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In this month's Great Spaces, we take a look at two stunning Southwestern residences, each with its own rich history. Beach Boys' Residence Evokes Private Resort Aesthetic Located just 30 minutes north of San Diego, this 17,515-square-foot mansion is situated on a 3.5-acre plot of land overlooking golf courses, mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Listed for $8,650,000,...

In this month's Great Spaces, we pay tribute to the Empire State and its rich farming history. Character and Privacy in West Nyack Boasting history and rustic touches, this circa-1890 farmhouse, close to New York City, is secluded, back from the road, with beautiful landscaping and outdoor spaces. A barn in the past, the abode blends contemporary finishes seamlessly,...

This month, Great Spaces counts the zeroes, with two dizzyingly high-priced properties on the West Coast. A Luxurious Steal in Santa Monica On a flat lot in Santa Monica, Calif., sits this $20 million-dollar steal, the former home of John Parkinson, the architect behind countless Los Angeles pre-war projects. On a coveted cul-de-sac near the Pacific, the abode...

The vast Georgian Colonial Revival-style home that was once shared by Ronald Reagan and his first wife, actress Jane Wyman, recently sold for $6.7 million. The famous couple married in 1940 and lived together in the Los Angeles property until 1948, when Wyman filed for divorce. Related: Great Spaces: High-Class in the Country The home—designed by architect Paul...

A 9,028-square-foot home designed by the late Phoenix architect Bill Tull has been listed for $2.99 million. The property, lovingly named "Shiloh," was originally built in 1982 and sits in the foothills on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Ariz. Tull, who passed away in 2000, is a well-known artist and architect who made his name in Arizona. He is largely...

Two luxury contemporaries in Los Angeles, Calif., recently closed simultaneously, making the $75 million combined sale (with the buyers represented by Ten X Realty) the largest residential transaction in the U.S. (at press time). The two awe-inspiring homes are located in the Bird Streets neighborhood, a sought-after enclave that promises jaw-dropping views of LA. Related:...

Jennifer Lawrence, A-list actress famous for her roles in "The Hunger Games" and "Silver Linings Playbook," has listed her three-bedroom, four-bathroom Manhattan penthouse for $12 million. Originally listed last July for $15.45 million, the star has subsequently lowered the price of the property twice as she tries to sell in the midst of a downturn in the New York...

Mega-hit songwriter Ali Tamposi recently sold her four-bedroom, five-bath Los Feliz home for just over $3 million.  If you don't know Tamposi by name, you almost certainly know her work. Her big breakout was Kelly Clarkson's 2011 hit "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," and by the age of 30, Tamposi had churned out winning tunes for Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera,...

This month, Great Spaces takes us from the countryside of Pennsylvania to the lush foliage of California's San Fernando Valley. Classic Contemporary in Pennsylvania Built in 1972, this contemporary Pennsylvania home, located at 360 East Hillendale Road in Kennett Township, was designed and built by the current—and only—owner. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom...

In addition to her status as a media executive, entertainer and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey is turning into a tried-and-true real estate mogul with a property count of at least six following the offloading of properties in Chicago and Atlanta. Related: (Really) Great Spaces: Matthew Perry's Penthouse With a View Recently, the talk show host upped her real estate...