Earth Day | Eco-Friendly Homes

On Earth Day we celebrate our planet and demonstrate support for protecting the environment. The homes below reside at the crossroads of luxury real estate and eco-friendliness. With energy efficient systems and the use of all natural materials, these homes exemplify modern elegance and green living. Explore luxury eco-friendly homes.

Canada2 188 000 $ CAD| British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

British Columbia- One of the unique attributes of this modern luxury beachside house in White Rock is the ideal location which is less than 100 steps to West beach for easy access to seaside shops, restaurants and the pier. The home was built to maximize sea views and uses passive solar design and passive cooling to optimize air circulation and cleanliness. The home was built with the highest-tech solutions and also integrates Feng Shui elements.

Hawaii$3,440,000 USD | Kamuela, Hawaii | MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

Hawaii – Designed to be the penultimate fusion of privacy and self-sufficiency, this ocean view oasis is a modern, green escape. The indoor/outdoor kitchen, ocean lanai, and open living space showcase the creative mix of natural materials in wood, glass, bamboo and stone. A 30,000 gallon water tank, private well and 120 VAC photo voltaic system provide all the necessary components to maintain a luxuriously green lifestyle.

CostaRica$1,650,000 USD | Santa Ana, Costa Rica | Costa Rica Sotheby’s International Realty

Costa Rica – Located inside the gated eco-residential community of Villa Real, this Feng Shui designed home is outfitted for those looking for a green experience. Complete with state-of-the-art technology, automatic watering system, and situated for unrivaled vistas, this secure and tranquil property enjoys a deep fusion with the region’s natural elements.

KiawahIsland$2,450,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

South Carolina- Built in Indigo Park, Kiawah’s newest eco-friendly development, this home is LEED certified and was designed using the most sustainable building materials and earth friendly building practices. Notable green features include, integrated geothermal heating and cooling, maintenance-free NuCedar exterior shingles with a lifetime warranty, Energy Star appliances, UV reflective aluminum roof, closed cell foam insulation and a 220 watt outlet in the garage which will charge an electric car.

Mountain Contemporary Estate in Canmore, Canada | Video House Tour

1 700 000 $ CAD | Alberta, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Nestled in the privacy of the mountains, this contemporary home showcases unrivaled, iconic views of the Three Sisters and beyond. Complete with views of Grotto Mountain and Bow Valley from the front balcony and inviting rundlestone fireplace, this sophisticated property epitomizes the tranquility of mountain-living.

Contemporary Family Home in Vancouver, Canada | Video House Tour

6 488 000 $ CAD | Vancouver, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

A stunning example of contemporary beauty and integrity, this grand residence was taken down to the studs and rebuilt using only the finest materials. Created by award winning design firm Robert Bailey Interiors, this architectural masterpiece truly showcases the inspiring elegance of a modern home.

Slopeside Chalet in Sun Peaks, Canada| Video House Tour

3 195 000 $ CAD | Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Architecturally designed to reflect the strength of its mountain site, this slopeside chalet boasts massive, curved spanning timbers combined with generous use of real rock, copper, oil rubbed bronze and feature lighting inside and out. Form follows function in this carefully designed retreat with gourmet kitchen, two master suites and inviting foyers.

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.

10 Most Popular Properties of 2014

You clicked and we calculated. Back by popular demand, here are the 10 most viewed properties on sothebysrealty.com for 2014! Take a tour around the world and see which properties topped the list!

10. Ibiza, Spain

Ibizia_Spain18.000.000 € EUR | Ibiza, Spain | Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in an easily accessible yet ultimately private location, this southeast facing mansion sits on the coastline with its own sea access and old light house. Exuding elegance and casual luxury, the main house has accommodation for 22 people, two separate guest houses for 14 guests and a staff house with 4 bedrooms, a unique infinity pool, spacious salons, various sea-oriented entertaining areas, a tennis court and luscious gardens.

9. Telluride, Colorado

Telluride$59,000,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled deep within the rarest assemblage of rolling meadows and mature forest just 12 minutes from the historic resort town of Telluride, Colorado, this property offers the ultimate retreat for those seeking privacy, scenic beauty and serenity. A warm and inviting main house and story-book guest house are situated upon a rise overlooking the regions towering 14,000-foot peaks. The property’s vast acreage is threaded by a private trail system providing gated access into tens of thousands of acres of surrounding National Forest.

8. Cape Town, South Africa

2014_5_17_South Africa 4lgrv5Price Upon Request | Cape Town, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in the heart of the unique enclave of Lions Head Nature Reserve in Cape Town South Africa, lies a Villa so spectacular in contemporary design, it is a true architectural feat. High above the cityscape this exquisite Villa enjoys unobstructed, panoramic views of Clifton’s four famous beaches and the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

7. Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Germany16.800.000 € EUR | Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany | NRW Immobilien Sotheby’s International Realty

One of Germany’s most beautiful historic properties, Burg Rheineck is located just 30 kilometers south of Bonn, the former capital of Germany. The castle is located on top of a hill overlooking Bad Breisig, known for its thermal springs and the beautiful promenade along the Rhine River. The castle has seen many famous visitors over the centuries including the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm, Mikhail Gorbachev, John F. Kennedy Jr., Yehudi Menuhin, Alexander von Humboldt and many others.

6. Mallorca, Spain

4000027390-spainPrice Upon Request |Mallorca, Spain | Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Son Vida, this unique villa enjoys breathtaking views of the sea, Palma city and its port. The Chameleon Villa boasts extraordinary light effects, consisting of the finest LED technology, which can be programmed to change colors on a whim. Comprised of three buildings, the main house is spread over three floors including a living area, library, TV room, bedroom suites, kitchen and wine cellar. In the second building are swimming pools, fitness and spa area. The third building is the guest house.

5. James Island, Canada

James Island_CanadaPrice Upon Request | James Island, British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

James Island is a 780-acre private island prominently situated within Canada’s famous Gulf Island archipelago. The second largest privately owned island within the Gulf Islands, James Island is as rare as it is unique. Steeped in a rich and documented history, the island has had several lives: from agricultural settlement; to an industrial plant and company town; to its present incarnation as an exclusive retreat and a return to much of its natural state.

4. Olbia-Tempio, Italy

Italy prop id 5jlwqn lo resPrice Upon Request | Olbia-Tempio, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Built by Prince Karim Aga Khan, this waterfront villa on the north shore of Sardinia boasts thirteen bedrooms and its own private beach. The home is situated above the bay of Porto Cervo to capture spectacular views while maintaining privacy with unmatched luxury. Plush couches and poolside lounge areas create comfortable outdoor living spaces for relaxation and entertainment.

3. Hobe Sound, Florida

Hobe Sound_Florida$72,000,000 USD / Hobe Sound, Florida / Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

Luxurious Bahamian-inspired estate designed and custom-built in 2010 by international superstar Celine Dion for her and her family. Located on the exclusive Jupiter Island, this 5.5 acre property with over 415 linear feet on the Atlantic Ocean is being sold turn-key with almost all its contents.

2. Water Mill, New York

Water Mill_New York$69,000,000 USD | Water Mill, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- Southampton Brokerage

Villa Maria is a private and magnificent waterfront estate with stately gardens and glorious views of Mecox Bay. At 22,000 sq. ft., it has 11 bedrooms including a 6-room beautifully appointed master suite, a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase, a 60 foot living room with original fresco details a state of the art kitchen and a wine cellar. All principal rooms are brilliantly sunny and take advantage of the panoramic water views. The outdoor spaces feature a grand 2-story portico and a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay. There is a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a charming two-bedroom guesthouse.

1. Key Largo, Florida

Pumpkin Key$110,000,000 USD | Key Largo, Florida | Russell Post Sotheby’s International Realty

Just ten minutes by helicopter to Miami’s South Beach or by boat to Key Largo, Pumpkin Key is an extraordinary private island totaling 26 acres located in the Florida Keys. Self-sufficient with water and electric from the shore, the island currently features one main home with three bedrooms, two caretaker’s cottages, and a dock master’s apartment. The island also includes a 20-slip marina able to accommodate a mega-yacht, tennis courts that also serve as a helipad and golf cart paths that circle the island.

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Warm Contemporary Elegance in Niagara On The Lake, Canada | Video House Tour

The early 1900′s Craftsman style exterior of this lakeside home was sympathetically restored and enhanced, while the interiors have been completely transformed to create a calming, comfortable and soothing residence. Dramatic windows on all sides provide abundant natural light from all directions creating a constantly changing ambiance. Spacious backyard and patio spaces make this home ideal for entertaining.

1 395 000 $ CAD | Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario | Canada Sotheby’s International Realty

The Iconic Kestrel Ridge Farm in Calgary, Canada | Video House Tour


Discover Kestrel Ridge Farm, an iconic 160-Acre property cradling the Elbow River in Springbank and just minutes from Calgary’s metropolitan center. Nestled in the foothills of the pristine Canadian Rockies, this highly coveted equestrian estate sits on the last remaining area of untouched plateau before ascending into the revered rocky mountain ridges.

30 000 000 $ CAD | Calgary, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Keeping it in the Family | Legacy Homes

Legacy homes are built with custom touches, including charms of the past combined with today’s modern amenities. Located near popular university towns around the world, these inviting legacy homes are sure to be passed down for generations to come.

Princeton_New Jersey

$3,800,000 USD | Princeton, NJ | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Princeton, New Jersey- This gracious and comfortable one-of-a-kind home is located in the prestigious university town of Princeton, New Jersey. Exposed beams, stone and plaster walls, as well as six fireplaces, offer welcoming warmth to all formal and informal spaces.  Reading nooks and sitting areas introduce six architecturally intriguing bedrooms, perfect for a growing family. Wine cellar, fitness and rec room, pool and fire pit complete this tasteful home.

Austin_Texas

$4,475,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty

Austin, Texas- This true contemporary waterfront home in Austin features six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three car garage, and 110 feet of Lake Austin waterfront with plentiful views. The home is complete with a beautiful swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and a two story boat dock. Not too far away, is the bustling city of Austin, home to universities, great restaurants and more, making this a perfect legacy home.

London_England

£5,800,000 GBP | London, England | London Sotheby’s International Realty

London, England- An elegant and immaculately presented family townhouse located in the heart of Connaught Village, a moment’s walk from Hyde Park. The house has been lovingly refurbished and compromises of four to five bedrooms, four bathrooms, formal reception room, dining room, kitchen, two cloakrooms, conservatory, a large garden, excellent storage space and a roof terrace. Overlooking communal gardens, the house benefits from wonderful privacy and lovely views, offering a touch of country life within the big city.

$2,455,000 USD | Berkeley, California | East Bay Sotheby’s International Realty

Berkeley, California- A stunning, gated masterpiece French Mediterranean in the heart of the Berkeley Hills. This home offers privacy and tranquility with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, Mount Tamalpais, and more. A large outdoor patio and backyard are perfect for entertaining and gardening. The location of this four bedroom home provides easy access to shopping, restaurants, parks, schools and freeways.

Kingston_Canada

1 200 000 $ CAD | Kingston, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Kingston, Canada- This unique and modern waterfront home is nestled in an exclusive, heavily treed enclave, great for a family and just 10 minutes from downtown Kingston. The fantastic floor plan showcases magnificent river views from the many large windows and skylights which flood this new home with light and love. The master bedroom of this four bedroom home has a walk-thru closet and a private balcony overlooking the water.

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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