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.


$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 –

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


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


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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Sotheby’s London | Finest and Rarest Wines

Sotheby’s London’s February wine auction is bursting with brilliant Bordeaux stretching from Haut Brion 1922 to Lafite 2012. First Growths and Classed Growths abound in the landmark vintages from the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s with highlights including a Jeroboam of Mouton 1982, an Imperial of Petrus 1989 and double magnums and an Imperial of Cheval Blanc 2000.

Preview three of the lots available at the February 22nd event below.


Salon Le Mesnil, Blanc de Blancs 1990, 6 bottles | Estimate: 2,600-3,000 GBP & Krug 1990, 12 bottles | Estimate: 2,400-3,000 GBP


Château Haut Brion 1986, 12 bottles | Estimate: 2,200-2,800 GBP


Petrus 1989, 1 imperial | Estimate: 16,000-20,000 GBP

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in February 2017

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


$1,695,000 USD | Portland, Maine | Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

“Sitting on a corner lot, this renovated Victorian farmhouse provides views of Casco Bay. The five-bedroom home includes five fireplaces, hardwood floors, and original carved-wood banisters, doors, and mantels.”

For Sale: 6 Charming Homes in Portland, Maine – The Week

Wyoming Ranch Seeking $53 Million Finds a Buyer – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Barcelona – The New York Times

A Connecticut Home that Lets in the Light – Wall Street Journal

Vintage Details Grace Elegant 1920s Colonial in Altadena – Los Angeles Times

A Classic Seaside Home in Massachusetts – Wall Street Journal

Luxury Warehouse Living Growing in Popularity in Australia – Mansion Global

Traditional House in Encino Puts Forth a Fresh New Face – Los Angeles Times

For Chinese Home Buyers, Seattle is the New Vancouver – Wall Street Journal

Homes that Sold for Around $1.5 Million and Up – The New York Times

Seattle’s Most Expensive Penthouse on the Market Lists for $13.8M – Mansion Global

New Wave of Homebuyers from Russia Increasingly Part of Miami’s Mainstream – Miami Herald

Sotheby’s Goes Risque in First-Ever Erotic Art Auction – Artnet News

RM Sotheby’s Paris 2017 – Auction Results – Sports Car Digest

Ski In | Wyoming


From Vermont to California, the United States is home to many top-class ski destinations. For the first installment of our Ski In series, come with us to Wyoming; home to resorts like Jackson Hole that often find themselves on “Best Of” lists, let’s explore four homes ready for the slopes in Wyoming.

Wyoming-1$7,900,000 USD | Teton Village, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

A true ski-in ski-out home at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, this home features five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half baths, an open concept kitchen and living area, and main level master suite. Numerous fireplaces provide comfort and warmth in each of the living spaces and master and guest bedrooms, and plenty of exterior deck space is available for entertaining in the warmer months.

Wyoming-2$2,450,000 USD | Teton Village, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Just a stone’s throw from the aerial tram, this ski-in/ski-out, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom condominium is located in the Crystal Springs building at the base of world-class skiing at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This condo features an open floor plan and is well-appointed throughout with features like a gas Thermador range, hardwood floors, two gas fireplaces, natural stone slab counters and a great deal more. The Crystal Springs building has private underground parking with two storage lockers and an elevator for ease of access after a long day of powder-skiing.

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Wyoming-3$4,950,000 USD | Wilson, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

This Larry Berlin-designed Teton Pines Country Club neighborhood home sits on over one acre on a beautiful pond with Teton Mountain Range views from every north-facing window. After a long day on the slopes, a cozy main floor den with a river rock fireplace that looks out onto the pond and mountains from two walls of windows awaits.

Wyoming-4$10,250,000 USD | Teton Village, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Following a day spent out at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, retire to this 7,500-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom, log home. With three unique levels that have intimate gathering spaces like a game room, a theater, a bunk room and skier’s lounge and more, the home ultimately unites to create an all-seasons haven.

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Video of the Week: Sleek, Light-Filled Townhouse in Wilmington, North Carolina

$424,900 USD | Wilmington, North Carolina | Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty

The Cartier is an elegant three-story townhouse that showcases Plantation Building Corp’s clean design and sophisticated architecture. Natural light proliferates this end unit townhome with views of the Cape Fear View. The Cartier features a large spacious kitchen with center island, gas range and pantry. Providing the perfect combination of living, dining and outdoor space with two covered balconies, you will enjoy both time in and outside your home. Two suites with their own private baths are located on the uppermost level with one bath and gathering room with one-half bath on the ground level.

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Art & Home | Imagination to Innovation


The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us to the forefront of design and innovation.

There are architects who design homes. And then there are visionaries who rethink the very definition of what a home is and how it should be experienced. 

Utah$6,700,000 USD | Park City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

In certain circles, innovative architecture is a boundary-pushing test of one-upmanship. Architects are juxtaposing styles and exaggerating silhouettes to create what seems like newly invented forms. They’re embracing the element of surprise and a hint of playfulness. 

Texas$5,995,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

To be successful, however, innovative design has to do more than break with the past. It has to be functional. It is the architect’s responsibility to create designs that better the lives of the people who inhabit the home, says Dan Brunn, a Los AngelesCalifornia-based architect whose residences have incorporated pivoting walls to display (or conceal) artwork and zig zag-shaped balconies. Bringing shapes and spaces together, capturing volume and light, framing views and choreographing floor plans so that “forms comes alive” are the attributes of great architecture, Brunn says.   

Germany3.500.000 € EUR | Saxony, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

In areas like Scottsdale, Arizona, some luxury home buyers are shifting away from traditional Tuscan and Southwest Territorial styles. They’re opting for statement-making properties with striking contemporary lines that “contrast with our Sonoran Desert, yet balance with its natural setting in terms of aesthetics,” says Deems Dickinson, president and principal broker of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Scottsdale. A custom home located on the 17th fairway of the prestigious Mirabel Golf Club community, for instance, is a remarkable example of modern architecture that stands out in the openness of the desert surroundings. The home features an indoor atrium with a bamboo garden, a floating staircase and windows that extend from the floor to ceiling and beyond, becoming full-length skylights. 

Arizona$4,490,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Architecture that challenges conventions has the power to turn heads. But architecture that’s fueled by transformational design has the power to turn homes into instant landmarks.

Alabama$3,275,000 USD | Orange Beach, Alabama | Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty

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Sotheby’s Institute of Art | How To See Art From Around The World Without Leaving London


With international galleries from the East End to the west, the now well-established Frieze art fair each October, and a busy calendar of major auctions, London is a vibrant, global center of contemporary art. For today’s blog, the MA Contemporary Art faculty at Sotheby’s Institute of Art tells us about what makes London the dynamic, outward-looking art hub it is today, and which local institutions they believe have played a part in its transformation. Here are three things you can’t miss.

Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts)

This is a gallery and research center that has foregrounded the work of artists from outside the West and of UK artists of diasporic descent since its inception in 1994. For a time in the 90s it published a journal, Annotations, which traced connections between postcolonial thought and artistic practice. Despite swingeing funding cuts, it remains, with its library, exhibition program and public talks, a vital resource for artists, students and scholars, including of course students on our MA program in Contemporary Art.

Autograph ABP

Autograph ABP is located in the same David Adjaye-designed center as Iniva, on Rivington Street in Shoreditch. Under the dynamic stewardship of Mark Sealy, it has used its exhibition and education programs to raise the visibility of historically marginalized photographic practices, such as those of British photographers of diasporic descent, and to promote research into photographic developments in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It houses a major archive that has long served as a research tool for our students.

Tate Modern

Tate Modern, which opened in 2000, has shown a strong commitment to collecting art from around the world for over a decade now. It has appointed specialist curators to implement this acquisitions policy and the opening in June 2016 of the new wing, dubbed the Switch House, has enabled them to put more of these newly acquired works on display. In another sign of their determination to broaden the geographical reach of their program, Nicholas Serota and his team have in recent years devoted shows to a number of artists from Africa, Asia and South America, including Meshac Gaba, Bhupen Khakhar, Gabriel Orozco and Saloua Raouda Choucair.

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About Sotheby’s Institute of Art


Sotheby’s Institute of Art is The Graduate School of Art and its Markets. Evolving from a small connoisseurship program started by Sotheby’s Auction House in 1969, Sotheby’s Institute is now the foremost leader in art business education and object-based learning. Its global faculty represent the best of almost every facet of the art world, helping students decipher and master the unique forces at play at the intersection of art and commerce.

With campuses in the cultural capitals of London, New York and Los Angeles, Sotheby’s Institute offers graduate level programs that have become more relevant than ever in an art world that is constantly seeking individuals with art historical scholarship and business acumen. Besides Master’s degrees, Sotheby’s Institute offers programs of study such as summer classes, 15-week semester courses, online learning and executive education. Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s programs provide the knowledge and credentials needed to achieve success in today’s worldwide art markets and cultural institutions.

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