Historic Homes: If Only These Walls Could Talk

Last week we featured five historically intriguing and charmingly spooky homes and the stories that make them so memorable. In case you missed any of these storied homes, here is the collection that was featured.

Ma Barker’s Gangster Hideout in Ocklawaha, Florida

ma_barker_houseThe Barkers were a 1930′s gangster family that rented the home as a hideout from the FBI.  Read the entire story here.

Elijah Haven Homeplace in Ashburnham, Massachusetts

haunted_houses_halloweenElijah Haven Homeplace is a 78+ acre gentlemen’s farm with a ghostly story. Read the entire story here.

Westinghouse-Lindbergh House in Bainbridge Island, Washington

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This waterfront charmer was once home to two legendary American families.  Read the entire story here.

Sword Gate House in Charleston, South Carolina

haunted_houseThe Sword Gate House located in the old walled city in Charleston, South Carolina has over 200 years of history.  Read the entire story here.

A Collegiate Charmer in Johnson City, Tennessee

haunted_house_halloweenA historic college fraternity house rooted in country western music history. Read the entire story here.

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Historic Homes: If Only These Walls Could Talk

Last week we featured five historically intriguing and charmingly spooky homes and the stories that make them so memorable. In case you missed any of these storied homes, here is the collection that was featured.

Ma Barker’s Gangster Hideout in Ocklawaha, Florida

ma_barker_houseThe Barkers were a 1930?s gangster family that rented the home as a hideout from the FBI.  Read the entire story here.

Elijah Haven Homeplace in Ashburnham, Massachusetts

haunted_houses_halloweenElijah Haven Homeplace is a 78+ acre gentlemen’s farm with a ghostly story. Read the entire story here.

Westinghouse-Lindbergh House in Bainbridge Island, Washington

historic_home

This waterfront charmer was once home to two legendary American families.  Read the entire story here.

Sword Gate House in Charleston, South Carolina

haunted_houseThe Sword Gate House located in the old walled city in Charleston, South Carolina has over 200 years of history.  Read the entire story here.

A Collegiate Charmer in Johnson City, Tennessee

haunted_house_halloweenA historic college fraternity house rooted in country western music history. Read the entire story here.

Search all historic homes on sothebysrealty.com.

The Russian Buyer: Valuing the Unity of Form and Substance

From the pages of RESIDE®: Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World, Fall 2012 European Edition

In recent years Russian buyers have developed into some of the most savvy, discerning and dependable investors in international real estate. As reported in the New York Times earlier this year, because they’re among the most active global figures in high-end acquisitions, real estate brokers and attorneys in places like Manhattan and Florida are crafting strategies specifically catered to wealthy Russian businessmen and entrepreneurs. According to the Times, approximately $84 billion in Russian wealth was spent outside the country in 2011, most of it in real estate, while the number of billionaires in Russia and Ukraine has risen to 109, triple what it was in 2009.

Since the dissolution of the former Soviet Union over 20 years ago, high net-worth Russians have regularly sought to diversify their holdings in safe, non-Russian commodities, including luxury property. But despite what some may believe, simply dangling extravagant homes and apartments, lavishly designed interiors and elite addresses will not alone make premium investors bite.

“Russians today are smarter, faster and family oriented,” says Anvar Kalimov, Partner and CEO for Moscow Sotheby’s International Realty. “The time when they were coming to Paris to buy a luxury flat with a view of the Eiffel Tower for no matter what price are over.”

“These are people who have developed an exquisite individual taste, having traveled all over the world and owned various properties both in Moscow and abroad,” he continues. “Above all they value the unity of form and substance – obviously for an adequate price.”

Russians buyers, in addition to diversification opportunities, are placing more importance on attributes like value and lifestyle orientation. Considerations like private schools, resale potential, market timing and price per square meter are driving transactions to the same degree that size, status and lavish fixtures once did.

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The Russian Buyer: Valuing the Unity of Form and Substance

From the pages of RESIDE®: Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World, Fall 2012 European Edition

In recent years Russian buyers have developed into some of the most savvy, discerning and dependable investors in international real estate. As reported in the New York Times earlier this year, because they’re among the most active global figures in high-end acquisitions, real estate brokers and attorneys in places like Manhattan and Florida are crafting strategies specifically catered to wealthy Russian businessmen and entrepreneurs. According to the Times, approximately $84 billion in Russian wealth was spent outside the country in 2011, most of it in real estate, while the number of billionaires in Russia and Ukraine has risen to 109, triple what it was in 2009.

Since the dissolution of the former Soviet Union over 20 years ago, high net-worth Russians have regularly sought to diversify their holdings in safe, non-Russian commodities, including luxury property. But despite what some may believe, simply dangling extravagant homes and apartments, lavishly designed interiors and elite addresses will not alone make premium investors bite.

“Russians today are smarter, faster and family oriented,” says Anvar Kalimov, Partner and CEO for Moscow Sotheby’s International Realty. “The time when they were coming to Paris to buy a luxury flat with a view of the Eiffel Tower for no matter what price are over.”

“These are people who have developed an exquisite individual taste, having traveled all over the world and owned various properties both in Moscow and abroad,” he continues. “Above all they value the unity of form and substance – obviously for an adequate price.”

Russians buyers, in addition to diversification opportunities, are placing more importance on attributes like value and lifestyle orientation. Considerations like private schools, resale potential, market timing and price per square meter are driving transactions to the same degree that size, status and lavish fixtures once did.

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Kenny Chesney’s Collegiate Home in Tennessee

This week we have featured some of our most historically intriguing and charmingly spooky homes. Our series concludes today with a former fraternity house said to be the topic of several chart-topping country music songs.

$500,000 | Johnson City, Tennessee | Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in 1914, this restored historical home is located in Johnson City, Tennessee just steps from East Tennessee State University. For the past 30 years, the home has served as a prestigious men’s fraternity house. Much of the home’s history has remained preserved, including the plantation-style covered side porch and the claw foot tubs.

In the late 1980′s, award-winning American country music singer, Kenny Chesney was a member of the fraternity and occupied the home. The current owner attended the university with Chesney and her father was also one of the fraternity brothers. Chesney’s initials, along with all of the other fraternity brothers, are carved in the stairwell.  The singer references the home in several of his songs, including “Back Where I Come From.”

In the backyard, there is a headstone from a grave that the fraternity brothers say was there when the home was purchased. The current owner remembers many spooky Halloween parties that have occurred at the fraternity house there over the years.

 

Click here to see the other homes featured in this week’s historic homes series.

Kenny Chesney’s Collegiate Home in Tennessee

This week we have featured some of our most historically intriguing and charmingly spooky homes. Our series concludes today with a former fraternity house said to be the topic of several chart-topping country music songs.

$500,000 / Johnson City, Tennessee / Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in 1914, this restored historical home is located in Johnson City, Tennessee just steps from East Tennessee State University. For the past 30 years, the home has served as a prestigious men’s fraternity house. Much of the home’s history has remained preserved, including the plantation-style covered side porch and the claw foot tubs.

In the late 1980?s, award-winning American country music singer, Kenny Chesney was a member of the fraternity and occupied the home. The current owner attended the university with Chesney and her father was also one of the fraternity brothers. Chesney’s initials, along with all of the other fraternity brothers, are carved in the stairwell.  The singer references the home in several of his songs, including “Back Where I Come From.”

In the backyard, there is a headstone from a grave that the fraternity brothers say was there when the home was purchased. The current owner remembers many spooky Halloween parties that have occurred at the fraternity house there over the years.

 

Click here to see the other homes featured in this week’s historic homes series.

The Historic Sword Gate House in South Carolina

Part four of our historic home series continues today with the Sword Gate House in Charleston, South Carolina (See which homes were featured in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the series).

Located in the heart of Charleston’s old walled city, Sword Gate House is an expansive home that was remodeled and renovated several times over the past two centuries. The earliest dwelling was constructed in 1808 with the finest moldings and mantles, many of which are still preserved in the home today.  A significant modification came in 1849, with the addition of the Sword Gates at the grand entrance to the home. These gates were originally hand crafted for Charleston’s Guard House at City Hall, but were deemed too fine and expensive for public use.

Haunted House Charleston

$18,800,000 | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Throughout the home’s history it has operated as a school, a boutique inn, and has also been open to the public for tours.  From 1819 through 1848, the residence was a distinguished girl’s academy run by headmistress, Anne Talvande. According to a 1983 article in The News and Courier, a rather embarrassing incident for the notoriously strict Madame Talvande threatened to tarnish the school’s image. One night, a 15-year-old student and daughter of a wealthy local family escaped from the boarding school and eloped with a young New Yorker. Needless to say, Madame Talvande was most embarrassed when she learned of the marriage and was determined that it would never happen again. Even now, more than a century later, her spirit is said to keep a watchful eye on the property.

real_haunted_houseTomorrow concludes our historic home series with a country western signer’s former Fraternity house in Tennessee.

The Historic Sword Gate House in South Carolina

Part four of our historic home series continues today with the Sword Gate House in Charleston, South Carolina (See which homes were featured in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the series).

Located in the heart of Charleston’s old walled city, Sword Gate House is an expansive home that was remodeled and renovated several times over the past two centuries. The earliest dwelling was constructed in 1808 with the finest moldings and mantles, many of which are still preserved in the home today.  A significant modification came in 1849, with the addition of the Sword Gates at the grand entrance to the home. These gates were originally hand crafted for Charleston’s Guard House at City Hall, but were deemed too fine and expensive for public use.

Haunted House Charleston

$18,800,000 / Charleston, South Carolina / Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Throughout the home’s history it has operated as a school, a boutique inn, and has also been open to the public for tours.  From 1819 through 1848, the residence was a distinguished girl’s academy run by headmistress, Anne Talvande. According to a 1983 article in The News and Courier, a rather embarrassing incident for the notoriously strict Madame Talvande threatened to tarnish the school’s image. One night, a 15-year-old student and daughter of a wealthy local family escaped from the boarding school and eloped with a young New Yorker. Needless to say, Madame Talvande was most embarrassed when she learned of the marriage and was determined that it would never happen again. Even now, more than a century later, her spirit is said to keep a watchful eye on the property.

real_haunted_houseTomorrow concludes our historic home series with a country western signer’s former Fraternity house in Tennessee.

Significant Sales August 2012

This month’s issue of Significant Sales starts with the sale of a spectacular estate in beautiful Montecito, highlighting the strength of coastal properties in California. Additionally, we showcase magnificent properties in Manhattan, Hawaii and Aspen. On a global level we are proud to present top sales in both Portugal and Hong Kong.

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$21,500,000 | California, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty-Montecito-Coast Village Road Brokerage

Santa Barbara − This spectacular Santa Barbara estate offers panoramic views over the coastline. The main residence features five bedrooms, six baths and three powder rooms. A two-bedroom, two-bath guest house, swimming pool, cabana, tennis court and circular motor court are also located on the property.

 

luxury apartments for sale manhattan

$19,250,000 | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty-East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Manhattan − This immense duplex in Manhattan’s most celebrated residential landmarks designed by architect Rosario Candela. The 15-room apartment includes a private elevator landing, a vast marble Gallery and a grand staircase. The main level features a baronial living room, a walnut paneled library and a tremendous dining room. All boast sunny southern outlooks and wood burning fireplaces. Upstairs off a long gallery hall are four enormous bedrooms with over-sized walk-in closets and en suite marble bathrooms.

 

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$18,500,000 | Massachusetts, USA | Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

Nantucket − This spacious family compound in Nantucket was designed and built with unsurpassed quality. From its site high on the Cliff next to Steps Beach, there are outstanding views of Great Point, Nantucket Harbor and the Sound from every room. The main house and guest cottage are separated by lawn, pool and outdoor entertaining area with fireplace, and connected sotto terra by an underground passageway. There are private stairs to the beach.

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Westinghouse-Lindbergh House in Seattle, Washington

We continue our week-long series of historic homes with a legendary property that once was home to two prominent American families.

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$1,949,000 USD | Bainbridge Island, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

This extremely private Georgian style estate in Bainbridge Island in Washington State, was built in 1908 on a parcel of land that was formerly an apple orchard.

The homes’ privacy is what attracted the decedents of George Westinghouse, the American entrepreneur, engineer and main rival of Thomas Edison, sometime around the late 1920′s.  During this era, the United States was gripped by the kidnappings of famous people’s children, including the tragic kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s toddler son in 1932. Many wealthy East Coast families, like the Westinghouse’s, sought safe havens to raise their families on the West Coast.

Coincidentally, Charles Lindbergh’s second son, Jon, purchased the home in the mid-1960s and lived there with his wife and their six children for several of decades.  In fact, the large wood carving which were hand-carved by Jon Lindbergh himself can still be found in the kitchen of the home today.

 

Tomorrow’s featured Storied Home is the Sword Gate House in Charleston, South Carolina.