Water features have the ability to transform an ordinary property into something extraordinary—they become a locus for both drama and history. From idyllic ponds to antique fountains to entrancing infinity pools, an architectural water feature sets a striking scene, no matter if you’re in California or Paris. These four exceptional listings prove that a water statement is a powerful—and memorable—architectural move to make.
An Elegant Estate in Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Brentwood Brokerage
Upon entering the grounds of this custom chateau in Los Angeles, guests are greeted by a French-style fountain worthy of Marie Antoinette. It’s no surprise, then, that the estate was designed with the French monarch’s famous Petit Trianon palace in Versailles in mind. Located on Mapleton Drive in Holmby Hill, the home hits its historical notes with a distinctly Los Angeles sensibility. The property’s center courtyard does much to hint at the kind of elegance found throughout the rest of the home, where the grounds include a dramatic reflective pool and tennis court.
A European-Style Villa in Paradise Valley, Arizona
Paradise Valley, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty
European villas have long influenced the architectural style of homes around the world, and for good reason—they often use water features as focal points. This spacious, gated estate in Arizona is no exception, as multiple eye-catching carved fountains adorn the grounds; the home takes its cues from the ancient Romans, who frequently incorporated statues and ornate sculptures into their aquatic features. The property’s 3.5 acres also include a swimming pool, spa, putting green, tennis court, and multiple firepits, so guests can pick up a drink at the poolside bar before enjoying their recreation of choice.
A French-Inspired Oasis in Orem, Utah
Orem, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty
Designed to evoke the tranquility of a centuries-old estate, this residence in Orem has old-world charm at its heart. Inspired by the French countryside, the property allows residents to experience all the peace proximity to water can bring thanks to its limestone spa, outdoor pool, and 400-year-old French-imported courtyard fountain. The chateau’s interior spaces are just as inspiring, with two hand-carved 17-foot fireplaces in the living room and vaulted ceilings throughout.
A Stylish Contemporary Mansion in Mexico
Mixing contemporary design with romantic Mediterranean influences, architect Pancho Guzmán designed this home with both function and beauty in mind. A minimalist gray stone cascading water fountain serves as a focal point for the home’s landscaped grounds, echoing the hilly and tiered grounds. A large covered dining area, complete with a wood-fired oven, encourages residents to spend more time outside—a mindset that is further supported by the home’s plentiful large windows. Stonework walls and wooden beams lend an organic feel to the home’s contemporary interiors.
These four properties prove that there is no one way to approach water feature design—there are endless creative opportunities to put water front and center. Whether you choose the flair of a fountain or the serenity of a pond, aquatic art elevates and transforms a property into something altogether extraordinary.
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