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The best homes of 2017


Eagle Island, Tower, Minnesota. This 5.5-acre Lake Vermilion island comes ... The Altman Brothers Team, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, (310) 819-3250. STATUS: Reduced to $4,850,000. Houston, Texas. This 1939 neoclassical house overlooks Mary Elliott Park.


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Each week, we feature some of the best properties on the marketWith 2017 coming to a close, let's check in on some of the best properties of the year. Eagle Island, Tower, MinnesotaThis 5.5-acre Lake Vermilion island comes with membership in a nearby marinaBuilt in 2016 of locally sourced stone and wood, the rustic-modern, custom-furnished three-bedroom house features a double-height living room with floor-to-ceiling fireplace, an open kitchen with island, an elevator, and a crow's nest with water and island views. The grounds include a yard and a dock$1,995,000Mike Lynch, Lakes Sotheby's International Realty, (612) 619-8227STATUS: Same. Garrison, New YorkThis cantilevered steel, glass, and wood home sits on 12.2 acres overlooking the Catskill MountainsThe five-bedroom house boasts marble fireplaces, a floating staircase, glass walls, a 4,500-bottle wine cellar, and a master suite with doors opening to a full-length balcony. The property has a green roof with native plantings, a barbecue area, and a four-car garage$4,750,000Melissa Carlton, Houlihan Lawrence, (914) 474-0111STATUS: Under contract. Portland, MaineKnown as the West Mansion, this 1912 Georgian Revival home spans four stories, 17 rooms, and 13,674 square feetDesigned by Frederick Tompson, the nine-bedroom house boasts nine fireplaces and original details like hand-painted wallpaper, custom built-ins and wainscoting, Tiffany lamps, and a central staircase made of tiger maple. The 0.6-acre property includes mountain views, a terrace, and a three-car garage$2,650,000Ed Gardner, Ocean Gate Realty, (207) 415-4493STATUS: Off market. Venice, CaliforniaMario Romano built the Preston House, a six-bedroom home with an aluminum façadeThe interior includes organic forms, new environmentally sensitive materials, wood details, and a large great room. The property boasts an outdoor cinema with a fireplace, a heated pool with a spa, and five large palm trees$5,445,000The Altman Brothers Team, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, (310) 819-3250STATUS: Reduced to $4,850,000. Houston, TexasThis 1939 neoclassical house overlooks Mary Elliott ParkThe five-bedroom home has a library, a media room, a wine room, and a master suite with a coffee bar. Additional details include ornate molding, an elevator, two staircases, and a three-car garage$3,995,000Ruthie Porterfield, Sotheby's International Realty, (713) 558-3247STATUS: Reduced to $3,750,000. Seattle, WashingtonNamed Seaweed, this houseboat floats on Lake UnionBuilt in 2000, the one-bedroom, wood-and-fiberglass home is 33 feet by 12 feet. There's a full kitchen, a bathroom with a jet tub, a washer-dryer combo, and custom built-in cabinetry$325,000Linda and Kevin Bagley, Special Agents Realty, (206) 915-3766STATUS: Sold. 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