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.

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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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Exquisitely Crafted Tudor in Rye, New York | Video House Tour

Spectacular panoramic water views from nearly every room in this magnificent and elegant home on The Van Armringe Mill Pond, overlooking the Sound. This exquisitely crafted Tudor has been completely renovated and expanded in ways both subtle and dramatic, with extraordinary luxury and intricate precision in detail.

$4,599,999 USD  |Rye, New York | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Texas

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that one of its affiliates in Texas, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, has acquired Amelia Bullock Realtors in Austin, expanding the brand’s presence in the state.  Amelia Bullock Realtors’ two locations in Austin now will operate as Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty.

Harry J. Kuper is broker/owner of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, which now has eight total offices in Texas with this addition: three in San Antonio, one in Boerne and four in Austin.

“Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty has earned a reputation for quality service,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Amelia Bullock is a family-owned business like Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty and has been operating for 45 years.  Together, I believe that the combination of these two outstanding firms will make an even greater impact in the Austin market.  We are proud to now have a total of 22 Sotheby’s International Realty offices in Texas.”

According to J. Kuper, principal broker and owner, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, the firm’s expansion under the Sotheby’s International Realty brand helps solidify their position as a market leader.  “As Austin becomes an even greater international city, the support of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand has become that much more critical,” he said.  “We see extraordinary value in this brand and the tools and resources it provides.  We proudly welcome Amelia Bullock Realtors’ associates to our organization and their longstanding reputation for excellence.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide.  Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

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Monaco Real Estate | Market Spotlight

Monaco_Market Spotlight

Price Upon Request | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Sotheby’s International Realty France Monaco

“There are few real estate markets in the world that can compare to Monaco in terms of glamour, price and quality of life,” says Alexander Kraft, , chairman & chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty France – Monaco

“The casino of Monte Carlo, its annual Formula 1 Grand Prix, the world´s biggest mega-yachts, Grace Kelly and Monaco’s unique tax advantages (no taxes whatsoever for residents) are legendary. Add to that its enchanting location on the French Riviera, year-round sunshine, virtually no crime and some of the world’s best shops, hotels and restaurants, and the mixture becomes truly unique. Not surprisingly, Monaco has attracted the rich and beautiful for more than a century; in combination with very limited housing supply (the entire country’s size is less than two square miles), this has created some the world’s highest real estate prices. Following a slower period from 2011 – 2012, the year 2013 saw a renewed influx of ultra-high net-worth individuals taking up residence in Monaco and thus revitalizing the local real estate market. It is virtually impossible to find anything for under € 20.000/square meters, and prices can exceed € 100.000/square meters for the most sought-after properties near the casino or the beaches. In a world troubled by economic and political unrest, Monaco continues to be a haven of peace for the lucky few.”

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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

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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