Eco-friendly Homes in Honor of Earth Day

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.

Luxury Eco-Estate | South AfricaR 8 950 000 ZAR | Somerset West, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

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.

Luxury Green Houses | The Hamptons, New York$6,400,000 USD | East Hampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty-East Hampton Brokerage

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.

Eco-friendly Luxury Homes for Sale Portugal

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.

Eco-friendly Green Homes for Sale | Quebec, Canada

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.

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$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.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in April 2014

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

Luxury Kitchen | San Antonio, Texas

$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 MakeoverThe Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Launches a Lifestyle Video SeriesSotheby’s International Realty

Private capital is returning to the mortgage marketHousingWire

Home Sellers’ Asking Prices Hit Five-Year HighWSJ Economics Blog

10 countries racing to buy American homesUSA TODAY

Modern Take on a Farmstead | House of the Day - The Wall Street Journal

Jeff Koons Popeye Set To Make $25m At Auction In New YorkArtlyst

Picasso to Giacometti Lead Sotheby’s $322 Million AuctionBloomberg

 

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in April 2014

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

Melbourne, Australia Luxury Homes for SalePrice Upon Request | Melbourne, Australia | Melbourne Sotheby’s International Realty

Chinese buyers snap up high-end real estate in college towns - The Wall Street Journal

“In an effort to increase the likelihood of their children studying abroad, a growing group of Chinese buyers is snapping up high-end real estate in college towns around the world. Some Chinese buyers are using the properties to meet the universities’ residency requirements. Luxury homes also offer their children an upscale alternative to dorm life. Most important, many hope that real-estate purchases will help pay the costly university tuition.”

Homes That Go Out on a Limb - The Wall Street Journal

Virginia Firm Joins Sotheby’s International Realty BrandSotheby’s International Realty

Massachusetts Firm Joins Sotheby’s International Realty Brand - Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Shoreline Home in Spain | House of the DayThe Wall Street Journal

Bauhaus Flair by the Water in Massachusetts | House of the DayThe Wall Street Journal

An Artist’s Home in Colorado | House of the Day - The Wall Street Journal

Pitfalls of pocket listings outweigh potential upsidesInman News

Second-Home Mortgages on the RiseDSNews.com

Chicken Cup, Chinese art’s ‘holy grail’, sells for £19.6mThe Telegraph

Duke’s sale of the centuries  – The Telegraph

Bubble? What Bubble? Art Sales Soar to RecordNBC News

 

Living the Golf Lifestyle

From the cliffs of Pebble Beach to the palm trees in Mallorca, golf enthusiasts from around the world undoubtedly will be perfecting their swings this majors tournament season, which kicks off this week at the 2014 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

For the golfer who desires the serenity, prestige and access to links lavished with adventure, owning a golf retreat on their favorite course is a coveted trophy.

Discover five legacy residences that epitomize the luxurious golf lifestyle enjoyed both on and off the course.

California

Luxury Golf Course Homes | Sherwood Country Club | Thousand Oaks, California$6,800,000 USD | Thousand Oaks, California | Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty

This Hamptons-style, colonial estate overlooks the 16th fairway of the Sherwood Country Club’s Jack Nicklaus golf course. The morning sunlight that illuminates the Santa Monica mountains to the east pours into the home, highlighting its detailed molding, millwork, wainscoting, designer window coverings, hand-hewn wood floors and French doors. Volume ceilings accentuate the spacious open plan.

Arizona

Luxury Homes for Sale | Desert Mountain Golf Resort | Scottsdale, Arizona$4,750,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

A courtyard that wraps around a teardrop tiled pool and spa distinguishes this custom estate in the Desert Mountain golf community overlooking the 15th hole of Chiricahua, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. A covered patio, fireplace and built-in barbeque with high-top seating invite outdoor entertaining. Theater, wine and game rooms keep guests engaged inside. At bedtime, the master suite beckons, warmed by split-face honey onyx fireplace.

Puerto Rico

St Regis Bahia Beach Resort | Puerto Rico$4,850,000 USD | Rio Grande, Puerto Rico | Puerto Rico Sotheby’s International Realty

One of only three currently built, this Las Estancias residence estate at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort features a Bali-inspired design with panoramic ocean and golf views surrounded by a rainforest. The single-level, double height, plantation-style construction incorporates an infinity edge pool and spa tub on the outdoor terraces. A European double-width kitchen equipped with Wolf and Sub Zero appliances and wet bar open into the formal dining area.

Spain

Golf Villa for Sale | Costa Brava, Spain$3,040,000 USD | Caldes De Malavella, Spain | Costa Brava Sotheby’s International Realty

The glass façade of this Spanish villa, designed by de Blacam & Meagher at the PGA Catalunya Resort, looks out onto the 17th fairway and surrounding forest. The outdoor terrace area blends into the indoor living space. The home’s two kitchens – one inside and out – authentic al fresco barbeque oven, custom infinity pool and two fireplaces clearly are intended for owners who enjoy entertaining family and friends.

Hawaii

Kapalua Plantation Golf Course | Hawaii$12,500,000 USD | Kapalua, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Inspired by 19th century, Craftsman-style Hawaiian homes, this estate overlooking the 16th fairway of Hawaii’s Kapalua Plantation Course merges the history and artistry of a bygone era with the technology, amenities and quality craftsmanship of a modern home. Surrounded by views of the ocean, Moloka’I island and West Maui Forest Reserve, this home’s modern layout includes an indoor pool, spa and outdoor kitchen.

Private Golf Estate | Bridgehampton, new YorkPrice Upon Request | Bridgehampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Three Ponds Farm is an unparalleled private residence on 60+/-picturesque acres in Bridgehampton, New York. Three Ponds offers the only private golf course designed by the legendary Rees Jones, exemplifying his signature style to maximize the course’s aesthetic appeal in its natural environment while creating intriguing, competitive elements. The unique design of the USGA rated course offers 9 holes which can be played in both directions with a charming historic milking barn known as the “fish house,” for a mid-play break. Players can enjoy the two story club house adjacent to the main residence with an English gentlemen’s flare of handsome cherry wood paneling and antique bar with separate guest quarters.

New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | March 2014

From lavish urban oases to elegant country retreats, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

Luxury Villas for Sale | Dubai, UAE

145,000,000 AED | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty

Dubai—Lavish and elegant, this jewel of a villa was designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon who is known for hotels like the Savoy in London, The Four Seasons George V in Paris and the Peninsula Shanghai. With opulent facades and manicured gardens, this eight bedroom villa strikes an impeccable balance between luxurious living and great design.

Lake Como Luxury Villa | Como, Italy

Price Upon Request | Como, Italy | Lake Como Sotheby’s International Realty

Italy—Located on the shores of Lake Como, this historic villa has direct lake access and a private wharf. The property has a large panoramic garden with swimming pool, hot tub and terrace that offers by far the best sun exposure on the Lake Como shores.

Waterfront Estates | Coral Gables, Florida

$24,900,000 USD | Coral Gables, Florida | ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Florida—Nestled into a cove within the exclusive, gated Tahiti Beach, this palatial home exemplifies world-class architecture and luxury living. With expansive bay views and a private beach that are travel magazine worthy, this stunning home features soaring ceilings, a wine cellar, media room, meditation room and elevator.

French Rivera Mansion | Cote d'Azur, France

 17.000.000 € EUR | Saint Paul De Vence, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

France—Nestled on a park-like landscape, this extraordinary authentic mansion has been completely renovated and includes luxurious features including a professional home cinema, a wine cellar, a guest house, a pool house with kitchen, sauna, massage room, tennis court and a multi-car garage which can accommodate fourteen vehicles.

Unique London Penthouse | London, UK

£12,500,000 GBP | London, England | London Sotheby’s International Realty

London—Designed by Richard Hywel Evans, this truly unique penthouse apartment is located at Holland Park’s highest point and spans two floors. Consisting of mainly glass walls throughout, virtually all of the rooms enjoy uninterrupted, panoramic views over London.

Newly Listed Luxury Properties for Sale >

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in April 2014

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.
Sotheby's Magazine April 2014 | Zeng Fanzhi

Zeng Fanzhi | Gutai Goes Global | The Myth and Mystery of Jadeite | Paul Smith’s Britain

The April 2014 issue of Sotheby’s Magazine has arrived and our offices are buzzing! View exclusive content from inside Sotheby’s Magazine >

Houses with vibrant colors looking to shine in the spring sales seasonThe Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters the Canary IslandsSotheby’s International Realty

Urban Luxury in the Philippines | House of the Day - The Wall Street Journal

Expanding a Classic in the Hamptons | House of the Day - The Wall Street Journal

Live-In Gallery Near the Santa Fe Opera House Asks $1.5MCurbed

[U.S.] Vacation Home Sales Surge in 2013; Investment Property Declines - National Association of Realtors®

Homebuyers getting priced out in cities across U.S.CNN Money

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in March 2014

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

Schoolhouse Converted to Luxury Condo | Washington DC

$6,900,000 USD | Washington, D.C. | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

The owners, Jeff Printz, 43, and his partner Chris Swanson, 45, bought this former school as a shell back in 2000, Mr. Printz saidThe couple converted former classrooms into living spaces, but paid homage to the school’s past by installing new chalkboards around original framing and using historically relevant light fixtures.

Schoolhouse Turned Luxury Condo in Washington D.C. | House of the Day - The Wall Street Journal

A Richard Neutra Designed Home Lists in CaliforniaThe Wall Street Journal

Wealthy Chinese home buyers boost suburban L.A. housing marketsLA Times

The Best Hamptons Summer Rentals At Every Price PointBusiness Insider

On the Market: Celine Dion’s Palatial Floridian RetreatArchitectural Digest

New York Home By Early 20th Century Architect Hits The MarketDaily Voice

Hilltop Retreat in Santa Ynez | House of the Day - The Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s To Auction $1.5m Damien Hirst Artwork In DohaGulf Business

Red-letter day for most expensive stampThe Telegraph 

Decorating with Pastels at Sotheby’s Designer ShowhouseLonny

Realogy Named Among World’s Most Ethical CompaniesThe Wall Street Journal

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in March 2014

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

St. Barth Luxury Villa | St. Barth Properties Sotheby's International Realty$24,500,000 USD | St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

St Barth’s Villa Bel Esprit Lists For $24.5 MillionCaribbean Journal

Million-Dollar Nabes: Pricey listings flock together in citiesThe Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: Insane Hamptons Summer RentalBusiness Insider

Landlords of the Manor: Luxury Rentals - The Wall Street Journal

Dream Homes: New York Real EstateNew York Post

Shades of the Emerald Isle: Three waterfront properties - The Wall Street Journal

On the Pond in Connecticut | House of the Day - The Wall Street Journal

3 major things you need to know about the 2014 housing marketCNN Money

John Lennon as writer and artist - Financial Times

‘Highest-valued’ artwork by Damien Hirst on show in the UAEAl Arabiya News

Tone At Top Sets Stage For Ethics: Realogy CEO - CNBC (video)

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