Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in November 2014

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

2014_11_28_Manalapan_Florida$29,500,000 USD | Manalapan, Florida | Nestler Poletto Sotheby’s International Realty

I wanted a house where I could have the ocean in front and my boat docked behind me in the back,” said owner Tom Gerrard

House of the Day: Tunnel Vision at an Oceanfront Estate in FloridaThe Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: Historic Estate in Southern VirginiaThe Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: A Timeless New York MansionThe Wall Street Journal

Tom Cruise’s sprawling mountain retreat in Telluride, ColoradoArchitectural Digest

Colorado Ski Country Homes for New YorkersThe New York Times

On the Market: A rustic-chic lodge in the woods of OntarioArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A sprawling 17-cottage ranch on the banks of Lake TahoeArchitectural Digest

Five Stories of ClassicThe New York Times

High-End Home Sales Are Surging In Southern CaliforniaThe Los Angeles Times

The $10 Million Home, Never Hotter; Bloomberg

Historic Mellon Auctions Total $218 MillionSotheby’s

The Stunning Chianti III in Naples, Florida | Video House Tour

The Chianti III is a stunning home in Mirada at The Estuary at Grey Oaks. Built by London Bay Homes, named America’s Best Builder in 2008, the Chianti features a stone facade reminiscent of the Italian countryside. The home features magnificent views of the nearby lake, golf course and beyond.

$3,995,000 USD | Naples, Florida | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Trend to Watch | In-Law Suites

When it comes to home amenities, a wish list can include anything from a swimming pool to a bowling alley, but recently, another home amenity has become a growing trend as a consideration in new construction and as an addition to older homes; an in-law suite. Also known as mother-in-law suites or accessory-dwelling units, these additions have been popping up in homes with increased frequency and variation—from a finished basement or an added room, to a detached building or apartment. Not only does this growing trend allow for aging parents to live comfortably with family, it’s also shown to increase the property value of the home, according to The Wall Street Journal. Explore four luxury homes for sale in the U.S., complete with a space perfect for parents and in-laws.

California$14,850,000 USD | Woodside, California | Sotheby’s International Realty- San Francisco Brokerage

This English-inspired compound in California sits on seven acres and features a main residence in addition to two separate cottages for family and friends. The gracious single-level design boasts embellished millwork, custom light fixtures, rare wide plank hardwoods, volume ceilings, and soaring light-filled windows. The beautiful vista overlooks the resort quality pool, putting green, garden, and exceptional acreage which allows for potential equestrian activities.

Connecticut$3,999,000 USD | Westport, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

This private Connecticut oasis is set on over three acres of manicured grounds, and includes a gym, home theatre, wine cellar (3,000+ bottles) with tasting room, pool, pool house, outdoor fireplace, and multiple terraces. The 18 room home also features a library, billiard room and the added amenity of an in-law suite.

Florida$3,497,000 USD | Amelia Island, Florida | Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty

This six bedroom, six full bath Arthur Rutenberg designed home also includes a mother-in-law suite. The mother-in-law suite or private apartment features a private entry off the first floor guest wing and can be completely separated from the rest of the home. The residence boasts incredible marsh views from the private community of Long Point at the prestigious Amelia Island Plantation in Florida. Additional home amenities include a five hundred bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar plus a full wet bar, a saltwater pool, an entertainment room, a billiards table and a media area with reclining stadium seating perfect for movie nights.

Washington$1,895,000 USD | Woodinville, Washington | Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty

This 5,753 square-foot lodge located in Washington is set on 14 acres of wooded privacy and effortlessly balances luxury and rustic. Landscaped grounds surrounded by mature cedar, fir, alder, maple and hemlock trees offer peacefulness and serenity. The four bedroom home is complete with a mother-in-law suite having its own independent entrance and a Juliet balcony. The home exceeds both “Built Green” and “Energy Star” specifications with high efficiency HVAC systems, programmable five-zone thermostats, low flow faucets and plumbing fixtures, engineered wood products, and high performance Pella windows.

New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | September 2014

From a private peninsula in South Florida to a medieval castle in Italy, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale showcases exquisite lifestyles from around the globe.

Florida$60,000 USD | Key Biscayne, Florida | ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Florida- This grand waterfront estate sits on a private peninsula overlooking Biscayne Bay in South Florida. The 2-acre gated property has 2,000 feet of water frontage with the Miami skyline as a backdrop. The 12,000 square foot home has 6 bedrooms and full baths, pool, gazebo area and private deep water yacht harbor.

Italy28.000.000 € EUR | Sienna, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

Italy- The Castle of Modanella extends over 630 hectacres not far from the medieval city of Siena. The castle has been updated over the years, but still retains the appearance of a real fortress. The courtyard features a charming loggia, gardens, view of the vineyards, olive groves and the countryside.  Farm houses on the property have been meticulously restored and given comfortable and luxurious interiors with big gardens, four large swimming pools and a tennis court. There are currently 18 hectares of vineyards with vine varieties of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Viognier.

New York$35,100,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York- A limited edition collection of six, just completed, penthouses atop the famed Puck Building in the heart of SoHo are now available. Masterfully designed, the sprawling condominium loft Penthouses have been reverentially crafted to retain their inherent, authentic loft character with soaring barrel-vaulted ceilings, cast-iron columns, and oversize windows. Luxuriously updated for gracious 21st-Century living, the expansive open layouts perfectly harmonize the best of both modern loft and prewar aesthetics with no detail left unconsidered. Each residence enjoys sweeping cinematic views, while three offer the rare privilege of deep, set-back outdoor terraces.

SwitzerlandPrice Upon Request | Lugano, Switzerland | Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty

Switzerland- Villa Wellingtonia, a real Art Nouveau jewel, is situated on the shores of Lake Lugano, in the residential area of Figino. The property faces east and has wonderful panoramic 180 degree views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Built in 1912, it was completely renovated between 2000 and 2003 and its interiors were re-designed by Axel Vervoordt. The home features a fitness room, heated infinity swimming pool and it’s own private beach with direct lake access.

France22.000.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

France- Located in Paris in the Pantheon Historic quarter, this 500 square meter mansion dates back to the 18th century and is a historical monument. The home is accessed by a stoned courtyard in front of an ancient façade. Entirely renovated, this six bedroom home mixes the splendor of former days with modernity by including upgraded features such as an elevator, wine cellar and home theater.

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Private Bay-Front Home in Sarasota, Florida | Video House Tour

Outstanding bay-front home in one of the most sought after neighborhoods of Sarasota, Harbor Acres. Enjoy the amazing 180-degree views of the city, Ringling Bridge and Florida sunsets from this north/northwest facing home without the direct afternoon western sun.

$5,595,999 USD  | Sarasota, Florida | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in August 2014

2014_8_8_Miami Florida Headlines

$11,400,000 USD  | Miami, Florida | ONE  Sotheby’s International Realty

Florida is also a popular destination because there is no individual state income tax—a fact that attracts buyers from New York and elsewhere,” says Elena Bluntzer with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty in Miami.

Where the CEOs Live – The Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: Living History in AustraliaThe Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: A Philippine Home Fit for a StarThe Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: Views and Service in SeattleThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A Storied Stone Manor in Majorca Architectural Digest

On the Market: A Modern East Hampton HomeArchitectural Digest

On the Market: A Stately Victorian in Newport, Rhode IslandArchitectural Digest

How Important Is a Perfect Lawn When You’re Selling Your Home? The New York Times

Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb sells home in Silver LakeLos Angeles Times

Alexander Haig’s Palm Beach Home Sells for $8.75 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s to auction part of L.A. gallerist Joni Gordon’s collectionLos Angeles Times

Equally Expansive & Elegant in Brooksville, Florida | Luxury House Tour


Timeless elegance for the active equestrian is offered by this stately residence just north of Tampa, Florida. Situated on a parcel just under ten acres and presented together with an additional parcel of undeveloped land of roughly equal size, this horse farm of nearly twenty acres contains a fourteen-stall barn with over 670 square feet of climate-controlled space including an office and bar/tack room.

 $2,325,000 USD | Brooksville, FL | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Impressive Gulf Front Home in Florida / Video House Tour

The interior appointments by designer Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors are both stunning and comfortably understated. FORTIFIED for Safer Living® standards were employed in its design by Architect Tom Christ of Christ and Associates as well as in its construction by Davis Dunn. Beauty obscures, but does not forsake utility.

$5,495,000 USD / Santa Rosa Beach, Florida / Scenic 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

Impressive Gulf Front Home in Florida | Video House Tour

The interior appointments by designer Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors are both stunning and comfortably understated. FORTIFIED for Safer Living® standards were employed in its design by Architect Tom Christ of Christ and Associates as well as in its construction by Davis Dunn. Beauty obscures, but does not forsake utility.

$5,495,000 USD | Santa Rosa Beach, Florida | Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty