Outdoors Are In

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Fall 2014 Master Edition

Out is the new in.  Plush sofas, area rugs, stone fireplaces–for the past several years, traditional furnishings and design elements that were once relegated exclusively to interiors have been trickling to exteriors, with homeowners creating exquisite residential spaces under the skies for relaxation and entertaining.

And it’s not only the living room that has gone rogue.  The solitary, standard patio barbeque grill has been replaced with sophisticated, gourmet kitchens complete with pizza ovens, flat screen TVs and built-in espresso machines.  After cooking alfresco, homeowners wine and dine with family and friends under the stars and glittery chandeliers, followed by open-air movies or sports on pop-up screens.

KSG9V4 Thailand$2,750,000 USD | Koh Samui, Thailand | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

Nowadays “people don’t want to be confined to inside anymore,” says Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty in Montecito, CA.  They want the option to literally spread out—and to interact with nature with the same comfort and style that they enjoy indoors.

Indeed, when pros specializing in residential design were surveyed by the American Society of Landscape Architects to rate the popularity of outdoor design elements for 2014, kitchens and entertainment spaces were second most popular, at 92 percent (gardens and landscaped spaces came in first at 94.2 percent).

Of course, in certain parts, this indoor/outdoor approach to living isn’t new at all.  “This has been the lifestyle in Hawaii,” says Dodie MacArthur of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  “Whatever activities you can do indoors you can do outdoors.”

KDQWM6 Montecito$12,900,000 USD | Montecito, California | Sotheby’s International Realty- Montecito-Coast Village Road

Surprisingly, that’s also now the mindset in areas that aren’t particularly warm year-round.  “Outdoor living is a really big trend here over the last couple of years,” says Andrew Ernemann, a broker associate at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty.  Although they have a short warm weather season, Ernemann’s clients want to maximize their time outdoors when they stay in Aspen.

But the trend isn’t just about stepping out and reclining on a deck or patio.  It’s far grander than that.  “It’s about creating a personal destination.  People want the entire experience of the best resorts in the world, incorporated into their outdoor spaces and customized for their needs,” says MacArthur.

One of the best ways to achieve a seamless, organic flow with an open floor plan is by utilizing floor to ceiling sliding or swinging glass doors, suggests Perkins, “so the outside isn’t a secondary defined area, but more of a smooth transition from inside to outside.”

3299vb BarbadosPrice Upon Request | Saint James, Barbados | West Coast Villas Sotheby’s International Realty

When considering the creation of outdoor living spaces such as a dining room, living room and kitchen, do work with a landscape architect and/or interior designer with experience in indoor/outdoor living.  And Brooklyn-based designer Lyani Powers says that a good approach is to plan the entire project at once, taking into account basic necessities such as plumbing, heat and electricity, audio and visual equipment and wireless/internet connectivity.  There may also be structural additions, such as pergolas, loggias or lanais, for shade and protection.

There are outdoor living solutions for all types of climates, even rain and cold.  “Open but covered is the way to go,” says Krista Hunter of Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty in Thailand.  “Otherwise you run the risk of not being able to use your outdoor space for much of the time.”  In Aspen, some homeowners add roofs over their outdoor living rooms so they can still be utilized in the winter.

ZZSGLS Hawaii$11,950,000 USD | Hawi, Hawaii | MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

Most outdoor areas typically feature recreational zones, which can include a hot tub and swimming pool.  But consider adding wow factors to enhance the outdoor experience:  a pool table, a life-size chess set, a putting green and a bocce ball court.   Take it a step further with a complete bar, which can connect visually to the nearby kitchen zone, where function is at a maximum with every state-of-the-art stainless steel appliance that’s incorporated in standard indoor kitchens, plus a variety of extras:  a hooded grill with a built-in fryer and smoker, a pizza oven, a rotisserie, a wine cooler, icemaker and wet bar, a cappuccino and espresso machine, and of course, ample storage space, work stations and countertops with stools for casual eating.

SY9BJT Colorado$20,000,000 USD | Woody Creek, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Adjacent to the kitchen would be a dining zone.   For a cozy effect, cover it with a pergola and then hang a decadent chandelier over the table to set the mood at twilight.   After a fine meal, meander over to the living room zone.   If cool weather is a factor, think about including a heating system – which may range from traditional patio heaters to a built-in fireplace or radiant heat.  This space in particular should offer ample ambient lighting, entertainment in the form of audio and/or visual equipment designed specifically for the outdoors and comfortable seating (upholstered in outdoor fabrics, of course), area rugs and accessories, but do keep in mind one rule of thumb, stipulates HGTV and STYLE Network expert Kelly Edwards:  all of the exterior spaces must coordinate aesthetically with your interior décor, so that your home – inside and out– is cohesive and visually appealing.

Other than that, when going out, the sky’s the limit.

Article provided by Claudia Gryvatz Copquin exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty®.

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Significant Sales Volumes 5 & 6 2014

The latest issue of Significant Sales features top sales from around the world, beginning with a sophisticated condominium in Manhattan with 360-city and park views. Also featured is a majestic waterfront home in Australia, an inviting home in the heart of downtown Aspen and over forty other properties from across the globe.

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Sotheby’s International Realty-East Side Manhattan Brokerage | $25,000,000 USD | New York, New York

New York- Perched on the 30th and 31st floors of a white-glove limestone condominium, 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.

Sydney

Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty | $30,000,000 AUD | Sydney, Australia

Sydney- One of Australia’s most outstanding homes, this property is situated in Point Piper’s best position, 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.

Aspen Snowmass SIR - 17m (2)

Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty | $17,000,000 USD | Colorado, USA

Colorado- Offering a rare combination of attributes that are unmatched by any other residential offering, this property is highly prized for its one-of-a-kind location in the heart of downtown Aspen,  up-close views of Aspen Mountain, unforgettable roof top deck with bar and hot tub, unsurpassed commitment to craftsmanship and luxurious finishes and furnishings. There are five bedrooms, eight and- a-half baths and 9,000 square feet of living plus common areas, garage and storage.

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Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty | Sales Price Undisclosed | Texas, USA

Texas- 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.

Dreyfus SIR 15M

 Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty | $15,000,000 USD | California, USA

California- On the most elegant street in the most sought-after neighborhood in Palo Alto, this home is truly a rare find. At over 20,000 square feet, the lot is exceptionally large for Palo Alto and offers a feel of genteel privacy to its residents. The property includes not only the main house with the finest finishes from around the world and a grand front entrance but also a pool, spa, sport court and covered outdoor living/dining area with fireplace and built-in barbeque. The pool house includes a full bathroom, shower and steam room. Originally built in 1925, the home and grounds have been renovated with painstaking care, designed to work for today’s modern living while keeping in harmony with its historical heritage.

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Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty | $24,000,000 USD | California, USA

California- In 1927, on Chalon Road in the hills of Bel-Air, the owners of a dramatic 1.5 acre parcel with aweinspiring 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 original 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.

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Trentaz Ranch at Starwood in Aspen, Colorado | Video House Tour

Secluded estate located on a hillside and encompassing 35 breathtaking acres that border the 40 acre Starwood Community Meadow! The property includes 4 building sites — 2 that are currently improved and 2 that are undeveloped. This was one of the first properties developed in Starwood and the original home of legendary Norwegian Olympic Gold Medalist of 1952, Stein Eriksen.

$16,500,000 USD  | Aspen, Colorado| Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in August 2014

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$27,700,000 USD | Lakewood, Colorado

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty and Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty

The estate was home to the late Vernon F. Taylor Jr. , former president of Westhoma Oil, and his wife Ann Bonfoey Taylor, a clothing designer who was admired for her style and appeared in magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Known for entertaining, the Taylors were friends with Prince Philip and Princess Anne of Great Britain and had them as guests at the home, according to their son, Vernon F. Taylor III, who said he recalls having lunch with Princess Anne.

“When somebody really important came into town, it was a place that was invariably chosen to entertain them,” the younger Mr. Taylor said.

Colorado Lakefront Home Asks $27.7 Million —The Wall Street Journal

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On the Market: A Cliffside Cottage on Martha’s VineyardArchitectural Digest

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week of July 2014

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$10,750,000 USD | Aspen, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

John Denver was famous for songs that extolled the beauty of nature and his Colorado home, including “Rocky Mountain High.”

Now home buyers have a chance to experience firsthand what he meant.

John Denver’s Onetime Rocky Mountain Home Lists for $10.75 Million The Wall Street Journal

Million-Dollar U.S. Housing Loans Surge to Record LevelBloomberg

House of the Day: ‘Modern Medieval’ in Ohio – The Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: Tucked Away in Shinnecock Hills – The Wall Street Journal

What You Get for … $1,700,000The New York Times

Asia House of the Day: A Penthouse View in the Philippines – The Wall Street Journal

Lavish Clubhouses Woo Luxury Home Buyers – The Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s [International Realty] Sees Huge Potential in IndiaOverseas Property Professional Magazine

Home of the Day: Ojai Villa Offers a Taste of TuscanyLA Times

Greg Louganis Sells Malibu Home with Custom Diving PoolLA Times

Real Estate’s Twitter Stars – The Wall Street Journal

A Big Test for Vintage PhotosThe Wall Street Journal

Auction Houses Seek a Competitive Edge The New York Times

Stunning Auction Highlights The New Faces Of Middle Eastern ArtThe Huffington Post

Mountain Living | A River of Dreams

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Summer 2014 Mountain Edition

Disciples know fly fishing transcends mere sport. It is an act of immersion and communion, a form of rejuvenation and rumination. No wonder buyers who have achieved a higher station in life are so often drawn to fishing and properties that deliver it.

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$9,950,000 USD | Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Great trout fishing exists across the country, but the Rocky Mountain region offers a rarified combination of majestic rivers, breathtaking scenery and cultural destinations. Ed Liebzeit, President and COO of Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty in Wyoming, says the ultimate standard for fishing properties, primarily along the Snake River, is “live water” access—essentially to own a section of the shore and thus the privilege of walking into the river from your home. Such listings, however, are rare.

“Even at premium prices,” he notes, “there aren’t a lot of properties that have direct river or creek frontage.” They begin around $2.5 million for land and can exceed $10 million for parcels with homes. “When they (go on the market)”, Liebzeit says, “they create a lot of excitement.”

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$24,250,000 USD | Steamboat Springs, Colorado | Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

Some of Colorado’s best trout fishing is found near Steamboat Springs on the Yampa and Elk Rivers, which Cam Boyd, Broker/Owner of Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, says are exceptionally well fed throughout the spring and summer due to the region’s large annual snowpack. Properties here range from smaller estates to prestige ranches hundreds of acres in size.

“Colorado is also different than many states,” Boyd points out, “because you own the property underneath the river. So the river is private property that others can’t trespass upon.” This means additional privacy, and also the ability for owners to arrange boulders to create “custom” pools, holes and feeding areas that attract fish.

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$5,250,000 USD | Ketchum, Idaho | Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty

Many of the premier fishing estates near Sun Valley, Idaho, are located along a designated 12-mile catch-and-release section of the Big Wood River. But Gary Vinagre, Associate Broker at Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty, says that experienced anglers—and savvy property owners—know that smaller creeks and feeder springs can be equally fertile water.  Continue Reading >

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Untapped Treasures: Impressive Wine Cellars

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Spring 2014 Master Edition

Wine cellars aren’t rooms. They’re destinations. Less than three percent of affluent homes in the U.S. have wine cellars, but don’t call them status symbols. Cellars are the bastions of wine enthusiasts who love the ritual of it.  The selection, the uncorking, that first sip of the bottle.

An extraordinary wine cellar says a lot about its owner, says Ginger Martin of Sotheby’s International Realty Wine-Country Brokerage in Sonoma, Calif. “It suggests a lifestyle with an appreciation for the finer things.” In some regions, they’re not just a nice-to-have. They’re a requisite. “With so many fabulous, world-renowned wineries just minutes away, having a proper place to store your favorite varietals is priceless. A wine cellar is just an absolute must,” Martin says.

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2.500.000 €  EUR| Alessandria, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Tenuta Costa Rossa (red coast estate), immersed in the pristine peace of 23 acres of land, nestled among the gentle hills of Monferrato, is a great union between farm and luxury residence. An exclusive amenity is represented by the INFERNOT, a cellar entirely carved in the stone, housing precious bottles of wine (those produced during the best years) in its niches. It is accessible from the ancient cellar entirely built with bricks from Monferrato clay.

Water Mill_New York_Wine Cellar

$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.

Woody Creek_Colorado_Wine Cellar

$20,000,000 USD | Woody Creek, Colorado| Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Enjoy incredible privacy from this classic Colorado style custom home on over 16 acres of beautifully manicured grounds with a pond, reflecting pools, recirculating water feature, meadows of wildflowers, covered patio with wood-burning fireplace, and amazing views. Amenities found throughout the 11,645 square foot home include 5 bedrooms with private master and guest master suites, 5 full baths, 3 half baths, gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook and butler’s pantry, formal dining room, recreation room with billiards and wet bar, comfortable theater, generous wine room, fully equipped exercise room, vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, multiple fireplaces, hardwood floors, and an enormous 1,559 square foot four car garage.

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$23,888,000 USD | Hillsborough, California | Today Sotheby’s International Realty

From the opulent music room, to the lovely Otis lift, to the incredible hand-mill work throughout the residence, no detail was overlooked in the restoration of the Tobin Clark Estate. Nestled in the gentle hills overlooking San Francisco Bay, one feels, upon entering through classic wrought-iron gates, a sense of having entered another world. Driving past the Guardhouse and up the dramatic cobble into the privacy of the magnificent grounds, one sees the expansive motor court and its beautiful fountain at center. The mansion includes 12 bedrooms, 12 full baths and 3 half baths, four kitchens, 12 fireplaces, luxurious master quarters, a handsome Bar Room, paneled Card Room, Wine Vault, Exercise Room, huge Recreation/Media Room and in-ground pool.

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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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Dream Home in Crested Butte, Colorado | Luxury House Tour

Located in the Silver Sage subdivision, near the town of Crested Butte, this home stands out with a unique curved central core. The structural system of post and glulam beams are exposed and allows the home to flow clearly around the core, giving uninterrupted views of the entire valley. Strong curvilinear forms inside the house are repeated in the landscape, reinforcing the indoor to outdoor connection.

$2,275,000 USD | Crested Butte, Colorado | Benson Sotheby’s International Realty

Iconic Mountain Modern Home in Colorado / Video House Tour

The newly completed “mountain modern” interiors and furnishings of Slifer Design of Vail beautifully complement the exceptional architecture of Aspen-based architect Lea Sisson. Soaring ceilings offer panoramic 270-degree views from the San Sophia Range all the way around to iconic Wilson Peak.

$4,995,000 USD / Telluride, Colorado / Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty