The best homes of 2017
Each week, we feature some of the best properties on the market. With 2017 coming to a close, let's check in on some of the best properties of the year.
Eagle Island, Tower, Minnesota. This 5.5-acre Lake Vermilion island comes with membership in a nearby marina. Built in 2016 of locally sourced stone and wood, the rustic-modern, custom-furnished three-bedroom house features a double-height living room with floor-to-ceiling fireplace, an open kitchen with island, an elevator, and a crow's nest with water and island views.
The grounds include a yard and a dock. $1,995,000. Mike Lynch, Lakes Sotheby's International Realty, (612) 619-8227. STATUS: Same.
Garrison, New York. This cantilevered steel, glass, and wood home sits on 12.2 acres overlooking the Catskill Mountains. The five-bedroom house boasts marble fireplaces, a floating staircase, glass walls, a 4,500-bottle wine cellar, and a master suite with doors opening to a full-length balcony.
The property has a green roof with native plantings, a barbecue area, and a four-car garage. $4,750,000. Melissa Carlton, Houlihan Lawrence, (914) 474-0111. STATUS: Under contract.
Portland, Maine. Known as the West Mansion, this 1912 Georgian Revival home spans four stories, 17 rooms, and 13,674 square feet. Designed by Frederick Tompson, the nine-bedroom house boasts nine fireplaces and original details like hand-painted wallpaper, custom built-ins and wainscoting, Tiffany lamps, and a central staircase made of tiger maple.
The 0.6-acre property includes mountain views, a terrace, and a three-car garage. $2,650,000. Ed Gardner, Ocean Gate Realty, (207) 415-4493. STATUS: Off market.
Venice, California. Mario Romano built the Preston House, a six-bedroom home with an aluminum façade. The interior includes organic forms, new environmentally sensitive materials, wood details, and a large great room.
The property boasts an outdoor cinema with a fireplace, a heated pool with a spa, and five large palm trees. $5,445,000. The Altman Brothers Team, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, (310) 819-3250. STATUS: Reduced to $4,850,000.
Houston, Texas. This 1939 neoclassical house overlooks Mary Elliott Park. The five-bedroom home has a library, a media room, a wine room, and a master suite with a coffee bar.
Additional details include ornate molding, an elevator, two staircases, and a three-car garage. $3,995,000. Ruthie Porterfield, Sotheby's International Realty, (713) 558-3247. STATUS: Reduced to $3,750,000.
Seattle, Washington. Named Seaweed, this houseboat floats on Lake Union. Built in 2000, the one-bedroom, wood-and-fiberglass home is 33 feet by 12 feet.
There's a full kitchen, a bathroom with a jet tub, a washer-dryer combo, and custom built-in cabinetry. $325,000. Linda and Kevin Bagley, Special Agents Realty, (206) 915-3766. STATUS: Sold.