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.

Modernizing the Classic Craftsman

Craftsman style homes have a rich history dating back to the 1920’s. Uniquely joining interior and exterior design cues while using signature architectural motifs like exposed beams or rafters and prominent brick or stonework, craftsman homes are once again finding themselves at the forefront of luxury real estate. According to the Wall Street Journal, the modern craftsman home is, “growing in popularity: Houseplans.com, a large online seller of blueprints, said 25% of the plans it sold in the last quarter were craftsmen.”  As seen in the homes below, the addition of modern touches like high ceilings, the use of natural light, modern amenities and brighter colors add enduring qualities the classic craftsman design and make for a unique living space.

Lyme_CT$1,750,000 | Lyme, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Prominently featuring a relocated and rebuilt blacksmith’s shop from 1750, this modern craftsman home is the amalgamation of classic elements and modern design motifs. With soft white walls, high ceilings highlighting the exposed wooden rafters and a plethora of natural light exposure, this pictured sitting area has the enduring timelessness of a craftsman home while also feeling vibrantly modern at the same time.

SaltLakeCity_UT$1,700,000 | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Understated elegance, contemporary clean lines and a true appreciation of craftsman design combine to offer a tranquil retreat in the gorgeous Mt. Olympus Cove area of Utah. Basking elegantly in the softly penetrating natural light, this modern take on the craftsman is captivating. The nearly floor to ceiling stone-faced hearth centered between the large windows is an inspiring twist that modernizes the overall design.

SandySprings_GA$1,780,000 | Sandy Springs, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Highlighting the use of one of the more recognizable craftsmen features, this Georgian home sits on more than one wooded acre north of Atlanta. The exquisitely detailed beams above the entrance, the external brick and stonework walls, and exposed wooden accents are all distinctly craftsman. From the outside looking in, the overall shape and large windows offer a modern touch on an otherwise classic look.

Charlotte_NC $1,500,00 | Charlotte, North Carolina | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled on 2.6 acres, this modern craftsman’s outdoor living space brilliantly displays its enduring features. While the stonework hearth and exposed ceiling rafters are indicative of the classic craftsman design, the invigorating use of natural light and lofting high ceilings add a luxuriously modern twist. Thinking outside of the box allows this design to reflect that of the overall home’s while still being wholly unique and contemporary.

Siena_Italy$3,911,502 | Siena, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

While not necessarily a craftsman style home, this 480 square meter Tuscan farmhouse showcases some qualities cut from the same cloth as a modern craftsman. The stainless kitchen appliances coupled with the exposed stone ceilings and floors pictured in this kitchen are the kinds of style modification found in more contemporary craftsman homes. The large window over the sink allows for a wealth of natural light to fill the room and helps create an inviting atmosphere.

Calgary_Alberta_Canada$1,674,826 | Calgary Alberta, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

This warm, inviting and energy efficient Canadian home is an exquisite modern craftsman. Inside and out, this home’s features blend old and new seamlessly. The exposed beams, prominent stonework, soft color, modern amenities, and large windows throughout the design of the home speak to everything that a modern craftsman can and should be. Enjoy the comfort and warmth offered in front of the walk around stone fireplace while taking in the hillside vistas from the surrounding windows in this living space.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in February 2015

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

2015_02_13_Wilton_Connecticut$3,750,000 USD | Wilton, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

House of the Day: A Contemporary Connecticut Escape from City LifeThe Wall Street Journal

The Lure of the Gold CoastThe New York Times

On the Market: A romantic 1800s home in Neuilly-sur-Seine with a storied pastArchitectural Digest

Those Not Looking to Own an Island Can Share One—The New York Times

House hunting: 6 homes built by settlersThe Week

Apartment on Central Park West Is Listing for $42 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in ItalySotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Farm & Ranch PropertiesSotheby’s

Auction Previews: Bear WitnessSotheby’s

Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways

From the magnolia lined streets of Charleston, South Carolina to the rocky shores of the Italian Riviera, explore homes we’ve collected in some of the world’s most romantic places as we approach the holiday of love, Valentine’s Day.

Charleston$1,595,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Charleston, South Carolina

According to Fodor’s, Charleston’s pristine gardens, historic ambiance, and laid-back Southern charm make it an ideal romantic getaway. The Jacob Mott House, a distinguished 18th Century masonry home in the heart of downtown Charleston is a true historical gem.  Located South of Broad, this early Georgian 3 1/2 story masonry single house was built by Jacob Motte, who was a Huguenot and Royal Treasurer of the Province.  Considered historically important to the city, this well-appointed historic treasure offers gracious rooms, two prominent piazzas which provide beautiful vistas of St. Michaels, Charleston’s oldest church. Located in the perfect downtown location for a romantic stroll among historic homes and lush gardens.

ItalyPrice Upon Request | Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Italian Riviera

Overlooking the sea on the Levante Italian Riviera between Santa Margherita and San Michele di Pagana, this villa boasts a luxurious oasis of peace and tranquility. The property covers approximately 2500 square meters of terraced land cultivated as a garden with illuminated plants and a panoramic swimming pool with beautiful views of the sea. From climbing the Cinque Terre trails, exploring the harbor villages and exploring endless vineyards, romance is abounding in the Italian Riviera.

Greece2.300.000 € EUR | Mykonos, Greece | Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

Greek Isles

Turquoise waters, endless mountain views, white sandy beaches and authentic Mediterranean food, there’s no question that The Greek Isles are a favorite for romance seekers. Villa Hypatia in Mykonos sits on a cliff facing the west to take in the most spectacular sunsets. With ample lounging areas, infinity pool and striking ocean views, romance will never be far away.

Paris 2Price Upon Request | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

Paris, France

The City of Lights is synonymous with romance. Whether it’s a romantic photo in front of the Eiffel Tower or a stroll along the Seine, Paris is for lovers. This penthouse that sits atop a high standing Art Deco building built by Roux-Spitz, offers a breathtaking view of Paris and its monuments including the Grand Palais, Sacré Coeur and the Eiffel Tower. A raised terrace above the apartment features 360 degree views of the city below.

Gulf to Bay Estate in Englewood, Florida | Video House Tour

  $4,900,000 USD | Englewood, Florida | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

This Gulf to Bay Estate provides the perfect outdoor sanctuary. Lifestyle and privacy are the focus of this exquisite 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath main house with pool. The home also features a quaint guest house, deep water dock with lift and sits on land that has been declared a wildlife sanctuary.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Italy

Appartamento via dell'Anima.Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced its luxury real estate services will be available in Rome with the opening of Rome Sotheby’s International Realty.

Lodovico and Clemente Pignatti Morano will own and manage Rome Sotheby’s International Realty.  They also are managing partners of Milan, Lake Como and Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty. The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is represented in Venice by Venice Sotheby’s International Realty, which is owned and managed by Ann-Marie Doyle.

“Our expansion across Italycontinues our commitment to providing access to the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s exclusive real estate services in key citiesaround the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Rome Sotheby’s International Realty enhances our presence in Europe, and provides a strong footprint in one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world .”

“Rome, the eternal city, has been attracting visitors for two millennia but it is still one of the most exhilarating and romantic destinations in the world,” says Lodovico Pignatti Morano. “The Rome real estate market represents a strong opportunity in Italy in terms of sales and rentals for properties, and we are thrilled to represent the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in such an important location.”

Rome Sotheby’s International Realty offers its international and local clientele a wide selection of luxury properties in Rome and the surrounding areas. Located inside the renowned Palazzo Odescalchi, whose facade was originally designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1665, the office is conveniently positioned and caters to individual client needs with a multi-lingual staff.

“Despite the economic crisis that hit the Italian real estate market over the last few years, property prices in many neighborhoods did not fall, especially in the historic center, where there are apartments and penthouses for sale with antique features including frescos and vaulted ceilings,” said Diletta Giorgolo Spinola, head of sales for Rome Sotheby’s International Realty.  “Apartments with views on the picturesque squares and renowned fountains are the most sought-after. In other residential areas such as the Parioli, prices fell and it is now possible to find exciting deals.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has over 16,400 sales associates located in approximately 730 offices in 56 countries and territories worldwide.  Rome 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 their 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.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in February 2015

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

2015_02_06_NYC$10,500,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

New York, with its booming construction of luxury high-rises, is the city with the highest number of homes owned by the ultra-rich.” 

Multiple Homes Worth Millions: How the Mega-Rich LiveThe Wall Street Journal 

House hunting: 6 striking homes for minimalistsThe Week

The Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report 2015Sotheby’s International Realty and Wealth-X

On the Market: A historical homestead in wine countryArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A handsome Georgian manse outside AtlantaArchitectural Digest

House of the Day: Home of the Day: Lodge-like retreat in Hollywood Hills WestThe Los Angeles Times

House Hunting in … St. BartsThe New York Times

Where The Super Rich Are Buying HomesCNN Money

Houses with two master suites are in demandNewsday

‘Best in Category’ for Eighth Consecutive Year in Franchise Business Review’s Franchisee Satisfaction AwardsSotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

How to break into luxury real estateInman News

Farm & Ranch Properties | An Extraordinary Market

In 2012, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand introduced the real estate market to the groundbreaking Farm & Ranch division via the launching of a new specialty market website. Farm & Ranch properties are much more than homes; with the pedigree that comes along with being a trophy ranch, polo property and a cherished multi-generational investment, “Selling these properties involves aspects of professionalism that are specific to the category,” says Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty of Colorado. “You must be familiar with everything from water rights to agricultural and zoning easements. Things you wouldn’t familiarize yourself with for a typical residential transaction.”

With experts in 40 countries, more than $3 billion in inventory, and an unrivaled vision in pairing buyers with incomparable trophy homes, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand has become nothing short of a dominant force in the specialty real estate market. Here is a closer look at some of the properties that make the Farm & Ranch market so extraordinary.

Montecito CA$125,000,000 USD | Montecito, California | Sotheby’s International Realty-Montecito-Coast Village Road

The magnificent Rancho San Carlos is an approximately 237-acre estate property that for nearly one hundred years has been under the ownership of one family. Noted architect Reginald Johnson designed the sprawling hilltop Monterey Colonial manor in 1931 with an approximately 29,483-square foot main residence that has more than 30 rooms. Infused with an atmosphere of sophistication and refinement, the grand home is astutely sited on two natural terraces, and by planning the formal living rooms around a central courtyard and placing the master and family bedroom wings on the upper terrace, he effectively created a spatial separation that afforded privacy, calm and exceptional views. There also are ten residential cottages, an office, producing orchards and extensive equestrian facilities.

Argentina$ 119.704.179 ARS | Buenos Aires, Argentina| Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

La Colorada is a traditional Argentinean estancia. Its magnificent homestead is surrounded by a majestic grove. The colonial main house was built more than one hundred years ago but it was refurbished to maintain its original characteristics. It features nine bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a spacious living and dining room, verandahs, kitchen and an outdoor swimming pool. Fifteen percent of the land is suitable for agriculture and raising cattle.

Glenbrook NV$98,000,000 USD | Glenbrook, Nevada | Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

This historic 133-acre Tahoe lakefront Shakespeare Ranch boasts vistas as grand as Montana and Wyoming, nearby ski resorts with Olympic heritage to rival Aspen and Vail, a lake- side golf course more intimate than Pebble Beach and a yachting paradise on par with the Caribbean. There are 423 feet of sandy shoreline on Lake Tahoe, a 397-foot shared pier with boat lift, five boat buoys and nearly 40,000 square feet of improvements including a historic entertainment barn built in 1873 with chef’s kitchen and plans for a new, approximately 9,500 square foot estate home with garage. There are 17 guest homes and cabins and along with the barn, office and pool building, there are 25 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms and 13 kitchens. The 5,111 square foot entertainment barn was built in 1873 then moved to its present location and restored by the current owners, outfitted with a gourmet kitchen and wine room for celebrity events. “They don’t make barns like this in Texas,” former President Bush told the owners when he visited the ranch one summer. Outside, the buildings frame a large central grass courtyard. There is a pool house with indoor pool and fireside dining, an outdoor spa, a root cellar converted to a wine tasting room, fully equipped gym, an art loft, executive office suite, a staging kitchen for catering and guest bathrooms. There are horse stables with paddocks, a green house, vegetable gardens, animal en- closures, rodeo grounds with pens and bleachers where the annual “Glenbrook Rodeo” is held.

Idaho$5,900,000 USD | Lewiston, Idaho | Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty

This world-class property has 2,919 secluded acres on five miles of the renowned Snake River below Hells Canyon. A 4,948 square foot timbered lodge and 2,000 square foot care-taker quarters sits along the ancient, arid and rugged river canyon. The ecosystem includes rare plants, herds of bighorn sheep, mule deer, upland game birds, and marine life includes bass, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. Lewiston was rated the number one town for quality of life, raising a family, hunting and fishing by Outdoor Life Magazine.

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Serene and Sophisticated Residence in Park City, Utah | Video House Tour


$11,300,000 USD | Park City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

This home is one of only 30 homes that will ever be built in the exclusive gated Red Cloud community at the top of Deer Valley and it exudes the luxury and sophistication a home in a location as stunning as this deserves. The wood and stone home sits atop the mountain for the perfect ski-in, ski-out lifestyle. Bluebird mornings and untracked powder await you!

The Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report 2015

Nearly US$3 trillion of the world’s private wealth is held in owner-occupied residential properties, a value greater than the GDP of India, a new report by Wealth-X and the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand released today showed.

There are 211,275 ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals – defined as those with US$30 million and above in net assets – in the world and 79% of them own two or more residences.

Some of the main hubs for luxury residential real estate are New York City, London and Hong Kong, but niche locations – such as Lugano, the Hamptons outside New York City, and rural areas around the world – are gaining in popularity.

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The Wealth-X and Sotheby’s International Realty Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report forecasts that the ongoing shift in the wealth creation cycle from the West to the East, and the growing significance of intergenerational wealth transfers will have significant consequences on the luxury residential real estate market – with a noted emphasis on new developments and a change in investment grade cities.

Below are other key findings from the inaugural report:

  • The value of UHNW-owned residential real estate assets increased by 8% globally in 2014.
  • On average, UHNW individuals own 2.7 owner-occupied residences.
  • As of 2014, over 7% of the world’s UHNW population made their wealth through real estate, up from 5% in 2013.
  • Ultra affluent women value real estate assets more than their male counterparts, holding 16% of the net worth in such assets, on average, compared to less than 10% for men.
  • Luxury residential real estate is an asset class typically favored by UHNW individuals with inherited wealth: these individuals hold 17% of their net worth in such assets, compared to just under 9% for self-made UHNW individuals.
  • UHNW individuals with net worth between US$30 million and US$50 million typically keep their primary residences for over 15 years and their secondary residences for over 10 years.
  • Billionaires change one of their four properties, on average, once every three years.
  • Secondary residences are typically 45% more valuable than primary residences; twice the square footage and have 10 acres of land.
  • At 83%, Monaco has the highest density of foreign-owned UHNW residences.
  • Over 6% of the world’s UHNW population have relocated their primary residence to a different country from which they were born – these individuals often keep a secondary residence in their home countries, and India is the leading country in this respect.

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The Wealth-X and Sotheby’s International Realty Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report 2015, which looks at trends in the UHNW population’s appetite for luxury residential real estate across the world, identifies specific attitudes, behaviors and locations that matter to this industry and this wealth segment.

Wealth-X President David Friedman commented: “Wealth-X is pleased to partner with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand for this inaugural report, which underscores Wealth-X’s commitment to conducting groundbreaking research on the world’s ultra high net worth (UHNW) population. Expert commentary from the Sotheby’s International Realty team complements Wealth-X’s global intelligence on the world’s UHNW population, producing a report that demonstrates a true collaboration between the world’s leading UHNW intelligence provider and the global leader in luxury residential real estate. Luxury residential property is a core component to the anatomy of the ultra affluent at the intersection of their lifestyle and investment.”

“We are proud to partner with Wealth-X to provide valuable insights into today’s luxury real estate market and the buying behaviors of the ultra high net worth consumer,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “We believe that a solid investment in real estate is one of the single best factors for building long-term wealth, and that many of today’s ultra high net worth consumers would agree.”

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