Best Places in the World to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2015

A new year is upon us and we’re back with more spectacular places to ring in the New Year!

Bahamas$8,250,000 USD | Harbour Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Bahamas New Year’s Eve

Relaxing on soft white sand with turquoise waters at a beachfront estate in The Bahamas is a great way to ring in the New Year but The Bahamas has even more to offer for someone looking to celebrate. Complete with music, street performers, costumes, and fireworks over the ocean, Bahamian Junkanoo street parades take place on New Year’s Eve and continue into New Year’s Day and are an excellent, festive way to ring in the New Year, island style.

Berlin2.100.000 € EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

Berlin New Year’s Eve

Around the world, Berlin has a reputation for its New Year’s Eve, or Silvester, celebration. People flock to fill “Party Mile” and enjoy live music and traditional wine and food fare. After taking in the celebrations, fireworks can be enjoyed at midnight in a city apartment overlooking the crowds below.

Maui$8,500,000 USD | Maui, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Maui New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day in Maui offers the opportunity to start the New Year with a hike up Haleakala and marvel in the beauty of an incredible sunrise. New Year’s Eve nightlife is also in full swing, whether it be fireworks on a catamaran dinner cruise, a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach or at a traditional Hawaiian luau—there’s something for everyone.

Vegas$2,888,888 USD | Las Vegas, Nevada | Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve

An obvious choice, the options for celebrations are limitless. From shows to concerts to nightlight that never sleeps, it’s a great place to kick off 2015. Come midnight, once you’ve taken in all the city has to offer, watch from above as fireworks go off throughout the city in a luxury penthouse in the heart of Las Vegas.

The Bahamas | Market Spotlight

Bahamas$13,990,000 USD | Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby´s International Realty

 “The political and socio-economic stability of The Bahamas, along with its tax-neutral laws, kept the high-end market humming throughout the global financial crisis. From 2008 through 2011, many wealthy Europeans and South Americans flocked to buy real estate in the Bahamas in order to establish residency and insulate themselves from volatile financial markets and inevitable tax hikes in their home countries. On the other hand, during this period we saw very few buyers in the midrange ($750,000 to $1 million) vacation condo market. However, that trend has changed significantly over the last two years. Vacation buyers from the United States and Canada have been snapping up beachfront and ocean view condos in Nassau and Paradise Island, as they see great value in comparison to other beach and resort destinations around the world. This increased activity has driven up transaction volume and price points 15 to 20 percent over the past two years. There is a sense of strong optimism in the Bahamas market, which has attracted a number of renowned international developers to initiate new projects throughout our islands. With top-quality inventory and favorable economic conditions, we expect demand and prices to continue to rise.”

– Nick Damianos, estate agent, Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

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Significant Sales Volumes 7 & 8 2014

The latest issue of Significant Sales features top sales from around the world, beginning with a private beach home in the Bahamas. Also featured is an architecturally stunning residence in New York City, a country French masterpiece in California and over forty other properties from across the globe.

Lyford Cay Bahamas Harbor House$42,000,000 USD | Bahamas | Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty

Bahamas- This property offers its owners their own private beach in a secure community. Meticulously maintained, the spacious 30,000 square foot family home is situated on two acres with 590 feet of frontage located at the entrance to the Lyford Cay Marina. One of the most prestigious properties in Lyford Cay, included in the sale is a 1.4 acre beachfront lot across the street. Amenities include a tennis court, pool, Jacuzzi, 200 feet of dock and all of the necessary improvements for easy tropical living.

Greenwich 27.5m (1)$27,500,000 USD | Connecticut, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty-Greenwich Brokerage

Connecticut- An hour’s drive from New York City, beautiful Conyers Farms is where Academy Award-winning producer and director Ron Howard and his wife chose to raise their family. Their private country estate, consisting of approximately 32 acres of unparalleled privacy showcases a splendid shingle style main house with more than eighteen thousand square feet, a charming Craftsman style two-bedroom guest house, an indoor sports complex, observatory silo with Meade telescope, barns, paddocks, ivy-draped stone head house, greenhouse plus formal rose, boxwood and organic gardens.

East Side 20.5m$20,500,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty-East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York- This architecturally stunning full floor prewar residence on Fifth Avenue is in triple mint condition and was designed by world-renowned architect, Roger Ferris. Situated on 88th Street directly opposite the Guggenheim Museum, the views of Central Park, the Reservoir and city skyline from this 11th Floor apartment are truly spectacular.

East Hampton 21.5m (1)$21,500,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty-East Hampton Brokerage

New York- This unique European Villa was built in 1915 and designed by noted architect William Bottomley. It was completely renovated in 2009 by architect Robert Young, who combined contemporary elements with the original details in all six bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths. There is a large living room with dual fireplaces, chef’s kitchen with copper and steel cabinetry and tamarind wood ledges. Surrounded by four rolling acres of lush green lawns, orchards, lily pond, immaculate gardens, tennis court and oversized pool with pool house, the home has private ocean access.

Georgica Cove, 26 West End Rd, East Hampton, NY, Long Island, New York$21,250,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty-East Hampton Brokerage

New York- This home has sensational sunset waterviews from a vacant 3.2-acre meadow with an open lawn to 197 feet directly on Georgica Pond. The estate is minutes to the ocean beach. It is zoned for a 15,000 square foot residence, pool and tennis court.

Ewing 19.750m (1)$19,750,000 USD California, USA | Ewing Sotheby’s International Realty

California- This brand new home is gate and very private.  A country French masterpiece, it is set on three flat acres and has its own vineyard.

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Aviation Real Estate | Fly-in, Fly-out

Helipads, runway homes and fly-in communities, oh my. No matter your preference, having aviation amenities to fly in and out at your leisure is certainly extraordinary. Explore four spectacular aviation homes for sale around the world, suited for aviation enthusiasts. Community Wyoming

Price Upon Request | Alpine, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Fly-in Community

Nestled among rugged mountains and the Palisades Reservoir, The Refuge fly-in residential community has the greatest breadth and depth of opportunities for the true sportsman. The Refuge is a private community within the Alpine Airpark, a spectacular and user friendly airport with inexpensive fuel and no landing fees. The runway, at 5,664′ elevation, is 6,000 ft long and is situated in a convenient east-west orientation, ideal for the prevailing winds. Spain Helipad

3.600.000 € EUR | Mallorca, Spain | Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

Helipad Home

This six bedroom country house sits next to a protected area offering total privacy and tranquility. The expansive terrace offers stunning panoramic views across the plains to the mountains. The home has a large swimming pool and its own helipad, making it easily accessible by air. Bahamas Sea Plane

Price Upon Request | Exuma, Bahamas| Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty

Seaplane Access Home

This private island in the central Bahamas offers the ultimate privacy without walls or fences. The property has living quarters for 22, comfy guest cottages and a main house. A spa, gym, salon and infinity pool add to this luxurious private resort. Set on the water, the property has docks leading out to the cerulean waters, perfect for fishing, snorkeling boating and arriving in a Cessna 208 floatplane. Private Hangar Washington

$2,200,000 USD | Washougal, Washington | Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty

Hanger Home

Placed delicately on a quiet street, Mt. Pleasant Farm is a 5600 square foot home with 72 lush, private, awe-inspiring acres. It has a stable with 4 stalls, a private 1/2 acre lake, and completely uninterrupted 360 degree views of the Columbia river. The FAA certified runway leads to a 2,500 square foot airplane hangar that can hold any sized single engine, and most light twin engine, aircraft and has two sets of outdoor tie downs on the paved exterior pad.

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More Than Just a Place to Dock Your Boat | Waterfront Homes

When affluent consumers are considering their next purchase,  waterfront properties top the list, according to the Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Lifestyle Report. Explore these magnificent waterfront homes featuring docks, a luxury amenity trending among affluent consumers around the world.

Dock_Savannah Georgia

$4,900,000 USD | Savannah, Georgia | Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

Dating back to 1880, this clapboard home, sits on Grimball Creek in Savannah, Georgia. The five bedroom home features a wraparound porch and terrace, offering unparalleled views of the Intracoastal Waterway. The home also features a game room, wine cellar and it’s very own private deepwater dock, perfect for boating and shrimping.

Dock_Gland Switzerland

Price Upon Request | Gland, Switzerland | Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

This ravishing waterfront home sits on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by broad meadows, fields and woodland with breathtaking views of the lake and Alps. The property, built in 1923 enjoys direct access to the lake, with a jetty and breakwater providing moorings for several boats.  The home also features a tennis court, swimming pool, stables and a spectacular vaulted wine cellar and tasting room in the basement.

Dock_Knoxville Tennessee

$2,950,000 USD | Knoxville, Tennessee | Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty

This lovely lakefront estate has floor to ceiling windows that offer lots of natural light. The home is located in the Tennessee Valley between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau in the southern region of the Appalachian Mountain chain, an area known for its scenic beauty. Outside, the house boasts a pool, pool house, lush landscaping, barn, and boat dock with lift.

Dock_Holland Michigan

$18,900,000 USD | Holland, Michigan | Crawford Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Sited on historic Lake Macatawa, the Hazelbank Estate exudes privacy and plentiful acreage on Pine Creek Bay. This John Tilton designed estate is the epitome of grace, dignity and classic architectural design integrity presenting the opportunity to be a family legacy home in a one of a kind environment. The property offers a horse barn, pastures, paddocks, and a 10-acre pine wooded area for riding and hiking. Additional amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a dock on the lake.

Dock_Paradise Island Bahamas

$21,500,000 USD | Paradise Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Villa Florentine is an elegant estate featuring luxurious touches while maintaining the ambience of comfortable Caribbean living. The property boasts 12 bedrooms, has extensive entertaining spaces and is positioned for views down the central waterway. This majestic family compound also has 175 feet of bulk-headed canal frontage with docks and boatlifts – perfect for keeping a collection of motor yachts, sailboats and jet skis. In addition to amenities including a pool and billiards room, the most alluring element of this remarkably lavish house is the rooftop sunbathing deck and the observation tower that affords amazing views.

Dock_Hunts Points Washington

$8,750,000 USD | Hunts Point, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

This waterfront estate is a vision of modern luxury. The architecturally stunning residence provides relaxed, refined living with light and airy spaces. Gracious living space blends between indoors and out providing ample entertaining areas. The home also features a wine cellar and a dock on the lake.

Dock_Mont-Tremblant Canada

7 999 000 $ CAD | Mont-Tremblant, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

This unique waterfront residence on Lac Tremblant faces west and captures stunning sunset views over the lake. The traditional post and beam style home sits on a pristine landscaped 5.05 acre lot with 758 feet of shoreline on Lac Tremblant, including a sandy beach, private dock and tennis court.

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Innocence Island in Exuma Cays, Bahamas / Video

There are corners of the world that are simply more beautiful than the rest: Innocence Island is one of them. One of the last pearls on the magical Exuma chain of islands, Innocence seems separated by not only space, but time. Innocence Island is a private 681 acre paradise with great elevations, secluded bays, 6 white sand beaches, fresh well water, rich soil with mature native fruit trees and tropical foliage.

This private island is selling to the highest bidder at or above $10 million on May 15, 2014.

$10,000,000 USD (Reserve) / Exuma Cays, Bahamas / Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Significant Sales September 2013

The September 2013 issue of Significant Sales features top sales from diverse locations around the world, beginning with a spectacular $44 million property in Colorado’s Snowmass Village. Also featured is a sprawling waterfront estate overlooking San Francisco, a private island in the Bahamas and over twenty other properties from across the globe.

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Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty / $44,000,000 USD / Colorado, USA

Colorado—Situated on 504 private acres in Snowmass Village, this property is a compound that includes a main house, guest house, barn, pastures, ponds with water rights, outdoor spaces and breathtaking views. The main house features more than 23,000 square feet on three levels with four bedrooms, five full baths, three half baths, contemporary kitchen, formal and informal living and family rooms, his and her master baths and closets and large exercise room. There also is a massage room, indoor spa with sunken hot tub, multiple offices, game room, three-tiered theater, wet bar, vaulted ceilings and beautiful outdoor spaces with fire pit and wood-burning fireplace.

luxury estates for sale San Francisco bay area

Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty / Sales Price Undisclosed / California, USA

California—This newly completed 15,500 square foot estate on 1.14 waterfront acres is located in the prestigious south side of Belvedere Island on the San Francisco Bay, with unobstructed views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The home features seven bedrooms, nine full and two half baths, three car garage and space for 20 cars within the gated 200 foot driveway and cobblestone motor court. There is a 50 foot pool with cabana/spa, gym with sauna and steam room, state-of-the-art home theater, temperature controlled wine cellar and a 50 foot art gallery.

private islands for sale

Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty / $24,000,000 USD / Bahamas

Bahamas—This exclusive private island of 167 acres is set in the Exuma Cays, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas of the Bahamas. With breathtaking scenery, this unspoiled paradise is surrounded by seven white sand beaches, azure waters, stunning natural coves, hidden caves and lush tropical foliage. Located only 124 miles southeast of Nassau, and just 90 minutes by air from Miami International Airport, the property has a well-sheltered marina of 1.4 acres, natural roadways, a helipad and a ramp for seaplanes. The two main residences rest on a hilltop, offering stunning views. A separate one bedroom cottage sits on a picturesque point with views of the marina.

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Living on the World’s Best Beaches

Sandy shores and picturesque scenes make-up Travel + Leisure‘s first-ever Best Beach on Earth survey. From people-watching to seclusion to wildlife viewing, the list of 30 blissful beaches has something for every interest.

Want to own your own slice of paradise?  Here are four homes located on one of these acclaimed beaches.

South Beach, Miami

south beach luxury penthouse for sale

$25,000,000 USD / Miami Beach, Florida / ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Über chic South Beach penthouse with a private rooftop deck, double walk-in glass wine rooms and the latest SAVANT home technology. The fabulous driftwood-inspired color palette is surrounded by 270? ocean and beach views. This spectacular home is the only penthouse in SOBE with movie theatre.

Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

Pink Sands Beach Bahamas

$7,500,000 USD / Harbour Island, Bahamas / Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Perched  above the famous Pink Sands Beach, a coveted 3-mile long beach, is a 2-acre family compound known as Driftwood Beach House. The compound includes a main house with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and stunning sea views, a separate guest apartment, abundant covered and open terraces and an idyllic beachside cabana perfect for lounging in the gentle sea breeze.

Hapuna Beach, Hawaii

Kamuela Luxury homes for sale

$3,795,000 USD / Kamuela, Hawaii, MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

Located with easy access to Hapuna Beach, this lovely town home has endless ocean views perfect for gorgeous sunsets and seasonal whale watching. Ownership privileges at Kauna’oa include a private par 3 practice golf course, an exercise pavilion, individual wine storage lockers and an on-site residential concierge.

Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands 

seven mile beach homes for sale grand cayman

$750,000 USD / Grand Cayman Island / Grand Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Plantana, Grand Cayman is located on the Seven Mile Beach. The most sought after beachfront location in the Caribbean.

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Bahamas Private Island in Sandy Cay / House Tour

A real life oasis, this Bahamas private island retreat in Sandy Cay has been developed to the standards of an upscale resort. 8 acres of unspoiled paradise, 2 beaches with over 800 feet of pristine white sand on the protected Sea of Abaco. Set in the beautiful Abaco Islands, the tropical locale is stunning with turquoise waters and a lush vibrant landscape.

Sandy Cay, Bahamas / Daminanos Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Homes in the Bahamas: Ocean Club Estates / House Tour

Discover the prestigious gated community of Ocean Club Estates. Ocean Club Estates is private gated community with 122 single-family home sites and 88 condominiums. Ocean Club Estates features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf, 2 beaches, tennis courts a fabulous restaurant with stunning vistas over the golf course and an open-air beach club on the world famous Paradise Beach.

Paradise Island, Bahamas / Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty