Top 10 Significant Sales of 2014

From tranquil island escapes and elegant metropolitan penthouses, to panoramic coastal vistas and everything in between, many remarkable properties changed hands through our network during last year. Explore the Top 10 Significant Sales of 2014 below. 

#10 – Turks and Caicos Islands

TCI 23M (3)Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty | $23,000,000 USD | Turks and Caicos Islands

This spectacular 169-acre development parcel has more than 2,793 feet of frontage and an ideal mix of beach and iron shore. It graces a pristine and tranquil shoreline and neighbors one of the region’s most breath-taking and noteworthy properties, Amanyara.

#9 – California

Ewing 24m (2)Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty | Price Undisclosed | California, USA

In 1927, on Chalon Road in the hills of Bel-Air, the owners of a dramatic 1.5 acre parcel with awe- inspiring vistas hired an emerging architect, Gordon B. Kaufmann, to develop a unique vision for their property. The result is a truly iconic home that today is considered by experts to be a significant part of the architectural history of Los Angeles. Lovingly renovated and meticulously maintained, this extremely rare offering has been expanded and updated to accommodate 21st century living while graciously preserving the integrity and resplendence of the origi- nal design. Abundant detailing and amenities are found throughout the home’s three-level, 11,505 square foot floor plan. The generous use of rich varietal woods, ornately carved stone and light fixtures fashioned from sterling silver, onyx and fine crystal are superb representations of the era’s artisan craftsmanship.

#8 – New York

East side 25m (2)Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage | $25,000,000 USD | New York, USA

Perched on the 30th and 31st floors of a white-glove limestone condo- minium, this impressive duplex boasts phenomenal 360-city and park views from 52 oversized windows. Spanning 6,286 square feet, the sprawling 12 room apartment has 10 foot ceilings and grandly proportioned rooms. The gracious floor plan is distinguished by a large gallery with a sweeping staircase and features a huge corner Living room with wood- burning fireplace, a library and an elegant Dining room, as well as a cozy study. There is also a state-of-the-art Kitchen, windowed Breakfast room, Staff bath and a conveniently placed Powder room. Upstairs the private quarters include a massive Master suite comprised of three rooms and baths plus a vast walk in closet/dressing room. There are two additional bedrooms and an enormous Media room, also with ensuite bathroom.

#7 – Connecticut

Greenwich 27.5m (1)Sotheby’s International Realty Greenwich Brokerage | $27,500,000 USD | Connecticut, USA

An hour’s drive from New York City, beautiful Conyers Farms is where Academy Award-winning pro- ducer and director Ron Howard and his wife chose to raise their family. Their private country es- tate, consisting of approximately 32 acres of unparalleled privacy showcases a splendid shingle style main house with more than eighteen thousand square feet, a charming Craftsman style two-bedroom guest house, an indoor sports complex, observatory silo with Meade telescope, barns, paddocks, ivy- draped stone head house, greenhouse plus formal rose, boxwood and organic gardens.

#6 – Texas

Kuper sale price undiscKuper Sotheby’s International Realty | Price Undisclosed | Texas, USA

Located in the Texas Hill Country, with 4.5 miles of both sides of the beautiful Sabinal River, the property is shaded by huge century-plus old cypress trees and Little Creek. It was offered for the first time in more than 80 years. Picturesque improvements include a 1930s main home and guesthouse, staff cabin, vintage farm house, barn, equipment sheds and cattle pens.

#5 – Sydney

Sydney 28.050m(usd) (2)Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty | $28,000,000 USD | Australia

One of Australia’s most outstanding homes, this property is situated in Point Piper’s best posi- tion, north facing with uninterrupted views of the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The home has an exceptional and seldom offered street to water position with absolute deep water frontage and boat house on title with full slipway and deep water jetty. Designed by renowned Gergely & Pinter Architects, the home is ideal for entertaining on a grand scale, overlooking the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour. The views encapsulate 180 degrees from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and right through to Manly. The substantial accommodation and facilities include six bedroom suites and eight-and-a-half bathrooms, as well as separate self-contained apartment with private entrance. 

#4 – New York

19 Robertson Drive, Sag Harbor, NYSotheby’s International Realty Southhampton Brokerage | $31,750,000 USD | New York, USA

 Brilliantly conceived and built, this circa 2005 Lutyens-inspired stone and stucco mansion is perfectly positioned on six acres of waterfront property with a deep water dock. The 10,000 square foot house has well-proportioned rooms including a formal living room and gathering room, both with stone fireplaces, and circular alcove. Ideal for entertaining or relaxing on any scale, the house is complete with a paneled billiards room with fireplace, a fully-appointed media room, read- ing room, gym, a chef ’s dream kitchen and formal dining room. There also are seven fireplaces, an elevator, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Facing west with breathtaking sunsets, the exte- riors are as impressive as the house. An extensive covered terrace, with year-round stone hot tub, overlooks the heated Gunite swimming pool and 350 feet of beachfront. There are also tennis and basketball courts and a separate four-car garage.

#3 – The Bahamas

 testing123Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty | $42,000,000 USD | Bahamas

This property offers its owners their own private beach in a secure community. Meticulously maintained, the spacious 30,000 square foot family home is situated on two acres with 590 feet of canal frontage overlooking the Lyford Cay Marina. Included in the sale is a 1.4 acre beachfront lot across the street. Amenities include a tennis court, pool, Jacuzzi, 200 feet of dock and all of the necessary improvements for easy tropical living.

#2 – New York

 East Side Manhattan 56m (1)Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage | $56,000,000 USD | New York, USA

This property features the exceptional personal service of Park Hyatt’s new five-star flagship hotel. Located across from Central Park and Columbus Circle, One57 is surrounded by the city’s best restau- rants, shopping, entertainment and the cultural offerings of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Broadway.

#1 – Hong Kong

 HK SIR - 58mHong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty | $58,000,000 USD | Hong Kong

 This luxuriously presented townhouse is located in a prestigious area surrounded by rolling hills and overlooks the city, offering a well-appointed contemporary interior and amazing outdoor space on the rooftop terrace. There also is a huge private garden that comes with a swimming pool. This spacious, light-filled home features high ceilings to accentuate the elegant overall design. The house is also refurbished in white marble walls and flooring throughout, with every level in the home constructed with a separated open staircase and a private elevator with access to every level. There is a dome design window ceiling, which completes the overall luxurious design.

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Country-Inspired Kitchens

Country style kitchens are warm, welcoming, cozy and comfortable. Unique in their use of rich earthen tones and a handcrafted, homespun look, a country kitchen creates the perfect environment for family and friends to gather. Explore the rustic romance of our collection of country kitchens below.

New Jersey$4,300,000 USD | Tewksbury, New Jersey | Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Foxhill Farm is a magnificent 50 acre estate located in the hamlet of Mountainville in New Jersey. The estate has the look of a historic farmstead while embracing today’s most luxurious appointments. The meandering stone drive ends at a 16 room main residence with artfully crafted millwork, stone, and hardwoods throughout. The kitchen has touches of country with the use of earthen tones, exposed beams and stonework. This country compound also includes a barn, 2 bedroom guest apartment, Har-Tru tennis court, custom pool with spa, pool house with full kitchen and dining porch.

Texas$1,300,000 USD | New Braunfels, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

This storybook home on the Guadalupe River in Texas is nestled under a canopy of majestic Cypress, Oak and Cottonwood trees. The rustic chic main home features antique long-leaf pine floors, and a country kitchen blending Carrara marble counter-tops and Viking appliances with lots of wood, earth tones and a farm style sink. This one of a kind property integrates state-of-the-art features including surround sound, reverse osmosis water softener, and ‘green’ tankless water heaters. Shaded outdoor living spaces and an open sky terrace and fire pit allow for year round enjoyment.

Hawaii$2,700,000 USD | Kula, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Originally built in 1938, this upcountry home is part of Maui’s rich history. The main home is recently renovated while still maintaining the charm and style of old Hawaii. Exquisite features include hardwood floors throughout and original glass windows which capture stunning ocean and mountain views. The incredible country kitchen has a brick fireplace, wood paneling, a farm sink and a cozy breakfast area. The property includes two cottages, a wonderful saddle house which is used as a workout room and an art studio.

Sweden11.000.000 kr SEK | Kivik, Sweden | Sweden Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled in a storybook countryside of floral diversity, this tranquil home in Sweden was designed to feel like an English country house.The beautiful brick home features large oak doors, a library with fireplace and plentiful outdoor spaces to enjoy the gardens that surround the home. The country kitchen has a wood burning stove and an open layout that accommodates a dining table and an additional fireplace.

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.

art-and-homeArt & Home – March 2015

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.