The New Zealand model, actress and host of Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty is selling her home above the Sunset Strip.
In hopes that the third time really is a charm, Hunter re-listed her 5-bedroom home for $3,499,000, after two unsuccessful former attempts that led to the property being taken off the market. This time around, the supermodel enlisted the help of Mary Swanson with Compass and Annie Challis of Coldwell Banker to handle the sale.
Rachel Hunter’s Hollywood Hills manor is gated, hedged, and private. With a killer location, close to 4,500 square feet of living space, and with the grounds of the property spanning a quarter of an acre, Hunter’s house is the very definition of prime property. So let’s take a tour of the beauty (pun intended), before a buyer pops up and takes it off the market:
The English Country Manor that Rachel Hunter has been calling home for a little over a decade — the model purchased the home in 2004 — comes with five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half baths.
The oversized living room has a beautiful beamed ceiling, a fireplace, and French doors leading to amazing outdoor spaces.
A recently remodeled eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a formal dining room with fireplace, two bedrooms and bathroom, and an oversized laundry room complete the main level.
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Upstairs, you will find two additional bedrooms and a generous master suite with a loggia showcasing stunning city views, a huge light-filled bathroom with steam shower and tub, and a spacious walk-in closet.
What’s left? A finished basement that would be a perfect fit for a media or game room — depending on how the new owner likes to spend his free time most. Although it’s hard to imagine spending any time inside, since the sprawling outdoor areas are perfect for entertaining and relaxing, with several sitting areas being accommodated, as well as a private pool and spa.
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If you’re yearning for a bucolic country retreat surrounded by natural beauty, we have just the tonic. Join us on a journey back through the centuries to a simpler time.
This list of the oldest properties to hit the market this week is filled with showstoppers.
For example, take the Orchard Smith Homestead. The oldest of this week’s crop dates all the way to 1678, nearly a century before the United States was formed. Located about 30 miles west of Boston, this historic retreat in Massachusetts offers plenty of nods to the home’s past glory.
Besides that rare dwelling from the 17th century, there’s also a multimillion-dollar working horse farm, a 3-acre estate overlooking the Connecticut River so beautiful it has attracted generations of landscape painters, and a downtown Charleston townhome full of Southern charm.
You also don’t want to miss a Pennsylvania property thought to have served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
So take a moment and check out these 10 vintage escapes, for a true breath of fresh air.
Price: $599,000 Year built: 1678 Orchard Smith Homestead: Described as “perfect for a history buff,” this property has been under the care of the same owner for the past 45 years.
The four-bedroom Federal farmhouse boasts wide-pine flooring, five working fireplaces, exposed wood beams, and other period details. Outside, the grounds feature an illuminated waterfall, patio, and privacy. Amenities from this century include a lower-level game room and wine cellar.
Price: $3,900,000 Year built: 1705 Turnkey farm: A thoroughly modern horse farm has been built around it, but this property’s farmhouse dates to 1705, and has been featured in Country Living magazine.
The rest of the 7-acre spread includes an owner’s barn, an indoor riding area, stalls for 25 horses, an outdoor riding ring, and two caretaker residences.
Price: $379,900 Year built: 1710 Historic Colonial: Sitting on just over an acre, this four-bedroom home features original hardwood floors, handmade cabinets, and a rear addition that includes a roomy family room and office.
Soak up the fresh air outside on the wraparound porch. Nearby Mill Pond beckons, and gear for aquatic pursuits can easily be stored in the shed.
Price: $1,350,000 Year built: 1716 Artist overlook: Situated on over 3 acres overlooking the Connecticut River, this site is so beautiful that it has been a go-to spot for landscape painters. One of those artists was Allen Butler Talcott, who bought the place in 1904. He remodeled it and added a painting studio.
Today, the compound includes the 4,700-square-foot farmhouse, a two-room in-home office with a separate entrance, and a second-floor apartment. There’s also a two-car garage with an attic, a garden shed, barn, and access to kayak and canoe storage on the river.
Price: $549,900 Year built: 1718 Country Colonial: Stone walls and a circular drive welcome guests to this 14-acre property, with its three-bedroom Colonial home.
The vintage residence boasts original wide-board floors, a library with a fireplace, a formal living room with another fireplace, built-ins throughout, and a walk-up attic. For additional income, the detached two-car garage has a full apartment above it.
Price: $895,000 Year built: 1723 Whitehall estate: Built on 4 wooded acres, this country estate features stone walls, an in-ground pool, a post-and-beam building with a workshop and a studio, plus a three-car garage with a room above.
The four-bedroom main house has a lower-level “Tavern Room,” with an oversized fireplace and beamed ceilings with walkout access.
Price: $380,000 Year built: 1734 Ashton-Hursh House: This limestone home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is believed to have been part of the Underground Railroad.
The original structure now serves as a guesthouse and is believed to be the oldest occupied structure in York County. The 2.5-acre lot also includes the more modern seven-bedroom main house, with views of Yellow Breeches Creek.
Price: $1,295,000 Year built: 1736 Downtown charmer: This townhome sits in the middle of downtown Charleston, with original heart-of-pine floors and fireplaces.
With its three stories, the three-bedroom residence offers city views, plus an updated kitchen and bathrooms. Outside, there’s a private courtyard with a garden and fountain.
Price: $615,000 Year built: 1736 Elisha Reynolds house: Minutes from beaches and the University of Rhode Island, this half-acre property features a five-bedroom, center-hall Colonial. Lovingly restored, the 3,400-square-foot home is large enough to be used as a bed-and-breakfast or as a large family residence.
Price: $1,099,000 Year built: 1740 Captain’s home: This antique three-bedroom home sits on a parklike quarter-acre and has been updated throughout. There’s also a newer attached barn with a loft for entertaining. Enjoy the gorgeous grounds on one of the property’s two outdoor patios.
City living may have its perks, but combine the congestion and crowds with the threat of the novel coronavirus, and it’s no wonder that many city dwellers these days are fleeing to greener pastures (or thinking about it).
But what is it really like to transition from the hustle and bustle of a city to the more relaxed pace of rural life? As a New Yorker who bought a summer cottage with my husband in upstate New York six years ago, I’ve come to realize that country life isn’t always so serene. In fact, certain things have happened out yonder that make me very glad that we’ve kept New York City as our main residence.
Curious about what curveballs might await if you buy a country home? Here are a few of my more surprising discoveries.
1. The country’s serene silence is often punctuated by gunfire
People in the country love their guns. I’m fully behind the Second Amendment, but we didn’t realize how much shooting takes place in small towns, especially at local gun and hunt clubs, of which there are many in our upstate county.
In fact, there’s one right across the road from our house, and the members shoot skeet early every Sunday morning—without fail. It’s loud and probably should’ve been a deal breaker for us when we considered the house, but we bought it anyway. Now we take a long walk with the dog when the popping begins.
2. Cute woodland critters will eat everything you plant
I listened to the nursery specialists and planted the flowers that deer weren’t supposed to eat, but they still come by regularly to nibble. Apparently, in a bad winter, if these animals are hungry enough they’ll forgo their usual diet and consume just about anything.
So I nixed the flowers and went with wild grasses and herbs—and the bunnies thanked me by enjoying a nice salad every chance they could. As a last resort, I’m now letting the garden slowly grow over to grass and adding mulch to tamp down any errant weeds. My dream of colorful flower beds has turned into a patchy lawn with brown bits for accent.
3. Cute woodland critters probably live inside your house
Rodents are expected in a 200-plus-year-old house, so we set traps every weekend during the colder months. (My husband is charged with mouse eradication.) But I never expected the mice would nest—and birth babies—between our bed sheets. After finding a furry family tucked inside my comfy queen bed, going to sleep has become a bit of a nail-biter, since I’m always wondering what I might find there next.
4. Dogs can’t run free
One great joy in owning a country house (we thought) would be the ability to open the door and let Django, our sweet dog, race around. But when she did venture forth, everything went south.
While chasing a possum, Django apparently charged (and frightened) the neighbor across the way and her two lap dogs. Said neighbor let me know that this was not OK on her property. Clearly getting to know our neighbors was getting off to a great start!
Next, Django proceeded to chase a mouse into the downspout of another neighbor’s house and then punctured the metal with her jaws to get the creature out. Needless to say, I was on the hook for a new downspout that had to be custom-fit and painted to match my (now irate) neighbor’s house.
5. Country dogs are huge and scary
Meanwhile, my neighbor on the other side of me has an enormous black shepherd that, I kid you not, looks a whole lot like a black bear. Even worse, this dog doesn’t have tags that jingle when it approaches, so every time it appears on our lawn, I’m convinced it’s a bear and start to panic.
I’m thinking of giving this neighbor a set of cute tags for the dog’s collar with the hope that it’ll be worn and my blood pressure will finally recover. Until then, I keep practicing deep breaths as I sink back into the deck chair on the porch of my country house and try—and fail—to relax.
All I’m saying is if you think owning a country house ushers you into a life of peace and quiet, don’t be so sure.