Country-Inspired Kitchens

Country style kitchens are warm, welcoming, cozy and comfortable. Unique in their use of rich earthen tones and a handcrafted, homespun look, a country kitchen creates the perfect environment for family and friends to gather. Explore the rustic romance of our collection of country kitchens below.

New Jersey$4,300,000 USD | Tewksbury, New Jersey | Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Foxhill Farm is a magnificent 50 acre estate located in the hamlet of Mountainville in New Jersey. The estate has the look of a historic farmstead while embracing today’s most luxurious appointments. The meandering stone drive ends at a 16 room main residence with artfully crafted millwork, stone, and hardwoods throughout. The kitchen has touches of country with the use of earthen tones, exposed beams and stonework. This country compound also includes a barn, 2 bedroom guest apartment, Har-Tru tennis court, custom pool with spa, pool house with full kitchen and dining porch.

Texas$1,300,000 USD | New Braunfels, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

This storybook home on the Guadalupe River in Texas is nestled under a canopy of majestic Cypress, Oak and Cottonwood trees. The rustic chic main home features antique long-leaf pine floors, and a country kitchen blending Carrara marble counter-tops and Viking appliances with lots of wood, earth tones and a farm style sink. This one of a kind property integrates state-of-the-art features including surround sound, reverse osmosis water softener, and ‘green’ tankless water heaters. Shaded outdoor living spaces and an open sky terrace and fire pit allow for year round enjoyment.

Hawaii$2,700,000 USD | Kula, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Originally built in 1938, this upcountry home is part of Maui’s rich history. The main home is recently renovated while still maintaining the charm and style of old Hawaii. Exquisite features include hardwood floors throughout and original glass windows which capture stunning ocean and mountain views. The incredible country kitchen has a brick fireplace, wood paneling, a farm sink and a cozy breakfast area. The property includes two cottages, a wonderful saddle house which is used as a workout room and an art studio.

Sweden11.000.000 kr SEK | Kivik, Sweden | Sweden Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled in a storybook countryside of floral diversity, this tranquil home in Sweden was designed to feel like an English country house.The beautiful brick home features large oak doors, a library with fireplace and plentiful outdoor spaces to enjoy the gardens that surround the home. The country kitchen has a wood burning stove and an open layout that accommodates a dining table and an additional fireplace.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in February 2015

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

2015_02_20_ Hawaii$19,800,000 USD | Maui, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

There are hydraulic lifts that open glass panels to create an indoor-outdoor living space. Mr. Lik calls the style of the home contemporary industrial, with concrete and cedar used throughout the home.”

Inside Peter Lik’s $19.8 Million Maui Surf HutsThe Wall Street Journal

Top of the Superrich’s Real-Estate Wishlist? New York, AspenThe Wall Street Journal

House of the Day: A Luxury Manhattan Apartment Designed With Family in MindThe Wall Street Journal

Former FedEx CEO Listing Palm Beach Mansion for $22.9 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

On the Market: A traditional Cycladic villa on this enchanting island in Santorini, GreeceArchitectural Digest

Home of the Day: A space in Silver Lake by Barbara BestorThe Los Angeles Times

Upcoming Auction: Contemporary CuratedSotheby’s 

Best Places in the World to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2015

A new year is upon us and we’re back with more spectacular places to ring in the New Year!

Bahamas$8,250,000 USD | Harbour Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Bahamas New Year’s Eve

Relaxing on soft white sand with turquoise waters at a beachfront estate in The Bahamas is a great way to ring in the New Year but The Bahamas has even more to offer for someone looking to celebrate. Complete with music, street performers, costumes, and fireworks over the ocean, Bahamian Junkanoo street parades take place on New Year’s Eve and continue into New Year’s Day and are an excellent, festive way to ring in the New Year, island style.

Berlin2.100.000 € EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

Berlin New Year’s Eve

Around the world, Berlin has a reputation for its New Year’s Eve, or Silvester, celebration. People flock to fill “Party Mile” and enjoy live music and traditional wine and food fare. After taking in the celebrations, fireworks can be enjoyed at midnight in a city apartment overlooking the crowds below.

Maui$8,500,000 USD | Maui, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Maui New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day in Maui offers the opportunity to start the New Year with a hike up Haleakala and marvel in the beauty of an incredible sunrise. New Year’s Eve nightlife is also in full swing, whether it be fireworks on a catamaran dinner cruise, a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach or at a traditional Hawaiian luau—there’s something for everyone.

Vegas$2,888,888 USD | Las Vegas, Nevada | Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve

An obvious choice, the options for celebrations are limitless. From shows to concerts to nightlight that never sleeps, it’s a great place to kick off 2015. Come midnight, once you’ve taken in all the city has to offer, watch from above as fireworks go off throughout the city in a luxury penthouse in the heart of Las Vegas.

Outdoors Are In

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Fall 2014 Master Edition

Out is the new in.  Plush sofas, area rugs, stone fireplaces–for the past several years, traditional furnishings and design elements that were once relegated exclusively to interiors have been trickling to exteriors, with homeowners creating exquisite residential spaces under the skies for relaxation and entertaining.

And it’s not only the living room that has gone rogue.  The solitary, standard patio barbeque grill has been replaced with sophisticated, gourmet kitchens complete with pizza ovens, flat screen TVs and built-in espresso machines.  After cooking alfresco, homeowners wine and dine with family and friends under the stars and glittery chandeliers, followed by open-air movies or sports on pop-up screens.

KSG9V4 Thailand$2,750,000 USD | Koh Samui, Thailand | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

Nowadays “people don’t want to be confined to inside anymore,” says Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty in Montecito, CA.  They want the option to literally spread out—and to interact with nature with the same comfort and style that they enjoy indoors.

Indeed, when pros specializing in residential design were surveyed by the American Society of Landscape Architects to rate the popularity of outdoor design elements for 2014, kitchens and entertainment spaces were second most popular, at 92 percent (gardens and landscaped spaces came in first at 94.2 percent).

Of course, in certain parts, this indoor/outdoor approach to living isn’t new at all.  “This has been the lifestyle in Hawaii,” says Dodie MacArthur of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  “Whatever activities you can do indoors you can do outdoors.”

KDQWM6 Montecito$12,900,000 USD | Montecito, California | Sotheby’s International Realty- Montecito-Coast Village Road

Surprisingly, that’s also now the mindset in areas that aren’t particularly warm year-round.  “Outdoor living is a really big trend here over the last couple of years,” says Andrew Ernemann, a broker associate at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty.  Although they have a short warm weather season, Ernemann’s clients want to maximize their time outdoors when they stay in Aspen.

But the trend isn’t just about stepping out and reclining on a deck or patio.  It’s far grander than that.  “It’s about creating a personal destination.  People want the entire experience of the best resorts in the world, incorporated into their outdoor spaces and customized for their needs,” says MacArthur.

One of the best ways to achieve a seamless, organic flow with an open floor plan is by utilizing floor to ceiling sliding or swinging glass doors, suggests Perkins, “so the outside isn’t a secondary defined area, but more of a smooth transition from inside to outside.”

3299vb BarbadosPrice Upon Request | Saint James, Barbados | West Coast Villas Sotheby’s International Realty

When considering the creation of outdoor living spaces such as a dining room, living room and kitchen, do work with a landscape architect and/or interior designer with experience in indoor/outdoor living.  And Brooklyn-based designer Lyani Powers says that a good approach is to plan the entire project at once, taking into account basic necessities such as plumbing, heat and electricity, audio and visual equipment and wireless/internet connectivity.  There may also be structural additions, such as pergolas, loggias or lanais, for shade and protection.

There are outdoor living solutions for all types of climates, even rain and cold.  “Open but covered is the way to go,” says Krista Hunter of Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty in Thailand.  “Otherwise you run the risk of not being able to use your outdoor space for much of the time.”  In Aspen, some homeowners add roofs over their outdoor living rooms so they can still be utilized in the winter.

ZZSGLS Hawaii$11,950,000 USD | Hawi, Hawaii | MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

Most outdoor areas typically feature recreational zones, which can include a hot tub and swimming pool.  But consider adding wow factors to enhance the outdoor experience:  a pool table, a life-size chess set, a putting green and a bocce ball court.   Take it a step further with a complete bar, which can connect visually to the nearby kitchen zone, where function is at a maximum with every state-of-the-art stainless steel appliance that’s incorporated in standard indoor kitchens, plus a variety of extras:  a hooded grill with a built-in fryer and smoker, a pizza oven, a rotisserie, a wine cooler, icemaker and wet bar, a cappuccino and espresso machine, and of course, ample storage space, work stations and countertops with stools for casual eating.

SY9BJT Colorado$20,000,000 USD | Woody Creek, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Adjacent to the kitchen would be a dining zone.   For a cozy effect, cover it with a pergola and then hang a decadent chandelier over the table to set the mood at twilight.   After a fine meal, meander over to the living room zone.   If cool weather is a factor, think about including a heating system – which may range from traditional patio heaters to a built-in fireplace or radiant heat.  This space in particular should offer ample ambient lighting, entertainment in the form of audio and/or visual equipment designed specifically for the outdoors and comfortable seating (upholstered in outdoor fabrics, of course), area rugs and accessories, but do keep in mind one rule of thumb, stipulates HGTV and STYLE Network expert Kelly Edwards:  all of the exterior spaces must coordinate aesthetically with your interior décor, so that your home – inside and out– is cohesive and visually appealing.

Other than that, when going out, the sky’s the limit.

Article provided by Claudia Gryvatz Copquin exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty®.

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Oceanside Living in Hawaii/ Video House Tour

Extraordinary Wailea Palms lifestyle reserved exclusively for residents and long-term rentals. This spacious 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath has been completely remodeled including kitchen, baths, and floors and offers indoor-outdoor Maui living, a large community swimming pool, exercise room, putting green, and clubhouse.

$1,295,000 USD / Kihei, Hawaii / Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Network Welcomes Hawaii Firm

Carvill Sotheby's International RealtySotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Carvill & Company in Kailua, Hawaii, is the newest member of its real estate network and will now operate as Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty.

Scott Carvill is broker/owner of the firm, which is located at 970 N. Kalaheo Avenue in Kailua, serving the Kailua, Windward, Honolulu and North Shore markets. With the addition of this firm, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand now has nine independently owned and operated offices throughout Hawaii.

“Kailua has global appeal, thanks to its pristine beaches, which are some of the finest in Hawaii,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are proud to have the brand represented in this region by the fine team of professionals Scott has assembled.”

According to Carvill, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand provides the support of a worldwide network and marketing platform. “Our focus is on working together as a team to provide the best service and experience to our clients,” he said. “Now with our affiliation with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, we can offer them global exposure together with our in-depth local knowledge and experience.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 700 offices in 54 countries and territories worldwide. Carvill 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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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in October 2013

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

Kailua hawaii luxury real estate

$4,995,000 USD / Kailua, Hawaii / Mary Worrall Associates Sotheby’s International Realty

{Video} Dave Carson, COO Sotheby’s International Realty on Sunrise Business ReportHawaii News Now

4 Ways Government Shutdown Affects New MortgagesForbes

Florida real estate attracting more Asian buyersMiami Herald

Housing Boom Bigger in Texas as Home Bidding Wars EruptBloomberg

Canada new housing prices remain tame in AugustReuters

Mining History in Colorado /House of the Day Americas - WSJ / House of the Day Americas

Southampton Tudor/ Estates for Sale, October 2013Architectural Digest

Record Diamond Tops Sotheby’s $493 Million Hong Kong SaleBloomberg

Zeng’s ‘Last Supper’ Sells for Record $23.3 Million at Sotheby’s AuctionWSJ Scene Asia Blog

Chinese Buying Frenzy Helps Sotheby’s to $540 Mln RecordBloomberg

Warhol paintings up for sale in New York could fetch $120 millionThe Korea Herald

Aaron Burr was (Probably) HereWSJ /Mansion  Real Estate Section

Living on the World’s Best Beaches

Sandy shores and picturesque scenes make-up Travel + Leisure‘s first-ever Best Beach on Earth survey. From people-watching to seclusion to wildlife viewing, the list of 30 blissful beaches has something for every interest.

Want to own your own slice of paradise?  Here are four homes located on one of these acclaimed beaches.

South Beach, Miami

south beach luxury penthouse for sale

$25,000,000 USD / Miami Beach, Florida / ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Über chic South Beach penthouse with a private rooftop deck, double walk-in glass wine rooms and the latest SAVANT home technology. The fabulous driftwood-inspired color palette is surrounded by 270? ocean and beach views. This spectacular home is the only penthouse in SOBE with movie theatre.

Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas

Pink Sands Beach Bahamas

$7,500,000 USD / Harbour Island, Bahamas / Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Perched  above the famous Pink Sands Beach, a coveted 3-mile long beach, is a 2-acre family compound known as Driftwood Beach House. The compound includes a main house with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and stunning sea views, a separate guest apartment, abundant covered and open terraces and an idyllic beachside cabana perfect for lounging in the gentle sea breeze.

Hapuna Beach, Hawaii

Kamuela Luxury homes for sale

$3,795,000 USD / Kamuela, Hawaii, MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

Located with easy access to Hapuna Beach, this lovely town home has endless ocean views perfect for gorgeous sunsets and seasonal whale watching. Ownership privileges at Kauna’oa include a private par 3 practice golf course, an exercise pavilion, individual wine storage lockers and an on-site residential concierge.

Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands 

seven mile beach homes for sale grand cayman

$750,000 USD / Grand Cayman Island / Grand Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Plantana, Grand Cayman is located on the Seven Mile Beach. The most sought after beachfront location in the Caribbean.

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Beachfront Home in Maui / House Tour

Launch your windsurfer, stand-up board or kayak from your own backyard located on this exclusive cove in Spreckelsville. Built to last a lifetime the Maui home has a travertine exterior as well as travertine lanai floors, a copper shingle roof, copper clad windows and copper roll-up garage doors.

Paia, Maui, Hawaii / Island Sotheby’s International Realty

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.

For more Equestrian properties, visit our Farm & Ranch specialty site.