Private Oasis in Rhinebeck, New York | Video House Tour


Buttermilk Falls, within easy driving distance north of New York City, just outside the village of Rhinebeck in the historic Hudson River valley. Dramatically situated at the edge of a 50 ft. waterfall is this series of wood-framed and copper-roofed pavilions designed for living, working and peaceful contemplation.

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

New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | September 2014

From a private peninsula in South Florida to a medieval castle in Italy, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale showcases exquisite lifestyles from around the globe.

Florida$60,000 USD | Key Biscayne, Florida | ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Florida- This grand waterfront estate sits on a private peninsula overlooking Biscayne Bay in South Florida. The 2-acre gated property has 2,000 feet of water frontage with the Miami skyline as a backdrop. The 12,000 square foot home has 6 bedrooms and full baths, pool, gazebo area and private deep water yacht harbor.

Italy28.000.000 € EUR | Sienna, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

Italy- The Castle of Modanella extends over 630 hectacres not far from the medieval city of Siena. The castle has been updated over the years, but still retains the appearance of a real fortress. The courtyard features a charming loggia, gardens, view of the vineyards, olive groves and the countryside.  Farm houses on the property have been meticulously restored and given comfortable and luxurious interiors with big gardens, four large swimming pools and a tennis court. There are currently 18 hectares of vineyards with vine varieties of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Viognier.

New York$35,100,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York- A limited edition collection of six, just completed, penthouses atop the famed Puck Building in the heart of SoHo are now available. Masterfully designed, the sprawling condominium loft Penthouses have been reverentially crafted to retain their inherent, authentic loft character with soaring barrel-vaulted ceilings, cast-iron columns, and oversize windows. Luxuriously updated for gracious 21st-Century living, the expansive open layouts perfectly harmonize the best of both modern loft and prewar aesthetics with no detail left unconsidered. Each residence enjoys sweeping cinematic views, while three offer the rare privilege of deep, set-back outdoor terraces.

SwitzerlandPrice Upon Request | Lugano, Switzerland | Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty

Switzerland- Villa Wellingtonia, a real Art Nouveau jewel, is situated on the shores of Lake Lugano, in the residential area of Figino. The property faces east and has wonderful panoramic 180 degree views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Built in 1912, it was completely renovated between 2000 and 2003 and its interiors were re-designed by Axel Vervoordt. The home features a fitness room, heated infinity swimming pool and it’s own private beach with direct lake access.

France22.000.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

France- Located in Paris in the Pantheon Historic quarter, this 500 square meter mansion dates back to the 18th century and is a historical monument. The home is accessed by a stoned courtyard in front of an ancient façade. Entirely renovated, this six bedroom home mixes the splendor of former days with modernity by including upgraded features such as an elevator, wine cellar and home theater.

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Luxury Home Libraries Worth Studying

The Sept-Oct 2014 issue of Sotheby’s magazine features Libraries Worth Studying.

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Even in the digital age, libraries continue to be the focal point of some of the world’s most elegant homes. While the architectural details of these four showcases are designed to dazzle, it is the books lining the shelves that provide an insight into the owners’ interests. These personal spaces provide shelter from the outside world and a place for the mind to wander.

Montecito, CA prop id VG4ZDR$23,500,000 USD | Montecito, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road

Prima Luce, whose name was inspired by the unobstructed views of the first sun rays that rise each day, is located in a prime Montecito location. Famed designer Robert Webb has captured the ambiance of a Tuscan-style country villa with details like hand-chiseled Santa Barbara sandstone, which were quarried from these very grounds. The approximately 8,425 square foot main residence has five bedrooms, six full baths, two powder rooms and five fireplaces.

Los Altos Hills_CA_ prop ID G44KRK$27,000,000 USD | Los Altos Hills, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

The Morgan Estate was built in 1914 for Percy Tredegar Morgan, whose many accomplishments included starting the California Wine Association. One of the finest examples of Tudor and Jacobean revival architecture in the United States, the manse has hosted presidents, kings, queens and celebrities.

London England Prop id vgw4y7-hi resPrice Upon Request | London, England | London Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in one of the most glamorous locations in London, this magnificent penthouse apartment has spectacular views of Hyde Park and offers state-of-the-art luxury living, featuring such amenities as a fully equipped gym, beauty treatment room, home cinema and six roof terraces and gardens.

Greenwich CT prop id W944G7$14,000,000 USD | Greenwich, Connecticut | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

Designed by premier architect Ira Grandberg, AIA and built with unparalleled craftsmanship by Hobbs Construction Company, this regal stone manor blends Old World ambiance with the ultimate in 21st-century technology. Hand-milled woodwork, moldings and doors highlight the majestic yet warm interior. It features broad oak-appointed corridors and octagonal galleries.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes New California Firm

Venture SIR imageSotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Venture Sotheby’s International Realty in Pleasanton, California, is the newest member of its real estate network. The brokerage will be led by Andrew Greenwell, the broker and co-owner of the firm.

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have 83 offices throughout the state of California.

“We are proud to grow the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s presence in California with Venture Sotheby’s International Realty and the team of professionals that Andrew is building,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Pleasanton is one of the finest markets in California and a premier destination in the Bay Area given its close proximity to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.”

According to Greenwell, the Sotheby’s International Realty affiliation offers his firm true international exposure, combined with their local expertise.

“The combination of the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s global reach, our local knowledge and mutual commitment to quality is very compelling,” he said.  “As well, we are fortunate to represent one of the world’s finest brands in a highly sought after market, with its beautiful weather, wine country lifestyle and scenic landscapes.  We look forward to representing some of the most extraordinary real estate the Bay Area has to offer, and with the support of this brand, introducing our market to a broad audience of consumers worldwide.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide.  Venture Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients 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.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in October 2014

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

2014_10_3_Lake Tahoe Shakespeare$98,000,000 USD | Glenbrook, Nevada | Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

It still has the old-fashioned, knock-on-the-door sense of community,” said owner, Camille Ruvo.

Lake Tahoe’s Shakespeare Ranch to Ask $98 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A Federal-Style ResidenceArchitectural Digest

Domestic Estates for SaleArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A Modern Home in Cannes, FranceArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A rustic 19th-century farmhouse in the foothills of the Catskill MountainsArchitectural Digest

Home of the Week: Two-house compound bordering forest in La CrescentaLos Angeles Times

Knute Rockne’s former house for saleESPN

Home of the Day: Modern compound in the Outpost EstatesLos Angeles Times

A Four-Story Windmill Guards This $39M Hamptons ManseCurbed

Billionaire Mikitani’s Tokyo House Goes Up Amid Luxury BoomBloomberg

Rare Van Gogh Still Life Could Bring $50 Million at Sotheby’sArtnet News

Giobatta Meneguzzo: La Casa Lo Scarabeo Sotto La FogliaSotheby’s

French Country Chateau in Bull Valley, Illinois | Video House Tour

This sprawling French Country Chateau is surrounded by prairies and towering oak and hickory forests in a unique conservation community. The designers and builders of this property operated on a very simple principle: Nothing but the best.

$2,300,00 USD | Bull Valley, Illinois | Hunter’s Fairway Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes Massachusetts Firm

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Prudential Unlimited Realty, with offices in Brookline and Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, is the newest member of its real estate network.   The company now will operate as Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, and Jon Ufland is principal and managing broker of the firm.

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have 33 independently owned and operated offices throughout the state of Massachusetts.

“We are proud to grow our presence in Massachusetts with Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Jon and his team are passionate about driving results for their clients and have built a reputation for providing the highest level of quality service.  Both Brookline and Jamaica Plain are hubs for their surrounding local communities.  Jon and his 50 dedicated sales professionals who serve these fine markets have achieved many successes for their clients over the last 15 years.”

According to Ufland, the Sotheby’s International Realty global reach perfectly complements his agents’ local knowledge and experience and will help attract the most talented and professional agents, while supporting the company’s consistent growth and evolution toward servicing extraordinary properties at all price points.

“We are so proud to represent the Sotheby’s International Realty network in Brookline and Jamaica Plain, and plan to be an integral part of the brand’s presence in the Greater Boston area,” he said.  “Our brokerage has and will continue to operate on a ‘clients for life’ model.  For each and every one of our customers and clients, we strive to build life-long relationships for the entirety of their real estate journey. Our goal is to advise them and to help them navigate through the emotional and financial aspects of any real estate need no matter what stage of life they are in.  We aim to make the experience as fulfilling and rewarding as possible.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide.  Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients 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.

Top Five Trends to Watch from Decorex International

Interior design show, Decorex International, took place last week in London, showcasing a vast range of exciting and innovative designs. We had the opportunity to speak with interior designer April Russell, who shared her top five trends to watch from the show.

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“I don’t often use wallpaper in my interior design projects, but when I do I like to make a statement – for which Eley Kishimoto would be perfect. With a wide range of quirky patterns that practically jump off the wall, each design seemed to tell a story. Very artistic!”

barn in the cityBarn in the City

Barn in the City creates customized furniture and panels, using 19th Century reclaimed wood, and exquisite ‘iced’ finishes. I’ve never seen anything like it, and would happily place their designs into a modern, contemporary home. Absolutely breathtaking.”

vieroViero International

“As I mentioned in my talk at Decorex, ‘The Art of Interiors’, I am not a fan of flat wall finishes. Texture is important, and can add an extra element of subtle beauty to a room that would otherwise be missed. Viero International shares this philosophy, which I admire.”

bert and mayBert & May

“Reclaimed tiles by Bert & May also caught my eye. The company describes themselves as ‘avid salvage enthusiasts, permanently scouring Europe and afar for exceptional and rare flooring gems.’  Attractive because of their wonderfully different designs, I couldn’t help but be drawn to them, and have had them on my mind since the show!”

kaia lightingKaia Lighting

“I did a double take when I saw the Kaia Lighting stand at Decorex. Although the show benefitted from many beautiful lighting installations, none of them – in my eyes – compared to this one. With subtle yet elegant designs, their work is a thing of beauty, and unique enough to be considered artistic.”

april russellMany thanks to our guest blogger, April Russell, who has more than 20 years’ experience, trained at London’s Inchbald School of Design and at Sotheby’s, where she developed her talent and confirmed her determination to put the client at the center of each design project.

For more information about April Russell, visit www.aprilrussell.com, or follow on Twitter at @a_r_studio.

At Home with Art | Perfect Harmony

Post provided by Meredith Mendelsohn for Sotheby’s magazine.

“Art,” says designer Elissa Cullman, “is the soul of every interior.” Over the past three decades, her New York-based firm Cullman & Kravis has mastered the “modern traditional” approach, pairing edgy post-war and contemporary works of art with carefully chosen antiques and subtly luxurious furnishings. Her recent book, The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis (Monacelli Press, 2013) demonstrates her love of fine art as well as comfort. “We never sacrifice form for function,” she says. “A room should be beautiful.” Cullman recently spoke with Meredith Mendelsohn about maintaining that balance.

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Elissa Cullman: What advice would you give to new collectors about displaying art at home? Meredith Mendelsohn: No space is complete without a work of art. Anything can work in concert – as long as there is an underlying passion for the art and antiques. It’s important to understand what sizes work well within that space so that the installation can be harmonious from wall to wall and from room to room. Also, the right lighting is critical and will transform the way the art looks in situ. The biggest lighting mistake people make is not lighting their art at all. EC: When you start working with new clients, what are some of the first elements you address? MM: We always consider their functional needs as well as their design preferences. Our goal is to interpret their vision in the most aesthetically pleasing way. We always start with an inventory of their furniture, objects and artwork. Next, we look at interior design books and magazines together to establish the vocabulary they are looking for – we call this the “zip code” for the project. EC: Some interiors seem more challenging than others when it comes to displaying art. Can you recall a situation that required real finessing? MM: A Manhattan apartment had a long hallway that was just 42 inches wide (above right). We did what we call a decorating intervention. We vaulted the ceilings and introduced niches for incredible Swedish porphyry vases, and then we looked for an artwork that you could see and enjoy from a short distance away. We decided on a series of 30 drawings by Allan McCollum. He is very specific about how his works should be hung, and these just made it by an inch!

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Dramatic art, vaulted ceilings, a marble floor and a mirror help visually widen and lengthen narrow spaces.

EC: How do you find the right balance between antiques or vintage design and works of art, whether they are contemporary or traditional? MM: Traditional environments are made younger and more vibrant with contemporary art. Conversely, contemporary spaces are made more complex and layered by the inclusion of a few pieces from the past. In one room we placed a Joan Mitchell painting with French 1940s sconces and Regency card tables. I just love how everything is talking to each other. EC: How would you characterise your design aesthetic? MM: Our goal is to redefine the traditional interior. Our interiors are complex, layered and full of history without being stuffy and overly formal. We like to call this approach “modern traditional” because the point of view is contemporary while the vocabulary of antiques is in keeping with the 26-year history of our company.

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Furniture from the early 20th century complements a more contemporary photograph by Nan Goldin.

EC: Were there any particular influences that shaped your taste and style? MM: The two years I spent in Japan were pivotal in the development of my aesthetic education. I immersed myself in two rigorous Japanese aesthetic traditions – tea ceremony and flower arranging. When you spend three hours arranging just five chrysanthemums, it sharpens your eye!

Meredith Mendelsohn writes frequently about art and design for Art + Auction, the Wall Street Journal and ARTnews.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in September 2014

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

2014_9_26_New Orleans$1,200,000 USD | New Orleans, Louisiana | Dorian Bennett Sotheby’s International Realty

From Factory to FancyThe Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: Renovating History in the HamptonsThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A Tuscan villa with traditional architecture is up for sale in Lucca, ItalyArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A former colonial plantation in Izamal, Mexico—Architectural Digest

House of the Day: A Private Island to Call HomeThe Wall Street Journal

A Houston Chateau Asks $43 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

House Once Owned by Bing Crosby Relists for 43% MoreThe Wall Street Journal

Lee Trevino’s Dallas Estate Goes on the Market for $13 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A 1918 estate designed by Boston architects Chapman and Frazer in Duxbury, MassachusettsArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A turn-of-the-century manse in the Hamptons is up for sale in Water Mill, New YorkArchitectural Digest

Home of the Day: Mediterranean Revival with Batchelder tileThe Los Angeles Times

The Esoteric World of Print CollectingThe New York Times

J.M.W. Turner: an Exhibit, a Film and an AuctionThe Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s Uses $200 Million of Art to Woo West Coast RichBloomberg