Belle of the Ballroom | Back en Vogue

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! This month we’re showcasing exquisite ballrooms found in some our most sought after, exclusive international properties. From Tuscany and the Czech Republic to Houston and New York, ballrooms are back in vogue.

art-and-homeArt & Home – March 2015

Among the labyrinth of rooms that make up grand old estates, none is more evocative than the ballroom. You can practically hear the orchestra, feel the rhythm and see the dancers in flickers of gloriously bygone images.

Italy25.000.000 € EUR | Lucca, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

These Downton Abbey-worthy dance halls are legacies of a time when formal entertaining at home was common and square footage was considerable. Ballrooms demanded generous, obstruction-free dimensions with high ceilings for optimal acoustics.

NewYork$12,000,000 USD | Lloyd Harbor, NY | Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

Grand and gilded ballrooms have largely gone the way of drawing rooms, fainting rooms, cloakrooms. Chambers given over to the sole pleasures of music and dance are extravagances are now near exclusive to hotels and private clubs. Modern life is lived less formally and more intimately with a lot more entertainment options than gliding across the hardwoods in three-quarter time.

KlecanyPrice Upon Request  | Central Bohemia, Czech Republic | Czech Republic Sotheby’s International Realty

Some residential ballrooms have been repurposed for more practical activities like playrooms, gymnasiums or home theaters. Others have been partitioned into cozier spaces. And yet in some homes, ballrooms are enjoying an afterlife.

Texas$43,000,000 USD| Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

Martha Turner, founder and co-presidentof Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty in Houston, Texas, can tick off a number of estates with private ballrooms still used in ways that honor their original intention. The very first home she sold was an early 20th century residence in the prestigious Courtlandt Place Historic District with a third-floor ballroom that remains in tact. Examples span the decades. A modern Versailles-inspired chateau on the market for $43 million–Houston’s priciest ever–features a breathtaking ballroom among its many public spaces. The current homeowners use it for large-scale entertaining, concert performances and charity galas. And then there’s a pair of would-be Fred and Gingers so passionate about dancing that when they couldn’t find an existing residence for sale with a ballroom, they decided to construct a new one.

Connecticut$5,200,000 USD | Greenwich, Connecticut | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

If you build it, they will rumba.

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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.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in February 2015

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.

2015_02_13_Wilton_Connecticut$3,750,000 USD | Wilton, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

House of the Day: A Contemporary Connecticut Escape from City LifeThe Wall Street Journal

The Lure of the Gold CoastThe New York Times

On the Market: A romantic 1800s home in Neuilly-sur-Seine with a storied pastArchitectural Digest

Those Not Looking to Own an Island Can Share One—The New York Times

House hunting: 6 homes built by settlersThe Week

Apartment on Central Park West Is Listing for $42 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in ItalySotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Farm & Ranch PropertiesSotheby’s

Auction Previews: Bear WitnessSotheby’s

Cozy Home Comforts

When the weather begins to get cooler, we naturally gravitate towards warm, cozy sanctuaries. A fireplace can turn a room into the ultimate indoor retreat for comfort and relaxation while a fire pit creates a warm gathering space for continued outdoor entertainment. Explore six stylish winter homes with inviting spaces centered around a source of warmth.

Connecticut$3,195,000 USD | Colebrook, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Connecticut

Rock Hall in Connecticut was designed in 1912 by noted American architect Addison Cairns Mizner for Jerome Alexandre, scion of the Alexandre Steamship Company. Replete with original architectural details, the meticulously restored 10,000 square foot manor house is located on a 23 acre estate. The five bedroom home has a free form pool which adjoins a spa and stone pool house. A free-standing yoga studio, tennis court and Pétanque court are also located on the property.

Quebec2 689 000 $ CAD | Quebec, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

Canada

This private, contemporary ski-in, ski-out home in Canada is set on 11 acres and has spectacular views of Mont St-Sauveur. The open concept layout is excellent for entertaining with indoor and outdoor lounge areas, an indoor pool, bar, wine cellar and separate guest area.

Rhode Island$8,750,000 USD | Jamestown, Rhode Island | Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty

Rhode Island

This 8,000 square foot Rhode Island oceanfront estate sits on seven acres near the tip of Beavertail on the island of Jamestown, overlooking the Newport Harbor.  The home is designed to showcase views of the ocean and surrounding conservation land. Plentiful outdoor entertaining spaces include an oceanside stone terrace with kitchen, spa, colorful gardens and fire pit.

Colorado$6,925,000 USD | Beaver Creek, Colorado |Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty

Colorado

Hundreds of aspen trees envelope this beautiful Colorado ski-in home making it feel like your own private forest. With two masters, a media room and a wine room, this residence is the epitome of a true mountain home retreat. The home has a total of seven bedrooms, more than four fireplaces and an outdoor spa.

FrancePrice Upon Request | Megeve, France | Propriétés de Megève Sotheby’s International Realty

France

This seven bedroom, seven bathroom mountain chalet in France has panoramic views of the valley below. The ski-in, ski-out home is set on the slopes and has ample room for entertaining. In addition to many comfortable lounge areas around the home with fireplaces, the chalet also has a wine room, a spa room and indoor pool with hot tub.

California$10,500,000 USD | San Diego, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

 California

This 10,000 square foot home sits on San Diego’s historic Point Loma Peninsula. The home was built to take advantage of the curvature of the land where it sits and benefit from 180 degree views of the ocean, bay, Shelter Island and Coronado. Vaulted open-beamed ceilings and floor to ceiling windows are carried throughout the home with many places for entertaining, including an outdoor patio with fire pit, pool and spa.

Significant Sales Volumes 7 & 8 2014

The latest issue of Significant Sales features top sales from around the world, beginning with a private beach home in the Bahamas. Also featured is an architecturally stunning residence in New York City, a country French masterpiece in California and over forty other properties from across the globe.

Lyford Cay Bahamas Harbor House$42,000,000 USD | Bahamas | Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty

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 frontage located at the entrance to the Lyford Cay Marina. One of the most prestigious properties in Lyford Cay, 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.

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

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

East Side 20.5m$20,500,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty-East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York- This architecturally stunning full floor prewar residence on Fifth Avenue is in triple mint condition and was designed by world-renowned architect, Roger Ferris. Situated on 88th Street directly opposite the Guggenheim Museum, the views of Central Park, the Reservoir and city skyline from this 11th Floor apartment are truly spectacular.

East Hampton 21.5m (1)$21,500,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty-East Hampton Brokerage

New York- This unique European Villa was built in 1915 and designed by noted architect William Bottomley. It was completely renovated in 2009 by architect Robert Young, who combined contemporary elements with the original details in all six bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths. There is a large living room with dual fireplaces, chef’s kitchen with copper and steel cabinetry and tamarind wood ledges. Surrounded by four rolling acres of lush green lawns, orchards, lily pond, immaculate gardens, tennis court and oversized pool with pool house, the home has private ocean access.

Georgica Cove, 26 West End Rd, East Hampton, NY, Long Island, New York$21,250,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty-East Hampton Brokerage

New York- This home has sensational sunset waterviews from a vacant 3.2-acre meadow with an open lawn to 197 feet directly on Georgica Pond. The estate is minutes to the ocean beach. It is zoned for a 15,000 square foot residence, pool and tennis court.

Ewing 19.750m (1)$19,750,000 USD California, USA | Ewing Sotheby’s International Realty

California- This brand new home is gate and very private.  A country French masterpiece, it is set on three flat acres and has its own vineyard.

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Relaxing Retreats| Elegant Master Bathrooms

From chandeliers to extraordinary views, Georgia to Thailand, explore six homes that transformed ordinary master bathrooms into unique, elegant and relaxing retreats.

Athens_Georgia Prop id 7pzkmf$3,650,000 USD | Athens, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Secluded on 12 acres in Athens, Georgia, this country estate features a stone-clad main house with porte cochere, pool and five-car garage. Inside, rustic wood beams accent the ceilings, and oversize windows allow light to flood in. The layout includes six bedrooms and six baths. Deco-inspired black-and white tile floors and free-standing bathtubs complement the traditional look. The master bath centerpiece is the large walk-in shower with an enclosure of glass panes offset by black mullions.

Rolling Hills, California Property id# YGJJ2Y$8,499,000 USD | Rolling Hills, California | Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty

Architect Cliff May, renowned for his casual California Ranch style, designed this 14,000-square-foot home set on four acres in Rolling Hills, California. Views of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean can be seen from the stone deck and indoor pool with retractable roof. Cathedral ceilings with wood beams lend structure to the free-flowing plan, which contains seven bedrooms, seven baths and three powder rooms. As part of a remodeling in 2010, the baths were finished in white marble and travertine.

Izamal_Mexico Property id ZDFYBX$2,275,000 USD | Izamal, Mexico | Riviera Maya Sotheby’s International Realty

Bathed in warm terracotta tones and ensconced in lush vegetation, this 10-bedroom, 10-bath remodeled farmhouse in the Yucatán town of Izamal, Mexico, is rich in history. The building dates to the early 19th century. In 2002 the town joined the Pueblos Mágicos program to preserve both its Mayan and colonial cultures. Hand-plastered walls, soaring ceilings and hand-hewn woodwork are present throughout. The baths are distinguished by natural rock walls and tall French doors with ornately carved wood shutters.

Rancho Santa Fe_California Prop id ZYHRKE$3,550,000 USD | Rancho Santa Fe, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Commanding hilltop views and surrounded by mature tropical vegetation, this eight-bedroom, seven-bath adobe home in Rancho Santa Fe, California, is rich in history. The structure was originally a 1900 mission building transported to its current location for Hollywood starlet Corinne Griffith. The residence retains numerous original features, including handcrafted wood shutters, distinctive “latillas and vigas” (sticks and beams), ceilings and stained-glass skylights. Amenities include seven fireplaces and baths with brightly-colored Talavera-style painted sinks bathtubs, old-fashioned skylights and ornately carved woodwork.

Magaro Residence$10,500,000 USD | New Canaan, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

English arts and crafts meets American shingle style in this six-bedroom, seven-bath residence in New Canaan, Connecticut, designed by Wadia Associates. Finishes include five-inch, quarter-sawn, white-oak floors, leaded glass windows and fixtures by Waterworks. Twelve-foot ceilings grace the master suite. A master bath is warmed by radiant-heated marble floors. Additional amenities include a wine cellar, massage room, yoga studio and tennis courts. The elegant garden is scented by David Austin English roses, espaliered Asian pear trees and grape and kiwi vines.

Surat Thani Thailand Property Property ID 7LN6Q9฿136,013,595 | Surat Thani, Thailand | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

Directly on a beach dotted with gigantic boulders, this five-bedroom, six-bath house on the island of Ko Samui in Thailand invites nature inside. Twenty-foot ceilings with swooping roofs animate the architecture. A glass wall in a bedroom abuts the pool to simulate an aquarium, while in the master bedroom, sliding doors open onto the sea. The deck features a media center and projector for outdoor screenings. Rock formations incorporated into the bath and the outdoor showers complement the organic theme.

Connecticut and Westchester County, NY | Market Spotlight

Purchase_NY$8,495,000 USD | Purchase, New York | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

“In Connecticut and Westchester County, New York, our markets have experienced promising activity in recent months, particularly with the significant uptick in pending sales, and I am bullish on the market remaining strong through the fall and into next year. The second quarter saw a slower pace of gains than we have been accustomed to after two years of consistent growth and quarter-to-quarter sales increases often reaching double digits, yet this finding is not altogether unexpected as we move into a more normalized housing market. Activity leveled off in the second quarter so that we are approximately even with where the market was at the same time last year, yet this was largely due to the delayed spring selling season that resulted from the overlong winter. The fundamentals of the market are still very strong, with high consumer confidence, stable prices, the improved employment picture, and historically low interest rates all pointing to a strong finish to the year. Our market areas in Connecticut and Westchester County remain highly sought after for the quality of schools, miles of Long Island Sound shoreline, easy access to Manhattan, cultural and recreational opportunities, property taxes compared to neighboring states, and the highest per capita income in the country.”

– Paul Breunich, president and chief executive officer, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in August 2014

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.

2014_8_29_Connecticut$1,840,000 USD | Easton, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

House of the Day: Contemporary Corporate and Personal Retreat– The Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A 16th-Century Estate Near LisbonArchitectural Digest

On the Market: a 1930’s Monterey ColonialArchitectural Digest

‘Supernatural”s Jensen Ackles To List Malibu Home– The Wall Street Journal

$60 million Three Ponds Farm is a golfer’s paradiseThe Los Angeles Times

Study Shows Value of Living Near a Place of WorshipThe Wall Street Journal

Philip White’s Interview with the Entrepreneur CEO Show– Entrepreneur CEO Show

London Frieze Preview– Sotheby’s

Repurposed Homes | Upcyled for Modern Living

Before they were homes, these unique abodes served different purposes—from a former factory to a windmill. Transformed by visionaries who saw the potential in disused and former commercial spaces, discover how these buildings became spectacular repurposed homes, fit for a modern lifestyle.

Barracks AustraliaPrice Upon Request | Melbourne, Australia | Melbourne Sotheby’s International Realty

Australia— Built in 1884 as the first Salvation Army Barracks in Australia, this historical building in Melbourne has been completely restored as a modern family home. The spacious, open concept modern touches are balanced by original features, such as the original Baltic timber ceiling. The home includes an industrial kitchen and a glass-encased wine room that holds 20,000 bottles.

Windmill Home Connecticut$1,925,000 USD | Essex, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Connecticut— Sitting on the Connecticut River, this 1960’s windmill has been converted into a four-storey home with three bedrooms, a full bath, wet bar and a living room. Restored in New England shaker style, the windmill has functioning blades and a 360-degree wraparound deck with amazing water views.

Fire House Quebec2 998 000 $ CAD | Montreal, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

Montreal— This historic and unique residence in Montreal, Canada, was formerly a fire station. Completely renovated in 2005 into an inviting family home, it is a cheerful oasis full of unusual architectural details, from the abundant fenestration, to the gracious woodwork, moldings, and of course, the original fire pole. Discreetly located, the home is surrounded by parkland on three sides, and situated on a generous landscaped lot.

Chocolate Factory Utah$1,199,950 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Utah— This modern apartment in Salt Lake City within The Broadway Lofts was originally built in 1898 as McDonald’s Chocolate Factory. The home boasts bold, gallery-ready concrete and brick walls, and a 50 ft. glass window wall, creating an avant-garde atmosphere. 18-ft ceilings throughout the open-concept living space create a balance of hip city ambiance with refinished ebony stained oak floors and artistic interior features.

 

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The Connecticut Coast | A Blue Chip Lifestyle

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

In investing, “blue chip” refers to a well earning, established stock that reliably pays long-term dividends. The same definition could describe property on the coast of Connecticut. If standard seafront destinations rise and fall with economies and new resort developments can seem like the latest hot commodity, the Connecticut shoreline has proven to be a steady, multifaceted index of esteemed properties and locations representing generations of wise and fruitful investment.

Old Saybrook_Connecticut$10,800,000 USD | Old Saybrook, Connecticut| William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

The 100-mile arc that frames the north side of Long Island Sound between New York and Rhode Island is renowned for its stunning views of the water, a vibrant boating culture and seamless access to the ocean, and the succulent local oysters and clams. Remnants of pre- and post-Colonial history are mixed with 19th century maritime commerce to create a cultural stew of indelible New England flavor.

Madison_Connecticut$2,575,000 USD | Madison, Connecticut| William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Margaret Muir, Realtor with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty who has sold properties on the coast for over 25 years, says that people who used to come here just for the summer, “have found ways to make the coast a bigger part of their life, either to ultimately retire here or to buy a second home here and make use of it throughout the year.”

Riverside_Connecticut$10,750,000 USD | Riverside, Connecticut| Sotheby’s International Realty—Greenwich Brokerage

Today’s homeowners who choose to commute to jobs elsewhere find Connecticut’s coastal towns an antidote to city life. Historically, commuting was associated with western communities like Greenwich and Fairfield—essentially extended suburbs of New York—but today nearly the entire region is accessible.

“This is especially true,” Muir says, “as people are able to work differently and aren’t tied to offices as much as they traditionally have been. That flexibility will only increase the demand for this lifestyle.”

Old Greenwich_Connecticut$9,250,000 USD | Old Greenwich, Connecticut| Sotheby’s International Realty—Greenwich Brokerage

From Madison, for instance, where William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty opened a shoreline office in 2005, New York and Boston are roughly 2 hours by car and Hartford is 45 minutes. I-95 runs near the coast, and the Metro North and Shore Line East trains service nearly every town. Quaint, central coast markets like Guilford, Clinton and Old Saybrook offer a perfect blend of value, leisure and convenience and offer a range of properties from cottages just off the beach to $5 and $6 million oceanfront homes. Continue Reading >

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