Casco Bay Island Compound
Medieval Castle in the Midwest
Gaudy Gilded-Age Mansion

Location: Tiburon, California

Price: $4,495,000

Luxury real estate wunderkind Cole Perkins launched his new blog, Affluent Abodes, this month and has been turning up some fascinating properties, like this Swiss-style chalet on the California coast. Located in the -- you guessed it -- affluent San Francisco suburb of Tiburon, the two-structure compound sits on a bluff overlooking San Francisco Bay, but has an architectural style imported from the snowy slopes of the Alps. Perhaps even more striking than the design is the price tag. For a two-bedroom main house and one-bed guest cottage, interested parties should be prepared to dole out close to $4,500,000. For that mountain of cash, the buyer will be securing one of the oldest homes in town, as this place was built in 1869, though meticulous maintenance ensures it's not showing its age.