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Seven "Ivy League" Homes

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at 1:00pm Engel & Völkers

By Elisa Kim

These houses are best-in-class when it comes to homes on the market across the U.S. and Canada, and their one common trait has everything to do with green, photosynthesized goodness growing over and all around them. These luxury homes are taking Boston Ivy, Japanese Creepers and deciduous Woodbine to another level to entice prospective homebuyers—and to satisfy those of us who occasionally like to fantasize about owning a mega mansion—because money can indeed grow on trees homes.

From the ultra-trendy Savannah, Georgia and Vancouver, B.C. markets to the ever-exclusive communities of Westlake Village, California and Wellington, Florida, it’s clear that romantic, wild and modestly ivy-covered facades can only add to the value of dream homes across the world.

Here are seven homes that’ll inspire you to re-think your home's aesthetic, abandon your garden trimmers and dream up ivy walls that scale up to infinity. 

  1. The All or Nothing
    This quintessential Florida-style estate knows how to go big or go home with its ivy, although we wouldn’t mind calling this home. 

    Coral Gables, Florida

  2. The Southern Charmer
    That southern charm is borderline irresistible. This historic Savannah mansion hypnotizes passersby on the street with its elegant front yard and private brick courtyard.

    Savannah, Georgia

  3. The Ultra Luxe
    As one of Vancouver’s most impressive properties on the market right now (we’re talking a 65 ft. infinity pool and endless views of the Gulf Islands) its one full wall of ivy makes a special appearance and adds a touch of approachability to this uber-incredible home. 

    Vancouver, British Columbia

  4. The Diane Lane
    Truly crushing over this cool, calm and collected mega villa because its polished and pruned ivy is virtually transporting us under the Tuscan sun.

    Westlake Village, California

  5. The Islander
    This idyllic waterfront antebellum home has us living in a fairytale world. Its ivy wrapping around the back of the house is enchanting, and its outdoor fireplace screams cozy vibes all around. 

    Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

  6. The Elegant Equestrian
    Wellington’s reputation as a worldwide equestrian hub means a punch of purple ivy amidst a row of Florida palm trees is a welcome treat on this equine facility. 

    Wellington, Florida

  7. The Gatekeeper
    If you own a gated house, might as well add a wall of ivy to greet you at the front, too. This Canadian classic has a double portion of beauty as both the gate and house itself flaunt green walls of ivy. 

    Vancouver, British Columbia

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