America's Most Romantic Homes 2011

America’s Most Romantic Homes

During the Valentine’s Day season, Americans everywhere feel a bit more romantic. While lovers clamor to purchase gifts for a significant other, some see the ambience of their environment as the biggest component of the holiday. How better to achieve the perfect atmosphere than in a perfectly romantic home. Recently, a real - estate listing website, surveyed realtors across the U.S. and ranked America’s 10 most romantic homes for sale, based upon the impressiveness of the home as well as easy ac
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During the Valentine’s Day season, Americans everywhere feel a bit more romantic. While lovers clamor to purchase gifts for a significant other, some see the ambiance of their environment as the biggest component of the holiday. How better to achieve the perfect atmosphere than in a perfectly romantic home.

Recently, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com,a real - estate listing website, surveyed realtors across the U.S. and ranked America’s 10 most romantic homes for sale, based upon the impressiveness of the home as well as easy access to a wealth of romantic activities.

These highly romantic homes all carry multi-million-dollar price tags and may be outside of most Americans’ budgets for Valentine's Day , 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 8 Feb 2011

10. Atlanta, Georgia

List Price: $10.9 million Size: N/A Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 6 full, 3 half Known as Windcrofte, this home is a landmark in Atlanta's Tuxedo Park, and has a long history. Built in the 1930s, it was owned by one-time Coca-Cola Pres. Robert Woodruff, until it was sold to Guy Milner, a Georgia businessman and politician. Milner bought the home as a first-anniversary gift for his wife 20 years ago. The home stands on five acres and features a gated entry, extended driveway, white brick walls, manicure
Photo & Listing: Wes Vawter and Betsy Akers | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

List Price: $10.9 million
Size: N/A
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 6 full, 3 half

Known as Windcrofte, this home is a landmark in Atlanta's Tuxedo Park, and has a long history. Built in the 1930s, it was owned by one-time Coca-Cola Pres. Robert Woodruff, until it was sold to Guy Milner, a Georgia businessman and politician. Milner bought the home as a first-anniversary gift for his wife 20 years ago.

The home stands on five acres and features a gated entry, extended driveway, white brick walls, manicured gardens and a pristine pool. The interior of the home features a curved staircase entryway, heavy moldings, sparkling chandeliers and rich, gleaming hardwood floors. The home also has five fireplaces, providing a particular ambiance ideal for a romantic night.

9. Grosse Ile, Michigan

List Price: $5.38 million Size: 6,287 sq ft Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 full, 3 half Located in Grosse Ile, Michigan, this estate is virtually on the border between the US and Canada, with waterfront property on the Detroit River near Lake Erie. The home features manicured grounds, an indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, a sauna, a racquetball court and a terrace overlooking Michigan’s largest private yacht mooring. The home is gated and sits on approximately 5 acres of land. It also includes a gara
Photo & Listing: Kathy Lyons | SKBK Sotheby's International Realty

List Price: $5.38 million
Size: 6,287 sq ft
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4 full, 3 half

Located in Grosse Ile, Michigan, this estate is virtually on the border between the US and Canada, with waterfront property on the Detroit River near Lake Erie. The home features manicured grounds, an indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, a sauna, a racquetball court and a terrace overlooking Michigan’s largest private yacht mooring. The home is gated and sits on approximately 5 acres of land. It also includes a garage with tiled floors for multiple cars.

8. Sarasota, Florida

List Price: $1.75 million Size: Approx. 4,000 sq ft Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 The current owners of this distinctive condominium renovated the home to create the ambiance that would have been enjoyed by a silent-film star. The home occupies the entire third floor of the historic Orange Blossom Tower and is designed to capture the essence of the historic building. It features two private terraces overlooking Palm Avenue and downtown Sarasota, a wine cellar, private elevator foyer, hand-carved ston
Photo & Listing: Joel Schemmel | Signature Sotheby's International Realty

List Price: $1.75 million
Size: Approx. 4,000 sq ft
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3

The current owners of this distinctive condominium renovated the home to create the ambiance that would have been enjoyed by a silent-film star. The home occupies the entire third floor of the historic Orange Blossom Tower and is designed to capture the essence of the historic building.

It features two private terraces overlooking Palm Avenue and downtown Sarasota, a wine cellar, private elevator foyer, hand-carved stone flooring, a custom fireplace and a state-of-the-art media room. The town of Sarasota is known to be a romantic destination, with a diversity of art galleries and cafes, fine dining, opera and close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico.

7. Charleston, South Carolina

List Price: $6.85 million Size: 9781 sq ft Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5 full, 2 half This home, known as the Patrick O’Donnell house, has a long history that makes it a romantic centerpiece of Charleston. Legend has it that in the 19th century, Patrick O’Donnell built the most beautiful home in the city for his bride-to-be, but it took him so long to build it that she married someone else. O’Donnell lived there until his death in 1882 — and died as a bachelor. The house was also home to the woman wh
Photo: & Listing: Douglas Berlinsky | Disher, Hamrick & Myers Realty, Charleston, SC

List Price: $6.85 million
Size: 9781 sq ft
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5 full, 2 half

This home, known as the Patrick O’Donnell house, has a long history that makes it a romantic centerpiece of Charleston. Legend has it that in the 19th century, Patrick O’Donnell built the most beautiful home in the city for his bride-to-be, but it took him so long to build it that she married someone else. O’Donnell lived there until his death in 1882 — and died as a bachelor. The house was also home to the woman who inspired the character of Melanie in "Gone with the Wind " and was the birthplace of the South Carolina Poetry Society.

6. Beverly Hills, California

List Price: $68.5 million Size: 36,000 sq ft Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 13 It would be difficult to list romantic U.S. homes without mentioning this palatial estate in Beverly Hills, California. The estate is adorned with custom bronze fountains, Italian Cyprus trees, a wide variety of fruit trees, a mosaic-lined pool, tennis courts and a pool pavilion that resembles architecture present in the Hearst Castle. The home itself has 24-karat gold gilded walls in the library, a formal dining room, Calcut
Photo & Listing: Joyce Rey | Coldwell Banker Previews International

List Price: $68.5 million
Size: 36,000 sq ft
Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 13

It would be difficult to list romantic U.S. homes without mentioning this palatial estate in Beverly Hills, California. The estate is adorned with custom bronze fountains, Italian Cyprus trees, a wide variety of fruit trees, a mosaic-lined pool, tennis courts and a pool pavilion that resembles architecture present in the Hearst Castle.

The home itself has 24-karat gold gilded walls in the library, a formal dining room, Calcutta Viola marble columns, a private visitor’s suite and numerous spa amenities.

5. Knoxville, Tennesee

List Price: $12.5 million Size: 36,720 sq ft Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 11.5 Situated on one of the highest hills of historic Lyons View, this estate is known as Villa Collina. Sitting on 12 acres of manicured landscaping, it also offers views of the Tennessee River and the Smoky Mountains, a wine cellar, two heated pools, tri-level library and an elevator that services all three floors. It features a 1900 sq ft wine grotto and cantina, 11 fireplaces, Northern Italian terracotta tiles and hand-paint
Photo & Listing: Debbie Elliott-Sexton | Alliance Sotheby's International Realty

List Price: $12.5 million
Size: 36,720 sq ft
Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms: 11.5

Situated on one of the highest hills of historic Lyons View, this estate is known as Villa Collina. Sitting on 12 acres of manicured landscaping, it also offers views of the Tennessee River and the Smoky Mountains, a wine cellar, two heated pools, tri-level library and an elevator that services all three floors. It features a 1900 sq ft wine grotto and cantina, 11 fireplaces, Northern Italian terracotta tiles and hand-painted murals from Italian artisans.

4. Fischer Island, Florida

List Price: $30 million Size: 7,413 sq ft Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Situated on Fischer Island off the shore of Miami, this home is unique to the area. It has the only private pool on the island, but is also steps from the beach. The master bedroom has a private terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the home is lavishly decorated with frescoes and various original period artwork. The home also features an extensive wine cellar, a voice activated entertainment system and a Jacuzzi spa.
Photo & Listing: Don Pingaro | Island Insiders

List Price: $30 million
Size: 7,413 sq ft
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5

Situated on Fischer Island off the shore of Miami, this home is unique to the area. It has the only private pool on the island, but is also steps from the beach. The master bedroom has a private terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the home is lavishly decorated with frescoes and various original period artwork. The home also features an extensive wine cellar, a voice activated entertainment system and a Jacuzzi spa.

3. Mercer Island, Washington

List Price: $28.8 million Size: 14,000 sq ft Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 12 A home that can take your breath away, the Boulevard Place Estate on Mercer Island in Lake Washington is an example of American romanticism : The home was inspired by Greek revival architecture with curved arches and columns . It features multiple outdoor terraces overlooking water views, rooms with 23 foot ceilings, multiple guest quarters and an outdoor 150” plasma screen. The home is just outside Seattle, itself offering a
Photo & Listing: Moira E. Holley, Listing Agent | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

List Price: $28.8 million
Size: 14,000 sq ft
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 12

A home that can take your breath away, the Boulevard Place Estate on Mercer Island in Lake Washington is an example of American romanticism : The home was inspired by Greek revival architecture with curved arches and columns . It features multiple outdoor terraces overlooking water views, rooms with 23 foot ceilings, multiple guest quarters and an outdoor 150” plasma screen. The home is just outside Seattle, itself offering a range of romantic activities and scenery.

2. Greenwich, Connecticut

List Price: $41 million Size: Approx. 20,000 sq ft Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 18 Greenwich is known for its high quality of life, but this estate demonstrates the romantic side of the town. Situated on 18 acres of pastoral land, it features a maple-lined driveway, French doors, several outdoor terraces, gardens, a pool and even an equestrian center. The home was designed by architect Robert Lamb Hart and the interior by Mark Hampton, focusing on elegance and luxury.
Photo & Listing: Joseph Barbieri | Sotheby's Greenwich | Pickwick Plaza Brokerage

List Price: $41 million
Size: Approx. 20,000 sq ft
Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms: 18

Greenwich is known for its high quality of life, but this estate demonstrates the romantic side of the town. Situated on 18 acres of pastoral land, it features a maple-lined driveway, French doors, several outdoor terraces, gardens, a pool and even an equestrian center. The home was designed by architect Robert Lamb Hart and the interior by Mark Hampton, focusing on elegance and luxury.

1. Lake Tahoe, Nevada

List Price: $22.85 million Size: 9,000 sq ft Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5.5 Sitting among towering pine trees, this home in Nevada’s Incline Village on Lake Tahoe is 2011’s most romantic home in America for both its interior and exterior features. The gated estate is on 1.7 acres of woodland with a private beach, pier and deepwater buoy. The home features a formal dining room, wine cellar, several patios, walking paths, night-lighted entertainment areas, a heated pool and a waterfall. The home’s win
Photo & Listing: Nancy Croom & Amanda Roberts | The Creek Trust

List Price: $22.85 million
Size: 9,000 sq ft
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5.5

Sitting among towering pine trees, this home in Nevada’s Incline Village on Lake Tahoe is 2011’s most romantic home in America for both its interior and exterior features. The gated estate is on 1.7 acres of woodland with a private beach, pier and deepwater buoy. The home features a formal dining room, wine cellar, several patios, walking paths, night-lighted entertainment areas, a heated pool and a waterfall.

The home’s windows are oriented to take advantage of the views over Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Mountains, while balconies and a stone facade allow you to take in the atmosphere in grand fashion. It’s also in close proximity to world-class skiing, hiking and resorts.