Andorra la Vella | High in the Pyrenees

Andorra la Vella, the capital city of the Principality of Andorra, is a unique destination for those who wish to enjoy the vast magnificence of the natural environment along with all the privileges of modern life.

Located just 10 minutes away from the country’s main ski areas, Andorra la Vella is rich with recreational mountain activities in the winter and summer such as skiing, hiking, golf, sport fishing, rock climbing and more.

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A well-known paradise for culture and tradition, one could get lost in the cultural activities, gastronomy routes, shopping and wellness to be offered in town.

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Boasting unique structures that date back to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries, Andorra la Vella is undeniably a matchless haven for Romanesque art. Haute cuisine lovers will find a gourmet destination capable of seducing even the most demanding palates. If relaxation is your goal, just steps away from the city center sits one of the most famous spas in Europe: Caldea, a health and wellness sanctuary for those who simply want to get away from the commotion and crowds of the big cities.

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Andorra la Vella boasts a wide range of investment properties from spacious chalets made with fine materials including wood, iron and stone to modern high-design flats furnished with all the amenities of contemporary life. Much of Andorra la Vella enjoys endless, breathtaking views of the mountains and beyond.

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Lugano, Switzerland | The Ultimate Investor’s Safe-Haven

According to our recent collaborative report with Wealth-X, “Lugano is renowned for its scenery and Switzerland’s economy is known for its stability. Lugano is the ultimate “safe-haven” for investors, offering proximity to the Alps and easy access to Europe’s biggest markets.It is a location that is particularly suited to ultra-high net worth individuals who do not necessarily reside in Switzerland permanently, and has been a vacation spot for generations of Europe’s wealthiest families.Explore the below properties and discover one of the most sought after destinations for ultra-high net worth buyers in the world.

Lugano-1Price Upon Request | Lugano, Switzerland | Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty

Originally built in the 1950’s, Villa La Sorgente offers captivating views of Lake Lugano and the surrounding mountains. Complete with a private port, air conditioned wine cellar and approximately 500 square-meters of living space, this timeless estate showcases the beauty of the region while offering a wide array of luxurious amenities.

Lugano-2Price Upon Request | Lugano, Switzerland | Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty

Offering the best in state-of-the-art technology along with unrivaled lakefront living, this modern villa is the epitome of modern Swiss luxury. Located on a plot well over 9,000 square-meters and completely renovated in 2013 with names like Ralph Lauren, Rimadesio, Villeroy and Boch, Sicis, Poggenpohl and Swarovski in the re-finishing, this inviting home is both elegant and private.

Lugano-3Price Upon Request | Lugano, Switzerland | Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty

This prestigious villa offers the classic sophistication of waterfront living. Located in the exclusive quarter of Lugano-Castagnola, this grand villa enjoys majestic views of the lake as well as the neighboring mountains.

Lugano-4Price Upon Request | Lugano, Switzerland | Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty

Cureggia is a modern architectural jewel on Lake Lugano. This sun-soaked villa uniquely blends indoor and outdoor living spaces inviting the beauty of the surrounding landscape to merge with its meticulously detailed design. Enjoy exquisite views of the lake and the surrounding mountains from this inviting contemporary home.

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Charming & Historic | Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is one of America’s oldest, most charming cities surrounded by the Greater Boston area, which is a unique mix of historic culture and innovation. Known for its rich history and architectural variety, today, the Boston area is one of the most desirable locations. Currently, the city is amidst one of its largest building booms yet, while walking down Beacon or Washington Street, you will still find Georgian and Federal Style homes.

The beauty of our city is in the preservation of rich history displayed in each of these fine homes. Despite these properties being in traditional Boston, they all have unique and distinct architectural varieties.

Like the Trinity Church in the Back Bay of Boston, Brookline is an area that is known for Romanesque Revival architecture, characterized by thick, roughly textured walls of warm-toned stone or brick. This stunning, French-inspired new construction in the Estate section of Brookline features soaring ceilings and custom wrought iron hand railings.

17 Yarmouth$7,500,000 USD | Brookline, Massachusetts | Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Beacon Hill’s cobblestone streets and brick rowhouses directly border the Boston Common and the Public Garden is prominently made up of Federal-style rowhouses. On a quiet street on prestigious Beacon Hill, this unique residence located at 5 Byron Street offers inspired modern living in artfully designed interiors by acclaimed architect Graham Gund. An architectural tour de force, the 2-story main living area combines monumental paneled accent walls, a fireplace and grid-motif balconies.

5 Byron LR$6,950,000 USD | Boston, Massachusetts | Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Although much of Boston’s old architecture and the Colonial tradition have been preserved, located just twenty minutes outside of the city, Belmont is made up of beautiful homes varying in style from Colonial or Tudor Revival to Mid-Century Modern. Often modern homes in Belmont and the surrounding area are characterized by large single-paned windows, roofs with slopes, and open floor plans. Peacefully secluded on 1.76 plus or minus acres in Belmont Hill, embraced by an 88 plus or minus acre wooded preserve, this serene country home is a refined adaptation of farmhouse architecture, melding the purity and precision of modern design with the warm traditions of a home.

275 Somerset$6,750,000 USD | Belmont, Massachusetts | Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the original colonial settlements, founded in 1639, Sudbury is just outside the city and has retained its quaint, bucolic feel. This 19-room hilltop estate evokes a 15th century Venetian villa with all the amenities and comforts of a luxury home today. Inspired by the architecture of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum located in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Boston this beautiful estate grasps a sense of the intimate atmosphere in which the museum provokes.

Widow Rights Interior$3,200,000 US | Sudbury, Massachusetts | Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

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Many thanks to our guest blogger, Michelle Atkins, Staff Copywriter at Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Boston, Westwood and Cambridge Massachusetts.

The Magic of Nantucket

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Spring 2015 Northeast Edition

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Visiting Nantucket can seem a little like going back in time. And for many residents, that’s the point.

Nantucket has been one of the Northeast’s most beloved vacation and second-home destinations for generations. Located 30 miles south of Cape Cod, this scenic, un-crowded, island of beautiful homes and beaches is a meld of quaint sophistication, unlimited outdoor recreation and a bustling downtown district full of shops, cares, and restaurants. There are no stoplights on the island, no billboards or malls, just a vivid sense of pause and purity that makes arriving feel like a total, timeless escape.

“It’s very secluded yet easy to get to for people coming form places like New York of Connecticut of Boston,” says Gary Winn, Principle Broker and Owner of Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty. “When you’re there you feel like you’ve actually gone someplace different – you feel like you’re away.”

4TP2JT$9,995,000 USD | Siasconset, Massachusetts | Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

Change happens slowly here, and most elements of the town, beaches and open spaces have been splendidly preserved. Many people who own seasonal property have been coming to the island for years, often since childhood. As Winn says, “It’s very historic. Nantucket doesn’t look much different than it did 30 years ago.”

That’s due in large part to the conservation instincts of homeowners, but the island has also taken strong measures to protect its classic New England seaport culture and 19th century architecture through an active Historic District Commission. In the town of Nantucket particularly, oversight is strict and new structures must blend into the historic fabric of the community.

Luxury properties range from intimate, immaculately renovated in-town homes to more spacious cottages and manor in desirable locations like Monomoy, or Brandt Point and the Cliff Area overlooking Nantucket Sound. Large acreage estates with pools and guesthouses are found along the Atlantic coast to the east, while Surfside, Cisco and the great beaches to the south are seeing a wave of high-end redevelopment.

KN9DDM$7,500,000 USD | Nantucket, Massachusetts | Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

Buyers, many who have been aching to reconnect to Nantucket, usually come form the Northeast and East Coast, but Winn says European clients, particularly from London, have been surprisingly active. With inventory for premier properties traditionally low, prices on the island hold strong. Even so, “It seems like we’re in the beginning of another cycle and the prices are going to go up again,” Winn says. “I think it’s a good time to jump in.”

It’s a cliché to say that you never really leave a place you’re fond of, but it’s absolutely true of those who know Nantucket. For them, Nantucket is as much an emotional destination as it is a physical one.

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

Beijing | Market Spotlight

Beijing¥43,000,000 CNY | Beijing, China | Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty

“Since our grand opening in October 2014, Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty has been attracting the attention of leaders in China’s luxury real estate industry. From top developers to leading real estate brokers, the power and global reach of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is causing a paradigm shift with how homeowners list exclusive properties in Beijing. We are already starting to see increased interest by overseas buyers who see opportunity with the recent weakening of the Chinese economy and depreciation of the Yuan. Most recently, Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty secured exclusive representation for a traditional Courtyard Garden home or Siheyuan (“Four Sided Garden”), the historic symbol of old Beijing. With architectural roots that date back over 1,000 years, these ancient residences are being restored and selling for record prices. This 17,000 square foot historic home is fully updated with modern amenities, beautifully preserved ancient rosewood architecture and situated in the center of Beijing – just blocks from Beijing’s Palace Museum. The seller has listed this treasure exclusively with Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty for $79 million (USD).” – Yu Tao, Senior Manager, Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty

California Dreamin’ | Luxury Real Estate Road Trip

The western most of the contiguous 48 United States, California, is known for its diverse beauty and rich cultural significance. From world renowned skiing and surfing, national landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hollywood sign or breathtaking vistas, enduring national parks, and unrivaled beaches, California remains one of the most sought after destinations for luxury real estate in the world. Discover some of what California has to offer as we take you on a virtual road trip through the properties below!

TahoeCity$3,590,000 USD | Tahoe City, California | Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

Tahoe City - Starting in Northeastern California, this architecturally sophisticated home showcases the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding natural landscape. Far from the glitz and glamour of California’s more metropolitan regions, discover the serenity of the Golden State’s forest and lakeside vistas.

SanFrancisco$1,650,000 USD | San Francisco, California | Sotheby’s International Realty-San Francisco Brokerage

San Francisco - The next stop on our road trip is the famed bayside city of San Francisco. Situated along the Greenwich Steps below Coit Tower, this contemporary condo has breathtaking views of the Bay, Bay Bridge and beyond. Merging contemporary aesthetics with idyllic and iconic San Francisco surroundings, this home offers the quintessential San Franciscan experience.

LosAngeles$3,200,000 USD | Los Angeles, California | Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty

Los Angeles - Travelling south we arrive in the famous city of Los Angeles where we have a grand Mediterranean bordering Griffith Park. Located on one of the most storied streets in all of the Oaks, this elegant home offers inspiring views of towering pines, Griffith Observatory and the captivating city lights.

ManhattanBeach$7,250,000 USD | Manhattan Beach, California | Vista Sotheby’s International Realty

Manhattan Beach - Just north of Long Beach and west of Los Angeles, we’ve reached this unique home in Manhattan Beach. Originally constructed in the mid 1930s by MGM Studios, it is said that Errol Flynn once lived in this home. Rebuilt in 2002 to exacting standards by a team of passionate experts, this property is the unrivaled result of Art Deco and Contemporary design motifs in harmony.

NewportBeach$5,248,000 USD | Newport Beach, California | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

Newport Beach - Continuing down the Pacific Coast, we arrive in the town of Newport Beach, where we have waterfront living at its finest. Evoking the architectural charm of the Eastern seaboard, this pristine Cape Cod-style bay front home on Balboa Peninsula has a decidedly West Coast flair and relaxed, welcoming aesthetic. A private slip and side tie to accommodate a yacht in excess of fifty feet plus rare access to a private beach makes this is an ideal harbor front home.

RanchoSantaFe$4,595,000 USD | Rancho Santa Fe, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Rancho Santa Fe - Our last stop on this virtual tour brings us just north of San Diego to Rancho Sante Fe. Located in the peaceful, gated golf course community of The Bridges, this elegant home is a genuine architectural masterpiece. Overflowing with warmth and drama, this remarkable estate reveals beauty in concert with its picturesque location, which is served by the award-winning Rancho Santa Fe School District and convenient to dining, shopping and miles of sun-drenched beaches.

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Monaco | Market Spotlight

“Monaco is one of the most widely known hubs for the world’s wealthiest, setting records for the most expensive luxury real estate properties around the world,” according to findings in our recent Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report with Wealth-X. Located on the French Riviera in Western Europe, Monaco is home to some of the world’s most exclusive events for ultra-high net worth individuals, from the Monaco Yacht show to the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. Bordered by France and the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco is a premier luxury tourist destination and has “the highest proportion of residences owned by ultra-high net worth individuals based outside of the country,” according to the report.

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“Over the past two years, the Monaco real estate market has seen an incredible boom thanks to an influx of new residents looking for a financially stable environment with a high quality of life. Sotheby’s International Realty France-Monaco’s multi-lingual team has assisted clients from dozens of different countries including Italy, Germany, Russia and the UK, negotiating multi-million purchases from €2,000/square meter to more than €8,000/square meter.”—Alexander Kraft Chairman & CEO Sotheby’s International Realty France-Monaco

Monaco-1Price Upon Request | Monte Carlo, Monaco | C.I.C. Immobilier Monte-Carlo Sotheby’s International Realty

Spread out over three levels, this exquisite villa offers captivating views of the sea. With spacious living and dining areas, rooftop terrace, and a summer kitchen among its amenities, this home truly speaks to beauty and refinement that is living in Monaco.

Monaco-23.500.000 € EUR | Monte Carlo, Monaco | C.I.C. Immobilier Monte-Carlo Sotheby’s International Realty

With unrivaled views of the Port of Monaco and the Rocher, this prestigious residence is in one of the most sought after locations within Monaco. The property includes concierge service, a swimming pool, and is designed with an incomparable modern eye.

Monaco-3 17.500.000 € EUR| Monte Carlo, Monaco | C.I.C. Immobilier Monte-Carlo Sotheby’s International Realty

This inviting apartment is nestled in a quiet area next to the harbor of Fontvieille. With an unmatched view of the sea, large entertaining and living spaces, five bedrooms, and the tranquility of a sauna, this private home epitomizes the Monaco lifestyle and showcases the inspiring beauty of the region.

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Key Locations for Ultra High Net Worth Real Estate

As our global luxury real estate market continues to develop and grow, key locations have begun to stand out as hubs for the Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW). As reported in the key findings of the Wealth-X and Sotheby’s International Realty Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report, “New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Paris are the most important international hubs for UHNW residential real estate.” With Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Dallas and Mumbai rounding out the top ten, it’s not surprising that some of the world’s most notable and famous cities are featured here. Explore homes below in cities that show particular clustering of the UHNW.

According to the report, “New York City is one of the biggest financial hubs in the world, attracting investors and real estate developers as well as individuals who want to profit from the market and have significant business interests or personal and family ties to the city.”

NYC$82,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

This architectural tour de force is a quintessential New York City apartment. The four-bedroom penthouse features unrivaled panoramic views of Central Park, captivating sunlight in every room, state-of-the-art design, stainless steel chef’s kitchen and a spacious library among others. A testament to both great design and exemplary craftsmanship, this in an ideal residence for refined entertaining and sophisticated living offering the ultimate New York City experience.

Key findings in the report show that London is not just, “one of the most important cities for luxury residential real estate,” but that “foreign investors view London as a ‘safe haven’ for prime property investments.”

England£12,950,000 GBP | London, England | London Sotheby’s International Realty

Abundant in elegance, this recently restored, gated estate offers a blend of modern design with enduring architecture. Tile floors, dark wood detailing, skylights, and a walk out to the exquisite west-facing garden make this home inviting and sophisticated. Just south of the Thames and London’s city center, this exquisite home is a private and inviting piece of London living.

Hong Kong has long been known as one of the main financial hubs in Asia. With an ever-increasing population, it is not surprising that the price of luxury residences per square foot has remained both high and relatively stable,” according to the report.

HongKong$350,000,000 HKD | Hong Kong | Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty

This gated residence is located within the serene setting of a tranquil, private park. Two guarded entrances and driveways lead towards this grand, colonial-inspired estate, envisioned in a fascinating balance between western and eastern culture. Situated in the New Territories near the Chinese border, it offers easy access to the special economic region of Shenzhen, the Fanling Golf Club and is only a short drive away from Central Hong Kong. Offering an abundance of space and privacy, the main house features floor-to-ceiling, sparkling, crystal cut windows with exotic wooden frames, marble flooring, floor mosaics, and wrought iron balustrades throughout.

In the report, Alexander Kraft, Chairman & CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty France – Monaco, states, “Paris continues to be one of the world’s most sought after destinations for international buyers. However, in comparison with other global hubs such as London, Hong Kong, or New York, Paris remains surprisingly affordable and currently offers plenty of opportunities at highly interesting prices.”

Paris8.400.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

An entirely renovated 18th century townhouse in the center of Paris, this home offers an unrivaled blend of modern amenities and classic design. Enjoy your favorite films in the comfort of the outfitted home theater or a glass of your favorite vintage from the select doublewide wine cellar. This three-floor, six-bedroom townhouse is a taste of private comfort in one of the world’s most beloved cities.

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Maremma | A Southern Tuscan Gem

Maremma is a beautiful, untouched region in southern Tuscany with about 40,000 hectares of reserves, parks and natural oasis. This region provides endless opportunities for exploration from wooded backcountry hills to sandy seaside living. Maremma is known for its natural parks, medieval towns and fortresses, cultivated lands and old churches. Possibilities are endless under the Tuscan sun and popular outdoor activities include hiking, swimming, snorkelling, biking, horseback riding and unveiling of the ancient splendors in its Etruscan towns.

LivornoPrice Upon Request | Livorno, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

The pristine and serene beaches and rocky coastline along the blue Tyrrhenian Sea remain a quiet escape for those looking to relax at a non-traditional tourist destination. Named as one of the 44 best travel destinations by the New York Times, Maremma appeals to nature lovers, sport and wine enthusiasts and those who simply want to absorb local traditions and explore the rich history of the area.

Saturnia1.900.000 € EUR |Saturnia, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

In the countryside of Maremma, Tuscan-style country homes are found nestled among gentle rolling hills and farmhouses are often surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. Each town and hamlet within Maremma is special in its own right, from Saturnia, a relaxing spa town, to Bolgheri, known for its landscape and Bordeaux-style red wines Sassicaia, to Porto Ercole on the Mount of Argentario, recently listed as one of the most alluring Italian hamlets.

MaremmaPrice Upon Request | Monte Argentario | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

A life in Maremma means embracing a low key lifestyle that is close to nature. It’s easy to see why anyone would fall in love with Italy’s southern Tuscan gem.

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Milan_SIR_LogoMany thanks to our guest blogger, Diletta Carutti from Milan / Lake Como / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty, which offers its international and local clientele a wide selection of luxury properties in the top location of Italy such as Milan, Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Florence, Chianti, Tuscany, Sardinia, Italian Riviera, Capri Island, and the Alps.

Rhinebeck, New York | Market Spotlight

Rhinebeck New York$9,750,000 USD | Rhinebeck, New York | Heather Croner Sotheby’s International Realty

“Rhinebeck, in the very beautiful and historic Hudson Valley, has become a real destination these days, set against the backdrop of the Hudson River and the Catskill mountain range. Snow sports, summer sailing or hiking in the hills are for the taking depending on the time of year. The number of property sales this year in the Hudson valley has noticeably increased above 2013. However, the median selling price is unchanged. The average number of days on the market shows up as lower, indicating that properties are selling a little quicker for now. Most transfers are for existing houses already restored. Strict local zoning limits much new building, preserving the historical character of the area, and strong feelings about land conservation help maintain its natural beauty.” – Heather Croner, owner, Heather Croner Real Estate, Sotheby’s International Realty