More Than Just a Place to Dock Your Boat | Waterfront Homes

When affluent consumers are considering their next purchase,  waterfront properties top the list, according to the Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Lifestyle Report. Explore these magnificent waterfront homes featuring docks, a luxury amenity trending among affluent consumers around the world.

Dock_Savannah Georgia

$4,900,000 USD | Savannah, Georgia | Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

Dating back to 1880, this clapboard home, sits on Grimball Creek in Savannah, Georgia. The five bedroom home features a wraparound porch and terrace, offering unparalleled views of the Intracoastal Waterway. The home also features a game room, wine cellar and it’s very own private deepwater dock, perfect for boating and shrimping.

Dock_Gland Switzerland

Price Upon Request | Gland, Switzerland | Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

This ravishing waterfront home sits on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by broad meadows, fields and woodland with breathtaking views of the lake and Alps. The property, built in 1923 enjoys direct access to the lake, with a jetty and breakwater providing moorings for several boats.  The home also features a tennis court, swimming pool, stables and a spectacular vaulted wine cellar and tasting room in the basement.

Dock_Knoxville Tennessee

$2,950,000 USD | Knoxville, Tennessee | Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty

This lovely lakefront estate has floor to ceiling windows that offer lots of natural light. The home is located in the Tennessee Valley between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau in the southern region of the Appalachian Mountain chain, an area known for its scenic beauty. Outside, the house boasts a pool, pool house, lush landscaping, barn, and boat dock with lift.

Dock_Holland Michigan

$18,900,000 USD | Holland, Michigan | Crawford Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Sited on historic Lake Macatawa, the Hazelbank Estate exudes privacy and plentiful acreage on Pine Creek Bay. This John Tilton designed estate is the epitome of grace, dignity and classic architectural design integrity presenting the opportunity to be a family legacy home in a one of a kind environment. The property offers a horse barn, pastures, paddocks, and a 10-acre pine wooded area for riding and hiking. Additional amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a dock on the lake.

Dock_Paradise Island Bahamas

$21,500,000 USD | Paradise Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Villa Florentine is an elegant estate featuring luxurious touches while maintaining the ambience of comfortable Caribbean living. The property boasts 12 bedrooms, has extensive entertaining spaces and is positioned for views down the central waterway. This majestic family compound also has 175 feet of bulk-headed canal frontage with docks and boatlifts – perfect for keeping a collection of motor yachts, sailboats and jet skis. In addition to amenities including a pool and billiards room, the most alluring element of this remarkably lavish house is the rooftop sunbathing deck and the observation tower that affords amazing views.

Dock_Hunts Points Washington

$8,750,000 USD | Hunts Point, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

This waterfront estate is a vision of modern luxury. The architecturally stunning residence provides relaxed, refined living with light and airy spaces. Gracious living space blends between indoors and out providing ample entertaining areas. The home also features a wine cellar and a dock on the lake.

Dock_Mont-Tremblant Canada

7 999 000 $ CAD | Mont-Tremblant, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

This unique waterfront residence on Lac Tremblant faces west and captures stunning sunset views over the lake. The traditional post and beam style home sits on a pristine landscaped 5.05 acre lot with 758 feet of shoreline on Lac Tremblant, including a sandy beach, private dock and tennis court.

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The Connecticut Coast | A Blue Chip Lifestyle

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Spring 2014 Northeast Edition

In investing, “blue chip” refers to a well earning, established stock that reliably pays long-term dividends. The same definition could describe property on the coast of Connecticut. If standard seafront destinations rise and fall with economies and new resort developments can seem like the latest hot commodity, the Connecticut shoreline has proven to be a steady, multifaceted index of esteemed properties and locations representing generations of wise and fruitful investment.

Old Saybrook_Connecticut$10,800,000 USD | Old Saybrook, Connecticut| William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

The 100-mile arc that frames the north side of Long Island Sound between New York and Rhode Island is renowned for its stunning views of the water, a vibrant boating culture and seamless access to the ocean, and the succulent local oysters and clams. Remnants of pre- and post-Colonial history are mixed with 19th century maritime commerce to create a cultural stew of indelible New England flavor.

Madison_Connecticut$2,575,000 USD | Madison, Connecticut| William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Margaret Muir, Realtor with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty who has sold properties on the coast for over 25 years, says that people who used to come here just for the summer, “have found ways to make the coast a bigger part of their life, either to ultimately retire here or to buy a second home here and make use of it throughout the year.”

Riverside_Connecticut$10,750,000 USD | Riverside, Connecticut| Sotheby’s International Realty—Greenwich Brokerage

Today’s homeowners who choose to commute to jobs elsewhere find Connecticut’s coastal towns an antidote to city life. Historically, commuting was associated with western communities like Greenwich and Fairfield—essentially extended suburbs of New York—but today nearly the entire region is accessible.

“This is especially true,” Muir says, “as people are able to work differently and aren’t tied to offices as much as they traditionally have been. That flexibility will only increase the demand for this lifestyle.”

Old Greenwich_Connecticut$9,250,000 USD | Old Greenwich, Connecticut| Sotheby’s International Realty—Greenwich Brokerage

From Madison, for instance, where William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty opened a shoreline office in 2005, New York and Boston are roughly 2 hours by car and Hartford is 45 minutes. I-95 runs near the coast, and the Metro North and Shore Line East trains service nearly every town. Quaint, central coast markets like Guilford, Clinton and Old Saybrook offer a perfect blend of value, leisure and convenience and offer a range of properties from cottages just off the beach to $5 and $6 million oceanfront homes. Continue Reading >

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

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Calling All Car Collector’s | Luxury Garages

The Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Lifestyle Report found that the top desired luxury amenity in the U.S. was a multi-car collector’s garage. We’re featuring four magnificent U.S. homes that wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate garage to showcase their enviable car collections… and more.

Georgia_Garage

$17,500,000 USD | Gainesville, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

This absolutely breathtaking custom country estate is nestled on 446 picturesque acres. The unparalleled setting offers stunning river views, rolling pastures, natural waterfalls and unbelievable landscaping. The main house is meticulously designed and executed with the finest materials, including 100 year-old reclaimed wood beams, wide planked floors, mahogany moldings and Baccarat chandeliers. Amenities include billiards, movie theater, climate controlled stables and a collector’s garage featuring Western saloon.

Dallas_Garage

$19,999,000 USD | Dallas, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

This exquisite 5 bedroom Tuscan estate by Richard Drummond Davis, is situated on four acres of perfectly manicured grounds that includes a grand entry motor court, guest house, koi ponds, a stream and large swimming pool area with fountains and large loggias along the entire back of the home. The home also features amenities including a large chef’s kitchen, his and her studies, game room, exercise room, a wine room and a 10 car garage that is heated and air conditioned, doubling as a man cave room.

Utah_Garage

$34,000,000 USD | Park City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Tucked away among the tall pines nestled on a mountainside comprised of 60 acres is one of the most unique private estates in all of Utah. This crown jewel of Upper Deer Valley is 22,000 square feet and the residence is constructed of reclaimed logs from the Yellowstone Park area. This home comes elegantly furnished with 12 bedrooms, 2 bunk bedrooms,16 bathrooms, large great rooms, a dining room that seats 20, indoor pool, fitness center, library, children’s playrooms, 6 and 22 car garages, and more.

California_Garage

$21,800,000 USD | Newport Coast, California | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

Savor boundless ocean vistas from this European masterwork in the distinguished sanctuary of Crystal Cove offering picturesque ocean, Catalina, Newport Harbor and coastline views. Resort-inspired grounds lend way to outdoor covered loggias with fireplaces, pool and spa. Inside this refined estate, discover six bedroom suites; two offices; a world-class gourmet kitchen with separate catering kitchen; billiard room; fitness room with sauna and steam shower; beauty salon and massage room, 18-person home theater designed by Audio Visions; Savant home automation system; wine cellar; elevator; and 9-car clear span subterranean garage.

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Inspired by Tour de France | French Countryside Homes

The Tour de France is underway and while each year the course takes a slightly different route, it often winds through the French countryside. Explore these exquisite luxury homes in France with just the right amount of country charm.

Saint Remy De Provence_France_Tour de France

2.200.000 € EUR | Saint Remy De Provence, France | Propriétés de Provence Sotheby’s International Realty

This welcoming country house is just a few minutes walk from the center of Saint Remy de Provence. The home features six bedrooms and a large living room of about 100m2 with a fireplace which opens to a shaded terrace. The beautifully designed garden provides a welcoming invitation for relaxing around the pool.

Anuze_France_Tour de France

Price Upon Request | Anduze, France | Immobilière Foch Sotheby’s International Realty

This wine estate between Provence and Cevennes, includes a large country house overlooking the rolling countryside. The property is home to a beautiful garden with numerous species of flowers and plants including over 500 feet of ancient roses.The environment is truly a haven, offering a beautiful view of the landscape and surrounding hills.Grasse_France_Tour de France

2.900.000 € EUR | Grasse, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in a peaceful area between Grasse and Chateauneuf, this charming stone house has a beautiful view, a swimming pool, and a garret which could be converted into a guest apartment. The property is beautifully landscaped and filled with fruit trees.

Saint Remy De Provence_France_Tour de France 2

2.675.000 € EUR | Saint Remy De Provence, France| Propriétés de Provence Sotheby’s International Realty

This magnificently restored 17th and 18th century farmhouse is situated just a few minutes from Saint Remy de Provence. The home is set on 9 acres of landscaped grounds and olive groves. There is an immediate feeling of warmth and authenticity on entering this country home, complete with a modern pool and mountain views.

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Untapped Treasures: Impressive Wine Cellars

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Spring 2014 Master Edition

Wine cellars aren’t rooms. They’re destinations. Less than three percent of affluent homes in the U.S. have wine cellars, but don’t call them status symbols. Cellars are the bastions of wine enthusiasts who love the ritual of it.  The selection, the uncorking, that first sip of the bottle.

An extraordinary wine cellar says a lot about its owner, says Ginger Martin of Sotheby’s International Realty Wine-Country Brokerage in Sonoma, Calif. “It suggests a lifestyle with an appreciation for the finer things.” In some regions, they’re not just a nice-to-have. They’re a requisite. “With so many fabulous, world-renowned wineries just minutes away, having a proper place to store your favorite varietals is priceless. A wine cellar is just an absolute must,” Martin says.

Alessandria_Italy_Wine Cellar

2.500.000 €  EUR| Alessandria, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Tenuta Costa Rossa (red coast estate), immersed in the pristine peace of 23 acres of land, nestled among the gentle hills of Monferrato, is a great union between farm and luxury residence. An exclusive amenity is represented by the INFERNOT, a cellar entirely carved in the stone, housing precious bottles of wine (those produced during the best years) in its niches. It is accessible from the ancient cellar entirely built with bricks from Monferrato clay.

Water Mill_New York_Wine Cellar

$69,000,000 USD | Water Mill, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- Southampton Brokerage

Villa Maria is a private and magnificent waterfront estate with stately gardens and glorious views of Mecox Bay. At 22,000 sq. ft., it has 11 bedrooms including a 6-room beautifully appointed master suite, a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase, a 60 foot living room with original fresco details a state of the art kitchen and a wine cellar. All principal rooms are brilliantly sunny and take advantage of the panoramic water views. The outdoor spaces feature a grand 2-story portico and a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay. There is a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a charming two-bedroom guesthouse.

Woody Creek_Colorado_Wine Cellar

$20,000,000 USD | Woody Creek, Colorado| Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Enjoy incredible privacy from this classic Colorado style custom home on over 16 acres of beautifully manicured grounds with a pond, reflecting pools, recirculating water feature, meadows of wildflowers, covered patio with wood-burning fireplace, and amazing views. Amenities found throughout the 11,645 square foot home include 5 bedrooms with private master and guest master suites, 5 full baths, 3 half baths, gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook and butler’s pantry, formal dining room, recreation room with billiards and wet bar, comfortable theater, generous wine room, fully equipped exercise room, vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, multiple fireplaces, hardwood floors, and an enormous 1,559 square foot four car garage.

Hillsborough_California_Wine Cellar

$23,888,000 USD | Hillsborough, California | Today Sotheby’s International Realty

From the opulent music room, to the lovely Otis lift, to the incredible hand-mill work throughout the residence, no detail was overlooked in the restoration of the Tobin Clark Estate. Nestled in the gentle hills overlooking San Francisco Bay, one feels, upon entering through classic wrought-iron gates, a sense of having entered another world. Driving past the Guardhouse and up the dramatic cobble into the privacy of the magnificent grounds, one sees the expansive motor court and its beautiful fountain at center. The mansion includes 12 bedrooms, 12 full baths and 3 half baths, four kitchens, 12 fireplaces, luxurious master quarters, a handsome Bar Room, paneled Card Room, Wine Vault, Exercise Room, huge Recreation/Media Room and in-ground pool.

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Feature: Grass Tennis Courts in Honor of Wimbledon

Inspired by Wimbledon, the oldest and one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments still played on grass courts, we have curated four exquisite homes that are complete with their very own grass tennis courts.

Southampton_New York_Tennis
$45,000,000 USD  | Southampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty-Southampton Brokerage

Exquisite grace and grandeur hallmark this magnificent masterpiece – beautifully preserving its authentic original details – offering 18,000+ square feet on three floors, including 12 principal bedrooms, 12 full and three half baths, and separate staff quarters. Basking in nine-plus acres of park-like privacy on exclusive Ox Pasture Road, Linden sits in the heart of the Estate Section. The property offers a 60′ x 20′ outdoor and indoor pool, spa, grass tennis court, paddle court, two pavilions with full kitchens, arbors, fountain, carriage house with connecting greenhouse and an equipment house.

Colebrook_Connecticut_Tennis$3,495,000 USD | Colebrook, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Rock Hall was designed in 1912 by noted American architect Addison Cairns Mizner (1872-1933) for Jerome Alexandre, scion of the Alexandre Steamship Company. Replete with original architectural details, the meticulously restored 10,000 square foot manor house is located on a 23 acre estate in Colebrook, Connecticut. Mizner, renowned for his opulent design of residences for the most prominent families in North American, in 1918 was commissioned by Paris Singer to design the Everglades Club and a succession of oceanfront mansions in Palm Beach. His signature Mediterranean (or Spanish) Revival style indelibly transformed the architectural landscape of Palm Beach. In 2010, Rock Hall, the only remaining Mizner-designed residence north of the Mason-Dixon Line, was awarded designation on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places. A free-standing Yoga Studio, a synthetic grass Tennis Court and a Pétanque Court complete this exceptional property

Bridgehampton_New York_TennisPrice Upon Request| Bridgehampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty-Bridgehampton Brokerage

Combining the elegance of a royal European country estate with the amenities of a five star resort, Three Ponds Farm offers an unparalleled private residence on 60+/-picturesque acres. Meticulously designed and executed with the finest imported materials the 8 bedroom, 12 bath manor home with guest wing and staff quarters is a tour de force of luxury custom design and contemporary flair by renowned architect Allan Greenberg. This singular oasis features an 18-hole Rees Jones designed golf course, 19th hole club house and pro shop, grass tennis court, elegant pool, pavilion and spa, loggias, magnificent formal gardens, rose garden with orangery, over 7000 specimen trees, two 3-car garages, and a three bedroom caretaker’s house as well as its signature three pristine ponds.

Melbourne_Australia_Tennis CourtPrice Upon Request | Melbourne, Australia | Melbourne Sotheby’s International Realty 

A King’s Domain The ultimate Cliffside residence for those who desire the complete bayside lifestyle with tennis court, pool, direct beach access and private boat shed. The impressive proportions and casual elegance of this contemporary single-level home by renowned architect Nicholas Day is staged within a wonderful established private garden of some 2889 sqm, minutes to the sand of Point King beach where your family can enjoy the highly sought after added benefit of a private boat shed fronting the calm waters of this iconic location. Featuring: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, formal and informal living rooms, exceptional outdoor entertaining area, 3 car garaging, N/S mod-grass tennis court and fully tiled heated pool and spa.

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Inspired Living for Today’s Chef | Pan Seared Scallops

If you’ve watched our Extraordinary Angles®Inspired by…Kitchens video, you probably have seen the scrumptious pan seared scallops dish prepared with our host, Mark Thomas. Cory Martin Events, the acclaimed catering and event company based in Beverly Hills, was gracious enough to have one of their premier chefs cook up this delectable treat on camera for us.

We asked founder, Cory Martin, to share his original recipe featured in the video and thoughts on his dish selection.

Cory Martin, Founder, Cory Martin Events

Cory Martin Events“When deciding on a dish I always look at what is in season, how I can challenge my creative pallet and make it look like art. My mother made me a believer that people eat with their eyes so presentation is equally as important as taste.

On the day of the video shoot, we knew the blood oranges were in season so from there I wanted to create a dish that would correctly compliment its flavors all while being healthy for the mind and body. Earlier in the day we went to the local farmers market to pick up the fresh shallots, thyme, asparagus, potatoes and blood oranges. From there we drove to the local fish market at the Santa Monica Pier to pick up the scallops. With all of these wonderful and fresh ingredients from our local vendors it would almost be impossible to make a bad dish. Bon Appetit!”

Pan Seared Scallops on Fondant Potato with Blood Orange Butter Sauce

Pan Seared Scallop on Fondant Potato with Blood Orange Butter Sauce

4-5 Large scallops

4 Potatoes

1 lb. Unsalted butter

1 pt. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 pt. Chicken Stock

1 cup Blood Orange Juice or Purée

1 Bunch Thyme

1 package Microgreens

1 Bunch Asparagus

3 shallots

Layout 1From the heart of New York City, founder of Cory Martin Events and Food & Wine Editor for Beverly Hills Magazine, Cory Martin is an acclaimed catering and event design veteran who has founded and managed several of New York City’s high-end event planning companies, establishing himself as the go to event planner for the world’s top luxury and fashion brands in Beverly Hills. 

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Inspired Living for Today’s Chef / Pan Seared Scallops

If you’ve watched our Extraordinary Angles®Inspired by…Kitchens video, you probably have seen the scrumptious pan seared scallops dish prepared with our host, Mark Thomas. Cory Martin Events, the acclaimed catering and event company based in Beverly Hills, was gracious enough to have one of their premier chefs cook up this delectable treat on camera for us.

We asked founder, Cory Martin, to share his original recipe featured in the video and thoughts on his dish selection.

Cory Martin, Founder, Cory Martin Events

Cory Martin Events“When deciding on a dish I always look at what is in season, how I can challenge my creative pallet and make it look like art. My mother made me a believer that people eat with their eyes so presentation is equally as important as taste.

On the day of the video shoot, we knew the blood oranges were in season so from there I wanted to create a dish that would correctly compliment its flavors all while being healthy for the mind and body. Earlier in the day we went to the local farmers market to pick up the fresh shallots, thyme, asparagus, potatoes and blood oranges. From there we drove to the local fish market at the Santa Monica Pier to pick up the scallops. With all of these wonderful and fresh ingredients from our local vendors it would almost be impossible to make a bad dish. Bon Appetit!”

Pan Seared Scallops on Fondant Potato with Blood Orange Butter Sauce

Pan Seared Scallop on Fondant Potato with Blood Orange Butter Sauce

4-5 Large scallops

4 Potatoes

1 lb. Unsalted butter

1 pt. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 pt. Chicken Stock

1 cup Blood Orange Juice or Purée

1 Bunch Thyme

1 package Microgreens

1 Bunch Asparagus

3 shallots

Layout 1From the heart of New York City, founder of Cory Martin Events and Food & Wine Editor for Beverly Hills Magazine, Cory Martin is an acclaimed catering and event design veteran who has founded and managed several of New York City’s high-end event planning companies, establishing himself as the go to event planner for the world’s top luxury and fashion brands in Beverly Hills. 

Looking for more kitchen inspiration? Follow the Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Kitchens board on Pinterest.

Eco-friendly Homes in Honor of Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, the annual event where the world comes together to advocate for environmental protection. In honor of this day, we’re showcasing 5 green luxury homes that were built with the consideration of the environment in mind.

Luxury Eco-Estate | South AfricaR 8 950 000 ZAR | Somerset West, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Rigorous planning, convivial collaboration and creative freedom from architect Vernon Head, achieved a class act architecture design. With uninterrupted views over False Bay, this eco-friendly home was designed for both function and drama. Emphasis was placed on careful design, sensitive landscaping, energy efficiency in construction and general conservation of the indigenous vegetation. Breathtaking panoramic views are framed through walls of glass and the indigenous habitat can be enjoyed from all angles of this glamorous yet serene home.

Luxury Green Houses | The Hamptons, New York$6,400,000 USD | East Hampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty-East Hampton Brokerage

This stunning modern home was designed with an enlightened approach to modern sustainable waterfront living and minimalist design. Custom designed by Bates Mas + Architects, the home overlooks a private bay with continuous water views from every room. Striking and sculptural, the exterior is uniquely constructed of two simple rectangular volumes integrating slate, wood, and walls of glass. The green design interior offers 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2 fireplaces, a sleek chef’s kitchen and spacious main rooms that effortlessly blend natural materials with dramatic modern design.

Eco-friendly Luxury Homes for Sale Portugal

980.000 € EUR | Sintra, Portugal | Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Várzea de Sintra, this contemporary house is set on a vast plot of land that is  surrounded by a verdant landscape which includes an organic vegetable garden. The interiors of the house were built with superior quality, maximum comfort and environmental care, including use of the geothermal heating and self-sustainable water. Straight lines and large glass windows provide a sense of space and pureness.

Eco-friendly Green Homes for Sale | Quebec, Canada

1 500 000 $ CAD | Hudson, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

A private road leads to this one-of-a-kind eco-friendly modern estate set on 5 acres that backs onto the Falcon golf and bird sanctuary.  The property includes ponds, gardens, fruit trees and waterfalls. Published in many magazines, this rammed earth residence is one of the most sustainable, energy-efficient homes in Canada. Designed by award-winning architect Sudhir Suri, this unique energy efficient home blends serenity, world-class luxury and environmental awareness. Geothermal energy, radiant floor heating and solar passive house design confer abundant winter warmth, while breathing rammed earth walls and 17-foot ceilings based on classic golden mean geometry provide ambient summer cooling.

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$1,700,000 USD | Con Dao, Vietnam | Vietnam Sotheby’s International Realty

With the simple design, Six Senses Con Dao villa ensures low environmental impact, including maximizing natural light and ventilation. The only five-star property on the Con Dao island and is being benchmarked by Green Globe 21, the sustainable development, construction and operation label by the World Tourism Organization. Located off the southeast coast of Vietnam, this luxury resort offers spectacular views, protected tropical forests and pristine white beaches. The villa features a private massage pavilions, indoor and outdoor garden bathrooms and come well appointed with custom kitchens with individual wine cellars, built-in sound systems, flat screen TVs. The owners can also enjoy the resort facilities, such as a cooking school, two restaurants, two bars, a library and a state-of-the-art gym.

Eco-friendly Homes in Honor of Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, the annual event where the world comes together to advocate for environmental protection. In honor of this day, we’re showcasing 5 green luxury homes that were built with the consideration of the environment in mind.

Luxury Eco-Estate / South AfricaR 8 950 000 ZAR / Somerset West, South Africa / Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Rigorous planning, convivial collaboration and creative freedom from architect Vernon Head, achieved a class act architecture design. With uninterrupted views over False Bay, this eco-friendly home was designed for both function and drama. Emphasis was placed on careful design, sensitive landscaping, energy efficiency in construction and general conservation of the indigenous vegetation. Breathtaking panoramic views are framed through walls of glass and the indigenous habitat can be enjoyed from all angles of this glamorous yet serene home.

Luxury Green Houses / The Hamptons, New York$6,400,000 USD / East Hampton, New York / Sotheby’s International Realty-East Hampton Brokerage

This stunning modern home was designed with an enlightened approach to modern sustainable waterfront living and minimalist design. Custom designed by Bates Mas + Architects, the home overlooks a private bay with continuous water views from every room. Striking and sculptural, the exterior is uniquely constructed of two simple rectangular volumes integrating slate, wood, and walls of glass. The green design interior offers 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2 fireplaces, a sleek chef’s kitchen and spacious main rooms that effortlessly blend natural materials with dramatic modern design.

Eco-friendly Luxury Homes for Sale Portugal

980.000 € EUR / Sintra, Portugal / Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Várzea de Sintra, this contemporary house is set on a vast plot of land that is  surrounded by a verdant landscape which includes an organic vegetable garden. The interiors of the house were built with superior quality, maximum comfort and environmental care, including use of the geothermal heating and self-sustainable water. Straight lines and large glass windows provide a sense of space and pureness.

Eco-friendly Green Homes for Sale / Quebec, Canada

1 500 000 $ CAD / Hudson, Canada / Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

A private road leads to this one-of-a-kind eco-friendly modern estate set on 5 acres that backs onto the Falcon golf and bird sanctuary.  The property includes ponds, gardens, fruit trees and waterfalls. Published in many magazines, this rammed earth residence is one of the most sustainable, energy-efficient homes in Canada. Designed by award-winning architect Sudhir Suri, this unique energy efficient home blends serenity, world-class luxury and environmental awareness. Geothermal energy, radiant floor heating and solar passive house design confer abundant winter warmth, while breathing rammed earth walls and 17-foot ceilings based on classic golden mean geometry provide ambient summer cooling.

IMG_0053

$1,700,000 USD / Con Dao, Vietnam / Vietnam Sotheby’s International Realty

With the simple design, Six Senses Con Dao villa ensures low environmental impact, including maximizing natural light and ventilation. The only five-star property on the Con Dao island and is being benchmarked by Green Globe 21, the sustainable development, construction and operation label by the World Tourism Organization. Located off the southeast coast of Vietnam, this luxury resort offers spectacular views, protected tropical forests and pristine white beaches. The villa features a private massage pavilions, indoor and outdoor garden bathrooms and come well appointed with custom kitchens with individual wine cellars, built-in sound systems, flat screen TVs. The owners can also enjoy the resort facilities, such as a cooking school, two restaurants, two bars, a library and a state-of-the-art gym.