Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in September 2017

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


$1,995,000 USD | Dallas, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 

“Picture a Loire Valley château reimagined for Texas, and you have this utterly fairytale-like castle. Featuring an eye-catching turret— with a whimsical Juliet balcony— steeply pitched roof with enchanting dormer windows, and Old World lead glass windows, this quaint, but spacious Texan castle has personality in spades.”

Outside Dallas, a Castle-Style Home Brings a Bit of France to Texas – Mansion Global

Prime Properties with a Bountiful Harvest – Financial Times

Tommy Hilfiger Again Slashes Millions off Plaza Hotel Penthouse – Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in South Carolina – Sotheby’s International Realty

East Hampton Tudor with 10,000 Square-Feet Asking $3.2M – Curbed

4 Incredible Homes for Sale with Vineyards Attached – Galerie

Property of the Month: A Former Monastery on Italy’s Glamorous Amalfi Coast – Boat International

Stately Jefferson Park Craftsman with Updates Galore Lists for $1.2M – Curbed

A Mexican Wave – Financial Times

Grape Expectations – Portfolio

Stockholm’s Most Fashionable Neighborhood Offers Architectural Gems – Mansion Global

Tech Millionaires Prop Lake Tahoe Property Market – Financial Times

The Time is Ripe for Home Buyers in Bordeaux – Wall Street Journal

Hurdlr Earns Grand Prize at Realogy FWD Innovation Summit – Realogy

The Coolest Eco-Friendly Homes on the Market Right Now – Elle Decor

Vivien Leigh’s Jewelry on Auction at Sotheby’s – The New York Times

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in August 2017

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


$42,500,000 USD | Nantucket, Massachusetts | Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

“At 18,100 square feet, the spacious compound dwarves most residences in the area… the layout is distinctly different than a traditional home; the estate is made up of 12 shingled, gabled cottages.”

This Nantucket Gem is Not Your Ordinary Beach Cottage – Robb Report

A Luxurious and Private Estate Overlooking the Tranquil Napa Valley – Mansion Global

A Feast for the Eyes: Great Homes for Foodies – Financial Times

Inside the 39-Acre Estate for Sale in Connecticut – Forbes

A Shingle-Style Beach ‘Cottage’ in the Hamptons – The New York Times

‘Baywatch’ Co-Creator Lists Malibu Home – Wall Street Journal

Super-Sized Rowhouse Maisonettes in Boston’s Back Bay – Mansion Global

20 of the Largest Homes for Sale in America – Architectural Digest

For Sale: 17 Homes Seeking $100 Million or More – Forbes

Conchas Chinas: A Beach Lover’s Paradise with Rising Property Value – Mansion Global

Sotheby’s to Auction Fux Restaurant’s Wine Cellar in HK – The Drinks Business

#TravelTuesday | San Miguel de Allende named Travel + Lesiure’s Top City of 2017


Recently named Travel + Leisure’s Top City of 2017, Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende is a colonial city, a part of which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, we check in with Larry Stebbins, owner of Agave Sotheby’s International Realty in San Miguel, to discover the latest from within the T+L top city.

“In general, our market is balanced with a good supply of quality homes and increasing buyer demand,” says Stebbins. “A well-priced home within easy walking access to the historic center will be under contract within 30 days of coming to market.  Our company, [Agave Sotheby’s International Realty] is the market leader with more than 50% market share.”

imagereader.aspx-2$5,995,000 USD | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Agave Sotheby’s International Realty

The region’s notoriety reaches beyond locals. “The current trend that we are seeing is the arrival of buyers from California and New York. They represent a younger demographic that are looking to move to a destination that has rich cultural activities and an inclusive, progressive community,” says Stebbins. “The majority of our buyers are from the United States (85%) with approximately 5% Canadian and 5% Mexican nationals.” Even with the influx of younger buyers, San Miguel’s average buyer is between 40-65 years old and financially independent.

imagereader.aspx-3$2,995,000 USD | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Agave Sotheby’s International Realty

San Miguel de Allende has opportunities for a wide variety of buyers; property prices range from $200K to $2M with an average sales price of $550k. “The most common architectural style is traditional Spanish Colonial with high ceilings, wood beams, bovedas, and ample patios and terraces, as the climate is temperate year around and conducive to indoor/outdoor living,” says Stebbins.

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imagereader.aspx-4$2,200,000 USD | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Agave Sotheby’s International Realty

“San Miguel is also home to two hotels that were recognized as the best hotels in Mexico by Conde Nast readers in 2016. We were also the production home of Top Chef Mexico,” says Stebbins.

imagereader.aspx-5$1,695,000 USD | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Agave Sotheby’s International Realty

San Miguel de Allende is located in the historical and cultural heart of Mexico.  Founded in the 16th century, it is rich in the history of Mexico.  It experienced a renaissance of sorts after WWII when it became an artist community, one that continues to thrive today. It is culturally rich with great art, music, food and a center of philanthropic endeavors with more than 50 non-profit organizations giving back to the community.

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Unwind | Libraries


Books are tangible pathways that lead to different worlds; whether its reliving the past, imagining the future, or traveling to a place that could only exist in your wildest of dreams, escaping into the depths of a good story has long been a pastime. In this week’s installment of Unwind, discover homes from around the world with libraries and reading spaces perfect for relaxing with a good book.

NewYork$15,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Perched atop a prewar coop, this recently and fully renovated penthouse is distinguished by incredible light and spectacular views. Beautifully scaled rooms with multiple exposures and corner outlooks abound, and the unique charm and grace of a Rosario Candela penthouse is present throughout. Notable features include a light-filled library, French doors opening onto the many wrap-around terraces, vistas of Central Park, ample blue sky, and views of the surrounding building towers and far beyond.

Mexico$8,000,000 USD | Chapultepec, Mexico | Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty

This English-inspired residence sits behind wrought walls and security gates, accessed by a private driveway. Inside, a marble-floored gallery runs east to west across the front of the home, leading to the office and games room/library on the main floor. At the left of the gallery a doorway opens into impressive formal living and dining areas; gracefully illuminated by natural light, both open out to sandstone-paved terraces.

Germany2.098.000 € EUR | Hessen, Germany | Peters & Peters Sotheby’s International Realty

This special villa, which was extensively renovated in 2003, is characterized by its harmonious atmosphere, style and color; its large-area windows, spacious balcony as well as additional terraces ensures that its occupants has a ubiquitous view of the constantly green vistas of an idyllic garden. The ground floor of the villa is devoted to sharing time with family or welcoming guests in an impressive setting – the corner-installed library is a striking take on the classic amenity.

Canada3 200 000 $ CAD | British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Local Salt Spring Island architect Henry (Hank) Schubart, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed a home that would take advantage of the island’s distinctive features minimum disturbance. The result was the present house, completed in 1985. Hank designed the home around the existing, old-growth fir trees and used post-and-beam internal framing and large decks to create a feeling of living within the landscape, rather than imposing on it. The current owners supervised construction of a new studio and guesthouse, again designed by Hank Schubart. The new buildings continued with Hank’s theme of post and beam construction, with local Galiano builders Struen Robertson and Lars Lilholt adding their own creative touches.

Missouri$1,900,000 USD | Ladue, Missouri | Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated on a private lot in Ladue, this expansive home offers spaces for both intimate and hosting opportunities; whether it’s a comfortable night in front of the fireplace or one nestled in a comfy chair within the library, or entertaining a large group throughout the residence’s layout, this home is suitable for all. From the front door, you walk into a two-story entry hall, looking into a gorgeous and spacious living room. The spacious gourmet kitchen opens to the hearth room for family gatherings.

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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.


$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: Last Week in January 2017

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


$1,490,000 USD | Charlotte, North Carolina | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

” On the market for $1.5 million, the residence spans more than 9,000 square feet and includes five bedrooms, six baths, and one half bath.”

Larry Johnson’s Former North Carolina Home is on the Market for $1.5 Million – Architectural Digest

Guinness Heir Asks $30 Million for Historic Irish Manor – Wall Street Journal

The 25 Most Expensive Homes for Sale in the U.S. Right Now – Curbed

Baseball Star Ted Williams’s Longtime Home Seeks $4.2 Million – Wall Street Journal

Hot Property: Postcard Vistas Await in Bespoke Nob Hill Townhome – SF Gate

Midcentury Hilltop Jewel Box with Lake Views asks $800K – Curbed

Properties for Putters – Wall Street Journal

A New Seaside Dubai Villa that Pays Homage to Traditional Arabic Architecture – Mansion Global

House Hunting in… Los Cabos, Mexico – The New York Times

Homeowners’ Quest for the Best Schools – Wall Street Journal

Manhattan Buyers Showing Increased Interest in Condos Over Co-Ops – Mansion Global

Piermont, N.Y.: A Small Place with Outsize Appeal – The New York Times

Real Estate Agents Roll Out the Red Carpet for Chinese New Year –

Bermuda Luxury Home Prices Fell 25% in 2016 – Mansion Global

Auction Preview: Sotheby’s Fine Jewels, New York, Feb 1 – Blouin ArtInfo

#TravelTuesday | Fodor’s GO List 2017 – Part II

This #TravelTuesday, join us as we continue our discovery of properties in some of the hottest cities ranked in the Fodor’s 2017 GO List.

Wellington, New Zealand

1 - New Zealand

$4,200,000 NZD | Wellington, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Fodor’s suggests visiting Wellington during its warmest months – December through March.  Nestled on over 2.5 hectares of land, this contemporary masterpiece was designed by renowned architect John Mills.  The home spans more than 5,000 square-feet and includes four bedrooms, indoor and outdoor living spaces, a wall of windows framing views of the surrounding rugged hillside and a recreational annex with sauna and heated swimming pool.

Saxony, Germany

2 - Germany

€3.500.000 EUR | Saxony, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

This May through October, plan a trip to Saxony.  A unique old-meets-new property, the estate comprises a modern main house built in 2012 as well as a renovated natural stone house originally built in the 19th century that serves as a guest house.  With sharp lines and sleek finishes, the main house boasts an open living space and indoor swimming pool.

Oaxaca, Mexico

3 - Mexico

$985,000 USD | Oaxaca, Mexico | Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty

Oaxaca is a year-round destination.  A multi-level villa, this property spans 9,735 square-feet and features nine bedrooms, a 30-person dining area, indoor and outdoor living spaces and a pool.  Constructed in a Mexican Colonial-style, the home was built using natural regional materials, has talavera ceramic finishes and is in close proximity to the beach.

Lima, Peru

4 - Peru

$1,550,000 USD | Lima, Peru | Peru Sotheby’s International Realty

Lima is another year-round destination, but the weather is especially favorable during its summer months of January through March.  Overlooking the city, this duplex penthouse has five bedrooms, a 12-person dining room and private elevator access.  There is additionally a large terrace complete with a pool, state-of-the-art BBQ and pizza oven.

Helsinki, Finland

5 - Finland

€2.320.000 EUR | Helsinki, Finland | Snellman Sotheby’s International Realty

Fodor’s recommends a trip to Helsinki during the summer months.  A two-story loft apartment, this residence is located in the heart of the city.  Originally built in 1898, the property was renovated in 2013 and boasts high-end finishes throughout including exposed brick and Gaggenau appliances in the kitchen.  The 2,497-square-foot apartment includes three bedrooms, large kitchen, grand living and dining area, high-ceilings and private elevator access.

Architectural Spotlight | A Taste of Tuscany

Tuscan, or Tuscan-Inspired homes can be found all over the world, far from their origin in Italy’s Tuscany region. Outside, tile roofs, wrought-iron gates and fountains are among the instantly recognizable features of a Tuscan-style home, while inside, the often-impressive use of stone, warm earth tones, plaster walls and highly textured ceilings create an unmistakable old-world feel. In this Architectural Spotlight, join us as we travel from Italy to Mexico as we discover a taste of Tuscany.

italy2.900.000 € EUR | Siena, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Castelnuovo Berardenga lies the midst of Chianti Classico vineyards and olive groves with sweeping views over undulating Tuscan countryside towards Monte Amiata. The main Leopoldina country home and its guest house make a perfectly tranquil and private retreat. The 18th century home was renovated recently with many modern amenities such as underfloor heating and air conditioning. The property has a beautiful garden, a swimming pool, olive grove, vegetable garden and a four-car covered parking area.

florida$3,500,000 USD | Sorrento, Florida | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Villa Zaffiro, located in the manned double-gated golf and country club community of Red Tail, received the renowned Aurora Award. Surrounded by impeccable Italian-style gardens, as you approach this estate, you will cross over a Venetian bridge surrounded by flowing water. The front door opens to an expansive foyer where the inside features a library reading room. Other include a potting room, theater and game room. A beautiful mahogany elevator makes this home easily accessible.

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california$7,950,000 USD | San Diego, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

This magnificently detailed Tuscan-inspired estate is sited on a spectacular ridge overlooking Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Among its seemingly endless amenities, the home offers handsome walnut floors, bespoke stone walls, an elevator, gentleman’s library with sitting room above, billiard room, two room guest-suite, parking for six cars, pool, spa, putting green and large sand trap.

mexico$1,199,000 USD | Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico | Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty

This Tuscan-style lakefront residence overlooks Chapala Lake in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. With stunning views, surrounded by gardens, fountains and lush landscaping, it is a unique place to enjoy a peaceful contact with nature, encircled by beauty while also offering great privacy. An elegant two-story home with double height ceilings and a distinctly European architectural style, this property showcases truly old-world charm with stone, quarry, wood and wrought iron design elements.

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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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#TravelTuesday | World’s Best Beaches

This #TravelTuesday, venture with us to properties on the best beaches in the world, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.  The Sotheby’s International Realty network boasts branded offices in seven of the top beach locations ranked worldwide.

Cayman Islands

01 Cayman Islands

$8,500,000 USD | Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Called “Seaforever,” this 10,000-square-foot estate overlooks the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Seven Mile Beach.  The home features modern, open living spaces, an infinity edge swimming pool and 100 feet of private beach frontage.

Bora Bora

02 Bora Bora

1.500.000€ EUR | Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia | French Polynesia Sotheby’s International Realty

The Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary is situated upon nearly 10 acres of white sand and turquoise waters.  The property is adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel and residents are provided access to the resort’s amenities.


03 Kauai

$5,995,000 USD | Kealia, Hawaii | Oceanfront Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Kauai County, Hawaii, this plantation-style home overlooks Kuna Beach and boasts lanais throughout allowing for seamless indoor/outdoor living.  The property is also in close proximity to Ke Ala Hele Makalae, a walking and bike trail that extends for miles along the eastern shore with access to many of Kapa’a’s beaches.


04 Anguilla

$3,500,000 USD | Captains Ridge, Anguilla | Anguilla Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Captains Ridge, Anguilla, this oceanfront villa is known as “Kevin’s Castle.”  The property features four bedroom suites, each with its own bathroom and patio, indoor and outdoor entertaining areas and an infinity pool overlooking the beach.

Turks & Caicos

05 Turks and Caicos

$12,500,000 USD | Beachfront Long Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

A grand waterfront estate known as “Madalay,” this sprawling residence is set upon more than two-acres of Long Bay beach.  The property spans over 11,000 square-feet and features a main villa, two separate apartments, a master bedroom with private living quarters and a beachfront deck and lounge area with custom-built spa.

Sanibel Island

06 Sanibel

$3,300,000 USD | Sanibel, Florida | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

With over an acre of Sanibel beach frontage on the Gulf of Mexico, this fully-renovated shore cottage features panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.  The home has three bedrooms, open kitchen, glass enclosed lanai and a lower level screened-in patio with pool, outdoor shower, serenity garden and walking path to the beach.

Playa del Carmen

07 Playa del Carmen

$2,750,000 | Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico | Riviera Maya Sotheby’s International Realty

Known as “Villa Aqua,” this contemporary estate is walking distance to the beaches of Playa del Carmen.  The sprawling 13,000-square-foot home features floor-to-ceiling curved glass windows with breathtaking views, interior garden, a gym, squash court, netted trampoline and an outdoor swimming pool.