The architecture of Provence has its roots in the simple stone farm cottage, and its fulfillment in the elegant stone villas called bastides. These houses can verge on the palatial, with large, airy rooms, yet retain a rustic simplicity with native stone and terracotta tile, exposed brick, patinated wood floors and ceiling beams, even distressed finishes. Provençal style gets it both ways: Look for cool pastels and neutral color palettes for bedrooms, as refuge from the heat of the day, and honey-hued living spaces warmed by roaring hearths (and shuttered windows) against the chill winds of the Mistral. The exquisite homes in this Luxury Defined collection capture the spirit of Provence. From an 18th-century bastide in the historic heart of the region to actor Jim Belushi’s Mediterranean-style manor, farther afield in the exclusive L.A. enclave of Brentwood, Provençal style means elegant, easy living.
The estate of celebrated actor, comedian, and musician Jim Belushi, Villa Burlingame is set behind gates on a rare 1.3-acre double lot. The stunning Provençal-inspired estate was built in 2010, a collaboration by renowned architect Oscar Shamamian and designer Michael Smith. A cobblestone driveway and motor court form a grand introduction to the manor house, exquisitely adorned with finishes and materials sourced from around the world: reclaimed roof tile from Venezuela, fireplace mantles and terracotta tile floors from Italy, and glazed bathroom tiles from Morocco. There are ample accommodations for guests with 6 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, including a detached guest house and pool house. Serene gardens with a pool, Jacuzzi and cold plunge, walking paths, two outdoor fireplaces, and a dining terrace under a vine-draped pergola invite relaxation and elegant entertaining.