Luxury Real Estate: Colonial Homes


August 31, 2011 | BY Asia Tatler

Graceful and charming, colonial architecture never goes out of style. These stunning luxury real estates offer an elegant nod to the past


Graceful and charming, colonial architecture never goes out of style. These stunning luxury real estates offer an elegant nod to the past.




Villa Aman Jiwa is modelled on a Dutch plantation house and many of its most fetching elements – wrought-iron work, ironwood ceilings, beveled glass windows, hardwood timber floors and bay windows – are recycled from demolished grand homes and hotels. The property enjoys stunning sea views and is within walking distance of the beach and a championship golf course. The three-bedroom mansion also features a 17m swimming pool surrounded by established tropical gardens and mature trees. It is listed with Elite Havens at US$2 million.


Elite Havens in association with Knight Frank
Tel: +62 (361) 738 747,

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A short walk from Hampstead’s bustling high street, cafes and boutiques, the luxury real estate Whitestone House is a late Regency mansion that has been beautifully restored to deliver a seamless fusion of classical elegance and modern design. The elaborate property has six bedrooms, many of which offer peaceful views across the heath, and the principal spaces such as the drawing room, dining room and family room have been loyally restored. An extended lower ground floor incorporates a cellar, swimming pool and sauna and a second modern kitchen and dining space. Outside, the terraces and rear garden offer a glorious outdoor entertaining area. The residence also has its own private lane with gated parking. It is listed through Sotheby’s International Realty at US$11 million.

Sotheby’s International Realty

Tel: +44 020 7495 9580,


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This freshly minted five-bedroom pool villa is perched high on Phuket’s Kata Noi hill – the perfect location to take in the stunning sunsets over the Andaman Sea. Covering a whopping 13,000sqft across its two levels, the villa has a top-of-the-range kitchen, separate maid’s quarters, open walkways, waterfalls, wide staircases, large private balconies, a therapy room, sauna, wine cellar and a lift. Residents also enjoy full access to the development’s facilities, including a large swimming pool, fitness centre and tennis court. It is listed through Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty at US$3.2 million.

Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty
Tel: +66 (0)76 324 614,



This well-positioned villa near Palaia in the province of Pisa in Tuscany is an elegantly restored country home that took the best part of three years to return to its former glory. Surrounded by lush enclosed gardens with a swimming pool, the villa boasts a massive drawing room, lavish dining area and four double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. A delightful guesthouse/pool house has its own double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining area. It is listed through GK Italian Property at US$5.48 million.

GK Italian Property
Tel: +44 020 7993 2967,


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France D'antibes
France D'antibes


This stunning belle époque mansion hugs the waterfront of the famous Cap d’Antibes in the south of France. Built on a sumptuous flat garden plot covering 54,000sqft, its prime location also allows you to dip in and out of the seductive embrace of the celebrated bohemian lifestyle of the French Riviera. With its own private access to the beautiful La Garoupe beach, this is a truly unique property. The rooms are all grand in scale with high ceilings throughout. And there are four bedrooms, three of which have direct access to the swimming pool and garden. It is listed through Prestige Property at US$33.7 million.

Prestige Property
Tel: +44 (0) 1935 817188,


This story is adapted from Hong Kong Tatler September 2011 issue for online. All information is supplied by the agents listed, and Edipresse and Asia Tatler take no responsibility for its accuracy or current validity.



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