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.

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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

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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

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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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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale / February 2013

From the sandy beaches of Florida to sweeping bay views in San Francisco, February’s collection of top properties new to market have a common theme: water.  Find your peaceful in waterfront landscape with the five exception properties.

Vero Beach, Florida, USA / $18,875,000 USD / Treasure Coast Sotheby’s International Realty

Vero Beach Florida Mansions for Sale

Known as Splendida Dimora, this European-style compound is ideally located on 155 feet of oceanfront in Vero Beach, Florida. Enter the gated compound through a luxurious courtyard with exquisite fountain and pull up in front of the limestone paneled entrance to the main house. With over 13,000 square feet, the main residence is 5 bedrooms, 9 full baths, 2 half baths, and every amenity commensurate with the world’s greatest residences. The property also includes a the guest residence with over 2,400 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, and a full kitchen with dining area.

Santa Barbara, California, USA / $17,900,000 USD / Sotheby’s International Realty - Montecito Upper Village Brokerage

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One of Montecito’s premier properties perfectly situated on prestigious Picacho Lane. South facing terraces look over lush gardens to ocean and island views. This architectural masterpiece is unparalleled for its luxury, amenities and attention to detail. The private approximately 3.5 acre estate is graced with two private water wells, a two bedroom guest house, pool house, staff quarters and a north south tennis court.

Mill Neck, New York, USA / $15,500,000 USD / Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

Mill Neck NY Luxury Homes for Sale

Updated in 2007 with European craftsmanship, this English regency-style brick and stucco mansion is located on the Long Island waterfront in Mill Neck, New York.

Belvedere, California, USA / $11,800,000 USD / Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty

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Located on the prestigious Belvedere Island’s west side, this rare waterfront lot has magnificent views of San Francisco, the  Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito and Mt. Tam with ever changing views of sail boats, sparkling evening lights and stunning sunsets.

Taghkanic, New York, USA / $6,750,000 USD / Heather Croner Real Estate Sotheby’s International Realty

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Resting lightly on a ridge at the end of a long driveway, this exquisite pavilion-style residence was designed by architect Tom Phifer and built mainly of glass and steel. Overlooking hills of the Hudson Valley, the home includes 6 bedrooms, study, media room, kitchen, breakfast room, wine cellar, refrigerated cheese room, indoor pool and service area. Famed garden designer, Dan Kiley, created the landscape of ponds and plantings, clipped lawns and mowed fields. There is a tennis court, an outside pool, a boccie court, an organic vegetable garden and a three bedroom guest house of complementary architecture.

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale / January 2013

From spectacular trophy ranches to coveted waterfront estates, we have collected the top five most exceptional properties new to market in the month of January.

Wyoming, USA / $39,000,000 USD / Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

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Jackson Land and Cattle is set on 560+ acres of spectacular real estate in Jackson Hole‘s Spring Gulch Valley, which is famously  known for its striking vistas, abundant wildlife and easy Western lifestyle. Anchored by a world class equestrian facility, which was refurbished in 2005 and 2006 by famed Western architect Jonathan Foote,  Jackson Land and Cattle features a pristine indoor heated arena, awe-inspiring indoor exercise pen, nearby Events Center features 3,000 square feet of event space and eight undeveloped residential lots.

Southampton, New York, USA / $28,500,000 USD / Sotheby’s International Realty - Southampton Brokerage

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Situated on nearly 2.5 oceanfront acres, this fully-renovated masterful home is truly a work of art.  With an ocean-side Gunite pool and spa, light-filled interiors and spectacular ocean views, this is an opulent beachfront Hamptons home, which is also available to rent.

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

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Located on over 300 feet of waterfront on 3.2 acres, this Southampton estate has a deep water dock and spectacular views to the ocean. The white-brick center hall colonial features a marble entry, two master suites, a Gunite pool and basement with wine storage.

Wellington, Florida, USA / $22,425,000 USD / Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty

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Great development or investment opportunity in this private and secure estate-sized property near Wellington’s Polo and Equestrian venues. With a FAA licensed airstrip, the parcel is currently zoned AG with FLUM approval for future 30 five acre lots and RES B Zoning within the equestrian overlay.

Davis, Oklahoma, USA / $22,028,750 USD / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

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Arbuckle Ranch, located in the historic Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, consists of over 17,600 acres. Made of primarily native pastureland with a gradual elevation change, the property is currently operating as a working cattle ranch.  Arbuckle Ranch sits atop the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer, one of the region’s largest and most prolific, assuring an abundance of water resources delivering all the components necessary for hay production, working cattle facilities and grass essential to a superb cattle operation.

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Living the Equestrian Lifestyle

Whether it’s a trophy ranch, historic equestrian center or iconic rural retreat, owning an Equestrian-style property is truly a unique experience.  Our newly launched niche lifestyle website, farmandranchsir.com, is dedicated to Farm & Ranch real estate.  Here are just a few spectacular equestrian properties to satisfy your inner cowboy.

 Simi Valley, California / Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

Located just thirty minutes outside Los Angeles in Simi Valley, California, 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.

Waimea, Hawaii / MacArthur & Company Sotheby’s International Realty

Waiki’i Ranch is a premier equestrian property in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The Ranch includes a European-inspired residential estate, guest cottage, seven stall stable, barn and riding arena.

Maryland / TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Tudor Farms is one of the most significant hunting and equestrian estates in the United States.  Located on Maryland’s eastern shore, this spectacular 6,000+ acre ranch offers unparalleled recreational and sporting activities.   The property includes a private lake, barn, horse stables, tennis court and yoga studio.

$17,500,000 USD / Cornwall, Connecticut / Litchfield Hills 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.

Bridghampton, New York / Sotheby’s International Realty – Southhampton Brokerage

Historic Two Trees Farm in Bridghampton, New York is a world-class equestrian center which has played host to the Mercedes Benz Polo Challenges.  The equestrian estate stretches across 115 acres three barns, eight grooms’ apartments, 100 stalls, two indoor arenas, and two polo fields. The primary residence, with four bedrooms, and four fireplaces, is fully-renovated yet retains its old-world details.

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