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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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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2015 Sotheby’s Showhouse | AD 100 Designed Homes

This week, Sotheby’s, along with Sotheby’s International Realty and Architectural Digest, will present its second annual Designer Showhouse, where 14 interior designers will each design a room using a diverse selection of fine and decorative art in one of Sotheby’s museum quality gallery spaces.

In celebration of the event, Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to present a curated collection of extraordinary residences for sale designed by members of Architectural Digest’s prestigious AD100, its annual ranking of the world’s preeminent architects and designers. Rarely offered for sale, homes designed by members of the exclusive AD100 offer the opportunity to live in an extraordinary space designed by the men and women who are shaping the way we live—one building, one house, one room at a time.

42mil Central Park West NYC$42,000,000 USD | Central Park West, Manhattan, New York

Shelton, Mindel & Associates — listed numerous times by Architectural Digest’s AD100 — brought their refined sensibilities to the recent renovation of this rare five-bedroom home in one of Manhattan’s finest prewar buildings.

Greenwich Connecticut$27,895,000 USD | Conyers Farm, Greenwich, Connecticut

At the heart of this 30.97-acre compound is a sophisticated country estate designed by the influential Alan Wanzenberg, who was included on Architectural Digest’s 2014 AD100 list of the world’s best interior designers and architects.

Egypt Lane East Hampton NY$13,900,000 USD | Egypt Lane, East Hampton, New York

Architect Alexander Gorlin, recognized on Architectural Digest’s AD100 every year since 2000, is recognized for splendid private residences such as this one. The main house of this East Hampton compound has an open layout of enchanting rooms leading to broad verandas and beautifully landscaped grounds.

Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse is open to the public this Saturday, April 11th through Sunday, April 19th on the fifth floor exhibition space of the Manhattan headquarters located at 1334 York Avenue.

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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Striking Waterfront Home in East Hampton, New York | Video House Tour

This striking and sculptural contemporary is a modern cutting edge masterpiece, designed by award-winning architects Bates Masi. Perfectly situated on the water for magnificent direct sunsets, it overlooks 125 feet of supremely private Bay frontage.

$5,750,000 USD | East Hampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- East Hampton Brokerage

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.

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$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.

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$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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Feature: Grass Tennis Courts in Honor of Wimbledon

Inspired by Wimbledon, the oldest and one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments still played on grass courts, we have curated four exquisite homes that are complete with their very own grass tennis courts.

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$45,000,000 USD  | Southampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty-Southampton Brokerage

Exquisite grace and grandeur hallmark this magnificent masterpiece – beautifully preserving its authentic original details – offering 18,000+ square feet on three floors, including 12 principal bedrooms, 12 full and three half baths, and separate staff quarters. Basking in nine-plus acres of park-like privacy on exclusive Ox Pasture Road, Linden sits in the heart of the Estate Section. The property offers a 60′ x 20′ outdoor and indoor pool, spa, grass tennis court, paddle court, two pavilions with full kitchens, arbors, fountain, carriage house with connecting greenhouse and an equipment house.

Colebrook_Connecticut_Tennis$3,495,000 USD | Colebrook, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

Rock Hall was designed in 1912 by noted American architect Addison Cairns Mizner (1872-1933) 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 in Colebrook, Connecticut. Mizner, renowned for his opulent design of residences for the most prominent families in North American, in 1918 was commissioned by Paris Singer to design the Everglades Club and a succession of oceanfront mansions in Palm Beach. His signature Mediterranean (or Spanish) Revival style indelibly transformed the architectural landscape of Palm Beach. In 2010, Rock Hall, the only remaining Mizner-designed residence north of the Mason-Dixon Line, was awarded designation on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places. A free-standing Yoga Studio, a synthetic grass Tennis Court and a Pétanque Court complete this exceptional property

Bridgehampton_New York_TennisPrice 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 60+/-picturesque acres. Meticulously designed and executed with the finest imported materials the 8 bedroom, 12 bath manor home with guest wing and staff quarters is a tour de force of luxury custom design and contemporary flair by renowned architect Allan Greenberg. This singular oasis features an 18-hole Rees Jones designed golf course, 19th hole club house and pro shop, grass tennis court, elegant pool, pavilion and spa, loggias, magnificent formal gardens, rose garden with orangery, over 7000 specimen trees, two 3-car garages, and a three bedroom caretaker’s house as well as its signature three pristine ponds.

Melbourne_Australia_Tennis CourtPrice Upon Request | Melbourne, Australia | Melbourne Sotheby’s International Realty 

A King’s Domain The ultimate Cliffside residence for those who desire the complete bayside lifestyle with tennis court, pool, direct beach access and private boat shed. The impressive proportions and casual elegance of this contemporary single-level home by renowned architect Nicholas Day is staged within a wonderful established private garden of some 2889 sqm, minutes to the sand of Point King beach where your family can enjoy the highly sought after added benefit of a private boat shed fronting the calm waters of this iconic location. Featuring: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, formal and informal living rooms, exceptional outdoor entertaining area, 3 car garaging, N/S mod-grass tennis court and fully tiled heated pool and spa.

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Eco-friendly Homes in Honor of Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, the annual event where the world comes together to advocate for environmental protection. In honor of this day, we’re showcasing 5 green luxury homes that were built with the consideration of the environment in mind.

Luxury Eco-Estate / South AfricaR 8 950 000 ZAR / Somerset West, South Africa / Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Rigorous planning, convivial collaboration and creative freedom from architect Vernon Head, achieved a class act architecture design. With uninterrupted views over False Bay, this eco-friendly home was designed for both function and drama. Emphasis was placed on careful design, sensitive landscaping, energy efficiency in construction and general conservation of the indigenous vegetation. Breathtaking panoramic views are framed through walls of glass and the indigenous habitat can be enjoyed from all angles of this glamorous yet serene home.

Luxury Green Houses / The Hamptons, New York$6,400,000 USD / East Hampton, New York / Sotheby’s International Realty-East Hampton Brokerage

This stunning modern home was designed with an enlightened approach to modern sustainable waterfront living and minimalist design. Custom designed by Bates Mas + Architects, the home overlooks a private bay with continuous water views from every room. Striking and sculptural, the exterior is uniquely constructed of two simple rectangular volumes integrating slate, wood, and walls of glass. The green design interior offers 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2 fireplaces, a sleek chef’s kitchen and spacious main rooms that effortlessly blend natural materials with dramatic modern design.

Eco-friendly Luxury Homes for Sale Portugal

980.000 € EUR / Sintra, Portugal / Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Várzea de Sintra, this contemporary house is set on a vast plot of land that is  surrounded by a verdant landscape which includes an organic vegetable garden. The interiors of the house were built with superior quality, maximum comfort and environmental care, including use of the geothermal heating and self-sustainable water. Straight lines and large glass windows provide a sense of space and pureness.

Eco-friendly Green Homes for Sale / Quebec, Canada

1 500 000 $ CAD / Hudson, Canada / Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

A private road leads to this one-of-a-kind eco-friendly modern estate set on 5 acres that backs onto the Falcon golf and bird sanctuary.  The property includes ponds, gardens, fruit trees and waterfalls. Published in many magazines, this rammed earth residence is one of the most sustainable, energy-efficient homes in Canada. Designed by award-winning architect Sudhir Suri, this unique energy efficient home blends serenity, world-class luxury and environmental awareness. Geothermal energy, radiant floor heating and solar passive house design confer abundant winter warmth, while breathing rammed earth walls and 17-foot ceilings based on classic golden mean geometry provide ambient summer cooling.

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$1,700,000 USD / Con Dao, Vietnam / Vietnam Sotheby’s International Realty

With the simple design, Six Senses Con Dao villa ensures low environmental impact, including maximizing natural light and ventilation. The only five-star property on the Con Dao island and is being benchmarked by Green Globe 21, the sustainable development, construction and operation label by the World Tourism Organization. Located off the southeast coast of Vietnam, this luxury resort offers spectacular views, protected tropical forests and pristine white beaches. The villa features a private massage pavilions, indoor and outdoor garden bathrooms and come well appointed with custom kitchens with individual wine cellars, built-in sound systems, flat screen TVs. The owners can also enjoy the resort facilities, such as a cooking school, two restaurants, two bars, a library and a state-of-the-art gym.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in January 2014

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

luxury estates for sale the hamptons new york$65,000,000 USD / North Haven, New York / Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

These drones, much closer to remote-controlled planes than to the unmanned aircraft used in warfare, have captured the views from a Hamptons compound as well as the carvings on a Greek Revival mansion, taking footage that is otherwise impossible to record, even with a helicopter. “You actually see the house and its facade in relation to the water as opposed to just seeing the roof,” said Bradley Nelson, senior vice president of marketing for Sotheby’s International Realty, which listed a $65 million estate in North Haven, N.Y., with a striking drone-taken photo of the home and its reflection on the water.

Still Unconvinced, Home Buyer? Check Out the View From the DroneThe New York Times

Best Buy Cities: Where to Invest In [US] Housing In 2014 - Forbes

Philip A. White Named to Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders - Inman News

Why Wait For Spring? Winter is a Great Time to House HuntForbes

Walt Whitman wrote in [Long Island, New York] homeNewsday

Which home will sell for $100 million in 2014?NBC News

Mapping the 20 Most Expensive Sales [in NYC] of 2013Curbed NY

Big Ticket / A Park Avenue Gem for $18 MillionThe New York Times

Significant Sales December 2012

2012 was a year of growth for our network with a reported 9% increase in office count worldwide and 30% year-over-year increase in U.S. transaction sides closed. The final month of the year produced top sales in The Hamptons, Aspen and Cape Cod. Here is a taste of December’s Significant Sales.

Sotheby’s International Realty - Bridgehampton Brokerage / $23,500,000 / New York, USA

hamptons farms for sale

The Hamptons ? Located on an exquisite 18 acres that border the Sagaponack Nature Conservancy Preserve, this home quietly reflects the subtle tones of the area’s indigenous sea and farm landscape. Suffused with streaming sunlight and offering clean, graceful, generous proportions, the warm and welcoming house in Sagaponack is completely private and protected. With the landscape design created two decades ago, the gardens now offer mature growth trees and plantings in a natural garden plan that provides extraordinary 360-degree expansive views.

Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty / $20,750,000 / Colorado, USA

Aspen luxury homes for sale

Aspen ? This Aspen home with 2.4 acres of total privacy in the downtown core of the town, is adjacent to the Aspen Club and on the banks of the Roaring Fork River. This magnificent Tuscan-style estate was designed with an exceptional attention to detail, incorporating the finest finishes, wood beam accents, unique wall coverings and fireplace surrounds, custom stonework and reclaimed hardwood floors.

Sotheby’s International Realty - Osterville Brokerage / $19,500,000 / Massachusettes, USA

cape cod oceanfront real estate

Cape Cod ?  This extraordinary estate on Cape Cod’s renowned private island, Oyster Harbors, encompasses more than 26 acres of private, secure peninsula and is one of the most significant parcels on the entire East Coast of the United States. It offers nearly 1,000 feet of shorefront as well as spectacular views of the Seapuit River, Sampson’s Island and beyond to Nantucket Sound. A nearly 7,000 square foot main residence featuring substantial guest and staff quarters is nestled on over seven exquisitely landscaped acres.

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