If the eyes are the windows to the soul, a door could be said to give a similar glimpse into a home’s personality. Though it may be just one detail amongst many, a front door creates a necessary barrier between the personal and the outside world, and allows homeowners to both welcome guests and retreat from public life. Likewise, interior doors can enhance the flow of a floor plan and act as sartorial support to a home’s other interior design elements. A considered door can make a statement—just take these five luxury homes as proof.
Gable Estates, Coral Gables, Florida
Ascend the palm tree-lined stairs and turn the handles to a Floridian oasis—this home’s contemporary glass door provides the perfect hint of what you’ll find in this property’s pristine interior. With six bedrooms, a six-car garage, an elegant floating staircase, and impeccable modern décor, this completely smart home sits on two acres and offers ample opportunity for rest and relaxation right in its own backyard. Simply slide open the back doors to private pools offset by lush greenery.
Albany, London, England
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A splash of color can often make a world of difference. That’s the case for Albany, a historic property off Piccadilly in Central London, whose stately exterior is perfectly enlivened with an accent of blue brilliance at its entrance. Built in the late 18th century, this address has boasted famous occupants including author Aldous Huxley and actress Dame Edith Evans. Enjoy the refurbished interior with its airy drawing room, classic library, and master bedroom with en suite.
An Equestrian Estate, Kintnersville, Pennsylvania
From the moment you open the large, sliding barn door in this Pennsylvania haven, you’ll be enveloped by the warmth and comfort of country living. An equestrian-lover’s dream, this barn-inspired home sits on 45 acres and includes a 12-stall stable, large outdoor ring, fenced pastures, and miles of trails—not to mention an outdoor pool and tennis court. Indoors, the open floor plan, wood flooring, and walls created out of old barn floorboards make the large space feel rustic and bright.
Johnson Lane, New South Wales, Australia
If ample land, plenty of privacy, and a sprawling, light-filled home speak to you, step through the beautiful wooden door of this property in Wildes Meadow, New South Wales. Situated on 98 acres, this grand home impresses from the outside and has all the amenities needed inside—find seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms spread over three pavilions, expansive windows, fireplaces, a modern kitchen, and a wine cellar. Outdoors, the land is prime for farming, and for nature expeditions, enjoy the nearby Morton National Park and the many views it offers.
Vía Roja, Santiago, Chile
Approach the impeccably-manicured entrance to this Chilean masterpiece and you’ll meet intricately carved wooden doors, which appropriately serve to prepare you for what awaits across the threshold—a truly luxurious property full of elegance and attention to detail. Though the marble floors, vaulted ceilings, and upholstered walls of this 12,378-square-foot house are enough to sate any homeowner’s appetite for drama, the décor is balanced by the more demurely landscaped garden complete with a pool and extensive panoramic views of both city and mountains.
Whether coming or going, visitors can take the measure of a house through its doors. As evidenced by these five luxury properties, a door can act as much more than just a beautiful detail—it’s a symbol of what’s inside, and a proper invitation to experience all the home has to offer.
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