From Florida to the Dominican Republic, 5 exclusive estates graced with awesome water features, both classic and contemporary — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

  1.  Port Royal estate Naples, Florida $17,900,000

This elegant waterfront estate has an exclusive setting on Buccaneers Bay in the Port Royal Club on Florida’s Gulf coast. Walls of glass facilitate almost seamless indoor-outdoor living and entertaining areas. The six-bedroom home comes with exquisite furnishings and artwork that has been specifically commissioned for the property. Of particular note are bronze sculptures of fire and water in the infinity pool and a cascading fountain, which serve to accentuate the beauty of the tropical, landscaped grounds.


2. Contemporary oceanfront villa La Romana, Dominican Republic $8,500,000

This contemporary oceanfront villa overlooks the 15th hole of Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog, the No.1 golf course in the Caribbean. Within it are six bedrooms, all with ocean views. The dining room and alfresco breakfast area both seat 16. There are two pools (one 20m long), a gazebo and an underground garage with eight parking spaces. The lush grounds play host to contemporary art works and striking water features, one of which is a fountain with a sculpture by renowned Venezuelan artist William Barbosa.


3. The Oakland Ranch Grandview, Texas  $6,995,000

The historic Oakland Ranch, a north Texas gem 50 minutes from Dallas, is a 230-acre estate with a luxurious residence, full working ranch, and world-class recreational options. A motor court with formal gardens punctuated by a monumental stone fountain makes for a superb approach to the 9,000-square-foot manor house. The estate also includes a fishing lake with an island, regulation tennis court, resort-style pool area, and private performance venue which can accommodate hundreds of guests.


4. Villa Hoogenoord Doorn, Utrecht, Netherlands €1,595,000

Surrounded by park-like grounds in the medieval town of Doorn, Villa Hoogenoord was built at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties and retains all the glamour and style of the era. Massive wooden doors open to reveal the home’s palatial living spaces, graced with coffered ceilings, wainscoting, and an array of original architectural details. The upper floor has a grand balcony overlooking the lawns and gardens, which feature an enchanting tiered fountain that harks back to the halcyon days of a bygone age.


5. Discovery Stables Northeast United States Price upon request

Dedicated to the breeding, sale and racing of thoroughbreds, Discovery Stables is a world-class 160-acre horse farm sited in the heart of the United States’ horse-racing industry in the northeast of the country. A long driveway sweeps past acres of fenced paddocks and the state-of-the-art equestrian facility, to arrive at the classically-inspired 25,000-square-foot main residence. Its entrance is equally impressive: a grand motor court accented with a magnificent stone fountain, adorned with three roaring lions — and racing thoroughbreds, sculpted in relief.