Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in February 2017

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

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$6,795,000 USD | Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

“Having spent more than a century as a church building, this circa 1810 Italianate-style home in Georgetown is once again a private residence.”

A Former Church Building in Georgetown is a  Private Home Once Again – Washington Post

Mediterranean-Style Mansion Near the Mountains – Wall Street Journal

$29.9 Million Florida Home will Transport You to ‘Star Trek’ – Mansion Global

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Dominican Republic – Sotheby’s International Realty

Expanded Traditional Home in Bel-Air Builds on ’30s Roots – Los Angeles Times

Country Homes with Falling Water – Wall Street Journal

Oscar-worthy: Five Properties with Links to the Movies – Financial Times

6 Spectacular Homes for Skiers – The Week

Rocker Pat Benatar Sells Maui Hideaway – Wall Street Journal

Off with a Bang? L.A. County Sees Two Sales of $30 Million or More in Early February – Los Angeles Times

Market Spotlight: Toronto – Mansion Global

Monaco to London: How Far Will $1M Go When Buying Prime Property? – Financial Times

House Hunting in… Lisbon – The New York Times

The Coolest Eco-Friendly Homes on the Market Right Now – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s Launches Virtual Reality Surrealist Paintings – The Telegraph

Ski In | Canada

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After visiting Wyoming and Switzerland in the first two installments of our Ski In Series, our final piece brings us to The Great White North and explores homes in Canada nestled in and around world-class and snow-capped mountains. Join us as we ski into four Canadian homes and bring our Ski In series to close.

SunPeaks3 595 000 $ CAD | Sun Peaks, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

This slope side timber frame masterpiece offers significant privacy, ultimate convenience, and superior design and finish to satisfy the most discriminating buyer. Despite its grandness, this special home radiates warmth and intimacy in each of its carefully planned sanctuaries and is solidly grounded by nature, inside and out. Extensive use of natural rock with embedded fossils, massive fir timbers, walls of windows with panoramic views, and covered, heated patio areas including an inviting outdoor gathering area with fireplace, symmetrically intertwine the beauty of nature and the comfort of luxury.

Whistler279 000 $ CAD | Whistler, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

This Four Seasons Resort luxurious king suite is situated at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. After an exhilarating day on the mountains soak in the spa tub or relax in front of the fireplace. Enjoy all the amenities of this prominent hotel- ski valet, shuttle service, spa, fitness room, pool, hot tubs, concierge, room service, restaurant and lounge.

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Golden1 175 000 $ CAD | Golden, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

This property is located in the popular Golden Avenue development of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and just a short walk to ski trails, lifts and amenities. The interior features grand timber accents, hardwood and slate tile floors, warm furnishings and an excellent use of space.

BigWhite6 800 000 $ CAD | Big White, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

With 10,000 square feet of luxurious living space, hand crafted by Pioneer Log Homes, the Award-Winning White Spirit Lodge is considered to be one of the most beautiful log homes in the world. It was designed around massive old growth cedar logs rescued and salvaged from storms, oceans, and fires. All the logs were hand scribed to reveal their true beauty and eternal history of the tree. With a castle appearance in mind, Rundle stones were selected to give texture and strength and add to the mountainous feel. The heart of this home was created to enable conversation to easily flow and allow a view-orientated design to accentuate the consistent seamless connection with Mother Nature.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Dominican Republic

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$3,900,000 USD | Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic | Sergio Llach Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Sergio Llach Luxury Dominican Properties in eastern Dominican Republic is the newest member of its network and will now operate as Sergio Llach Sotheby’s International Realty.

Sergio Llach is the owner and operator of the boutique firm established in 2002 that serves the luxury residential real estate markets of La Romana, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Dominican Republic.

“Known for its beaches, resorts and golf courses, the Dominican Republic is an ideal second-home location,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Sergio Llach and his knowledgeable team have a profound understanding of the luxury consumer in the Dominican Republic and we are proud to welcome them to our global network.”

“Providing excellent client service is how we measure our success,” said Llach.  “The wealth of opportunities provided by the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will allow us to serve our clients at the highest level of quality and we are proud to be a member of the Sotheby’s International Realty network.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand also has an affiliate in northern Dominican Republic, Holden Sotheby’s International Realty.  The two brokerage companies plan to work cooperatively to best serve clientele around the island.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 850 offices in 65 countries and territories worldwide.  Sergio Llach Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will 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.

Video of the Week: Majestic Mansion in Brisbane, Australia

Price Upon Request | Brisbane, Australia | Queensland, Australia

One of the grandest estates in the exclusive acreage suburb of Chandler is this majestic mansion home set amid exquisite gardens. The property occupies an elevated one hectare allotment, capturing breezes from the bay and conveniently located just 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD with easy access to both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts via the nearby Gateway motorway.

Luxury Living | A Home Fit for Fandom

Recently covered in Mansion Global, Jersey Boys and Broadway show producer Marc Bell’s Boca Raton home is a sight for pop-culture enthusiasts. Listed by Nestler Poletto Sotheby’s International Realty in Florida for under $30,000,000 USD, let’s explore this extraordinary estate.

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From the outside, this Mediterranean-inspired home casts an air of elegance, which continues into the home’s first-floor living areas.

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As we travel deeper into the sprawling residence, we discover the “USS Bell,” a Star Trek-themed home cinema outfitted with professional sound, video and ambiance – the theater’s floor vibrates and rumbles along with the film being screened.

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Outside the theater, a game room filled with pinball machines, billiard tables and arcade cabinets treats guests to a wide array of vintage and contemporary options in between screening marathons.

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And if arcade gaming is not your sort, this home comes complete with a separate gaming room ready for your favorite console adventure or competitive session; themed in a camouflaged battle motif, this room enhances and deepens the experience for you and your guests.

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From sailing-themed rooms and incredible outdoor spaces, to a pool with a waterfall and oversized chess board, discover more of this truly incredible home.

Market Spotlight | Berlin, Germany

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A city as diverse as its living spaces, Berlin is well known for its cultural highlights and vibrant arts and music scene. Many people are drawn in by the multiculturalism and different atmospheres within the city. New residents are adding to the creative and entrepreneurial spirits, with Berlin being an attractive business ground for many start-ups. Whether you choose to escape the busy hub to a more relaxing setting, or find your home above the rooftops of the city, let us take you on a journey through Berlin.

Berlin112.550.000 € EUR |Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

This 1924 built, monument protected villa in a 17th century French style is located in Dahlem, the most exclusive and prestigious area of Berlin. Dahlem is known for its historic villas, grand parks and old forests, offering a high living quality. The proximity to the popular Kurfürstendamm shopping mile and Grunewald’s excellent sport and entertainment facilities make this an excellent location to reside at. The villa is built on a large property and showcases a green, park-like garden that can be viewed from the many terraces and balconies. The historic gas lanterns lead towards the grand entrance of the Villa, which offers 8,072 square-feet of living space on three floors.  Next to a library with a winter garden, the music and fireplace room offer plenty of space to host guests. The interior is of the house is highlighted through wood paneling on the walls, silk wallpaper and beautiful ceiling ornaments.

Berlin22.542.000 € EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

Pariser Straße is one of the most sought after addresses in Berlin due to its central location within Berlin and the exclusive lifestyle this area has to offer. The proximity to the world famous Kurfürstendamm shopping-mile and the popular Ludwigkirchplatz offer many opportunities for entertainment and gourmet delights. The building was built in 1905 and renovated in 2016, during which the modern penthouse with its exquisite rooftop terrace was added. On 2,335 square-feet you will find three bedrooms and 3-and-one-half bathrooms, each with 138 feet high ceilings, floor heating and air conditioning. A wonderful fire place is found in the spacious living room and only the newest and best appliances are found in the kitchen.

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Berlin33.750.000 € EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

With an elevator opening directly into this 3,444-square-foot loft there is an immediate moment of astonishment. The light filled, open spaces offer comfort within a luxurious surrounding. From the fitted designer kitchen over the spacious dressing room, a freestanding bathtub and sauna, everything has been designed to fit the highest demand. With two terraces and a private rooftop terrace, this apartment allows for plenty of outside space and an amazing view over the city. The location within the heart of Berlin-Charlottenburg is very popular within the upper class, as the Kurfürstendamm offers many inviting boutiques and gourmet restaurants, and the area is filled with old-style buildings and alluring avenues

Berlin4469.000 € EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

This elegant houseboat allows you to live a penthouse lifestyle on the water, whilst having the freedom to explore the inland waters and European shores. Watch the seasons change from the 1,076-square-foot rooftop terrace. Stay off the grid with solar panels, sewage treatment and filtered drinking water.  Advanced German engineering and exquisite design is tailored to your needs in order to fulfill all your wishes to a personal houseboat. From a sauna, jacuzzi and floor heating to a walk-in-in closet and a fireplace, anything can be realized on this exclusive project.

Berlin-LogoThis guest blog was provided by Fabienne Cezanne of Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in February 2017

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

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$9,500,000 USD | Cherry Hills Village, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“If you’re a fan of architect Toshiko Mori, you’ll love this Zen Colorado retreat. Situated on 2.5 acres, the $9.5 million, 10,000-square-foot home boasts indoor-outdoor living spaces that highlight the surrounding natural beauty. “

This $9.5 Million Home Includes a Private Floating Meditation Den – Architectural Digest

For Sale: Six Homes Designed by Famous Architects – Financial Times

Japan’s Traditional ‘Minka’ Homes Gain a New Following – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Montreal – The New York Times

Stars Lurk in the History of this Hollywood Hills Tudor – Los Angeles Times

A Home for Surfing in Ma’alaea Bay, Maui, Hawaii – Financial Times

Hamptons Preview – Mansion Global

A Look Inside the D.C.-area’s Most Expensive Homes for Sale – Washington Post

What $3 Million Gets You Outside the City – Boston.com

This Insanely Glamorous Old Florida Estate is on the Market – Coastal Living

Of Cays and Bays: The Serenity of Beachfront Living – T Brand Studio

10 Dream Homes that Take City Dwelling to a Whole New Level – Elle Decor

Klimt Painting Expected to Fetch Well Over $45M at Sotheby’s Auction – The Guardian

Ski In | Switzerland

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Last week we visited Wyoming to explore just one of the United States’ many ski destinations. Today, we travel to Switzerland, home to the Swiss Alps and a long pedigree of top-notch professional skiers. Join us as we visit homes in one of the world’s most famous regions for skiing.

Swiss1Price Upon Request | Valais, Switzerland | Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

Completed in 2015, this luxury ski chalet is one of the most prestigious addresses in the center of Zermatt. Combined with striking views of the Matterhorn and south west facing balconies, it is a truly desirable location in immediate proximity to the shopping, night life and the main railway station. The Sunnegga funicular is only a short walk from the chalet and brings you directly up to the ski slopes.

Swiss2Price Upon Request | Vaud, Switzerland | Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

This new construction project has turned into a dream achievement, leveraging the luxury of large spaces and the warm atmosphere of the Swiss mountains. “Chesa Alta” is a prestigious address benefiting of 582 square-meters of living space on three floors. Part of the the Hotel de Rougemont and its Residences, this home is in close proximity to the slopes.

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Swiss3CHF 5’800’000 | Vaud, Switzerland | Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

All within walking distance from the center of the village of Villars sur Ollon, in the heart of the Domaine de Rochegrise and on the way to the Croix pass, this luxurious ski home offers direct access to the ski slopes in the winter and to the 18-hole golf course in the summer.

Swiss4Price Upon Request | Valais, Switzerland | Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

Located at the heart of Les Crosets, Portes du Soleil – this home enjoys being on one of most renowned ski destinations in the world. The floors are made with natural stones or with rustic wood and the featured tiling was hand-painted. Two intercoms (at the kitchen and the entrance) allow you to unlock the main door for visitors.

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Video of the Week: Bright Pre-War Residence in San Francisco, California

$1,650,000 USD | San Francisco, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

High atop Nob Hill, The Clay-Jones reigns as one of the most coveted pre-war highrise buildings in the City. One of only three apartments on this floor, this Manhattan-style condominium encompasses a gracious one-half floor, with 13 windows on three sides for outstanding views and light. Enjoy wonderful outlooks looking west to one span of the Golden Gate Bridge, and south toward the Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park.

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Happy Valentine’s Day | Wine & Words

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Today is Valentine’s Day in much of the world; a holiday defined by roses, romantic dinners, and most importantly, spending quality time with the people we love. Ancient Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus once said, “let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words,” so let’s adhere to the age-old advice and celebrate this day by exploring these homes around the world with dedicated spaces for exquisite vintages.

England£11,000,000 GBP | Wentworth, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

This brand new and bright five-bedroom home features a striking, glass-encased, wine room that spills out into a relaxing living space. The home also features a reception hall, manicured gardens, sauna and an elegantly designed pool area with cabana.

New York$10,900,000 USD | Bridgehampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Perched on an over one-acre lot, this seven-bedroom traditional home is in one of the most sought-after waterfront areas of Bridgehampton. Enjoy a glass with friends and family in the property’s charming cedar wine cellar with ample room for storing and tasting. This estate comes equipped with all the modern amenities in an iconic location

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Canada20 088 000 $ CAD | Vancouver, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Featuring almost 10,000 square-feet of living space, this exquisitely designed home offers generously proportioned living and entertaining spaces as well as six spacious bedrooms and eight elegant bathrooms. Behind an oversized ornate door, an elegant wine room showcases a collection fit for the connoisseur.

AustraliaPrice Upon Request | Sydney, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Showcasing waterfront views from every floor, this 1920’s home is a reinterpreted classic outfitted with modern amenities and living spaces. The rustic temperature-controlled wine cellar is perfectly designed to convey old-world charm while also storing an impressive collection. Though only minutes from fine dining, shopping and beaches, this home is sprawling private retreat, hidden from the road.

3 Countryside Lane-print-029-44-Dining Room-4200x2800-300dpi$9,500,000 USD | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty | Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

The ultimate modern estate, this striking indoor/outdoor home features a dining room adjacent to its wine room; ideal for showcasing your collection artfully, while also making it easily accessible for enjoyment. Nestled on two-and-one-half private and pastoral acres, this light-filled home offers a truly contemporary experience.

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