With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Americans everywhere are just feeling a bit more romantic. While lovers clamor to purchase gifts for a significant other, some may feel that the ambience of their environment may be the biggest component of the holiday. How better to accomplish the perfect atmosphere than in a perfectly romantic home.
Recently, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, a real estate listing website, surveyed realtors across the country and ranked America’s ten most romantic homes for sale, based upon the impressiveness of the home as well as easy access to a wealth of appropriate activities.
These highly romantic homes all carry multi-million-dollar price tags and may be outside of most Americans’ Valentine’s Day budgets, but owning a home of this stature would certainly contribute to the atmosphere of the holiday.
So, where are the most romantic homes in America? Click ahead to find out!
By Paul Toscano
Posted Feb 9 2010
List Price: $3.9 million
Size: Approx. 7,200 sq ft
Nestled in the Smoky Mountains, this log cabin home in Gatlinburg Tennessee is one of the most romantic homes in the country, for its natural beauty and breathtaking views and high levels of customization. The home sits on 5 acres that border the Great Smoky Mountain Park, and offers pristine views of East Tennessee. The cabin also features wooden carvings throughout the interior, stonework millwork and top-of-the-line furnishings, offering a romantic and outdoorsy ambiance.
The Smoky Mountain range encompasses large portions of the Tennessee-North Carolina border and is considered one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the eastern US. The area is dotted with waterfalls and wildflower displays, as well as small chapels and chalet hideaways.
List Price: $5.695 million
Size: Approx. 7,066 sq ft
This modern home in Denver, Colorado is the 9th most romantic home in the country, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. The home features a glass bridge connecting the library mezzanine to the executive office, a guest suite with a separate entrance, a 1,200 bottle climate-controlled wine room, an indoor heated saltwater lap pool and indoor hot tub.
The romance of Denver emanates from the surrounding majestic landscape. With an average of 300 sunny days per year, the Rocky Mountains offer grand views from this home. With close proximity to the area’s world-famous ski resorts, Denver also features the largest art museum West of Kansas City. The famous LoDo neighborhood in downtown Denver also offers 29 blocks full of charming entertainment and fine dining locations.
List Price: $6 million
Size: Approx. 14,000 sq ft
For a home that was recently reduced by $2 million, romance may even come at a bargain in Louisiana. Described by the realtor as “the grandest home on St. Charles Avenue,” the front façade is constructed from blue sandstone, with a tile roof and ornate plaster decorations throughout the interior. The home also features a private terraced patio with a heated pool and a built-in hot tub.
New Orleans offers a mountain of romantic activities, including a walk through the French Quarter, dinner at one of the city’s numerous award winning restaurants and the famous Bourbon Street area. The history of the city can also be absorbed with a romantic ride on the St. Charles streetcar, providing views of antebellum mansions and monuments.
List Price: $7.5 million
Size: Approx. 9,444 sq ft
Located in the Azure high-rise building in Dallas, Texas, this 2-story penthouse features a private elevator to the roof terrace, which has a private pool. The two-story living room features floor-to-ceiling windows which display panoramic views of the Dallas skyline and also features an outdoor fireplace.
The Dallas area is bustling with romanticism: one of the city’s main streets is called “Lovers Lane,” and flying into the city may land at the city’s secondary airport “Dallas Love Field.” White Rock Lake is a popular destination among newlyweds, and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens exhibits 66 acres of flowers and picturesque views of downtown Dallas, making this a perfect destination for the romantic in anyone.
List Price: $18 million
Size: Approx. 15,000 sq ft
There are few American cities that carry the same romantic cache as Honolulu. This home offers 360-degree mountaintop views of some of Oahu’s most spectacular sights, and features two separate pools, a waterslide, movie theater, glass waterfall bridge, elevator, gym and spa.
The location of the home presents the inhabitants with year-round summer breezes, access to world-class beaches and incomparable Pacific sunsets. The area includes the Foster, Koko and Lili’uokalani Gardens, (the later named for the last Queen of Hawaii), which display the island’s native plants and waterfalls. There are also several options for sunset cruises, and February is the prime season for whale watching of Waikiki beach.
List Price: $19.5 million
Size: Approx. 20,000 sq ft
Bathrooms: 12, 3 half
Representing the romantic vibe of the Floridian peninsula, this modern estate in La Gorce, a neighborhood of Miami Beach. The home makes use of its surroundings with a 260-degree waterfront view, an elevated waterfront cabana, rooftop terrace and two docks. The interior features a marble staircase, designer master bedroom and commercial elevator.
The romantic opportunities afforded by the area include Ocean Drive in South Beach, which has been identified as one of the most romantic things to do on the East Coast. The area’s night life is unique for the area, and the proximity to the Florida Keys offers the opportunity to swim with dolphins and experience world-class SCUBA diving.
List Price: $23.5 million
Size: Approx. 21,000 sq ft
Bathrooms: 10, 4 half
The fourth most romantic home in America, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, is located in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood. This home is identified by the realtor as being one of Boston’s “largest and most historic ‘Beacon Hill Mansions.” The home was included in the national registry of historical places in 1978, and is currently used as a single-family residence. Featuring two roof decks, stunning park views, and a ball room, this home is certainly a romantic gem of Boston.
Boston’s romantic activities include the new Charles River gondola, which takes you past the Longfellow Bridge and offers picturesque views of the Boston skyline. To add to the romance, you can include flowers, chocolates and a serenade from an accordion player. Other suggested romantic activities include the New England Aquarium and dinner in Beacon Hill, which features charming streets lit by gas lanterns.
List Price: $72 million
Size: Approx. 48,000 sq ft
Any most romantic homes list wouldn’t be complete without an example from the City of Angels. Located in the prestigious community of Bel Air, this astonishing mansion is on the market and had its price tag recently reduced by $13 million.
The home features a 5,000 bottle wine cellar, a grand ballroom that can seat 200-250 people, a professional screening room, 19 fireplaces, a full-size gymnasium, a motor court with space for 20 cars, eight rose gardens, three large fountains, a 70-foot infinity pool and a 12-person spa.
If the home itself wasn’t romantic enough, the residence is a short drive from the Hollywood Hills, and not far from the majestic views of the Pacific Ocean. The home itself features 280-degrees of city and mountain views, and accentuates the romance of the surrounding area.
List Price: $75 million
Size: Approx. 21,000 sq ft
Located in Manhattan’s iconic Upper East Side, this neo-Italian Renaissance mansion, built in 1922, is one of the largest townhouses in New York City. The home features a limestone façade, five floors of living space, a garden level and a sub-basement, which in total measure approximately 21,000 square feet.
The home features original details from its construction, including a large-scale reception hall, a sweeping marble staircase, an enormous skylight, hand-carved moldings, and high ceilings.
Nearby romantic activities include carriage rides in Central Park, ice skating in Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building observatory and iconic Times Square, although the opportunities for romantic activities in the Big Apple are nearly limitless.
List Price: $45 million
Size: Approx. 10,000 sq ft
Selected as the most romantic home in America by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, it is easy to see why this stunning property perched high above the city of San Francisco takes the top spot. Located in the Pacific Heights, the home was designed in 1927 by the award winning architect Henry Clay Smith and features a grand reception hall, elegant formal rooms, a music room, powder room, a graceful marble stairway, high ceilings, chandeliers and a pair of stately fireplaces.
The roof of the home offers 360-degree views of the San Francisco Bay, while many of the rooms are positioned to overlook the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. The home also features a library, a private tennis court, and multiple terraces and an elevator running between all five floors. The area also offers a range of romantic activities, including an abundance of cable cars, and a ferry 25-minute ferry ride from San Francisco to Sausalito, where restaurants are within walking distance from the ferry stop.