The Hidden Pond Estate in Barrington Hills, Illinois | Video House Tour

This magnificent European Country Estate has several hidden ponds and a peaceful lake on seventy horse country acres in the heart of Barrington Hills. Built in 2004, this slate-roofed manor exudes luxury and class with every arch and angle.

$19,980,000 USD | Barrington Hills, Illinois | Hunter’s Fairway Sotheby’s International Realty

Home Design for the Ultra-High Net Worth

Living a luxurious lifestyle is as much about the interior décor as it is about purchasing a majestic home. From state of the art home systems to coveted closet space, the custom options are endless. “These are the kinds of amenities our network is seeing buyer interest in,” said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. “It’s become expected that luxury homes have existing custom touches, but also have the potential for design upgrades to suit the unique taste of the buyer.”

Faiza Seth, CEO and founder of Casa Forma, an award-winning luxury interior design firm headquartered in London, shares with us design requests from some of Casa Forma’s ultra-high net worth clientele.

Party HubEntertainment

Entertainment plays an important role in the lifestyle of many of our clients. Therefore it came as no surprise when we were commissioned to design an entertainment apartment in London’s Docklands, that should be ‘crazy, yet sophisticated’ – a 24/7 exclusive club for the owner and his closest friends. With a few custom touches of a full wall fish tank and an interactive light up “Billie Jean” dance floor and wall panels, the home certainly became an entertainer’s paradise.

Mayfair ApartmentThe Comforts of Home

In London, space comes at a premium, so we are often tasked with making the most out of smaller spaces and finding ways for the client to still “have-it-all.”  Pictured above is the result of taking the comforts of a 45,000 square foot country home and making them work for a 4,500 square foot apartment. The importance was transferring the comfort and convenience of the larger home in a more compact space.

BillionairesCoveted Closet Space

A dream closet is on the wish list of many. Cabinets, shelves, islands and shoe and jewellery storage are just a few of the common closet requests, but with the ultra-high net worth, the design is often taken to the next level. We’ve honored many requests when designing closets, but by far the most interesting was when we were asked to examine the owner’s clothing and build a closet based on their style and the precise needs of their clothing collection.

Designing personal spaces for the ultra-high net worth is a journey that is extraordinarily intimate, beautiful and sometimes outrageous—yet, rewarding and a privilege to showcase the personalities, hobbies and lifestyles of our clients.

Explore the Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Lifestyle Report to learn more about purchasing behaviors of high-net worth consumers.

Saiza Seth Casa FormaSpecial thanks to our guest blogger, Faiza Seth, CEO and founder of Casa Forma. Casa Forma is an award-winning luxury interior design firm headquartered in London, UK, providing a comprehensive architectural and design service for residential, commercial, and hospitality properties creating the ultimate in comfort and luxury.

Photo courtesy: Casa Forma

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in January 2015

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

2015_01_23_Houston_Texas$14,995,000 USD | Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty-Briar Hollow Brokerage

The Spragues spent three years building this home in Houston, inspired by the work of Edwin Lutyens, the British architect whose work ranged from country houses to war monuments to sections of New Delhi. ‘I spent a fair amount of time looking at houses in Europe. I really love Lutyens houses,’ says Mr. Sprague.”

House of the Day: A Lutyens-Inspired Home in HoustonThe Wall Street Journal

Greenwich Mansion With Sports Galore Is Listing for $27.895 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

Luxury Brands Should Ride High In 2015Forbes

Los Angeles Home With Beauty Parlor Sells for $30 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

No sweat to fill 30,000 condosMiami News Today

Francis Bacon Rare Double Self-Portrait For Sotheby’s AuctionArtlyst

A Monet Masterwork is on the BlockArchitectural Digest

Sotheby’s Exhibits Contemporary Art Featuring FlowersArchitectural Digest

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Vermont and New Hampshire

enfld-034Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the merger of Lang McLaughry Real Estate, which has 15 offices throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, and Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, which has three offices in New Hampshire. The combined company will be operating as Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.

Simultaneous with this transaction, the combined company has acquired Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, which has five offices across Vermont.  A total of 22 offices across Vermont and New Hampshire now will operate as Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Lang McLaughry was established in 1959, bringing an established reputation built over 56 years for service and excellence in the community, and Four Seasons and Vermont Country Properties are both highly respected companies with a similar focus on service excellence.” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are proud to welcome them to the Sotheby’s International Realty global network.”

Staige Davis will serve as chief executive officer of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty with Buff McLaughry serving as chief operating officer.  Stephanie Wheeler and Pam Perkins are co-owners of the newly combined entity.

“Our goal for nearly six decades has been to provide superior, innovative real estate services to buyers and sellers,” said Davis, formerly chief executive officer of Lang McLaughry.  “We are proud to join the Sotheby’s International Realty worldwide network, which we feel has the best marketing resources available in real estate and a reputation for extraordinary service and consistency. Bringing our companies together enables us to continue to pursue our visions of excellence and innovation in how we service our local communities, while being part of a strong global real estate network.  Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty opened its first office more than 100 years ago, affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in 2009.  We are so pleased to unite with that rich and deep history.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has over 16,400 sales associates located in approximately 730 offices in 56 countries and territories worldwide.  Four Seasons 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 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.

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Luxurious Beachfront Villa in Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos | Video House Tour

This newly completed villa sits on the water in Grace Bay. Nestled into a unique sunset-facing sandy cove, the villa was thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of one of the most idyllic beachfront sites in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

$8,450,000 USD | Providenciales, Turks and Caicos |Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

Rhinebeck, New York | Market Spotlight

Rhinebeck New York$9,750,000 USD | Rhinebeck, New York | Heather Croner Sotheby’s International Realty

“Rhinebeck, in the very beautiful and historic Hudson Valley, has become a real destination these days, set against the backdrop of the Hudson River and the Catskill mountain range. Snow sports, summer sailing or hiking in the hills are for the taking depending on the time of year. The number of property sales this year in the Hudson valley has noticeably increased above 2013. However, the median selling price is unchanged. The average number of days on the market shows up as lower, indicating that properties are selling a little quicker for now. Most transfers are for existing houses already restored. Strict local zoning limits much new building, preserving the historical character of the area, and strong feelings about land conservation help maintain its natural beauty.” – Heather Croner, owner, Heather Croner Real Estate, Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in January 2015

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

2015_01_16_Hunter_NY$9,850,000 USD | Hunter, New York | Heather Croner Sotheby’s International Realty

Mountain Homes in Ski CountryThe Wall Street Journal

The Enduring English Style of Architect Edwin LutyensThe Wall Street Journal

Miami a leading luxury capital of the worldMiami Herald

On the Market: A loft residence in the Dallas Design DistrictArchitectural Digest

Best Buy Cities: Where To Invest In Housing In 2015Forbes 

The next Aspen is . . . Bethesda?Fortune 

A room with a Venetian viewCountry Life

Kym Gold’s Malibu House Relists for $26.5 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

The Most Powerful People in Residential Real EstateSwanepoel’s Power 200 List

Realogy’s grand vision for deploying ZipRealty’s technologyInman News

MoMA to Sell a Monet in LondonThe New York Times

4 Ways CES 2015 is Transforming Your Home

The concept of the ‘Networked Home’ has swiftly progressed from science-fiction to mainstream, and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada has become the new spot for the inauguration of these revolutionary home ideas.

Here are 4 of the most radical notions that will change the way you interact with your home.

Soon It’ll Cook Itself…

Kitchen Innovations - Whirlpool® Interactive Kitchen of the Future 2.0


Smart appliances continue to get a big push at CES, with some notable 2015 updates including GE’s full range of interconnected dryers, washers, ovens and even water heaters and Whirlpool’s concept for a sustainable home ecosystem.


Beosound Moment


One of Microsoft’s most impressive modern demos is PixelSense – a massive touchscreen surface with a multi-touch interface that, due to the scale, gives the impression of controlling life-size items within a digital space.

This year, touch no longer requires the ‘screen’.

Any surface can now be a control panel, as longtime audiophile & design icon Bang & Olufsen demonstrated with their BeoSound Moment smart music controller. The B&G Moment uses a gorgeous oak panel to allow you to control the music throughout your home, essentially dissolving into the existing surface elements of the home.

Lucy, I’m home!

Netatmo Welcome camera


With the recent Nest (a Google company) acquisition of Dropcam, personal home security cameras have become the new hot items of 2014. For 2015, companies are looking to step up the innovation by adding more tracking elements for a more customized experience.

Netatmo introduced the Welcome camera, which has a sleek and unassuming anodized aluminum exterior coupled with facial recognition technology, which allows the device to notify an owner when specific people are visible by the camera. So if a mom wants to make sure Jason is home to finish his schoolwork by 4:00 as he promised he would, Netatmo makes that possible.

Look Ma – No Hands!

Logbar Ring

Logbar Inc.

Perhaps the largest takeaway from CES this year has been that the whole “using your hands” thing is SO last century.

Gesture-based control is being rapidly developed on multiple fronts, with the Logbar ring taking the cake this year. A wearable input device that sits unassumingly on the user’s index finger and using simple hand and finger movements will control appliances, send texts and even snap a photo. Plus, it can vibrate as a notification. Cue archetypal Tolkien reference.


Energous Corporation

Finally, in a product that would make Tesla roll over and shout “I told you so!”, wireless charging with a range within a whole room is soon to be a reality. Essentially working like Wi-Fi for power, Energous’ WattUp can power up to 12 devices all within a 30 square-foot range of the transmitter, all by using traditional radio frequency spectrums, which are even less permeating than a cell phone signal.

Great Scott, indeed.

This post was provided by guest contributor, Christian Russo, Senior Interactive Marketing Manager for Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.

Oceanfront Penthouse in La Jolla, California | Video House Tour

Located on an oceanfront street in the world renowned La Jolla Village, this penthouse enjoys sweeping ocean views. Vanishing glass pocket doors open to oversized entertaining balcony with fireplace, fit for entertaining, relaxation and experiencing colorful sunsets.

$6,950,000 USD | La Jolla, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Winter 2015 RESIDE Magazine

The Winter 2015 Mountain Edition of RESIDE® magazine has arrived! Read our featured article, Escaping to Work below. 


From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Winter 2015 Mountain Edition

In bygone eras, secondary estates were built so the privileged could ride out harsh industrial winters in the comfort of balmy southern climates—think of the tycoons of Palm Beach, or the barons of Provence. Today’s business leaders may have the same instinct, but whereas the leisure classes of yore could retreat peacefully for months at a time, such extended departures no longer exist.

Working in the digital age means never being more than one or two bars of reception away from duty, even in the midst of escape. Simply unplugging is not an option. “We don’t have situations where people take even one or two weeks off and drop their business,” says Pat Donovan, Broker/Owner Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty in Whitefish, Montana. “They have to be able to work from their vacation home.”

Telluride$22,000, 000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Modern buyers are now as likely to head west as south, into the splendor of the Rocky Mountain region for scenery, tranquility and year-round entertainment. At the same time they need to stay connected, and homes and markets here must be designed to facilitate working remotely.

Luxury homes fitted with high speed internet, Wi-Fi and extended cellular and satellite service are mandatory, says Donna Clinton, Broker and COO of Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty. “Executives want to make sure they’re accessible wherever they are in the valley,” she says, “so that’s never an issue here.”

Some form of workspace carved out—a dedicated office or elaborate “central command”—is also standard. Andrew Ernemann, Broker Associate at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, says these can include multiple oversized flat screens and state-of-the-art computer and telecom networks. “We see some pretty advanced set-ups here. You sometimes wonder if you’re in someone’s residence or in a high tech office somewhere.”

Montana$3,000,000 USD | Whitefish, Montana | Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty

In Whitefish, Pat Donovan has noticed executives are more apt to invite clients to their mountain retreats than travel away. The family home therefore doubles as a business and entertainment venue, and social spaces and overnight accommodations are important. “Homes need to have four beds and four baths, but those guest bedrooms also have to function as separate master suites. They can’t just be kids bunk rooms.”

A final factor integrating work and leisure is transportation. With more major airlines servicing these mountain markets, getting in and out has never been easier. Another trend to watch is the development of fly-in communities like The Refuge at Alpine Air Ranch in Star Valley, south of Jackson Hole. Private hangers linked to the central runway are included with each lot, so owners can maneuver their aircraft straight into their own “garage” after landing. Connectivity doesn’t get more direct than this.

Article provided by Derek Duncan exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty®.