Many of the best luxuries in life come in small packages: a perfect bottle of wine, a vintage watch, a bespoke handbag. But occasionally, the old adage that “bigger is better” rings true. When it comes to real estate, larger square footage or acreage means more room for living. From Greece to The Bahamas to Chicago, these five listings shine the biggest and the brightest on an international scale.
Set on 1.1 acres with 10,000 interior square feet, this colonial-style mansion in The Bahamas is no ordinary beach house. A private, tree-lined drive leads to the six-bedroom home, where unobstructed views of an 18-hole golf course and nearby turquoise waters provide the backdrop for luxurious island living. The interior detailing exudes a refined elegance with coffered ceilings in the main living spaces and mahogany cabinetry in the chef’s kitchen. The patio and second-floor balcony overlook the swimming pool and hot tub, set at the peak of a grassy slope that leads down to a picturesque lake.
This custom-built Chicago home was constructed on three lots, providing ample room for its 10,000 square feet of interior space. Beyond the entryway, you’ll find dramatic 27-foot ceilings and a second-floor interior balcony. The distinctive curved shape, wood-panel detailing, and 70s-era railings of the balcony set the tone for the rest of the home, where walnut, shades of burnt orange, and leather translate to contemporary luxury with a retro spin. The open-concept living area has a wet bar and lounge, while the kitchen leads out to a sleek pool deck. The home also features an indoor driving range, a movie theater, and a home gym.
With stunning views of the sea and its own private boat jetty, this seafront villa in Porto Rotondo is a majestic slice of paradise. With an outdoor space of nearly 70,000 square feet, the villa’s grounds are populated by Mediterranean flowers and plants and feature paved dining spaces and an infinity pool. The interior feels just as expansive, with tall angled ceilings and sliding window walls welcoming in the light. The neutral palette throughout keeps the space feeling serene—a complement to the alluring shades of the Emerald Coast and its natural wonders.
Enjoy 9,020 square feet of mid-century majesty at the Mauna Kea Resort. Designed by Hawaiian architect Thomas Bingham in the tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright, the home is awash in ocean views thanks to large retractable walls and multiple terraces. Strong horizontal lines give the property an understated presence amongst its surroundings: guests can take advantage of the well-appointed media room, spa and steam room, infinity pool, or climate-controlled wine closet to augment their stay. With two beaches nearby, Mauna Key Resort offers endless opportunities to experience the splendor of Hawaii through seamless indoor/outdoor living.
Set along the sparkling waters of Crete, this Grecian home has all the grandeur and gravitas of the country’s ancient temples. The house offers proximity to the beach, lush gardens, and a fountain feature to welcome guests upon arrival. The interiors have been designed with traditional Greek hues in mind: cool whites meet vibrant cobalt blue accents. The property features a pergola dining space complete with blue-tiled flooring and an unforgettable view of the Mediterranean Sea.
These homes don’t shy away from grand gestures. From spacious floor plans to truly majestic exteriors, these homes are big enough to fit all kinds of dreams and life plans, no matter where in the world you find yourself.