Water Works | Baths with Distinctive Design

Few spaces in the modern home take higher design priority than the bath. These distinctive spaces feature details that range from rugged stonework to striking tile patterns and lovely mosaics, doubling up as works of art.

Unique Elegance in Manhattan

New York, New York | Debbie KorbSotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

Classical style meets modern convenience in this impressively renovated five-bedroom townhouse, where peerless finishes bring an uncommon refinement to public and private spaces that are generously proportioned and graciously fluid. One wall of the unique, light-filled owner’s bath is dedicated to a fireplace surrounded by beautiful tilework and an ornate mosaic. Other highlights include an elevator linking all six levels; a lush, welcoming garden; and multiple terraces—including one enviable space perched on the rooftop.

Sophisticated San Francisco Aerie

San Francisco, California | Gregg LynnSotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Captivating views and bespoke finishes are the calling cards of this chic home near the South Beach marina. It offers two bedrooms, a versatile office space, and an open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area. Each of the two baths is clad in vivid custom tile—one an earthy copper, the other a dazzling metallic cobalt that brings to mind the sparkling bay waters just outside. Residents of the building enjoy a fitness center, a courtyard with a pool and spa, parking, and concierge services.

Waterfront Charmer in Greenwich

Greenwich, Connecticut | Steve ArchinoSotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

A coveted address, serene water views, and a delightful classical charm distinguish this five-bedroom residence on the banks of a lake in Greenwich. Highlights include a welcoming living room with a vaulted ceiling and a striking fieldstone fireplace, a light-filled breakfast area with distinctive tall windows, a dining room with a wet bar, a study with useful built-ins, plentiful handsome woodwork, and a spa-like owner’s bath where eye-catching stone lines one wall and surrounds the soaking tub and warming fireplace.

Handsome Houston Haven

Houston, Texas | Robert MitchellMartha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 

In a thriving area of Houston, this home beckons with an inviting elegance and desirable amenities. Its 3,984-square-foot floor plan features formal living and dining rooms, a chef’s kitchen, a library or study, game and media rooms, and four peaceful bedrooms. The hallmark of the spacious owner’s bath is a wall of graphic geometric- patterned tile that creates a dramatic backdrop for the roomy glass-enclosed shower and relaxing soaking tub. The large, lush backyard includes a covered patio with an outdoor kitchen.

Casa de Brio

Santa Fe, New Mexico | Nancy Lehrer & Tara EarleySotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 318 Grant Avenue Brokerage

This irreplaceable 72.36-acre property just outside Santa Fe boasts professional-caliber horse facilities, a renovated main residence, a guest casita, a studio, and a recreation room, media room, or workout space. The heart of the estate is the home, which features an inviting living, dining, and kitchen area and three bedrooms. Tilework, wall accents, and sink basins wrought from rugged stone join organic archways in creating a uniquely Southwestern ambience in the owner’s bath. The property also commands a sweeping mountain panorama.

A Rare Collection

EDEN, Singapore | Veniz KwongList Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated in one of Singapore’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, the design for this ultra-luxury residence is inspired by the spirit of Singapore and nature itself. The south-facing apartment, with a bespoke hanging garden balcony spans the entire level. The walls and floors of the bathrooms are lined with 180-million-year-old cross-cut Jura limestone from Germany that still retains its fossilised imprints. Every detail is considered, including the choice of luxurious materials used in the finishes of the apartment to enhance the living experience.

If your bathroom is the most important room where you can get a moment of solitude and a great place to unwind from the stresses of the day with a warm bath, you should look at these homes for inspiration.

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