In locales from East Coast to West—with Texas and the Southwest in between—these kitchens encourage people to gather with their fluid floor plans, eye-catching surfaces, and singular blend of style, comfort, and functionality.
Traditional Charm in Pacific Palisades
Bringing to mind an East Coast classicism, this new five-bedroom home enjoys a prime location in the exclusive Riviera neighborhood of Pacific Palisades and encourages festive entertaining at every turn. In addition to formal living and dining rooms, a theater, and a game room, it features an exceptionally spacious chef’s kitchen with a walk-in pantry, pocket doors leading a welcoming family room, and French doors giving way to a brick patio and a lush private backyard with a pool.
Upper West Side Architectural Gem
Atop what was once a Beaux Arts school, this breathtaking 3,420-square-foot residence combines historic architecture and contemporary conveniences in a space of remarkable volume and light. The heart of the home is a great room with a 19-foot arched and barrel-vaulted skylit ceiling, an ornate wall of glass that opens to a south-facing terrace, and a stylish eat-in kitchen area with white oak cabinetry, polished Arabescato marble countertops and backsplashes, a walk-in pantry, and appliances from Wolf, Sub-Zero and Miele.
Wine Country Manor
Just minutes from the historic Sonoma Plaza, this Old World–inspired manor epitomizes the relaxed elegance for which Sonoma is beloved. Offering four restful bedrooms and three full baths, it is also an ideal milieu for refined entertaining, with formal living and dining rooms, a media room, and a generous chef’s kitchen and family room opening to chic outdoor areas. The home is sited on approximately four acres that also includes a detached garage, gym, and guesthouse as well as an olive orchard.
Enjoying a coveted location in Greenwich’s Field Point Circle association, this stately residence offers 9,411 square feet filled with rich details, modern amenities, and superb spaces for elegant entertaining. Highlights include a spacious family room with two limestone fireplaces, a covered patio, a home theater, a sophisticated living room, and a formal dining room. The light-flooded kitchen provides ample room for gathering and boasts every top-tier appointment and appliance expected in a home of this caliber.
Santa Fe Sanctuary
This four-bedroom home on Santa Fe’s storied Upper Canyon Road is both elegant and easygoing, with a unique combination of spaces for living, dining, and entertaining. A dramatic brick ceiling with skylights, recalling the bóvedas of Spain, arches over the impeccably appointed kitchen, which features two islands, classical cabinetry, warming and refrigerated drawers, a Sub-Zero refrigerator-freezer, two dishwashers, granite countertops, a six-burner dual-oven Wolf range surrounded by Old World–inspired tiling, a delightful breakfast area, and a wine room.
This estate designed by noted architect Eric Woodward includes a 10,200-square-foot home, an oversized swimming pool, generous terraces, two pergolas, lush swaths of lawn, and a three-story, two-bedroom pool house. In addition to six bedroom suites, inviting living and dining rooms, a library, and a retro-themed theater with an expertly equipped bar, the main residence features a delightful kitchen with an oversized island that seats three, appliances from Wolf and Miele, charming glass-front display cabinets, and a casual windowed dining area.
Article originally appeared in the Extraordinary Living Blog, Sotheby's International Realty