For those who truly care about aging and presenting their wine properly, the wine cellar is the ultimate addition to a luxury home. These five properties all come with a wine cellar, but this first one, in Bernardsville, N.J., is particularly elaborate. Modeled after a French wine shop, the subterranean tableau includes a shop front facade, clay bottle storage, and a counter for tastings. The rest of the house is similarly elaborate—which is to say overdone—and has a serious price tag attached: $14.8M. For that, the lucky buyer will be getting a seven-bedroom mansion, originally built in 1896, on 15 acres.
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? It might seem unlikely to find a wine cellar on the fifth floor, but in Manhattan, even rich wine collectors have to compromise. This loft at 17 West 17th Street is equipped with a glassed-in wine storage area that can accomodate up to 2,000 bottles. The presentation is as simple as can be, but securing this Big Apple oenophile's paradise might be more complicated. It's currently listed for a heady $6.75M, that's actually up from the previous asking price of $6.585M. The full-floor loft has the potential for five bedrooms and boasts a home automation system controlled by iPhone and iPad.
? Not surprisingly, as the home of America's primary wine producing regions, California has plenty of elaborate wine cellars. In St. Helena, in the heart of Napa Valley, this chateau-style mansion is lacking in the interior listing photo department, but the brokers have made sure to highlight the wine storage, which is arranged around an elegantly inlaid table. Listed for close to $17M, the mansion sits on a treed hillside overlooking vineyards, with four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 46.5 acres of breathing room.
? This Malibu, Calif. manse has an unusual take on the wine cellar. Usually, wine is protected from direct sunlight as a means of preservation, but this wine cellar opts for windows, so drinkers can enjoy the wine and the view at the same time. Purists may scoff, but no one is dismissing the asking price of $14.5M. The 8,000-square-foot mansion sits one block from the beach, with 7.8-acre grounds that include a polo field, stables, clay tennis court, and two acres of vineyards.
? Not all of the wine cellar-equipped estates have to be old school in their archtitecture. This Laguna Beach, Calif. spread boasts a luxe wine cellar, surrounded by steel-and-glass doors, that looks, in the listing photos, pretty dazzling. The rest of the house is done is a similarly contemporary style, with stunning views of the Pacific. The five-bed, seven-bath mansion is listed for $13M.
· 450 Mendham Road [Zillow]
· Flatiron's Most Unusual Wine Cellar Returns for $6.75 Million [Curbed NY]
· 256 North Fork Crystal Springs Road [Realtor.com]
· 6415 Busch Drive [Realtor.com]
· 1115 Emerald Bay [Realtor.com]