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.”

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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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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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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

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

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 

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$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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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