There was a time when luxury living meant bringing the fire indoors, to a cave with a natural chimney. Fire cooked the food, brought light and warmth into the home—and it kept away the predators. Since the advent of lintel, post and roof, the fireplace has evolved into a highly decorative and symbolic architectural form that has warmed ancient castles, royal palaces, and stately homes. With the coming of eco-friendly and cutting-edge technology, today’s fireplaces blend artistry and innovation. Whatever its style, be it an intricate stone-carved gothic masterpiece or a high-tech showpiece with clean, bio-fueled flames, a fireplace brings comfort and grandeur to any hearth and home. Here are six homes with fireplaces to warm the body and soul.
Modern Mountain Home in Snowmass Village, Colorado
This contemporary mountain home overlooks all four Aspen/Snowmass ski mountains: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands. The custom-designed, three-story home is warmed by radiant heating and three fireplaces, including an impressive stone hearth in the great room. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors open to 700 square feet of outdoor decks, highlighting the best views in Snowmass. The layout spans more than 5,700 square feet with two master suites, two guest bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen, and dining room. Additional highlights include an elevator, garage, three private patios, and more than four acres of landscaped grounds.
French-Inspired Manor House in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Modern luxury meets classic elegance at this château-inspired residence in an exclusive enclave of Franklin Lakes in Bergen County, New Jersey. The home’s light-filled interiors are accented with exquisite details, including a two-story foyer with marble floors, a bridal staircase, and stained-glass ceiling dome. The double-height great room is another highlight, featuring a wall of windows overlooking the formal gardens. The luxury amenities include a NEFF kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and a fireplace, a separate catering kitchen for entertaining, and a lower-level recreation center with gym, wine cellar, and media room. The private quarters comprise six bedrooms and six full bathrooms, including a master suite complete with an office, walk-in closet, spa bathroom, and a cozy sitting area with fireplace.
Circa-1816 Townhouse in Charleston, South Carolina
The Thomas Bannister Seabrook House is set apart in the Harleston Village neighborhood of downtown Charleston with its elegant Neoclassical and Queen Anne-style architectural elements and grandly scaled rooms. Built circa 1816, the four-story townhouse is adorned with south-facing arched piazzas, from the Neoclassical period, and a pediment with a lunette roof window. The Queen Anne-style window heads, bracketed cornices, and the three-story tower, with its charming bell-shaped roof, were thought to be added in the 1880s. A total of eight gas fireplaces, several of them impressively elaborate, grace the living areas and the bedrooms. A grand drawing room features a carved marble mantel and mirror. The formal dining room opens to the kitchen through impressive pocket doors. The upper floors house the expansive master suite, guest suite, two additional bedrooms, and two full bathrooms. Historic Charleston is just a few minutes away.
Mid-Century Modern-Inspired Retreat in Beverly Hills, California
Set behind gates on a lush 24,000-square-foot lot, just minutes to the Beverly Hills Hotel, 1220 Loma Vista is the ultimate in refinement. This sensational home was designed by Schmidt Architecture in a timeless style with design cues from classic mid-century modern architecture. Massive public rooms with high ceilings open via pocket doors to the vast terrace and infinity pool. A showplace for entertaining, the great room features a stunning book-matched marble slab fireplace, dining area, gourmet Poliform kitchen, and an exquisite wine cellar. An adjacent family room converts into a home theater and offers views of the pool. The master suite is a serene retreat with fireplace, lavish bathroom, gym, and a private patio garden with fire pit and daybed. Furthering the luxury are three additional bedrooms suites and a Control4 smart-home system.
Contemporary Villa in Prague, Czech Republic
Villa Hanspaulka, a contemporary villa in the upscale Prague neighborhood of Dejvice, offers nearly 16,000 square feet of living space across five levels. The central living area is anchored by an Italian travertine fireplace, and features a kitchen and dining area enveloped by walls of glass. Fireplaces grace the main terrace and roof deck, which are served by a catering kitchen and two elevators. The private quarters comprise a master bedroom, four additional family/guest bedrooms, and staff quarters. Other outstanding features include a recreation floor with an indoor pool, sauna, gym, cinema, and wine cellar. The grounds include a seven-car garage and serene, parklike gardens.
Desert Hacienda in Phoenix, Arizona
The courtyard fireplace and custom-tiled fountain of this private, gated contemporary hacienda in Phoenix are among the surprisingly elegant and intimate features to counter the heat of the day and embrace the warmth of the night. High-end distinctive designer touches include soaring beamed ceilings, an automated, 20-foot radius window wall, an interior stone slab water feature, hand-carved cabinetry, interior doors and built-ins, custom designed lighting fixtures and cabinet hardware. There is also a 1000-bottle wine cellar, gourmet kitchen, indoor/outdoor wet bar, and a Lutron lighting system with Savant master control. Separate guest quarters with living area, and full guest casita. Inviting outdoor courtyards include a Zen garden, fireplaces, and infinity pool.Explore Eight Creatively Converted Homes Lucy Carsen
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