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 Art & Home – April 2015

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! This month we’re showcasing tranquil, harmonious environments inspired by Asia that provide refuge from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

California$2,300,000 USD | Beverly Hills, California | Sotheby’s International Realty- Beverly Hills Brokerage

Because the external world seems to be in a perpetually chaotic and frenzied whirlwind, internally, serenity is always in style.Creating a calm, meditative state within one’s home with an environment that’s at once soothing, orderly and sophisticated, can be achieved by incorporating earthy colors with inspired furnishings and restrained accessories, so each room is a serene, tranquil haven.

Colorado$2,625,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

The hallmark of this approach: Asian-inspired décor, which utilizes classic elements from exotic nations such as China, Japan, India and Nepal: a Mongolian area rug; an antique, blue and white Chinese vase from the Ming Dynasty; a delicately hand-painted Japanese screen; an ornately carved console or chest.  The Zen is in the details. “Clients want touches, not whole spaces, to look Asian,” said French native interior designer Marie Burgos.

North Carolina$7,800,000 USD | Raleigh, North Carolina | Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty

So the key to a successful design is not to recreate period rooms, noted New York City interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield, but rather to employ economy of design with carefully selected, refined furnishings that have clean lines, combined with a selection of ornamental pieces, for an eclectic effect. “Contemporary Asian styling is less ornate than in previous years, less formal and rigid,” added Andrew Hunter of Sotheby’s International Realty in Thailand.

Thailand$9,750,000 USD | Phuket, Thailand | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

Additionally, the principles of feng shui are sometimes utilized to emphasize an uncluttered, open flow throughout the spaces, and to accentuate harmony and balance.  To that end, New York-based Burgos incorporates the five natural elements –wood, fire, earth, metal and water—in her home designs.  The elements needn’t be literal, she emphasized.  The earth, for instance, can be represented with a collection of terra cotta vases or stone tiles. Fire can come into play via an interpretive lighting fixture, while a pop of red in a painting can serve the same purpose.   But it’s best to keep the overall color palette in neutral tones to underscore the desired intent:  a peaceful space.

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Top 10 Significant Sales of 2014

From tranquil island escapes and elegant metropolitan penthouses, to panoramic coastal vistas and everything in between, many remarkable properties changed hands through our network during last year. Explore the Top 10 Significant Sales of 2014 below. 

#10 – Turks and Caicos Islands

TCI 23M (3)Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty | $23,000,000 USD | Turks and Caicos Islands

This spectacular 169-acre development parcel has more than 2,793 feet of frontage and an ideal mix of beach and iron shore. It graces a pristine and tranquil shoreline and neighbors one of the region’s most breath-taking and noteworthy properties, Amanyara.

#9 – California

Ewing 24m (2)Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty | Price Undisclosed | California, USA

In 1927, on Chalon Road in the hills of Bel-Air, the owners of a dramatic 1.5 acre parcel with awe- inspiring vistas hired an emerging architect, Gordon B. Kaufmann, to develop a unique vision for their property. The result is a truly iconic home that today is considered by experts to be a significant part of the architectural history of Los Angeles. Lovingly renovated and meticulously maintained, this extremely rare offering has been expanded and updated to accommodate 21st century living while graciously preserving the integrity and resplendence of the origi- nal design. Abundant detailing and amenities are found throughout the home’s three-level, 11,505 square foot floor plan. The generous use of rich varietal woods, ornately carved stone and light fixtures fashioned from sterling silver, onyx and fine crystal are superb representations of the era’s artisan craftsmanship.

#8 – New York

East side 25m (2)Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage | $25,000,000 USD | New York, USA

Perched on the 30th and 31st floors of a white-glove limestone condo- minium, this impressive duplex boasts phenomenal 360-city and park views from 52 oversized windows. Spanning 6,286 square feet, the sprawling 12 room apartment has 10 foot ceilings and grandly proportioned rooms. The gracious floor plan is distinguished by a large gallery with a sweeping staircase and features a huge corner Living room with wood- burning fireplace, a library and an elegant Dining room, as well as a cozy study. There is also a state-of-the-art Kitchen, windowed Breakfast room, Staff bath and a conveniently placed Powder room. Upstairs the private quarters include a massive Master suite comprised of three rooms and baths plus a vast walk in closet/dressing room. There are two additional bedrooms and an enormous Media room, also with ensuite bathroom.

#7 – Connecticut

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

An hour’s drive from New York City, beautiful Conyers Farms is where Academy Award-winning pro- ducer and director Ron Howard and his wife chose to raise their family. Their private country es- tate, 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.

#6 – Texas

Kuper sale price undiscKuper Sotheby’s International Realty | Price Undisclosed | Texas, USA

Located in the Texas Hill Country, with 4.5 miles of both sides of the beautiful Sabinal River, the property is shaded by huge century-plus old cypress trees and Little Creek. It was offered for the first time in more than 80 years. Picturesque improvements include a 1930s main home and guesthouse, staff cabin, vintage farm house, barn, equipment sheds and cattle pens.

#5 – Sydney

Sydney 28.050m(usd) (2)Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty | $28,000,000 USD | Australia

One of Australia’s most outstanding homes, this property is situated in Point Piper’s best posi- tion, north facing with uninterrupted views of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The home has an exceptional and seldom offered street to water position with absolute deep water frontage and boat house on title with full slipway and deep water jetty. Designed by renowned Gergely & Pinter Architects, the home is ideal for entertaining on a grand scale, overlooking the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour. The views encapsulate 180 degrees from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and right through to Manly. The substantial accommodation and facilities include six bedroom suites and eight-and-a-half bathrooms, as well as separate self-contained apartment with private entrance. 

#4 – New York

19 Robertson Drive, Sag Harbor, NYSotheby’s International Realty Southhampton Brokerage | $31,750,000 USD | New York, USA

 Brilliantly conceived and built, this circa 2005 Lutyens-inspired stone and stucco mansion is perfectly positioned on six acres of waterfront property with a deep water dock. The 10,000 square foot house has well-proportioned rooms including a formal living room and gathering room, both with stone fireplaces, and circular alcove. Ideal for entertaining or relaxing on any scale, the house is complete with a paneled billiards room with fireplace, a fully-appointed media room, read- ing room, gym, a chef ’s dream kitchen and formal dining room. There also are seven fireplaces, an elevator, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Facing west with breathtaking sunsets, the exte- riors are as impressive as the house. An extensive covered terrace, with year-round stone hot tub, overlooks the heated Gunite swimming pool and 350 feet of beachfront. There are also tennis and basketball courts and a separate four-car garage.

#3 – The Bahamas

 testing123Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty | $42,000,000 USD | 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 canal frontage overlooking the Lyford Cay Marina. 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.

#2 – New York

 East Side Manhattan 56m (1)Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage | $56,000,000 USD | New York, USA

This property features the exceptional personal service of Park Hyatt’s new five-star flagship hotel. Located across from Central Park and Columbus Circle, One57 is surrounded by the city’s best restau- rants, shopping, entertainment and the cultural offerings of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Broadway.

#1 – Hong Kong

 HK SIR - 58mHong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty | $58,000,000 USD | Hong Kong

 This luxuriously presented townhouse is located in a prestigious area surrounded by rolling hills and overlooks the city, offering a well-appointed contemporary interior and amazing outdoor space on the rooftop terrace. There also is a huge private garden that comes with a swimming pool. This spacious, light-filled home features high ceilings to accentuate the elegant overall design. The house is also refurbished in white marble walls and flooring throughout, with every level in the home constructed with a separated open staircase and a private elevator with access to every level. There is a dome design window ceiling, which completes the overall luxurious design.

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Impressive Entertainer’s Estate in Calabasas, California | Video House Tour

$17,000,000 USD | Calabasas, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Sunset Strip Brokerage

Sprawling over 17,000 square feet, this stately home is located within the guard-gated equestrian community of Hidden Hills. A perfect combination of flow and function, the dual-structured estate offers a wide array of amenities to promote tranquil relaxation, exquisite entertaining and a private work environment. Enjoy unrivaled views of the San Gabriel Mountains, spacious home theater, saloon, and gym in this exclusive quintessential Californian masterpiece.

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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Oceanfront Penthouse in La Jolla, California | Video House Tour

Located on an oceanfront street in the world renowned La Jolla Village, this penthouse enjoys sweeping ocean views. Vanishing glass pocket doors open to oversized entertaining balcony with fireplace, fit for entertaining, relaxation and experiencing colorful sunsets.

$6,950,000 USD | La Jolla, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Fit for Fitness in 2015

Sticking to your new year’s resolution is tough. Fitting gym time into a hectic schedule and managing your work-life balance can quickly put plans for a fitter you on the backburner. However, there are creative ways to make achieving your goals much more convenient. Let’s take a look at five extraordinary homes with access to fun and inspiring fitness amenities that make it easy to stay on track.

Poway_HomeGym$7,350,000 USD | Poway, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

This Mediterranean style home boasts 12,764 square feet of luxury in Southern California. Superbly fit for fitness, this home features its very own state of the art gym with spa sauna and sparkling pool framing the panoramic views. An average high temperature of 79 degrees encourages residents to take advantage of the 25 local parks, Lake Poway’s fishing and boating, 55 miles of trails, and 50 community events each year.

Basketball Texas$2,600,000 USD | Boerne, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

This European-designed home is exquisitely outfitted to help keep you in shape. Complete with an indoor NBA style basketball court, rock climbing wall, gym, and outdoor putting green and sand trap, there are a plethora of healthy options to stay active. Stretch out and relax in the custom pool and spa or tranquility of the forty foot vertical waterfall after a long day of activity.

NJ_Volleyball$3,450,000 USD | Colts Neck, New Jersey | Ward Wight Sotheby’s International Realty

This elegantly appointed brick estate in prestigious Colts Gait sits on a sprawling 6 acres, featuring a volleyball court and tennis court to be enjoyed under bright blue skies and rolling green landscapes. The home also features a pool with spa, pool house, outdoor kitchen, hot tub, and finished basement complete with gym and full bath complete the property’s robust amenity offerings.

Swiss_GolfRoomPrice Upon Request | Lugano, Switzerland | Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty

This newly renovated Swiss villa is perfect for a golf enthusiast complete with its own golf simulation room. The three floors of living space include an indoor swimming pool with a fully retractable glass roof, squash pitch, and fitness area. Relax after your intense workout session in the included spa and sauna with showers. This unique property is perfect for those seeking large living spaces and for lovers of physical activity.

StMartin_HomeGym4.200.000 € EUR | Terres Basses, Saint Martin | St. Martin Sotheby’s International Realty

This beachside villa on the coast of Plum Bay is perfect for the fit-inspired. Jump start your day with a healthy breakfast prepared in a modern kitchen fitted with Miele appliances before hitting your well-equipped and air conditioned gym or before a match outside on the tennis court. Unwind after your workout in the large infinity pool and sauna or take a one minute walk to the gorgeous white sand beach of Plum Bay.

Modern Mountain Living

Perched on top of mountains around the world, these homes are perfectly situated to experience sweeping panoramic views and provide a twist on mountain living with modern extravagance.

Carbondale_Colorado_Modern_Mountain$2,995,000 USD | Carbondale, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Modern with light-filled intimate spaces, this extraordinary residence will captivate the most discerning buyer. The front entrance opens to an enchanting, organic courtyard setting leading to the main residence and guest quarters. Open the doors to the elegance and warmth of reclaimed rosewood and teak floors, custom carved doors, inviting living and dining spaces and four fireplaces. Top this with energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing solar panels for heating the entire home. Outdoor fire pit and long outside “firewall” and recycling water features accent the outdoor spaces for extended enjoyment. Purposefully positioned on 5 irrigated acres with stunning views of Mt. Sopris and surrounding irrigated pastoral land.

Costa Brava_Spain_Modern_MountainPrice Upon Request | Costa Brava, Spain | Costa Brava Sotheby’s International Realty

Magnificent modern villa situated in the prestigious urbanization of Mas Nou. Panoramic sea views from every room of the property. This six bedroom, five bath home also has an open-plan kitchen, an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna.

Malibu_California_Modern_Mountain$14,900,000 USD | Malibu, California | Sotheby’s International Realty Malibu Brokerage

Known as The Glass House, this modern mountain retreat is perched on the top of a mountain overlooking Leo Carrillo State Park. The unique glass-walled architecture not only creates a modern feel, but also offers sweeping ocean views from nearly every room. The property is on approx. 32 acres with 2 security gates, a detached guest house, parking for up to 20 +/- cars, surrounded by state park land. Includes a saltwater pool overlooking gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

Hawkes Bay_New Zealand_Modern_Mountain

$3,950,000 USD | Hawkes Bay, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

‘Matarangi’, which means Giant Skies, is set in 160 acres of land and offers two dwellings designed by the award winning architect Charlie Nott, featuring panoramic views across to the mighty Te Mata Peak. The main residence spans an expansive 711 sq m and flows seamlessly from the living areas to wide covered terraces and vast manicured lawns. The floor plan offers spacious formal and informal living rooms, a billiard room with a large adjoining office, generous bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and a wonderful master bedroom suite with vast valley views. Light filled and welcoming, the two bedroom guest house is positioned for privacy with the tennis court and pool area close by.

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