Extravagant party houses aren’t just for pop stars

Once upon a time, a home with an outdoor movie screen, an extravagant resort-style spa, or a private nightclub with a dance floor were reserved for the brightest of celebrities. These days, lesser-known owners are adding Hollywood-level glamor and extravagant, playful amenities to their properties to share with friends and family.

As if the 32-acre oceanfront Seasmoke Farm in St. George, Maine wasn’t dreamy enough, with its orchard, gardens, alpaca pastures, and endless water views , she also has two structures built just for fun.

“Our first project was to build a swimming pool with a hot tub and pool house for oceanside entertaining,” says Courtney Amos, 45, who owns a pearl import business and Seasmoke Farm with her husband, Paul Amos, 47 years old. which is in private equity. “The pool house is next to the ocean and has coastal shingle style architecture with antique beams above. The dome lights up at night and almost looks like a lighthouse.

Seasmoke Farm in St. George, Maine has a guest house with a cupola that lights up like a beacon at night.

Kate Sfeir

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The sophisticated pool house includes a pool table that their four children and cousins ​​and friends loved, Ms. Amos says.

“We always told the kids to be careful, and eventually one of them asked us, ‘Why don’t we have a place to play with our friends like the grown-ups?’ says Ms. Amos. “That’s when we brought in an architect and designed the ‘Rec House’ in a modern style of glass, wood and metal with indestructible concrete floors.”

Video games, table tennis and board games are available for rainy days. Adjacent to the Rec House is an ocean side basketball court, four seater court and a premier soccer field. In addition to the main house and two gites, Seasmoke Farm has several fire pits, an outdoor kitchen, pizza oven and two barns. The property is listed for sale at $10.9 million.

“Every decision we’ve made to build this home over the years since we purchased the land in 2007 has been centered on creating a legacy of experiences and quality for our family and friends,” says Ms. Amos.

For homeowners like Ms. Amos, an extravagant level of customization is part of the joy of building a custom home.

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“Building a house with all the amenities in place takes a lot of money, a lot of time, and a lot of decisions,” says Denise Albanese, realtor at Christie’s International Real Estate in northern New Jersey. “Some people want to do all of that, but for some buyers it’s a great opportunity that someone else has made all the decisions and all the conveniences they can think of are already in place.”

Seasmoke Farm also has a separate children’s area with games and a basketball court.

Kate Sfeir

Receive in a Castle

Models strutting on a stage built above a swimming pool surrounded by seating for 300 guests on the grounds of a castle may be a sight taken for granted in Hollywood or Palm Beach, but it’s unexpected in Houston. The event, a fundraiser for a local charity, was organized by Deana Blackburn, 50, and her husband Lawrence M. Blackburn, 65, executive vice president and chief financial officer of AFG Holdings, a company of technology and manufacturing in the offshore drilling industry from their home in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston.

The house organized seated dinners for 150 people.

Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

“We worked with our architect to design this house as a lifestyle home built for entertainment and our charity work,” says Ms Blackburn. “For another fundraiser, we had a sit-down dinner for 150 people inside, with well-known chefs including Daniel Boulud.”

Their home’s loggia was originally planned as an outdoor summer kitchen, but turned into an elaborate indoor-outdoor entertaining space with limestone floors, a beamed ceiling and glass walls overlooking the pool, fountains and gardens, says Jay Monroe, the couple’s realtor with Martha Turner at Sotheby’s International Realty in Houston. The air-conditioned space can be used even on Houston’s hottest summer days or with the glass walls open as a sheltered outdoor party room.

The Blackburn home, which looks like a centuries-old castle, took three years to build and is up for sale at $17.9 million.

“Sometimes homes with specialty items like a 30-car garage or an indoor basketball court can be a harder sell,” says Monroe. “In other cases, over-the-top gear can attract buyers.”

The couple’s 800-bottle wine cellar has a dramatic 10-foot-high vaulted brick ceiling, limestone art niches, stained glass window, slate floors imported from a cathedral in England and iron doors on measure. Nearby are a billiard room, a full bar with a glazed tile counter, a home theater with surround sound and paneled walls for soundproofing, and a two-level game room with opening French doors. on the ground by the loggia.

“The main house’s entertaining areas open onto the landscaped area with fountains that lead to the loggia, for great flow,” says Ms Blackburn. “We have a permanently installed speaker system that plays throughout the house, in the landscape and in the loggia.”

There’s an 800-bottle wine cellar in a castle-like mansion in Houston.

Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

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Bringing the resort home

From theater and pub to spa and wine cellar, the original owners of Chateau de la Roche in Alpine, New Jersey, carefully chose every detail of their custom home, says Ms. Albanese, the architect of inside the house and now the listing agent for the $25 million property.

Chateau de la Roche in Alpine, New Jersey, was inspired by traditional French castles.

Michael Heald

“The house is inspired by a traditional French chateau, but the amenities are more like a full-scale resort hotel,” says Ms. Albanese. “The basement features a 15-seat theater and a family room with a two-sided Adirondack-style stone fireplace shared by the bar and lounge area. The bar has beer taps and is adjacent to a 2,000-bottle wine cellar.

The spa area on the lower level goes far beyond a simple room with gym equipment to include a yoga studio, sauna, steam room, and hot and cold plunge pools in a high-ceilinged room with exposed stone walls. stacked stone.

“The outdoor pool is a saltwater pool with a swim current, fountains and a hot tub,” says Ms. Albanese. “There is also a full outdoor kitchen with a fireplace and covered dining area, a cabana with changing rooms and bar, a gazebo, fire pits, a three-tiered fountain and a walking path that leads through the gardens around perimeter of the property.”

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Chateau de la Roche is full of spa-like amenities, including a yoga studio, sauna, steam room, and hot and cold plunge pools.

Michael Heald

Hollywood-style splash in Bel Air

Some buyers want a blank canvas to customize, says Adam Rosenfeld, a Los Angeles real estate agent for The Agency, but others are happy to have extravagant amenities already in place.

“Buyers like to see a bespoke product that touches them emotionally,” says Rosenfeld. “If a house has whimsical elements, it can bring out their inner child. It’s like taking a kid to Disneyland to show them a house with things they wouldn’t think of.”

The End, a property completed in 2021 in the Bel Air Hills overlooking Los Angeles, features elements of decadence and playfulness that befit the image of Hollywood style. It has a Hollywood price tag to go with it: $139 million.

In a Los Angeles home called The End, a six-car glass-enclosed elevator is visible from the 6,000-square-foot nightclub.

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“I was lucky enough to attend a Super Bowl party there this year, and it was the most amazing thing to see that 23-foot movie screen rising from the pool,” said M. Rosenfeld. “It has a high quality sound system like an Imax theater but with an LA backdrop and city lights behind.”

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The house, which also has a soundproof concrete theater inside, has a sub-zero vodka tasting room and a six-car glass-enclosed rotating automatic elevator visible from the 6,000-square-foot nightclub.

“The rotating glass garage looks like an art installation, but it functions like one of those glass display cases for watches,” says Rosenfeld. “The vodka tasting room is still set to 32 degrees, and the developer has added faux fur coats to the room for fun.”

A private wine room features a floor-to-ceiling Murano glass art installation in the shape of a dress worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, says Mr. Rosenfeld, and there’s a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the basement near the fitness room with a climbing wall.

“The nightclub includes a full bar and dining facility and is designed so you can remove all the furniture to create a huge dance floor,” says Rosenfeld. “Outside the disco is a cigar smoking room, with a built-in cigar humidor and a special ventilation system so that smoky air does not return to the disco or the rest of the house.”

Indoor pools and spas, separate recreational homes for adults and children, and homes built to entertain crowds aren’t just for celebrities. Anyone with deep pockets and an imagination can create their own personalized paradise to enjoy with friends and family.

A sub-zero vodka tasting room in the Los Angeles home.

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This article first appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of Mansion Global Experience Luxury.