What does your front door say about you? Whether you’re looking to achieve a grand entrance or better secure your home, the design, materials, and history of the door you choose can set the tone for the rooms beyond. These six international properties already have the perfect doors in place. All that’s left for you to do is move in.
1. Doors with Fingerprint Recognition, Mexico City, Mexico
Located in the highly desirable neighborhood of Cumbres de Santa Fe, Mexico City, this five-bedroom, six-bathroom property was designed by renowned Mexican architect Francisco Guzman to incorporate cutting-edge technology that blends seamlessly with the modern luxury lifestyle. Perhaps most impressive is the in-house security system, which includes motion sensor lighting and a closed-circuit system that can be controlled via smartphone. Some of the doors also feature fingerprint recognition technology.
“Francisco Guzman is one of the most important contemporary architects in Mexico,” says Eduardo Mora, principal broker at LUXMX Bienes Raíces, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in the city. “The whole house has been designed as a ‘smart’ home, and the doors are part of the security features. They can be opened from the control room inside the property, as well as by fingerprint recognition. The system can also send a notification to the owner’s phone whenever someone enters the property, which is a very practical and rare feature for a residential home here.”
This property incorporates cutting-edge technology that blends seamlessly with the modern luxury lifestyle
2. Carved Wooden Doors from a Spanish Monastery, Los Angeles, California
Heavy carved doors salvaged from a Spanish monastery set the tone for this California property, modeled on the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain. The grandeur continues inside, with seven bedrooms complemented by a soaring atrium, an Art Deco-inspired library, 400-year-old Moorish columns, 16th– and 17th-century Florentine ceilings, a rooftop terrace that frames panoramic city views, and a subterranean cinema room with large windows toward an in-ground swimming pool. The property, which is looked after by two members of staff and includes a separate three-story guesthouse, is on the market with Hilton & Hyland, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in California.
“The design of this property not only draws inspiration from the Reina Sofia Museum, but also from the curved ceilings at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, the Lanvin atelier in Paris, the elevators at the Hermès flagship in Paris, and furniture by the French Art Deco designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann,” says Jeff Hyland of Hilton & Hyland.
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The design of this property not only draws inspiration from the Reina Sofia Museum, but also from the curved ceilings at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid
3. Modeled on a Moorish Palace, Marrakech, Morocco
After finding the architectural plans for the Alhambra of Granada, Spain, in a secondhand bookstore in London, the owners of this stunning property in Marrakech, Morocco, set about creating their dream home: a replica of the palace. Around 1,300 talented craftsmen were employed on the project, which took three full years to complete. The result? Exquisite zellige tile arrangements, finely chiseled cedarwood ceilings, and ornate solid cedar wood doors, handmade in Morocco.
“The most challenging aspect of this property’s construction was to build it in such a short space of time,” says Marc Léon of Kensington Luxury Properties, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in Morocco. “The owners sourced materials and craftsman from all over Morocco and imported plants from around the world: olive trees from Italy, Canadian palm trees, cacti from the United States. The interiors too are all Moroccan-made, with handcrafted furniture and precious carpets bought at auction at Christie’s in London and New-York.”
Located in the heart of The Palmeraie, Marrakech’s expansive palm grove, this property is set on an 11.3-acre (4.6 ha) plot that includes rose, orange, and cacti gardens, as well as palm tree-lined paths, ornamental lakes, and numerous marble fountains.
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4. Artist-Designed-Doors with Beautiful Portraits, Valencia, Spain
This stately six-bedroom property in Valencia, Spain, on the market with Rimontgó, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in the region, features beautifully unique carvings, frescoes, and floors dating to the 18th century. Located in Valencia’s historic center, it’s close to the buzzy Central Market and enchanting Turia Gardens. The internal doors of this mansion were crafted using the finest marquetry and gold leaf, and feature intricately painted portraits—though who is depicted remains a mystery.
“Designed by Joaquín María Calvo Tomás, one of the most important architects of the time in Valencia, there is no certainty about who these faces represent,” says Celia Calabuig of Rimontgó. “It is thought that they could be a type of angel.” Elsewhere, the influence of 20th-century French architecture is equally stunning: an imperial staircase made of Carrara marble culminates in a dome decorated with intricate frescoes.
5. Links to a Welsh Castle, West Sussex, England
Comprising a large family home, a three-bedroom cottage, and substantial outbuildings, this former farmhouse property on the market with Strutt & Parker, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in the United Kingdom, is located in rural West Sussex, England. Combining traditional charm with modern amenities, the property features a front door with Welsh connections: it’s identical to the door of the 19th-century, Thomas Hopper-designed Penrhyn Castle in north Wales.
“The owner of this property found the door in an architectural salvage yard in London,” says Liz Berman of Strutt & Parker. “Who knows how it made its way down from north Wales, but it fit perfectly into the porch at this house! In addition to the huge key inside the exterior lock, there is also an extraordinary tiny Bramah key, which slots into a secret keyhole within part of the elaborate carved exterior moldings.”
6. Bespoke Mexican Church Doors, Rancho Santa Fe, United States
Offering stunning panoramic views of the mountains, countryside and beyond, this secluded Californian hacienda property offers 14.48 acres (5.85 hectares) of land and 7,776 square foot (722 square meters) of living space. The property features stunning rustic interiors that include custom-made doors sourced from a church in Mexico, and an abundance of reclaimed wood strategically incorporated throughout the home. Floor-to-ceiling windows can be found in all of the public rooms, providing an abundance of natural light.
“This is the first time this property has been listed for sale, and in one of the most desirable Covenant locations in Rancho Santa Fe,” says Linda Sansone of Willis Allen Real Estate, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in the region. “The breathtaking park-like grounds are just one of many draws here.”Read More Articles on Interiors & Design Emilee Tombs
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