Equestrian Inspired | Kentucky Derby

The 141st Kentucky Derby, the greatest two minutes in sports since 1875, is set to take place this Saturday at Churchill Downs. In honor of this acclaimed sports race, we are featuring homes around the world that inspire the equestrian lifestyle.


$23,500,000 USD | Greenwich, Connecticut | Sotheby’s International Realty- Greenwich Brokerage

This beautiful Connecticut home is the center piece of an almost 13-acre working horse farm complete with stable, indoor riding arena, grazing paddocks, run-in sheds and equipment garage with groom’s quarters. The shingle-style home has relaxed, open verandas and gambrel roofs and is constructed using the latest green technology including spray foam insulation and geothermal heating and cooling system. This home was the winner of the 2012 HOBI Award for “Best Custom Home in Connecticut.”

New Zealand

Price Upon Request | Wanaka, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Spectacular Lake Hawea Station in New Zealand is idyllically nestled on the eastern shore line of Lake Hawea, with the commanding Grandview mountain range as a dramatic back drop. Available for the first time in almost a century, the compound has been farmed over the years with a strong emphasis on conservation and sustainability. The diversity of terrain, westerly aspect and long sunshine hours make this property an outstanding recreational playground with wild deer, chamois and trout in abundance in the area as well as access to nearly eight kilometers of outstanding lake front.

Las Vegas

$4,999,000 USD | Las Vegas, Nevada | Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty

A secluded country road leads you to an equestrian estate tucked away on 10 acres on the northwest side of Las Vegas, the property includes three guest homes, a six stall barn, large lighted arena, tennis court and pool with spa.


$1,180,000 USD | Lake Stevens, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Spring Meadow Farm is sublimely featured with tremendous views of Mt. Pilchuck, pastoral privacy and natural splendor in Lake Stevens, Washington. A perfectly planned, meticulously maintained equestrian property, the warm, welcoming vintage 1936 home has been sensitively remodeled. The home has two ensuites, horse facilities, a restored pole barn and is just 40 minutes from downtown Seattle.

Luxury Homes | Remarkable Space

With homes showcasing impressive design ingenuity and a minimalist style, the “tiny house movement” has been making headlines recently. Averaging 400 square feet, these miniature homes cater to modern lifestyles and offer a surprising amount of amenities within their restricted space. While we know luxury homes come in all shapes and sizes, imagine all the possibilities of having a larger home—such as your very own sauna room, a media room and even an art gallery to showcase your collection. We’ve gathered some extraordinary homes from our inventory so you can explore the vast amenities available with seemingly endless amounts of living space proving that sometimes, bigger just might be better!

estoniaPrice Upon Request | Harjumaa, Estonia | Baltic Sotheby’s International Realty

This uniquely designed Estonian villa’s two floors and forty-two rooms are spread out over more than 6,000 square feet. Entering the home you’ll be greeted with a large hall, featuring floor to ceiling windows that offer captivating views of the bay and the silhouette of Tallinn. With a spacious dining hall, cigar room, and sauna among its many rooms, this manor offers a variety of ways to expand and relax while enjoying the picturesque northern coast.

aucklandPrice Upon Request | Auckland, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Designed by award-winning architect Bryce Ardern, this 1800 square meter estate is unmatched in its capacity and splendor. Enjoy all 34 acres of waterfront, including your very own boutique winery, and take in unrivaled views across the Hauraki Gulf from the home’s elevated design. Complete with designer kitchen, home theater, conservatory, guest quarters and indoor heated swimming pool, this estate offers a multitude of space for you, your family, your friends, and all of your precious belongings.

dubaiPrice Upon Request | Dubai, UAE | Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty

Spread out and enjoy all 42,000 square feet of this unprecedented entertainment villa in Dubai. Overlooking the Montgomerie Golf Course and captivating Dubai skyline, this indulgent escape comes complete with a state-of-the-art home cinema, cigar room, art gallery, spa, and multiple lounge areas for hosting and relaxation. Gold and pearl floors, custom Louis Vuitton furniture, and one-of-a-kind artwork by Vincent Lowe compliment the opulence of this home’s robust offering and showcase the seemingly unending space you have to work with.

idaho$5,750,000 USD | Sun Valley, Idaho | Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty

Defining the Sun Valley lifestyle, this 2.5-acre Ranch is a contemporary take on classic mountain living. Feel at home on the Lane Ranch Cliffs with a gourmet kitchen, five bedrooms, seven garages, two wine cellars, four fireplaces, and an elegant great room with soaring cathedral ceilings. Share your tremendous space with family and friends in the private guest quarters, and spend some quality time under the sun or stars in the exquisitely designed outdoor spaces.

Modern Mountain Living

Perched on top of mountains around the world, these homes are perfectly situated to experience sweeping panoramic views and provide a twist on mountain living with modern extravagance.

Carbondale_Colorado_Modern_Mountain$2,995,000 USD | Carbondale, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Modern with light-filled intimate spaces, this extraordinary residence will captivate the most discerning buyer. The front entrance opens to an enchanting, organic courtyard setting leading to the main residence and guest quarters. Open the doors to the elegance and warmth of reclaimed rosewood and teak floors, custom carved doors, inviting living and dining spaces and four fireplaces. Top this with energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing solar panels for heating the entire home. Outdoor fire pit and long outside “firewall” and recycling water features accent the outdoor spaces for extended enjoyment. Purposefully positioned on 5 irrigated acres with stunning views of Mt. Sopris and surrounding irrigated pastoral land.

Costa Brava_Spain_Modern_MountainPrice Upon Request | Costa Brava, Spain | Costa Brava Sotheby’s International Realty

Magnificent modern villa situated in the prestigious urbanization of Mas Nou. Panoramic sea views from every room of the property. This six bedroom, five bath home also has an open-plan kitchen, an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna.

Malibu_California_Modern_Mountain$14,900,000 USD | Malibu, California | Sotheby’s International Realty Malibu Brokerage

Known as The Glass House, this modern mountain retreat is perched on the top of a mountain overlooking Leo Carrillo State Park. The unique glass-walled architecture not only creates a modern feel, but also offers sweeping ocean views from nearly every room. The property is on approx. 32 acres with 2 security gates, a detached guest house, parking for up to 20 +/- cars, surrounded by state park land. Includes a saltwater pool overlooking gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

Hawkes Bay_New Zealand_Modern_Mountain

$3,950,000 USD | Hawkes Bay, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

‘Matarangi’, which means Giant Skies, is set in 160 acres of land and offers two dwellings designed by the award winning architect Charlie Nott, featuring panoramic views across to the mighty Te Mata Peak. The main residence spans an expansive 711 sq m and flows seamlessly from the living areas to wide covered terraces and vast manicured lawns. The floor plan offers spacious formal and informal living rooms, a billiard room with a large adjoining office, generous bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and a wonderful master bedroom suite with vast valley views. Light filled and welcoming, the two bedroom guest house is positioned for privacy with the tennis court and pool area close by.

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Private Oasis, Waiheke Island, New Zealand / Video House Tour

Kahu i Rangi is described by many as their favourite house on Waiheke Island. It is the private residence of leading New Zealand interior designer Neil McLachlan and his television director partner. The pair conceived of the substantial courtyard oasis at the top of the Awaawaroa Bay Valley and commissioned builders some seven years ago – but the atmosphere is one of a much older building which transcends time. Finishes are rustic, timeless and permanent.


$3,600,000 NZD / Waiheke Island, New Zealand / New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Waterfront Home in New Zealand / House Tour

Made up of four separate titles this outstanding coastal haven is available for sale in one parcel or as separate offerings. The main home, designed by Pip Cheshire of Jasmax, is substantial. Spread over 440 sq m of single and split level living this solid concrete home is simply breathtaking.

Matapouri, New Zealand / New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Best Ski Resorts in the World

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Karin Gage, Associate Broker at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty in Utah. Karin has been working in the Park City and Deer Valley markets for nearly 20 years.

The 2013 World Ski Awards were held in Austria this past November and focused on the top 20 nations that are shaping the future of the ski industry. The World Ski Awards are part of the World Travel Awards, which are considered the “Oscars of the travel industry.”

Here are just a few of the resorts nominated. Visit the World Ski Awards website to see all the World’s Best Ski Resort nominees.

US Best Ski Resort

Deer Valley Resort / Park City, Utah

Utah’s premier resort, Deer Valley Resort recently added another honor to its long list of awards. Recently, the World Ski Awards named the resort the United States’ Best Ski Resort for 2013. Exemplified by this latest round of awards, Deer Valley remains as one of the top-rated destination resort areas for both winter and summer recreational opportunities.

Best Ski Resorts in the World / Deer Valley, Utah

$4,290,000 USD / Park City, Utah / Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

This stunning mountain contemporary home has incredible views of Deer Valley and the Park City Mountain Resort ski runs. Inside the home the 18 foot vaulted ceiling and 2-story stone fireplace accents the comfortable Great Room while the coffered ceiling in formal dining room adds a sophisticed element to the main living area. And not to miss is the beautiful treehouse ideal for watching the spectacular mountain sunsets!

France’s Best Ski Resort

Val Thorens / France

Val Thorens in France received double awards taking the top honor as the World’s Best Ski Resort, as well as being named France’s Best Ski Resort.

Canada’s Best Ski Resort

Lake Louise / Alberta, Canada

Best Ski Resorts in the World / Lake Lousie / Alberta, Canada

1 339 000 $ CAD / Banff, Alberta / Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Located 40 minutes outside the Lake Louise Ski Resort in the mountains of Banff National Park, this custom-built home will delight even the most discerning buyer. Perched on a rise above the surrounding homes this home has two west facing decks that lookout over Banff. Private elevator access, heavy timber detailing and two rundle stone gas fireplaces complete the home’s rustic and luxurious features.

New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort

Treble Cone / Wanaka, New Zealand

Best Ski Resorts in the World / Treble Cone, New Zealand

$1 649 500 NZD / Wanaka, New Zealand / New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Winner of the prestigious New Zealand Institute of Architecture Award for the Southland and Otago region, singled out for the overall exceptional design, quality of build, and livability, Lakeshore Springs is an exclusive complex of ten premium apartments on the lakefront. Inside, exclusive materials have been used such as Russian Oak timber, Italian tiles, granite and stone, all integral to the enduring style. This luxurious development is less than three minutes’ walk from downtown Wanaka and within easy driving distance to some of the South Island’s best ski resorts.

The World Ski Awards are designed to celebrate and reward excellence in the resorts and hospitality sector. The Awards are selected via voting process that votes from ski travel and tourism industry professionals including senior executives, tour operators, travel buyers, and media professionals. The public can also cast votes as well.

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Many thanks to our guest blogger, Karin Gage from Summit Sotheby’s International Realty. With 7 offices Summit Sotheby’s International Realty serves some of Utah’s best-known luxury markets in Park City, Deer Valley, Heber, Midway, St. George and metropolitan Salt Lake City.



Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in November 2013

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

new zealand luxury real estate

$3,600,000 NZD / Auckland, New Zealand / New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Indoor Ski Parks Around the WorldThe Wall Street Journal

New Zealand prices remained relatively steady because the economy is dependent on primary industries like agriculture and tourism, says Camron Meade, sales manager for New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty. Mr. Meade estimates a maximum decline of 20% in property prices in urban areas like Auckland. Still, a lack of confidence and stricter lending rules limited the amount of new development in the past five years, leading to a shortage of housing stock and an uptick in prices. Sales activity is also up—6,720 houses sold in September, up 19% from the year before, according to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. “Funds are now starting to free up for developers to come in and develop this type of real estate,” says Mr. Meade, adding that Chinese investors have been particularly active in new developments.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters PanamaSotheby’s International Realty

Piste-Perfect Homes for SaleThe Wall Street Journal

Malta Launches Controversial Citizenship by Investment SchemeForbes

Finding a Home in New OrleansNew Orleans Magazine

Glen Cove [New York] mansion traces roots to Standard Oil Co.Newsday

US housing market in chartsReuters

5 [global] housing bubbles to watchCNN Money

Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s Red Auction at Sotheby’sThe Verge

$62 Million in Sales at ‘Art of the Automobile’ AuctionThe New York Times

Psalm book fetches record US$14.2m at New York auctionSouth China Morning Post

Chinese buyer snaps up wine collection for $165,000: Sotheby’sReuters

New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale / June 2013

June’s collection of exceptional properties features a selection of historic mansions and modern estates for sale in Paris, San Francisco, Virginia and California, and expansive island parcel primed for developing your own dream home. Enjoy previewing this month’s new to market properties from around the globe.

luxury paris homes for sale

Paris, France / Price Upon Request / Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

Paris ? Located in the Jardins du Luxembourg district, this exceptional mansion in Paris is both private and expansive. The first two levels are devoted to reception and open onto a garden and a private terrace. The other levels are comprised of 8 bedrooms, including a penthouse-style master bedroom with a private terrace. An elevator connects all the levels.


Providenciales, TCI / $32,955,000 USD / Turks & Caicos Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Turks & Caicos Islands ? This spectacular west-facing development parcel is comprised of a total of 169 acres with over 2,793 feet of frontage with an ideal mix of beach and iron shore. Gracing a completely pristine and tranquil shoreline and neighboring one of the region’s most breathtaking and noteworthy properties, Amanyara.


San Francisco, California / $28,950,000 USD / Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

San Francisco ? A distinctive vision for a timeless, innovative and enduring residential design fashioned to be both site sensitive and environmentally responsible. Careful attention in the development of these plans focused on architectural scale, proportion, detailing, and material selection creating a transcendent style suitable for this fabulous Gold Coast location. This exclusive neighborhood boasts an eclectic mix of several periods, traditional to modern, and this dramatic design was intended to make a bold and contemporary statement.


Alexandria, Virginia / $25,000,000 USD / TTR Sotheby’s International

Alexandria, Virginia ? Steeped in American History and offered for the first time in more than 50 years, River View Estate is a 16.5-acre private domain that was originally part of President George Washington’s famed Mount Vernon. This significant assemblage of waterfront property is located just ten miles from the nation’s capital via the tree-lined George Washington Memorial Parkway, and is easily accessible from the region’s three airports that service both private and commercial aviation.


Dana Point, California / $23,500,000 USD / HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

California ? This gorgeous Cape Cod oceanfront beach estate is located on the white sands of Strands Beach with stunning panoramic sunset views of the Pacific Ocean. With custom disappearing glass doors, the home’s open living spaces capture sights and sounds of the ocean and make for true an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

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Dream Kitchens: A Collection of Culinary Inspiration

Last week we featured an article from the article, Culinary Playgrounds: Today’s Luxury Kitchens, from our Spring 2013 edition of RESIDE® magazine. In the article celebrated chef and restaurateur Jonathan Waxman takes us on a culinary journey. Inspired by Jonathan, we  have collected some spectacular homes with awe-inspiring luxury kitchens.

homes for sale with luxury kitchen designs

Palm Beach, Florida / $34,900,000 USD / Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

Palm Beach, Florida – This extraordinary lakefront jewel offers the ultimate in Palm Beach living. Enjoy incredible views of the Intracoastal Waterway from every major room. The well designed floor plan offers a wonderful flow through the spacious rooms which open out onto outdoor loggias providing elegant entertainment spaces inside and out.

homes with luxury kitchens for sale

Manchester, Massachusetts / $3,495,000 USD / By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty

Manchester, Massachusetts ? Carriage House Estate in West Manchester. Completed in 1998 this gorgeous home has been done to complete perfection preserving many of the authentic features of a carriage house while adding all of the modern amenities one could ever want. The most fabulous kitchen on the North Shore. Plus a heated garage and 2nd story guest quarters.

industrial modern kitchen

Dalefield, New Zealand / Price Upon Request / New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Dalefield, New Zealand ? The stunning stainless steel Arclinea kitchen which features marble bench tops and Miele appliances is at the heart of this extraordinary and private home in New Zealand. A door leads through to a large laundry and pantry which has its own outside access.

Celine Dion home for sale

Montréal, Canada / $28,181,602 USD/$29,655,500 CAD / Sotheby’s International Realty Québec

Montréal, Canada ? Located on a private island in Montréal, this palatial French Normandy-style mansion is currently owned by singer Céline Dion and her husband René Angélil. The completely custom “La Cornue” kitchen design is truly exceptional and includes three granite topped islands, four prep sinks, three ovens, four fridges, and an espresso machine.

kentfield real estate

Kentfield, California / $13,895,000 / Sotheby’s International Realty- Wine Country Brokerage



Kentfield, California- Exclusive estate nestled on approximately 3 private acres of lush woodlands, orchards and gardens graced by views of Mt. Tamalpais and the coastal hills of Marin. This home features a gourmet kitchen and exquisite dining room with exceptional beamed ceilings.

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale / May 2013

This month’s collection of exceptional properties feature spectacular waterfront living in California and New Zealand, a pristine equestrian paradise in Florida, a prestigious NYC apartment and a stately English manor. Enjoy previewing this month’s new to market properties from around the globe.

Carpinteria, California, USA / $28,900,000 USD / Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito

Carpinteria California Beachfront Real Estate

Experience the beachfront in a way few others ever will. Breathtaking oceanfront architecture delights the senses with walls of glass which showcase the cove. Comfort, privacy, and a serene sense of luxury surround you in this “open” floor plan.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA / $24,137,000 USD / ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Equestrian Ranch for Sale Florida

Recently renovated Circle S Farm is a premier Southern Florida thoroughbred training and breeding facility located just 14 miles to Calder Race Course and 26 miles to Gulfstream Park Race Track. Pristine location on nearly 50 acres, this Equestrian paradise is comprised of two single family homes and apartments totaling 14 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and a 7 car garage; 3 Barns totaling 98 Stalls, 4 Furlong Training Track, Figure 8 Equestrian Pool, Equine Surgery Room.

New York, New York, USA / $23,500,000 USD / Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Upper east side mansion for sale

16 East 95th St is situated on one of the most desirable residential blocks in Carnegie Hill just off Fifth Avenue and steps from Central Park. Sun-filled, open and airy, this grand limestone house is comprised of a total of 5 stories plus a fabulous roof deck with open city views and a windowed English Basement. A gracious entry hall leads to a fully equipped eat-in Kitchen with access to a lovely Garden.

 Waybridge, England / $21,762,871 USD; £13,950,000 GBP / United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Mansions for Sale England

The greens and fairways of the St George’s Hill Golf Club meander through the trees of this English estate, located close to the centre of Weybridge. This grand architect designed home is built to traditional proportions with an imposing exterior, complemented by an interior featuring state of the art technology. From the impressive gallery-style reception hall with sweeping marble staircase, to the stylish bespoke kitchen by Gretch and Gretch, this fantastic property exudes elegance and quality.

Auckland, New Zealand / Price Upon Request / New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

WAIHEKE ISLAND new zealand luxury real estate

Impeccably finished to the highest level of sophistication, this 34 acre prime waterfront estate includes its very own boutique winery covering six acres of luscious vineyard boasting syrah, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot gris. The home’s interior features fine French oak, limestone sea shell tiles and granite with decor styled by interior designer Anna Desbonnets. Ideal for family living the home in Auckland, New Zealand features dream designer kitchen and ground floor which overlooks the sun, sea and surf.

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