Home is where the heart is. Perhaps for this reason, many people have sought to create the most beautiful, luxurious and visually stunning homes in the world. From vast mansions to simple, reflective abodes, we count down the most beautiful, aesthetically appealing homes from all over the world.
Visually Stunning Homes: Hearst Castle
In 1865, George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland in southern California. Almost 50 years later in 1919, Hearst’s son, newspaperman William Randolph Hearst, decided to build his dream estate on the land, which had since grown to almost 250,000 acres. Along with architect Julia Morgan, William created the sprawling Hearst Castle, featuring 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens.
These days, the Hearst Castle is open to the public as a California State Park. Visitors from all over come to view the vast gardens, incredible artwork and breathtaking pools. The most popular attractions at Hearst Castle are the uninhabited zoo (which once housed the world’s largest private zoo), the airport and the wine cellar, which was originally constructed during the Prohibition era. The estate remains one of the world’s most visually stunning homes.
The Shell House
Squeezed into a picturesque forest in Karuizawa, Nagano, the Shell Villa is an excellent example of modern design done right. Designers constructed the home, which spans more than 3,500 square feet, from reinforced concrete. From the outside, the structure appears to be two smoothly curved white ovals reminiscent of a shell. Photos of the interior demonstrate how those smooth, organic shapes remain a constant thread throughout the home’s furniture and appliances.