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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