The interior appointments by designer Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors are both stunning and comfortably understated. FORTIFIED for Safer Living® standards were employed in its design by Architect Tom Christ of Christ and Associates as well as in its construction by Davis Dunn. Beauty obscures, but does not forsake utility.
The Spring 2014 issues of RESIDE® magazine have arrived! In this season’s editions, we explore the home wine cellar. Once a purely functional area, today’s wine cellars are destinations, the ultimate trophy for wine connoisseurs seeking a distinctive lifestyle. Whether you enjoy a glass of wine on occasion or are a serious collector, everyone can appreciate the wine cellars featured in this issue, which span the globe.
Click the cover images below to read the digital versions of the magazines or visit your local Sotheby’s International Realty office to pick up a printed copy.
RESIDE Master Edition | Spring 2014
Today is Earth Day, the annual event where the world comes together to advocate for environmental protect. In honor of this day, we’re showcasing 5 green luxury homes that were built with the consideration of the environment in mind.
Rigorous planning, convivial collaboration and creative freedom from architect Vernon Head, achieved a class act architecture design. With uninterrupted views over False Bay, this eco-friendly home was designed for both function and drama. Emphasis was placed on careful design, sensitive landscaping, energy efficiency in construction and general conservation of the indigenous vegetation. Breathtaking panoramic views are framed through walls of glass and the indigenous habitat can be enjoyed from all angles of this glamorous yet serene home.
This stunning modern home was designed with an enlightened approach to modern sustainable waterfront living and minimalist design. Custom designed by Bates Mas + Architects, the home overlooks a private bay with continuous water views from every room. Striking and sculptural, the exterior is uniquely constructed of two simple rectangular volumes integrating slate, wood, and walls of glass. The green design interior offers 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2 fireplaces, a sleek chef’s kitchen and spacious main rooms that effortlessly blend natural materials with dramatic modern design.
980.000 € EUR | Sintra, Portugal | Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty
Located in Várzea de Sintra, this contemporary house is set on a vast plot of land that is surrounded by a verdant landscape which includes an organic vegetable garden. The interiors of the house were built with superior quality, maximum comfort and environmental care, including use of the geothermal heating and self-sustainable water. Straight lines and large glass windows provide a sense of space and pureness.
1 500 000 $ CAD | Hudson, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec
A private road leads to this one-of-a-kind eco-friendly modern estate set on 5 acres that backs onto the Falcon golf and bird sanctuary. The property includes ponds, gardens, fruit trees and waterfalls. Published in many magazines, this rammed earth residence is one of the most sustainable, energy-efficient homes in Canada. Designed by award-winning architect Sudhir Suri, this unique energy efficient home blends serenity, world-class luxury and environmental awareness. Geothermal energy, radiant floor heating and solar passive house design confer abundant winter warmth, while breathing rammed earth walls and 17-foot ceilings based on classic golden mean geometry provide ambient summer cooling.
$1,700,000 USD | Con Dao, Vietnam | Vietnam Sotheby’s International Realty
With the simple design, Six Senses Con Dao villa ensures low environmental impact, including maximizing natural light and ventilation. The only five-star property on the Con Dao island and is being benchmarked by Green Globe 21, the sustainable development, construction and operation label by the World Tourism Organization. Located off the southeast coast of Vietnam, this luxury resort offers spectacular views, protected tropical forests and pristine white beaches. The villa features a private massage pavilions, indoor and outdoor garden bathrooms and come well appointed with custom kitchens with individual wine cellars, built-in sound systems, flat screen TVs. The owners can also enjoy the resort facilities, such as a cooking school, two restaurants, two bars, a library and a state-of-the-art gym.
This week we continue with our Extraordinary Angles® video series spotlight on Kitchens. To find out what it takes to create the luxurious kitchen of your dreams we spoke Daniel Kostiuc, managing director of Intarya, the award-winning design studio located in London.
While many will prioritise practicality over luxury when designing a kitchen, at Intarya my team and I believe the latter is equally as important as the former. When created with a luxurious lifestyle in mind, the kitchen can become much more than just a place to prepare meals – it can be an area in which to entertain, relax and truly enjoy your home.
Discover our advice for achieving a space that is as luxurious as it is inviting.
Photo courtesy: Intarya
1. Arrange the preparation and cooking surfaces in a way that allows for conversation. This opens up the kitchen as a more sociable area, and makes cooking feel less of a chore. If the cook is able to see the people at the table, all the better – when hosting a dinner party, or welcoming guests, this will make all the difference.
2. To introduce a sense of luxury into an open plan kitchen, do not be afraid to use art. A large photograph, mirrors or even embroidered details on blinds add an opulent air to an otherwise very practical area.
3. Use multiple materials on the cabinetry. This simple yet effective design choice not only breaks up the space, but also adds character, and allows the area to make a very real, yet subtle, statement about the tastes of its owner. We love the use of Corian and Caesarstone – extremely durable and hygienic materials that also look great.
4. The use of a mirrored splash back can make a kitchen feel lighter and larger. It is a great change from the less interesting back-painted glass that has been en vogue for so long and, in the right space, can look absolutely stunning.
5. Do not skimp on appliances. High quality appliances are often much more attractive than their inexpensive counterparts, and add instant luxury to an otherwise practical space. We are huge fans of concealing appliances, but when the kitchen contains something especially beautiful – an Aga Range, for example – showing off is a must!
Established in 1994, Intarya is an award-winning design studio offering timeless and elegant Interior Architecture, Luxury Interior Design and Bespoke Furniture to clients in London, the UK and around the world.
Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.
$1,499,999 USD | San Antonio, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty
Prices for the historic Victorians that make up the bulk of King William properties have roughly tripled in the past decade, said Debra Maltz, a broker associate for Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, though much of that price change can reflect extensive renovation. Larger, restored homes can cost $800,000 to $3 million, Ms. Maltz said.
Downtown San Antonio Gets a Makeover – The Wall Street Journal
Sotheby’s International Realty Launches a Lifestyle Video Series – Sotheby’s International Realty
Private capital is returning to the mortgage market – HousingWire
Home Sellers’ Asking Prices Hit Five-Year High – WSJ Economics Blog
10 countries racing to buy American homes – USA TODAY
Modern Take on a Farmstead | House of the Day - The Wall Street Journal
Today we announced the launch of our Extraordinary AnglesSM lifestyle video series showcasing unique properties and lifestyles from around the world. Each three to five minute “webisode” takes viewers on inspiring tours through some of the finest properties represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand in the world’s most distinct locations. Additional videos planned for later this year.
Here is a peek at the first four videos in the series. Watch the full length webisodes on our website.
“Our research tells us that today’s luxury consumer seeks a home that meets their unique lifestyle, so at the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, we truly understand the important role lifestyle plays in the purchase of a property,” said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We also know that today’s consumers are looking to gather information through video because it offers a unique, immersive experience. Video enables us to truly showcase the intangible lifestyle a property offers, opening the door to their potential next home, no matter where in the world it is located.”
The January 2014 issue of Significant Sales showcases top sales from around the world, beginning with an extraordinary triplex penthouse in Florida. Also featured is a grand limestone house in Manhattan, a classic colonial in Greenwich, Connecticut and over twenty other properties from across the globe.
Florida—This three-level penthouse is set over 7,000 square feet and offers unmeasurable luxury. There also is a plunge pool on the 17th floor and a full-floor master suite on the 18th floor. This penthouse truly embodies an elegant and indulgent lifestyle.
New York—This home is situated on one of the most desirable residential blocks in Carnegie Hill just off Fifth Avenue and steps from Central Park. Sun-filled, open and airy, this grand limestone house is comprised of a total of five stories plus a fabulous roof deck with open city views and a windowed English basement. A gracious entry hall leads to a fully equipped eat-in kitchen with access to a garden. The private full floor master bedroom offers a spacious bath and a large terrace. Additionally there are four large bedrooms, each with ensuite baths and ample closet space.
Connecticut—This exquisitely renovated, stunning Colonial has eleven plus acres of meadows and paddocks and an expansive equestrian farm. Two fully restored vintage Dutch barns provide for galas with dance floor, stage, saloon, executive office and five box stall equestrian facility. Architectural detailing captures the historical essence of this spectacular home. There is a paneled library, family room and gourmet kitchen with breakfast room, as well as five luxurious suites. The master suite has a library with fireplace, his and her dressing rooms and master baths, private study, exercise studio with bath and sauna. There also is a wine cellar, six fireplaces, beautiful terraces, pool, four garage bays and a one bedroom carriage house.
The impressive property is approached via electric gates and is set back from the road and offers close links to London and an excellent choice of private schools. The accommodation is arranged over 3 floors and comprises of a spacious entrance hall, 3 main reception rooms, study with bespoke furniture, large elegant kitchen with steps down to the light and airy dining area with full height glazed windows and doors to the landscaped gardens.