Mountain Living | A River of Dreams

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Summer 2014 Mountain Edition

Disciples know fly fishing transcends mere sport. It is an act of immersion and communion, a form of rejuvenation and rumination. No wonder buyers who have achieved a higher station in life are so often drawn to fishing and properties that deliver it.

Jackson Hole_Wyoming_River

$9,950,000 USD | Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Great trout fishing exists across the country, but the Rocky Mountain region offers a rarified combination of majestic rivers, breathtaking scenery and cultural destinations. Ed Liebzeit, President and COO of Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty in Wyoming, says the ultimate standard for fishing properties, primarily along the Snake River, is “live water” access—essentially to own a section of the shore and thus the privilege of walking into the river from your home. Such listings, however, are rare.

“Even at premium prices,” he notes, “there aren’t a lot of properties that have direct river or creek frontage.” They begin around $2.5 million for land and can exceed $10 million for parcels with homes. “When they (go on the market)”, Liebzeit says, “they create a lot of excitement.”

Steamboat Springs_Colorado_River

$24,250,000 USD | Steamboat Springs, Colorado | Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

Some of Colorado’s best trout fishing is found near Steamboat Springs on the Yampa and Elk Rivers, which Cam Boyd, Broker/Owner of Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, says are exceptionally well fed throughout the spring and summer due to the region’s large annual snowpack. Properties here range from smaller estates to prestige ranches hundreds of acres in size.

“Colorado is also different than many states,” Boyd points out, “because you own the property underneath the river. So the river is private property that others can’t trespass upon.” This means additional privacy, and also the ability for owners to arrange boulders to create “custom” pools, holes and feeding areas that attract fish.

Ketchum_Idaho_River

$5,250,000 USD | Ketchum, Idaho | Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty

Many of the premier fishing estates near Sun Valley, Idaho, are located along a designated 12-mile catch-and-release section of the Big Wood River. But Gary Vinagre, Associate Broker at Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty, says that experienced anglers—and savvy property owners—know that smaller creeks and feeder springs can be equally fertile water.  Continue Reading >

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Untapped Treasures: Impressive Wine Cellars

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

Wine cellars aren’t rooms. They’re destinations. Less than three percent of affluent homes in the U.S. have wine cellars, but don’t call them status symbols. Cellars are the bastions of wine enthusiasts who love the ritual of it.  The selection, the uncorking, that first sip of the bottle.

An extraordinary wine cellar says a lot about its owner, says Ginger Martin of Sotheby’s International Realty Wine-Country Brokerage in Sonoma, Calif. “It suggests a lifestyle with an appreciation for the finer things.” In some regions, they’re not just a nice-to-have. They’re a requisite. “With so many fabulous, world-renowned wineries just minutes away, having a proper place to store your favorite varietals is priceless. A wine cellar is just an absolute must,” Martin says.

Alessandria_Italy_Wine Cellar

2.500.000 €  EUR| Alessandria, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Tenuta Costa Rossa (red coast estate), immersed in the pristine peace of 23 acres of land, nestled among the gentle hills of Monferrato, is a great union between farm and luxury residence. An exclusive amenity is represented by the INFERNOT, a cellar entirely carved in the stone, housing precious bottles of wine (those produced during the best years) in its niches. It is accessible from the ancient cellar entirely built with bricks from Monferrato clay.

Water Mill_New York_Wine Cellar

$69,000,000 USD | Water Mill, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- Southampton Brokerage

Villa Maria is a private and magnificent waterfront estate with stately gardens and glorious views of Mecox Bay. At 22,000 sq. ft., it has 11 bedrooms including a 6-room beautifully appointed master suite, a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase, a 60 foot living room with original fresco details a state of the art kitchen and a wine cellar. All principal rooms are brilliantly sunny and take advantage of the panoramic water views. The outdoor spaces feature a grand 2-story portico and a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay. There is a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a charming two-bedroom guesthouse.

Woody Creek_Colorado_Wine Cellar

$20,000,000 USD | Woody Creek, Colorado| Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Enjoy incredible privacy from this classic Colorado style custom home on over 16 acres of beautifully manicured grounds with a pond, reflecting pools, recirculating water feature, meadows of wildflowers, covered patio with wood-burning fireplace, and amazing views. Amenities found throughout the 11,645 square foot home include 5 bedrooms with private master and guest master suites, 5 full baths, 3 half baths, gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook and butler’s pantry, formal dining room, recreation room with billiards and wet bar, comfortable theater, generous wine room, fully equipped exercise room, vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, multiple fireplaces, hardwood floors, and an enormous 1,559 square foot four car garage.

Hillsborough_California_Wine Cellar

$23,888,000 USD | Hillsborough, California | Today Sotheby’s International Realty

From the opulent music room, to the lovely Otis lift, to the incredible hand-mill work throughout the residence, no detail was overlooked in the restoration of the Tobin Clark Estate. Nestled in the gentle hills overlooking San Francisco Bay, one feels, upon entering through classic wrought-iron gates, a sense of having entered another world. Driving past the Guardhouse and up the dramatic cobble into the privacy of the magnificent grounds, one sees the expansive motor court and its beautiful fountain at center. The mansion includes 12 bedrooms, 12 full baths and 3 half baths, four kitchens, 12 fireplaces, luxurious master quarters, a handsome Bar Room, paneled Card Room, Wine Vault, Exercise Room, huge Recreation/Media Room and in-ground pool.

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Spring 2014 RESIDE Magazine

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

RESIDE Master Edition | Spring 2014

RESIDE Spring 2014 Asia Edition

RESIDE Spring 2014 Northeast Edition

RESIDE Spring 2014 California Edition

RESIDE Spring 2014 Caribbean Edition

 

New Orleans: Revitalized and Vibrant

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Fall 2013 Master Edition

New Orleans is a swirl of old world, multi-world charm, a distinctly American city incorporating far-flung cultures from France to the Caribbean that somehow channels the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries all at once. As New Orleans has had to rebuild and restore itself in the last eight years, it’s also managed to reinvent itself as a city of the 21st century, too.

luxury homes for sale new orleans

$910,000 USD | New Orleans, Louisiana | Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s International Realty

According to Dorian Bennett, Owner of Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s International Realty in the Marigny District, billions of dollars are being invested throughout the city, most noticeably in the form of new medical facilities. “We’ve got all kinds of development going on,” he says. “You can see these huge hospital projects in full swing in the Mid City area, and it’s just an amazing sight.” Funded by a variety of sources including federal and local governments, universities and private companies, such influxes of capital are helping to attract new businesses and stimulate economies on the neighborhood level.

luxury houses for sale new orleans

$3,000,000 USD | New Orleans, Louisiana | Sotheby’s International Realty

“That’s another thing you notice over the last five years—how many new restaurants and hotels have popped up,” Bennett says. It may be hard to imagine the cuisine here getting much better, but it is, he says, as younger generations of chefs and restaurateurs are inventing ways to showcase anew the region’s already legendary culinary pantry.

While some of New Orleans’ revitalization is hard to miss, others are less conspicuous. “The fun thing about New Orleans is that there are always changes and modifications, but you won’t spot them,” Bennett says. New construction must fit within the city’s historic architectural framework, and since Katrina, building requirements have become both more protective and more forward-looking. Continuing Reading >

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Newport, Rhode Island: Beauty Built on History

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Fall 2013 Master Edition

Building stunning estates is something the industrialists and tycoons of the late 19th century did as well as make money. One of the Northeast’s most prominent and concentrated collections of Gilded Age mansions (or “cottages”—more irony—as they’re known here) is in Newport, Rhode Island, where a who’s-who of the nation’s wealthiest families congregated for portions of their summers giving Newport the lasting moniker of “America’s First Resort.”

newport rhode island mansions for sale

$3,350,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty

Newport remains a vibrant resort and destination with an envious array of arts and music festivals; a world-class boating and naval culture; historical landmarks, inns and tours; and attractions like the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Families of all demographics—no longer just the cultured elite—continue to make excursions here, even if the celebrations feature slightly less marble, lace and diamonds.

But drive down Bellevue Avenue or the western side of Aquidneck Island, past the processions of entry gates and immense lawns and manors that stand against the rocky coast, and no imagination is required to fathom the largesse and extravagant lifestyles of the turn-of-the-century rich and famous. From The Breakers (the famed 70-room mansion built for Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1895), to the Beaux Arts Marble House (William Kissam Vanderbilt, 1889), to Belcourt Castle (1894), The Elms (1901), Rosecliff (1902) or Jacqueline Bouvier’s family home at Hammersmith Farm (1887), site of her and John F. Kennedy’s wedding reception, Newport’s cottages are masterworks of residential architecture, cathedrals of wealth, opulence and power and signifiers of ideas of beauty and societal import.

newport historic homes for sale

$995,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty

“They play a major part in the attractiveness of Newport and in what people are looking for in Newport,” says Paul Leys, Co-Owner of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty. For a very specific type of buyer, they also represent one of the most interesting real estate opportunities in the Northeast—the chance to own a home that once belonging to a Vanderbilt, or an Astor.

At any given time, Leys says, buyers will find a handful of historic cottages on the market. Leys, in fact, recently sold Clarendon Court, the 1903 Palladian-style former home of Claus and “Sunny” von Bülow, for over $13 million. In 2010, Oracle Corporation founder Larry Ellison purchased the Astor family’s famed 39-room Beechwood Mansion for $10.5 million. Continuing reading article >

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Los Angeles: Hollywood Glamour and Intrigue

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Fall 2013 California Edition

When Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford began building their 56-acre, 25-room home dubbed “Pickfair” in 1919 in recently incorporated Beverly Hills, it sparked the dawn of the golden age of movie star houses and a migration away from traditional Hollywood territory. The glamour of the silver screen was spilling into real life as the estates the stars built appeared to match the enchanted fantasies of their screen portrayals. We’ve been following how, and where, they live ever since.

Mitzi Gaynor Estate for Sale Beverly Hills

The Estate of Film Star Mitzi Gaynor | Beverly Hills, California | $5,495,000 USD

In the 1910’s and early 1920’s, most movie personalities and producers lived in east side Los Angeles in communities like Los Feliz, where Walt Disney, Cecile B. DeMille, Charlie Chaplin and others had estates. During Hollywood’s subsequent golden age, many stars, seeking more land and isolation, relocated west to Beverly Hills or north into the San Fernando Valley.

romantic 1930's Spanish style home in california

Romantic 1930′s Spanish-style Estate | Pacific Palisades, California | $6,452,000 USD

“The Valley in those days was orange groves and ranches and farms, and this is where stars would have their ranch or getaway,” says Ernie Wish, Broker and President of Wish Sotheby’s International Realty in Sherman Oaks. Valley property represented value and investors were able to convert hunting lodges and property into homes and expansive new estates. “There are certain areas in the San Fernando Valley that have had huge star populations in the past,” says Wish, including Encino, Studio City and Toluca Lake where Bob Hope moved in 1939 and lived until he passed in 2003. “In a lot of cases those names have stuck to the property, even after decades,” Wish says. Continuing Reading Article >

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