First Impressions | Homes With Unique Doors

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, a door could be said to give a similar glimpse into a home’s personality. Though it may be just one detail amongst many, a front door creates a necessary barrier between the personal and the outside world, and allows homeowners to both welcome guests and retreat from public life. Likewise, interior doors can enhance the flow of a floor plan and act as sartorial support to a home’s other interior design elements. A considered door can make a statement—just take these luxury homes as proof.

Gable Estates, Coral Gables, Florida

Coral Cables, Florida | Saddy Delgado, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Ascend the palm tree-lined stairs and turn the handles to a Floridian oasis—this home’s contemporary glass door provides the perfect hint of what you’ll find in this property’s pristine interior. With six bedrooms, a six-car garage, an elegant floating staircase, and impeccable modern décor, this completely smart home sits on two acres and offers ample opportunity for rest and relaxation right in its own backyard. Simply slide open the back doors to private pools offset by lush greenery. 

Albany, London, England

London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

A splash of color can often make a world of difference. That’s the case for Albany, a historic property off Piccadilly in Central London, whose stately exterior is perfectly enlivened with an accent of blue brilliance at its entrance. Built in the late 18th century, this address has boasted famous occupants including author Aldous Huxley and actress Dame Edith Evans. Enjoy the refurbished interior with its airy drawing room, classic library, and master bedroom with en suite. 

An Equestrian Estate, Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

Kintnersville, Pennsylvania | Eleanor Miller & Patricia Patterson, Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

From the moment you open the large, sliding barn door in this Pennsylvania haven, you’ll be enveloped by the warmth and comfort of country living. An equestrian-lover’s dream, this barn-inspired home sits on 45 acres and includes a 12-stall stable, large outdoor ring, fenced pastures, and miles of trails—not to mention an outdoor pool and tennis court. Indoors, the open floor plan, wood flooring, and walls created out of old barn floorboards make the large space feel rustic and bright. 

Johnson Lane, New South Wales, Australia

New South Wales, Australia | Michael Pallier, Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

If ample land, plenty of privacy, and a sprawling, light-filled home speak to you, step through the beautiful wooden door of this property in Wildes Meadow, New South Wales. Situated on 98 acres, this grand home impresses from the outside and has all the amenities needed inside—find seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms spread over three pavilions, expansive windows, fireplaces, a modern kitchen, and a wine cellar. Outdoors, the land is prime for farming, and for nature expeditions, enjoy the nearby Morton National Park and the many views it offers.

Vía Roja, Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile | Marcela Geisse, Chile Sotheby’s International Realty

Approach the impeccably-manicured entrance to this Chilean masterpiece and you’ll meet intricately carved wooden doors, which appropriately serve to prepare you for what awaits across the threshold—a truly luxurious property full of elegance and attention to detail. Though the marble floors, vaulted ceilings, and upholstered walls of this 12,378-square-foot house are enough to sate any homeowner’s appetite for drama, the décor is balanced by the more demurely landscaped garden complete with a pool and extensive panoramic views of both city and mountains.

One Draycott, Singapore

Singapore | Veniz Kwong, List Sotheby’s International Realty

Each entrance door of the 64 well-appointed apartments at One Draycott features 68 pieces of oak facets, individually handcrafted and stained to create a unique patterned design. An object of unique maverick elegance, this door sits alongside a handcrafted Lucerna stone wall installation with interwoven geometric engravings which adorned the private lift lobby. Injecting style into each personal space, the developer worked in collaboration with practitioners in British fine art and design, David and Anna Hiscock, allowing each homeowner to truly own a piece of fine art.

Whether coming or going, visitors can take the measure of a house through its doors. As evidenced by these luxury properties, a door can act as much more than just a beautiful detail—it’s a symbol of what’s inside, and a proper invitation to experience all the home has to offer.

Further reporting by List SIR. Article originally appeared in the Extraordinary Living Blog, Sotheby's International Realty