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As 2020 draws to a close, we are beginning to compile statistics of what’s happened during the year on JamesEdition. And one of our favorite things to do is to go through the listings that James’ users loved the most during the year. In the real estate category, those listings are the most impressive mansions that house hunters managed to find among the more than 100,000 homes for sale.  To sum up the year, we created a list of the most sought-after estates, according to James’ users.

Keep reading to see the best English-style mansion in the world, the biggest mansion in Malibu, and the coolest contemporary masterpiece in the French Riviera.

10. Royal-style mansion

Price: $255,000,000

Haifa District, Israel

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This palace-style property located in Israel quickly became one of the most visited listings on JamesEdition. It’s the first time for this destination to share a top ten position with anticipated leaders from California, the French Riviera, and Costa del Sol. The 5-bedroom mansion truly lives up to its name, from its palace-style exterior to Baroque interiors ornate with natural marble and onyx mosaics, monumental columns and 14-carat gold moldings. Two fountains with golden sculptures and a luxurious indoor pool give it a certain Late-Roman-Empire vibe.

9. 13-bedroom mansion in Théoule-Sur-Mer with extraordinary architecture

Price: $42,000,000

Théoule-Sur-Mer, France

This 13-bedroom mansion located in Théoule-Sur-Mer offers extraordinary architecture that allows an owner to enjoy panoramic sea views from an indoor pool. The property’s rounded forms and flowing lines are reminiscent of the famous “bubble house” (or “maison bulle”) concept developed in France in the 1960s. Though not as extravagant as Palais Bulle, the property has atypical architecture with round windows, curved arcs and niches, cave-like ceilings, open floor plans and a lot of light.

If the purpose of “bubble house” architecture is to give an owner the feeling of harmonious flow and tranquility, this estate certainly steps up to the challenge. Design and architecture blend beautifully into the landscape of the Estérel mountains, while providing 1000 sqm of internal living space.

8. Modern mansion in Bahía de Marbella

Price: $8,375,000

Marbella, Spain

Villa Bahia de Marbella is an architecturally striking five-bedroom residence in a beachside location, a stone’s throw from Playa los Monteros. South-facing and recently completed, enter the cutting-edge house and be wowed by the double-height hallway and a showstopper spiral staircase. Contemporary interiors of 665 square meters are by acclaimed firm Pedro Peña – the style is modern all the way. With expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, bright and airy open-plan living is the order of the day throughout. Head upstairs and the elegant guest rooms boast panoramic Mediterranean vistas, with the master features a large terrace and sunset views. In the basement you’ll find a billiard table, cocktail bar, treatment room and sauna, while outside in the 1,000 square meters of manicured gardens there’s a pool to dip in and plenty of space to relax. Head out and you’re just five minutes from Marbella and Golf Rio Real Village.

7. Hidden Island Road: a powerful location in New Zealand

Price: $130,000,000

Jacks Point, Otago, New Zealand

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7 Hidden Island Road, Jack’s Point, New Zealand

Another surprising destination on our top list is New Zealand. Set within the exclusive Jack’s Point Preserve, this powerful setting offers the all day sun coupled with spectacular lake and mountain views.

Designed by award-winning architects, Mason and Wales, and recently completed by preeminent local builder Triple Star, this modern mansion offers the best of the best in design, construction, and engineering.

The architecture provides a direct response both to the topography of the landscape and to the incredible elevated vistas. To achieve this effect, the mansion consists of two distinct buildings linked by a translucent entry gallery. While strong in form, the house melds quietly into the landscape, providing an unbeatable outlook and privacy.

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6. Contemporary villa with infinity open space interior

Price: $70,200,000

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

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This estate is one of the most impressive examples of Son Vida villas in Palma, Mallorca. Son Vida is a prestigious residential area set in an elevated position with panoramic views over mountains, countryside, and the Bay of Palma. The location is renowned for its golf courses, world-famous hotels, and architect-designed villas.

The facade of the villa is designed as a dynamic representation of boat sails floating above the ground floor. The building stretches along the length of the site to create maximum frontage, exploit the wonderful views, and create unique, “infinity” open space interiors. Transparent glass walls on the ground floor extend the huge living room into the garden, doubling the living space in the summer. The terrace provides an impression of limitless spacing, surrounded by natural landscape.

South-facing with complete privacy, the interior is also full of light. Unforgettable sunsets come as a bonus.

5. Avenue Road: the world’s best English-style mansion

Price: $99,900,000

St John’s Wood, London, the UK

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Avenue Road, St John’s Wood, London, UK

Set on a spacious, tree-lined avenue in St. John’s Wood lies one of London’s most exceptional private residences, positioned behind a secure, gated, landscaped front.

This house has been meticulously designed and built in a contemporary style yet provides a country lifestyle in the heart of London. It is located just over two and a half miles north of Mayfair and borders the Royal Parks of Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill.

The property itself is a perfect example of a high-class, English-style mansion. Upon entering the house, you find a grandeur double-height entrance hall flooded with an abundance of light. At heart of the house, the grand hall features a beautiful stone staircase and a striking floor-to-ceiling chandelier. Other features include a spacious indoor pool, luxury home bar/ movie theater, a landscaped garden, and a sunken courtyard.

4. Regal estate compound in Bel Air

Price: $49,900,000

Los Angeles, California, USA

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This mansion is located in the legendary area of East Gate Bel Air, or Old Bel Air. Throughout its history, this neighborhood has hosted several dozen notable residents, ranging from Elvis Presley and Alfred Hitchcock to Elizbeth Taylor and Salma Hayek. The district’s landscape is mostly formed by impressively large estates developed before World War II. And our mansion easily aligns with these competitive surroundings.

The residence boasts both sophistication and Old-Hollywood-style opulence. Concealed behind private gates, a visitor will find a guarded, gated compound where every comfort and luxury has been accounted for, and no expense has been spared. The property looks like a resort oasis, providing the perfect environment for exceedingly gracious living. Its vaulted entry, high windows, and sweeping staircase serve to increase the degree of grandeur.

3. Mar De Amor: one of the coolest oceanfront mansions in the world, $115,000,000

Malibu, California, USA

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Mar De Amor, California, USA

This modern 12-bedroom, 14-bathroom, glass-walled property located on approximately 2.6 oceanfront acres (1 Ha) is one of the most spectacular properties in Malibu and is one of the world’s biggest mansions available for sale today.

The powerful two-story entry features a dramatic 18-foot (2.4-meter) crystal chandelier, centered in a sweeping, circular stairway. White walls and Bianco Carolina white marble floors make a perfect backdrop for this stunning glass-and-crystal composition. Seemingly endless floor-to-ceiling windows open to an infinity pool, the ocean, the coastline, a landscaped garden, and island vistas.

The mansion’s top-of-the-line amenities include a theater with Dolby Sound, a masterfully equipped chef’s kitchen with a nano glass island, and a modern, 8-car garage.

2. An architectural masterpiece in the French Riviera

Price: $108,000,000

Théoule-sur-Mer, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

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This house looks as if it flew right off the pages of Architectural Digest–and for good reason. The ultra-modern estate reportedly was created by one of the world’s leading architects Jean Nouvel and features four separate villas in four design themes (e.g., “The Water and Light Reflection” and “Lights and Inside Garden”) built around an amazing, oval swimming pool with a 240-degree sea view.

Enjoying an exclusive prime location on the top of a hill, the property is literally meters from another iconic Riviera masterpiece: Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace located slightly down the hill.

Another strong suit of the property is its majestic, landscaped park designed by Jean Mus.

1. The Manor: An iconic mansion hits the market in Los Angeles

Price: $165,000,000

 Beverly Hills, California, USA

With this Los Angeles pad, there might not be any reason to leave, with everything you need in one sprawling property, from a hair salon to a nightclub to a bowling alley.

The iconic Manor, which was built in 1991 for TV mogul Aaron Spelling in the upscale Holmby Hills neighborhood, has hit the market once again and is listed via JamesEdition for $165 million.

The Manor ranks as one of the largest single-family homes in Los Angeles. In total, there are 123 rooms in the 56,000-foot mega-mansion, including 14 bedrooms, 27 bathrooms, a formal dining room with a table for 22 guests, a wine cellar, a tasting room, a library, and a movie theatre.

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