Fairytales have long captured our hearts and memories; from grand castles and palatial estates to secret gardens and hideaways, the homes depicted in those stories have now leapt from the pages of books and into the real world. There is something about these whimsical places that ignites the imagination and speaks to the soul. Let’s explore some storybook homes that capture the unique and inviting spirit of our favorite fairytales.
Bonnie Brook Estate exudes charm with its own secret garden made complete by a fountain, tree swing, bridge and waterfalls. From crystal chandeliers and vaulted ceilings to a wood wrapped library and herringbone floors, this Georgian mansion sparks imagination. French doors open toward majestic views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains in a piece of paradise only minutes from the heart of Seattle.
Gargoyles greet and massive wooden doors lead toward a drawbridge with a moat, pool and waterfall fountains at this enchanting home. Large towers encapsulate a grand interior with soaring ceilings and murals, ornate moldings and hand painted Moroccan arches, all complemented by vibrant period pieces and stained glass. The whimsical palace brings the fairytale atmosphere to life while living for the present, with close proximity to all that downtown Sarasota offers.
With a water feature that beckons toward the playful entry filled with captivating forest inspired murals, Ruhe Estates is a legacy property where inspiration meets fantasy. Connect with nature along the 12.5 riverfront acres or curl up with a favorite story in the sprawling greenhouse. A true work of art, revel in the elegance and beauty of stucco and stone, from the exposed Old Growth Oregon fir beamed interior to the hand scraped white oak floors.
Radiating romance, The Castle on Lake Tahoe is a gated waterfront Chateau and living piece of art with impressive lake and mountain views. Intricate stained glass details and murals give way to a wine cellar set amidst stone and an impressive outdoor space with a heated dipping pond complete with French Renaissance sandstone fountain. The nearly two-acre landscaped estate lives for the twilight as gardens, fountains and ponds light up complete with walking paths leading to blooming shrubs and roses, a waterfall with dolphin sculptures and a dazzling outdoor dining space nestled along the private freshwater creek. Enjoy a private pier with two electric boat hoists on 180 feet of waterfront.
This property enjoys a tranquil contrast of art as water breathes life into a picturesque 125 feet of waterfront. The design, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, uses natural surroundings to capture iconic San Juan views. The private forest brings a fairytale to mind, with serene spaces to steal a moment alone in among the abundant wildlife that enjoys the magnificent old growth trees.
The perfect blend of charm and grandeur, wind up the private drive to Barnes Brook Estate, a quaint home situated on 116 pristine acres. Quality craftsmanship and natural finishes lend to a story book feel, from a birch alley extending to the orchard, to pastoral views that never cease to amaze. Find serenity in winding garden paths or on the private terrace overlooking the pond.
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