In with the Old | Art & Home

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! From a 19th-century farmhouse in the Hamptons to a 1930s Paris mansion, five historic homes blend tradition with modern updates, finds Iyna Bort Caruso.

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Call it the surprise inside: historic residences retrofitted with modern interiors.

Homeowners may love the idea of properties that embrace the aesthetics of an earlier era, but they’re drawing the line at living a century-old lifestyle. Instead of tearing down, however, they’re taking up the challenge. They’re purging boxy rooms, awkward layouts and tiny closets and arriving at that sweet spot where the age of grace meets the age of technology.

In America, homes of historic value are generally pegged at 50 years or older by the National Register of Historic Places, although those are relative newcomers by international standards. It takes the skills of true artisans to modernize a centuries-old German castle, French château, English manor or Italian villa, and many governments offer homeowners subsidies for their efforts.

More than just age, historic homes embody the spirit of the times in which they were built with character-defining features that speak to who we were and how we lived.

“There’s an emotional connection to be had, for sure,” says Judson Henderson of Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty in Princeton, NJ. The earliest homes here date back to the 18th century. Some homeowners bring “today’s practicality and sensitivity to home renovations” while others go for a gut renovation. “Walk through the door and it’s starkly modern. You feel like you’re in a brand new house,” Henderson says.

Most makeovers are somewhere in between, using architectural elements as jumping-off points to maintain some sense of authenticity.

Interior Designer Sarah Barnard in Santa Monica, Calif., is a specialist in historic home design. In reshaping Victorian, Spanish Revival and Arts and Craft estates, she often takes a hybrid approach, “preserving a lot of the original architectural elements and melding them with uber contemporary strategies.”

Deciding which of those elements to keep or discard can be a struggle. Is it worth sacrificing what Barnard calls the “heartwarming little details that made the owner’s heart sing in the initial walk-through” for the larger benefits of functionality and design?  “There are always hard decisions to be made but when budget is not an issue, rehabilitating the old is always my first choice.”

People may yearn for vintage homes for different reasons, but one thing they have in common is “kindness,” observes Barnard. “You have to have a sympathetic soul to want to save an old building.”

Miami$2,995,000  USD | Miami Beach, Florida | ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Behind the Mediterranean facade and inviting courtyard, modern luxury meets the classic beauty of this 1929 home. Property features an open floor plan, added interior space, floating stairwell, Pecky Cypress vaulted ceiling, fireplace, charming/restored Cuban tile and hardwood flooring.

Hamptons$7,995,000 USD | Sagaponack, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

Once the home of James Jones, author of “From Here to Eternity”, this 1860s Sagaponack farmhouse was built to capture the sunsets from one of the highest points south of the Montauk highway. Today the house has been renovated and merges the intimate spaces of a traditional home with the open, naturally lit spaces of a modern SOHO loft. In addition, this home incorporated the Crestron computer network, clean conscious building techniques and materials, active solar power, and geothermal heating and cooling to create one of the most advanced, healthy and sustainable homes in the Hamptons.

Princeton$7,900,000 USD |Princeton, New Jersey | Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Stunningly transformed “Everlasting” rivals the toniest East Coast estates, yet is privately situated on 12 acres in Princeton. Under the eye of architect/designer Michael La Rocca, skilled artisans used materials of the highest caliber to expand, open and visually elevate the brick manor house and its grounds. The sleek central kitchen was cleverly planned with double islands to serve a single chef or a team of caterers.

Canada4 495 000$ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Built in the early 1900’s, this spectacular and spacious home has been fully renovated with modern amenities and architectural elements including a high ceilinged study, and breathtaking 2 story glass-walled Great Room overlooking the verdant ravine lot and in ground pool and spa.

France33.000.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

This magnificent, ultra-rare historic Paris mansion dating from the 1930s has recently undergone a complete renovation and now offers sleek open spaces with a contemporary edge whilst at the same time carefully preserving its architectural heritage.

New York-based writer Iyna Bort Caruso has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsday, among others.

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Historic Living in Princeton, New Jersey / Video House Tour

Built in 1773 by John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a close friend of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, the lovingly restored and expanded Tusculum estate offers over 23 acres of beautiful grounds, modern amenities and gracious living – right in the middle of Princeton, NJ.

This historic home is selling to the highest bidder at or above $2.5 million on November 7th.

$2,500,000 USD (Reserve) /Princeton, New Jersey / Callaway Henderson 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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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 OctoberArtdaily.org

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 auctionArtdaily.org

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

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.

historic estates for sale Princeton New Jersey

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.

historic estates for sale Princeton New Jersey

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

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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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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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in June 2013

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

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Jim Carrey sells Malibu beach house for $13.4 million - Los Angeles Times

Actor-comedian Jim Carrey has sold his gated Malibu Colony retreat for $13.4 million. The two-story contemporary beach house features an open plan living room, family room, dining room and kitchen that lead to an ocean-facing deck. Janelle Friedman of Sotheby’s International Realty in Pacific Palisades was the listing agent.

New homes still getting bigger - USA TODAY

Billy Joel’s Miami Beach House Sells For $13.75 Million (PHOTOS)Huffington Post

Piece of Mount Vernon [Virginia] for $25 MillionWall Street Journal

[Interview] Ross McCredie, President, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada - BC Business

Turn up the heat: Luxury Miami condo buildings make even bigger wavesNew York Post

Enlightened Space in New JerseyWSJ House of the Day

Daily Delight: Frank Lloyd Wright Brandes HouseHGTV / Design Happens Blog

Green Street Victorian blends 19th Century finishes with modern comfortsSan Franscico Chronicle

Living in: TuscanyBBC Travel

London art market woos ‘uber-collectors’ to buoy summer salesChicago Tribune

£50 million spent at Russian art auctionsThe Telegraph

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Seen & Heard: Highlights from last week’s Global Networking Event

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Video Highlights from the 2013 Global Networking Event in LA!Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Dallas Metro

GNE Unites More Than 1,400 Of The World’s Top Real Estate Brokers; Spotlights Pacific Northwest - Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, Seattle, Washington

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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

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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.

Historic Home in Priceton, New Jersey / House Tour

Amazingly transformed and completely secluded on over 12 acres, “Everlasting” rivals the toniest East Coast estates. Ideally situated equidistant from NYC and Philadelphia in historic Princeton,it’s an easy drive from 3 international and 2 private airports. Under the eye of architect/designer Michael La Rocca, skilled artisans used materials of the highest caliber to expand, open and visually elevate the brick manor house and its grounds.

Princeton, New Jersey, USA / Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty