The Magic of Nantucket

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Spring 2015 Northeast Edition

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Visiting Nantucket can seem a little like going back in time. And for many residents, that’s the point.

Nantucket has been one of the Northeast’s most beloved vacation and second-home destinations for generations. Located 30 miles south of Cape Cod, this scenic, un-crowded, island of beautiful homes and beaches is a meld of quaint sophistication, unlimited outdoor recreation and a bustling downtown district full of shops, cares, and restaurants. There are no stoplights on the island, no billboards or malls, just a vivid sense of pause and purity that makes arriving feel like a total, timeless escape.

“It’s very secluded yet easy to get to for people coming form places like New York of Connecticut of Boston,” says Gary Winn, Principle Broker and Owner of Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty. “When you’re there you feel like you’ve actually gone someplace different – you feel like you’re away.”

4TP2JT$9,995,000 USD | Siasconset, Massachusetts | Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

Change happens slowly here, and most elements of the town, beaches and open spaces have been splendidly preserved. Many people who own seasonal property have been coming to the island for years, often since childhood. As Winn says, “It’s very historic. Nantucket doesn’t look much different than it did 30 years ago.”

That’s due in large part to the conservation instincts of homeowners, but the island has also taken strong measures to protect its classic New England seaport culture and 19th century architecture through an active Historic District Commission. In the town of Nantucket particularly, oversight is strict and new structures must blend into the historic fabric of the community.

Luxury properties range from intimate, immaculately renovated in-town homes to more spacious cottages and manor in desirable locations like Monomoy, or Brandt Point and the Cliff Area overlooking Nantucket Sound. Large acreage estates with pools and guesthouses are found along the Atlantic coast to the east, while Surfside, Cisco and the great beaches to the south are seeing a wave of high-end redevelopment.

KN9DDM$7,500,000 USD | Nantucket, Massachusetts | Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

Buyers, many who have been aching to reconnect to Nantucket, usually come form the Northeast and East Coast, but Winn says European clients, particularly from London, have been surprisingly active. With inventory for premier properties traditionally low, prices on the island hold strong. Even so, “It seems like we’re in the beginning of another cycle and the prices are going to go up again,” Winn says. “I think it’s a good time to jump in.”

It’s a cliché to say that you never really leave a place you’re fond of, but it’s absolutely true of those who know Nantucket. For them, Nantucket is as much an emotional destination as it is a physical one.

Article provided by Derek Duncan exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty

Winter 2015 RESIDE Magazine

The Winter 2015 Mountain Edition of RESIDE® magazine has arrived! Read our featured article, Escaping to Work below. 


From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Winter 2015 Mountain Edition

In bygone eras, secondary estates were built so the privileged could ride out harsh industrial winters in the comfort of balmy southern climates—think of the tycoons of Palm Beach, or the barons of Provence. Today’s business leaders may have the same instinct, but whereas the leisure classes of yore could retreat peacefully for months at a time, such extended departures no longer exist.

Working in the digital age means never being more than one or two bars of reception away from duty, even in the midst of escape. Simply unplugging is not an option. “We don’t have situations where people take even one or two weeks off and drop their business,” says Pat Donovan, Broker/Owner Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty in Whitefish, Montana. “They have to be able to work from their vacation home.”

Telluride$22,000, 000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Modern buyers are now as likely to head west as south, into the splendor of the Rocky Mountain region for scenery, tranquility and year-round entertainment. At the same time they need to stay connected, and homes and markets here must be designed to facilitate working remotely.

Luxury homes fitted with high speed internet, Wi-Fi and extended cellular and satellite service are mandatory, says Donna Clinton, Broker and COO of Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty. “Executives want to make sure they’re accessible wherever they are in the valley,” she says, “so that’s never an issue here.”

Some form of workspace carved out—a dedicated office or elaborate “central command”—is also standard. Andrew Ernemann, Broker Associate at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, says these can include multiple oversized flat screens and state-of-the-art computer and telecom networks. “We see some pretty advanced set-ups here. You sometimes wonder if you’re in someone’s residence or in a high tech office somewhere.”

Montana$3,000,000 USD | Whitefish, Montana | Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty

In Whitefish, Pat Donovan has noticed executives are more apt to invite clients to their mountain retreats than travel away. The family home therefore doubles as a business and entertainment venue, and social spaces and overnight accommodations are important. “Homes need to have four beds and four baths, but those guest bedrooms also have to function as separate master suites. They can’t just be kids bunk rooms.”

A final factor integrating work and leisure is transportation. With more major airlines servicing these mountain markets, getting in and out has never been easier. Another trend to watch is the development of fly-in communities like The Refuge at Alpine Air Ranch in Star Valley, south of Jackson Hole. Private hangers linked to the central runway are included with each lot, so owners can maneuver their aircraft straight into their own “garage” after landing. Connectivity doesn’t get more direct than this.

Article provided by Derek Duncan exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty®.

Travel Spotlight | Bliss in Belize

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

Even among passport-worn globetrotters, Belize has been an under-the-radar destination, a playground for thrill-seekers who prefer traveling with a backpack to a set of monogrammed luggage.

No longer.

The country’s maturing tourism industry and some A-list heavyweights have helped amp up its profile. Director Francis Ford Coppola owns two luxury resorts here and Leonardo DiCaprio has a private island. Which is not to say that Belize has gone Hollywood. Despite dramatic infrastructure improvements, visitors from the U.S., Canada and Europe are still taken by Belize’s natural beauty and restrained development. The country’s tallest structure dates back more than a thousand years–a Mayan temple.

Belize tdek5v$1,995,000 USD | San Pedro Town, Belize | Belize Sotheby’s International Realty

Geography defines the Central American nation. Hundreds of cays and islands lie off its Caribbean coast, along with its most prominent natural asset, the world’s second largest barrier reef.

The region was once a great center of Mayan culture. Sacred temples, pyramids and monuments are open and accessible. Archeologists believe many ruins have yet to be discovered, which may explain why it’s possible to stumble upon a piece of ancient pottery.

These days, visitors can embrace Belizean life at all levels of interest, activity and creature comfort. Dive in the Great Blue Hole, a submarine sinkhole so massive it’s visible from space, or swim up to a pool bar for a fruity cocktail. Take a nighttime jungle tour of the world’s first jaguar preserve or relax dockside in a hammock under a glorious thatched-roof hut.

Belize j3edsh$1,295,000 USD | San Pedros Town, Belize | Belize Sotheby’s International Realty

Brittany McCann, an owner of Belize Sotheby’s International Realty on the island of Ambergris Caye, was first introduced to the country by her now-husband, Shane. Her first thought was: “Where are you taking me?” Her second: “Oh my god. This place is awesome.” Five years ago, the couple relocated from Houston, Texas.

“It’s an active lifestyle,” says McCann. “No one dresses up. And there’s a great community of people who live here from all over the world.”

And more coming every day. The influx is fueling residential construction, especially in the high end vacation market where demand for modern beach and riverfront villas as well as amenity-filled condominium developments is changing the housing landscape.

Just ask McCann’s parents, who bought a property during a visit and later built a vacation home. “They love it here, too,” she says.

Article provided by Iyna Caruso exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty®.

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A Place to Come Home To

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Fall 2014 Northeast Edition

A seductive sense of return fills the bucolic hills, glades and townships of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Visiting the region’s deeply historical locales returns one powerfully to the roots of the American experience, and those that live here feel an allure that makes it nearly impossible to leave and not come back.

For many, the cycle of return begins and ends in Philadelphia. Stephanie Biello, Associate Broker at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, says that first-time buyers—often young professionals and local graduates—first gravitate toward city properties. As their families grow, the more spacious communities along the Main Line west of the city beckon with strong schools, charming boutiques and restaurants and a more peaceable lifestyle.

New Hope_PA_Prop ID 29j4ml$9,650,000 USD | New Hope, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

“Then you have the empty nesters who come back into the city to downsize into turnkey properties with upscale amenities,” Biello says. Historic buildings on Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square, modern high-rise buildings and lavishly refurnished row homes on streets like Delancey have become particularly valuable.

The lure of Bucks County, northeast of Philadelphia, is an arcadia of hills and farms that overlaps eclectic pockets of arts, music and restaurants. “You have the benefit of a quiet, scenic but sophisticated lifestyle plus a location that’s central to major cities and the Delaware River corridor,” says Linda Danese, Broker of Record at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty in New Hope. While Bucks County is best known for historic stone houses and farmhouses, younger buyers are finding convenience and comfort in the elevated amenities of newer homes and estates near culturally vibrant centers like Doylestown, Newtown and Yardley.

Philadelphia_PA_Prop ID 6nclrs$5,025,000 USD | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

The rolling, rural land of Chester County, south of Philadelphia, offers spacious country estates and horse farms just 15 minutes from Wilmington, Delaware  the center of international banking. Laird Bunch, President at Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Real Estate, says the pastoral landscape, elite equestrian facilities and jumping events, and spectacular wing shooting and fox hunting make the area appealing for buyers seeking a genteel, Old Worldlifestyle.

Meanwhile, Lancaster County, an hour east of Philadelphia, is a blend of tradition and modernity. “When people think of Lancaster they think of the Amish, but they don’t always think of the cool and exciting culture and entertainment,” says Anne Lusk, Owner of Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty. Lancaster’s fine dining, craft breweries, museums, art galleries and opera rival larger cities, and the county’s homes and farmhouses are impeccably built thanks to the county’s generational tradition of high craftsmanship and cabinetry.

Lititz_PA_Prop IDq67ymp$1,249,500 USD | Lititz, Pennsylvania | Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty

Pennsylvania’s magnetism reaches through generations. “It’s simply a wonderful lifestyle,” says Laird Bunch. “People move away after school, yet it’s amazing how many come back. It’s such a great place to raise a family.”

Article provided by Derek Duncan exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty®.

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Fall 2014 RESIDE Magazine

The Fall 2014 issues of RESIDE® magazine have arrived!

From kitchens to lounge and recreational areas, many spaces that can be created indoors can be re-created and re-envisioned for the outdoors as well. Join us as we explore the ins and outs of chic outdoor living in this season’s editions of RESIDE.

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Turks & Caicos: Paradise Found

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

For much of its history, the beaches of Turks and Caicos were the sands less traveled. Until, that is, Club Med opened a resort in the early 1980s and put the archipelago on a trajectory as a rising star of posh Caribbean beach destinations.

Turks and Caicos, located 550 miles southeast of Miami, is made up of 40 different islands. Only a handful are inhabited. Providenciales, or Provo, is its tropi-cosmopolitan cultural capital. A quick 10-15 minute flight or easy boat ride connects Provo to most of its sister isles.

Babalua Beachfront_Turks and Caicos

$5,690,000 USD | Turks and Caicos Islands | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

Tourism fuels the economy, a sector that continues to grow at a healthy pace. Last year, the country saw a 10 percent jump in visitors–most of them Americans–owing to a bump in discretionary spending and an increase in air service. From most major U.S. East Coast cities, TCI is a direct flight of three hours or less.

Beachfront Parrot Cay_Turks and Caicos

$9,000,000 USD | Turks and Caicos Islands | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

When visitors come, the daydream of living an endless summer begins. The luxury real estate market is a resilient one, “poised for greater growth,” says Joe Zahm of Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty. Infrastructure projects such as the expansion of the Providenciales International Airport, balanced by a commitment to sustainable development is bolstering the confidence of prospective buyers. Another incentive? The islands are a “zero tax” jurisdiction. No property tax, income tax or capital gains taxes. A one-time stamp duty is paid at the time of purchase and based on the home’s price.

Beachfront Blue Mountain_Turks and Caicos

$6,000,000 USD | Turks and Caicos Islands | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

But real estate is as much an investment in one’s lifestyle as it is in one’s portfolio. In TCI, that lifestyle is one of flip-flop luxe in a destination that has one of the Caribbean’s highest standards of living. Credit a barrier reef–the world’s third largest–for some of the most brilliant waters and stunning coastlines anywhere. Its beaches are routinely voted among the best in the world. Vacation homeowners count bonefishing in saltwater flats, snorkeling the warm, calm waters and dining under thatched-roof palapas among everyday pleasures.

Thompson Cove_Turks and Caicos

$5,950,000 USD | Turks and Caicos Islands | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

Condominiums outsell private villas two to one, according to Zahm. Many developments offer owners the option to put units in the rental pool when not in use. Prices for luxury properties range between $1.5-$5 million, although trophy residences have sold for upwards of $10 million. Most are on Provo, in popular locations like Grace Bay. Those seeking quieter hideaways are finding their slice of paradise in Provo’s other coastal spots or on other islands like prestigious Parrot Cay, a favorite of A-listers. There is every degree of tropic fantasy in Turks and Caicos including the ultimate, the opportunity to buy one’s own private island.

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Mountain Living | A River of Dreams

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Summer 2014 Mountain Edition

Disciples know fly fishing transcends mere sport. It is an act of immersion and communion, a form of rejuvenation and rumination. No wonder buyers who have achieved a higher station in life are so often drawn to fishing and properties that deliver it.

Jackson Hole_Wyoming_River

$9,950,000 USD | Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Great trout fishing exists across the country, but the Rocky Mountain region offers a rarified combination of majestic rivers, breathtaking scenery and cultural destinations. Ed Liebzeit, President and COO of Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty in Wyoming, says the ultimate standard for fishing properties, primarily along the Snake River, is “live water” access—essentially to own a section of the shore and thus the privilege of walking into the river from your home. Such listings, however, are rare.

“Even at premium prices,” he notes, “there aren’t a lot of properties that have direct river or creek frontage.” They begin around $2.5 million for land and can exceed $10 million for parcels with homes. “When they (go on the market)”, Liebzeit says, “they create a lot of excitement.”

Steamboat Springs_Colorado_River

$24,250,000 USD | Steamboat Springs, Colorado | Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty

Some of Colorado’s best trout fishing is found near Steamboat Springs on the Yampa and Elk Rivers, which Cam Boyd, Broker/Owner of Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, says are exceptionally well fed throughout the spring and summer due to the region’s large annual snowpack. Properties here range from smaller estates to prestige ranches hundreds of acres in size.

“Colorado is also different than many states,” Boyd points out, “because you own the property underneath the river. So the river is private property that others can’t trespass upon.” This means additional privacy, and also the ability for owners to arrange boulders to create “custom” pools, holes and feeding areas that attract fish.


$5,250,000 USD | Ketchum, Idaho | Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty

Many of the premier fishing estates near Sun Valley, Idaho, are located along a designated 12-mile catch-and-release section of the Big Wood River. But Gary Vinagre, Associate Broker at Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty, says that experienced anglers—and savvy property owners—know that smaller creeks and feeder springs can be equally fertile water.  Continue Reading >

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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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Spring 2014 RESIDE Magazine

The Spring 2014 issues of RESIDE® magazine have arrived!  In this season’s editions, we explore the home wine cellar. Once a purely functional area, today’s wine cellars are destinations, the ultimate trophy for wine connoisseurs seeking a distinctive lifestyle. Whether you enjoy a glass of wine on occasion or are a serious collector, everyone can appreciate the wine cellars featured in this issue, which span the globe.

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