Moroccan roots with influences from the East Indies. The sumptuous 12-bedroom, 12-bathroom home is enhanced with intricate handcrafted details throughout. Zellige tiles adorn the floor and walls of the interior courtyard anchored by a mosaic-tiled swimming pool with fountain. Above is a mezzanine level embellished with latticed banisters, intricate stonemasonry, and arched doorways leading to the upstairs bedrooms. The top floor is a spectacular wraparound roof terrace with an alfresco lounge, dining spaces, with 360-degree vista of the Red City’s rooftops and the snow-covered peaks of the Atlas Mountains.

Manor House in the Dordogne, Aquitaine, France

A car-collector’s garage, aircraft hangar, and equestrian barn are among the lifestyle amenities at this 60-acre country estate in the Dordogne.

This gated estate encompasses nearly 60 parklike acres (including a private lake) near the market town of Le Bugue in the Dordogne department of southwestern France. The main residence is a beautiful stone manor house built in the 17th century and immaculately renovated for the 21st century. The living spaces include a modern kitchen, living room with fireplace, a dining room (with a marble fireplace), and veranda for alfresco dining area and barbecue. The office, with three windows facing the grounds, is the ideal work-from-home space. The converted attic could double as a second office, library, fitness room, billiards room, or private guest suite. Four en suite bedrooms are on the second level, including a primary suite with a large dressing room. The guardian’s house offers private accommodations for staff. The home is arrayed with lifestyle features, including a car collector’s garage (with abundant outdoor parking), an aircraft hangar, a swimming pool with a retractable cover for year-round use, and an equestrian facility with stables, a barn, and paddocks. Vegetable gardens, pasture and parkland, and a heart-shaped lake surrounded by private woodland are further highlights of this idyllic property.

Yukihyo in Hokkaido, Japan

Named after the beautiful Asian snow leopard, Yukihyo is a contemporary Japanese home ensconced within a tranquil forest of birch and pine.

This one-of-a-kind contemporary residence by Hikokonishi Architecture Inc has a breathtaking location on the island of Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest island and northernmost prefecture. Yukihyo (Japanese for snow leopard) is nestled in a pristine forest of birch and pine, with floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the outdoors in. The striking timber facade encloses 3,220 square feet of beautiful interior space with five bedrooms (including dual principal suites), three full bathrooms, and a half bathroom. Yukihyo in summertime is a picturesque woodland retreat; in winter, it’s the ideal ski home, with a wood-burning fireplace, deep-soaking Japanese bathtub, and ski room. Its prime location is within minutes of Niseko Village, renowned for its world-class off-piste powder skiing. Also on the doorstep are large swathes of wilderness with caldera lakes, wildflower meadows, and natural hot springs.

Custom-Designed Family Home in Western Springs, Illinois

Behind the classic exterior of this architect-designed home in the Chicago suburb of Western Springs is a resort-inspired retreat with all the creature comforts.

This classically elegant custom home is in the leafy Chicago suburb of Western Springs. Designed by Erik Johnson Architects, the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home evokes the timeless elegance of the Queen Anne and Shingle styles. Its stately half-timbered façade, eyebrow dormer and bay windows, and covered porch enclose surprisingly modern interiors with smart-home automation, built-in surround-sound, and radiant-heated floors. The living room, family room, and screened-in porch each have a fireplace. Farther along is a formal dining room and a dream kitchen. A grand double staircase rises to the second-level primary suite, with two walk-in closets and a luxurious en suite bathroom. This floor also includes an office, a junior suite, three guest bedrooms, and a full bathroom. On the third floor is a large en suite bedroom. The highlight of the home is the lower-level fitness suite with a sports court (for basketball, soccer, or volleyball), a climbing wall, sauna and steam rooms, billiards room, movie theater, and wet bar.

Meadowoods in Stowe, Vermont

This family-friendly mountain lodge near Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort is the ideal retreat for backcountry skiers, hikers, and nature enthusiasts.

Meadowoods abides on 13 pastoral acres near the village of Stowe, Vermont. Nearby are Stowe Mountain Resort and Vermont’s renowned backcountry skiing, hiking, and mountain-biking trails. The multi-level stone and timber home comes fully furnished in immaculate turnkey condition. There are seven bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and inviting living spaces with awe-inspiring mountain views, both indoors and outdoors. In 2019, a primary bedroom and office were added to the main floor as well as updated bathrooms. A wraparound deck is also new and provides access to the front gardens and the large, spring-fed pond at the back of the house. Adding to the enchantment are woodland walking trails, a gazebo, and meticulously tended grounds. Residents and their guests can relax after a day of skiing or hiking in the sauna or in a hot tub on the deck. But the highlight of this mountain escape are the unobstructed views of Vermont’s Worcester Range.