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.

In with the Old | Art & Home

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! From a 19th-century farmhouse in the Hamptons to a 1930s Paris mansion, five historic homes blend tradition with modern updates, finds Iyna Bort Caruso.

IMG_9339Art & Home—June/July 2015

Call it the surprise inside: historic residences retrofitted with modern interiors.

Homeowners may love the idea of properties that embrace the aesthetics of an earlier era, but they’re drawing the line at living a century-old lifestyle. Instead of tearing down, however, they’re taking up the challenge. They’re purging boxy rooms, awkward layouts and tiny closets and arriving at that sweet spot where the age of grace meets the age of technology.

In America, homes of historic value are generally pegged at 50 years or older by the National Register of Historic Places, although those are relative newcomers by international standards. It takes the skills of true artisans to modernize a centuries-old German castle, French château, English manor or Italian villa, and many governments offer homeowners subsidies for their efforts.

More than just age, historic homes embody the spirit of the times in which they were built with character-defining features that speak to who we were and how we lived.

“There’s an emotional connection to be had, for sure,” says Judson Henderson of Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty in Princeton, NJ. The earliest homes here date back to the 18th century. Some homeowners bring “today’s practicality and sensitivity to home renovations” while others go for a gut renovation. “Walk through the door and it’s starkly modern. You feel like you’re in a brand new house,” Henderson says.

Most makeovers are somewhere in between, using architectural elements as jumping-off points to maintain some sense of authenticity.

Interior Designer Sarah Barnard in Santa Monica, Calif., is a specialist in historic home design. In reshaping Victorian, Spanish Revival and Arts and Craft estates, she often takes a hybrid approach, “preserving a lot of the original architectural elements and melding them with uber contemporary strategies.”

Deciding which of those elements to keep or discard can be a struggle. Is it worth sacrificing what Barnard calls the “heartwarming little details that made the owner’s heart sing in the initial walk-through” for the larger benefits of functionality and design?  “There are always hard decisions to be made but when budget is not an issue, rehabilitating the old is always my first choice.”

People may yearn for vintage homes for different reasons, but one thing they have in common is “kindness,” observes Barnard. “You have to have a sympathetic soul to want to save an old building.”

Miami$2,995,000  USD | Miami Beach, Florida | ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Behind the Mediterranean facade and inviting courtyard, modern luxury meets the classic beauty of this 1929 home. Property features an open floor plan, added interior space, floating stairwell, Pecky Cypress vaulted ceiling, fireplace, charming/restored Cuban tile and hardwood flooring.

Hamptons$7,995,000 USD | Sagaponack, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

Once the home of James Jones, author of “From Here to Eternity”, this 1860s Sagaponack farmhouse was built to capture the sunsets from one of the highest points south of the Montauk highway. Today the house has been renovated and merges the intimate spaces of a traditional home with the open, naturally lit spaces of a modern SOHO loft. In addition, this home incorporated the Crestron computer network, clean conscious building techniques and materials, active solar power, and geothermal heating and cooling to create one of the most advanced, healthy and sustainable homes in the Hamptons.

Princeton$7,900,000 USD |Princeton, New Jersey | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Stunningly transformed “Everlasting” rivals the toniest East Coast estates, yet is privately situated on 12 acres in Princeton. Under the eye of architect/designer Michael La Rocca, skilled artisans used materials of the highest caliber to expand, open and visually elevate the brick manor house and its grounds. The sleek central kitchen was cleverly planned with double islands to serve a single chef or a team of caterers.

Canada4 495 000$ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Built in the early 1900’s, this spectacular and spacious home has been fully renovated with modern amenities and architectural elements including a high ceilinged study, and breathtaking 2 story glass-walled Great Room overlooking the verdant ravine lot and in ground pool and spa.

France33.000.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

This magnificent, ultra-rare historic Paris mansion dating from the 1930s has recently undergone a complete renovation and now offers sleek open spaces with a contemporary edge whilst at the same time carefully preserving its architectural heritage.

New York-based writer Iyna Bort Caruso has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsday, among others.

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New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | April 2015

From a California home on two peninsulas to a contemporary villa in Cannes this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

Laguna Beach$75,000,000 USD | Laguna Beach, California | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

California— Known as “Twin Points,” this Laguna Beach property is made up of nearly 2 acres and is bookended by two sandy beaches, Crescent Bay and Shaws Cove. The property has views of Catalina Island and the coastline and includes a three bedroom, three bathroom home and gust home. According to the Wall Street Journal, the former owner’s great-grandmother built a sea wall on the beach in the cove to create a saltwater swimming pool that fills with water at high tide. Such structures can no longer be built, so they are very rare.

FrancePrice Upon Request | Cannes, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

France—This modern villa faces south to enjoy stunning sea views. With lines resolutely contemporary, it benefits from upscale amenities and top of the range services, providing the latest technology of home automation. The home also has a heated infinity mirror pool, two pool houses, outdoor fireplace and summer kitchen.

Canada28 000 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Canada— The home known as The Integral House—A house that changed the cultural landscape of a city. The finest craftspeople from around the globe collaborated to create this iconic dwelling using the best materials imaginable to create a work of art. Imagined around the concert hall, Integral House is all about entertaining. The home has a heated drive and indoor exercise pool and spa complex as some of its amenities.

Dubai179,000,000 AED | Dubai, UAE | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

Dubai—This Emirates Hills home is beautifully positioned offering uninterrupted views of the Emirates golf course and the Dubai Marina skyline beyond. The villa offers a unique, contemporary design fused with traditional architraves and is designed with family living in mind. The seven bedroom home has two mirror image full height aquariums, a bespoke built study, fully equipped professional kitchen, wine room, and gym among its amenities.

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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

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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