New Development Spotlight | Horizon Mission Bay in Auckland, New Zealand

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Showcasing the height of new luxury construction in some of the world’s most sought after locations, let’s explore an exclusive new development from our worldwide network.

localimagereader.ashx4Horizon Mission Bay | Auckland, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Located on a commanding hilltop position, Horizon Mission Bay has been thoughtfully designed to form a relationship with the natural landscape, surrounded by spectacular views. Horizon provides the perfect balance between inner-city vibrancy and suburban tranquility, with everything on the doorstep, and more.

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Horizon Mission Bay is the much-anticipated addition to the city-fringe, seaside suburb of Auckland. Designed in response to the high demand for quality city-fringe living, Horizon offers 44 unique lifestyle choices. Your options include stunning ground floor apartments (complete with private courtyard) or elevated apartments.

From the slopes of the Western United States, to shores of the Mediterranean, experience captivating New Developments from the Sotheby’s International Realty network

Settings are unique to each apartment, ranging from intimate courtyards to expansive harbor, city and suburban vistas. For penthouse luxury, three spectacular residences are available, all complete with breath-taking views and their own private garage. Horizon sets a new standard for premium lifestyle living.

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The interior design of each apartment delivers a sense of luxury and sophistication, and fine detailing adds elegance to every space, providing a perfect balance of styling and timelessness. Floor-to-ceiling double-glazing opens to the balcony and courtyards, providing a modern and seamless integration between the indoors and out. This ensures that natural light and a relationship with the landscape is the centerpiece for each and every kind of lifestyle.

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Designed by the Buchan Group, a global architectural firm, and delivered by trusted developer Location Group, Horizon Mission Bay is an opportunity that can’t be missed.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in October 2017

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

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£4,975,000 GBP | London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

“This quintessentially English Victorian mansion may be a grand, old red-brick period building set in a historic part of London, sandwiched between Westminster Cathedral and Buckingham Palace, but inside, Artillery Mansions’ penthouse is ultra-modern in both design and function.”

A Modern Penthouse with Views of Some of London’s Most Iconic Sights – Mansion Global

Fernando Botero Lists New York Home and Art Studio – Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Announces Exclusive Alliance with Influential Japan News Publication, the Nikkei – Sotheby’s International Realty

An Expansive Villa in the Gated Community in the Heart of Dubai – Mansion Global

An Adirondack Camp with Room for Family – Wall Street Journal

For Sale: 10 Properties as Luxurious as Your Superyacht – Boat International

A Facelift for One of Manhattan’s Oldest Apartments – Wall Street Journal

Groucho Marx’s Former Home in Hollywood Hills West Fetches $3.81 Million – Los Angeles Times

The Most Common Obstacles to a Sale – and What to Do About Them – The New York Times

LIVE Fashion with Designer Osman Yousefzada – Sotheby’s International Realty

10 Dream Homes that Take City Dwelling to a Whole New Level – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s to Auction the World’s Largest Pink Diamond – Robb Report

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in September 2017

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

$19,400,000 USD | Los Altos, California | Today Sotheby’s International Realty

“The house, which has four bedrooms, four and a half baths, and spans 5,440 square feet, was built in 1955 and includes a detached four-car garage, pool/guest house, and outdoor terrace.”

Yahoo’s First CEO is Selling His House for $19.4 Million – Bloomberg

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Hamptons Summer Rental Sells – Wall Street Journal

22 of the Most Beautiful Cabins for Sale in America – Architectural Digest

A Palatial Golf Course Estate in Southern Portugal – Mansion Global

Seven Waterside Homes – Financial Times

Katherine Hepburn’s Connecticut Home Sells for $11.5 Million – Forbes

12 Great Homes for Sale Near National Parks – Washington Post

Grand Summer Cottage in New Hampshire Asks $7.5 Million – Mansion Global

6 Luxurious Lake Homes – The Week

Former Astronomer’s $6.75M Georgetown Home on Sale for First Time in 110 Years – Curbed

Actor Tim Daly is Ready to Part With His Hip Santa Monica Condo – Los Angeles Times

12 of the Best Properties with Swimming Pools on the Market – Country & Town House

Since Revolutionary Times, Boston’s Beacon Hill Has Been a Coveted Area – Mansion Global

Sustainable Homes See Rising Demand in Region; Hong Kong a Laggard – South China Morning Post

5 Things to Know About Buying Property in Mallorca – Boat International

Burgeoning Guangzhou is No Longer Living in the Shadow of Beijing and Shanghai – Mansion Global

10 Dream Homes That Take City Dwelling to a Whole New Level – Elle Decor

Vivien Leigh’s Diaries Recording Olivier Romance Up For Auction – Reuters

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in June 2017

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

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$2,950,000 USD | Milton, Massachusetts | Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

“The 6,800-square-foot property includes six bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. The second level offers a guest wing with private bedroom and en suite bathroom, as well as a small fitness area.”

A Contemporary Country House Just Outside Boston – Mansion Global

Football’s Paul Kruger Lists Multi-Sport Colorado Estate – Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Tops Individual Sales Volume Category in REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal Report for Second Year in a Row – Sotheby’s International Realty

Famed Playboy’s $19 Million New York Triplex Hits the Market – Bloomberg

28 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale in America – Architectural Digest

A Hamptons Bungalow for All Seasons – Wall Street Journal

Five Homes for Tennis Enthusiasts – Financial Times

Historic Houston Estate of Late Tootsies Owner to Hit the Market – Chron.com

A Greek Revival-Style Mansion Near the Water in Connecticut – Mansion Global

For Sale: 7 Properties for Boat Enthusiasts – The Week

10 Dream Homes that Take City Dwelling to a Whole New Level – Elle Decor

A Single-Family House in Toronto’s Rosedale Neighborhood May be the City’s Best Status Symbol – Mansion Global

House Hunting in… Frankfurt, Germany – The New York Times

Sotheby’s Sells Andy Warhol’s First “Selfie” for £6MBlouin ArtInfo

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in April 2017

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

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Price Upon Request | Los Muermos, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos, Chile | Chile Sotheby’s International Realty

“The property sits on 8,000 acres of pristine land, 13 of which front the Pacific Ocean. There’s a main lodge that resides on one of the property’s three beaches, and inside, there’s 10,000-square-feet of amenities: a catering kitchen, a spa, a gym, a mediation room, and a heated pool. “

A Patagonian Investment Property That’s Either Hotel or Family Retreat – Mansion Global

Five Homes for a Blissful Retirement – Financial Times

Shaun White is Selling His $8 Million San Diego Home – Architectural Digest

A Rare New Mansion in Chicago’s Historic Gold Coast – Mansion Global

The CEO of Restoration Hardware Just Slashed the Price of His Enormous Napa Valley Home That’s Like a Real-life Catalog – Business Insider

Six Homes for Sale with Designer Interiors – Financial Times

Vineyard Dreams: Owning One of These Elite Properties Has to Be a ‘Love Affair’ – Mansion Global

Pasadena House Brings that Palm Springs Vacation Vibe – Los Angeles Times

Howard Hughes’ Legendary Lake Tahoe Estate Has Asking Price Reduced – Billionaire.com

A Former Brewery-Turned-Mixed-Use Building in San Francisco’s Mission District – Mansion Global

NYC Families are Bringing the Suburbs to the City – New York Post

House Hunting in… São Paulo – The New York Times

A Parisian Neighborhood for Affluent and Influential Families – Mansion Global

10 Dream Homes that Take City Dwelling to a Whole New Level – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s to Host Burgundy Sale in London – The Drinks Business

The ‘Legendary’ Stotesbury Emerald Highlights Sotheby’s New York Jewelry Auction – Forbes

 

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in April 2017

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

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$17,500,000 USD | Villanova, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

“The owners of this stone house built it in the 1990s to resemble a much older property”

Pennsylvania Estate Asks $17.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

Best for Guests: Five Properties Perfect for Hosting – Financial Times

A Sprawling Estate in the Heart of a Barefoot Beach Town – Mansion Global

A Party-Friendly Estate in Austin Seeks Record $45 Million – Wall Street Journal

New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | March 2017 – Sotheby’s International Realty

Six Equestrian Homes for Horse Riders, Breeders and Polo Players – Financial Times

Angelina Jolie Pitt’s Childhood Home Sells for $1.8 Million – Forbes

Spec House on San Francisco’s Gold Coast Seeks $40 Million – Wall Street Journal

A Home for Literature in Mexico – Financial Times

$2 Million Homes in California, Massachusetts and Texas – The New York Times

Walk-through: Trilevel in SF’s Glen Park Linked to Street by Bridge – San Francisco Chronicle

London Rivals: What Frankfurt Can Offer Buyers Quitting the UK – Financial Times

10 Dream Homes that Take City Dwelling to a Whole New Level – Elle Decor

“Pink Star” Diamond Fetches Record Price at Auction – CBS News

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in February 2017

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

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$9,500,000 USD | Cherry Hills Village, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“If you’re a fan of architect Toshiko Mori, you’ll love this Zen Colorado retreat. Situated on 2.5 acres, the $9.5 million, 10,000-square-foot home boasts indoor-outdoor living spaces that highlight the surrounding natural beauty. “

This $9.5 Million Home Includes a Private Floating Meditation Den – Architectural Digest

For Sale: Six Homes Designed by Famous Architects – Financial Times

Japan’s Traditional ‘Minka’ Homes Gain a New Following – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Montreal – The New York Times

Stars Lurk in the History of this Hollywood Hills Tudor – Los Angeles Times

A Home for Surfing in Ma’alaea Bay, Maui, Hawaii – Financial Times

Hamptons Preview – Mansion Global

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

What $3 Million Gets You Outside the City – Boston.com

This Insanely Glamorous Old Florida Estate is on the Market – Coastal Living

Of Cays and Bays: The Serenity of Beachfront Living – T Brand Studio

10 Dream Homes that Take City Dwelling to a Whole New Level – Elle Decor

Klimt Painting Expected to Fetch Well Over $45M at Sotheby’s Auction – The Guardian

Luxury Living | Urban Retreats

Hidden in plain sight and tucked away in the quiet corners of our world’s bustling metropolises, these urban retreats are perfect environments for reflection, relaxation and escape without leaving the city. From Washington D.C. to Tokyo, let’s unwind and retreat from the metropolitan hustle in these exclusive hideaways in some of the most renowned urban destinations.

washingtondc$4,700,000 USD | Washington D.C. | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

This spacious residence features four bedrooms and five-and-half bathrooms with an embassy scale living room and adjoining amply sized formal dining room. Offering a combination of lovely views of the Potomac River, generous public and private areas, access to Ritz-Carlton’s unsurpassed services and convenience to Georgetown’s vibrancy, this property is the ideal residence for those seeking a luxury urban retreat.

tokyo¥69,800,000 JPY | Tokyo, Japan | List Sotheby’s International Realty

A spacious family home setback in a quiet cul-de-sac and a one-minute walk to the American School in Japan, this three-story house features a 5SLDK hybrid Western-Japanese layout with open LDK occupying most of the second floor, three western-style bedrooms, and two Japanese-style bedrooms, a secluded office and adjacent dressing room with moisture and acoustic insulation. The property has been meticulously maintained and recently updated.

saopaloR$ 16.000.000 BRL | Sao Palo, Brazil | Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty

A perfect union of exclusivity, luxury and urban retreat, this duplex penthouse, with 900 square meters of space located in front of the Burle Marx Park, features a panoramic 360-degree view of the city. Fully decorated by renowned interior designer, this home features a tech-savvy entry accessible by two elevators and biometric systems for access control.

sanfrancisco$849,000 USD | San Francisco, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

A bright and spacious loft located in the heart of the vibrant SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco, this home is filled with natural light, features soaring ceilings and massive windows, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a flexible floor plan that allows the city dweller to have the perfect urban retreat. The living room has a built in window seat, gas fireplace and hardwood floors. Retreat to your large mezzanine level bedroom overlooking the courtyard or go up the open staircase to your second bedroom and en-suite bath.

Room with a View | City Skylines

Watching the sun rise over the towering skyscrapers or the colorful sunset dance between the buildings, city living has its own unique beauty.  Whether it’s Dubai, Seattle or the world-famous New York skyline, discover luxury residences with inspiring city views in our final “Room with a View” installment.

01 City Views - Sydney

Price Upon Request | Sydney, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Located within the boutique Wentworth building, this floor-through apartment features uninterrupted views of world-famous Sydney landmarks the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.  The residence was designed by architects Archer + Wright to seamlessly integrate indoor and outdoor living, offering flowing open spaces, light-filled interiors and a vast entertainer’s terrace.  The apartment has three bedrooms, including a master suite, three bathrooms, a Gaggenau eat-in kitchen and an on-site pool.

02 City Views - Seattle

$3,100,000 USD | Seattle, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated on the 35th floor, this Seattle apartment boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Space Needle, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains.  A two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit, the residence features master and guest suites with blackout shades, an office, two wine coolers, maple hardwood floors, California Closets and Creston system.  The building also offers five-star concierge service, shared amenities, including landscaped rooftop terraces, fitness center and children’s playroom, and close proximity to Pike Place Market.

03 City Views - NYC

$10,900,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Nestled on Manhattan’s Upper West Side near Columbus Circle, this 26th floor apartment boasts captivating views of the iconic Central Park from every room.  A corner unit, the residence was renovated and designed by Tara Bernerd and features high-end finishes throughout including oak flooring inset with custom cordovan leather tiles, silk wallpaper by Donghia and custom-designed Boffi kitchen cabinetry.  Additional amenities offered by the building include a swimming pool, roof garden, fitness center and concierge services.

04 City Views - Dubai

Price Upon Request | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

A floor-through penthouse set on the 45th floor of the prestigious Le Reve, this residence showcases incomparable views of Dubai and overlooks the illustrious Burj Al Arab.  The apartment spans 13,400 square-feet and has an additional 800 square-feet of sky terrace.  Designed and furnished by French architect Jean Louis Mainguy, the four-bedroom residence includes a Bulthaup eat-in kitchen, home theater, staff quarters with secluded entrance and a Smart Home System.

05 City Views - Chicago

$6,250,000 USD | Chicago, Illinois | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

With floor-to-ceiling windows, this 72nd story floor-through penthouse in the distinguished Legacy building features unprecedented 180-degree views of the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan and Millennium Park.  Completed in 2014, the apartment is a custom-designed, 5,000-square-foot residence.   The penthouse comprises three bedrooms, including a master suite with three glass walls and an onyx/marble bathroom, outdoor terrace, expertly crafted kitchen and a state-of-the-art audio, visual and lighting system.

See the rest of our “Room with a View” series here!

Luxury Lifestyles | Classic or Modern: Choosing Metropolitan

Architecture speaks to more than a residential style. It represents a lifestyle. In cities around the world, historic homes and newly constructed homes share the same zip codes and preside over the same streetscapes, but buyers ask very different experiences of these two residential styles.

The definition of urban contemporary is ever changing, one that evolves with every new iteration in technology, engineering, and design. It is rooted in the now. Historic is rooted in its time.

Storied Properties

NewOrleans$2,950,000 USD | New Orleans, Louisiana | Dorian Bennet Sotheby’s International Realty

Some cities are distinguished by their classic architecture such as the antebellum homes of New Orleans and Savannah, or the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco properties in San Francisco.

“San Francisco is a geographically small city which prizes its distinctive architectural heritage,” says Gregg Lynn, senior global real estate advisor at Sotheby’s International Realty in San Francisco. “Neighborhoods employ aggressive ordinances to preserve this historic fabric, creating an environment in which there are few options for new construction homes.” Many of the city’s historic properties are well located, near or with views of San Francisco landmarks that locals hold dear, which can increase the value of a residence by more than $1 million. Older properties have intrinsic story value, too. “In San Francisco, real estate drives pop culture. Restoring or living in a historic home provides homeowners with the ability to participate in real estate story-telling, which is an essential part of San Francisco’s community dialogue,” Lynn says.

sanfrancisco$8,995,000 USD | San Francisco, California | Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty

Vintage homeowners see themselves as temporary guardians, accepting the responsibility that preservation comes with the property title.

Historic homes are smaller in scale than new construction, typically not more than for or six stories for those built in pre-elevator days. “The smaller scale building equals a stronger bond between the neighbors in that building and a more direct physical connection with the street itself,” says Jeremy Robertson, an associate at Hacin + Associates, a Boston-based architectural firm that specializes in historic restoration. “That scale of a building is very attractive in the higher end market.”

Homeowners hire companies like Hacin + Associates for the way they contrast and interact contemporary design with a structure’s traditional detailing. “We respond to the existing aesthetic, and this gives us a richer palette in the end. We really love to play off of that,” Robertson says.

That contrast and interaction manifests when modern kitchens, wine rooms, bathroom spas, even elevators are installed in traditional spaces. “It clearly costs more per square foot to do these rehab projects than new construction would be. But owners appreciate the inherent qualities of older structures and are willing to pay a premium for that experience,” says Robertson. It also requires patience. Both renovations and approvals by historic landmark committees can be slow processes.

Beijing¥130,000,000 CNY | Beijing, China | Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty

American cities define historic as a century or two old. In ancient cities like Beijing, residences can have a history more than 2,000 years old. The most noted historic style is referred to as the siheyuan or Beijing courtyard garden house, a walled compound that surrounds an open courtyard.

This architectural style has been used for temples, palaces and government offices as well as for residences of the wealthy. Kevin Corbett, CEO of Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty, calls it the “cultural symbol of Beijing,” since it is the most prevalent traditional Chinese-style home in the city. These ornately decorated residences are generally the most expensive homes in the capital, in part because of their desirable locations in the city’s urban core, near historic sites like Tiananmen Square and because they can never be replaced with modern architecture.

Courtyard residences can range from $10 million to $100 million and yet, Corbett says, they “are recession proof” and unlikely to “ever lose value.” For those whose urban lifestyle includes frequent entertaining, they are an ideal fit. At the same time, the ancient city is seeing a boon in modern construction fueled by a rising wealthy class and influx of international elite. Many developments are part of master-planned communities that offer the conveniences of urban living such as onsite shopping, restaurants and entertainment all within reach.

Modern Amenities

If some cities like San Francisco, Boston and Beijing are known for their historic housing stock, global cities like Dubai, United Arab Emirates, are at the opposite end of the spectrum. In Dubai, vintage construction simply doesn’t exist. The oldest buildings date back decades–to the 1980s–not centuries and even those are “far and few between,” says Amy Brown of Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty. Ultra modern skyscrapers and sparkling new villas are a “mix of styles from around the world with a European focus.”

Dubai18,000,000 د.إ AED | Dubai | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

International buyers investing in luxury second homes and pied-à-terre apartments gravitate to low maintenance, high-tech residences. And, of course, that appeal readily extends to primary urban residences where developers of new projects are outdoing themselves in a race to offer the most extravagant perks. Condominiums with blue-chip art in common spaces, on-site offices for work-from-home entrepreneurs, room service, lap pools, children’s playrooms and sky garages are about the ultimate in convenience and creature comforts. If historic homes are more likely to tie residents to their neighborhoods, new high rises offer a lifestyle above and beyond.

Discover more homes in some of the world’s most sought after Metropolitan Destinations on sir.com

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