Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in August 2014

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.

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$1,840,000 USD | Easton, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

House of the Day: Contemporary Corporate and Personal Retreat– The Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A 16th-Century Estate Near LisbonArchitectural Digest

On the Market: a 1930’s Monterey ColonialArchitectural Digest

‘Supernatural”s Jensen Ackles To List Malibu HomeThe Wall Street Journal

$60 million Three Ponds Farm is a golfer’s paradiseThe Los Angeles Times

Study Shows Value of Living Near a Place of WorshipThe Wall Street Journal

Philip White’s Interview with the Entrepreneur CEO ShowEntrepreneur CEO Show

London Frieze PreviewSotheby’s

Charleston, South Carolina: Where Historic Meets High-tech

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Ruthie Ravenel, Sales and Marketing Director, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston, South Carolina.

For three consecutive years Charleston has ranked among the top 5 cities in the world in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In fact, this traditional low country city isn’t just attracting tourists to its sandy beaches and world-class resorts.

Kiawah Island SC$2,585,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Recently Charleston has been dubbed “Silicon Harbor” for the hundreds of technology companies that have set-up shop in the area. Many of these companies have recognized that Charleston’s temperate climate, emphasis on quality of life and superior amenities suit their employees lifestyle needs. From start-ups to larger, more established brands, Charleston’s growing tech sector is attracting an eclectic mix of new residents.

Historic Charleston 1$3,650,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

With the growing economic opportunities, Charleston is also booming with development projects. The hottest new development area is Upper King Street and the Upper Peninsula area. There have been several new hotels completed in the past year and even more condos and mixed use development projects being unveiled regularly. The restaurant scene has exploded on Upper King Street with countless new establishments like The Ordinary, which was recently named #1 new restaurant in The South by Southern Living Magazine.   Seafood and oysters are southern coastline staples and Charleston restaurants have some of the best menus for local fresh seafood.

Historic Charleston 2$1,695,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Foreign investors have also shown great interest in Charleston, particularly in the Downtown area. Downtown Charleston is one of the most European of all cities in America, because it has an incredibly well preserved historic center. This allows for a very pedestrian, urban experience with shops and restaurants intermixed with residential areas, such as the neighborhood of Ansonborough which attracts residents from international locales such as Italy and Switzerland.

Sullivans Island SC$3,499,000 USD | Sullivans Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

When Charlestonians are looking for a getaway, they escape to the nearby pristine beaches of Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Folly’s Beach and Sullivan’s Island for relaxation, boating, family activities and more. It is commonplace for Charleston residents to also own a beachfront property or deep water estate for weekend getaways to enjoy life on the water. With the blend of historic charm, trendy new developments and easy access to a relaxed beach lifestyle, Charleston is the perfect location for those who like to lay low while living large.

DR_FacebookMany thanks to our guest blogger, Ruthie Ravenel, Sales and Marketing Director, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty who specializes in luxury real estate in the Charleston, SC area.

 

Private Bay-Front Home in Sarasota, Florida | Video House Tour

Outstanding bay-front home in one of the most sought after neighborhoods of Sarasota, Harbor Acres. Enjoy the amazing 180-degree views of the city, Ringling Bridge and Florida sunsets from this north/northwest facing home without the direct afternoon western sun.

$5,595,000 USD  | Sarasota, Florida | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Significant Sales Volumes 5 & 6 2014

The latest issue of Significant Sales features top sales from around the world, beginning with a sophisticated condominium in Manhattan with 360-city and park views. Also featured is a majestic waterfront home in Australia, an inviting home in the heart of downtown Aspen and over forty other properties from across the globe.

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Sotheby’s International Realty-East Side Manhattan Brokerage | $25,000,000 USD | New York, New York

New York- Perched on the 30th and 31st floors of a white-glove limestone condominium, this impressive duplex boasts phenomenal 360-city and park views from 52 oversized windows. Spanning 6,286 square feet, the sprawling 12 room apartment has 10 foot ceilings and grandly proportioned rooms. The gracious floor plan is distinguished by a large gallery with a sweeping staircase and features a huge corner Living room with wood-burning fireplace, a library and an elegant Dining room, as well as a cozy study. There is also a state-of-the-art Kitchen, windowed Breakfast room, Staff bath and a conveniently placed Powder room. Upstairs the private quarters include a massive Master suite comprised of three rooms and baths plus a vast walk in closet/dressing room. There are two additional bedrooms and an enormous Media room, also with ensuite bathroom.

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Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty | $30,000,000 AUD | Sydney, Australia

Sydney- One of Australia’s most outstanding homes, this property is situated in Point Piper’s best position, north facing with uninterrupted views of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The home has an exceptional and seldom offered street to water position with absolute deep water frontage and boat house on title with full slipway and deep water jetty. Designed by renowned Gergely & Pinter Architects, the home is ideal for entertaining on a grand scale, overlooking the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour. The views encapsulate 180 degrees from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and right through to Manly. The substantial accommodation and facilities include six bedroom suites and eight-and-a-half bathrooms, as well as separate self-contained apartment with private entrance.

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Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty | $17,000,000 USD | Colorado, USA

Colorado- Offering a rare combination of attributes that are unmatched by any other residential offering, this property is highly prized for its one-of-a-kind location in the heart of downtown Aspen,  up-close views of Aspen Mountain, unforgettable roof top deck with bar and hot tub, unsurpassed commitment to craftsmanship and luxurious finishes and furnishings. There are five bedrooms, eight and- a-half baths and 9,000 square feet of living plus common areas, garage and storage.

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Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty | Sales Price Undisclosed | Texas, USA

Texas- Located in the Texas Hill Country, with 4.5 miles of both sides of the beautiful Sabinal River, the property is shaded by huge century-plus old cypress trees and Little Creek. It was offered for the first time in more than 80 years. Picturesque improvements include a 1930s main home and guesthouse, staff cabin, vintage farm house, barn, equipment sheds and cattle pens.

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 Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty | $15,000,000 USD | California, USA

California- On the most elegant street in the most sought-after neighborhood in Palo Alto, this home is truly a rare find. At over 20,000 square feet, the lot is exceptionally large for Palo Alto and offers a feel of genteel privacy to its residents. The property includes not only the main house with the finest finishes from around the world and a grand front entrance but also a pool, spa, sport court and covered outdoor living/dining area with fireplace and built-in barbeque. The pool house includes a full bathroom, shower and steam room. Originally built in 1925, the home and grounds have been renovated with painstaking care, designed to work for today’s modern living while keeping in harmony with its historical heritage.

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Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty | $24,000,000 USD | California, USA

California- In 1927, on Chalon Road in the hills of Bel-Air, the owners of a dramatic 1.5 acre parcel with aweinspiring vistas hired an emerging architect, Gordon B. Kaufmann, to develop a unique vision for their property. The result is a truly iconic home that today is considered by experts to be a significant part of the architectural history of Los Angeles. Lovingly renovated and meticulously maintained, this extremely rare offering has been expanded and updated to accommodate 21st century living while graciously preserving the integrity and resplendence of the original design. Abundant detailing and amenities are found throughout the home’s three-level, 11,505 square foot floor plan. The generous use of rich varietal woods, ornately carved stone and light fixtures fashioned from sterling silver, onyx and fine crystal are superb representations of the era’s artisan craftsmanship.

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Upcycled Homes | Repurposed for Modern Living

Before they were homes, these unique abodes served different purposes—from a former factory to a windmill. Transformed by visionaries who saw the potential in disused and former commercial spaces, discover how these buildings became spectacular homes, fit for a modern lifestyle.

Barracks AustraliaPrice Upon Request | Melbourne, Australia | Melbourne Sotheby’s International Realty

Australia— Built in 1884 as the first Salvation Army Barracks in Australia, this historical building in Melbourne has been completely restored as a modern family home. The spacious, open concept modern touches are balanced by original features, such as the original Baltic timber ceiling. The home includes an industrial kitchen and a glass-encased wine room that holds 20,000 bottles.

Windmill Home Connecticut$1,925,000 USD | Essex, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Connecticut— Sitting on the Connecticut River, this 1960’s windmill has been converted into a four-storey home with three bedrooms, a full bath, wet bar and a living room. Restored in New England shaker style, the windmill has functioning blades and a 360-degree wraparound deck with amazing water views.

Fire House Quebec2 998 000 $ CAD | Montreal, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

Montreal— This historic and unique residence in Montreal, Canada, was formerly a fire station. Completely renovated in 2005 into an inviting family home, it is a cheerful oasis full of unusual architectural details, from the abundant fenestration, to the gracious woodwork, moldings, and of course, the original fire pole. Discreetly located, the home is surrounded by parkland on three sides, and situated on a generous landscaped lot.

Chocolate Factory Utah$1,199,950 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Utah— This modern apartment in Salt Lake City within The Broadway Lofts was originally built in 1898 as McDonald’s Chocolate Factory. The home boasts bold, gallery-ready concrete and brick walls, and a 50 ft. glass window wall, creating an avant-garde atmosphere. 18-ft ceilings throughout the open-concept living space create a balance of hip city ambiance with refinished ebony stained oak floors and artistic interior features.

 

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in August 2014

2014_8_22_South AfricaR 22 000 000 ZAR | Cape Town, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

In South Africa overall, the number of foreign buyers has doubled this year from last,”  said Lew Geffen, chairman of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s in South Africa.

Cape Town Draws a New Breed of House Hunter —The Wall Street Journal

Home of the Day: A telescoping contemporary in the Encinal BluffsThe Los Angeles Times

A Bit More City on City Island The New York Times

Meryl Streep sells house in Hollywood Hills West to Alex Rodriguez —The Los Angeles Times

House hunting: 7 homes in wine countryThe Week

Potrero Hill home boasts green design, 4 terracesSF Gate

Famous as the QueenSotheby’s

The Lure of Antiquities —The New York Times

What’s an 18-Karat Solid-Gold Clutch Worth? We’ll Soon Find Out— Style.com

Keeping it in the Family | Legacy Homes

Legacy homes are built with custom touches, including charms of the past combined with today’s modern amenities. Located near popular university towns around the world, these inviting legacy homes are sure to be passed down for generations to come.

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$3,800,000 USD | Princeton, NJ | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Princeton, New Jersey- This gracious and comfortable one-of-a-kind home is located in the prestigious university town of Princeton, New Jersey. Exposed beams, stone and plaster walls, as well as six fireplaces, offer welcoming warmth to all formal and informal spaces.  Reading nooks and sitting areas introduce six architecturally intriguing bedrooms, perfect for a growing family. Wine cellar, fitness and rec room, pool and fire pit complete this tasteful home.

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$4,475,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty

Austin, Texas- This true contemporary waterfront home in Austin features six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three car garage, and 110 feet of Lake Austin waterfront with plentiful views. The home is complete with a beautiful swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and a two story boat dock. Not too far away, is the bustling city of Austin, home to universities, great restaurants and more, making this a perfect legacy home.

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£5,800,000 GBP | London, England | London Sotheby’s International Realty

London, England- An elegant and immaculately presented family townhouse located in the heart of Connaught Village, a moment’s walk from Hyde Park. The house has been lovingly refurbished and compromises of four to five bedrooms, four bathrooms, formal reception room, dining room, kitchen, two cloakrooms, conservatory, a large garden, excellent storage space and a roof terrace. Overlooking communal gardens, the house benefits from wonderful privacy and lovely views, offering a touch of country life within the big city.

$2,455,000 USD | Berkeley, California | East Bay Sotheby’s International Realty

Berkeley, California- A stunning, gated masterpiece French Mediterranean in the heart of the Berkeley Hills. This home offers privacy and tranquility with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, Mount Tamalpais, and more. A large outdoor patio and backyard are perfect for entertaining and gardening. The location of this four bedroom home provides easy access to shopping, restaurants, parks, schools and freeways.

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1 200 000 $ CAD | Kingston, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Kingston, Canada- This unique and modern waterfront home is nestled in an exclusive, heavily treed enclave, great for a family and just 10 minutes from downtown Kingston. The fantastic floor plan showcases magnificent river views from the many large windows and skylights which flood this new home with light and love. The master bedroom of this four bedroom home has a walk-thru closet and a private balcony overlooking the water.

Trentaz Ranch at Starwood in Aspen, Colorado | Video House Tour

Secluded estate located on a hillside and encompassing 35 breathtaking acres that border the 40 acre Starwood Community Meadow! The property includes 4 building sites — 2 that are currently improved and 2 that are undeveloped. This was one of the first properties developed in Starwood and the original home of legendary Norwegian Olympic Gold Medalist of 1952, Stein Eriksen.

$16,500,000 USD  | Aspen, Colorado| Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty