Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in October 2014

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

2014_10_17_Turks & Caicos$48,000,000 USD | Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

We wanted a place where we could really be disconnected from the pressures of daily life,” said owner, Robert Haas.

Dog-Friendly Turks and Caicos Estate Lists for $48 Million—The Wall Street Journal

The D.C. area’s 10 most pricey house listingsThe Washington Post

House hunting: 6 homes featuring rural modernismThe Week

Effective branded partnerships call for narrative contextLuxury Daily

John Legend Lists in Los Angeles for $1.995 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

Home of the Day: Reginald D. Johnson’s ‘Midwood’ in MontecitoThe Los Angeles Times

Pink Diamond Auction in Hong Kong Sets World RecordThe New York Times

Around Frieze in LondonSotheby’s

Preview Sotheby’s Kentshire Galleries AuctionSotheby’s

Relaxing Retreats| Elegant Master Bathrooms

From chandeliers to extraordinary views, Georgia to Thailand, explore six homes that transformed ordinary master bathrooms into unique, elegant and relaxing retreats.

Athens_Georgia Prop id 7pzkmf$3,650,000 USD | Athens, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Secluded on 12 acres in Athens, Georgia, this country estate features a stone-clad main house with porte cochere, pool and five-car garage. Inside, rustic wood beams accent the ceilings, and oversize windows allow light to flood in. The layout includes six bedrooms and six baths. Deco-inspired black-and white tile floors and free-standing bathtubs complement the traditional look. The master bath centerpiece is the large walk-in shower with an enclosure of glass panes offset by black mullions.

Rolling Hills, California Property id# YGJJ2Y$8,499,000 USD | Rolling Hills, California | Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty

Architect Cliff May, renowned for his casual California Ranch style, designed this 14,000-square-foot home set on four acres in Rolling Hills, California. Views of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean can be seen from the stone deck and indoor pool with retractable roof. Cathedral ceilings with wood beams lend structure to the free-flowing plan, which contains seven bedrooms, seven baths and three powder rooms. As part of a remodeling in 2010, the baths were finished in white marble and travertine.

Izamal_Mexico Property id ZDFYBX$2,275,000 USD | Izamal, Mexico | Riviera Maya Sotheby’s International Realty

Bathed in warm terracotta tones and ensconced in lush vegetation, this 10-bedroom, 10-bath remodeled farmhouse in the Yucatán town of Izamal, Mexico, is rich in history. The building dates to the early 19th century. In 2002 the town joined the Pueblos Mágicos program to preserve both its Mayan and colonial cultures. Hand-plastered walls, soaring ceilings and hand-hewn woodwork are present throughout. The baths are distinguished by natural rock walls and tall French doors with ornately carved wood shutters.

Rancho Santa Fe_California Prop id ZYHRKE$3,550,000 USD | Rancho Santa Fe, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Commanding hilltop views and surrounded by mature tropical vegetation, this eight-bedroom, seven-bath adobe home in Rancho Santa Fe, California, is rich in history. The structure was originally a 1900 mission building transported to its current location for Hollywood starlet Corinne Griffith. The residence retains numerous original features, including handcrafted wood shutters, distinctive “latillas and vigas” (sticks and beams), ceilings and stained-glass skylights. Amenities include seven fireplaces and baths with brightly-colored Talavera-style painted sinks bathtubs, old-fashioned skylights and ornately carved woodwork.

Magaro Residence$10,500,000 USD | New Canaan, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

English arts and crafts meets American shingle style in this six-bedroom, seven-bath residence in New Canaan, Connecticut, designed by Wadia Associates. Finishes include five-inch, quarter-sawn, white-oak floors, leaded glass windows and fixtures by Waterworks. Twelve-foot ceilings grace the master suite. A master bath is warmed by radiant-heated marble floors. Additional amenities include a wine cellar, massage room, yoga studio and tennis courts. The elegant garden is scented by David Austin English roses, espaliered Asian pear trees and grape and kiwi vines.

Surat Thani Thailand Property Property ID 7LN6Q9฿136,013,595 | Surat Thani, Thailand | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

Directly on a beach dotted with gigantic boulders, this five-bedroom, six-bath house on the island of Ko Samui in Thailand invites nature inside. Twenty-foot ceilings with swooping roofs animate the architecture. A glass wall in a bedroom abuts the pool to simulate an aquarium, while in the master bedroom, sliding doors open onto the sea. The deck features a media center and projector for outdoor screenings. Rock formations incorporated into the bath and the outdoor showers complement the organic theme.

Asian Inspired Modern Luxury Retreat in Bald Head Island, North Carolina | Video House Tour


Surrounded by a maritime forest of live oaks and sabal palmettos, and overlooking miles of tidal creeks and saltwater sound, this handcrafted Asian inspired masterpiece blends seamlessly into its pristine coastal environment. Designed by renowned architect David Lisle, each and every space beckons you to experience the extraordinary nature of this magnificent island location.

$2,500,000 USD | Bald Head Island, North Carolina | Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty

Fall 2014 RESIDE Magazine

The Fall 2014 issues of RESIDE® magazine have arrived!

From kitchens to lounge and recreational areas, many spaces that can be created indoors can be re-created and re-envisioned for the outdoors as well. Join us as we explore the ins and outs of chic outdoor living in this season’s editions of RESIDE.

Click the cover image and links below to read the digital version of the magazines or visit your local Sotheby’s International Realty office to pick up a printed copy.

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RESIDE Master Edition | Fall 2014

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in October 2014

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

2014_10_10_Whidbey Island_Washington$5,500,000 USD | Whidbey Island, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

I told the architect that I wanted to have the look of a house that had been here for a while. He came through,” said owner, mystery writer Elizabeth George.

House of the Day: Mystery Writer Elizabeth George Lists Island HomeThe Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: Old World Charm in New JerseyThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A wine-country gem in the hills of Piedmont in Alessandria, ItalyArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A historic five-story home overlooking Lake GenevaArchitectural Digest

What You Get for … $935,000The New York Times

Home of the Day: Pasadena post-and-beam spans flowing creekThe Los Angeles Times

NBA journeyman Mike James prices sports compound at $7.5 millionThe Los Angeles Times

Women Worth Watching in 2015Diversity Journal

Billionaire’s Collection on the BlockThe Wall Street Journal

Jewelry Is a Miniature Piece of Art: ChaoBloomberg TV

Austin, Texas | Market Spotlight

Austin_Texas$24,500,000 USD | Magnolia, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

“The Austin market has seen exceptional growth over the last year thanks in part to a host of events that have placed our small Texas city firmly onto the worlds’ stage. Events like the Formula 1 US Grand Prix and the X Games have now made Austin their home bringing with them a flood of new buyers to the high-end market and putting inventory of $1million+ properties into a sharp decline. Tower cranes are a common sight in the city’s core as several new luxury residential condo projects are being built to provide a product that has not been in demand before. The technology and film sectors continue to grow with the addition of Google Fiber to the greater Austin area. With the addition of new international flights at the airport along with new and exciting events, entertainment and development on the horizon, Austin will continue to increase in its appeal to national and international clients alike.”

– J. Kuper, principal broker and owner, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty and Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty

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.