Do you miss the downstairs melodrama, the eye-rolls and the subtle zingers of the Dowager Countess? The Season 4 premiere is only a day away, but to hold you over until then take a look at these Abbey-esque estates located on this side of the pond. From Chef's kitchens that will have Mrs. Patmore keeled over in amazement, to dual staircases and chandeliers for the grandest of entrances, any aristocrat will feel right at home in these modern day masterpieces available for sale.
172 Bliss Canyon Rd, Bradbury, CA
Listed By: Bob Hurwitz, Hurwitz James Company
Located in one of the most expensive ZIP codes in the country, this home outside of Los Angeles in the Bradbury neighborhood has everything a family at the top of the social hierarchy could ever want. This massive 30,000 square foot house includes a temperature controlled trout pond and a 15 person spa. The gentlemen of the house will appreciate the poker lounge and subterranean firing range. This home is the perfect retreat for the sport-minded individual.
25791 SW 167 Ave, Miami, FL
Listed By: Judith Zeder, Esslinger, Wooten, Maxwell Inc.
The lords and ladies of Chateau Artisan in Miami-Dade must have been pretty serious about security. This castle-like residence is smack dab in the middle of a private lake. Visitors must pass two gates to get to the long tree-lined drive before taking in the home's splendor. The ladies of Downton would feel right at home in their latest fashions from Paris. The chateau sits on 14 acres, which includes royal gardens and a Koi pond.
6415 E Exeter Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ
Listed By: Ellie E Shapiro, Coldwell Banker
No detail was overlooked at this palatial estate in Scottsdale. The privately gated manor has 10 fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen with a French stove and posh décor throughout. The Crawley clan would be quite impressed with its elegantly arranged sitting rooms and lushly landscaped property.
12335 Stonebrook Dr, Los Altos Hills, CA
Listed By: Art Sharif, Sotheby's Intl. Realty
Located in the prestigious Los Altos Hills neighborhood outside of Palo Alto, this Tudor home is listed on the Federal Historic Register. It was built in 1914, and could have been visited by Lord Grantham himself. The listing description says it's played host to royalty and world leaders. One thing is for sure: It's an entertainer's paradise! It comes complete with a ballroom, gourmet kitchen, caretaker's quarters and several well appointed seating areas -- perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail.
1091 Laurel Way, Beverly Hills, CA
Listed By: Myra Nourmand, Nourmand & Associates
The historical details put into this Beverly Hills home will take you back in time. Make an impressive grand entrance to dinner down the dual staircase. The 30 foot ceiling will impress any guest, especially because they're covered in original allegorical paintings. After dinner, ladies will enjoy retiring to the parlor which is dripping in St. Petersburg Palace style with mirrors and marble columns. And don't worry about "downstairs" drama in this home, staff won't have any complaints with the gourmet kitchen complete with a butler's pantry.