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Things Are Looking Up: 5 Homes With Dramatic Ceilings

From an idyllic ranch in the expansive Texas countryside to a chic condominium perched on the verge of Central Park, these homes feature dramatic ceilings that create visual appeal or make room for glorious light.

Sophisticated Sculptural Style on Central Park

Matthew J PercevalNikki Field Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

This singular 3,104-square-foot condominium presents a striking architectural style inspired by legendary Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. A sophisticated space for urbane living and entertaining and a showplace for art, the two-bedroom home begins with a stunning jade rotunda with a scalloped ceiling and marble flooring, beyond which a gallery leads to a great room with 16-foot ceilings, rift-cut white-oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Central Park, and a dazzling vaulted ceiling that echoes Gaudí’s sui generis forms. A 50-foot planting terrace is an enviable extra.

Indoor-Outdoor Harmony

Anthony ParadiseSophia Germano | Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

Dating to 1965, this four-bedroom home exemplifies the unique aesthetics of midcentury American design. The heart of the well-designed single-level floor plan is an open living and dining space with a vaulted and skylit beamed ceiling and an eye-catching concrete fireplace. A serene combination of natural materials and a full wall of glass blurs the lines between indoors and out. Other highlights include a chef’s kitchen and an alluring backyard with a pool and spa, a guesthouse, and an alfresco kitchen.

Grand Greenwich Getaway

 Helene BarreFran Ehrlich | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

On the banks of Rockwood Lake, this majestic 10,972-square-foot manor offers a wealth of inviting, light-filled spaces, among them six bedrooms; formal and casual living areas; and an expansive recreation room, gym, and indoor pool and spa. Classical details abound, from a commanding stacked-stone fireplace and soaring vaulted ceiling in the family room to a striking coffered wood ceiling in the dining room. The resort-caliber backyard boasts a pool and spa, a fountain, a stone fireplace, extensive terraces, and colorful landscaping.

Rustic Refinement in Texas

The Country Properties Group | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

This 73.5-acre ranch in the countryside between Austin and Houston is peaceful, private, and pastoral. An air of rustic refinement prevails thanks to antique doors and lighting, a screened-in porch, wide-plank wood floors, and a soaring 19-foot great room ceiling with handsome beams. Modern comforts and conveniences are accommodated by a media room, an elegant wet bar, a gym, and luxurious baths. The property also offers two guest cottages, a pool and spa, and an outdoor living area with a kitchen and a fireplace.

19th Century Meets Midcentury in Pasadena

Mark Ogden | Sotheby’s International Realty – Pasadena Brokerage

Combining a portion of an original 1898 Craftsman home and a 1950s addition, this unique three-bedroom residence is enveloped by lush, flourishing greenery near Brookside Park, the iconic Rose Bowl, and numerous museums in Pasadena. Classical details—among them ornate leaded- and stained-glass windows and stately carved and coffered ceilings—harmonize with pleasingly minimalist midcentury elements and spaces, such as a window-walled family room with an oversized brick fireplace and a pitched beamed ceiling.

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