Lake Travis Waterfront Villa in Spicewood, Texas | Video House Tour


Inspired by the renaissance of an old Italian village, Villa La Isla is perched overlooking the Lake Travis waterfront. Villa La Isla is an exceptional estate offering 2.89 acres of breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Travis and the Texas Hill County. The home is perfect for entertaining with abundant outdoor lounge spaces surrounding the infinity pool and a state of the art home movie theater.

$9,995,000 USD | Spicewood, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

Travel Spotlight | Bliss in Belize

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

Even among passport-worn globetrotters, Belize has been an under-the-radar destination, a playground for thrill-seekers who prefer traveling with a backpack to a set of monogrammed luggage.

No longer.

The country’s maturing tourism industry and some A-list heavyweights have helped amp up its profile. Director Francis Ford Coppola owns two luxury resorts here and Leonardo DiCaprio has a private island. Which is not to say that Belize has gone Hollywood. Despite dramatic infrastructure improvements, visitors from the U.S., Canada and Europe are still taken by Belize’s natural beauty and restrained development. The country’s tallest structure dates back more than a thousand years–a Mayan temple.

Belize tdek5v$1,995,000 USD | San Pedro Town, Belize | Belize Sotheby’s International Realty

Geography defines the Central American nation. Hundreds of cays and islands lie off its Caribbean coast, along with its most prominent natural asset, the world’s second largest barrier reef.

The region was once a great center of Mayan culture. Sacred temples, pyramids and monuments are open and accessible. Archeologists believe many ruins have yet to be discovered, which may explain why it’s possible to stumble upon a piece of ancient pottery.

These days, visitors can embrace Belizean life at all levels of interest, activity and creature comfort. Dive in the Great Blue Hole, a submarine sinkhole so massive it’s visible from space, or swim up to a pool bar for a fruity cocktail. Take a nighttime jungle tour of the world’s first jaguar preserve or relax dockside in a hammock under a glorious thatched-roof hut.

Belize j3edsh$1,295,000 USD | San Pedros Town, Belize | Belize Sotheby’s International Realty

Brittany McCann, an owner of Belize Sotheby’s International Realty on the island of Ambergris Caye, was first introduced to the country by her now-husband, Shane. Her first thought was: “Where are you taking me?” Her second: “Oh my god. This place is awesome.” Five years ago, the couple relocated from Houston, Texas.

“It’s an active lifestyle,” says McCann. “No one dresses up. And there’s a great community of people who live here from all over the world.”

And more coming every day. The influx is fueling residential construction, especially in the high end vacation market where demand for modern beach and riverfront villas as well as amenity-filled condominium developments is changing the housing landscape.

Just ask McCann’s parents, who bought a property during a visit and later built a vacation home. “They love it here, too,” she says.

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

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in November 2014

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

2014_11_21_ Big Sky_Montana$18,000,000 USD | Big Sky, Montana | Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty

The roughly 17,000-square-foot home spans three stories and offers views of Lone Mountain. Amenities include a ski room, steam and sauna room, vented cigar room and a private ski bridge separating the home from the Big Sky Resort slopes.”

Three Tricked-Out Ski Homes for SaleThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A rustic-chic lodge in the woods of OntarioArchitectural Digest

What Brazil’s Super-Rich Look For In Real EstateForbes

House of the Day: Two Pools and Three Docks on the Water in Hilton HeadThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: Turn-of-the-century grandeur rendered in a stone manor in St. LouisArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A ski-in, ski-out home on Vail MountainArchitectural Digest

House hunting: 6 lovely homes in MississippiThe Week

Previously Owned U.S. Home Sales Increase to One-Year HighBloomberg

How To Beat Newly Hot Real Estate MarketsReuters

New York’s Multimillion Dollar Home Sales Keep SoaringCNN Money

A cultivated taste: the Bunny Mellon auctionThe Financial Times

Statement Staircases

A staircase can be much more than just a means of traveling from one room to another. A dramatic staircase can be functional while making a bold statement in any room of a home. From floating to modern sculpture, we have curated a collection of custom, attention-grabbing luxury staircases from homes currently on the market.

DubaiPrice Upon Request | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty

Dubai

Located in the Beverly Hills of Dubai, this incomparable villa boasts 42,000 sq.ft. of exceptional modern design, sitting in a prime location, overlooking the Montgomerie Golf Course and Dubai skyline. The villa has magnificent style with its bespoke Italian kitchens, dramatic floating steel staircase commissioned by a Beau McLellan a famous artist whose creations adorn the world’s most glamorous homes and all complimented by an abundance of entertainment and lounging areas. The six bedroom villa also has two kitchens, a private cinema room, Ayurveda spa area with hair salon, massage tables and luxurious steam and sauna area.

Georgia$2,900,000 USD | Savannah, Georgia | Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

Georgia

Ideal for entertaining, this three story town home has two levels of deckling overlooking the Savannah River with panoramic views of the city. This historic structure, circa 1892, previously the “Ships of the Sea Museum,” was converted into a residential space. The distinguishing architectural feature of the main level is a spectacular custom glass spiral staircase, rising from the lower bedroom level to the roof terrace. Natural light cascades into the room from above, and the expansive views to the river, can be seen through the glass as you enter from the foyer. The curve of the staircase is repeated in the walls and doorways that surround it.View more homes in Savannah Georgia.

New York$23,000,000 USD| Mount Kisco, New York | Renwick Sotheby’s International Realty

New York

This Georgian manor estate which was originally built in 1930, has been completely renovated with chic contemporary design. The magnificent architectural masterpiece juxtaposes historic period details with contemporary splendor. The entry gallery is anchored by a phenomenal modern staircase cantilevered from exposed brick walls. The nine bedroom home sits on a hilltop with 25 acres of rolling meadows and lightly wooded property and borders the 150 acre Marsh Sanctuary. It is accessed by a gated entrance and stately winding driveway. A pond, two bedroom guest cottage, 65 foot pool, pool cabana and tennis court complete this esteemed property. View more New York luxury properties.

 

Canada5 400 000 $ CAD | Quebec, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

Quebec

Located in a prestigious area of Ile Bizard, this home offers many accommodations for the sports enthusiast including a full outdoor sports court, spa, pool, gym, and ice rink. The smart home is powered by Crestron to control the lighting, media, HVAC, cameras, pool, spa and more. Levels of the six bedroom home are accessed by a glass encased spiral staircase or by the elevator. The home also includes and outdoor living room and kitchen, making it great for entertaining.View more homes for sale in Quebec.

Greece1.500.000 € EUR | Vari, Greece | Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

Greece

This contemporary villa is located in Attiki, the historical region that encompasses Athens, the capital of Greece. The eco-friendly home has six bedrooms, a pool and unsurpassed city and water views. Each level of the home is connected by a floating wood and glass staircase, adding to the modern touches throughout the home.

The Stunning Chianti III in Naples, Florida | Video House Tour

The Chianti III is a stunning home in Mirada at The Estuary at Grey Oaks. Built by London Bay Homes, named America’s Best Builder in 2008, the Chianti features a stone facade reminiscent of the Italian countryside. The home features magnificent views of the nearby lake, golf course and beyond.

$3,995,000 USD | Naples, Florida | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

A Place to Come Home To

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

A seductive sense of return fills the bucolic hills, glades and townships of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Visiting the region’s deeply historical locales returns one powerfully to the roots of the American experience, and those that live here feel an allure that makes it nearly impossible to leave and not come back.

For many, the cycle of return begins and ends in Philadelphia. Stephanie Biello, Associate Broker at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, says that first-time buyers—often young professionals and local graduates—first gravitate toward city properties. As their families grow, the more spacious communities along the Main Line west of the city beckon with strong schools, charming boutiques and restaurants and a more peaceable lifestyle.

New Hope_PA_Prop ID 29j4ml$9,650,000 USD | New Hope, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

“Then you have the empty nesters who come back into the city to downsize into turnkey properties with upscale amenities,” Biello says. Historic buildings on Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square, modern high-rise buildings and lavishly refurnished row homes on streets like Delancey have become particularly valuable.

The lure of Bucks County, northeast of Philadelphia, is an arcadia of hills and farms that overlaps eclectic pockets of arts, music and restaurants. “You have the benefit of a quiet, scenic but sophisticated lifestyle plus a location that’s central to major cities and the Delaware River corridor,” says Linda Danese, Broker of Record at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty in New Hope. While Bucks County is best known for historic stone houses and farmhouses, younger buyers are finding convenience and comfort in the elevated amenities of newer homes and estates near culturally vibrant centers like Doylestown, Newtown and Yardley.

Philadelphia_PA_Prop ID 6nclrs$5,025,000 USD | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

The rolling, rural land of Chester County, south of Philadelphia, offers spacious country estates and horse farms just 15 minutes from Wilmington, Delaware  the center of international banking. Laird Bunch, President at Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Real Estate, says the pastoral landscape, elite equestrian facilities and jumping events, and spectacular wing shooting and fox hunting make the area appealing for buyers seeking a genteel, Old Worldlifestyle.

Meanwhile, Lancaster County, an hour east of Philadelphia, is a blend of tradition and modernity. “When people think of Lancaster they think of the Amish, but they don’t always think of the cool and exciting culture and entertainment,” says Anne Lusk, Owner of Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty. Lancaster’s fine dining, craft breweries, museums, art galleries and opera rival larger cities, and the county’s homes and farmhouses are impeccably built thanks to the county’s generational tradition of high craftsmanship and cabinetry.

Lititz_PA_Prop IDq67ymp$1,249,500 USD | Lititz, Pennsylvania | Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty

Pennsylvania’s magnetism reaches through generations. “It’s simply a wonderful lifestyle,” says Laird Bunch. “People move away after school, yet it’s amazing how many come back. It’s such a great place to raise a family.”

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

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Trend to Watch | In-Law Suites

When it comes to home amenities, a wish list can include anything from a swimming pool to a bowling alley, but recently, another home amenity has become a growing trend as a consideration in new construction and as an addition to older homes; an in-law suite. Also known as mother-in-law suites or accessory-dwelling units, these additions have been popping up in homes with increased frequency and variation—from a finished basement or an added room, to a detached building or apartment. Not only does this growing trend allow for aging parents to live comfortably with family, it’s also shown to increase the property value of the home, according to The Wall Street Journal. Explore four luxury homes for sale in the U.S., complete with a space perfect for parents and in-laws.

California$14,850,000 USD | Woodside, California | Sotheby’s International Realty- San Francisco Brokerage

This English-inspired compound in California sits on seven acres and features a main residence in addition to two separate cottages for family and friends. The gracious single-level design boasts embellished millwork, custom light fixtures, rare wide plank hardwoods, volume ceilings, and soaring light-filled windows. The beautiful vista overlooks the resort quality pool, putting green, garden, and exceptional acreage which allows for potential equestrian activities.

Connecticut$3,999,000 USD | Westport, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

This private Connecticut oasis is set on over three acres of manicured grounds, and includes a gym, home theatre, wine cellar (3,000+ bottles) with tasting room, pool, pool house, outdoor fireplace, and multiple terraces. The 18 room home also features a library, billiard room and the added amenity of an in-law suite.

Florida$3,497,000 USD | Amelia Island, Florida | Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty

This six bedroom, six full bath Arthur Rutenberg designed home also includes a mother-in-law suite. The mother-in-law suite or private apartment features a private entry off the first floor guest wing and can be completely separated from the rest of the home. The residence boasts incredible marsh views from the private community of Long Point at the prestigious Amelia Island Plantation in Florida. Additional home amenities include a five hundred bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar plus a full wet bar, a saltwater pool, an entertainment room, a billiards table and a media area with reclining stadium seating perfect for movie nights.

Washington$1,895,000 USD | Woodinville, Washington | Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty

This 5,753 square-foot lodge located in Washington is set on 14 acres of wooded privacy and effortlessly balances luxury and rustic. Landscaped grounds surrounded by mature cedar, fir, alder, maple and hemlock trees offer peacefulness and serenity. The four bedroom home is complete with a mother-in-law suite having its own independent entrance and a Juliet balcony. The home exceeds both “Built Green” and “Energy Star” specifications with high efficiency HVAC systems, programmable five-zone thermostats, low flow faucets and plumbing fixtures, engineered wood products, and high performance Pella windows.

Tom Cruise’s Telluride Home | House Tour

Actor and producer Tom Cruise is best known for his roles as Joel Goodsen in Risky Business, Maverick in Top Gun and the lead role in the romantic comedy Jerry Maguire. With three Academy Awards nominations and three Golden Globe wins, the busy actor has decided to list his Telluride Estate for sale because he hasn’t been able to use it much in the past few years, according to listing agent Bill Fandel.

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Cruise spent several years constructing the native stone and cedar home, nestled deep within the rarest assemblage of rolling meadows and mature forest just 12 minutes from the historic resort town of Telluride, Colorado. The property offers the ultimate retreat for those seeking privacy, scenic beauty and serenity.

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The home was completed in 1994 and features a warm and inviting 10,000-square-foot main house with four bedrooms and six bathrooms, a recreation room, a library and a gym. A storybook 1,600-square-foot guesthouse with three bedrooms and three baths is also part of this quiet mountain estate.

Telluride

The property’s vast acreage is threaded by a private trail system providing gated access into tens of thousands of acres of surrounding National Forest and magnificent views of 14,000-foot mountain peaks. The sprawling property also features a sports court for ice hockey, tennis and basketball.

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The home is currently listed for sale with Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty in Colorado.

Modern Inspired Living in Caledon, Canada | Video House Tour

Perched above Oak Ridges Moraine, this minimalist, modern Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired masterpiece has soaring ceilings and a wall of glass creating a seamless transition to over seven acres of forest. The open plan is an entertainer’s dream with a fabulous chef’s kitchen, over-sized island and a step down living room.

2 699 000 $ CAD | Caldeon, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Cozy Home Comforts

When the weather begins to get cooler, we naturally gravitate towards warm, cozy sanctuaries. A fireplace can turn a room into the ultimate indoor retreat for comfort and relaxation while a fire pit creates a warm gathering space for continued outdoor entertainment. Explore six stylish winter homes with inviting spaces centered around a source of warmth.

Connecticut$3,195,000 USD | Colebrook, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Connecticut

Rock Hall in Connecticut was designed in 1912 by noted American architect Addison Cairns Mizner 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. The five bedroom home has a free form pool which adjoins a spa and stone pool house. A free-standing yoga studio, tennis court and Pétanque court are also located on the property.

Quebec2 689 000 $ CAD | Quebec, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

Canada

This private, contemporary ski-in, ski-out home in Canada is set on 11 acres and has spectacular views of Mont St-Sauveur. The open concept layout is excellent for entertaining with indoor and outdoor lounge areas, an indoor pool, bar, wine cellar and separate guest area.

Rhode Island$8,750,000 USD | Jamestown, Rhode Island | Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty

Rhode Island

This 8,000 square foot Rhode Island oceanfront estate sits on seven acres near the tip of Beavertail on the island of Jamestown, overlooking the Newport Harbor.  The home is designed to showcase views of the ocean and surrounding conservation land. Plentiful outdoor entertaining spaces include an oceanside stone terrace with kitchen, spa, colorful gardens and fire pit.

Colorado$6,925,000 USD | Beaver Creek, Colorado |Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty

Colorado

Hundreds of aspen trees envelope this beautiful Colorado ski-in home making it feel like your own private forest. With two masters, a media room and a wine room, this residence is the epitome of a true mountain home retreat. The home has a total of seven bedrooms, more than four fireplaces and an outdoor spa.

FrancePrice Upon Request | Megeve, France | Propriétés de Megève Sotheby’s International Realty

France

This seven bedroom, seven bathroom mountain chalet in France has panoramic views of the valley below. The ski-in, ski-out home is set on the slopes and has ample room for entertaining. In addition to many comfortable lounge areas around the home with fireplaces, the chalet also has a wine room, a spa room and indoor pool with hot tub.

California$10,500,000 USD | San Diego, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

 California

This 10,000 square foot home sits on San Diego’s historic Point Loma Peninsula. The home was built to take advantage of the curvature of the land where it sits and benefit from 180 degree views of the ocean, bay, Shelter Island and Coronado. Vaulted open-beamed ceilings and floor to ceiling windows are carried throughout the home with many places for entertaining, including an outdoor patio with fire pit, pool and spa.