Dining Al Fresco | Exquisite Outdoor Kitchens

There’s nothing quite liking enjoying a meal outdoors. Outfitted with all of the comforts and high-end appliances of an indoor kitchen while showcasing captivating views or tranquil surroundings, we’ve gathered below some outdoor kitchens from around the world to help discover the joys of dining al fresco.

California$3,100,000 USD | Santa Rosa, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

This gated estate is nestled in the heart of Wine Country. Tucked in a peaceful setting among spreading oaks and lush gardens, enjoy this inviting outdoor kitchen and dining space. Complete with fireplace, a sunlit brunch or evening dinner with your friends and family is easy to imagine in this wonderful space.

IsraelPrice Upon Request | Caesarea, Israel | Israel Sotheby’s International Realty

Perfect for viewing sunsets over the Mediterranean, this palatial home is in one of the most sought after regions in all of Israel. The specially constructed Viking outdoor kitchen will offer you and your guests the finest of meals as you dine poolside with views of the adjacent orchards and spice garden.

Arizona$2,975,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Overlooking the 3rd green of Monument Golf Course, this remarkably designed gated residence is a fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces. A complete outdoor kitchen and adjoining dining areas offer inspiring views of the surrounding landscape as the perfect meal is crafted and enjoyed. Experience breath-taking night skies while you take in dinner under the stars.

Canada1 295 000 $ CAD | British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

An enchanting home on historic Thetis Island, this is a timeless family retreat on the famed Clam Bay. A brand new outdoor kitchen and dining space complete with granite counters, barbeque and waterfront view is perfect for any meal of the day. Pick oysters and clams from your own beach and enjoy them fresh in this amazing space.

Incredible Western Retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona / Video House Tour

Inspired by old ranch houses in the West, this incredible estate home with separate guesthouse situated on 2.3 acres is simply unforgettable. Built with Western and Rustic design elements reminiscent of a past era, yet loaded with modern amenities for today’s entertaining.

$2,595,000 USD / Scottsdale, Arizona / Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

World Class Estate in Arizona / Video House Tour

Built of block and stone construction, no detail was overlooked or cost spared. The magnificent Great Room is at the heart of the home and is open to the gourmet kitchen with everything you could ever need or want including a wood burning pizza oven. Walk through a fully retractable 30-foot wall of curved glass doors to access the elegant outdoors with every outdoor amenity.

$6,875,000 USD / Scottsdale, Arizona / Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Living the Golf Lifestyle

From the cliffs of Pebble Beach to the palm trees in Mallorca, golf enthusiasts from around the world undoubtedly will be perfecting their swings this majors tournament season, which kicks off this week at the 2014 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

For the golfer who desires the serenity, prestige and access to links lavished with adventure, owning a golf retreat on their favorite course is a coveted trophy.

Discover five legacy residences that epitomize the luxurious golf lifestyle enjoyed both on and off the course.


Luxury Golf Course Homes / Sherwood Country Club / Thousand Oaks, California$6,800,000 USD / Thousand Oaks, California / Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty

This Hamptons-style, colonial estate overlooks the 16th fairway of the Sherwood Country Club’s Jack Nicklaus golf course. The morning sunlight that illuminates the Santa Monica mountains to the east pours into the home, highlighting its detailed molding, millwork, wainscoting, designer window coverings, hand-hewn wood floors and French doors. Volume ceilings accentuate the spacious open plan.


Luxury Homes for Sale / Desert Mountain Golf Resort / Scottsdale, Arizona$4,750,000 USD / Scottsdale, Arizona / Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

A courtyard that wraps around a teardrop tiled pool and spa distinguishes this custom estate in the Desert Mountain golf community overlooking the 15th hole of Chiricahua, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. A covered patio, fireplace and built-in barbeque with high-top seating invite outdoor entertaining. Theater, wine and game rooms keep guests engaged inside. At bedtime, the master suite beckons, warmed by split-face honey onyx fireplace.

Puerto Rico

St Regis Bahia Beach Resort / Puerto Rico$4,850,000 USD / Rio Grande, Puerto Rico / Puerto Rico Sotheby’s International Realty

One of only three currently built, this Las Estancias residence estate at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort features a Bali-inspired design with panoramic ocean and golf views surrounded by a rainforest. The single-level, double height, plantation-style construction incorporates an infinity edge pool and spa tub on the outdoor terraces. A European double-width kitchen equipped with Wolf and Sub Zero appliances and wet bar open into the formal dining area.


Golf Villa for Sale / Costa Brava, Spain$3,040,000 USD / Caldes De Malavella, Spain / Costa Brava Sotheby’s International Realty

The glass façade of this Spanish villa, designed by de Blacam & Meagher at the PGA Catalunya Resort, looks out onto the 17th fairway and surrounding forest. The outdoor terrace area blends into the indoor living space. The home’s two kitchens – one inside and out – authentic al fresco barbeque oven, custom infinity pool and two fireplaces clearly are intended for owners who enjoy entertaining family and friends.


Kapalua Plantation Golf Course / Hawaii$12,500,000 USD / Kapalua, Hawaii / Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Inspired by 19th century, Craftsman-style Hawaiian homes, this estate overlooking the 16th fairway of Hawaii’s Kapalua Plantation Course merges the history and artistry of a bygone era with the technology, amenities and quality craftsmanship of a modern home. Surrounded by views of the ocean, Moloka’I island and West Maui Forest Reserve, this home’s modern layout includes an indoor pool, spa and outdoor kitchen.

Private Golf Estate / Bridgehampton, new YorkPrice Upon Request / Bridgehampton, New York / Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Three Ponds Farm is an unparalleled private residence on 60+/-picturesque acres in Bridgehampton, New York. Three Ponds offers the only private golf course designed by the legendary Rees Jones, exemplifying his signature style to maximize the course’s aesthetic appeal in its natural environment while creating intriguing, competitive elements. The unique design of the USGA rated course offers 9 holes which can be played in both directions with a charming historic milking barn known as the “fish house,” for a mid-play break. Players can enjoy the two story club house adjacent to the main residence with an English gentlemen’s flare of handsome cherry wood paneling and antique bar with separate guest quarters.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in March 2014

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

Las Vegas Mansions$5,500,000 USD / Las Vegas, Nevada / Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty

Buyers emboldened by the recovering economy take advantage of reduced price tags [in Las Vegas]. “The higher-end homes have lagged in appreciation and people feel the timing may now be right to sell,” says Dale Thornburgh of Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty.

Big House Deals in Las VegasThe Wall Street Journal

Pianist Andre Watts’ New York estate for saleThe Journal News

March Estates for Sale / Hillsborough, CAArchitectural Digest

House hunting: 6 homes for large familiesThe Week

Dream Homes / New YorkNew York Post

All the Right Angles in San Francisco / House of the Day - The Wall Street Journal

Georgian mansion once home of IBM’s Thomas Watson, Jr.Greenwich Times

Producer Dick Richards selling [NYC] padNew York Post

Sotheby’s Paris to present 50 drawings by Pablo PicassoEconomic Times

Luxury in New York: Asia Week Sales at Sotheby’sYareah Magazine

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in February 2014

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

Gold mosaic tile pool / Scottsdale, Arizona

$2,795,000 USD / Scottsdale, Arizona / Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Spring training action includes the Rockies, the Diamondbacks and the Giants. This estate features a 7,559-square-foot contemporary home—with five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and one half bathroom—plus a guest house. It has a lap pool finished in glass and 24-karat gold tiles. The community has six Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses.

Home-Run Homes: Baseball Fans Won’t Want to Miss - The Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty entering China – Inman News

Good Taste in Healdsburg / House of the Day  - The Wall Street Journal

Grand Sale in Scarsdale / House of the Day  - The Wall Street Journal

Most Expensive Houses For Sale In CanadaThe Huffington Post Canada

Luxe Listings in New York CityNew York Post

Realogy Holdings closes 2013 with strong earningsHousing Wire

Rare Slopeside Squaw Valley Listing Costs $5.4 MillionCurbed Ski

Realogy CEO Richard Smith on the state of the housing marketFox Business

Realogy Announces Second FWD Innovation SummitInman News

Sotheby’s Inaugural Designer ShowhouseSotheby’s NY

Arizona Real Estate / Market Spotlight

Tuscon Arizona Homes for Sale

Tuscon, Arizona / $2,000,000 USD / Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

“The best word to describe Arizona’s real estate market in 2013 is ‘momentum.’ We are in full recovery mode and listing and closing at a record pace. We closed just under 500 units in March – certainly one of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty’s best months in five years. What’s happening here is a transition from buyer to seller favorable markets linked to a progression of price point. Overall, Arizona’s economy is on the upswing with employment sectors improving and solid in-migration demographics.” Todd Gillenwater, chief executive officer Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Arizona.

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Captivating Buyers Using Sense of Smell

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Robin Schmid with Coastal Sotheby’s International Realty in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Read their original blog article here: Making “Scents” When Selling Your Home.

When planning an open house or property showing, the most commonly used scent among real estate professionals is freshly baked cookies. Most people love cookies; however, the complexity of this scent may not be the best to highlight the home’s unique characteristics. A recent study found that an individual’s purchase intent is easily influenced by the type of aroma that is introduced to them and that complex scents, such as cookies, distract a buyers attention.  The study suggests using simple scents such as lemon, basil or pine because they are fresh, less distracting and easily recognized.

This can be a great opportunity to find the perfect scent that compliments your home’s unique lifestyle. The best questions to ask yourself when designing this distinct feel is, “What scent would buyers associate with this environment?”

Here are four extraordinary homes from across the Sotheby’s International Realty® network which have been perfectly paired with their ideal scents.

Beach Lifestyle / Sea Breeze Scent

The purest way to complete the waterfront living experience is by adding the subtle scent of a warm sea breeze. For homes located on the Ocean or another salty body of water, simply open the windows and doors on a beautiful day to bring the outdoors in and allow your guests to enjoy the sounds and natural scent of the sea.

luxury waterfront real estate

This picturesque Jupiter Island estate sprawls over 2+ acres and features 227 feet of idyllic direct private beachfront and majestic Atlantic Ocean views. The old-world French inspired charm along with luxurious modern touches makes this beachfront estate an enchanting and serene setting for relaxation and entertainment.

$9,250,000 USD / Jupiter Island, Florida / Coastal Sotheby’s International Realty

Country Lifestyle / Basil or Mint Scent

Accentuate the country lifestyle with a fresh and organic feel. Pick and cut fresh basil or mint from the homes herb garden or a local organic store; use as a decoration throughout the home as well as a garnish for a cool lemonade or water beverage.

tuscany luxury lifestyle homes

Live the Tuscan lifestyle with five-star modern amenities in this beautifully restored farmhouse villa in Italy. Set on a historic estate, which has been converted to a luxury resort and residence club complete with infinity-edged pools, formal and casual dining venues, terraces, artisan shops and a world-class spa and fitness center.

$9,445,023 USD/€ 7.250.000 EUR / Casole D’Elsa, Italy / Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

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Landmark in Your Backyard

Whether in the city or the country, finding a home with a spectacular view is often at the top of many home buyers lists, but for those that value the unique, “the perfect view” requires having a landmark in their backyards.

While some desire a historical conversation piece, others seek these views for unadulterated enjoyment.  If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a home with unobstructed views of a prominent landmark, here are five properties that fit the bill.

Belvedere, California, USA / $10,950,000 / Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty

view of golden gate bridge

Built by J. M. Howells circa 1912, “The Pink House” is Belvedere’s most authentic example of the Mission Revival style. From nearly every room, there are unobstructed views of Mt. Tamalpais, the Sausalito harbor, Golden Gate Bridge and the entire San Francisco skyline.

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

paris france real estate

Renovated by the famous architect, Pierre Yovanovitch, this ninth floor Paris apartment has an extraordinary 13 double french windows that supply beautiful views of all of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower.

Brooklyn, New York, USA / $3,999,999 / Sotheby’s International Realty - Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

dumbo loft apartment

Walls of windows provide stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building from this spacious corner loft apartment in Brooklyn‘s DUMBO neighborhood.  With Venetian plaster walls, the open living, dining and kitchen is great for entertaining.

Sedona, Arizona, USA / $3,199,999 / Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

sedona luxury real estate

Live in harmony with your lifestyle. Casa Barrera is a home of extraordinary beauty and craftsmanship on over an acre of land bordering the national forest with mega red rock views.

Rome, Italy / €2,500,000  EUR, $3,412,038 USD / Rome Sotheby’s International Realty

rome italy real estate

This amazing Rome apartment, located in a historic Palazzo in central Rome, affords a picturesque view of the Roman Forums and Piazza Venezia.

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