Connecticut and Westchester County, NY | Market Spotlight

Purchase_NY$8,495,000 USD | Purchase, New York | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

“In Connecticut and Westchester County, New York, our markets have experienced promising activity in recent months, particularly with the significant uptick in pending sales, and I am bullish on the market remaining strong through the fall and into next year. The second quarter saw a slower pace of gains than we have been accustomed to after two years of consistent growth and quarter-to-quarter sales increases often reaching double digits, yet this finding is not altogether unexpected as we move into a more normalized housing market. Activity leveled off in the second quarter so that we are approximately even with where the market was at the same time last year, yet this was largely due to the delayed spring selling season that resulted from the overlong winter. The fundamentals of the market are still very strong, with high consumer confidence, stable prices, the improved employment picture, and historically low interest rates all pointing to a strong finish to the year. Our market areas in Connecticut and Westchester County remain highly sought after for the quality of schools, miles of Long Island Sound shoreline, easy access to Manhattan, cultural and recreational opportunities, property taxes compared to neighboring states, and the highest per capita income in the country.”

– Paul Breunich, president and chief executive officer, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

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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.

 

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in September 2014

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

2014_9_12_Shelter Island$13,950,000 USD | Shelter Island, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty– Southampton Brokerage

I knew I had to have this house. It’s just a gorgeous, peaceful, quiet haven in the world, that’s all there is to it.”

A Sanctuary on Shelter IslandThe Wall Street Journal

Luxury Homes: Priced to Sell at $30 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

A Florida Home on Private Peninsula Will List for $60 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

James Turrell’s Gramercy Park Apartment­­—Architectural Digest

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s former home lists for sale in HawaiiLos Angeles Times

On the Market: A Historic Villa on Tenerife in the Canary IslandsArchitectural Digest 

Foodie Cities: Real Estate for the Restaurant SetThe Wall Street Journal

Mountain escape on the market for $9.9MSFGate

Home of the Day: Refined Mission-style in Agoura by Carl DayLos Angeles Times

Richard Landry sells Malibu barn house for $8.3 millionThe Los Angeles Times

Bunny Mellon’s Keen Eye Is a Boon to Sotheby’sThe New York Times

Top Five Most Expensive Items Ever Sold by Sotheby’sForbes

Turner’s Rome masterpiece to go on sale at Sotheby’sThe Telegraph UK

Iconic Edward Weston Images Hit the Auction BlockArchitectural Digest

Over the MoonSotheby’s 

Significant Sales Volumes 5 & 6 2014

The latest issue of Significant Sales features top sales from around the world, beginning with a sophisticated condominium in Manhattan with 360-city and park views. Also featured is a majestic waterfront home in Australia, an inviting home in the heart of downtown Aspen and over forty other properties from across the globe.

East side 25m (2)

Sotheby’s International Realty-East Side Manhattan Brokerage | $25,000,000 USD | New York, New York

New York- Perched on the 30th and 31st floors of a white-glove limestone condominium, this impressive duplex boasts phenomenal 360-city and park views from 52 oversized windows. Spanning 6,286 square feet, the sprawling 12 room apartment has 10 foot ceilings and grandly proportioned rooms. The gracious floor plan is distinguished by a large gallery with a sweeping staircase and features a huge corner Living room with wood-burning fireplace, a library and an elegant Dining room, as well as a cozy study. There is also a state-of-the-art Kitchen, windowed Breakfast room, Staff bath and a conveniently placed Powder room. Upstairs the private quarters include a massive Master suite comprised of three rooms and baths plus a vast walk in closet/dressing room. There are two additional bedrooms and an enormous Media room, also with ensuite bathroom.

Sydney

Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty | $30,000,000 AUD | Sydney, Australia

Sydney- One of Australia’s most outstanding homes, this property is situated in Point Piper’s best position, north facing with uninterrupted views of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The home has an exceptional and seldom offered street to water position with absolute deep water frontage and boat house on title with full slipway and deep water jetty. Designed by renowned Gergely & Pinter Architects, the home is ideal for entertaining on a grand scale, overlooking the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour. The views encapsulate 180 degrees from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and right through to Manly. The substantial accommodation and facilities include six bedroom suites and eight-and-a-half bathrooms, as well as separate self-contained apartment with private entrance.

Aspen Snowmass SIR - 17m (2)

Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty | $17,000,000 USD | Colorado, USA

Colorado- Offering a rare combination of attributes that are unmatched by any other residential offering, this property is highly prized for its one-of-a-kind location in the heart of downtown Aspen,  up-close views of Aspen Mountain, unforgettable roof top deck with bar and hot tub, unsurpassed commitment to craftsmanship and luxurious finishes and furnishings. There are five bedrooms, eight and- a-half baths and 9,000 square feet of living plus common areas, garage and storage.

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Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty | Sales Price Undisclosed | Texas, USA

Texas- Located in the Texas Hill Country, with 4.5 miles of both sides of the beautiful Sabinal River, the property is shaded by huge century-plus old cypress trees and Little Creek. It was offered for the first time in more than 80 years. Picturesque improvements include a 1930s main home and guesthouse, staff cabin, vintage farm house, barn, equipment sheds and cattle pens.

Dreyfus SIR 15M

 Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty | $15,000,000 USD | California, USA

California- On the most elegant street in the most sought-after neighborhood in Palo Alto, this home is truly a rare find. At over 20,000 square feet, the lot is exceptionally large for Palo Alto and offers a feel of genteel privacy to its residents. The property includes not only the main house with the finest finishes from around the world and a grand front entrance but also a pool, spa, sport court and covered outdoor living/dining area with fireplace and built-in barbeque. The pool house includes a full bathroom, shower and steam room. Originally built in 1925, the home and grounds have been renovated with painstaking care, designed to work for today’s modern living while keeping in harmony with its historical heritage.

Ewing 24m (2)

Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty | $24,000,000 USD | California, USA

California- In 1927, on Chalon Road in the hills of Bel-Air, the owners of a dramatic 1.5 acre parcel with aweinspiring vistas hired an emerging architect, Gordon B. Kaufmann, to develop a unique vision for their property. The result is a truly iconic home that today is considered by experts to be a significant part of the architectural history of Los Angeles. Lovingly renovated and meticulously maintained, this extremely rare offering has been expanded and updated to accommodate 21st century living while graciously preserving the integrity and resplendence of the original design. Abundant detailing and amenities are found throughout the home’s three-level, 11,505 square foot floor plan. The generous use of rich varietal woods, ornately carved stone and light fixtures fashioned from sterling silver, onyx and fine crystal are superb representations of the era’s artisan craftsmanship.

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Exquisitely Crafted Tudor in Rye, New York | Video House Tour

Spectacular panoramic water views from nearly every room in this magnificent and elegant home on The Van Armringe Mill Pond, overlooking the Sound. This exquisitely crafted Tudor has been completely renovated and expanded in ways both subtle and dramatic, with extraordinary luxury and intricate precision in detail.

$4,599,999 USD  |Rye, New York | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | July 2014

From a private beachfront masterpiece in Turks and Caicos to a sophisticated duplex in New York City, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale showcases exquisite lifestyles from around the globe.

Turks and Caicos N+N

$48,000,000 USD | Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

Turks and Caicos—This private beachfront estate in the Caribbean is set on its own stretch of sand with unparalleled ocean water views. A main house and guest house combine for a seven bedroom tropical escape in an exclusive community. Sandy footpaths lead to several shaded outdoor lounging areas, ultimately guiding to an infinity-edge pool set directly in the sand.

NYC N+N

$44,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York—740 Park Avenue is one of Manhattan’s most celebrated residential landmarks designed by architect Rosario Candela. With rooms overlooking one of the most recognized boulevards in New York City, this newly renovated residence was finished to the highest standards and offers a chic contemporary take on a classic Park Avenue residence.

Paris N+N

28.500.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

France— A private entrance gives access to this seven bedroom home in Paris. Chateaubriand used to live in this recently renovated home, now complete with vast living spaces, an elevator, a workshop, terraces and rooms overlooking the garden.

Hong Kong N+N

$280,000,000 HKD | Hong Kong | Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty

Hong Kong— This palatial European-style home sits on top of the town and faces south, offering almost 270-degree views of the ocean, greenery and the city skyline. The four bedroom home also features a swimming pool, roof terrace, and an elevator.

Brussels N+N

Price Upon Request | Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

Belgium— With its gardens, meadows and forests, this property is integrated into one of the most beautiful and best kept areas in Belgium and southern Netherlands. The six bedroom manor is equipped with a splendid indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool as well as equestrian facilities including multiple riding arenas and beautifully designed gardens.

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Untapped Treasures: Impressive Wine Cellars

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Spring 2014 Master Edition

Wine cellars aren’t rooms. They’re destinations. Less than three percent of affluent homes in the U.S. have wine cellars, but don’t call them status symbols. Cellars are the bastions of wine enthusiasts who love the ritual of it.  The selection, the uncorking, that first sip of the bottle.

An extraordinary wine cellar says a lot about its owner, says Ginger Martin of Sotheby’s International Realty Wine-Country Brokerage in Sonoma, Calif. “It suggests a lifestyle with an appreciation for the finer things.” In some regions, they’re not just a nice-to-have. They’re a requisite. “With so many fabulous, world-renowned wineries just minutes away, having a proper place to store your favorite varietals is priceless. A wine cellar is just an absolute must,” Martin says.

Alessandria_Italy_Wine Cellar

2.500.000 €  EUR| Alessandria, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Tenuta Costa Rossa (red coast estate), immersed in the pristine peace of 23 acres of land, nestled among the gentle hills of Monferrato, is a great union between farm and luxury residence. An exclusive amenity is represented by the INFERNOT, a cellar entirely carved in the stone, housing precious bottles of wine (those produced during the best years) in its niches. It is accessible from the ancient cellar entirely built with bricks from Monferrato clay.

Water Mill_New York_Wine Cellar

$69,000,000 USD | Water Mill, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- Southampton Brokerage

Villa Maria is a private and magnificent waterfront estate with stately gardens and glorious views of Mecox Bay. At 22,000 sq. ft., it has 11 bedrooms including a 6-room beautifully appointed master suite, a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase, a 60 foot living room with original fresco details a state of the art kitchen and a wine cellar. All principal rooms are brilliantly sunny and take advantage of the panoramic water views. The outdoor spaces feature a grand 2-story portico and a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay. There is a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a charming two-bedroom guesthouse.

Woody Creek_Colorado_Wine Cellar

$20,000,000 USD | Woody Creek, Colorado| Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Enjoy incredible privacy from this classic Colorado style custom home on over 16 acres of beautifully manicured grounds with a pond, reflecting pools, recirculating water feature, meadows of wildflowers, covered patio with wood-burning fireplace, and amazing views. Amenities found throughout the 11,645 square foot home include 5 bedrooms with private master and guest master suites, 5 full baths, 3 half baths, gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook and butler’s pantry, formal dining room, recreation room with billiards and wet bar, comfortable theater, generous wine room, fully equipped exercise room, vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, multiple fireplaces, hardwood floors, and an enormous 1,559 square foot four car garage.

Hillsborough_California_Wine Cellar

$23,888,000 USD | Hillsborough, California | Today Sotheby’s International Realty

From the opulent music room, to the lovely Otis lift, to the incredible hand-mill work throughout the residence, no detail was overlooked in the restoration of the Tobin Clark Estate. Nestled in the gentle hills overlooking San Francisco Bay, one feels, upon entering through classic wrought-iron gates, a sense of having entered another world. Driving past the Guardhouse and up the dramatic cobble into the privacy of the magnificent grounds, one sees the expansive motor court and its beautiful fountain at center. The mansion includes 12 bedrooms, 12 full baths and 3 half baths, four kitchens, 12 fireplaces, luxurious master quarters, a handsome Bar Room, paneled Card Room, Wine Vault, Exercise Room, huge Recreation/Media Room and in-ground pool.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week of July 2014

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$43,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty-East Side Manhattan Brokerage

The art world has been wondering what would become of the vast treasures of art and objects that Paul and Rachel Lambert Mellon had collected and lived with.  Stars of the collection include revered paintings by Rothko and Diebenkorn that had been hanging on the walls of the National Gallery for decades and jewelry by great designers of the 20th century, among them Cartier and Verdura; antique French, English and American furniture; and examples of rare porcelains.

Sotheby’s to Auction Mellon’s Treasures - The New York Times

Ivan Lendl Re-Lists Rural Connecticut EstateVariety

Hamptons Estate of Jack Nash to List for $38.5 millionWall Street Journal

Big Ticket, A Grand Gothic Duplex for $16.5 Million- The New York Times

Moving In, Slowly, to ‘Billionaires’ Row’The New York Times

Luxury Homes with Private Grass Tennis CourtsWall Street Journal

On The Market: A Minimalist Pied-À-Terre In Paris’s Latin QuarterArchitectural Digest

House of the Day: French Castle, Napa-StyleWall Street Journal

House of the Day: Modern Design in HoustonWall Street Journal

Here’s what wealthy people want in their luxury homes – The Real Deal

Contemporary with an Island Resort-FeelHaute Living

Modern Sonoma BarnHaute Living

Rarely seen Francis Bacon artwork sells for $45.4m at Sotheby’s - Yahoo

What’s in a name? James Joyce and a rare, misspelt encounterIrish Independent

Significant Sales April 2014

The April 2014 issue of Significant Sales showcases top sales from around the world, beginning with a beachfront property in California with approximately 300 feet of “on the sand” frontage. Also featured is a magnificent waterfront home in Sands Point, New York, the Morning View Mansion in the heart of Malibu and over twenty other properties from across the globe.

Montecito 19.875m

  Sotheby’s International Realty-Montecito-Coast Village Road Brokerage | $19,870,000 USD | California, USA

California— This two-parcel beachfront property has approximately 300 feet of “on the sand” frontage for a total of approximately 3.55 level acres. There is an existing three-bedroom home on the entry parcel. As well, there is a building site for an approximately 12,000-square foot estate, partially constructed.

Daniel Gale 17m(2)

Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty | $17,000,000 USD | New York, USA

New York—Magnificent waterfront living defines La Presqu’ile – a rare gem along the seashore. Nestled on just under 20 acres at the tip of the peninsula connecting Manhasset Bay and the Long Island Sound, La Presqu’ile commands prime views of the Manhattan skyline, water, open sky and natural landscape with 1,600 feet of shoreline. An enchanting oasis, the lush grounds include specimen and ornamental trees, shrubs and estate gar­dens. In addition to the main residence are two cottages that are approached by a regal stone entry and four car garage with two apartments. Situated on the property are tennis courts, swim­ming pool, boat house and dock.

Brentwood 15m (2)

Sotheby’s International Realty-Brentwood Brokerage | $15,000,000 USD | California, USA

California—The Morning View mansion is in the heart of Malibu. This palatial masterpiece is set on approximately 5.33 private ocean view acres and has manicured gardens, reflective pools, fountains, a caretaker’s residence, horse stables with riding area, tennis court, large infinity edged pool with guest/pool house and fruit orchard.

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