One of the rare canal-house estates that have remained intact over the centuries has hit the market. The property (the tall building at center with the flat ornamental top) on the Keizersgracht canal has an asking price of $8.4 million. It has a main mansion, a carriage house and a secluded garden in-between.
The McQuowns bought 43 130-year-old Sevillano olive trees that were about to be razed. After the Sevillanos were dug up by hand, 22 tractor-trailers hauled them nearly 300 miles to the McQuown property.
Michigan’s Mackinac Island is seemingly frozen in time, with its horse-drawn carriages, grand Victorian architecture and fudge shops lining Main Street. But living there, even just for the summer, can be a labor of love.
A view of Powderham Castle in southwest England. These days, over 100,000 people come to Powderham’s 3,500-acre estate annually, spending anywhere from $8 to $14 each to attend events or for regular castle tours, the owner estimates.