Architectural Spotlight | Craftsman Homes


Originally a rally against prominent Victorian-era design, the Craftsman style home was first popularized in the late 1800’s. Up until World War I, when the Craftsman movement slowed, Gustav Stickley was at the forefront of the style creating hand-crafted artistic bungalows for the working class. After World War II, world-renowned designer Frank Lloyd Wright evolved Stickley’s original designs into the popular ranch-style homes that dot nearly every neighborhood across the United States.

The Craftsman movement saw a resurgence in the 1990’s – one that continues today. Let’s experience this popular architectural style with five captivating Craftsman homes.

Idaho$3,200,000 USD | Harrison, Idaho | Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty

A Coeur d’Alene trophy home, this waterfront Craftsman home is private, yet spacious, boasting over 230 feet of waterfront and over 8,400 square-feet of living space. Comprising five bedrooms, five-and-one-half baths, this home features radiant heated floors, five fireplaces, hand-stressed oak flooring, outdoor kitchen, and a deck ideal for enjoying majestic sunsets.

California$4,950,000 USD | Calistoga, California | Gates Estates Sotheby’s International Realty

This beautiful craftsman/vineyard estate enjoys an ideal location in the valley with views over sprawling Zinfandel vines, plus hundreds of acres of other vineyards and gorgeous sunset vistas. The main house has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and includes a one-bedroom apartment. The game rooms are perfect for playing billiards or cards and the wine cellar and bar make for a gathering place to enjoy the property’s vintages.

From Cape Cods to Castles, discover homes’ design roots in previous installments of Architectural Spotlight

Canada3 988 000 $ CAD | British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Located in the highly desirable lifestyle community of Beach Grove, this oceanfront Craftsman home enjoys views of Boundary Bay and close proximity to Vancouver. The home’s gourmet kitchen features Wolf and Sub Zero appliances, bespoke cabinetry, and granite countertops among its finishing materials. The detached outbuilding has parking for three cars, a full bathroom, a prep bar, and a second story flex space.

Maryland$3,995,000 USD | Bethesda, Maryland | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Designed by award-winning architect Sutton Yantis and constructed by acclaimed Sandy Spring Builders, this Colonial Craftsman home contains over 9,300 square-feet of unparalleled finishes, materials and expert workmanship. A dramatic center hall entry foyer with 10 foot ceilings and exotic stenciled hardwood floor introduces a sensational floor plan traditional in its function, but open and its design. From the elegant formal living and dining rooms with custom millwork, to the stunning gourmet kitchen, no detail has been compromised in presenting this masterpiece of Craftsman architectural execution.

Colorado$3,695,000 USD | Durango, Colorado | Legacy Properties West Sotheby’s International Realty

Privately situated on a forest bench looking across the north Animas River Valley, this exquisite 35-acre property with a custom lap-siding, stucco, and moss rock home features a unique and elegant design that incorporates a multitude of stunning views from virtually every window within the home. The estate includes an impressive array of luxury features and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the exclusive Celadon gated community and its amenities.

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Video of the Week: Unparalleled Waterfront Residence in Ocean City, Maryland

$3,699,000 USD | Ocean City, Maryland | Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty

Expanses of glass, steel and concrete with a flow-through layout provide natural views from every room. The sleek, bespoke kitchen opens to the great room and the property’s two buildings are connected by an Ipe deck and skywalk. Bedrooms on each level feature mosaic tile baths, while an owners’ suite with spa/bath features a private balcony with captivating views of the skyline and Isle of Wight Bay.

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Luxury Living | Church Conversions

What’s old is new again.  Discover churches that have been renovated, restored and transformed into unique and captivating residences.

1 Maryland

$948,000 USD | Annapolis, Maryland | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Originally built in 1895, this historic church in Downtown Annapolis was converted in 2003 by architect John Pill.  As homage to the property’s roots, the home features the original stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings.  Spanning over 2,300 square-feet, the residence includes two bedrooms and an in-unit elevator.

2 Missouri

$249,000 USD | Clarksville, Missouri | Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty

This Georgian-style building used to serve as the Grace Church and was built in 1940.  Now a home and art gallery, the property still features the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, preserved walnut wainscoting and one of the pews provides seating at the 10-foot dining table.  In addition, it has a barrel roof, five-foot porthole windows and locally-made walnut cabinets.

3 Netherlands

Price Upon Request | Muiden, North Holland, Netherlands | Netherlands Sotheby’s International Realty

Once the Singel Church, this building, located 15 minutes outside of Amsterdam, was converted to a residence by its current owner.  The light-filled home features five bedrooms and boasts over 3,100 square-feet of living space, high ceilings and dark limestone tile floors.

4 Chicago

$875,000 USD | Chicago, Illinois | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

This historic cathedral in Chicago has been masterfully converted into a condominium building.  A three-bedroom apartment, this unit is highlighted by its circular foyer with high ceilings, a large Gothic-style arched window and an exposed brick wall.  The residence also features a chef’s kitchen, large private balcony and hardwood floors throughout.

5 Connecticut

$799,000 USD | Lyme, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

A historic church from 1874, this property was renovated over the past two years into a unique six-bedroom residence.  The home boasts pressed tin ceilings, restored wide pine floors and leaded glass windows.  Additional features include a commercial-grade kitchen and lush, private gardens.

Luxury Living | Happy Halloween


While primarily an American holiday in the way it’s celebrated, Halloween has spread over the globe and has been adopted by many cultures in many countries. One of the most popular traditions of the holiday is to celebrate all things that go, “bump in the night,” so with that, join us on a journey around the world  as we discover homes in places associated with some classic tales.

Baltimore, Maryland

Home of Edgar Allen Poe

Famous for The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher and many other chilling short stories and poems, Poe lived his entire life in Baltimore. His stories have been adapted for film and TV countless times including memorable vignettes on The Simpsons annual Halloween special. He was also the inspiration for the city’s NFL team (the Ravens) when they moved in a little over 20 years ago.

baltimore$4,600,000 USD | Baltimore, Maryland | Monument Sotheby’s International Realty

London, England

Home of Mary Shelley

The mother of some of horror’s most iconic characters, Mary Shelley penned Frankenstein in 1822 and gave generations of audiences Doctor Victor Frankenstein and his titular Monster. The story inspired dozens of film adaptations dating back to the advent of the modern cinema and helped launch the career of the legendary Boris Karloff as one of the original Universal Studios monsters.

england£6,995,000 GBP | London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Tokyo, Japan

Home of Koji Suzuki

Koji Suzuki’s Ring (Ringu) series was instrumental in introducing international audiences to the J-Horror sub-genre and inspiring 2002’s American film, The Ring, by Gore Verbinski. In the wake of its success, The Ring opened viewers up to a steady stream of terrifying J-Horror stories for many years to come. It will be reimagined for the screen again in 2017.

japan¥250,000,000 JPY | Tokyo, Japan | List Sotheby’s International Realty

Dublin, Ireland

Home of Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847. Originally published in 1897, his most famous work, Dracula took the world by storm and brought vampires out of the shadows and into our homes. Count Dracula has since become a household name and continues to be, nearly 120 years later, one of the most famous and frightening monsters of all time.

dublin5.000.000 € EUR | Dublin, Ireland | Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty

New Orleans, Louisiana

Home of Anne Rice

Author of the renowned Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice adapted the concept of vampires for a modern audience. Lestat, one of the vampires at the center of Rice’s stories, was portrayed by Tom Cruise in 1994’s Oscar-nominated film version of Interview with a Vampire alongside Brad Pitt and Kirstin Dunst.

new-orleans$1,683,000 USD | New Orleans, Louisiana | Dorian Bennet Sotheby’s International Realty


Home of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Our journey ends in Mexico with the Day of the Dead celebration on November 1st. While there is no specific author tied to this particular celebration, images of “sugar skulls” and deeply-rooted practices of honoring deceased family and friends on the Day of the Dead has been featured in numerous stories across both print and film. Disney’s Pixar Studios will be bringing the holiday to life in their upcoming 2017 film, Coco.

mexico$3,800,000 USD | Nayarit, Mexico | Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty

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Luxury Living | Cal Ripken Jr.’s Maryland Estate


Hall of Famer and baseball’s “Iron Man,” Cal Ripken Jr. is one of the most memorable athletes of his time. Born in Maryland and famous for his time spent with Baltimore Orioles, his sprawling, 25-acre estate has become available through Monument Sotheby’s International Realty.


Originally built in 1985, the six-bedroom, 10-bathroom home was renovated in the 1990’s and features a home theater, gym, indoor basketball court, batting cage and locker room.


The elegantly designed home theater features its own box office, stage and seating for more than 10.


Not surprisingly the home pays homage to baseball with its very own diamond and monument commemorating Ripken’s 2,131 consecutive games played, the record-breaking moment that solidified him as a living legend in the sport.


According to the Baltimore Sun, “Ripken purchased the land in 1984 for $215,000. The property is now valued by the state for tax purposes at just over $2 million.”

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in September 2016

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


$12,500,000 USD | Reisterstown, Maryland | Monument Sotheby’s International Realty

“The 25,000-square-foot home, nestled into a ridge near the intersection of Dover Road and Tufton Avenue, dates to 1985. A 1991 renovation added a gym with a full-size basketball court, batting cage, training room and locker room.”

Cal Ripken Jr.’s Reistertown Estate Goes on the Market – The Baltimore Sun

Belgian Designer Puts His Own Transformed Home on the Market – The New York Times

A Home with a Sports Complex Asks $16.8 Million – Wall Street Journal

Open Concept Dubai Penthouse Brings the Outside In – Mansion Global

For Sale: Beautiful Homes in San Diego County – The Week

Inside the D.C.-area’s Most Expensive Homes for Sale – The Washington Post

Point Piper, Sydney: A Purely Residential Suburb with Serious Views – Mansion Global

You Can Own One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Final Homes for $2.75 Million – Dwell

Venture Capitalist Tom Perkins’ Bay Area Estate Seeks $16.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

Multi-million-pound Properties on the Market – MoneyWeek

Studio Space: A Flatiron Loft with an Artistic Vibe – Obsesrver

At a 118-Acre Colorado Property Complete with Polo Farm, Bigger is Better – Mansion Global

Score! Old-Timey Lawn Games Pop Up in High-End Homes – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Belize – The New York Times

Want More Peace and Quiet? Move Into These 10 Secluded Spaces – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s London | Bowie/Collector Part I: Modern and Contemporary Art, Evening Auction – Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s HK to Hold Largest Auction of Sanyu’s Works on Paper this Autumn – Blouin ArtInfo

Video of the Week: Magnificent Stone Colonial in Baltimore, Maryland

$2,795,000 USD | Baltimore, Maryland | Monument Sotheby’s International Realty

Elegance and sophistication at its best. This magnificent stone Georgian Colonial that overlooks Sherwood Gardens and is highlighted by the meticulous architectural details making this house one-of-a-kind. The home features six bedrooms, five full and two half-baths along with billiards room, wine cellar, heated unground pool and a partially covered patio with outdoor fireplace on almost an acre of professionally manicured land.

Luxury Residences Near World-renowned Sporting Events

Professional sports inspire us all. From the roar of Formula One engines to the prestige and time-honored tradition of the Triple Crown, discover luxurious residences near distinguished sporting events.

Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix, considered one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world, is a Formula One motor race that takes places on a narrow course on the streets of Monaco.

Sporting Events 1 - Monaco

14.470.000 € (EUR) | Monaco City, Monaco | C.I.C. Immobilier Mote-Carlo Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated in the heart of Monaco, this two-bedroom apartment features panoramic ocean views and is located in close proximity to the race course of the Monaco Grand Prix.  The residence comprises an entrance hall, vast living room and terrace and is set within the prestigious Carré d’Or.

US Open

The United States Open Tennis Championships, commonly referred to as the US Open, is a world renowned tennis tournament.  The US Open is held annually in August through September at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the New York City borough of Queens.

Sporting Events 3 - Forest Hills

$2,998,000 (USD) | Forest Hills, New York | Terrace Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated in close proximity to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, this Forest Hills mansion spans 5,096 square-feet and comprises four bedrooms and four full-bathrooms.  Built in 2006, the home features vaulted ceilings, picture windows, five fireplaces and marble heated floors.  Outside, there is a large brick patio, a generous private garden and a two-car garage.

Tour de France

The Tour de France is a multiple stage bicycle race that takes place annually around France and its surrounding countries.  The race, originally founded in 1903, spans three weeks and 3,500 kilometers, consisting of 21 day-long stages.

Sporting Events 4 - Paris

€29.000.000 (EUR) | Paris, France | Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

A 1,050-square-meter sprawling estate, this property is located on a private street in Paris, which is where the annual Tour de France ends.  The home comprises a main building with six en suite bedrooms and a weekend cottage with two suites, a home cinema and a fitness room.  The property also features private terraces, 400 square-meters of gardens and a swimming pool.

Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes is a flat thoroughbred horse race inaugurated in 1873 and the second leg of the American Triple Crown.   The race takes place annually at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sporting Events 5 - Baltimore

$2,999,900 (USD) | Baltimore, Maryland | Monument Sotheby’s International Realty

Located a few miles south of the Pimlico Race Course, this 4,200-square-foot condominium is situated within The Ritz Carlton Residences in Baltimore.  The apartment features an open floorplan, high ceilings, hardwood floors, gas fireplace and two balconies overlooking the Baltimore Inner Harbor and Harbor East.  Residents of The Ritz Carlton Residences have access to 24-hour concierge services, valet, doorman, porters, indoor pool, theater room, fitness center and game room.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in September 2015

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

Chicago$8,500,000 USD | Chicago, Illinois | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated in the heart of Lincoln Park, Chicago, this brick-clad home was a stable in the 1870s and a dairy at the turn of the century.”

A Modern Home in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Is Up for Sale – Architectural Digest 

Model Tyra Banks Lists Los Angeles Home for $7.75 Million – Wall Street Journal 

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Maryland – Sotheby’s International Realty 

Japanese Billionaire Asks $50 Million for Enormous Manhattan Mansion with Secret Passageways – Business Insider 

6 Homes Inspired by Glass – Sotheby’s 

An ‘Old World’ Estate in Connecticut – Wall Street Journal 

Five Homes with Rugby World Cup Connections – Financial Times 

‘Fargo’s’ Adam Arkin Puts His Studio-Close Hideaway on the Market – Los Angeles Times 

Opulent Ski Chalets for Sale in the Rockies, Pyrenees, and Alps – Bloomberg

A Customized Waterfront Estate – NBC New York 

Housing Sales in Toronto Strong in All Market Segments – The Globe and Mail 

3 Features Americans Want in Their Dream Home – MarketWatch 

Pavilion-Style Bungan Beach House For Sale with Price Expectations of $4.5 Million – The Daily Telegraph 

Shine On! $55 Million Blue Moon Diamond Headed to Auction – CNBC

Sotheby’s to Auction a Rare Chance to Taste Krug Vintage 1915 Champagne – Robb Report 

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Maryland

iStock_000057497066_LargeSotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Monument Sotheby’s International Realty in Baltimore, Maryland is the newest member of its luxury real estate network.

The firm, co-owned by Charlie Hatter, Shawn Evans, David Swirnow, Nick Travelstead and Noah Mumaw, will serve Baltimore and the surrounding area.

“Expanding into the greater Maryland market has been an objective for our brand, and we have carefully searched for the ideal firm to represent the brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “We have finally found that fit with Monument Sotheby’s International Realty and are proud to welcome them to our network.”

Monument Sotheby’s International Realty will have a strong presence in the greater Baltimore area with two offices in the Inner Harbor, a third office in Roland Park and plans for expansion into the surrounding counties.  The main office will be located in the Inner Harbor at 801 Key Highway.

“Our mission is to provide local market knowledge while offering the highest quality service. We saw the need for a full-service brokerage in the greater Baltimore area and look forward to providing a superior-level of service locally and around the state,” said Hatter.  “The affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty offers our firm unprecedented levels of support, as well as the opportunity for global exposure and recognition.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 17,000 sales associates located in approximately 800 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide.  Monument Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the 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.