The circular driveway is usually reserved for use on large properties with generally large, often grand, homes. We feature a diverse collection of home and driveway styles here.
Not every mansion has a circular driveway, but most properties that boast a circular driveway are also home to a mansion. Circular driveways are expensive, given all the concrete, brick and/or asphalt needed to create one. A circular driveway certainly adds a grandiose air to a property, especially when it comes to circular residential driveways.
As you’ll see in our extensive collection of photos of circular driveways below, the materials used to build these driveways vary from concrete to asphalt to brick, gravel, or pavers. I particularly like brick and stamped concrete driveways, but these materials can increase the price of installation greatly compared to an asphalt or regular concrete driveway.
A circular paver driveway can cost $5 to $20 per square foot;
A circular brick or cobblestone driveway comes in as the most expensive option, ranging in cost from $10 to $70 per square foot.
The cost of materials when installing a circular driveway adds up in a big way. A standard residential driveway on a suburban lot is 38′ x 16′. A concrete driveway of that size would cost approximately $3,648 to lay. Now, expanding that concrete driveway into a circular driveway that is 150′ x 16′ would cost $14,400. Now, imagine using high-end brick or expensive stamped concrete instead of plain concrete. You could spend $100,000 on a circular driveway in no time!
Some of our examples are truly circular, with a full circle in front of the home (such as those seen in the grand manor homes of Europe) while others are a U-shaped drives peeking in front of the home. I include the U-shape, or half circle or horseshoe, driveways in this collection because they are still grand and are often considered to be circular as well.
These days, many different styles of homes can incorporate a circular or half circle front drive. This includes manor-style, contemporary, McMansion, colonial, and Mediterranean homes, and so many more. Enjoy the collection!
I love the sloping, curved U-shaped driveway area here, bordered with a box hedge and flower gardens. It’s a pleasing landscape design around the fabulous entrance to a home.
Here’s an example of a U-shaped paver driveway on a relatively small lot. I like how you have the option to pull into the garage or to continue circling through the driveway.
This is an outstanding curved driveway made of concrete and bordered with a different color of concrete. It creates a fabulous effect. The perfectly manicured lawn with precision edging adds to the overall appeal of this half circle drive.
The perfect asphalt driveway concept here is accented by the light gray brick border that matches the light stonework of the home for a consistent overall appeal.
This imposing contemporary style mansion has a matching light beige circular driveway.
This new mansion in a suburb has an asphalt driveway surface that is bordered with beige bricks to match the home.
Here is an example of a lower cost circular driveway made using fine gravel and bordered with concrete perimeter. The overall effect is actually very charming and adds to this home’s curb appeal!
This beautiful red brick circular driveway leads up to a contemporary Victorian style home. The winding brick driveway goes well with the ornate home design and adds to the curb appeal of the home.
This immense red brick mansion has a gray gravel circle driveway streaking through its huge and lush green grass lawn.
This mansion is set back from the road and can be accessed via a concrete and brick driveway that enters through the gates and ends with a full circle drive. Hedge bushes and flowers planted in the center of the circle makes for a beautiful entrance to this property.
For a little variety, please enjoy this old Gold Coast red-brick and ivy covered mansion has a round red brick front walkway. These paths don’t have to be only larger circles that can accommodate cars and/or other vehicles; they can also be smaller circles for foot traffic!
This concrete and paver driveway leads up to the light grey stone exterior of this home, adding much more parking area to it.
This antique manor home has a traditional round gravel driveway complete with a planter in its center. Talk about charm and curb appeal!
This large, castle-inspired McMansion on a hill has a circular asphalt driveway that winds through the front of the property.
This asphalt driveway circles through the front of the property and has an arm that drives through a garage portico to the rear of this Tudor-inspired home.
This Craftsman-inspired mansion has a red paver U-shaped driveway that is bordered with grey pavers. It leads to a portico in front of the main entrance door to this home.
This large red brick suburban home has a smaller half circle brick driveway.
This lovely grey and white home has a smaller circle driveway in front of it. The lush grass adds a pop of color to this property.
This stately red brick mansion has a wide half circle brick driveway. The bricks remind me of a latticed window, or a trellis.
The new house on this huge property has a full circular beige driveway in the grassy lawn in front of it. This circle driveway provides this home with a lot of square feet of parking area.
This elegant and ornate mansion boasts a circular grey brick driveway bordered with a lighter gray concrete perimeter.
West Vancouver home with short u-shaped driveway leading past the front door and extending off to the front and side garages.
This large stone manor-like home has a plain asphalt horseshoe driveway.
Here we see a contemporary rambling home with brick U-shaped driveway. The bricks might also be red driveway pavers, but in this photo it’s hard to tell.
This bold red brick mansion has a beige concrete horseshoe driveway with a matching walkway to the front door.
Here we have a close up of an elegant and stately grey stone mansion, complete with an asphalt circular driveway bordered with gray pavers and lovely grass and gardens.
This sizeable home sits on a regular suburban lot with what appears to be a horseshoe driveway, but it’s very cleverly designed so that half of the drive is just a walkway. It’s certainly a clever use of a small lot!
Here’s another example of what appears to be circular driveway that is in fact a walkway extending from the main driveway. I included it here because it’s clever, it looks great, and it gives the impression of a circular driveway on this property.
This ostentatious mansion has a two-story portico. The brick driveway leads up to its front entrance, winds through the portico, and extends down to the opposite end of the large property. Just imagine what this lengthy driveway cost to build!
This photo shows an elegant and ornate three-story mansion with circular grey brick driveway. There is a garden in the center of the circle drive, and it is bordered with boxwood hedge.