Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in September 2017

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

imagereader.aspx-4$260,000,000 USD | Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty | Maunaloa, Hawaii

“A parcel of land that encompasses almost the entire western side of the Hawaiian island of Molokai is going on the market for $260 million. Called Molokai Ranch, the roughly 55,575-acre property spans about 35% of the rural island, encompassing 20 miles of coastline, a multitude of secluded beaches, ranch land and forests.”

A Chunk of the Hawaiian Island of Molokai Seeks $260 Million – Wall Street Journal

An Iconic Gilded Age ‘Cottage’ Offers Waterfront Access in Bar Harbor, Maine – Mansion Global

The Boldest Brutalist Homes for Sale in the World – Architectural Digest

Prime properties with an Asian influence – Financial Times

Surprise: Greenwich Home Sells For $2 Million Over Asking – Wall Street Journal

17th-century estate on 75 acres asks $10M – Curbed

You’re Going to Want to Live In This White Farmhouse for Sale in Vermont – Country Living

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

Historic Seven Sisters home in Montauk goes up for sale, asking $16.25M – Curbed

San Francisco Loft with Room for Dancing – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in … Corsica – The New York Times 

Bohemian vibe attracts homebuyers to Taos – Financial Times

Montreal’s Mountainous Westmount Area Sees Influx of Younger Luxury Buyers – Mansion Global

Sunbaths and Solar Power: The Elegance of Eco-Living – T Brand Studio

10 Gorgeous Homes That Get Luxe Mountain Living Right – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s Launches Its First-Ever Contemporary Photography Auction, Tapping Into a Newly Hot Market – ArtNet

Three Homes Once Belonging to Campbell Soup Company Heirs


Whether it’s the comfort offered in a classic flavor or a famed modernist masterpiece by Andy Warhol, the Campbell Soup Company and their iconic can are pop-cultural and culinary staples. The Dorrance family represents the heirs to the aforementioned household name brand and, as recently covered by Mansion Global  and The Wall Street Journal, three of the family’s homes have recently come to market in the Northeastern United States.

BirdHouse1$12,500,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty 

The first, known as “The Bird House,” is the former home Dorrance Hill Hamilton and can be found at one of the highest points in Newport, Rhode Island. State-of-the-art in every aspect, from geothermal heating and cooling to exquisitely crafted details and top-of-the-line amenities, the soaring two-story entrance hall and living room with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace enjoy panoramic ocean views. 


Dorrance, or “Dodo” as she was known by her closest friends, passed away this past April at 88. Before her death, she spared no expense to create a beautiful sanctuary using all that modern technology can provide including Tischler custom windows and doors, three-stop elevator, radiant heated floors, whole house generator, and exquisite landscaping.


At nearly 10,000 square-feet of living space on over three-and-one-half-acres, the home bears it’s ornithological moniker from its many bird-inspired design elements throughout.

LindenHill1$16,500,000 USD | Gladwyne, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty 

The second home, named “Linden Hill,” can be found in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Designed between 1928 and 1931 by Edmund B. Gilchrist for stockbroker Rodman Ellison Griscom, this French Norman-Style home was owned by the Dorrance family for over 50 years.


Sprawling 67 acres, discover an initial courtyard formed by turreted caretaker’s quarters, a 10-car garage, stables and additional staff houses leads to the crest of a hill. At the end of a narrow-walled lane, the magnificent manor house reveals itself, a majestic example of inspired design of breathtaking scale and symmetry. Pass through the courtyard entry where brick chimney stacks on guest houses cleverly frame the main house, and behold a truly historic mansion, beautifully maintained with complete respect for its origins, yet offering every modern amenity. 


Its grand-scale formal rooms offer elegant and easy, expansive or intimate entertaining spaces. Private quarters are equally inviting with family living quarters that accommodate guests for short-term or extended stays. Beyond the main house are two pools, a pool house, tennis court and a beautiful aviary, all set within absolutely stunning gardens and grounds.

Maine1$6,295,000 USD | Bar Harbor, Maine | The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty 

Lastly, we find ourselves in Bar Harbor, Maine at “La Rochelle” – a captivating waterfront retreat and one of the village’s most treasured addresses. As covered in Mansion Global, the home is truly an iconic piece of Bar Harbor’s legacy.


In the early 1940s, the home belonged to Tristram and Ethel Colket; before marrying Tristram, Ethel bore the surname Dorrance as she was daughter of John Thompson Dorrance, co-founder of the Campbell Soup Company. Built in 1902, this Georgian Revival masterpiece was the village’s first brick summer cottage.


Looking out over Frenchman Bay, this sprawling home is an architectural and historic masterpiece; among its features are forty-one rooms in the 13,000 plus square-feet of living space, manicured gardens and lawn, and nearly three oceanfront acres.

On six of the Earth’s seven continents, discover exclusive tours of luxury homes on the Extraordinary Living blog

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in July 2017

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


$34,950,000 USD | Southampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

“At 23,000-square-feet, the newly built estate at 6 Olde Towne in Southampton—affectionally referred to as “Summerhouse”—beats out “La Dune” in square footage but just 1,000-square-feet.”

The Largest House for Sale in the Hamptons Just Hit the Market for $35M – Curbed

Houston Home Built for a Prince Asks $20 Million – Wall Street Journal

Looking for a Sand Castle? Five High-End Beach Homes for Sale – Financial Times

$2.2 Million Homes in Vermont, South Carolina and Pennsylvania – The New York Times

A Batman-Worthy Modern Mansion in Brisbane, Australia – Mansion Global

The $165M Home in Palm Beach, Florida – and Other Bargains – Financial Times

A Cliffside Villa in Naples – in Pictures – The Guardian

For Sale: 6 Breathtaking Summer Beach Houses – The Week

My Very Own Versailles: Homeowners Who Re-Create the French Palace – Wall Street Journal

Los Altos Hills: A Playground for Silicon Valley’s Biggest Stars – Mansion Global

The Other Side of São Paulo: Beach Havens for the Super-Rich – Financial Times

House Hunting in… Amsterdam – The New York Times

Brazilians Returning to Miami to Buy – Mansion Global

10 Ultimate Waterfront Homes We’re Coveting Now – Elle Decor

Rare 1931 Pencil Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi up for Sotheby’s Auction – Economic Times

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

New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | March 2017

From the sprawling Owl Mountain Ranch in Aspen, Colorado to a modern designer villa in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

Colorado$50,000,000 USD | Aspen, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Located adjacent to the West Buttermilk Ski Area on 61 private acres at the end of the road, the Owl Mountain Ranch includes a 15,664-square-foot main home with seven bedrooms, seven full-baths, and three half-baths, as well as a 2,000-square-foot caretaker’s home with three bedrooms and three full-baths and a 7,500-square-foot barn that includes a 3,000-square-foot heated vehicle maintenance center with lift. Additional features include an inviting great room, chef’s kitchen with two ovens, study, theater, pub room, wine room, billiards room, vaulted ceilings, rich wooden accents, private ski run and amazing views.

CroatiaPrice Upon Request | Croatia | Croatia Sotheby’s International Realty

The beautiful Croatian coast hides a world-class rarity, a unique property at 220,000 square-meters located in a Nature Park. Adria comprises five buildings with sea water swimming pools, a heliport, a private beach and marina, bowling, tennis and basketball courts, a paintball field, a four-kilometer promenade, an orchard and olive groves and a smart golf course are only some of the features of the property. It is located on a peninsula, which makes it easily accessible while providing the complete isolation of a private island.

DubaiPrice Upon Request | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

With over 15,000 square-feet of built-up area, this luxurious property sits as Dubai’s largest five-star hotel penthouse. The lavish six-bedroom duplex, located in world-renowned Palazzo Versace hotel, has no equal. Vastu compliant, this ground level duplex with an in-house elevator boasts six en-suite bedrooms, private pool, garden and terrace, two staff accommodation rooms, 10 parking spaces, and panoramic views of the Canal, the Marina, the central lagoon pool, and gardens.

Pennsylvania$13,950,000 USD | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty

Occupying a commanding position atop the Pittsburgh skyline, this three-story penthouse offers the ultimate in sophisticated urban living. The culmination of exceptionally curated materials, custom craftsmanship and peerless design, this one-of-a-kind residence features inlaid maple, white oak, and merbau wood floors flowing past walls of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city below.

Mallorca10.900.000 € EUR | Palma de Mallorca, Spain | Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

A newly built designer villa in Son Vida, this breathtaking home features views of the bay of Palma. The house measures 760 square-meters and features six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The entrance hall showcases a piano as a striking centerpiece and the open kitchen, living and dining area flows naturally onto the terrace and swimming pool with its beautiful views and wonderful Mediterranean ambience. On the lower level, there is a fitness room, sauna, lounge, home cinema, kitchenette and a wine cellar with tasting area on this floor.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in February 2017

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


€28.000.000 EUR | Roundwood, Leinster, Ireland | Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty

“‘Luggala,’ an 18th century ‘gothick’ hunting lodge that overlooks a lake in the Irish wilds, isn’t exactly a hidden gem. Long a home for heirs to the Guinness beer fortune, the castle, which is tucked into valley, boasts battlements, crenellations, and quatrefoil windows and was featured in numerous glossy home-design book.”

How to Live Like Royalty in Four European Countries – Bloomberg

Five Homes for Opera Lovers – Financial Times

In Turks & Caicos, A Seaside Retreat with 1,400 Feet of Water Frontage – Mansion Global

$1,900,000 Homes in California, Colorado and Pennsylvania – The New York Times

Vintage Craftsman Interiors Get an Update in Pasadena – Los Angeles Times

An Italian Wine Estate with a Medieval Castle and Hunting Reserve – Mansion Global

This $5 Million Desert Mansion Comes with Built-In Art – Bloomberg

For Sale: 6 Homes with Incredible Views – The Week

A French Norman-Style Manor Once Home to a Campbell Soup Heir – Mansion Global

Contemporary Cow Hollow Home Seeks $7.5 Million – Curbed San Francisco 

Self-Sufficient Boltholes Tempt Global Super-Rich to New Zealand – Financial Times

University Park, Considered an ‘Inner Suburb,’ is Still Plenty Bustling – Mansion Global 

Houston, Texas: Influx of Youth Helps Property Market Bounce Back – Financial Times

RM Sotheby’s Offers 1928 Bentley 4 1/2-Liter at Amelia Island Auction, Estimate $6.5 to $7.5 Million – Forbes

Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Presence into New Market in Pennsylvania

Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty to Serve Luxury Residential Real Estate Market in Pittsburgh

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that an affiliate of Millcraft Real Estate Services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the newest member of its network and will now operate as Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty.

With over 60 years of experience in the real estate industry, the boutique firm will be led by Lucas Piatt, owner, and Mark Jennings, managing broker.  Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty will serve the luxury residential real estate market in the greater Pittsburgh area.

“In the past decade, Pittsburgh has undergone a cultural and technological renaissance and has a budding culinary and arts scene,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “The luxury residential real estate market is also growing as new development properties are being built in downtown Pittsburgh and the surrounding neighborhoods.  We are proud to welcome Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty to our network.”

“The depth of knowledge we have accumulated over the years allows us to provide the highest level of customer service to our clients while staying true to our strong-rooted business ethics,” said Piatt.  “We help our clients buy and sell the most distinctive properties in the Pittsburgh area and are thrilled to be affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand, bringing our business to a global network with some of the finest real estate firms from around the world.”

Piatt’s brokerage firm is deeply committed to innovative projects that have changed the landscape of the Pittsburgh region without compromising the integrity of the environment, and in additional, it is heavily involved with philanthropic initiatives with numerous charitable organizations in the region.

Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 260 Forbes Ave, Suite 1525, in Pittsburgh.  With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand now has three independently owned and operated affiliate companies in Pennsylvania; also operating in the state are Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty in Philadelphia and surrounding Bucks County, and Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty in Lancaster County and south-central Pennsylvania.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 850 offices in 65 countries and territories worldwide.  Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in August 2016

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


$137,000,000 USD | Palm Beach, Florida | Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

“Landmarked by the town of Palm Beach, the 1930s Italian Renaissance mansion measures about 60,350 square feet with six bedrooms, two elevators and a 50-foot living room with an elaborately carved wooden ceiling”

Internet Entrepreneur Jim Clark Lists Palm Beach Estate for $137 Million – Wall Street Journal

A Berkeley Mansion, Empty for a Decade, Hits the Market at $7.5 Million – Bloomberg

Grammy-Winning Jazz Vocalist Bobby McFerrin Lists Philadelphia Home for $3.495 Million – Mansion Global

6 Stunning Homes in the Chicago Suburbs – The Week

A Los Angeles Home Modeled After a French Chateau for $13 Million – Wall Street Journal

A Villa in St. Barts, Where the Sound of Surf Beckons – Mansion Global

$1,400,000 Homes in California, Connecticut and Pennsylvania – The New York Times

Home of the Day: Divine Dwelling in South Pasadena – Los Angeles Times

Three Homes for Sale with Lavish Bathroom Vanities – Wall Street Journal

Why this Billion Dollar Startup is Moving Offline – CNN Money

Homes in the South of France Have Become Less Costly – The New York Times

Why San Francisco’s Pacific Heights Stands Out in the High-End Market – Financial Times

6 Homes Perfect for Pool Parties – The Week

Ridgefield, Conn., is Far From the New York Crowd – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Buenos Aires – The New York Times

Modern and Charming: These Country Mansions are the Best of Both Worlds – Elle Decor

Pebble Beach Car Auctions Set Records – Forbes

Luxury Living | Old Meets New

Architects and designers like Tom Givone, who was recently interviewed in Architectural Digest, are tasked with creating inspiring spaces every day. Finding a unique way of repurposing existing structures or giving life to vintage and salvaged materials is just one way they artfully accomplish this. Let’s explore some exclusive homes that showcase this modern technique.

New Zealand$5,695,000 NZD | Wanaka, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

New Zealand – A skillful combination of stone, wood, and glass was used by renowned architect Richard Shackleton to create simple rustic sophistication but with the luxury of modern amenities. Situated on six hectares of land, this sprawling estate features a media room, wine cellar, outdoor pizza oven, tennis court, swimming pool, and elevated spa pool.

Pennsylvania$2,795,000 USD | New Hope, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Pennsylvania – A Georgian-style mansion originally built in 1765, the home underwent two expansions during the 1800s and was recently renovated into a modern masterpiece that still maintains a rustic country exterior. The main suite features bookshelves that serve as a hidden door to a second stairwell, sitting area, fireplace, and marble bathroom with steam shower, soaking tub, and a double-wide marble vanity.

England£8,500,000 GBP | England, United Kingdom | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

England – Designed in the 1890s by English architect William West Neve and completed in 1901, this Arts and Crafts period house has been skillfully renovated to serve as a luxurious, modern-day family home. The home stands three stories tall and boasts high ceilings, square leaded mullioned windows, four balconies overlooking the River Thames, and state-of-the-art technology, including a programmable lighting system.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Fourth Week in October 2015

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

wayne, pa$1,999,999 USD | Wayne, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

This four-bedroom house designed by William L. Price has won multiple awards for restoration. Built in 1880, the original home features millwork throughout, wide-plank oak floors, exposed beams, and arched horse-stall windows.”

6 Beautiful Carriage House Homes – The Week

New Residential Towers in Chicago’s South Loop Signal Upturn – Financial Times

Newport’s New Blood: Wealthy Home Buyers Invest in Rhode Island – Wall Street Journal 

House Hunting in… Paris – The New York Times

10 Modern Homes with Mid-Century Charm – Sotheby’s 

An Aspen, Colorado, Home with Amazing Mountain Views is on the Market – Architectural Digest

Modern Farmhouse in St. Helena Awaits First Owner – San Francisco Chronicle 

Quarry Springs’ First Residents Set to Move In – Robb Report Home & Style

Mihos Beachfront Estate on Cape Hits Market at $14 million – Boston Globe

Buyers and Estate Agents in the US Embracing New Technology New Study Shows – PropertyWire

U.S. Home Sales Jump in September – World Property Journal 

Sotheby’s Diamonds Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Unique Collection – Diamond World 

Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1956 Mille Miglia Ferrari 290 MM Heads To Auction (Just In Time For Christmas) – Forbes