Architectural Spotlight | Classic Cape Cod Homes

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Originating in New England in the seventeenth century by English colonists, the single-story, symmetric, and storm-resistant Cape Cod architectural style remains popular today. Though no longer constricted to the compact size of their predecessors, many of the key features that have helped define this timeless style can be found in more contemporary takes on Cape Cod homes. Discovery the inviting, coastal splendor in these quintessential Cape Cod retreats.

Massachusetts$2,795,000 USD | Falmouth, Massachusetts | Sotheby’s International Realty – Falmouth Brokerage

This beautiful Cape enjoys spectacular ocean views from almost every room. Offering incredible curb appeal on a professionally landscaped lot, the home spans 5,000 square-feet of living space with five bedrooms, four-full baths, two fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, irrigation, security system, Juliet Balcony, generator, central air-conditioning, and sun room with wet bar overlooking Vineyard Sound.

Canada10 250 000 $ CAD | Ontario, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Situated in a signature lakeside enclave in sought after Southeast Oakville, this extraordinary and inviting home occupies over 11,000 square-feet of living space and features seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The home sits on the original home site of the Bel Air Estate on approximately three-quarters of an acre, evoking the feeling of a country estate with its twin-gated entrances and forest-like setting. The teams at Gren Weis Architect, Lakehurst Construction, Rodney Deeprose Design and Aldershot Landscaping worked diligently to ensure all work was done to meet the highest construction standards; this is quite apparent the moment you cross the threshold.

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Michigan$6,399,000 USD | Harbor Springs, Michigan | Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty

A gorgeous two-lot Lake Michigan retreat designed to last a lifetime by Marshall Watson interiors, this exceptional 6,000-square-foot residence is situated strategically and was completely remodeled in 2015. Perfect panoramic views of the lush landscape and water are enjoyed from beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows throughout.

California$5,200,000 USD | Pismo Beach, California | Wilson & Co. Sotheby’s International Realty

The Cape travels to the West Coast with this lavish oceanfront estate overlooking San Luis Bay in the exclusive gated community of The Bluffs in Shell Beach, California. Indulge yourself in unobstructed panoramic oceanfront views and breathtaking sunsets from almost every room of this stunning home. Intricately designed in the Cape Cod style, this exquisite three-story estate with elevator boasts four bedrooms, five bathrooms and an expansive oceanfront view deck accessed from all the living areas of the main floor.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in June 2017

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

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$49,500,000 USD | McLean, Virginia | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

“Located on the banks of the Potomac River, the 7 acre estate is about 8 miles from downtown Washington. Its Georgian-style house measures about 23,000 square feet with nine bedrooms”

AOL’s Steve Case Lists Historic Merrywood Estate for $49.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

A Seaside Nantucket Compound Moonlights as the Perfect Summer Getaway – Mansion Global

Five Homes for Tree Lovers – Financial Times

8 of the Most Expensive Properties for Sale in Bermuda – Boat International

Homes Where You Can While Away the Hours – Wall Street Journal

A Penthouse on Lake Como with a Musical History – Mansion Global

NYC’s Delightful ‘Pumpkin House’ is Back for $4.25M – Curbed

For Sale: 6 Stunning Single-Story Homes – The Week

18 of the Oldest Homes in America for Sale – Architectural Digest

A New York Townhouse, Typewriter Included – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Luxembourg – The New York Times

A Home for Literature in Prague – Financial Times

Milan’s Brera Neighborhood is Artsy Cool – and Upmarket, Too – Mansion Global

The Art of Living With and Within Art – T Brand Studio

10 Vineyard Homes You Can Actually Move Into – Elle Decor

Andy Warhol’s First Self-Portrait is on the Auction Block – Architectural Digest

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in June 2017

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

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$2,375,000 USD | Princeton, New Jersey | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

“…[Moses] Pyne’s 1901 Neo-Tudor country house, Rockwood Dairy, was spared no expense, and these intricate details are still seen throughout the home.”

A 19th-Century Princeton Home with Original Details Throughout – Mansion Global

Onetime Los Angeles Home of Groucho Marx Lists – Wall Street Journal

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday: 5 Mid-Century Modern Homes for Sale – Robb Report

A 16th-Century Florence-Area Villa that May Have Been Designed by Michelangelo – Mansion Global

Three Gorgeous Waterfront Estates for Sale – Galerie

1925 Mediterranean-Style House Above the Sunset Strip Seeks $2.3M – Curbed

Six Homes in Remote Places for Buyers Seeking Maximum Privacy – Financial Times

An 18th-Century Irish Home Set on 31 Verdant Acres – Mansion Global

English Tudor Revival Pours on the Ambience in Altadena – Los Angeles Times

Buying a Second House Just Got Easier – Architectural Digest

Melbourne’s ‘Rock Solid’ Suburb of Toorak Has Been Desirable for Over 100 Years – Mansion Global

10 Gorgeous Homes That Get Luxe Mountain Living Right – Elle Decor

Diamond Ring Purchased for $13 as Costume Jewelry Sells for $848K – CNN

Sotheby’s to Auction Santiago Barberi Gonzalez’s New York Estate – WWD

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in June 2017

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

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$149,000,000 USD | Gateway, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“With views of the surrounding multi-colored cliffs and La Sal Mountains, the house has an elevator and a two-level circular stone library with a domed roof.”

Discovery Channel Founder Lists Remote Ranch for $149 Million – Wall Street Journal

Buy a Beautiful Beachfront Home in Greece – Robb Report

In Melbourne, a Modern House with a Classical Air – Mansion Global

Beverly Grove Contemporary Takes a Balinese Approach – Los Angeles Times

House of the Week: IDEO Founder’s Californian Hideaway – WWD

Homes that Put the Ball in Your Court – Wall Street Journal

For Sale: 7 Homes by Notable Architects – The Week

5 Luxury Homes with Outrageously Beautiful Libraries – Forbes

Venice is Full of Secret Palazzos for Sale – Bloomberg

An Instant Landmark Raises its Dual Faces in Highland Park – Los Angeles Times

Amsterdam’s Canal Ring District Has Historic Charm and Water Views – Mansion Global

London’s Rivals: What Luxembourg Can Offer Relocating Financiers – Financial Times

House Hunting in… Canada – The New York Times

New Zealand Attracting Local and Foreign Buyers, Sees Price Jumps and Record Sales – Mansion Global

San Francisco: The New Hip Areas Attracting City’s Tech Workers – Financial Times

10 Dream Homes that Take City Dwelling to a Whole New Level – Elle Decor

RM Sotheby’s 2017 Ferrari-only Auction Announced – Classic & Performance Car

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in May 2017

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Price Upon Request | Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

” The main 8,500-square-foot home has six bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms. It has a portico entrance, covered alfresco dining terraces and a modern guest house with one bedroom and 1½ bathrooms.”

 A Stately Sydney House Taken Back to its Roots – Wall Street Journal

Vertical Living in Hollywood Hills Contemporary – Los Angeles Times

Lush, 20-Acre Private Island in the Bahamas Lists for $16 Million – Mansion Global

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Luxury Presence into Austria – Sotheby’s International Realty

For Sale: The World’s Best Luxury Penthouses – Boat International 

Robert Redford’s UES Hideaway Can Be Yours for $1.35M – New York Post

A Custom Maui Home Overlooking the Pacific Ocean – Mansion Global

Home Buyers Flock to Long Island’s North Shore – Wall Street Journal

Montpellier: Prime, Standout Homes in France’s Fastest Growing City – Financial Times

East Hills, N.Y.: A Village Green Built with Recreation in Mind – The New York Times

Montevideo’s Carrasco is an In-Demand Suburb that Combines City and Beach Life – Mansion Global

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts: Holiday Home of US Presidents – Financial Times

10 Homes That are Modern-Living Goals – Inside and Out – Elle Decor

Margaret Thatcher’s Signature Cartier Brooch to Go on Sale at Sotheby’s  – The Telegraph

An Entire Room of Giacometti is for Sale at Sotheby’s – Architectural Digest

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in February 2017

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

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$9,500,000 USD | Cherry Hills Village, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“If you’re a fan of architect Toshiko Mori, you’ll love this Zen Colorado retreat. Situated on 2.5 acres, the $9.5 million, 10,000-square-foot home boasts indoor-outdoor living spaces that highlight the surrounding natural beauty. “

This $9.5 Million Home Includes a Private Floating Meditation Den – Architectural Digest

For Sale: Six Homes Designed by Famous Architects – Financial Times

Japan’s Traditional ‘Minka’ Homes Gain a New Following – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Montreal – The New York Times

Stars Lurk in the History of this Hollywood Hills Tudor – Los Angeles Times

A Home for Surfing in Ma’alaea Bay, Maui, Hawaii – Financial Times

Hamptons Preview – Mansion Global

A Look Inside the D.C.-area’s Most Expensive Homes for Sale – Washington Post

What $3 Million Gets You Outside the City – Boston.com

This Insanely Glamorous Old Florida Estate is on the Market – Coastal Living

Of Cays and Bays: The Serenity of Beachfront Living – T Brand Studio

10 Dream Homes that Take City Dwelling to a Whole New Level – Elle Decor

Klimt Painting Expected to Fetch Well Over $45M at Sotheby’s Auction – The Guardian

Innovative Architecture | Ultra-Modern Homes

Modern architecture comprises many different styles and designs, with no one set of defining standards.  Visually and aesthetically pleasing, modern architecture places an emphasis on horizontal and vertical lines and 90-degree angles.  From the Cayman Islands to the Republic of Malta, explore ultra-modern homes of the world.

Ultra modern 1 - Cayman Islands

$6,500,000 USD | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

This ultra-contemporary beach house was designed by award-winning architects Nicolas Tye and local firm John Doak Architecture.  With clean, modern lines and bold architectural angles, the home won the Governor’s Award 2015 for Design and Construction Excellence in the Cayman Islands.  Ideal for indoor/outdoor entertaining, the 8,000-square-foot property features floor-to-ceiling glass walls and doors, glassed-in balconies off the bedrooms and three rooftop terraces with dramatic overhangs maximizing shade.  Outside there is an L-shaped lap pool, garden and hammock adorned private beach.

Ultra modern 2 - Oregon

$2,350,000 USD | Sisters, Oregon | Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty

A custom-built estate, this captivating modern home was designed by renowned architect James Cutler.  Known as “Famous Tree,” the property is situated on 41 acres and perched upon the edge of a 1,400-foot cliff.  Famous Tree is a 2,300-square-foot home with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and 180-degree views of the Whychus Canyon, Broken Top mountain, Three Sisters mountain and Smith Rock State Park.

Ultra modern 4 - Malta

7.942.500€ EUR | Ibragg, Malta | Malta Sotheby’s International Realty

Ultra-modern in design, this unique home features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout offering tranquil views of the surrounding property and distant views of the sea.  The property has an open floor plan, three bedrooms, balconies and a large entertaining deck.  Spanning 5,000 square-meters, the property also has an infinity pool.

Ultra modern 5 - Connecticut

$19,500,000 USD | Ridgefield, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

With indoor pools running through the residence and an additional outdoor pool at the rear of the property, this ultra-modern estate was designed by world-famous architect Rafael Viñoly.  Situated on 16 acres of land, the home comprises three bedrooms, three full-bathrooms and four half-bathrooms.  The master bedroom is located within the residence’s private tower and there is additionally a penthouse office, rooftop observation deck, lower level guest quarters and 360-degrees of the surrounding gardens.

Modern European Homes

Out with old and in with the new; for many years, styles emanating from Europe have dictated design worldwide. While some trends show that modernizing older styles or finding sophistication and comfort in historically inviting properties is on the rise, architects and designers continue to push the envelope in European countries.With unique shapes, lots of 90-degree angles, energy efficiency, and monochrome color palettes, the modern style is an intriguing look into what the future of home design may bring. Explore the homes below that exhibit the one-of-a-kind design facets that make modern architecture so captivating.

Brussels_BelgiumPrice Upon Request | Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

In the Vivier d’Oie quarter of Brussels, this five-bedroom, five-bathroom villa is a quintessential modern home. Complete with low-energy amenities, under floor heating, and sharp cubic design, this contemporary property offers “Modern Living 101” for the uninitiated. With enormous glass walls, high ceilings, and minimalistic design cues, this Belgian home is exquisite.

Paris_France2.500.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

While offering an elegant panoramic view from the terrace on the outside, this Parisian duplex apartment eloquently spins modern living in France. The prominently featured steel and wood spiral staircase, glass fixtures, large windows, and monochromatic color palette are all inherently modern. Minimalistic furnishings and the use open space complete picturesque modern European living.

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

With completely custom design, nature’s soaring mountains cradle this inviting take on modern style. Uniquely crafted design blends minimalist and modern luxuries with panoramic views making this unforgettable home an escape nestled in the Mont Blanc.

Gavirate_ItalyPrice Upon Request | Varese, Italy | Lake Como Sotheby’s International Realty

This prestigious property is characterized by a pure and minimalist modern design, cutting-edge technology, and a spectacular view of the Lake of Varese. A wholly unique iron and glass staircase leads to the first floor from the open space ground floor entrance. Geothermal, solar and seasonal air-conditioning with winter heating and summer cooling, centralized vacuum cleaner, automatic motorized blinds, and rainwater recycling for irrigation are among the energy efficient amenities offered by this captivating home.

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.

5 Iconic Mid-Century Modern Homes for Sale

It’s no secret that the mid-century modern style has come back in a significant way in recent years. From furniture to art to design, the mid-century modern movement has reemerged as one of the preeminent trends of this decade.

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Left: Barcelona® Chair Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, produced by Knoll®, $5,271.00, designwithinreach.com; Right: Frank Lloyd Wright Laylight from the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, NY (c. 1903-1905), LOT SOLD. 149,000 USD, Sothebys.com

With it’s clean lines, natural style it’s no wonder there has been a resurgence in its popularity. In honor of this classic modern style, explore our collection of 5 mid-century modern homes currently available for purchase.

Philip Johnson Modern

$2,795,000 USD / New Canaan, Connecticut / William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated on 2.2 acres, this important and significant Philip Johnson modern has been completely restored. Surrounded by manicured lawns, mature plantings, this stunning house designed of stone and glass, boasts high ceilings, original period fixtures, and original cabinetry. A true masterpiece that incorporates the landscape and nature into its interior experience.

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$1,950,000 USD / Madison, Connecticut / William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

With a spectacular glass barn-style guest house designed by the renowned architect Philip Johnson, The Tremaine Estate (c. 1720) is an enchanting property set on 6 country acres. The main residence is a historic and meticulously updated Cape Cod-style house boasting a mid-century glass room overlooking the pool, stone walled courtyard and expansive lawn.

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$2,400,000 USD / River Forest, Illinois / Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

The William H. Winslow House (c. 1893) was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first independent commission. This iconic home features Wright’s emerging design philosophy and contains numerous original details throughout including bronze and iron ornamentation, exquisite oak floors, built-in seating nooks, four fireplaces and original art glass windows.

$12,900,000 USD / Greenwich, Connecticut / Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

Considered one of the area’s most prominent architectural achievements, this extraordinary mid-century modern style home is unmatched in its expert design, craftsmanship, and meticulous attention to detail. Superbly crafted by Warren Platner, an internationally acclaimed architect, his distinctive style creates an intrinsic balance of indoor spaces that merge with the surrounding landscape to incorporate the native environment into daily living.

Frank Lloyd Wright John Howe Home

$3,995,000 USD / New Canaan, Connecticut / William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

This prestigious private lane estate was designed by John Howe, Frank Lloyd Wright’s head architect. Set on seven gorgeous acres, this magnificent modern masterpiece was totally renovated and expanded in 2007 using the Master’s original concept drawings as a guide.

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