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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The Great Outdoors | Art & Home

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! From thoughtfully landscaped grounds to immaculately manicured gardens, what lies just outside the front door is what makes a house a home, finds Iyna Bort Caruso.

IMG_9061Art & Home—May 2015

Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture, sought to channel the “genius of a place” in his projects. He believed every habitat had a spirit of its own and accessing that quality was the most meaningful way to connect with one’s surroundings.

At their best, designed landscapes appear spontaneous – an extension of nature’s best expression. On private estates, these elegant statements go beyond initial visual impressions or curb appeal. Gardens are a full sensory experience of colors, scents and textures. They lure you inside and guide you through multiple spaces that, by turns, can be meditative, enchanting and surprising. “Gardens are very experiential and very ethereal,” says Miami-based landscape architect Raymond Jungles, who has worked throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

In reinterpreting the environment, designers consider the site, orientation of the sun, climate and architectural style of the residence. Landscapes can also be used to camouflage flaws. For homes that lack strong aesthetic merit, “landscaping can become the dominant design element that allows residences to recede and fade into the environment,” says Jungles.

Gardens are points of personal pride and neighborhood identity. In cities like Charleston, South Carolina, where estates are known for their flourishing azaleas, oleanders, camellias, crepe myrtles and magnolias, “people spend a good deal of time outside on their porches and in their gardens,” says Daniel Ravenel of Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston. “It’s part of our way of life.”

Even in dense urban settings, rooftop gardens, courtyards and balconies enable residents to feel connected to nature. They soften the city’s hard edges while providing an oasis of calm.

Olmsted well recognized the effect. “Gradually and silently the charm comes over us,” he said on a trip to England in 1850. “We know not exactly where or how.”

Charleston$5,900,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina |Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International

This grand lakefront estate exudes the elegance and grace of an historic English manor. Charming gothic features throughout the home are tastefully and thoughtfully combined with the highest modern technologies to create the ultimate retreat. The expansive grounds are comprised of a unique synergy of lakeside views with sophisticated gardens.

BridgehamptonPrice Upon Request |Bridgehampton, New York |Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Combining the elegance of a royal European country estate with the amenities of a five-star resort, Three Ponds Farm offers an unparalleled private residence on nearly 60 picturesque acres. Meticulously designed and executed with the finest imported materials, the eight-bedroom, twelve-bath manor home with guest wing and staff quarters is a tour de force of custom luxury design and contemporary flair by renowned architect Allan Greenberg. The beautiful outdoor oasis includes magnificent formal gardens, a rose garden with orangery and over 7,000 specimen trees.

Las Vegas$28,000,000 USD | Las Vegas, Nevada | Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty

Built to the most exacting standards and exemplifying graceful and symmetrical design, the Rameses Estate took over five years to remodel. This singular property comprises a main residence of over 13,000-square-feet with six bedroom suites and nine bathrooms, as well as a private office, screening room, billiard room, art room and four-car garage. Venturing beyond the picturesque residence, guests find themselves in formal gardens that flow into expansive lawns, private walkways and romantic rose gardens.

Texas$24,500,000 USD | Magnolia, Texas| Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

With the planting of over 20,000 trees, shrubs and flowers through the years, the spectacular Emerald Lake Estate is a veritable paradise with a resort-like ambience. This meticulously developed estate boasts the private 25-acre Emerald Lake, a world-class bass lake with ten islands, a nine-acre Japanese garden and a seven-acre botanical garden with over 5,000 azaleas, both designed by landscape architect Keiji Asakura.

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

On the Golf de Biot, discover this sublime and rare residence designed by architect André Svetchine. This beautiful domain is entirely enclosed, offering exceptional living amidst French gardens, ponds and olive trees. The main property provides spacious living opening onto two terraces; one is covered and overlooks the French gardens while the other overlooks the park.

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 | March 2015

From the California home of former president Richard M. Nixon, to a sprawling apartment overlooking the Dubai Marina, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale showcases exquisite lifestyles from around the globe.

California$75,000,000 USD | San Clemente, California | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

California-La Casa Pacifica, originally known as the Cotton Estate, holds a prominent place in California history. Hamilton H. Cotton reserved San Clemente’s finest oceanfront parcel for his own estate. His vision was to model his home after an Andalusian-themed manor he had seen in San Sebastian, Spain. The Cotton Estate gained national prominence when, in 1927, it was featured in Architectural Digest. In 1970, the home would again appear in the magazine, this time featured as the cover photo and described as “The Western White House,” highlighting the importance of its second owner, then-President Richard M. Nixon.

New York$19,995,000 USD | Wainscott, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- East Hampton Brokerage

New York- With interior finishes by noted design firm, Haynes-Roberts, this seven bedroom, seven bathroom home in New York, sits on two gated acres with views over an agricultural reserve to ocean. The home features a library, screening room and Ed Hollander designed grounds with heated 75 ft saline pool, gym and garage.

France15.800.000 € EUR | Saint James, France | Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

France- This eight bedroom Art Deco mansion has plenty of entertaining space and sits on a private street. An open layout plan lends to spacious reception and dining areas with large windows taking in the views. The home also features a gym, swimming pool and a sprawling outdoor terrace.

Dubai55,000,000 AED | Dubai, UAE | Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty

Dubai- Comprising an entire floor in the Elite Residence Tower, this apartment has unrivaled views of the Palm Jumeriah and Dubai Marina. Six bedrooms and en-suites,various offices and gym rooms are sprawled across this spacious 12,469 square foot living space allowing for ultimate luxury and privacy. The home also features an indoor swimming pool and plenty of terrace space to enjoy the views and relax.

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Modern European Homes

Out with old and in with the new; for many years, styles emanating from Europe have dictated design worldwide. While some trends show that modernizing older styles or finding sophistication and comfort in historically inviting properties is on the rise, architects and designers continue to push the envelope in European countries.With unique shapes, lots of 90-degree angles, energy efficiency, and monochrome color palettes, the modern style is an intriguing look into what the future of home design may bring. Explore the homes below that exhibit the one-of-a-kind design facets that make modern architecture so captivating.

Brussels_BelgiumPrice Upon Request | Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

In the Vivier d’Oie quarter of Brussels, this five-bedroom, five-bathroom villa is a quintessential modern home. Complete with low-energy amenities, under floor heating, and sharp cubic design, this contemporary property offers “Modern Living 101” for the uninitiated. With enormous glass walls, high ceilings, and minimalistic design cues, this Belgian home is exquisite.

Paris_France2.500.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

While offering an elegant panoramic view from the terrace on the outside, this Parisian duplex apartment eloquently spins modern living in France. The prominently featured steel and wood spiral staircase, glass fixtures, large windows, and monochromatic color palette are all inherently modern. Minimalistic furnishings and the use open space complete picturesque modern European living.

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

With completely custom design, nature’s soaring mountains cradle this inviting take on modern style. Uniquely crafted design blends minimalist and modern luxuries with panoramic views making this unforgettable home an escape nestled in the Mont Blanc.

Gavirate_ItalyPrice Upon Request | Varese, Italy | Lake Como Sotheby’s International Realty

This prestigious property is characterized by a pure and minimalist modern design, cutting-edge technology, and a spectacular view of the Lake of Varese. A wholly unique iron and glass staircase leads to the first floor from the open space ground floor entrance. Geothermal, solar and seasonal air-conditioning with winter heating and summer cooling, centralized vacuum cleaner, automatic motorized blinds, and rainwater recycling for irrigation are among the energy efficient amenities offered by this captivating home.