Discover Kestrel Ridge Farm, an iconic 160-Acre property cradling the Elbow River in Springbank and just minutes from Calgary’s metropolitan center. Nestled in the foothills of the pristine Canadian Rockies, this highly coveted equestrian estate sits on the last remaining area of untouched plateau before ascending into the revered rocky mountain ridges.
When modern design is juxtaposed with rustic architecture, the results can be truly majestic. Explore four luxury homes for sale whose history and unfinished attributes are contrasted with modern interior design.
Built in the 1800s, Villa Fontana overlooks Garda Lake in Bardolino. The villa was completely renovated while maintaining and enhancing the original materials including exposed stone, beams and iron. Modern elements are infused throughout with chandeliers, appliances and glass.
Originally built by the Knights of St. John, Fort Chambray combines impressive history with new age luxury. The exterior maintains the original façade which is contrasted by the interior, boasting bold modern design and contemporary furniture and fixtures.
Nestled at the end of a long driveway, this equestrian estate offers a rustic blend of rough-hewn and contemporary style. The exposed beams and wood paneled ceilings are balanced with bright and bold patterned textiles, furniture and lighting.
This 1890’s award-winning stone carriage house was restored using design elements and recycled materials to enhance the existing space. White cabinetry and stainless appliances offset the exposed brick and wood architecture in the kitchen and dining area.
From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Fall 2014 Master Edition
Out is the new in. Plush sofas, area rugs, stone fireplaces–for the past several years, traditional furnishings and design elements that were once relegated exclusively to interiors have been trickling to exteriors, with homeowners creating exquisite residential spaces under the skies for relaxation and entertaining.
And it’s not only the living room that has gone rogue. The solitary, standard patio barbeque grill has been replaced with sophisticated, gourmet kitchens complete with pizza ovens, flat screen TVs and built-in espresso machines. After cooking alfresco, homeowners wine and dine with family and friends under the stars and glittery chandeliers, followed by open-air movies or sports on pop-up screens.
Nowadays “people don’t want to be confined to inside anymore,” says Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty in Montecito, CA. They want the option to literally spread out—and to interact with nature with the same comfort and style that they enjoy indoors.
Indeed, when pros specializing in residential design were surveyed by the American Society of Landscape Architects to rate the popularity of outdoor design elements for 2014, kitchens and entertainment spaces were second most popular, at 92 percent (gardens and landscaped spaces came in first at 94.2 percent).
Of course, in certain parts, this indoor/outdoor approach to living isn’t new at all. “This has been the lifestyle in Hawaii,” says Dodie MacArthur of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. “Whatever activities you can do indoors you can do outdoors.”
Surprisingly, that’s also now the mindset in areas that aren’t particularly warm year-round. “Outdoor living is a really big trend here over the last couple of years,” says Andrew Ernemann, a broker associate at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty. Although they have a short warm weather season, Ernemann’s clients want to maximize their time outdoors when they stay in Aspen.
But the trend isn’t just about stepping out and reclining on a deck or patio. It’s far grander than that. “It’s about creating a personal destination. People want the entire experience of the best resorts in the world, incorporated into their outdoor spaces and customized for their needs,” says MacArthur.
One of the best ways to achieve a seamless, organic flow with an open floor plan is by utilizing floor to ceiling sliding or swinging glass doors, suggests Perkins, “so the outside isn’t a secondary defined area, but more of a smooth transition from inside to outside.”
When considering the creation of outdoor living spaces such as a dining room, living room and kitchen, do work with a landscape architect and/or interior designer with experience in indoor/outdoor living. And Brooklyn-based designer Lyani Powers says that a good approach is to plan the entire project at once, taking into account basic necessities such as plumbing, heat and electricity, audio and visual equipment and wireless/internet connectivity. There may also be structural additions, such as pergolas, loggias or lanais, for shade and protection.
There are outdoor living solutions for all types of climates, even rain and cold. “Open but covered is the way to go,” says Krista Hunter of Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty in Thailand. “Otherwise you run the risk of not being able to use your outdoor space for much of the time.” In Aspen, some homeowners add roofs over their outdoor living rooms so they can still be utilized in the winter.
Most outdoor areas typically feature recreational zones, which can include a hot tub and swimming pool. But consider adding wow factors to enhance the outdoor experience: a pool table, a life-size chess set, a putting green and a bocce ball court. Take it a step further with a complete bar, which can connect visually to the nearby kitchen zone, where function is at a maximum with every state-of-the-art stainless steel appliance that’s incorporated in standard indoor kitchens, plus a variety of extras: a hooded grill with a built-in fryer and smoker, a pizza oven, a rotisserie, a wine cooler, icemaker and wet bar, a cappuccino and espresso machine, and of course, ample storage space, work stations and countertops with stools for casual eating.
Adjacent to the kitchen would be a dining zone. For a cozy effect, cover it with a pergola and then hang a decadent chandelier over the table to set the mood at twilight. After a fine meal, meander over to the living room zone. If cool weather is a factor, think about including a heating system – which may range from traditional patio heaters to a built-in fireplace or radiant heat. This space in particular should offer ample ambient lighting, entertainment in the form of audio and/or visual equipment designed specifically for the outdoors and comfortable seating (upholstered in outdoor fabrics, of course), area rugs and accessories, but do keep in mind one rule of thumb, stipulates HGTV and STYLE Network expert Kelly Edwards: all of the exterior spaces must coordinate aesthetically with your interior décor, so that your home – inside and out– is cohesive and visually appealing.
Other than that, when going out, the sky’s the limit.
Article provided by Claudia Gryvatz Copquin exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty®.
The latest issue of Significant Sales features top sales from around the world, beginning with a private beach home in the Bahamas. Also featured is an architecturally stunning residence in New York City, a country French masterpiece in California and over forty other properties from across the globe.
Bahamas- This property offers its owners their own private beach in a secure community. Meticulously maintained, the spacious 30,000 square foot family home is situated on two acres with 590 feet of frontage located at the entrance to the Lyford Cay Marina. One of the most prestigious properties in Lyford Cay, included in the sale is a 1.4 acre beachfront lot across the street. Amenities include a tennis court, pool, Jacuzzi, 200 feet of dock and all of the necessary improvements for easy tropical living.
Connecticut- An hour’s drive from New York City, beautiful Conyers Farms is where Academy Award-winning producer and director Ron Howard and his wife chose to raise their family. Their private country estate, consisting of approximately 32 acres of unparalleled privacy showcases a splendid shingle style main house with more than eighteen thousand square feet, a charming Craftsman style two-bedroom guest house, an indoor sports complex, observatory silo with Meade telescope, barns, paddocks, ivy-draped stone head house, greenhouse plus formal rose, boxwood and organic gardens.
New York- This architecturally stunning full floor prewar residence on Fifth Avenue is in triple mint condition and was designed by world-renowned architect, Roger Ferris. Situated on 88th Street directly opposite the Guggenheim Museum, the views of Central Park, the Reservoir and city skyline from this 11th Floor apartment are truly spectacular.
New York- This unique European Villa was built in 1915 and designed by noted architect William Bottomley. It was completely renovated in 2009 by architect Robert Young, who combined contemporary elements with the original details in all six bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths. There is a large living room with dual fireplaces, chef’s kitchen with copper and steel cabinetry and tamarind wood ledges. Surrounded by four rolling acres of lush green lawns, orchards, lily pond, immaculate gardens, tennis court and oversized pool with pool house, the home has private ocean access.
New York- This home has sensational sunset waterviews from a vacant 3.2-acre meadow with an open lawn to 197 feet directly on Georgica Pond. The estate is minutes to the ocean beach. It is zoned for a 15,000 square foot residence, pool and tennis court.
California- This brand new home is gate and very private. A country French masterpiece, it is set on three flat acres and has its own vineyard.
Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.
We wanted a place where we could really be disconnected from the pressures of daily life,” said owner, Robert Haas.
Dog-Friendly Turks and Caicos Estate Lists for $48 Million—The Wall Street Journal
The D.C. area’s 10 most pricey house listings—The Washington Post
John Legend Lists in Los Angeles for $1.995 Million—The Wall Street Journal
Home of the Day: Reginald D. Johnson’s ‘Midwood’ in Montecito—The Los Angeles Times
Pink Diamond Auction in Hong Kong Sets World Record—The New York Times
Around Frieze in London—Sotheby’s
From chandeliers to extraordinary views, Georgia to Thailand, explore six homes that transformed ordinary master bathrooms into unique, elegant and relaxing retreats.
Secluded on 12 acres in Athens, Georgia, this country estate features a stone-clad main house with porte cochere, pool and five-car garage. Inside, rustic wood beams accent the ceilings, and oversize windows allow light to flood in. The layout includes six bedrooms and six baths. Deco-inspired black-and white tile floors and free-standing bathtubs complement the traditional look. The master bath centerpiece is the large walk-in shower with an enclosure of glass panes offset by black mullions.
Architect Cliff May, renowned for his casual California Ranch style, designed this 14,000-square-foot home set on four acres in Rolling Hills, California. Views of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean can be seen from the stone deck and indoor pool with retractable roof. Cathedral ceilings with wood beams lend structure to the free-flowing plan, which contains seven bedrooms, seven baths and three powder rooms. As part of a remodeling in 2010, the baths were finished in white marble and travertine.
Bathed in warm terracotta tones and ensconced in lush vegetation, this 10-bedroom, 10-bath remodeled farmhouse in the Yucatán town of Izamal, Mexico, is rich in history. The building dates to the early 19th century. In 2002 the town joined the Pueblos Mágicos program to preserve both its Mayan and colonial cultures. Hand-plastered walls, soaring ceilings and hand-hewn woodwork are present throughout. The baths are distinguished by natural rock walls and tall French doors with ornately carved wood shutters.
Commanding hilltop views and surrounded by mature tropical vegetation, this eight-bedroom, seven-bath adobe home in Rancho Santa Fe, California, is rich in history. The structure was originally a 1900 mission building transported to its current location for Hollywood starlet Corinne Griffith. The residence retains numerous original features, including handcrafted wood shutters, distinctive “latillas and vigas” (sticks and beams), ceilings and stained-glass skylights. Amenities include seven fireplaces and baths with brightly-colored Talavera-style painted sinks bathtubs, old-fashioned skylights and ornately carved woodwork.
English arts and crafts meets American shingle style in this six-bedroom, seven-bath residence in New Canaan, Connecticut, designed by Wadia Associates. Finishes include five-inch, quarter-sawn, white-oak floors, leaded glass windows and fixtures by Waterworks. Twelve-foot ceilings grace the master suite. A master bath is warmed by radiant-heated marble floors. Additional amenities include a wine cellar, massage room, yoga studio and tennis courts. The elegant garden is scented by David Austin English roses, espaliered Asian pear trees and grape and kiwi vines.
Directly on a beach dotted with gigantic boulders, this five-bedroom, six-bath house on the island of Ko Samui in Thailand invites nature inside. Twenty-foot ceilings with swooping roofs animate the architecture. A glass wall in a bedroom abuts the pool to simulate an aquarium, while in the master bedroom, sliding doors open onto the sea. The deck features a media center and projector for outdoor screenings. Rock formations incorporated into the bath and the outdoor showers complement the organic theme.
Surrounded by a maritime forest of live oaks and sabal palmettos, and overlooking miles of tidal creeks and saltwater sound, this handcrafted Asian inspired masterpiece blends seamlessly into its pristine coastal environment. Designed by renowned architect David Lisle, each and every space beckons you to experience the extraordinary nature of this magnificent island location.
The Fall 2014 issues of RESIDE® magazine have arrived!
From kitchens to lounge and recreational areas, many spaces that can be created indoors can be re-created and re-envisioned for the outdoors as well. Join us as we explore the ins and outs of chic outdoor living in this season’s editions of RESIDE.
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RESIDE Master Edition | Fall 2014
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Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.
I told the architect that I wanted to have the look of a house that had been here for a while. He came through,” said owner, mystery writer Elizabeth George.
House of the Day: Mystery Writer Elizabeth George Lists Island Home—The Wall Street Journal
House of the Day: Old World Charm in New Jersey—The Wall Street Journal
On the Market: A wine-country gem in the hills of Piedmont in Alessandria, Italy—Architectural Digest
On the Market: A historic five-story home overlooking Lake Geneva—Architectural Digest
What You Get for … $935,000—The New York Times
Home of the Day: Pasadena post-and-beam spans flowing creek—The Los Angeles Times
NBA journeyman Mike James prices sports compound at $7.5 million—The Los Angeles Times
Women Worth Watching in 2015—Diversity Journal
Billionaire’s Collection on the Block—The Wall Street Journal
Jewelry Is a Miniature Piece of Art: Chao—Bloomberg TV
“The Austin market has seen exceptional growth over the last year thanks in part to a host of events that have placed our small Texas city firmly onto the worlds’ stage. Events like the Formula 1 US Grand Prix and the X Games have now made Austin their home bringing with them a flood of new buyers to the high-end market and putting inventory of $1million+ properties into a sharp decline. Tower cranes are a common sight in the city’s core as several new luxury residential condo projects are being built to provide a product that has not been in demand before. The technology and film sectors continue to grow with the addition of Google Fiber to the greater Austin area. With the addition of new international flights at the airport along with new and exciting events, entertainment and development on the horizon, Austin will continue to increase in its appeal to national and international clients alike.”
– J. Kuper, principal broker and owner, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty and Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty