9 Modern Farmhouses That Won’t Be on the Market for Long
Some of the best fashion ensembles are combinations of unexpected elements. For instance, Sharon Stone’s look at the 1998 Academy Awards, where she walked the red carpet in a gleaming Vera Wang skirt and a men’s Oxford dress shirt.
The loosely set rules of interior design and architecture work much in the same way: Some of the most beautiful spaces are those that combine elements from various eras, movements, and styles. Case in point: modern farmhouses whose sumptuous interiors prove that no two styles are off-limits when it comes to design. After all, opposites tend to be quite complementary.
With fresh new-builds and gut-renovated historic structures popping up across the country, now is the best time to snag an ultra-unique modern farmhouse. “Acquiring real estate and diversifying your portfolio is one of the smartest and life-enriching things you can do,” Rayni Williams, CEO and cofounder of The Beverly Hills Estates, notes.
And with undeniably modern riffs on classic farmhouse elements—bleached hardwood floors, soaring cathedral ceilings, and unpainted wood siding, among others—these part rustic, part contemporary abodes on the market are hardly bucolic. “People are definitely buying more these days,” Williams admits. “They have realized over this past year that the home is the single most important asset they should own.” We couldn’t agree more.
- Photo: Courtesy of The Fridman Group4/9Encino, CaliforniaBoston Celtics player Tristan Thompson’s Encino, California, home is on the market, but certainly not for long. Situated on 18,843 square feet of land, the NBA star’s former manse opens into a grand foyer boasting Parisian-inspired checkered marble floor that stops just short of the dining and living rooms, which flank the entryway’s main staircase.
- Though the house is ultra-cool in its own right, perhaps the property’s most obvious selling point is its backyard, which features an outdoor kitchen, bar, pool, spa, and fire pit surrounded by built-in seating.
- Plus, there’s a spacious 1,580-square-foot two-bedroom guest house with a family room and a fully functioning kitchenette. Tomer Fridman, founder of The Fridman Group, urges buying in this area—especially right now. He says, “The real estate market in L.A. is extremely active. It has become a destination for numerous domestic buyers, particularly following 2020.”Price: $7.9 millionBeds/Baths: 7 bedrooms, 7 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroomSquare Footage: 9,864 square feet.
- Photo: Daniel Milstein5/9Redding, ConnecticutA true gentleman’s farm in Redding, Connecticut, the 50-acre estate known as Maple Hill is equal parts extravagant retreat and self-sustaining working farm. Taking up considerable space on the far-reaching estate are three antique guest cottages, a state-of-the-art private recording studio and performance venue, tennis court, sugar house, boathouse, heated pool and spa, fruit-bearing orchard, and a 300-foot-long stream that spills into a three-acre pond.
- For the farmers, there’s also a pig and chicken coop, working barn, horse stables, paddocks, and a riding ring.The estate’s pièce de résistance, however, is the multifaceted seven-bedroom country manor that masterfully mixes contemporary and rustic touches. Plus, it’s only an hour’s drive from Manhattan.Price: $16 millionBeds/Baths: 7 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, 3 half bathroomsSquare Footage: 9,720 square feet.
- Photo: Berlyn Photography 6/9Beverly Hills, CaliforniaThis bleached-wood-paneled Beverly Hills home masterfully embraces the concept of indoor-outdoor living. The main level features not one but three enormous sliding glass doors that open onto a resort-like pool area complete with a 10-person dining area, a row of chaise longues, and a fire pit with custom banquette seating.
- The suites on the upper level that overlook the oasis below boast the same large-scale pocket-like glass doors, bringing the freshness of the outdoors inside.
- Though the multistory mansion is outfitted with all of the fixings of a five-star hotel, including a wine cellar, full gym and spa, and private movie theater with an overhead projector, it’s utterly warm courtesy of 11-foot wide steel-case-glass windows through which sunlight floods in.
- Not to mention that the organic materials throughout, such as the glossy exposed brick that runs from the entryway through one of the casual living spaces, give the home an approachable feel that isn’t at all fussy.Price: $17.9 millionBeds/Baths: 7 bedrooms, 8 full bathroomsSquare Footage: 10,500 square feet.
- Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby’s7/9East Hampton, New YorkMost modern farmhouses aren’t equipped with actual farm-friendly buildings. This nearly 22-acre estate just outside East Hampton Village, however, is. On the fringes of the 15,500-square-foot, 11-bedroom main house are elegant horse stables with accompanying paddocks and riding fields, and a charming working barn. Famed landscape designer Edmund Hollander created distinct areas between each of the estate’s multiple structures by way of manicured hedging and a forest of towering evergreens worth of a centuries-old English manor. In fact, the main house’s grand architecture was inspired by the city of Cotswold in the British countryside.
- Just behind the main house are a rectangular gunite pool, oversized spa, pool house (with a full kitchen and bedroom), a hard tennis court framed by stone courtyards, and an elegant garden.Perhaps the most intriguing part of the estate, though, is the main house’s 3,500-square-foot lower level, whose amenities rival those of a world-class resort: a sunken spa, sauna, steam room, massage space, full gym, and spacious movie theater.Also on the equestrian estate are two stylish guest cottages.Price: $22.8 millionBeds/Baths: 11 bedrooms, 15 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroomSquare Footage: 15,500 square feet.
- Photo: Berlyn Photography8/9Hollywood Hills, CaliforniaDesigned and built by West Hollywood–based OSKLO, this Belgian-inspired farmhouse, which is hidden behind cedar gates and green hedging, sits on 16,342 square feet of land. The cobblestone driveway, which is lined by 100-year-old sycamore trees, leads to a modest yet sophisticated structure that radiates serenity. The house features subtle yet transformative architectural details, including custom stonework, herringbone white oak floors, and bespoke metal-framed full-height windows and doors that offer full views of the backyard’s pool from the glass front door.The backyard, in fact, is one of the home’s most impressive features.
- It comprises a formal courtyard that leads to an alfresco dining room (complete with a wood-burning pizza oven), an outdoor kitchen, a lap pool and spa, and a 15-foot-tall fireplace. There’s also a pool house that doubles as a screening room.Price: $10.9 millionBeds/Baths: 7 bedrooms, 8 full bathroomsSquare Footage: 7,620 square feet..
- Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby’s9/9Powell Butte, OregonThough it’s situated on more than 435 acres of lush land, the single-story structures scattered neatly throughout leave no detail left unattended.
- The main home, whose interior accents utilize natural materials sourced directly from the property, includes a chef’s kitchen outfitted with Monogram appliances and two islands, a full bar tucked inside the living room, a theater room, exercise space, a sizable home office, and a children’s media area that redefines the traditional playroom.On the other side of the 8,863-square-foot modern farmhouse is the primary suite, which is nothing short of a West Coast sanctuary with a rugged rock fireplace, private terrace, and, through the bedroom, a massive walk-in shower and soaking tub.
- The main house also boasts three additional en-suite bedrooms.In addition to two guest houses, the enormous estate also has quite a few outbuildings, including a steer barn, four-stall horse stable, and tool shed.
- There’s also a whole additional part of the land that comprises a 3,020 square-foot, open-beam three-bedroom ranch house with sweeping views of the Cascade Mountain Range, attached and detached garages, hay shed, and the property’s original 19-century barn, which is a working cattle and hay ranch.And if one barn isn’t enough, sitting on the same parcel as the main house is a second barn, this one with room for nine horses. There’s also an indoor riding arena, equipment shed, and hay outpost.Price: $29 millionBeds/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroomSquare Footage: 8,863 square feet.
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