New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | February 2015

From one of the largest and most historic ranches in the United States to a mansion in Paris, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale showcases exquisite lifestyles from around the globe.

Paris33.000.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Paris, this recently renovated mansion has incredible outdoor space with several terraces including a hot tub and a garden. The home features an incomparable reception area, an extraordinary library, and six ensuite bedrooms. To add to the list of amenities, the home also has a home cinema, fitness room and swimming pool.

2015_02_27_Vernon_Texas$725,000,000 USD | Vernon, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

The WT Waggoner Ranch is one of the largest and most famous ranches in the United States and was established in 1849. Never before offered for sale in 165 years of ownership, the sprawling Ranch estate includes more than 510,000-contingues acres spread over six North Texas counties, incorporating two main compounds, many homes and significant infrastructure, including a 10,000 square foot Ranch office headquarters in nearby Vernon Texas. There are approximately 20 cowboy camps ranging from 10,000 to 40,000 acres each. The ranch is offered as a turnkey proposition with hundreds of quarter-horses, many thousands of head of cattle, with approximately 1,200 existing oil wells, as well as mineral rights and 30,000 acres of cultivated farmland. There are also a number of large lakes encompassing thousands of acres, waterways and creeks with approximately 400,000 acres of land remaining undeveloped for oil.

Hong Kong$238,000,000 HKD | Repulse Bay, Hong Kong | Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty

This beachside home in Hong Kong features breathtaking views of Repulse Bay Beach and the coastline. Floor-to-ceiling windows spanning across the living room and the balcony bring in plenty of natural light. All four bedrooms in the home feature an ensuite bathroom and many of the rooms in the house feature unparalleled water views. A big sky-lighted courtyard is attached to a recently renovated modern kitchen.

NYC$29,500,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Ideally situated just off Fifth Avenue in New York City, the Carhart Mansion is noteworthy for its grand and elegant limestone façade. Perched high atop this magnificent mansion sits the spectacular Penthouse duplex which encompasses 7,140 square feet of interior space and 5,290 square feet of exterior space. This glamorous residence seamlessly incorporates a contemporary sensibility and style within a traditional architectural vernacular. This sun filled home has its own direct elevator access, a gracious gallery space and wonderfully appointed entertaining rooms. Designed by Horace Trumbauer in 1913, this 87’ wide mansion was designated a NYC landmark in 1974 and converted into four grand scale condominium units in 2005.

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Belle of the Ballroom | Back en Vogue

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! This month we’re showcasing exquisite ballrooms found in some our most sought after, exclusive international properties. From Tuscany and the Czech Republic to Houston and New York, ballrooms are back in vogue.

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Among the labyrinth of rooms that make up grand old estates, none is more evocative than the ballroom. You can practically hear the orchestra, feel the rhythm and see the dancers in flickers of gloriously bygone images.

Italy25.000.000 € EUR | Lucca, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

These Downton Abbey-worthy dance halls are legacies of a time when formal entertaining at home was common and square footage was considerable. Ballrooms demanded generous, obstruction-free dimensions with high ceilings for optimal acoustics.

NewYork$12,000,000 USD | Lloyd Harbor, NY | Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

Grand and gilded ballrooms have largely gone the way of drawing rooms, fainting rooms, cloakrooms. Chambers given over to the sole pleasures of music and dance are extravagances are now near exclusive to hotels and private clubs. Modern life is lived less formally and more intimately with a lot more entertainment options than gliding across the hardwoods in three-quarter time.

KlecanyPrice Upon Request  | Central Bohemia, Czech Republic | Czech Republic Sotheby’s International Realty

Some residential ballrooms have been repurposed for more practical activities like playrooms, gymnasiums or home theaters. Others have been partitioned into cozier spaces. And yet in some homes, ballrooms are enjoying an afterlife.

Texas$43,000,000 USD| Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

Martha Turner, founder and co-presidentof Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty in Houston, Texas, can tick off a number of estates with private ballrooms still used in ways that honor their original intention. The very first home she sold was an early 20th century residence in the prestigious Courtlandt Place Historic District with a third-floor ballroom that remains in tact. Examples span the decades. A modern Versailles-inspired chateau on the market for $43 million–Houston’s priciest ever–features a breathtaking ballroom among its many public spaces. The current homeowners use it for large-scale entertaining, concert performances and charity galas. And then there’s a pair of would-be Fred and Gingers so passionate about dancing that when they couldn’t find an existing residence for sale with a ballroom, they decided to construct a new one.

Connecticut$5,200,000 USD | Greenwich, Connecticut | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

If you build it, they will rumba.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in February 2015

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

2015_02_27_Vernon_Texas$725,000,000 USD | Vernon, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Famed Waggoner Ranch on Texas Market for $725 MillionAOL Real Estate

House hunting: Beautiful homes in the Twin CitiesThe Week

House of the Day: An Elegant Literary Landmark, Just Like NewThe Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in … ItalyThe New York Times

The Open House Goes Over the TopThe Wall Street Journal

San Francisco Penthouse Under Construction Seeking a Record $49 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Network Reports Significant Gains for 2014Sotheby’s International Realty

Horse Haven in South FloridaCNN

McQueen Is Still KingSotheby’s

Fit for Fitness in 2015

Sticking to your new year’s resolution is tough. Fitting gym time into a hectic schedule and managing your work-life balance can quickly put plans for a fitter you on the backburner. However, there are creative ways to make achieving your goals much more convenient. Let’s take a look at five extraordinary homes with access to fun and inspiring fitness amenities that make it easy to stay on track.

Poway_HomeGym$7,350,000 USD | Poway, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

This Mediterranean style home boasts 12,764 square feet of luxury in Southern California. Superbly fit for fitness, this home features its very own state of the art gym with spa sauna and sparkling pool framing the panoramic views. An average high temperature of 79 degrees encourages residents to take advantage of the 25 local parks, Lake Poway’s fishing and boating, 55 miles of trails, and 50 community events each year.

Basketball Texas$2,600,000 USD | Boerne, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

This European-designed home is exquisitely outfitted to help keep you in shape. Complete with an indoor NBA style basketball court, rock climbing wall, gym, and outdoor putting green and sand trap, there are a plethora of healthy options to stay active. Stretch out and relax in the custom pool and spa or tranquility of the forty foot vertical waterfall after a long day of activity.

NJ_Volleyball$3,450,000 USD | Colts Neck, New Jersey | Ward Wight Sotheby’s International Realty

This elegantly appointed brick estate in prestigious Colts Gait sits on a sprawling 6 acres, featuring a volleyball court and tennis court to be enjoyed under bright blue skies and rolling green landscapes. The home also features a pool with spa, pool house, outdoor kitchen, hot tub, and finished basement complete with gym and full bath complete the property’s robust amenity offerings.

Swiss_GolfRoomPrice Upon Request | Lugano, Switzerland | Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty

This newly renovated Swiss villa is perfect for a golf enthusiast complete with its own golf simulation room. The three floors of living space include an indoor swimming pool with a fully retractable glass roof, squash pitch, and fitness area. Relax after your intense workout session in the included spa and sauna with showers. This unique property is perfect for those seeking large living spaces and for lovers of physical activity.

StMartin_HomeGym4.200.000 € EUR | Terres Basses, Saint Martin | St. Martin Sotheby’s International Realty

This beachside villa on the coast of Plum Bay is perfect for the fit-inspired. Jump start your day with a healthy breakfast prepared in a modern kitchen fitted with Miele appliances before hitting your well-equipped and air conditioned gym or before a match outside on the tennis court. Unwind after your workout in the large infinity pool and sauna or take a one minute walk to the gorgeous white sand beach of Plum Bay.