Living the Good Life

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

Patrick and Theresa Macri’s dream of coastal living was a distant retirement plan. Until they decided to accelerate their timetable by a decade and turn “someday” into today.

The couple bought a five-bedroom summer home in the resort destination of Fire Island, NY, and remodeled it into a full-time residence. While the summer population swells into the tens of thousands, year-rounders number 250 or so. The Macris are among the fewer still who make the daily commute from the barrier island to the mainland. Despite the concessions–no grocery, no dry cleaner, no movie theater and just a single restaurant–the Macris are living the life they longed for.

“All the tension washes away when you see the water and when you fall asleep at night listening to the ocean,” Patrick says. More than a beach house, it’s a place to “remove yourself from the hectic day-to-day.”

Like the Macris, luxury home buyers are looking for a lot more than a change of address these days. They’re looking for a change of lifestyle. Square footage and number of bedrooms are no longer the de facto starting points of their home searches. In some cases, even price is being muscled out by passion. Lifestyle is king. In fact, more than 2.2 million homes were searched by specialty categories like Waterfront and Skiing on the Sotheby’s International Realty® site last year.

Affluent buyers know what they want and have the means to own their passion.

For most people, an aspirational lifestyle “is something exceptional, something that is just a pause in their lives. One goes to the beach, one goes to the mountain, one goes to the countryside, one visits a capital city,” explains Marc Göhring of de Rham Sotheby’s International Realty in Lausanne, Switzerland. “It becomes a luxury lifestyle when it is an asset in your life. You own the beach, you own the mountain.”

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Living the Good Life

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

Patrick and Theresa Macri’s dream of coastal living was a distant retirement plan. Until they decided to accelerate their timetable by a decade and turn “someday” into today.

The couple bought a five-bedroom summer home in the resort destination of Fire Island, NY, and remodeled it into a full-time residence. While the summer population swells into the tens of thousands, year-rounders number 250 or so. The Macris are among the fewer still who make the daily commute from the barrier island to the mainland. Despite the concessions–no grocery, no dry cleaner, no movie theater and just a single restaurant–the Macris are living the life they longed for.

“All the tension washes away when you see the water and when you fall asleep at night listening to the ocean,” Patrick says. More than a beach house, it’s a place to “remove yourself from the hectic day-to-day.”

Like the Macris, luxury home buyers are looking for a lot more than a change of address these days. They’re looking for a change of lifestyle. Square footage and number of bedrooms are no longer the de facto starting points of their home searches. In some cases, even price is being muscled out by passion. Lifestyle is king. In fact, more than 2.2 million homes were searched by specialty categories like Waterfront and Skiing on the Sotheby’s International Realty® site last year.

Affluent buyers know what they want and have the means to own their passion.

For most people, an aspirational lifestyle “is something exceptional, something that is just a pause in their lives. One goes to the beach, one goes to the mountain, one goes to the countryside, one visits a capital city,” explains Marc Göhring of de Rham Sotheby’s International Realty in Lausanne, Switzerland. “It becomes a luxury lifestyle when it is an asset in your life. You own the beach, you own the mountain.”

> Continue Reading

Content provided by Iyna Bort Caruso exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty®.

Specialty Ski Property Website Launches

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the launch of a Ski specialty market website, the latest in a planned series of branded websites for specialty markets.

The specialized website, which can be found at skipropertysir.com, matches the look and feel of the brand’s website, sothebysrealty.com, and provides detailed Ski lifestyle real estate listing information and resources. The website enables buyers and sellers to search for the finest properties in this segment and the sales professionals who represent them. It covers a full spectrum of lifestyle types and properties including: ski-in and ski-out, base of mountain living and close proximity to mountains. The site was launched with more than $2 billion of ski property listings worldwide.

The website will also highlight notable sales internationally and feature area-focused sections, resort mountain descriptions and advanced search capabilities.

“The Sotheby’s International Realty brand has long been a powerful force in world-class Ski markets around the world,” said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “So it was only natural for us to seek to delve further into this market. From ski-in, ski-out properties to villas in the mountains, this specialty website offers a robust inventory of extraordinary homes in locations as diverse as Aspen, Colorado; Hong Kong; Whistler, Canada; Colony, Switzerland and many more.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 12,600 sales associates located in approximately 650 offices in 45 countries and territories worldwide.

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House Tour: Daryl Hall’s New York Farm

As half of the “rock and soul” duo Hall & Oates, Daryl Hall is best known for the 70’s and 80’s chart topping hits like Maneater and I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do). When the musician isn’t recording or touring, he enjoys restoring historic homes to their one-time glory. Having grown up in an 18th-century historic house in Pennsylvania, it is no doubt his childhood influenced his passion for early period architecture.

Huckleberry Farm, one of Hall’s more complex restoration projects and current residence, is currently on the market for $8.75 million. The 248-acre estate in Dutchess County, New York about 100 miles north of New York City.

new york farm daryl hall

Hall currently lives in the home where he films a monthly Web series Live From Daryl’s House. Past shows have brought musicians like Smokey Robinson, Rob Thomas and Jason Mraz by for jam sessions.

new york farm daryl hall

Hall worked with antique dealers and historians using authentic and re-created materials to rebuild the property with authentic period detail. Though, modern conveniences were not spared in the gourmet kitchen which includes Miele and Sub-Zero appliances.

new york farm daryl hall

Hall was involved all the painstaking details of the renovation including having paint samples carbon-dated to match the home’s original colors.

Daryl Hall Farm

The great room also serves as a recording studio where Hall hosts is monthly Web series. He often provides private tours of the home during recording sessions. Click here to watch Hall as he gives a private tour of the home’s wine cellar to show guest Jason Mraz.

The estate is currently listed with Heather Croner, broker and owner of Heather Croner Real Estate Sotheby’s International Realty and available for private showing by appointment only.

House Tour: Daryl Hall’s New York Farm

As half of the “rock and soul” duo Hall & Oates, Daryl Hall is best known for the 70’s and 80’s chart topping hits like Maneater and I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do). When the musician isn’t recording or touring, he enjoys restoring historic homes to their one-time glory. Having grown up in an 18th-century historic house in Pennsylvania, it is no doubt his childhood influenced his passion for early period architecture.

Huckleberry Farm, one of Hall’s more complex restoration projects and current residence, is currently on the market for $8.75 million. The 248-acre estate in Dutchess County, New York about 100 miles north of New York City.

new york farm daryl hall

Hall currently lives in the home where he films a monthly Web series Live From Daryl’s House. Past shows have brought musicians like Smokey Robinson, Rob Thomas and Jason Mraz by for jam sessions.

new york farm daryl hall

Hall worked with antique dealers and historians using authentic and re-created materials to rebuild the property with authentic period detail. Though, modern conveniences were not spared in the gourmet kitchen which includes Miele and Sub-Zero appliances.

new york farm daryl hall

Hall was involved all the painstaking details of the renovation including having paint samples carbon-dated to match the home’s original colors.

Daryl Hall Farm

The great room also serves as a recording studio where Hall hosts is monthly Web series. He often provides private tours of the home during recording sessions. Click here to watch Hall as he gives a private tour of the home’s wine cellar to show guest Jason Mraz.

The estate is currently listed with Heather Croner, broker and owner of Heather Croner Real Estate Sotheby’s International Realty and available for private showing by appointment only.

Specialty Ski Property Website Launches

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the launch of a Ski specialty market website, the latest in a planned series of branded websites for specialty markets.

The specialized website, which can be found at skipropertysir.com, matches the look and feel of the brand’s website, sothebysrealty.com, and provides detailed Ski lifestyle real estate listing information and resources. The website enables buyers and sellers to search for the finest properties in this segment and the sales professionals who represent them. It covers a full spectrum of lifestyle types and properties including: ski-in and ski-out, base of mountain living and close proximity to mountains. The site was launched with more than $2 billion of ski property listings worldwide.

The website will also highlight notable sales internationally and feature area-focused sections, resort mountain descriptions and advanced search capabilities.

“The Sotheby’s International Realty brand has long been a powerful force in world-class Ski markets around the world,” said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “So it was only natural for us to seek to delve further into this market. From ski-in, ski-out properties to villas in the mountains, this specialty website offers a robust inventory of extraordinary homes in locations as diverse as Aspen, Colorado; Hong Kong; Whistler, Canada; Colony, Switzerland and many more.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 12,600 sales associates located in approximately 650 offices in 45 countries and territories worldwide.

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San Diego: A Diverse Junction of Land and Sea

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

On any given morning the San Diego County beaches from Point Loma all the way north to the Trestles at San Onofre State Beach are lined with surfers. Seen from the shore the figures look the same, paddling out toward the breakers and gliding home over rolling swells in an early light that gives the scene an almost iridescent clarity. What separates this choreography from those that play out up and down California’s southern coast is not just San Diego’s particularly diverse junction of land and sea but also a subtext that isn’t evident from land.

“We think we have some of the wealthiest surfers in the world,” says Steve Games, Chairman of the Board at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “You’d be amazed at the active business people in San Diego that surf every day. Every day. They get up way in advance and instead of going to the gym they go to the water.”

Accordingly, some of the most prestigious addresses in Southern California sit above the beaches, coves, harbors and bluffs of San Diego County’s 70-mile coastline. Just as residents of New York or Miami instinctively adopt the pace and rhythms of their cities, those who live in these coastal communities naturally arrange their lifestyles around year-round outdoor activities such as sailing, fishing, cycling, surfing and golf.

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San Diego: A Diverse Junction of Land and Sea

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

On any given morning the San Diego County beaches from Point Loma all the way north to the Trestles at San Onofre State Beach are lined with surfers. Seen from the shore the figures look the same, paddling out toward the breakers and gliding home over rolling swells in an early light that gives the scene an almost iridescent clarity. What separates this choreography from those that play out up and down California’s southern coast is not just San Diego’s particularly diverse junction of land and sea but also a subtext that isn’t evident from land.

“We think we have some of the wealthiest surfers in the world,” says Steve Games, Chairman of the Board at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “You’d be amazed at the active business people in San Diego that surf every day. Every day. They get up way in advance and instead of going to the gym they go to the water.”

Accordingly, some of the most prestigious addresses in Southern California sit above the beaches, coves, harbors and bluffs of San Diego County’s 70-mile coastline. Just as residents of New York or Miami instinctively adopt the pace and rhythms of their cities, those who live in these coastal communities naturally arrange their lifestyles around year-round outdoor activities such as sailing, fishing, cycling, surfing and golf.

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Significant Sales September 2012

The September issue of Significant Sales features stunning waterfront properties in California, The New York Hamptons, New Zealand, Connecticut and Florida. These sales coincide with the launch of our specialty Waterfront real estate website, which features the world’s finest waterfront properties.

HOM Sotheby’s International Realty | $22,000,000 USD | Newport Beach, California, USA

Newport California Luxury Real Estate

Newport − This is the finest waterfront residence on Newport Harbor with more than one half acre looking across the widest expanse of the bay. The unparalleled setting, within the private community of Bayshores, is awash in sunlight and gentle breezes.

HOM Sotheby’s International Realty | $20,000,000 USD | Laguna Beach, California, USA

Laguna Beach California Luxury Real Estate

Laguna Beach − This contemporary designed home epitomizes the seamless interface between interior and exterior spaces, and is nestled into the coveted front row of the exclusive Montage Residences. It includes access to all Montage Laguna Beach amenities and features the finest hardwood and stone materials transitioning throughout to create a dramatic living experience, softened by the casual overtones of its seaside setting.

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty | $19,500,000 USD | Utah, USA

Farm Ranch Luxury Real Estate

Utah −This majestic ranch, historically known as the Whiles Away Ranch, is set among more than 100 acres of breathtaking scenery and backs up to The Canyons Resort.  A new ski run at the resort abuts the property, making it the first ski-in / ski-out ranch property in the area. Winding streams, serene ponds, abundant wildlife and sprawling pastures make this an extraordinary retreat.

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Significant Sales September 2012

The September issue of Significant Sales features stunning waterfront properties in California, The New York Hamptons, New Zealand, Connecticut and Florida. These sales coincide with the launch of our specialty Waterfront real estate website, which features the world’s finest waterfront properties.

HOM Sotheby’s International Realty / $22,000,000 USD / Newport Beach, California, USA

Newport California Luxury Real Estate

Newport ? This is the finest waterfront residence on Newport Harbor with more than one half acre looking across the widest expanse of the bay. The unparalleled setting, within the private community of Bayshores, is awash in sunlight and gentle breezes.

HOM Sotheby’s International Realty / $20,000,000 USD / Laguna Beach, California, USA

Laguna Beach California Luxury Real Estate

Laguna Beach ? This contemporary designed home epitomizes the seamless interface between interior and exterior spaces, and is nestled into the coveted front row of the exclusive Montage Residences. It includes access to all Montage Laguna Beach amenities and features the finest hardwood and stone materials transitioning throughout to create a dramatic living experience, softened by the casual overtones of its seaside setting.

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty / $19,500,000 USD / Utah, USA

Farm Ranch Luxury Real Estate

Utah ?This majestic ranch, historically known as the Whiles Away Ranch, is set among more than 100 acres of breathtaking scenery and backs up to The Canyons Resort.  A new ski run at the resort abuts the property, making it the first ski-in / ski-out ranch property in the area. Winding streams, serene ponds, abundant wildlife and sprawling pastures make this an extraordinary retreat.

See All Significant Sales in September 2012 >