More Than Just a Place to Dock Your Boat | Waterfront Homes

When affluent consumers are considering their next purchase,  waterfront properties top the list, according to the Sotheby’s International Realty Luxury Lifestyle Report. Explore these magnificent waterfront homes featuring docks, a luxury amenity trending among affluent consumers around the world.

Dock_Savannah Georgia

$4,900,000 USD | Savannah, Georgia | Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

Dating back to 1880, this clapboard home, sits on Grimball Creek in Savannah, Georgia. The five bedroom home features a wraparound porch and terrace, offering unparalleled views of the Intracoastal Waterway. The home also features a game room, wine cellar and it’s very own private deepwater dock, perfect for boating and shrimping.

Dock_Gland Switzerland

Price Upon Request | Gland, Switzerland | Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

This ravishing waterfront home sits on the shores of Lake Geneva, surrounded by broad meadows, fields and woodland with breathtaking views of the lake and Alps. The property, built in 1923 enjoys direct access to the lake, with a jetty and breakwater providing moorings for several boats.  The home also features a tennis court, swimming pool, stables and a spectacular vaulted wine cellar and tasting room in the basement.

Dock_Knoxville Tennessee

$2,950,000 USD | Knoxville, Tennessee | Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty

This lovely lakefront estate has floor to ceiling windows that offer lots of natural light. The home is located in the Tennessee Valley between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau in the southern region of the Appalachian Mountain chain, an area known for its scenic beauty. Outside, the house boasts a pool, pool house, lush landscaping, barn, and boat dock with lift.

Dock_Holland Michigan

$18,900,000 USD | Holland, Michigan | Crawford Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Sited on historic Lake Macatawa, the Hazelbank Estate exudes privacy and plentiful acreage on Pine Creek Bay. This John Tilton designed estate is the epitome of grace, dignity and classic architectural design integrity presenting the opportunity to be a family legacy home in a one of a kind environment. The property offers a horse barn, pastures, paddocks, and a 10-acre pine wooded area for riding and hiking. Additional amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a dock on the lake.

Dock_Paradise Island Bahamas

$21,500,000 USD | Paradise Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Villa Florentine is an elegant estate featuring luxurious touches while maintaining the ambience of comfortable Caribbean living. The property boasts 12 bedrooms, has extensive entertaining spaces and is positioned for views down the central waterway. This majestic family compound also has 175 feet of bulk-headed canal frontage with docks and boatlifts – perfect for keeping a collection of motor yachts, sailboats and jet skis. In addition to amenities including a pool and billiards room, the most alluring element of this remarkably lavish house is the rooftop sunbathing deck and the observation tower that affords amazing views.

Dock_Hunts Points Washington

$8,750,000 USD | Hunts Point, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

This waterfront estate is a vision of modern luxury. The architecturally stunning residence provides relaxed, refined living with light and airy spaces. Gracious living space blends between indoors and out providing ample entertaining areas. The home also features a wine cellar and a dock on the lake.

Dock_Mont-Tremblant Canada

7 999 000 $ CAD | Mont-Tremblant, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

This unique waterfront residence on Lac Tremblant faces west and captures stunning sunset views over the lake. The traditional post and beam style home sits on a pristine landscaped 5.05 acre lot with 758 feet of shoreline on Lac Tremblant, including a sandy beach, private dock and tennis court.

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Celebrate the Lush Beauty of Spring

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Stephanie Lloyd, Director of Marketing at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty in Nashville, Tennessee.

“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” -Ruth Stout, American author and gardener

Within the next week or so, cities throughout the world that are lucky enough to experience four true seasons will be in full bloom as spring will be well under way. We can’t agree more with Ruth Stout, famous for her “no-work” garden methods, that the best way to greet spring is in a garden.

Many locations throughout the Sotheby’s International Realty global network are famous for their gardens, and especially the special beauty found there during this delicate and expectant time of year. As such, we’ve collected five cities from around the world that are home to some exquisite displays of spring blossoms every year.

Nashville, Tennessee

Walk among the flowers in Nashville at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. The gardens span 55 acres with pools, fountains, statuary, boxwood plantings, beautiful views, and over 55,000 tulips will bloom soon!

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The winding driveway to this home in Franklin, Tennessee, is just the first glimpse of spring in this home featuring lush landscaping and an outdoor loggia perfect for taking in the all the fragrances of spring.

$3,700,000 USD / Franklin, Tennesee, USA / The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Washington, DC

Stroll through Washington D.C. from March to April, and experience Japan’s gift of the cherry blossom trees. Though slightly delayed this year due to lingering winter temperatures, the Capital City is currently celebrating spring with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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This historic 1911 Washington, DC mansion has an exquisite outdoor patio with private views of the cherry blossoms in bloom.

$9,995,000 USD / Washington, DC, USA / TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver celebrates spring in many ways. They also have a cherry blossom festival and renowned botanical gardens. However, unique to Vancouver is the opportunity to whale watch in the spring. Whale watching season is from April to October and spotting grey whales is best done in April and May.


Nestled in the hillside, this stunning contemporary home has the most spectacular views over West Vancouver and Horseshoe Bay.

$8,405,599 USD / West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

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Historic Planation Home in Tennessee / House Tour

Located among the rolling foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in northeastern Tennessee sits historic Canton Plantation. The stately 1840’s federal-style mansion is one of the few remaining intact plantation homes surviving in the United States today. Truly a living piece of history, the Tennessee home harkens back to the Antebellum Era of the South.

Canton Plantation Church Hill Tennessee

As history goes, in the late 1700’s King George deeded 3,000 acres to Eldridge and Hannibal Hord. By 1840, Eldrige built a brick home, grist mill, general store, and many barns and outbuildings that came to be known as Canton Plantation. The 4500 sq. ft. main residence is estimated to have more than one million bricks, each handmade and kiln fired.

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Living in the World’s Top Cities for Music

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Stephanie Lloyd, Director of Marketing at The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty in Nashville, Tennessee.

A song can have a powerful impact – it lingers in the mind, it adds bounce to steps, it sets the tone. Influential music is often created by people who have dynamic, interesting lifestyles. Inspiration can come from bold architecture or comforting, idyllic landscapes or stark surroundings.

Just as there are many genres of music, there are many cities that play host to the musicians who are continuing tradition or who are on the edge of a powerful new sound. Here is a list of the top 10 cities for music from around the world.

Nashville, Tennessee, USA — While best known for country music, Nashville’s nickname as “The Music City” means it’s home to dozens of musicians in all genres. They come to Nashville to find, reclaim, or continue their careers. Nashville’s size is approachable with less than 750,000 residents, and is known for its picturesque scenery.

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7380 Cumberland Drive, Fairview, Tennessee, USA / The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Tokyo, Japan — With clubs that hold thousands, Tokyo’s dance scene is driven by internationally renowned DJs who deliver the hippest, sexiest and most energizing music the world can fathom. Tokyo’s pop and dance culture, combined with its around-the-clock lifestyle ensure residents of a trend setting experience.

luxury homes in tokyo japan

Moto-Azabu Hills Penthouse, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan / Japan Sotheby’s International Realty

Los Angeles, California, USA — Without a doubt, Los Angeles has an unparalleled history of recording music. From Indie to classic rock, LA’s recording studios are infamous. Known as “The City of Dreams,” people from around the globe flock to LA to live the Hollywood lifestyle and hobnob with famous actors, musicians, and athletes.

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Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA / Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

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Kenny Chesney’s Collegiate Home in Tennessee

This week we have featured some of our most historically intriguing and charmingly spooky homes. Our series concludes today with a former fraternity house said to be the topic of several chart-topping country music songs.

$500,000 / Johnson City, Tennessee / Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in 1914, this restored historical home is located in Johnson City, Tennessee just steps from East Tennessee State University. For the past 30 years, the home has served as a prestigious men’s fraternity house. Much of the home’s history has remained preserved, including the plantation-style covered side porch and the claw foot tubs.

In the late 1980?s, award-winning American country music singer, Kenny Chesney was a member of the fraternity and occupied the home. The current owner attended the university with Chesney and her father was also one of the fraternity brothers. Chesney’s initials, along with all of the other fraternity brothers, are carved in the stairwell.  The singer references the home in several of his songs, including “Back Where I Come From.”

In the backyard, there is a headstone from a grave that the fraternity brothers say was there when the home was purchased. The current owner remembers many spooky Halloween parties that have occurred at the fraternity house there over the years.


Click here to see the other homes featured in this week’s historic homes series.

Iconic College Towns

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Natalie Gilmore, Director of Marketing at Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty in Princeton, New Jersey.

With back-to-school season upon us, college and university towns are bustling with the annual surge of students and faculty members.  Colleges and universities draw a rich cross section of people from all over the world.  This creates a melting pot of cultures that invigorates the community with active, creative and intelligent foundations.  More and more people are being drawn to these towns year-round for the extraordinary lifestyle not found on your average Main Street.  Here are a few iconic college towns that have much to offer outside of the halls of ivy.

Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Princeton University is the only Ivy League school that is actually named for the town in which it is located.  As such, people come to Princeton for the unparalleled education, but many stay for the exciting community which is enriched by the University.  The result is a lively town which includes the award-wining McCarter Theatre, global world business leaders such as Black Rock and Bristol-Myers Squibb, innovative restaurants like Witherspoon Grill and the Princeton University Art Museum which features works from Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso. Here are two wonderful properties perfect for someone looking to make Princeton their year-round home.

$1,995,000 USD / Priceton, New Jersey / Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

Comfortable and glamorous, this modern Princeton home, which was designed by the architecture firm Richardson Smith, boasts the most stunning curated grounds appointed with spectacular birch, weeping hemlock and Japanese Maple trees.  Sleek sycamore cabinetry pairs with granite in the chef’s kitchen.

Priceton, New Jersey / Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

This stunning brick colonial home in Princeton‘s coveted Institute for Advance Study neighborhood. Timeless in appeal, the home offers five gracious bedrooms, four fireplaces, hand-hewn wood flooring, a lovely enclosed backyard and a charming guest cottage.

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

The University of Tennessee, located in Knoxville, offers a global appeal as an energetic college town.  Known world-wide for its championship athletics, the University’s sports programs attract athletes and fans from all over the globe.  Sixteen current and former Tennessee athletes participated in the 2012 Olympic Games, representing 10 different countries.  Indulge in southern hospitality all year long with this beautiful home in Knoxville.

$2,295,000 USD / Knoxville, Tennessee / Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty

This exquisite French Country-style estate in Knoxville, Tennessee is located on Gettysvue Country Club.  With eight fireplaces, a media room, gym and pool house, this golf-side estate offers the ultimate in privacy and security.

Boulder, Colorado, USA

Boulder welcomes the fresh energy and young, optimistic spirits that arrives each fall with open arms.  This college town claims to have everything except an ocean, the University of Colorado has long been destination for education, but many students also find it a place to call home once their degree is in hand.  Beautiful mountain views and all the amenities of Boulder, make this property an idyllic home.

$4,900,000 USD / Boulder, Colorado / Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty

Inspired by the hills of Italy, this architecturally stunning home in Boulder, Colorado,  was designed by Arcadia Architects, is situated on 40 acres of breathtaking Sunshine Canyon forestry.  With city-views of Boulder at night, the Eco-friendly property includes two renewable energy systems which efficiently heat and cool home.

Berkeley, California, USA

The international flair felt in Berkeley is like no other and truly has created a global community. The best part about The University of California, Berkeley is its accessibility by public transit allowing those who live there to easily take advantage of the mild year-round weather to explore all that the town offers.  This home is ideal for those interested in a worldly town just a short ride away from the big city of San Francisco.



$8,400,000 USD / Berkeley, California / East Bay Sotheby’s International Realty

A modern ef="" target="_blank">home in Berkeley, California designed by Swatt Miers Architects, this home sits atop the highest elevation in Berkeley and neighboring Oakland and has jaw dropping views of San Francisco Bay and Mt. Diablo.  The star of this home is the master bedroom suite which is separated by a nine foot pocket door and includes a master bathroom, sitting/media room, office, laundry, and huge walk in closets.

Austin, Texas, USA

Austin, home to the University of Texas, is not only one of the most unique college towns, but also one of the most desirable towns to live in America. With its top-ranked Longhorn football team, this capital city’s vibrant culture has something for everyone. With more than 200 festivals a year, from BBQ to any variety of music imaginable, Austin is at the top of many “best of” lists.  Austin also has a thriving economy and with a university churning out some of the greatest minds in America, has become home to top technology companies such as Dell, Apple and IBM. Here is a majestic home for those considering making Austin home.

Austin, Texas / Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty

Stunning custom Lou Kimball masterpiece on 14+ acres of spring fed Onion Creek frontage. This 5-Star Energy Home in Austin, Texas features reclaimed wood ceilings, hand chiseled rock work, wide plank pecan floors, Organic soil brought in for yard, a BBQ area, rainwater collection and two fire pits.

Many thanks to our guest blogger, Natalie Gilmore from Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty,  central New Jersey’s premier real estate firm that combines the rich heritage and deep experience of two highly respected families that have served this community since 1953.  Situated in Princeton’s historic town center, the Princeton office is the hub of their network, which includes locations in Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset.