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Luxury Living: Homes with hidden rooms and secret spaces

A peek beyond the seemingly ordinary walls of 5 homes, all of which reveal spaces that give new meaning to the term ‘private quarters’ — offered by Christie’s International Real Estate

Built over a three-year period beginning in 1910, this stately column-flanked mansion has recently undergone a series of painstaking renovations, blending its original design with contemporary comforts and conveniences. More than a century ago, the vault at Baldridge House opened to stacks of gold bars. Today, the retro vault door is the covert entry to the home’s media room. 

Hidden Meadow Farm is a bucolic 133-acre country estate boasting a 12,000 square-foot Victorian Revival-inspired residence, a world-class equestrian facility and an expansive landscape of meadows and woodlands. It features a custom-designed Hobbit door, a work of art in its own right, serving two purposes according to the home’s owner, a devotee of J. R. R. Tolkien. Besides accessing the private office, the door summons a creative muse in all who pass through it. 

Built in 1897, Hornblower House boasts a historic provenance further enhanced by a living room display shelf which swings open to unveil a secluded space. This 8,200 square-foot townhouse commands an enviable double lot on a quiet tree-lined street on one of the most sought-after blocks in Dupont Circle.

This 5,500 square-foot home was completely renovated in 2015 with every modern convenience incorporated into its new design. One section of the family room’s solid wood-panelled wall opens to reveal a hidden study, which is also appointed with another door that leads outside for total privacy. 

Nestled among majestic oak trees, this Mediterranean-style home boasts a games room, pool, climate-controlled outdoor living area, and an expansive back yard with summer kitchen. A hidden panic room in the master closet is entered through a steel door by access code and outfitted with a bathroom and TV.