Elegant Georgian Estate in New York / Video House Tour

Enter the gates up a gently winding road arriving at Rabbit Hill, a majestic 1928 estate designed by Mott Schmidt, one of the last masters of American Georgian architecture. Schmidt’s works include New York City’s Gracie Mansion and Sutton Place and selected commissions for the neighboring Rockefeller family.

$10,900,000 USD / Scarborough, New York / Hudson Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Historic Home in Westchester, New York / House Tour

Designed by William Bates and completed in 1896, Wildwood is located in Bronxville, New York and was extensively renovated in 2001 to luxury standards. It has the original Victorian-style windows, hardwood floors and 3 historic fireplaces.

Bronxville, New York / Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in April 2014

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

Hotel Carlyle Apartment / Manhattan

$4,900,000 USD / New York, New York / Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

“For the first time, the Chinese have become the biggest foreign buyers of apartments in Manhattan, real estate brokers estimate, taking the mantle from the Russians.”

The Chinese take Manhattan: replace Russians as top apartment buyers - Reuters

Ron Howard Lists Longtime Home for $27.5 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

Monumental Architectural CompoundHaute Living Magazine

Home of Renowned Architect Harry Leslie Walker Hits Market in New YorkThe Daily Voice

New York Times Pitches a Surge of Digital VideoAdAge

Big Ticket / For $13.4 Million, Hitching Post IncludedThe New York Times

Calgary luxury home market sets another recordCalgary Herald

Million-Dollar Home Sales Thrive While Low End StumblesBloomberg

Resort Living in the Philippines / Asia House of the Day - The Wall Street Journal

Mediterranean-style estate in Wine Country / House of the Day - The Wall Street Journal

What Shanghai Looked Like 140 Years Ago / Sotheby’s - WSJ / China RealTime Blog

Eco-friendly Homes in Honor of Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, the annual event where the world comes together to advocate for environmental protection. In honor of this day, we’re showcasing 5 green luxury homes that were built with the consideration of the environment in mind.

Luxury Eco-Estate / South AfricaR 8 950 000 ZAR / Somerset West, South Africa / Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Rigorous planning, convivial collaboration and creative freedom from architect Vernon Head, achieved a class act architecture design. With uninterrupted views over False Bay, this eco-friendly home was designed for both function and drama. Emphasis was placed on careful design, sensitive landscaping, energy efficiency in construction and general conservation of the indigenous vegetation. Breathtaking panoramic views are framed through walls of glass and the indigenous habitat can be enjoyed from all angles of this glamorous yet serene home.

Luxury Green Houses / The Hamptons, New York$6,400,000 USD / East Hampton, New York / Sotheby’s International Realty-East Hampton Brokerage

This stunning modern home was designed with an enlightened approach to modern sustainable waterfront living and minimalist design. Custom designed by Bates Mas + Architects, the home overlooks a private bay with continuous water views from every room. Striking and sculptural, the exterior is uniquely constructed of two simple rectangular volumes integrating slate, wood, and walls of glass. The green design interior offers 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2 fireplaces, a sleek chef’s kitchen and spacious main rooms that effortlessly blend natural materials with dramatic modern design.

Eco-friendly Luxury Homes for Sale Portugal

980.000 € EUR / Sintra, Portugal / Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Várzea de Sintra, this contemporary house is set on a vast plot of land that is  surrounded by a verdant landscape which includes an organic vegetable garden. The interiors of the house were built with superior quality, maximum comfort and environmental care, including use of the geothermal heating and self-sustainable water. Straight lines and large glass windows provide a sense of space and pureness.

Eco-friendly Green Homes for Sale / Quebec, Canada

1 500 000 $ CAD / Hudson, Canada / Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

A private road leads to this one-of-a-kind eco-friendly modern estate set on 5 acres that backs onto the Falcon golf and bird sanctuary.  The property includes ponds, gardens, fruit trees and waterfalls. Published in many magazines, this rammed earth residence is one of the most sustainable, energy-efficient homes in Canada. Designed by award-winning architect Sudhir Suri, this unique energy efficient home blends serenity, world-class luxury and environmental awareness. Geothermal energy, radiant floor heating and solar passive house design confer abundant winter warmth, while breathing rammed earth walls and 17-foot ceilings based on classic golden mean geometry provide ambient summer cooling.


$1,700,000 USD / Con Dao, Vietnam / Vietnam Sotheby’s International Realty

With the simple design, Six Senses Con Dao villa ensures low environmental impact, including maximizing natural light and ventilation. The only five-star property on the Con Dao island and is being benchmarked by Green Globe 21, the sustainable development, construction and operation label by the World Tourism Organization. Located off the southeast coast of Vietnam, this luxury resort offers spectacular views, protected tropical forests and pristine white beaches. The villa features a private massage pavilions, indoor and outdoor garden bathrooms and come well appointed with custom kitchens with individual wine cellars, built-in sound systems, flat screen TVs. The owners can also enjoy the resort facilities, such as a cooking school, two restaurants, two bars, a library and a state-of-the-art gym.

Long Island, New York Real Estate / Market Spotlight


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$11,400,000 USD / Lloyd Harbor, New York / Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

“On Long Island, the big question continues to be, ‘how’s your market?’ The answer? Very promising,” said Patricia J. Petersen President and chief executive officer at Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Most economists define a housing recovery as one with continuous price appreciation,” continues Petersen. “Our appreciation is modest in some areas, but certainly not all. Yet the first ten months of 2013 for closed residential transactions in Nassau and Suffolk Counties improved dramatically from 2012 — over 20% (sales volume) on average based on MLS data. Since ‘average’ has never been my goal for our 21 sales offices, we’re up over 35% (sales volume) and have almost 40% more (sales volume) under contract than 2012, when I compare our performance to MLS. Results do count. And I’m raising our ‘bar’ for 2014 too.”

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NYC Real Estate / Market Spotlight

Manhattan Luxury Real Estate Market

$9,750,000 USD / Manhattan, New York / Sotheby’s International Realty-Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

“We are continuing to see the robust sales momentum triggered during the ending months of 2012, says Nikki Field, senior global real estate advisor Sotheby’s International Realty-East Side Manhattan Brokerage. Foreign buyers have proven to be the main instrumental market force. Europeans have been joined by Canadians, Brazilians, Asians and Russians in signaling confidence in both the US and the dollar. Many foreign investors believe that real estate is the new global currency, and the run-up of international purchases here in New York support that theory.

Compelling factors fueling the international invasion of buyers include the commonly held opinion that New York remains more affordable than other major global cities and the perceived upside to the long-term investment potential of our market. New York, long heralded as a safe haven for wealth, offers stability both economically and politically. Specifically, the Manhattan luxury market in 2012 ended with one of the top quarters ever recorded, which is directly responsible for the tight mid-year 2013 market. Inventory is at historic lows. This alone has had the biggest impact on the velocity of the market. Thanks to the momentum of global demand, we currently have a healthy, stable Manhattan market.”

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4 Classic Georgian Style Houses To Call Your Own

Stately and elegant, Georgian-style homes are regal without being flamboyant like early European architecture styles such as Baroque and Gothic. The Georgian style dates back to the 18th century during the reign of  King George I in Britain and continued through the American Revolution. This classic style of homes are prevalent along the east coast of the United States from Maine to the southern states and continue to be a popular architectural style today.

Here are four examples of current homes for sale that epitomize the Georgian architecture style.

Larchmont Mansions for Sale

$16,200,000 USD / Larchmont, New York / Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Westchester County, New York — Built in 1900, this magnificent Georgian Colonial estate is situated on 3.36 acres along the picturesque Larchmont Harbor.  The luxurious 7 bedroom, 6.3 bathroom residence perfectly mix traditional sophistication with a relaxed and elegant style and include numerous hand-crafted details including built-in cabinetry, beautiful millwork, wainscoting, and substantial dentil, colonial and hand-carved crown moldings vary from room to room.

Greenwich Mansions for Sale Georgian Style Architecture

$14,950,000 USD / Greenwich, Connecticut / Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

Greenwich, Connecticut — With the most beautiful manors as design inspiration, this impeccable estate offers architecturally stunning, grandly scaled spaces with light-filled interiors and museum quality finishes. Built in 2001, it has been maintained to mint condition with intricate millwork, exotic hardwoods, imported fabrics, and hand chosen European fixtures.

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$10,900,000 USD / Scarborough, New York / Hudson Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Westchester County, New York — Rabbit Hill is a majestic 1928 estate designed by Mott Schmidt and is one of the last masters of American Georgian architecture. Schmidt’s works include New York City’s Gracie Mansion, Sutton Place and selected commissions for the Rockefeller family. Rabbit Hill is magnificently situated on 16 acres with sweeping Hudson River views which have inspired artists for centuries.

luxury townhouse for sale Washington DC

$9,995,000 USD / Washington, DC / TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Washington, D.C. — This historic 1911 mansion built by noted architect Clark Waggaman with unparalleled workmanship and detail. Twenty-first century systems merge seamlessly with exquisite historic, period details which are found throughout and include original plaster moldings, imported 19th c. French lantern chandeliers, 18th c. iron fireback backsplash in the kitchen, 19 c. wide plank oak floors, 18th c. French terracotta tile and a 19th c. French limestone fireplace.

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5 Victorian Homes With Historical Charm

During the Industrial Revolution Victorian builders used new technology and materials to create homes with unparalleled charm. Today, these homes are historic treasures that reflect the elegance and beauty of Britain’s Queen Victoria.

“Homes of the Victorian Era were romantic, distinctive, and abundant with detail, from the fabrics and patterns to the colors and textures,” according to a recent article by Better Homes and Gardens.

Here are some stunning Victorian homes that have preserved history in their delicate features.

Victorian style homes for sale Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts / $10,750,000 USD / Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Boston — This prestigious mansion built in 1848 overlooks Boston’s famous Public Garden. The formal entertaining room combines soaring ceiling height and stunning detail, to create a breathtaking space.

Victorian home in Bronxville, New York

Bronxville, New York / $2,500,000 USD / Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Bronxville, New York — Built in 1896, this hilltop masterpiece has sustained classic Victorian beauty while maintaining modern luxury. The original Victorian-style windows, hardwood floors and 3 historic fireplaces remain in the home.

Historic Victorian in Newton, Massachusetts

Newton, Massachusetts / $4,800,000 / Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Newton, Massachusetts — Set atop Mount Ida, this stately residence is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 7 fireplaces, intricate decorative plasterwork, Corinthian columns and elaborate mahogany and oak millwork have been exquisitely preserved.

Victorian home in Newhope, Pennsylvania

New Hope, Pennsylvania / $1,249,000 USD / Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

New Hope, Pennsylvania — This restored Victorian farmhouse with extensive grounds features an extravagant barn, award winning pond and 3 porches. The family room includes an oversized fireplace with antique mantel and French doors to an outdoor brick patio.

Victorian home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire /$1,100,000 USD / Tate & Foss Sotheby’s International Realty

Portsmouth, New Hampshire — This Queen Anne Colonial Revival Victorian built in 1892 is complete with a wrap around porch, patterned shingles and intricate exterior color palette. The turret living room with hand painted and gold leafed walls is enhanced by ornate oak woodwork. Alluring period details include cylinder glass window panes, parquet floors, laundry chute, talking tube and original wall phone.

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Source: “House Styles” via Better Homes and Gardens

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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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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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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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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.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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.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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French Normandy Tudor in Bedford Corners, NY / House Tour

This French Normandy Tudor positioned atop one of the area’s highest hilltops with 300? panoramic views of rolling hills and the Croton Lake Reservoir. With one of the most spectacular settings in all of Westchester County, sited on just under 8 acres with total privacy.

Bedford Corners, New York / Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty