The Gathering Place | Luxury Living Rooms

Traditionally, living rooms are meant for relaxing and socializing—a place where friends and family come together. The living room also presents the perfect opportunity to make a statement and set the tone for your entire decorating style. Whether the style is rustic elegance or minimalist, modern or traditional, you can gather inspiration from five extraordinary homes below to create a room where you can entertain family and friends.

Living Room NJ

$8,500,000 USD | Far Hills, New Jersey | Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Only one hour from Manhattan, this Far Hills, New Jersey, home is at the center of a 26-acre retreat that combines rustic elements offering luxurious living. Overlooking Ravine Lake, Pickle Brook Farm features stone and reclaimed wood construction and is surrounded by landscaped gardens and forest. The living areas are finished with rustic beams, carved mantelpieces and extensive millwork. In addition to five bedrooms and seven baths, there is a media room, game room, several outbuildings and a five-car garage.

Living Room Australia

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

Perched in park-like gardens high above Sydney Harbour, the Babworth House is one of Australia’s grand mansions from early 1900s. Residence 2, a three-bedroom, three-level residence features formal and informal living rooms, master “retreat” with San Sebastian stone bathroom, dining rooms, office and wine cellar.  Architect Michael Sutter retained the original oak-paneled walls and stained-glass windows while adding a cocktail bar and gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances. The home opens onto private marble verandas and wraparound terraces overlooking the harbor.

Living Room South AfricaPrice Upon Request | Plettenberg Bay, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Open-plan living areas enclosed by glass provide ever-changing views of the Indian Ocean and the Tsitsikamma Mountains from this contemporary, eco-designed, Plettenberg Bay home on Robberg Beach. Paul Oosthuizen designed the five-bedroom, four-bath home to become an integral part of the landscape, melding into the fynbos and milkwood trees. Opening the home’s glass doors creates an extensive indoor-outdoor area with uninterrupted flow. The kitchen is an entertainer’s delight. Highlights include radiant floor heating, heated pool and rainwater collection.

Living Room Milan

Price Upon Request | Milan, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Designed by architect Piero Pinto in a former 17th-century convent in Milan, this 6,452-square-foot, four-bedroom apartment features a faded, terracotta-hued fresco on a bedroom’s domed ceiling. Everything else, however, is ultramodern in design. An elevator connects three floors that include a separate staff area. Architectural details include glass stair rails and a spa-style master bath. Highlights include a double living room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the octagonal-shaped inner courtyard, a feature typical of Milanese apartment buildings.

Living Room Manhattan

$26,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Situated in New York’s Upper East Side, this prewar duplex condominium offers eight bedrooms and eight baths. For privacy, the apartment is accessed by a key-lock elevator that opens onto a private landing and a marble entrance gallery. The layout connects living room, media room and library for 1,500 square feet of open entertainment space with views of both skyline and Central Park. The lower floor includes a master suite with his-and-hers baths, a playroom and staff room.


Keeping it in the Family | Legacy Homes

Legacy homes are built with custom touches, including charms of the past combined with today’s modern amenities. Located near popular university towns around the world, these inviting legacy homes are sure to be passed down for generations to come.

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$3,800,000 USD | Princeton, NJ | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Princeton, New Jersey- This gracious and comfortable one-of-a-kind home is located in the prestigious university town of Princeton, New Jersey. Exposed beams, stone and plaster walls, as well as six fireplaces, offer welcoming warmth to all formal and informal spaces.  Reading nooks and sitting areas introduce six architecturally intriguing bedrooms, perfect for a growing family. Wine cellar, fitness and rec room, pool and fire pit complete this tasteful home.


$4,475,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty

Austin, Texas- This true contemporary waterfront home in Austin features six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three car garage, and 110 feet of Lake Austin waterfront with plentiful views. The home is complete with a beautiful swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and a two story boat dock. Not too far away, is the bustling city of Austin, home to universities, great restaurants and more, making this a perfect legacy home.


£5,800,000 GBP | London, England | London Sotheby’s International Realty

London, England- An elegant and immaculately presented family townhouse located in the heart of Connaught Village, a moment’s walk from Hyde Park. The house has been lovingly refurbished and compromises of four to five bedrooms, four bathrooms, formal reception room, dining room, kitchen, two cloakrooms, conservatory, a large garden, excellent storage space and a roof terrace. Overlooking communal gardens, the house benefits from wonderful privacy and lovely views, offering a touch of country life within the big city.

$2,455,000 USD | Berkeley, California | East Bay Sotheby’s International Realty

Berkeley, California- A stunning, gated masterpiece French Mediterranean in the heart of the Berkeley Hills. This home offers privacy and tranquility with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, Mount Tamalpais, and more. A large outdoor patio and backyard are perfect for entertaining and gardening. The location of this four bedroom home provides easy access to shopping, restaurants, parks, schools and freeways.


1 200 000 $ CAD | Kingston, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Kingston, Canada- This unique and modern waterfront home is nestled in an exclusive, heavily treed enclave, great for a family and just 10 minutes from downtown Kingston. The fantastic floor plan showcases magnificent river views from the many large windows and skylights which flood this new home with light and love. The master bedroom of this four bedroom home has a walk-thru closet and a private balcony overlooking the water.

Panoramic Penthouse in New Jersey| Video House Tour

This double penthouse unit is truly “one of a kind” and an extremely rare luxury masterpiece created by a meticulous designer. Boasting breathtaking panoramic views of the Hudson River, New York and the George Washington Bridge. The finest of quality throughout this custom built property are too difficult to describe into words. Building amenities include a 24 hour concierge, outdoor heated pool, tennis and basketball courts, health club/gym and direct ferry service to New York.

$1,888,888 USD | Edgewater, New Jersey | Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in September 2013

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

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$4,400,000 USD | Titusville, New Jersey | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Barns, Reborn as Homes - The Wall Street Journal

Still, these homes aren’t for everyone. [...] Buyers are “accustomed to more traditional room arrangements,” says Norman Callaway, managing member of Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty in Princeton, N.J., who is marketing a $4.4 million converted barn on 17 acres in Hopewell Township, N.J.

Last year, house hunters Alan Wiener and Patti Liberman fell in love with the Tulane Barn in Princeton, N.J. After spending 16 years in a traditional side-hall colonial, they were excited about living in a former dairy and hay barn that had undergone an “exquisite” restoration, says Ms. Liberman, an attorney.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters California’s Palo Alto MarketSotheby’s International Realty

House of the Day | All About the ViewsThe Wall Street Journal

The Huntington Bay [New York] Tudor where Liz Taylor may have sleptNewsday

On the Market…Bold and BeautifulThe Lady Magazine

Luxury builders better positioned in rising interest rate environmentHousingWire

New York to Seattle Buyers Tap Brakes After Rates RiseBloomberg

Jumbo Rates Reach MilestoneWSJ Developments Blog

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Sale to take place on 8

Footsteps of the Buddha @ Sotheby’sThe Times of India | Blogs

Artwork that made the Sixties swing goes on show at Sotheby’sThe Independent

Sotheby’s Hong Kong to offer the greatest white diamond ever to appear at

Historic Tusculum Estate in Princeton | House Tour

A beautiful allée of Zelkova trees welcomes you to Princeton’s most historic, privately owned estate. It was originally built in 1773 by Reverend John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and sixth president of Princeton University. Witherspoon named his house, Tusculum, after Cicero’s villa near Rome. The main residence was completely restored and enlarged in 1998, under the direction of Princeton architect, T. Jefferey Clarke.

Tusculum Estate in Princeton NJ

A long driveway leads to the grand stone and clapboard house of five bedrooms, four full and two half bathrooms. The core of the house is the historic structure, which was meticulously restored with minimal changes.

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Currently called the “Rod & Reel” room, Witherspoon’s private study now displays the present owner’s collection of fishing memorabilia. It is one of the four rooms on the 1st floor (which are original to the house) and contains many historical details such as the 1830′s mantle, an antique fireback, and a Vermont marble surround and hearth.

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This spectacular stone barn is built of argillite shale, the same stone used for Princeton Univeristy’s historic Nassau Hall. Two huge Dutch doors open to the existing grassy ramp which was used by farm wagons. The floor, once used for threshing with hay storage above, now serves as a perfect party space with electricity adequate for modern bands. The Tusculum barn was recently featured in a book by Elric Endersby, of the New Jersey Barn Co., “BARN, Preservation and Adaption”.

The home and remaining farmland of famous American patriot Reverend John Witherspoon retains its historic farm context, while also serving as a residence for luxurious modern living.

Princeton, New Jersey | $6,475,000 USD | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Gloria Crest Estate in Englewood, New Jersey | Video House Tour

The most sought after estate, unlike any other estate in the tri-state area. Gloria Crest is in the prestigious East Hill area of Englewood. Grandeur is the first impression as one enters the grounds of this spectacular residence. The gated entrance opens to a long drive that winds through sweeping lawns, towering trees, orchards, gardens and a sparkling reflecting pool before arriving at the impressive grand entrance to this Mediterranean-style Villa. Commissioned in 1926 by Count Stefan de Poniatowski, once heir to the Polish throne, Gloria Crest was later occupied by the screen legend actress Gloria Swanson.

Englewood, New Jersey | Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

The Jersey Shore: Resilient and Open for Business

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Spring 2013 Northeast United States Edition

It’s a reflection of the power of media and image saturation that an area as large as the coast of New Jersey—217 diverse miles of beaches, barrier islands, inlets, marshes, bays, boroughs, cities and townships—can so effectively be reduced to a single visual: the effects Hurricane Sandy had on the scenic, historic landscape of the Jersey Shore.

“The Shore’s taken a few licks in the past, and while this certainly was a good one there continues to be a pretty significant misconception about the level of impact that towns sustained,” says Keith Kernan, Managing Broker at Ward Wight Sotheby’s International Realty. His listings from Asbury Park to Brielle, for instance, largely escaped damage; the first few beach blocks in Manasquan, however, was buried in sand. Kernan understands that these parts of the Shore are beloved to New Jerseyans and wants to educate people about how quickly it’s recovered. To do that he’s created a series of promotional videos for guests and buyers in feeder markets. “The mindset is to show how things are progressing and to show the many folks who have called the Jersey Shore home for summers for such a long time that we’re open.”


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Princeton, New Jersey Real Estate | Market Spotlight

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Princeton, New Jersey | $3,500,000 USD | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

“Princeton has officially entered the rebound phase of the real estate recovery and done so enthusiastically in the first quarter this year. Like in many markets, inventory is down (15% vs. last year) and contract sales are up (29% vs. last year) but the most noteworthy stat so far is the average sales price, which is up 8% vs. last year overall and 35% vs. the same period last year… the first increase of any substance since 2008. People that have a high level of wealth are willing to buy extraordinary properties at their discretion. Older, charming homes are coming back into favor, largely because the pricing has come down enough so the value is there for buyers.” Jud Henderson, broker associate and managing member Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Colonial-style Homes: Classic Americana of Past and Present

Nothing is more American than red, white and blue and apple pie, but when considering American home styles the Colonial architectural style has been a staple of American architecture for centuries.

In a MSN Real Estate article on the Top 10 American Home Styles, the Colonial Revival style in particular is described as being, “all about patriotism and a desire to retreat from earlier Victorian excesses and build something more authentically American.”

Whether an authentic historic treasure circa the 1700’s or a Colonial Revival from the turn of the century or an impeccable 21st century reproduction made for modern living, the Colonial style has enduring presence in America.

Take a journey through our collection of extraordinary Colonial homes honoring America’s past and present.

The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, c. 1740

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New Hope, Pennsylvania | $4,500,000 USD | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty 

Built as a gentleman’s farm in 1740, today this 30-acre property is a refined, upscale boutique hotel and events venue which appeals corporate functions and wedding parties alike. Hidden back a long driveway lined with sycamore trees, its fully updated stone manor house includes welcoming public spaces and seven unique guest suites furnished with antiques.

Bulfinch Farm, c. 1806

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Orford, New Hampshire | $3,900,000 USD | Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty 

Bulfinch Farm offers discriminating buyers the opportunity to own a quintessential New England farm. Situated on 330 acres of open rolling meadows, mature woodlands, private ponds, orchards and formal gardens.  The newly renovated six bedroom Colonial home displays an uncommon level of craftsmanship with a genteel gracious flow and is accompanied by numerous barns and outbuildings for both the serious and gentleman farmer.

Colonial Revival, c. 1895

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Newton, Massachusetts | $1,799,000 USD | Karp, Liberman & Kern Sotheby’s International Realty 

One the area’s most admired Colonial Revival homes, this stately home is beautifully situated on a half acre of gorgeous grounds. Extensively renovated in the early 2000′s, the home has a grand welcoming foyer, tall ceilings and spacious rooms.

Classic Center Hall Colonial, c. 1920

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Forest Hills Gardens, New York | $2,400,000 USD | Terrace Sotheby’s International Realty 

.Beautifully designed and masterfully restored this center hall brick Colonial home has been perfectly conceived for comfortable, upscale, easy living. Built in 1920, this beautiful home is located on a quietly curving street and contains four bedrooms with plenty of space for every sized family.

Pristine Countryside Mansion, c. 2001

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Hopewell Township, New Jersey | $9,975,000 USD | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty 

.This exquisite mansion in Hopewell Township, New Jersey is a modern-day interpretation of traditional Colonial-style architecture. The five bedroom, six and half bathroom estate boasts fabulous finishes and an array of 21st century amenities, including an elevator and indoor lap pool.

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5 Unique Architectural Homes

From Japan to California, explore our collection of unique homes that are one-of-a-kind architectural masterpieces.

Shizuoka, Japan | Japan Sotheby’s International Realty | $1,839,218 USD, ¥180,000,000 JPY

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With wonderful views of Mt. Fuji, this modern slope-side luxury villa in Japan known as The Crescent House, was designed by the world renowned Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban. This seamless flow of cypress wood house brings the beauty and serenity of nature surrounding into the inside to entertain your eyes and soul. The residence comes with beautifully landscaped gardens, an outdoor Onsen bath with natural hot spring, a modern fireplace and in-floor heating.

Accord, New York, USA | Heather Corner Real Estate Sotheby’s International Realty | $1,500,000 USD

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Architect-owned and built, this extraordinary diamond-shaped  contemporary house in New York was inspired by and takes its cues from nature. The dramatic home is set on 45 idyllic and private acres with its own lake, pond, thatched barn and paddocks. Significant aspects include a 43 foot stone tower that anchors the house with a cantilevered bluestone fireplace hearthstone, an open, spalted- maple central floating staircase, a counterweighted glass pivot kitchen door and reclaimed barn wood chestnut floors. Featured in the book 100 Contemporary Houses by Philip Jodidio and the October 2007 issue of Architectural Digest magazine, this home is truly a piece of art.

Princeton, New Jersey, USA | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty | $3,575,000 USD

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A dramatic reinvention by New York City’s Garrison Architects garnered international recognition for a modern home of wood, steel and vast stretches of glass. While a walking trail weaving through the 9+ acre wooded site invites direct interaction with nature, the peacefulness of the Princeton property is ever present within the 7,000 square foot interior. A bevy of intuitive technological amenities includes a screening room on the fully finished lower level. Even blinds descend at the touch of a button in the gloriously bright and open master suite with one of four fireplaces.

Ingeniero Maschwitz, Argentina | Argentina Properties Sotheby’s International Realty | $1,350,000 USD

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This one-of-a-kind property is nestled in the gated community of La Celina in the town Ingeniero Maschwitz, which less than an hour drive from Buenos Aires. This innovative house in Argentina features an aluminum spatial structure based on a socket system. In 2009, its creator received the World Intellectual Property Organization award to the best inventor. This masterpiece, besides standing out for its singular structure and aesthetics, marvels for its large dimensions, its high ceilings and the light all its rooms offer through its picture windows.

Los Angeles, California, USA | Price Upon Request | Sotheby’s International Realty – Sunset Strip Brokerage


Located in the exclusive neighborhood of Bel Air with multi-million dollar estates throughout, the area is home to some of the wealthiest and most famous moguls and captains of industry. A stunning award-winning design by Zoltan Pali, AIA, the home was published in Architectural Digest and awarded House of the Year. The two-level Bel Air home is divided into two volumes and is connected by a glass-enclosed bridge which overlooks expansive mountain and lake views. Part one houses impressive entertaining areas: dining, kitchen, living, as well as the master suite. Part two houses three guest suites, an office, and garage.