The Great Outdoors | Art & Home

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! From thoughtfully landscaped grounds to immaculately manicured gardens, what lies just outside the front door is what makes a house a home, finds Iyna Bort Caruso.

IMG_9061Art & Home—May 2015

Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture, sought to channel the “genius of a place” in his projects. He believed every habitat had a spirit of its own and accessing that quality was the most meaningful way to connect with one’s surroundings.

At their best, designed landscapes appear spontaneous – an extension of nature’s best expression. On private estates, these elegant statements go beyond initial visual impressions or curb appeal. Gardens are a full sensory experience of colors, scents and textures. They lure you inside and guide you through multiple spaces that, by turns, can be meditative, enchanting and surprising. “Gardens are very experiential and very ethereal,” says Miami-based landscape architect Raymond Jungles, who has worked throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

In reinterpreting the environment, designers consider the site, orientation of the sun, climate and architectural style of the residence. Landscapes can also be used to camouflage flaws. For homes that lack strong aesthetic merit, “landscaping can become the dominant design element that allows residences to recede and fade into the environment,” says Jungles.

Gardens are points of personal pride and neighborhood identity. In cities like Charleston, South Carolina, where estates are known for their flourishing azaleas, oleanders, camellias, crepe myrtles and magnolias, “people spend a good deal of time outside on their porches and in their gardens,” says Daniel Ravenel of Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston. “It’s part of our way of life.”

Even in dense urban settings, rooftop gardens, courtyards and balconies enable residents to feel connected to nature. They soften the city’s hard edges while providing an oasis of calm.

Olmsted well recognized the effect. “Gradually and silently the charm comes over us,” he said on a trip to England in 1850. “We know not exactly where or how.”

Charleston$5,900,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina |Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International

This grand lakefront estate exudes the elegance and grace of an historic English manor. Charming gothic features throughout the home are tastefully and thoughtfully combined with the highest modern technologies to create the ultimate retreat. The expansive grounds are comprised of a unique synergy of lakeside views with sophisticated gardens.

BridgehamptonPrice Upon Request |Bridgehampton, New York |Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Combining the elegance of a royal European country estate with the amenities of a five-star resort, Three Ponds Farm offers an unparalleled private residence on nearly 60 picturesque acres. Meticulously designed and executed with the finest imported materials, the eight-bedroom, twelve-bath manor home with guest wing and staff quarters is a tour de force of custom luxury design and contemporary flair by renowned architect Allan Greenberg. The beautiful outdoor oasis includes magnificent formal gardens, a rose garden with orangery and over 7,000 specimen trees.

Las Vegas$28,000,000 USD | Las Vegas, Nevada | Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty

Built to the most exacting standards and exemplifying graceful and symmetrical design, the Rameses Estate took over five years to remodel. This singular property comprises a main residence of over 13,000-square-feet with six bedroom suites and nine bathrooms, as well as a private office, screening room, billiard room, art room and four-car garage. Venturing beyond the picturesque residence, guests find themselves in formal gardens that flow into expansive lawns, private walkways and romantic rose gardens.

Texas$24,500,000 USD | Magnolia, Texas| Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

With the planting of over 20,000 trees, shrubs and flowers through the years, the spectacular Emerald Lake Estate is a veritable paradise with a resort-like ambience. This meticulously developed estate boasts the private 25-acre Emerald Lake, a world-class bass lake with ten islands, a nine-acre Japanese garden and a seven-acre botanical garden with over 5,000 azaleas, both designed by landscape architect Keiji Asakura.

FrancePrice Upon Request | Côte D’Azur, France | Côte D’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

On the Golf de Biot, discover this sublime and rare residence designed by architect André Svetchine. This beautiful domain is entirely enclosed, offering exceptional living amidst French gardens, ponds and olive trees. The main property provides spacious living opening onto two terraces; one is covered and overlooks the French gardens while the other overlooks the park.

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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Earth Day | Eco-Friendly Homes

On Earth Day we celebrate our planet and demonstrate support for protecting the environment. The homes below reside at the crossroads of luxury real estate and eco-friendliness. With energy efficient systems and the use of all natural materials, these homes exemplify modern elegance and green living. Explore luxury eco-friendly homes.

Canada2 188 000 $ CAD| British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

British Columbia- One of the unique attributes of this modern luxury beachside house in White Rock is the ideal location which is less than 100 steps to West beach for easy access to seaside shops, restaurants and the pier. The home was built to maximize sea views and uses passive solar design and passive cooling to optimize air circulation and cleanliness. The home was built with the highest-tech solutions and also integrates Feng Shui elements.

Hawaii$3,440,000 USD | Kamuela, Hawaii | MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

Hawaii – Designed to be the penultimate fusion of privacy and self-sufficiency, this ocean view oasis is a modern, green escape. The indoor/outdoor kitchen, ocean lanai, and open living space showcase the creative mix of natural materials in wood, glass, bamboo and stone. A 30,000 gallon water tank, private well and 120 VAC photo voltaic system provide all the necessary components to maintain a luxuriously green lifestyle.

CostaRica$1,650,000 USD | Santa Ana, Costa Rica | Costa Rica Sotheby’s International Realty

Costa Rica – Located inside the gated eco-residential community of Villa Real, this Feng Shui designed home is outfitted for those looking for a green experience. Complete with state-of-the-art technology, automatic watering system, and situated for unrivaled vistas, this secure and tranquil property enjoys a deep fusion with the region’s natural elements.

KiawahIsland$2,450,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

South Carolina- Built in Indigo Park, Kiawah’s newest eco-friendly development, this home is LEED certified and was designed using the most sustainable building materials and earth friendly building practices. Notable green features include, integrated geothermal heating and cooling, maintenance-free NuCedar exterior shingles with a lifetime warranty, Energy Star appliances, UV reflective aluminum roof, closed cell foam insulation and a 220 watt outlet in the garage which will charge an electric car.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways

From the magnolia lined streets of Charleston, South Carolina to the rocky shores of the Italian Riviera, explore homes we’ve collected in some of the world’s most romantic places as we approach the holiday of love, Valentine’s Day.

Charleston$1,595,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Charleston, South Carolina

According to Fodor’s, Charleston’s pristine gardens, historic ambiance, and laid-back Southern charm make it an ideal romantic getaway. The Jacob Mott House, a distinguished 18th Century masonry home in the heart of downtown Charleston is a true historical gem.  Located South of Broad, this early Georgian 3 1/2 story masonry single house was built by Jacob Motte, who was a Huguenot and Royal Treasurer of the Province.  Considered historically important to the city, this well-appointed historic treasure offers gracious rooms, two prominent piazzas which provide beautiful vistas of St. Michaels, Charleston’s oldest church. Located in the perfect downtown location for a romantic stroll among historic homes and lush gardens.

ItalyPrice Upon Request | Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Italian Riviera

Overlooking the sea on the Levante Italian Riviera between Santa Margherita and San Michele di Pagana, this villa boasts a luxurious oasis of peace and tranquility. The property covers approximately 2500 square meters of terraced land cultivated as a garden with illuminated plants and a panoramic swimming pool with beautiful views of the sea. From climbing the Cinque Terre trails, exploring the harbor villages and exploring endless vineyards, romance is abounding in the Italian Riviera.

Greece2.300.000 € EUR | Mykonos, Greece | Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

Greek Isles

Turquoise waters, endless mountain views, white sandy beaches and authentic Mediterranean food, there’s no question that The Greek Isles are a favorite for romance seekers. Villa Hypatia in Mykonos sits on a cliff facing the west to take in the most spectacular sunsets. With ample lounging areas, infinity pool and striking ocean views, romance will never be far away.

Paris 2Price Upon Request | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

Paris, France

The City of Lights is synonymous with romance. Whether it’s a romantic photo in front of the Eiffel Tower or a stroll along the Seine, Paris is for lovers. This penthouse that sits atop a high standing Art Deco building built by Roux-Spitz, offers a breathtaking view of Paris and its monuments including the Grand Palais, Sacré Coeur and the Eiffel Tower. A raised terrace above the apartment features 360 degree views of the city below.

Charleston, South Carolina: Where Historic Meets High-tech

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Ruthie Ravenel, Sales and Marketing Director, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston, South Carolina.

For three consecutive years Charleston has ranked among the top 5 cities in the world in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In fact, this traditional low country city isn’t just attracting tourists to its sandy beaches and world-class resorts.

Kiawah Island SC$2,585,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Recently Charleston has been dubbed “Silicon Harbor” for the hundreds of technology companies that have set-up shop in the area. Many of these companies have recognized that Charleston’s temperate climate, emphasis on quality of life and superior amenities suit their employees lifestyle needs. From start-ups to larger, more established brands, Charleston’s growing tech sector is attracting an eclectic mix of new residents.

Historic Charleston 1$3,650,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

With the growing economic opportunities, Charleston is also booming with development projects. The hottest new development area is Upper King Street and the Upper Peninsula area. There have been several new hotels completed in the past year and even more condos and mixed use development projects being unveiled regularly. The restaurant scene has exploded on Upper King Street with countless new establishments like The Ordinary, which was recently named #1 new restaurant in The South by Southern Living Magazine.   Seafood and oysters are southern coastline staples and Charleston restaurants have some of the best menus for local fresh seafood.

Historic Charleston 2$1,695,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Foreign investors have also shown great interest in Charleston, particularly in the Downtown area. Downtown Charleston is one of the most European of all cities in America, because it has an incredibly well preserved historic center. This allows for a very pedestrian, urban experience with shops and restaurants intermixed with residential areas, such as the neighborhood of Ansonborough which attracts residents from international locales such as Italy and Switzerland.

Sullivans Island SC$3,499,000 USD | Sullivans Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

When Charlestonians are looking for a getaway, they escape to the nearby pristine beaches of Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Folly’s Beach and Sullivan’s Island for relaxation, boating, family activities and more. It is commonplace for Charleston residents to also own a beachfront property or deep water estate for weekend getaways to enjoy life on the water. With the blend of historic charm, trendy new developments and easy access to a relaxed beach lifestyle, Charleston is the perfect location for those who like to lay low while living large.

DR_FacebookMany thanks to our guest blogger, Ruthie Ravenel, Sales and Marketing Director, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty who specializes in luxury real estate in the Charleston, SC area.

 

Charleston, South Carolina: Where Historic Meets High-tech

For three consecutive years Charleston has ranked among the top 5 cities in the world in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In fact, this traditional low country city isn’t just attracting tourists to its sandy beaches and world-class resorts.

Kiawah Island SC$2,585,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Recently Charleston has been dubbed “Silicon Harbor” for the hundreds of technology companies that have set-up shop in the area. Many of these companies have recognized that Charleston’s temperate climate, emphasis on quality of life and superior amenities suit their employees lifestyle needs. From start-ups to larger, more established brands, Charleston’s growing tech sector is attracting an eclectic mix of new residents.

Historic Charleston 1$3,650,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

With the growing economic opportunities, Charleston is also booming with development projects. The hottest new development area is Upper King Street and the Upper Peninsula area. There have been several new hotels completed in the past year and even more condos and mixed use development projects being unveiled regularly. The restaurant scene has exploded on Upper King Street with countless new establishments like The Ordinary, which was recently named #1 new restaurant in The South by Southern Living Magazine.   Seafood and oysters are southern coastline staples and Charleston restaurants have some of the best menus for local fresh seafood.

Historic Charleston 2$1,695,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Foreign investors have also shown great interest in Charleston, particularly in the Downtown area. Downtown Charleston is one of the most European of all cities in America, because it has an incredibly well preserved historic center. This allows for a very pedestrian, urban experience with shops and restaurants intermixed with residential areas, such as the neighborhood of Ansonborough which attracts residents from international locales such as Italy and Switzerland.

Sullivans Island SC$3,499,000 USD | Sullivans Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

When Charlestonians are looking for a getaway, they escape to the nearby pristine beaches of Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Folly’s Beach and Sullivan’s Island for relaxation, boating, family activities and more. It is commonplace for Charleston residents to also own a beachfront property or deep water estate for weekend getaways to enjoy life on the water. With the blend of historic charm, trendy new developments and easy access to a relaxed beach lifestyle, Charleston is the perfect location for those who like to lay low while living large.

DR_FacebookMany thanks to our guest blogger, Ruthie Ravenel, Sales and Marketing Director, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty who specializes in luxury real estate in the Charleston, SC area.