Equestrian Inspired | Kentucky Derby

The 141st Kentucky Derby, the greatest two minutes in sports since 1875, is set to take place this Saturday at Churchill Downs. In honor of this acclaimed sports race, we are featuring homes around the world that inspire the equestrian lifestyle.


$23,500,000 USD | Greenwich, Connecticut | Sotheby’s International Realty- Greenwich Brokerage

This beautiful Connecticut home is the center piece of an almost 13-acre working horse farm complete with stable, indoor riding arena, grazing paddocks, run-in sheds and equipment garage with groom’s quarters. The shingle-style home has relaxed, open verandas and gambrel roofs and is constructed using the latest green technology including spray foam insulation and geothermal heating and cooling system. This home was the winner of the 2012 HOBI Award for “Best Custom Home in Connecticut.”

New Zealand

Price Upon Request | Wanaka, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Spectacular Lake Hawea Station in New Zealand is idyllically nestled on the eastern shore line of Lake Hawea, with the commanding Grandview mountain range as a dramatic back drop. Available for the first time in almost a century, the compound has been farmed over the years with a strong emphasis on conservation and sustainability. The diversity of terrain, westerly aspect and long sunshine hours make this property an outstanding recreational playground with wild deer, chamois and trout in abundance in the area as well as access to nearly eight kilometers of outstanding lake front.

Las Vegas

$4,999,000 USD | Las Vegas, Nevada | Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty

A secluded country road leads you to an equestrian estate tucked away on 10 acres on the northwest side of Las Vegas, the property includes three guest homes, a six stall barn, large lighted arena, tennis court and pool with spa.


$1,180,000 USD | Lake Stevens, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Spring Meadow Farm is sublimely featured with tremendous views of Mt. Pilchuck, pastoral privacy and natural splendor in Lake Stevens, Washington. A perfectly planned, meticulously maintained equestrian property, the warm, welcoming vintage 1936 home has been sensitively remodeled. The home has two ensuites, horse facilities, a restored pole barn and is just 40 minutes from downtown Seattle.

Farm & Ranch Properties | An Extraordinary Market

In 2012, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand introduced the real estate market to the groundbreaking Farm & Ranch division via the launching of a new specialty market website. Farm & Ranch properties are much more than homes; with the pedigree that comes along with being a trophy ranch, polo property and a cherished multi-generational investment, “Selling these properties involves aspects of professionalism that are specific to the category,” says Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty of Colorado. “You must be familiar with everything from water rights to agricultural and zoning easements. Things you wouldn’t familiarize yourself with for a typical residential transaction.”

With experts in 40 countries, more than $3 billion in inventory, and an unrivaled vision in pairing buyers with incomparable trophy homes, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand has become nothing short of a dominant force in the specialty real estate market. Here is a closer look at some of the properties that make the Farm & Ranch market so extraordinary.

Montecito CA$125,000,000 USD | Montecito, California | Sotheby’s International Realty-Montecito-Coast Village Road

The magnificent Rancho San Carlos is an approximately 237-acre estate property that for nearly one hundred years has been under the ownership of one family. Noted architect Reginald Johnson designed the sprawling hilltop Monterey Colonial manor in 1931 with an approximately 29,483-square foot main residence that has more than 30 rooms. Infused with an atmosphere of sophistication and refinement, the grand home is astutely sited on two natural terraces, and by planning the formal living rooms around a central courtyard and placing the master and family bedroom wings on the upper terrace, he effectively created a spatial separation that afforded privacy, calm and exceptional views. There also are ten residential cottages, an office, producing orchards and extensive equestrian facilities.

Argentina$ 119.704.179 ARS | Buenos Aires, Argentina| Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

La Colorada is a traditional Argentinean estancia. Its magnificent homestead is surrounded by a majestic grove. The colonial main house was built more than one hundred years ago but it was refurbished to maintain its original characteristics. It features nine bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a spacious living and dining room, verandahs, kitchen and an outdoor swimming pool. Fifteen percent of the land is suitable for agriculture and raising cattle.

Glenbrook NV$98,000,000 USD | Glenbrook, Nevada | Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

This historic 133-acre Tahoe lakefront Shakespeare Ranch boasts vistas as grand as Montana and Wyoming, nearby ski resorts with Olympic heritage to rival Aspen and Vail, a lake- side golf course more intimate than Pebble Beach and a yachting paradise on par with the Caribbean. There are 423 feet of sandy shoreline on Lake Tahoe, a 397-foot shared pier with boat lift, five boat buoys and nearly 40,000 square feet of improvements including a historic entertainment barn built in 1873 with chef’s kitchen and plans for a new, approximately 9,500 square foot estate home with garage. There are 17 guest homes and cabins and along with the barn, office and pool building, there are 25 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms and 13 kitchens. The 5,111 square foot entertainment barn was built in 1873 then moved to its present location and restored by the current owners, outfitted with a gourmet kitchen and wine room for celebrity events. “They don’t make barns like this in Texas,” former President Bush told the owners when he visited the ranch one summer. Outside, the buildings frame a large central grass courtyard. There is a pool house with indoor pool and fireside dining, an outdoor spa, a root cellar converted to a wine tasting room, fully equipped gym, an art loft, executive office suite, a staging kitchen for catering and guest bathrooms. There are horse stables with paddocks, a green house, vegetable gardens, animal en- closures, rodeo grounds with pens and bleachers where the annual “Glenbrook Rodeo” is held.

Idaho$5,900,000 USD | Lewiston, Idaho | Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty

This world-class property has 2,919 secluded acres on five miles of the renowned Snake River below Hells Canyon. A 4,948 square foot timbered lodge and 2,000 square foot care-taker quarters sits along the ancient, arid and rugged river canyon. The ecosystem includes rare plants, herds of bighorn sheep, mule deer, upland game birds, and marine life includes bass, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. Lewiston was rated the number one town for quality of life, raising a family, hunting and fishing by Outdoor Life Magazine.

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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

Kettle Lake Ranch in Canada / Video House Tour

Rarely does such an historic, strikingly beautiful, property come to the open market. Once owned by the infamous Ford family of Henry Ford heritage, this sprawling 242 Acre estate features 2 high-caliber houses, amazing mountain views, pristinely natural landscape, one of Alberta’s only covered bridges, horse barn, pasture, paddocks, storage and riding areas, outbuildings and several large lakes.

37 888 000 $ CAD / Calgary, Canada / Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Sophisticated Gentlemen’s Farm in Vermont / Video House Tour

This stunning 36 acre country estate sits on a dead end road just 15 minutes from Mount Snow. A timber frame great room features a wall of south facing windows overlooking a large pond, stone wall lined fields and mountain views.

$1,200,000 USD / East Dover, Vermont / Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Charming Equestrian Estate in Danville, California / Video House Tour

Private, gated Ranch Estate in California entirely renovated in 2011 and adorned with luxurious features in tranquil surroundings of the Mt Diablo Foothills. Main house great room boasts oak beams, cathedral ceiling and hand crafted random plank floors antiqued and finished on site.

$3,495,000 USD /  Danville, California / People & Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Horse Farm in Delray Beach, Florida / House Tour

“Windspirit Preserve” is a magnificent 60-acre equestrian estate, supremely located in Delray Beach, close to all of South Florida’s major equestrian and polo venues, fine dining and shopping, great golf, beaches and major airports. The moment you pass through Windspirit’s majestic gates you’re transported to an idyllic, lushly landscaped wonderland of rolling green lawns, stately oaks and fruit trees, a sparkling lake and an enchanting meditation garden.

Delray Beach, Florida / Nestler Poletto Sotheby’s International Realty

7 World Class Equestrian Estates

This Saturday the 140th Kentucky Derby will be held at Churchill Downs, the infamous thoroughbred racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. As the first leg of the US Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, the event is as much known for its fashion as it is for the horse racing.

In honor of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, explore our collection of world class equestrian estates from around the globe.

Luxury Equestrian Property / Aledo, Texas

$15,900,000 USD / Aledo, Texas / William Trew Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the finest equestrian experiences in the world, this award-winning luxury horse property is truly unique. The versatile design is easily adaptable for any horse discipline.

World Class Equestrian Facility / Simi Valley, California

$39,500,000 USD / Simi Valley, California / Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

Located just thirty minutes outside Los Angeles, Hummingbird Nest Ranch is a world-class equestrian center specializing in the Hunter / Jumper style of horse riding. The 123 acre property includes a Grand Prix arena, rubber and sand mixed ring, derby grass arena, sixty stalls, three barns and a FAA-licensed helipad. The Ranch also includes a 17,000 square foot Spanish-style mansion which is perched atop a mountain and provides the most spectacular views of the verdant riding fields.

Luxury Horse Farm / Saxony, Germany

Price Upon Request / Saxony, Germany / NRW Immobilien Sotheby’s International Realty

“Gestuet Famos” is one ultramodern stud farm in Germany, built in 2002 on the premise of combining breeding and sport in the best possible manner. The building includes spacious stables, a brightly lit indoor arena and an exercising machine on the park-like property with large outdoor rings, paddocks and pastures.

Luxury Equestrian Estate / Cornwall, Connecticut

$17,500,000 USD / Cornwall, Connecticut / William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Pinnacle Farm is a magnificent property that encompasses approximately 140 acres of pastures and hillsides which include a state-of-the-art equestrian facility and a stately residential estate. This country farm in Cornwall, Connecticut, nestled in a private valley, has been home to some of the finest Friesian horses in the world, and includes a veterinarian lab complete with x-ray facility, Belebro Training Mill, over fifty stalls by Loddon of England, a drive-in basement and a Farrier shop.

Equestrian Ranch / Celina, Texas

$15,000,000 USD / Celina, Texas / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

This incredible Texas ranch sits on 314 acres with over 15,000 square feet of main living space, 7 car garage, heated pool, spa, wine cellar; 3 stock ponds, two arenas, mare motel and stall & equipment barns.

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$16,000,000 USD / Lyford Cay, Bahamas / Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated in the exclusive gated community of Lyford Cay are Moon Stone Stables, a beautifully landscaped 16 acre private equestrian centre. The farm is comprised of four main buildings which feature a total of 11 stables, numerous wrap around porches, a horse gym and multiple jumping areas.

World Class Equestrian Facility / Maple Park, IL

$7,200,000 USD / Maple Park, Illinois / Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

World Class Equestrian Training and Championship Performance Facility on 32 acres. Climate controlled stable and arena with 62 stalls and elegant, fully amenitized two-story clubhouse. 25 miles from O’Hare. Rare opportunity to acquire one of the most successful centers for dressage and equine excellence in the United States with a world class training program in place and prepared to remain.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Colorado

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Prudential Steamboat Realty in Steamboat Springs, Colo., is the newest member of its real estate network and will operate as Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty.

Pam Vanatta and Cam Boyd are broker/owners of the firm, which has two offices that serve Steamboat Springs and Routt County, Colo. With the addition of these two offices, the Sotheby’s International Realty® network has 30 independently owned and operated offices throughout Colorado.

“Steamboat Springs is a world-renowned destination ski resort market,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We proudly welcome Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty to our network and look forward to bringing our brand’s broad reach to this important real estate market.”

Vanatta said that her 60-agent team is dedicated to providing premier service to buyers and sellers. “High quality service is critically important to our team,” she said. “We are deeply connected to our community and proud of all it has to offer. Our ski lifestyle is comparable to none and coveted all over the world. In fact, Steamboat has produced more Olympians than any other city in the United States. We look forward to the expanded global reach the Sotheby’s International Realty brand will provide.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has nearly 14,000 sales associates located in approximately 680 offices in 49 countries and territories worldwide. Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

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Calchaquí Valley, Argentina: Charming and Majestic

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Rosario Lix Klett, Marketing Coordinator at Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Buenos Aries.

Living in the Calchaquí Valley is an amazing experience. Located in an undiscovered corner of Argentina, the Valley is well-known for its handcrafts, fine wines and warm friendly people.

Salta, located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, is the gateway to the Calchaquí Valley and is known as Salta la Linda (“Salta the beautiful”). The city is one of Argentina’s oldest and most picturesque colonial provinces. Influenced by the ancient Incan Andean culture, it has become a major tourist destination for luxury travelers attracted to its traditional and well-preserved architecture, colorful Andean landscapes and ancient enduring values.

Calchaquí Valley Winery Vineyard

La Estancia de Cafayate / Cafayate, Argentina / Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled in the heart of the Calchaquí Valley is the small town of Cafayate with more than 300 days of sunshine year round. The town is home to the exclusive international community of La Estancia de Cafayate, which combines vineyards, golf and horses among its world-class amenities. Foodies and wine lovers appreciate the quaint vineyards, amazing wineries and charming restaurants that make La Estancia de Cafayate a magical place. Owners at La Estancia share equal property in the vineyards and enjoy an annual allocation of wine bottles. The vineyards are composed of 66% Malbec, 14% Torrontes, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Other Varietals.

La Estancia de Cafayate

La Estancia de Cafayate / Cafayate, Argentina / Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

The equestrian lifestyle is also an important part of life at La Estancia. The community is equipped with two polo fields, an equestrian center with private and common stables with Paso Peruano horses. Owners can enjoy the property’s endless riding trails or explore the regions pristine areas on horseback.

Luxury Golf Resort Argentina

La Estancia de Cafayate / Cafayate, Argentina / Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Golf lovers are also at home at La Estancia. The renowned designer Bob Cupp has created a world-class set of golf links on the property. Using the natural existing forms of the land, native grasses and other organic elements, Bob has created a course that seems to have always been there.

Discover all that the Calchaquí Valley has to offer.

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Argentina Properties Sotheby's International RealtyMany thanks to our guest blogger, Rosario Lix Klett from Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, which offers endless access to distinctive properties in the top location across Argentina such as Buenos Aires, the Calchaquí Valley, Patagonia and the Uco Valley.