1. Black Perigord truffles with your 13th-century castle, anyone?

Sotheby's International Realty

Now this is the stuff fairytales are made of. This medieval château is located near the picturesque town of Sarlat in the Perigord Noir region of southwestern France. Celebrated for its wealth of historic sites, including Roman ruins, 17,000-year-old painted caves, and an array of Medieval structures, the area is also home to the finest black truffles in the world. Often referred to as “Diamonds of Perigord,” the culinary delights are as coveted as any gemstone. As if this dreamy location wasn’t swoon-worthy enough, the monumental property features two former knight’s houses from the thirteenth century. Separated by a lane, the residences were joined together in the fifteenth century. Boasting 6,997-square-feet of living space, the four-bedroom estate includes a spiral stone staircase, stunning fireplaces, ogival windows, trefoil and mullioned windows, dormers with pediments, and a wine cellar. The carefully restored château is listed for a regal $2.6 million. Click here to view the full listing.

2. What do you get when Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius get together? A mid century gem that seamlessly melds architecture and nature.

Coldwell Banker

While this modern home on the serene Sudbury River may seem understated, its provenance is anything but. The 3,742-square-foot Chamberlain Cottage was designed by Marcel Breuer in concert with Walter Gropius -- two of the most iconic and influential figures in twentieth century architecture. Built in 1940, the three-bedroom home is perched on eight acres in Wayland, Massachusetts, and seamlessly blends in with its pristine surroundings thanks to walls of glass, natural building elements, and an indoor Koi pond. Thoughtful touches, including environmentally-friendly technologies, striking copper walls, and cork flooring, add a decidedly contemporary edge to the inviting home. This rustic yet refined retreat is a steal at $1.8 million. Click here to view the full listing.

3. How's this for a wedding gift? The former president of Marshall Field & Co. must have really loved his daughter and new son-in-law. Certainly beats a blender!

Coldwell Banker

Dad of the century alert! The jaw-dropping, 28-room Schweppe Estate was a wedding gift from John G. Shedd, then the president of Marshall Field & Co., to his daughter, Laura, and her husband, Charles Schweppe. Complete with marble fireplaces, ornate limestone moulding, plaster relief ceilings, beveled mirror panels, a handsome library, and lush gardens, the sprawling estate is brimming with classic grandeur. Located on the banks of Lake Michigan in Illinois, the Schweppe Estate underwent a major restoration in the 1980s led by seventy craftsmen, including Bavarian artists and Italian stonecrafters. The lavish abode is currently on the market for just under $10 million. Click here to view the full listing.

4. Woolworth mansion - only $295,000! At $110 million less than the Woolworth building penthouse, this seems like a real deal, but needs lots of TLC.


If you’re in the market for a rewarding project, we have just the property for you. Built in 1909 by the architect Lansing Holden for Charles Sumner “Sum” Woolworth,  the man behind the world’s first five-and-dime store, the Woolworth Mansion is an icon of twentieth century architecture. Spanning nearly 8,000-square-feet, the commercially-zoned structure still retains traces of its original opulence, including its stunning stone facade, decorative glass panels, ornate moulded ceilings, and sumptuous woodwork. The $295,000 home could be packaged with the neighboring Carlisle House and two adjacent lots. Now that’s a deal that would make Mr. Woolworth proud! Click here to view the full listing.

5. Deal of the week: The coolest mix of modern and classic for less than $1 million. An additional  $750k gets you 464 acres.

Charlotte Realty

Is there such a thing as farmer chic? Because this Federal farmhouse is just that. Built around 1795 in upstate New York, this 474-acre property known as Charlotte Valley Farms is listed on the New York State and National Historic Register. A certified organic farm and equestrian facility, the rural gem received a contemporary addition designed by the celebrated architect Peter Gluck in 1992. With barns designed by John Blackburn, the country’s top designer of equestrian structures, interiors and exterior touches by Donald Kaufman Color New York, and landscape design by Michael Van Valkenburgh, the property’s unique blend of classic and cutting-edge elements earned it a feature in Architectural Digest. The expansive 5,873-square-foot home includes six bedrooms, entire walls of stone and glass, vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a pool, a Japanese soaking tub, an art gallery, and stunning views of the surrounding Catskill Mountains. The home, garage, two barns, and ten acres of land are on the market for $998,000, but if you’re interested in acquiring an entire farm, the whole property could be yours for $1.75 million. Click here to view the full listing.