One of the most beloved First Ladies and iconic historic figures, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ childhood home is for sale in McLean, Virginia for $49.5 million.
Recently reported by The Wall Street Journal, America Online (AOL) co-founder Steve Case is listing Merrywood – the sprawling, seven-acre estate on the Potomac River with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Nestled in the Washington DC suburb, the estate reflects a storied history, serving as home to several of America’s most influential political and business leaders.
As the childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Merrywood was elevated to a position of prominence in the mid-1940s and has since continued to provide a celebrated venue to host presidents, business leaders, artists, and countless family celebrations.
The exceptional brick and limestone main residence reflects the finest traditions of the Georgian Style. Inside, a gracious entry hall opens to public rooms scaled to accommodate both large gatherings and intimate family occasions. The interiors are the bespoke masterwork of renowned designer, Barry Dixon.
The second-floor family quarters include an expansive master suite with his or her dressing rooms, a private study and an exercise room.
“I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful…with the river and those great steep hills,” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1944)
Four additional en-suite bedrooms grace this level. Upstairs, four bedrooms and three baths are comfortably scaled. On the lower level, there is an exceptionally fine, climate controlled wine cellar. An elevator services all four levels of the residence.
Outside, the formal gardens are reminiscent of the timeless work of celebrated 19th and 20th Century landscape architect, Beatrix Ferrand, reflecting a series of outdoor garden rooms for large scale entertaining, intimate al fresco dining, or simply relaxing and engaging the sweeping views.
$9,500,000 USD | Atlanta, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Designed by William B Litchfield and inspired by 17th-century French Provençal farmhouses, this stone estate set on over four acres is absolute perfection. Approached down a gated, tree-lined drive, the boughs part and an extraordinary home with pleasing symmetry emerges from the thicket. Beautifully appointed with seamlessly flowing stone floors, high ceilings, extensive floor-to-ceiling woodwork and spacious open rooms bathed in soft light, the home possesses a quiet and simple sophistication. Five bedrooms, seven full baths, four half baths and full smart home technology.
Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Timm Associates, Inc. in Old Forge and Blue Mountain Lake, New York is the newest member of its network and will now do business as Timm Associates Sotheby’s International Realty.
The firm was founded in 1989 and is owned and operated by Dawn Timm. Timm Associates Sotheby’s International Realty will serve the luxury residential real estate market in the Central and Western Adirondacks region of New York.
“The Adirondack Mountains are a year-round retreat and an attractive market for those seeking a home that caters to an active lifestyle,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are proud to welcome Timm Associates Sotheby’s International Realty to our global network.”
“The communities we serve offer an abundance of recreational activities and we enjoy sharing our love of the Adirondacks with our clients,” said Timm. “We like to say we are selling a fun-filled lifestyle, but we also believe every client deserves the same exceptional service throughout the buying and selling process, no matter the size of the transaction. Affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand allows us the opportunity to provide our clients with an extraordinary global marketing platform. We are thrilled to be Timm Associates Sotheby’s International Realty.”
Timm Associates Sotheby’s International Realty has offices in Old Forge and in Blue Mountain Lake. With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty network has 62 branded offices throughout the state of New York.
The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide. In 2016, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $95 billion USD. Timm Associates Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be 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.
Books are tangible pathways that lead to different worlds; whether its reliving the past, imagining the future, or traveling to a place that could only exist in your wildest of dreams, escaping into the depths of a good story has long been a pastime. In this week’s installment of Unwind, discover homes from around the world with libraries and reading spaces perfect for relaxing with a good book.
$15,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage
Perched atop a prewar coop, this recently and fully renovated penthouse is distinguished by incredible light and spectacular views. Beautifully scaled rooms with multiple exposures and corner outlooks abound, and the unique charm and grace of a Rosario Candela penthouse is present throughout. Notable features include a light-filled library, French doors opening onto the many wrap-around terraces, vistas of Central Park, ample blue sky, and views of the surrounding building towers and far beyond.
$8,000,000 USD | Chapultepec, Mexico | Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty
This English-inspired residence sits behind wrought walls and security gates, accessed by a private driveway. Inside, a marble-floored gallery runs east to west across the front of the home, leading to the office and games room/library on the main floor. At the left of the gallery a doorway opens into impressive formal living and dining areas; gracefully illuminated by natural light, both open out to sandstone-paved terraces.
This special villa, which was extensively renovated in 2003, is characterized by its harmonious atmosphere, style and color; its large-area windows, spacious balcony as well as additional terraces ensures that its occupants has a ubiquitous view of the constantly green vistas of an idyllic garden. The ground floor of the villa is devoted to sharing time with family or welcoming guests in an impressive setting – the corner-installed library is a striking take on the classic amenity.
3 200 000 $ CAD | British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada
Local Salt Spring Island architect Henry (Hank) Schubart, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed a home that would take advantage of the island’s distinctive features minimum disturbance. The result was the present house, completed in 1985. Hank designed the home around the existing, old-growth fir trees and used post-and-beam internal framing and large decks to create a feeling of living within the landscape, rather than imposing on it. The current owners supervised construction of a new studio and guesthouse, again designed by Hank Schubart. The new buildings continued with Hank’s theme of post and beam construction, with local Galiano builders Struen Robertson and Lars Lilholt adding their own creative touches.
$1,900,000 USD | Ladue, Missouri | Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty
Situated on a private lot in Ladue, this expansive home offers spaces for both intimate and hosting opportunities; whether it’s a comfortable night in front of the fireplace or one nestled in a comfy chair within the library, or entertaining a large group throughout the residence’s layout, this home is suitable for all. From the front door, you walk into a two-story entry hall, looking into a gorgeous and spacious living room. The spacious gourmet kitchen opens to the hearth room for family gatherings.
It was still light when Bill Matthews, looking more like a sheep rancher than a Maori sage and storyteller in his black oilskin duster and work boots, picked me up at the Copthorne Hokianga Hotel on New Zealand’s northwest coast.
By the time he stopped the SUV at a dizzying height above Hokianga Harbour, the sun was beginning to slide into the sea. Matthews killed the engine, we got out and he swept his arm to encompass the platinum mirror of the bay below.
There’s probably nothing more authentic than a Maori-inspired tattoo, which historians believe European sailors to the South Pacific brought back to the western world in the 16th century.
“A thousand years ago, the great chief of the mythical land of Hawaiki set out in pursuit of a giant wheke, or octopus…” he began. The chief, Kupe, eventually vanquished the octopus and discovered a new land called Aotearoa, “land of long white cloud.” He departed from the very bay below but vowed to return, which he did. His descendants, the Maori, have populated Aotearoa ever since.
In the liquid subtropical twilight, it wasn’t hard to imagine the carved red waka (canoes) drifting to the beaches below, their wide-eyed passengers overwhelmed by the wild lushness of their new home. But this lookout wasn’t our destination, and the story of the coming of the Maori to New Zealand was just a prologue.
At the verge of the fabled Waipoua Forest, a primeval rainforest and sanctuary for the vast native Kauri trees, the last light filtered through the silver ferns, symbol of New Zealand and as big as rooftops. After cleaning our shoes to prevent introducing any plant diseases, we ducked into the underbrush. Matthews, walking several feet ahead of me, began a low chanting prayer to greet the ancient gods.
It’s not surprising, really, that the misty ranges, bubbling hot springs and vast forests that were such inherently sacred sites for the Maori have, in more recent years, inspired and attracted pilgrims of all spiritual stripes.
Lonely Planet’s guide to “experiences of a lifetime”—Lonely Planet Code Green—includes Footprints Waipoua, for which Matthews acts as guide, as one of its 82 most life-changing experiences in the world.
Before we met Te Matua Ngahere, Father of the Forest, Matthews asked me to stop while he chanted a blessing. As if summoned, a light rain began, silencing the cries of the kiwi and tui birds that had been keeping us company.
“ You are a seed. Even though you are small, you have value.”
Then there was the tree itself: 3,000 years old, 52 feet/16 metres around and as wise and silent as a vast monk. The Maori believe that the giant trunks of the Kauri trees hold up the sky and, indeed, Te Matua Ngahere gleamed like a temple. We watched and waited in silence as the rain filtered through the ferns.
Bianca Ranson started her company, Potiki Adventures, in 2004, partly because “I was having trouble finding work that allowed me to live my values as a Maori person,” she told me as she introduced me to Waiheke Island just off of Auckland. After a five-year high school unit of total-immersion Maori and a further year in an intensive Maori outdoor-skills course, Ranson decided she wanted to work with young Maori to re-acquaint them with aspects of traditional culture.
A benefactor suggested she also give visitors a taste of New Zealand from a Maori perspective. Many awards later, she is still imparting Maori traditions to Maori youth and giving Pakeha hands-on experience of Maori activities, perspectives and spirituality. Guests stay in the Marae, a traditional ancestral meeting-house, visit historical pa (power) sites and participate in activities such as ax- weaving, poi-making and mau rakau (martial arts).
“The name for afterbirth in Maori is whenua,” Ranson said in a TEDx Waiheke presentation. “The name for land is [also] whenua. It shows the direct connection between us and the land.”
In fact, according to traditional Maori belief, the land was Papatuanuku, the earth mother; Ranginui was the sky father. In the beginning, “Papa and Rangi” weren’t separated but clung tightly together, shutting out all light and making it impossible for their six sons to see. The sons squabbled among themselves about how they might separate their parents. Finally, Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest, New Zealand’s largest known living Kauri tree, braced his head against the earth and pushed mightily against the sky with his feet until the two parents were pushed far apart, light flooded in and the humans they had parented were revealed.
Tane Mahuta still dwells in Waipoua Forest, and I was on my way to meet him.
After Matthews and I offered a final prayer to Te Matua Ngahere, we followed the forest path in silence until he asked me to stop once again while he chanted a greeting. Ahead, Tane Mahuta stood in a clearing. Standing at nearly 170 feet/52 metres and with his head lost in the night sky, he wasn’t hard to imagine as an ancient creative force. Although the rain had stopped, the forest was quiet. Matthews drew a piece of hardened resin from his pocket and lit it with a lighter while he said another prayer. The forest seemed to let out a sigh as Matthews extinguished the smoldering resin and handed it to me. But he had one more gift. He leaned over, felt the ground for a kauri seed and presented it to me with a traditional ancient Maori message: “You are a seed. Even though you are small, you have value.”
This classic brick colonial is set on over one-acre at the end of a cul-de-sac complete with pool, spa, cabana and a airy covered patio area with built-in barbecue and sitting area. This bespoke home showcases a two-story foyer and family room with fireplace, banquet-sized dining room, gracious living room, a large office with fireplace, and a first floor guest suite with full bath.
There are many ways to find ways to relax in the comfort of your own home and whether you are young, old, or somewhere in between, the draw of crystal blue pool waters has long been synonymous with rest and relaxation. In our first installment of Unwind, join us poolside as we experience homes in five different countries with enticing pools.
This sprawling property is built on a knoll top with an exceptional view of the town of Orvieto and the surrounding country landscape, all in perfect harmony with nature. The villa is enveloped by an exquisite patio overlooking the blue of the infinity pool and the 40 hectares of land that include 2,000 olive trees divided into six orchards, a vineyard, 1,000 almond trees and 200 pistachio trees. The Villa itself is a private, elegant, silent escape from reality.
$8,400,000 USD | Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty – Memorial Brokerage
Rigorous renovation and exacting restoration and reproduction have returned this landmark home to its original, late mid-20th-century-style splendor. An integrated floor plan, along with refined décor equipped with high-end modern appliances and systems help to define this home’s unrivaled DNA. Outdoor amenities include a pool cabana, summer kitchen and large yard.
With unobstructed views from Coal Harbor to Vancouver Island and English Bay, this over 2,400-square-foot, two-bedroom estate features gorgeous details throughout; hardwood flooring, top of the line appliances and geothermal heating/cooling are among them. Amenities include valet parking, 24-hour concierge, security, fitness center, outdoor pool, hot tub, screening room, library and access to fine dining.
NT$900,000,000 TWD | Taipei City, Taiwan | Taiwan Sotheby’s International Realty
This serene, light-filled villa finds its peace in Yangmingshan, Taipei City. Complete with its own yard, open hall on the first floor, a spa, indoor pool and a parking area, this quiet home features 24-hour security and is part of Yangmingshan National Park, offering views of many ecological preservation areas.
$2,300,000 USD | Black Garden Bay, Anguilla | Anguilla Properties Sotheby’s International Realty
Jeet’s Joy is located in Black Garden Bay with access to its own secluded beach on the tropical island of Anguilla. With over 4,500 square feet of lavishing living space, this contemporary villa features sweeping views of the Caribbean from every room. Enjoying al fresco meals on the spacious pool terrace is the perfect way to take in the spectacular views of the ocean while relaxing and reconnecting with friends and family.
More than just a way to travel for many, the cars we drive (and sometimes collect) are symbols of the lifestyle we choose to live. Whether it’s a classic piece of automotive history, or the latest exotic import, let’s discover five homes from around the world fit for displaying and protecting the perfect ride.
Price Upon Request | Melbourne, Australia | Melbourne Sotheby’s International Realty
‘ESPACE’ is a brand-new boutique collection of bespoke and nestled amongst Australia’s most visited and loved precincts, everything you love about life is within an easy walk, ride, paddle, sail, train or tram ride. Included in the many offered amenities is an underground garage for up to four vehicles.
$1,950,000 USD | Tuxedo Park, New York | Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty
The quintessential Tuxedo Park Carriage House masterpiece, this home is private, secluded, and surrounded by nature. The original Wagstaff Carriage house (circa 1896) on this site was completely rebuilt in 2008, with attention to recrafting key elements of the original design and architectural details. Two garages, one on the ground floor, one free standing, have radiant heat and upwards of 15-car capacity, providing exceptional spaces for showcasing a fine automobile collection, potential studios for musicians or artists, or crafts workshop.
$14,888,000 USD | Barrington Hills, Illinois | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty
Hidden Ponds is a magnificent European-inspired country estate with several actual hidden ponds and a peaceful lake on 70 acres in the heart of Barrington Hills. Built in 2004, this slate-roofed manor exudes luxury and class with every arch and angle. The stories that this property holds are filled with music and laughter, with the aromas of feasts past, and echoes from the full-sized English Pub. Among this home’s amenities, a 6,000-square-foot vehicle showroom with adjacent storage and maintenance is perfect for the auto-enthusiast.
18.000.000 € EUR | Bavaria, Germany | Munich Sotheby’s International Realty
Villa Glory is a quintessential neoclassical home. Built in the modern interpretation of the superlatives it fits harmoniously into the wonderful landscape of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the surrounding sought-after neighborhood. Included in this home’s interior is a striking drive-in garage with refined storage for multiple vehicles.
$5,400,000 USD | Bernardsville, New Jersey | Kienlen Lattman Sotheby’s International Realty
Poised among celebrated, historic estates, and surrounded by antique stone walls from a bygone era, this 16-room, six-bedroom manor draws inspiration from the grand homes of America’s South. Luxurious materials complemented by design and décor from the finest professionals are abound; transoms crowning windows, wide doorways, tall ceilings, a barrel-ceilinged gallery, multiple fireplaces, and a motor court leading to a four-car garage with mahogany carriage doors are a part of this home’s unique DNA.