2017 Color of the Year | Greenery

Pantone®, the global color authority announced PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery as the color of the year for 2017.

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings, according to Pantone. Greenery is nature’s neutral. It is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.

Greenery can be found in nature in flourishing foliage and can be manifested in our daily lives as we find ways to incorporate this invigorating color into our art, our homes and our world.

Explore places and spaces with hues inspired by Greenery.

latvia1.450.000 € EUR | Latvia | Baltic Sotheby’s International Realty

This residence is located right next to the Daugava River, near Old Town, the business center and Riga’s true pride – beautiful, green parks. Interesting and modern architectural solutions include the building’s façade, made of glass and colorful materials, which makes this building so unique and special. The building has 24-hours security, video surveillance, four panoramic elevators, beautiful courtyard with children’s playground and parking on the ground level.

texas$4,995,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

Soaring Wings is the creation of one of Austin’s most visionary Architects and the result of four years of work by some of the most talented craftsmen in Austin. Completed in 2007, dozens of talented and creative individuals – metal smiths, woodworkers, stonemasons, plasterers and glass workers – came together to create this landmark Austin estate. The structure of Soaring Wings is constructed entirely of red iron on concrete piers sunk deep into rock. All the connections are joined with full penetration welds, the strongest type of connection and many times more costly than bolted connections.

florida$1,875,000 USD | Santa Rosa Beach, Florida | Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty

A 2,634-square-foot home that exudes beauty and Zen-style modern living with sought-after architectural design by renowned architect Russell Johnson, this three-bedroom, three and one half bath residence is unlike anything you have seen before, where every room makes a statement. With a careful display of windows, skylights and invisible mirrors, this property brings the outdoors, inside.

south-africaR 39 900 000 ZAR | Western Cape, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

This stunning estate of 27 hectares was established in 1668 and has magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The manor house has been lovingly restored with all modern conveniences, a high-tech security system, complete gym/sauna/steam room, 12-seat home cinema and a laundry facility. The grounds also feature five guest cottages with separate swimming pool, all set in a beautifully manicured garden. The entire farm is planted with established olive trees and has a fully functional and sophisticated olive pressing factory.

washington$2,995,000 USD | North Seattle, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Meet Chateau DeLance; a showcase estate that will take you by surprise with a new level of splendor. One of the most fantastic houses in Seattle, this property offers breathtaking views; Built in 2005 and thoroughly redesigned in 2016 sparing no expense with Venetian plaster, crystal chandeliers, gourmet kitchen and whole house sound.

Discover Pantone’s prior colors of the year on the Extraordinary Living Blog

Historic and Charming Waterfront Home in Bermuda | Video House Tour

Grey Gables is an enduring piece of old Bermuda. It has been included in many garden tours as well as local historic home tours. Complete with a pool area and spacious cabana for outdoor entertaining, this inviting residence is perfect for entertaining. Truly a one-of-a-kind home, Grey Gables is a classic waterfront escape.

$6,250,000 USD | Warwick, Bermuda | Rego Sotheby’s International Realty

Secluded Hilltop Estate in Orinda, California | Video House Tour

This magnificent, secluded estate is comprised of four buildings, totaling more than 23,000 square feet, which are thoughtfully positioned among the nearly nine-acres of secluded, fully fenced hilltop property. This sprawling home enjoys tranquil walking trails, rolling hills, oak trees and lush landscaping.

$22,500,000 USD | Orinda, California | Bay Sotheby’s International Realty

Mountain Masterpiece in Alberta, Canada | Video House Tour

Positioned on a mountainside in the Canadian Rockies, this sophisticated contemporary home is a living masterpiece that is both warm and inviting. Embodying the grandeur of the Rockies and blending elements of the landscape throughout the home, the indoor and outdoor living areas merge seamlessly offering panoramic mountain views, privacy, and tranquility.

4 450 000 $ CAD | Alberta, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Modern Alpine Estate in Telluride, Colorado | Video House Tour

Gracefully set upon one of the most dramatic 35-acre sites in Telluride, this masterpiece of contemporary design is unmatched in its setting, quality, detail and accommodations. Overlooking a reflective pond mirroring views of the towering cirque of rolling meadows and14,000 foot peaks that surround the property, the home’s soaring spaces showcase the very best in sophisticated mountain living.

$39,100,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in South Bay Region of Los Angeles County

Manhattan_Beach_063Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Vista Sotheby’s International Realty in Palos Verdes and Redondo Beach, California, has merged with well-known local real estate brokerage, South Bay Brokers, with four offices across the South Bay market in Los Angeles County. The combined company will operate as Vista Sotheby’s International Realty, with six offices and nearly 200 affiliated agents.

“Vista Sotheby’s International Realty has built a solid reputation for quality service since joining the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in 2007,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “I have known Jim Van Zanten and Jack Gillespie, the owners of South Bay Brokers, for many years and have great respect for them and what they have accomplished.  We are delighted to see these two fine firms join forces in this important high-end market, and are proud to support them as they expand their footprint to represent the finest luxury real estate in the South Bay.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has approximately 17,000 sales associates located in approximately 800 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide.  Vista Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com 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.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters French Polynesia

bora-bora-680114_1920Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s luxury real estate services are now available in French Polynesia with the opening of French Polynesia Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, which is managed and owned by Jacques C. Menahem, will serve the luxury residential real estate market throughout Tahiti and the islands in French Polynesia. The first office is scheduled to open in the second quarter in Tahiti.

“Expansion across French Polynesia continues the brand’s commitment to providing access to the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s exclusive real estate services in luxury real estate destinations around the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “French Polynesia has a distinctive luxury residential market and is one of the most coveted vacation home destinations for Europeans and international property buyers. I am proud to welcome Jacques Menahem and his team to our global network.”

According to Menahem, French Polynesia benefits from both its location in the middle of the South Pacific and its 118 beautiful islands, of which the most well-known are Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea. “As well, the few 280,000 inhabitants make French Polynesia a welcoming destination,” he said.  “The luxury residential real estate market in Tahiti is beginning a period of expansive growth and we believe the Sotheby’s International Realty brand will help us meet the needs of high net-worth individuals internationally looking for luxury homes in French Polynesia and overseas using the brand’s global platform.  Our focus is on providing comprehensive service at every stage of the process. The quality of our service is based on detailed knowledge of the market and its dynamic, precise and proven procedures, and a motivated, responsible and skilled team. We are delighted to become part of the Sotheby’s International Realty worldwide network, and look forward to bringing French Polynesia’s extraordinary properties to the far-reaching corners of the world.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has approximately 17,000 sales associates located in approximately 800 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide.  French Polynesia Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com 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.

In with the Old | Art & Home

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! From a 19th-century farmhouse in the Hamptons to a 1930s Paris mansion, five historic homes blend tradition with modern updates, finds Iyna Bort Caruso.

IMG_9339Art & Home—June/July 2015

Call it the surprise inside: historic residences retrofitted with modern interiors.

Homeowners may love the idea of properties that embrace the aesthetics of an earlier era, but they’re drawing the line at living a century-old lifestyle. Instead of tearing down, however, they’re taking up the challenge. They’re purging boxy rooms, awkward layouts and tiny closets and arriving at that sweet spot where the age of grace meets the age of technology.

In America, homes of historic value are generally pegged at 50 years or older by the National Register of Historic Places, although those are relative newcomers by international standards. It takes the skills of true artisans to modernize a centuries-old German castle, French château, English manor or Italian villa, and many governments offer homeowners subsidies for their efforts.

More than just age, historic homes embody the spirit of the times in which they were built with character-defining features that speak to who we were and how we lived.

“There’s an emotional connection to be had, for sure,” says Judson Henderson of Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty in Princeton, NJ. The earliest homes here date back to the 18th century. Some homeowners bring “today’s practicality and sensitivity to home renovations” while others go for a gut renovation. “Walk through the door and it’s starkly modern. You feel like you’re in a brand new house,” Henderson says.

Most makeovers are somewhere in between, using architectural elements as jumping-off points to maintain some sense of authenticity.

Interior Designer Sarah Barnard in Santa Monica, Calif., is a specialist in historic home design. In reshaping Victorian, Spanish Revival and Arts and Craft estates, she often takes a hybrid approach, “preserving a lot of the original architectural elements and melding them with uber contemporary strategies.”

Deciding which of those elements to keep or discard can be a struggle. Is it worth sacrificing what Barnard calls the “heartwarming little details that made the owner’s heart sing in the initial walk-through” for the larger benefits of functionality and design?  “There are always hard decisions to be made but when budget is not an issue, rehabilitating the old is always my first choice.”

People may yearn for vintage homes for different reasons, but one thing they have in common is “kindness,” observes Barnard. “You have to have a sympathetic soul to want to save an old building.”

Miami$2,995,000  USD | Miami Beach, Florida | ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Behind the Mediterranean facade and inviting courtyard, modern luxury meets the classic beauty of this 1929 home. Property features an open floor plan, added interior space, floating stairwell, Pecky Cypress vaulted ceiling, fireplace, charming/restored Cuban tile and hardwood flooring.

Hamptons$7,995,000 USD | Sagaponack, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

Once the home of James Jones, author of “From Here to Eternity”, this 1860s Sagaponack farmhouse was built to capture the sunsets from one of the highest points south of the Montauk highway. Today the house has been renovated and merges the intimate spaces of a traditional home with the open, naturally lit spaces of a modern SOHO loft. In addition, this home incorporated the Crestron computer network, clean conscious building techniques and materials, active solar power, and geothermal heating and cooling to create one of the most advanced, healthy and sustainable homes in the Hamptons.

Princeton$7,900,000 USD |Princeton, New Jersey | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Stunningly transformed “Everlasting” rivals the toniest East Coast estates, yet is privately situated on 12 acres in Princeton. Under the eye of architect/designer Michael La Rocca, skilled artisans used materials of the highest caliber to expand, open and visually elevate the brick manor house and its grounds. The sleek central kitchen was cleverly planned with double islands to serve a single chef or a team of caterers.

Canada4 495 000$ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Built in the early 1900’s, this spectacular and spacious home has been fully renovated with modern amenities and architectural elements including a high ceilinged study, and breathtaking 2 story glass-walled Great Room overlooking the verdant ravine lot and in ground pool and spa.

France33.000.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

This magnificent, ultra-rare historic Paris mansion dating from the 1930s has recently undergone a complete renovation and now offers sleek open spaces with a contemporary edge whilst at the same time carefully preserving its architectural heritage.

New York-based writer Iyna Bort Caruso has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsday, among others.

View the digital version of this issue here: Art & Home June/July 2015

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in May 2015

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

2015_05_08_Redwood_California$8,000,000 USD | Redwood Valley, California | Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty

The owners built this 7,200-square-foot Victorian home in the 1990s, but strived to mimic the architecture and details of a house from a century earlier, using replicas of antique push-button light switches and 20 different moldings.” 

House of the Day: A Victorian-Inspired Cattle Ranch on 1,745 AcresThe Wall Street Journal

How the Master Bedroom Took Over the HouseThe Wall Street Journal

House hunting: 7 lovely homes on the Georgia coastThe Week

House of the Day: An Elegant Oasis in ManhattanThe Wall Street Journal

$550,000 Homes in Virginia, New York State and New MexicoThe New York Times

Americans are scooping up real estate bargains… overseasCNN Money

Spring Home Buying 2015Realty Today

Realogy sees ‘healthy’ spring selling season aheadInman

Pop RomanceSotheby’s

Van Gogh Painting Is Star During Sotheby’s AuctionThe New York Times

New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | April 2015

From a California home on two peninsulas to a contemporary villa in Cannes this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

Laguna Beach$75,000,000 USD | Laguna Beach, California | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

California— Known as “Twin Points,” this Laguna Beach property is made up of nearly 2 acres and is bookended by two sandy beaches, Crescent Bay and Shaws Cove. The property has views of Catalina Island and the coastline and includes a three bedroom, three bathroom home and gust home. According to the Wall Street Journal, the former owner’s great-grandmother built a sea wall on the beach in the cove to create a saltwater swimming pool that fills with water at high tide. Such structures can no longer be built, so they are very rare.

FrancePrice Upon Request | Cannes, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

France—This modern villa faces south to enjoy stunning sea views. With lines resolutely contemporary, it benefits from upscale amenities and top of the range services, providing the latest technology of home automation. The home also has a heated infinity mirror pool, two pool houses, outdoor fireplace and summer kitchen.

Canada28 000 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Canada— The home known as The Integral House—A house that changed the cultural landscape of a city. The finest craftspeople from around the globe collaborated to create this iconic dwelling using the best materials imaginable to create a work of art. Imagined around the concert hall, Integral House is all about entertaining. The home has a heated drive and indoor exercise pool and spa complex as some of its amenities.

Dubai179,000,000 AED | Dubai, UAE | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

Dubai—This Emirates Hills home is beautifully positioned offering uninterrupted views of the Emirates golf course and the Dubai Marina skyline beyond. The villa offers a unique, contemporary design fused with traditional architraves and is designed with family living in mind. The seven bedroom home has two mirror image full height aquariums, a bespoke built study, fully equipped professional kitchen, wine room, and gym among its amenities.

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