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!
Jon Dykstra owns an interior design company in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's fascinated by architecture and interiors. He also enjoys gardening at his "house in the burbs" and "homesteading" at his off-the-grid boat-access cabin.
Combine all that with a love of writing and Homestratsophere.com was born. He balances his working time between running his interior design company, working on his off-the-grid cabin and publishing homestratosphere.com.