Carved marble tubs. Airy, open spas set outdoors. Waterfall-like showers. Sounds like amenities at your local health spa. Or perhaps those of a resort hotel set amidst majestic mountains or a secluded island getaway.
But they’re not. These are mere examples where homeowners have transformed something normally considered basic and mundane into something lavish and extravagant. We’re talking home bathrooms, showers, and bathtubs. In today’s luxury home market, standout bathrooms with innovatively designed tubs and showers turns heads and draws buyers. They’ve become indispensable to high-end residences.
At Calistoga Ranch, a private residence club in Napa Valley, features inspired by the natural surroundings abound in their luxury homes. One example is a private outdoor shower canopied from the elements by a century-old oak forest. The showers are huge at 112 square feet, are crafted from cedar, and offer direct views into the fragrant forest.
For those not inclined toward the song of bird or scent of cedar to accompany your daily bathing ritual, there are some more traditional, yet luxurious options, as well. For those who prefer European craftsmanship and traditional walled boundaries, they are available at a 40,000-square-foot home for sale in Pennsylvania. With an asking price of $30 million, this home in Fort Washington comes with an ornate tub carved from a single block of marble.
This shower sits atop a tower accessible only by private staircase and has panoramic views from inside its glass doors. One needn’t worry about privacy, however, as the 70 acres on which the house sits provides the perfect buffer. If a bathroom in a tower and views through glass isn’t suitable, there are seven others from which to choose. Consisting of three separate wings, the house also has eight bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling length windows, limestone and oak appointments, and a Belgian block courtyard.
Perhaps exotic is the preference? If so, then try this five-bedroom home in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, on for size. Included among the six bathrooms of Hale Ku Mona, as the home is called, is a bath-lover’s dream of an indoor-outdoor bathroom. Floating steps, a sunken tub, a looming carved stone backsplash, an intimate seating area, and two outdoor vanities complete this exotic, partially-exposed bathroom. Furthermore, just as the rest of bathrooms, it is enclosed by native stone walls.
At nearly 5,400 square feet and with a price tag of $16.5 million, this home includes privacy, distinguished Asian design, and interior gardens, all set on 1.33 lush tropical acres on the Kona Coast of the Hualalai Resort.