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 seven homes with fireplaces to warm the body and soul.
Stonewall Farm in Westchester County, New York
Encompassing 740 acres, Stonewall Farm is the largest privately owned property in Westchester County. Dedicated to raising championship Thoroughbred racehorses, Stonewall Farm has been scrupulously preserved over the last 40 years by its current owners, Barry K. Schwartz, co-founder of the Calvin Klein global fashion empire, and his wife Sheryl, who have created an estate of refined elegance and exceptional taste. The property offers a magnificent owner’s compound, superbly maintained grounds, and world-class equestrian facilities. At the heart of this private demesne is the 24,000-square-foot colonial-style manor house, designed by New York-based architect Rebecca Rasmussen with interiors by British designer Kelly Hoppen. The sunlit salon, the formal dining room, the sunroom, the owner’s suite each have a beautiful stone fireplace. The fireplace in the luxurious two-story library is accented with saddle-leather tiles and floors in homage to the equestrian lifestyle. Through the wisteria-trellised columns of the pergola walkway is the adjoining 4,000-square-foot pavilion-style pool house. The centerpiece is the 60-foot-long swimming pool and spa. In addition to the stone fireplace with its inviting lounge area, the pool house includes a gym, sauna, changing rooms, and a kitchen. Beyond are orchards, woodlands, ponds, and sweeping vistas of the Westchester countryside—all just an hour from New York City.
Glamour Zen in Scottsdale, Arizona
This sleek contemporary home occupies a 1.4-acre parcel on the northern slope of Pinnacle Peak Mountain in the guard-gated enclave of Estancia in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 5,196-square-foot home was featured on the cover of Luxe Magazine for its “Glamour Zen” design. The stacked-stone and stucco exterior seamlessly blends with the desert landscape. The fluid, open-plan living spaces abound with artistic touches. A double-sided fireplace clad in bronze-leaf limestone is the focal point of the living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors frame the mountain vistas beyond. The outdoor living, dining, and recreation spaces are equally inviting; among them is an alfresco dining area with a long, flat raised firepit. Just beyond is an infinity lap pool with a front-row view of Pinnacle Peak.
The Lake Penthouse in Canberra, Australia
Canberra’s finest penthouse, the Lake Penthouse is an ultra-luxury duplex with 270-degree views of Lake Burley Griffin, Parliament House, National Institutions, and the Brindabella Range. The 4,484-square-foot residence is on the 16th floor of The ApARTments at Acton South, a benchmark building designed by architects Fender Katsalidis, whose works include Melbourne’s Eureka Tower and Hobart’s MONA museum. The main floor is anchored by a sleek living room with a custom-designed natural gas fireplace and sculpted ceilings. Full length, double glazed windows and doors open to a wraparound terrace. Adjacent is a dining area and deluxe stone and marble kitchen with Miele appliances. A contemporary staircase leads to the second-floor owner’s suite, with a sumptuous bathroom with a freestanding tub facing Lake Burley Griffin. The second bedroom suite has a vista of Parliament House and the National Arboretum. The third bedroom has a 180-degree view of the lake and the parliamentary triangle. A large library/media room and separate laundry area complete this level. The penthouse is within a few minutes’ walk of the lake foreshore and Canberra city center.
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Modern Mountain Home in Asheville, North Carolina
This stylish contemporary dwelling is built into a wooded hillside in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The multi-level home offers 5,589 square feet of fully furnished living space. From the bespoke furniture and artwork to the handcrafted finishes and high-end fixtures, every detail exudes luxury. Walls of windows flood the interiors with natural light and frame the mountain views from nearly every room. A stacked-stone, floor-to-ceiling fireplace connects the double-height living room to the spacious dining room. The gourmet kitchen has Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances and a center island with breakfast bar. There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The primary suite, housed in a private wing, has a cozy fireplace, walk-in closets, and a large soaking tub. Among the serene outdoor spaces is an expansive open deck with stacked-stone pillars, a covered lounge, and a veranda—ideal for watching the sun setting over the mountains.
Ski-in, Ski-Out Mountain Home in Telluride, Colorado
This mountain hideaway has ski-in, ski-out access to the top-ranked ski resort of Telluride, Colorado. Situated on nearly an acre of private, wooded grounds in Mountain Village, just steps from Galloping Goose ski run and miles of cross country ski trails, the property has spectacular views of Mount Wilson, evergreen forests, and Telluride’s glistening slopes. The rustic log and stone exterior encloses airy interiors appointed with elegant cherrywood finishes. There are several wood-burning fireplaces, including a two-story stone hearth in the great room, which incorporates a cozy sunken media room, formal dining area, and a large chef’s kitchen with a breakfast nook. Wrought-iron chandeliers, wooden beams, and stacked stone pillars lend to the lodge-style ambience. The private quarters comprise four en suite bedrooms, including a bunkroom, and a guest apartment. The outdoor spaces are designed for year-round enjoyment and include a stone terrace with a dining area and a hot tub facing the slopes.
Shining Hand Ranch in Ashland, Oregon
Shining Hand Ranch is a unique, private residence on 700 acres in the foothills of Oregon’s Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges. Completed in 2016, the 8,880-square-foot residence was handcrafted with accents of exotic wood and river rock to echo the organic flow of nature. Flanked by beautiful copper tree sculptures, the dramatic arched front doors are made of Brazilian mahogany, sculpted by local artist Russell Beebe. Visitors cross the home’s threshold on a granite floor reminiscent of a riverbank; above, a blue-stone tiled ceiling reflects the color of the open sky. Beyond is the dining room, where preserved manzanita trees seem to grow out of the room itself. Farther along is the living room, which features a grand wood-burning fireplace inlaid with a glass mosaic of two dragons intertwined in the shape of a heart. It frames a spectacular view of the valley and the mountains. The home’s architecture and amenities not only honor nature but function in concert with it: the floors are heated geothermally and the endless pool, housed in an adjacent glass building, is solar heated.
Galleria Costa in Ashigarashimo, Japan
Sagami Bay on Japan’s majestic Manazuru Peninsula forms the backdrop to this 8.5-acre oceanfront estate in Ashigarashimo-Gun. The multi-level contemporary residence was designed in harmony with the sea. All rooms are ocean facing with unique interior décor. Vistas of Sagami Bay are the focal point of the grand living and dining rooms, many of which feature custom-designed hearths or firepits. The outdoor spaces include a pool and Rotenburo open-air hot spring baths with an infinity view of the ocean. A deck is ideal for alfresco entertaining. The estate has extensive amenities to entertain owner and guests. Tennis players will appreciate the pro tennis court, while golfers can practice their swing on the state-of-the-art golf simulator. There’s also a gym and wellness center with mist and stone saunas, Jacuzzi, and treatment room, and a home theater with karaoke system.