More Than Just a Place to Dock Your Boat | Waterfront Homes

When affluent consumers are considering their next purchase,  waterfront properties top the list, according to the Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Lifestyle Report. Explore these magnificent waterfront homes featuring docks, a luxury amenity trending among affluent consumers around the world.

Dock_Savannah Georgia

$4,900,000 USD | Savannah, Georgia | Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

Dating back to 1880, this clapboard home, sits on Grimball Creek in Savannah, Georgia. The five bedroom home features a wraparound porch and terrace, offering unparalleled views of the Intracoastal Waterway. The home also features a game room, wine cellar and it’s very own private deepwater dock, perfect for boating and shrimping.

Dock_Gland Switzerland

Price Upon Request | Gland, Switzerland | Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

This ravishing waterfront home sits on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by broad meadows, fields and woodland with breathtaking views of the lake and Alps. The property, built in 1923 enjoys direct access to the lake, with a jetty and breakwater providing moorings for several boats.  The home also features a tennis court, swimming pool, stables and a spectacular vaulted wine cellar and tasting room in the basement.

Dock_Knoxville Tennessee

$2,950,000 USD | Knoxville, Tennessee | Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty

This lovely lakefront estate has floor to ceiling windows that offer lots of natural light. The home is located in the Tennessee Valley between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau in the southern region of the Appalachian Mountain chain, an area known for its scenic beauty. Outside, the house boasts a pool, pool house, lush landscaping, barn, and boat dock with lift.

Dock_Holland Michigan

$18,900,000 USD | Holland, Michigan | Crawford Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Sited on historic Lake Macatawa, the Hazelbank Estate exudes privacy and plentiful acreage on Pine Creek Bay. This John Tilton designed estate is the epitome of grace, dignity and classic architectural design integrity presenting the opportunity to be a family legacy home in a one of a kind environment. The property offers a horse barn, pastures, paddocks, and a 10-acre pine wooded area for riding and hiking. Additional amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a dock on the lake.

Dock_Paradise Island Bahamas

$21,500,000 USD | Paradise Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Villa Florentine is an elegant estate featuring luxurious touches while maintaining the ambience of comfortable Caribbean living. The property boasts 12 bedrooms, has extensive entertaining spaces and is positioned for views down the central waterway. This majestic family compound also has 175 feet of bulk-headed canal frontage with docks and boatlifts – perfect for keeping a collection of motor yachts, sailboats and jet skis. In addition to amenities including a pool and billiards room, the most alluring element of this remarkably lavish house is the rooftop sunbathing deck and the observation tower that affords amazing views.

Dock_Hunts Points Washington

$8,750,000 USD | Hunts Point, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

This waterfront estate is a vision of modern luxury. The architecturally stunning residence provides relaxed, refined living with light and airy spaces. Gracious living space blends between indoors and out providing ample entertaining areas. The home also features a wine cellar and a dock on the lake.

Dock_Mont-Tremblant Canada

7 999 000 $ CAD | Mont-Tremblant, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

This unique waterfront residence on Lac Tremblant faces west and captures stunning sunset views over the lake. The traditional post and beam style home sits on a pristine landscaped 5.05 acre lot with 758 feet of shoreline on Lac Tremblant, including a sandy beach, private dock and tennis court.

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Turks & Caicos: Paradise Found

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Spring 2014 Caribbean Edition

For much of its history, the beaches of Turks and Caicos were the sands less traveled. Until, that is, Club Med opened a resort in the early 1980s and put the archipelago on a trajectory as a rising star of posh Caribbean beach destinations.

Turks and Caicos, located 550 miles southeast of Miami, is made up of 40 different islands. Only a handful are inhabited. Providenciales, or Provo, is its tropi-cosmopolitan cultural capital. A quick 10-15 minute flight or easy boat ride connects Provo to most of its sister isles.

Babalua Beachfront_Turks and Caicos

$5,690,000 USD | Turks and Caicos Islands | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

Tourism fuels the economy, a sector that continues to grow at a healthy pace. Last year, the country saw a 10 percent jump in visitors–most of them Americans–owing to a bump in discretionary spending and an increase in air service. From most major U.S. East Coast cities, TCI is a direct flight of three hours or less.

Beachfront Parrot Cay_Turks and Caicos

$9,000,000 USD | Turks and Caicos Islands | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

When visitors come, the daydream of living an endless summer begins. The luxury real estate market is a resilient one, “poised for greater growth,” says Joe Zahm of Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty. Infrastructure projects such as the expansion of the Providenciales International Airport, balanced by a commitment to sustainable development is bolstering the confidence of prospective buyers. Another incentive? The islands are a “zero tax” jurisdiction. No property tax, income tax or capital gains taxes. A one-time stamp duty is paid at the time of purchase and based on the home’s price.

Beachfront Blue Mountain_Turks and Caicos

$6,000,000 USD | Turks and Caicos Islands | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

But real estate is as much an investment in one’s lifestyle as it is in one’s portfolio. In TCI, that lifestyle is one of flip-flop luxe in a destination that has one of the Caribbean’s highest standards of living. Credit a barrier reef–the world’s third largest–for some of the most brilliant waters and stunning coastlines anywhere. Its beaches are routinely voted among the best in the world. Vacation homeowners count bonefishing in saltwater flats, snorkeling the warm, calm waters and dining under thatched-roof palapas among everyday pleasures.

Thompson Cove_Turks and Caicos

$5,950,000 USD | Turks and Caicos Islands | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

Condominiums outsell private villas two to one, according to Zahm. Many developments offer owners the option to put units in the rental pool when not in use. Prices for luxury properties range between $1.5-$5 million, although trophy residences have sold for upwards of $10 million. Most are on Provo, in popular locations like Grace Bay. Those seeking quieter hideaways are finding their slice of paradise in Provo’s other coastal spots or on other islands like prestigious Parrot Cay, a favorite of A-listers. There is every degree of tropic fantasy in Turks and Caicos including the ultimate, the opportunity to buy one’s own private island.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in August 2014

2014_8_15_Colorado Lakefront Home

$27,700,000 USD | Lakewood, Colorado

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty and Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty

The estate was home to the late Vernon F. Taylor Jr. , former president of Westhoma Oil, and his wife Ann Bonfoey Taylor, a clothing designer who was admired for her style and appeared in magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Known for entertaining, the Taylors were friends with Prince Philip and Princess Anne of Great Britain and had them as guests at the home, according to their son, Vernon F. Taylor III, who said he recalls having lunch with Princess Anne.

“When somebody really important came into town, it was a place that was invariably chosen to entertain them,” the younger Mr. Taylor said.

Colorado Lakefront Home Asks $27.7 Million —The Wall Street Journal

Europe House of the Day: Cliff-Top Home in the Western AlgarveThe Wall Street Journal

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Three Homes With Private Beaches for SaleThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A Cliffside Cottage on Martha’s VineyardArchitectural Digest

Comeback of an Abstract Artist—60 Years After His DeathThe Wall Street Journal

Jayer Among Netscape Co-Founder Clark’s Wine at Sotheby’sBloomberg

Nostalgic ‘Old Master Q’ Comic Celebrated in Hong KongThe Wall Street Journal

The Connecticut Coast | A Blue Chip Lifestyle

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Spring 2014 Northeast Edition

In investing, “blue chip” refers to a well earning, established stock that reliably pays long-term dividends. The same definition could describe property on the coast of Connecticut. If standard seafront destinations rise and fall with economies and new resort developments can seem like the latest hot commodity, the Connecticut shoreline has proven to be a steady, multifaceted index of esteemed properties and locations representing generations of wise and fruitful investment.

Old Saybrook_Connecticut$10,800,000 USD | Old Saybrook, Connecticut| William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

The 100-mile arc that frames the north side of Long Island Sound between New York and Rhode Island is renowned for its stunning views of the water, a vibrant boating culture and seamless access to the ocean, and the succulent local oysters and clams. Remnants of pre- and post-Colonial history are mixed with 19th century maritime commerce to create a cultural stew of indelible New England flavor.

Madison_Connecticut$2,575,000 USD | Madison, Connecticut| William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Margaret Muir, Realtor with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty who has sold properties on the coast for over 25 years, says that people who used to come here just for the summer, “have found ways to make the coast a bigger part of their life, either to ultimately retire here or to buy a second home here and make use of it throughout the year.”

Riverside_Connecticut$10,750,000 USD | Riverside, Connecticut| Sotheby’s International Realty—Greenwich Brokerage

Today’s homeowners who choose to commute to jobs elsewhere find Connecticut’s coastal towns an antidote to city life. Historically, commuting was associated with western communities like Greenwich and Fairfield—essentially extended suburbs of New York—but today nearly the entire region is accessible.

“This is especially true,” Muir says, “as people are able to work differently and aren’t tied to offices as much as they traditionally have been. That flexibility will only increase the demand for this lifestyle.”

Old Greenwich_Connecticut$9,250,000 USD | Old Greenwich, Connecticut| Sotheby’s International Realty—Greenwich Brokerage

From Madison, for instance, where William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty opened a shoreline office in 2005, New York and Boston are roughly 2 hours by car and Hartford is 45 minutes. I-95 runs near the coast, and the Metro North and Shore Line East trains service nearly every town. Quaint, central coast markets like Guilford, Clinton and Old Saybrook offer a perfect blend of value, leisure and convenience and offer a range of properties from cottages just off the beach to $5 and $6 million oceanfront homes. Continue Reading >

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in August 2014

2014_8_8_Miami Florida Headlines

$11,400,000 USD  | Miami, Florida | ONE  Sotheby’s International Realty

Florida is also a popular destination because there is no individual state income tax—a fact that attracts buyers from New York and elsewhere,” says Elena Bluntzer with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty in Miami.

Where the CEOs Live – The Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: Living History in AustraliaThe Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: A Philippine Home Fit for a StarThe Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: Views and Service in SeattleThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A Storied Stone Manor in Majorca Architectural Digest

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On the Market: A Stately Victorian in Newport, Rhode IslandArchitectural Digest

How Important Is a Perfect Lawn When You’re Selling Your Home? The New York Times

Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb sells home in Silver LakeLos Angeles Times

Alexander Haig’s Palm Beach Home Sells for $8.75 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s to auction part of L.A. gallerist Joni Gordon’s collectionLos Angeles Times

Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Over the years, the history of architecture has revealed many different styles of structural design. During the 20th century, modern architecture took center stage, later to be recognized as a significant design movement. Built from 1945 to the 1980’s, mid-century modern homes are characterized by simplicity, open design concepts, and extensive use of glass, meant to create an uninterrupted connection with nature. Defined by their attention to detail, artistic touches and incorporation of harmony with nature, Ulrich Franzen, Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra became known as some of the most important modernist architects. Explore five luxury mid-century modern homes currently on the market, designed or inspired by the styles of these three renowned architects.

Ulrich Franzen The Dana House_CT$5,500,000 USD | New Canaan, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in 1963 on former farmland in the midst of an apple orchard, the Dana House, designed by Ulrich Franzen, was unique in design in contrast to the glass rectangles created by many prominent mid-century architects. This brick ‘pavilion house’ set on nine acres of expansive lawns, meadows, orchards and woods, is over 5,500 square feet of modern mid-century design and on the market for the first time. This tranquil oasis offers the best of both worlds with its proximity to the heart of New Canaan, CT, one of Fairfield County’s most desirable locations. The home has five bedrooms, four full and one half baths, multiple decks, and acres of privacy. Multiple walls of glass, offer uninhibited views of the lush outdoor landscape. The property is protected by the New Canaan Nature Center in the rear and the New Canaan Land Trust on one side.

Frank Lloyd Wright_Houston$3,195,000 USD | Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty—Memorial Brokerage

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own the only Frank Lloyd Wright home in Houston (Bunker Hill Village). Originally designed in 1954, built in 1955 and expanded by the current owner, this home is truly an artistic masterpiece. Art aficionados will appreciate the multiple gallery walls throughout this striking residence. Situated on a gated, approx. 51,727 square foot lot at the end of a lane, this residence is ideal for grand entertaining and casual living. The galleries create a master wing, children’s wing and gracious living areas. High ceilings in the expanded portion of the home allow for ample natural light while the overhangs in the original portion create an intimate feeling. The entire home is built from concrete block, wood and glass around the pool and patio.

Frank Lloyd Wright_Victoria Canada819 000 $ CAD | Victoria, Canada | Canada Sotheby’s International Realty

Lush green space surrounds this exceptionally tranquil west coast home. The epitome of privacy is captured in the contemporary hideaway. A Frank Lloyd Wright design, this home allows for the outdoor luxury to permeate into the indoor residence, skylights illuminate this three bedroom home. The main floor is continuous with its open concept, no component is without natural flow. Relaxation awaits in the master suite on the main level, enjoy the spa inspired en suite with a unique circular tub and rain shower spout overhead. Unique handcrafted lighting adds a special touch throughout the home.

Richard Neutra_ La Crescenta CA$7,900,000 USD | La Crescenta, California | Sotheby’s International Realty—Beverly Hills Brokerage

The Dorothy Serulnic Residence built in 1953 by Richard Neutra, features glass walls allowing for spectacular mountain and city skyline views.  The home has a Bear Valley stone fireplace, a classic Neutra built-in sofa and cabinet and public rooms that are open and welcoming. There is built-in furniture throughout and even vanities, desk top reveals and a sliding Neutra kitchen table. Totally indoor/outdoor, this is Neutra at his best.

Richard Neutra_Bryn Athyn PA 2$5,400,000 USD | Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Richard Neutra’s Pitcairn House, a very private, hidden masterpiece, is the quintessential house in the woods. Marvelous design, comfortable living surrounded by acres of wildlife and nature, yet close to metropolitan areas. A long driveway leads toward the top of a ravine overlooking the Pennypack Creek and groves of oak, beech, maple and poplar to the site chosen by Neutra in 1959. The superbly designed and maintained 6,303 square foot house completed in 1962 is set on 10.1 conserved acres in turn surrounded by the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, an 812-acre nature conservancy. Neutra signature designs are found throughout, such as floor-to-ceiling windows, connecting the indoors with nature outside.

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Calling All Car Collector’s | Luxury Garages

The Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Lifestyle Report found that the top desired luxury amenity in the U.S. was a multi-car collector’s garage. We’re featuring four magnificent U.S. homes that wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate garage to showcase their enviable car collections… and more.

Georgia_Garage

$17,500,000 USD | Gainesville, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

This absolutely breathtaking custom country estate is nestled on 446 picturesque acres. The unparalleled setting offers stunning river views, rolling pastures, natural waterfalls and unbelievable landscaping. The main house is meticulously designed and executed with the finest materials, including 100 year-old reclaimed wood beams, wide planked floors, mahogany moldings and Baccarat chandeliers. Amenities include billiards, movie theater, climate controlled stables and a collector’s garage featuring Western saloon.

Dallas_Garage

$19,999,000 USD | Dallas, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

This exquisite 5 bedroom Tuscan estate by Richard Drummond Davis, is situated on four acres of perfectly manicured grounds that includes a grand entry motor court, guest house, koi ponds, a stream and large swimming pool area with fountains and large loggias along the entire back of the home. The home also features amenities including a large chef’s kitchen, his and her studies, game room, exercise room, a wine room and a 10 car garage that is heated and air conditioned, doubling as a man cave room.

Utah_Garage

$34,000,000 USD | Park City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Tucked away among the tall pines nestled on a mountainside comprised of 60 acres is one of the most unique private estates in all of Utah. This crown jewel of Upper Deer Valley is 22,000 square feet and the residence is constructed of reclaimed logs from the Yellowstone Park area. This home comes elegantly furnished with 12 bedrooms, 2 bunk bedrooms,16 bathrooms, large great rooms, a dining room that seats 20, indoor pool, fitness center, library, children’s playrooms, 6 and 22 car garages, and more.

California_Garage

$21,800,000 USD | Newport Coast, California | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

Savor boundless ocean vistas from this European masterwork in the distinguished sanctuary of Crystal Cove offering picturesque ocean, Catalina, Newport Harbor and coastline views. Resort-inspired grounds lend way to outdoor covered loggias with fireplaces, pool and spa. Inside this refined estate, discover six bedroom suites; two offices; a world-class gourmet kitchen with separate catering kitchen; billiard room; fitness room with sauna and steam shower; beauty salon and massage room, 18-person home theater designed by Audio Visions; Savant home automation system; wine cellar; elevator; and 9-car clear span subterranean garage.

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New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | July 2014

From a private beachfront masterpiece in Turks and Caicos to a sophisticated duplex in New York City, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale showcases exquisite lifestyles from around the globe.

Turks and Caicos N+N

$48,000,000 USD | Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

Turks and Caicos—This private beachfront estate in the Caribbean is set on its own stretch of sand with unparalleled ocean water views. A main house and guest house combine for a seven bedroom tropical escape in an exclusive community. Sandy footpaths lead to several shaded outdoor lounging areas, ultimately guiding to an infinity-edge pool set directly in the sand.

NYC N+N

$44,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York—740 Park Avenue is one of Manhattan’s most celebrated residential landmarks designed by architect Rosario Candela. With rooms overlooking one of the most recognized boulevards in New York City, this newly renovated residence was finished to the highest standards and offers a chic contemporary take on a classic Park Avenue residence.

Paris N+N

28.500.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

France— A private entrance gives access to this seven bedroom home in Paris. Chateaubriand used to live in this recently renovated home, now complete with vast living spaces, an elevator, a workshop, terraces and rooms overlooking the garden.

Hong Kong N+N

$280,000,000 HKD | Hong Kong | Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty

Hong Kong— This palatial European-style home sits on top of the town and faces south, offering almost 270-degree views of the ocean, greenery and the city skyline. The four bedroom home also features a swimming pool, roof terrace, and an elevator.

Brussels N+N

Price Upon Request | Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

Belgium— With its gardens, meadows and forests, this property is integrated into one of the most beautiful and best kept areas in Belgium and southern Netherlands. The six bedroom manor is equipped with a splendid indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool as well as equestrian facilities including multiple riding arenas and beautifully designed gardens.

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