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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Significant Sales Volume 12 2014

The latest issue of Significant Sales features top sales from around the world beginning with the tranquility of Turks & Caicos. Also featured is a metropolitan penthouse with panoramic views in New York City, a private island escape in the Bahamas and more than twenty other properties from around the globe.

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

Turks & Caicos - 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.

East Side 20.25m (1)$20,250,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty -East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York City - The penthouse at 975 Park Avenue is a triple mint home with a sprawling floorplan and a huge wrap around terrace with iconic New York views from every vantage point. The sophisticated renovation seamlessly blends classic prewar details with the most modern technology, creating a home perfect for both quiet living and grand scale entertaining.

EastHampton 18.9m (1)$18,900,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty-East Hampton Brokerage

New York - This rare and important 2.8-acre property is on the south side of renowned Lily Pond Lane. Generous building envelope offers the potential for a 12,500 square foot residence, pool and tennis, along with pre-existing two-bedroom and two-bath guest house, two-bath pool cabana and garage.

Exuma 17m (2)$17,000,000 USD | Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty & Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

The Bahamas - Innocence Island, located in the fabulous Exuma Cays of The Bahamas, is an unspoiled tropical private island paradise encompassing 681 acres, a manor house, miles of pristine white sandy beaches and its own 2,700-foot runway. The Exuma Cays are a group of 365 remote but accessible islets that bask in the perpetual sunshine of the central Bahamas. This part of the world is known to a select few of sophisticated yachtsmen, world business leaders and celebrities for its great natural beauty, privacy and exclusivity.

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Luxurious Beachfront Villa in Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos | Video House Tour

This newly completed villa sits on the water in Grace Bay. Nestled into a unique sunset-facing sandy cove, the villa was thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of one of the most idyllic beachfront sites in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

$8,450,000 USD | Providenciales, Turks and Caicos |Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in October 2014

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

2014_10_17_Turks & Caicos$48,000,000 USD | Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

We wanted a place where we could really be disconnected from the pressures of daily life,” said owner, Robert Haas.

Dog-Friendly Turks and Caicos Estate Lists for $48 Million—The Wall Street Journal

The D.C. area’s 10 most pricey house listingsThe Washington Post

House hunting: 6 homes featuring rural modernismThe Week

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John Legend Lists in Los Angeles for $1.995 MillionThe Wall Street Journal

Home of the Day: Reginald D. Johnson’s ‘Midwood’ in MontecitoThe Los Angeles Times

Pink Diamond Auction in Hong Kong Sets World RecordThe New York Times

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New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale / November 2013

From the Mediterranean coast to the sandy beaches of the Caribbean, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale highlight some of the world’s finest waterfront locales.

luxury real estate monaco

Price Upon Request / Monte Carlo, Monaco/ C.I.C. Immobilier Monte-Carlo Sotheby’s International Realty

Monaco—Unique and exceptional this superb duplex penthouse encompasses spectacular panoramic sea views. Located in the most exclusive and prestigious residences, the apartment is only steps from the beaches.

almalfi coast italy villas for sale

50.000.000 € EUR / Positano, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

Italy—Located on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, this world-renowned luxury villa is uniquely situated as the largest single private resort with beach access along the entire coast. With breathtaking ocean views, the villa has direct access to crystal blue waters and sandy beaches. The epitome of luxury living in Italy, the villa has its own organic garden, which includes a variety of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, parsley, basil, and many other ingredients that are used by the house chef to prepare incredible, fresh home made dishes.

newport ri waterfront homes for sale

$45,000,000 USD / Newport, Rhode Island / Gustav White Sotheby’s International Realty

Rhode Island—This incomparable 45-acre oceanfront estate anchors the southern point of Newport’s celebrated Ocean Drive. Breathtaking vistas span from the greens at Newport Country Club, across acres of rolling lawns to the spectacular southern ocean views. Amenities include an infinity-edge pool, private water frontage, and a mooring on Price’s Neck Cove. The handsome indigenous-stone residence with open airy living provides the ultimate in quality and comfort.

franch riviera waterfront villas for sale

27.000.000 € EUR / Cap d’Ail, France / Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

France—Built on 3 levels, this contemporary waterfront villa offers vast rooms with majestic sea views. With superb terraces and direct access to the sea by way of a private underground gallery, this spectacular villa embraces southern France’s extraordinary lifestyle.

grand cayman mansions for sale

$35,000,000 USD / Grand Cayman Island / Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Cayman Islands—Without doubt Castillo Caribe is one of the finest beachfront estate homes in the world offering every luxury for modern day life with all the lifestyle options one would expect from the Cayman Islands. Enjoy year round sunshine and a luxurious Caribbean lifestyle all on a private pristine white sandy beach overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.

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New and Notable Luxury Homes for Sale / October 2013

From a sleek apartment in the heart of New York City to a medieval castle set on a vineyard in Tuscany, this month’s collection of new and notable luxury properties for sale showcase the diverse lifestyles of those who value the unique.

luxury modern kitchen manhattan

$50,000,000 USD / New York, New York / Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Manhattan — Located in the famed Time Warner building this one of a kind home is situated on Central Park with jet liner views of the city and Hudson River. A grand entertaining eat-in kitchen also has Park and city views.

vineyard for sale in Chianti Italy

Price Upon Request / Chianti, Italy / Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

Italy — Magnificent property in the heart of Chianti in a lovely private location perched atop a hill. The property, which is partly covered with vineyards, produces roughly 70,000 bottles of wine labeled “Castello di Tornano” and includes a charming medieval castle, 11 suites, 8 apartments, a private chapel and swimming pool.

luxury real estate Israel

$32,500,000 USD / Herzliya Pituach, Israel / Israel Sotheby’s International Realty

Israel — Located on one of Israel’s most prestigious street, this Ilan Pivco designed architectural estate is situated on a meticulously manicured and artfully landscaped dunam. This state of the art house is unmatched in its artisan details and luxurious finishes.

luxury homes for sale palm beach florida

$32,000,000 USD / Palm Beach, Florida / Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

Palm Beach — This impressive home boasts six principal bedrooms, nine bathrooms, two powder rooms and a privately gated beach house. The Main House includes a tennis court with balustrade gallery and a chic oval swimming pool. Inside, the exquisite millwork was imported from France and installed on site.

luxury country homes for sale france

22.000.000 € EUR / Neuilly, Ile-De-France / Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

France — This rare and sublime private mansion features a huge reception room, family kitchen with a pantry, swimming pool and fitness room.

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale / July 2013

From a metropolitan  penthouse in the heart of Manhattan to the European countryside, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale highlight a variety of properties that offer the ultimate in privacy and solitude.

New York City Penthouse

$75,000,000 USD / New York, New York / Sotheby’s International Realty- East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Manhattan — Design by Tony Ingrao, this magnificent apartment has been completely renovated and redesigned. The New York City Penthouse occupies the entire floor with a private entry foyer.This penthouse features extra high ceilings throughout, elegant and dramatic entertaining space and warm and inviting private sanctuaries.

Switzerland real estate

Price Upon Request / Gingins, Switzerland / de Rham Sotheby’s International Realty

Switzerland — At the heart of the Côte, in the charming village of Gingins, this unique chateau is surrounded by 68,700 m² of grounds, offering the property incomparable privacy. This magnificent mansion dates from the 15th century and has recently been restored by the current owner.

Turks And Caicos Islands private island

$45,000,000 USD / Dellis Cay, Turks And Caicos Islands / Turks And Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

Turks & Caicos — A combination of tide and currents make this uninhabited 560 acre private island a splendor of nature. One of the most desirable private islands in the Turks and Caicos, Dellis Cay—named for the family that inhabited the island in the 1950?s—is a few miles from the main island of Providenciales and accessible by a 20-minute boat ride.

Dominican Republic Real Estate

$27,600,000 USD / Cabarete, Dominican Republic / Cabarete Dominican Republic Sotheby’s International Realty

Dominican Republic — La Goleta is a prime undeveloped parcel of land approximately 3 kilometers west of Cabarete on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. This parcel of land has been held in a family estate for nearly 100 years and is unspoiled farmland lying between the ocean to the south and the main federal highway to the north. The property is unique for the area because of the large acreage between the main road and the ocean, encompassing sufficient space for a modern, creative planned unit development.

Washington DC real estate

$26,000,000 USD / Washington, District Of Columbia / TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Washington, D.C. — An architectural and historical landmark prominently sited on Dupont Circle in the heart of the capitol city, this Italianate mansion was designed in 1901 by Stanford White. In 1927, President and Mrs. Coolidge temporarily resided in the mansion as The White House underwent renovations. During that time, President Coolidge hosted Charles Lindbergh at the residence after his solo transatlantic flight.

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Turks and Caicos Islands Real Estate | Market Spotlight

turks and caicos real estate

With year-round sunshine, miles of pristine beach and crystal clear seas, the Turks and Caicos Islands are a growing Caribbean destination for North America and Europe. The Islands boast a small, but vibrant open economy that depends largely on tourism and the offshore finance industry.  As a British Crown Colony, TCI is politically and socially stable making opportunity for investment strong. “The second quarter of 2012 continues to build off the momentum of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, with all trends continuing upward,” explains Joe Zahm, President and Broker of  Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty.

“In addition to this encouraging market news, institutional and private equity is finding its way back to the Turks and Caicos Islands. While prices have mostly bottomed out, and we are even seeing some value increases with select inventory, there remain some excellent values for purchasers who feel they have missed out on the price bottom. Summer sales activity and pending business remains strong in all sectors and we anticipate continued market growth through the next quarter,” says Zahm.  Read the entire market report here. View Turks and Caicos Islands Real Estate on sothebysrealty.com.