Modern European Homes

Out with old and in with the new; for many years, styles emanating from Europe have dictated design worldwide. While some trends show that modernizing older styles or finding sophistication and comfort in historically inviting properties is on the rise, architects and designers continue to push the envelope in European countries.With unique shapes, lots of 90-degree angles, energy efficiency, and monochrome color palettes, the modern style is an intriguing look into what the future of home design may bring. Explore the homes below that exhibit the one-of-a-kind design facets that make modern architecture so captivating.

Brussels_BelgiumPrice Upon Request | Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

In the Vivier d’Oie quarter of Brussels, this five-bedroom, five-bathroom villa is a quintessential modern home. Complete with low-energy amenities, under floor heating, and sharp cubic design, this contemporary property offers “Modern Living 101” for the uninitiated. With enormous glass walls, high ceilings, and minimalistic design cues, this Belgian home is exquisite.

Paris_France2.500.000 € EUR | Paris, France | Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

While offering an elegant panoramic view from the terrace on the outside, this Parisian duplex apartment eloquently spins modern living in France. The prominently featured steel and wood spiral staircase, glass fixtures, large windows, and monochromatic color palette are all inherently modern. Minimalistic furnishings and the use open space complete picturesque modern European living.

Megeve_FrancePrice Upon Request | Megeve, France | Propriétés de Megève Sotheby’s International Realty

With completely custom design, nature’s soaring mountains cradle this inviting take on modern style. Uniquely crafted design blends minimalist and modern luxuries with panoramic views making this unforgettable home an escape nestled in the Mont Blanc.

Gavirate_ItalyPrice Upon Request | Varese, Italy | Lake Como Sotheby’s International Realty

This prestigious property is characterized by a pure and minimalist modern design, cutting-edge technology, and a spectacular view of the Lake of Varese. A wholly unique iron and glass staircase leads to the first floor from the open space ground floor entrance. Geothermal, solar and seasonal air-conditioning with winter heating and summer cooling, centralized vacuum cleaner, automatic motorized blinds, and rainwater recycling for irrigation are among the energy efficient amenities offered by this captivating home.

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.

Gulf to Bay Estate in Englewood, Florida | Video House Tour

  $4,900,000 USD | Englewood, Florida | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

This Gulf to Bay Estate provides the perfect outdoor sanctuary. Lifestyle and privacy are the focus of this exquisite 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath main house with pool. The home also features a quaint guest house, deep water dock with lift and sits on land that has been declared a wildlife sanctuary.

New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | January 2015

From a stunning beachfront home in the Cayman Islands to an exclusive penthouse apartment in Tel Aviv, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale showcases exquisite lifestyles from around the globe.

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

Cayman Islands— Castillo Caribe is a stunning beachfront home offering every luxury for modern day life with all the lifestyle options one would expect from the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean. This eight bedroom home sits on the water with amenities including an outdoor pool, grotto, spa facilities, home gym, media room and wine cellar.

New York City$35,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty-East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York—This superb residence presents a rare opportunity to have a private Fifth Avenue address (888 Fifth Avenue) and dedicated entry along with an entrance from the lobby of one of New York’s finest Rosario Candela cooperatives (2 East 70th Street). This unique duplex home offers townhouse living, impeccable service and extraordinary views of Central Park and the Frick Gardens from all rooms. Meticulously restored by renowned architect Peter Pennoyer, the highest quality workmanship and custom detail make this home a true masterpiece.

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

Nevada— The Rameses Estate at The Enclave sits on the most prestigious street in Las Vegas. This exquisite neoclassical home took more than five years to remodel and to rebuild. The ceilings, walls, doors, fixtures, chandeliers, fabrics, windows, fireplaces, lighting and electronics were hand-selected and crafted to complement the design. Built to the most exacting standards and exemplifying graceful and symmetrical design, this singular estate comprises a main residence of over 13,000-square-foot with six bedroom suites and nine bathrooms, as well as a private office, screening room, billiard room, art room and four car garage.

IsraelPrice Upon Request | Tel Aviv, Israel | Israel Sotheby’s International Realty

Israel—Soaring 492 feet above the White City, Tel Aviv, the Rothschild Summit Penthouse is a 6,520 square foot exclusive duplex apartment located on the 41st and 42nd floors in one of the most luxurious and unpretentious luxury towers in Israel, created by the legendary Prizker-winning architect, Richard Meier. This exquisite three bedroom penthouse provides its residents with breathtaking urban and sea views and represents Richard Meier’s timeless classical designs. The buildings amenities include a private elevator, 24/7 concierge services, spa facilities, a gym, lavish lounge, and a semi Olympic swimming pool.

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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

Oceanfront Penthouse in La Jolla, California | Video House Tour

Located on an oceanfront street in the world renowned La Jolla Village, this penthouse enjoys sweeping ocean views. Vanishing glass pocket doors open to oversized entertaining balcony with fireplace, fit for entertaining, relaxation and experiencing colorful sunsets.

$6,950,000 USD | La Jolla, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

10 Most Popular Properties of 2014

You clicked and we calculated. Back by popular demand, here are the 10 most viewed properties on sothebysrealty.com for 2014! Take a tour around the world and see which properties topped the list!

10. Ibiza, Spain

Ibizia_Spain18.000.000 € EUR | Ibiza, Spain | Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in an easily accessible yet ultimately private location, this southeast facing mansion sits on the coastline with its own sea access and old light house. Exuding elegance and casual luxury, the main house has accommodation for 22 people, two separate guest houses for 14 guests and a staff house with 4 bedrooms, a unique infinity pool, spacious salons, various sea-oriented entertaining areas, a tennis court and luscious gardens.

9. Telluride, Colorado

Telluride$59,000,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled deep within the rarest assemblage of rolling meadows and mature forest just 12 minutes from the historic resort town of Telluride, Colorado, this property offers the ultimate retreat for those seeking privacy, scenic beauty and serenity. A warm and inviting main house and story-book guest house are situated upon a rise overlooking the regions towering 14,000-foot peaks. The property’s vast acreage is threaded by a private trail system providing gated access into tens of thousands of acres of surrounding National Forest.

8. Cape Town, South Africa

2014_5_17_South Africa 4lgrv5Price Upon Request | Cape Town, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in the heart of the unique enclave of Lions Head Nature Reserve in Cape Town South Africa, lies a Villa so spectacular in contemporary design, it is a true architectural feat. High above the cityscape this exquisite Villa enjoys unobstructed, panoramic views of Clifton’s four famous beaches and the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

7. Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Germany16.800.000 € EUR | Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany | NRW Immobilien Sotheby’s International Realty

One of Germany’s most beautiful historic properties, Burg Rheineck is located just 30 kilometers south of Bonn, the former capital of Germany. The castle is located on top of a hill overlooking Bad Breisig, known for its thermal springs and the beautiful promenade along the Rhine River. The castle has seen many famous visitors over the centuries including the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm, Mikhail Gorbachev, John F. Kennedy Jr., Yehudi Menuhin, Alexander von Humboldt and many others.

6. Mallorca, Spain

4000027390-spainPrice Upon Request |Mallorca, Spain | Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Son Vida, this unique villa enjoys breathtaking views of the sea, Palma city and its port. The Chameleon Villa boasts extraordinary light effects, consisting of the finest LED technology, which can be programmed to change colors on a whim. Comprised of three buildings, the main house is spread over three floors including a living area, library, TV room, bedroom suites, kitchen and wine cellar. In the second building are swimming pools, fitness and spa area. The third building is the guest house.

5. James Island, Canada

James Island_CanadaPrice Upon Request | James Island, British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

James Island is a 780-acre private island prominently situated within Canada’s famous Gulf Island archipelago. The second largest privately owned island within the Gulf Islands, James Island is as rare as it is unique. Steeped in a rich and documented history, the island has had several lives: from agricultural settlement; to an industrial plant and company town; to its present incarnation as an exclusive retreat and a return to much of its natural state.

4. Olbia-Tempio, Italy

Italy prop id 5jlwqn lo resPrice Upon Request | Olbia-Tempio, Italy | Milan Sotheby’s International Realty

Built by Prince Karim Aga Khan, this waterfront villa on the north shore of Sardinia boasts thirteen bedrooms and its own private beach. The home is situated above the bay of Porto Cervo to capture spectacular views while maintaining privacy with unmatched luxury. Plush couches and poolside lounge areas create comfortable outdoor living spaces for relaxation and entertainment.

3. Hobe Sound, Florida

Hobe Sound_Florida$72,000,000 USD / Hobe Sound, Florida / Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

Luxurious Bahamian-inspired estate designed and custom-built in 2010 by international superstar Celine Dion for her and her family. Located on the exclusive Jupiter Island, this 5.5 acre property with over 415 linear feet on the Atlantic Ocean is being sold turn-key with almost all its contents.

2. Water Mill, New York

Water Mill_New York$69,000,000 USD | Water Mill, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- Southampton Brokerage

Villa Maria is a private and magnificent waterfront estate with stately gardens and glorious views of Mecox Bay. At 22,000 sq. ft., it has 11 bedrooms including a 6-room beautifully appointed master suite, a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase, a 60 foot living room with original fresco details a state of the art kitchen and a wine cellar. All principal rooms are brilliantly sunny and take advantage of the panoramic water views. The outdoor spaces feature a grand 2-story portico and a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay. There is a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a charming two-bedroom guesthouse.

1. Key Largo, Florida

Pumpkin Key$110,000,000 USD | Key Largo, Florida | Russell Post Sotheby’s International Realty

Just ten minutes by helicopter to Miami’s South Beach or by boat to Key Largo, Pumpkin Key is an extraordinary private island totaling 26 acres located in the Florida Keys. Self-sufficient with water and electric from the shore, the island currently features one main home with three bedrooms, two caretaker’s cottages, and a dock master’s apartment. The island also includes a 20-slip marina able to accommodate a mega-yacht, tennis courts that also serve as a helipad and golf cart paths that circle the island.

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Best Places in the World to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2015

A new year is upon us and we’re back with more spectacular places to ring in the New Year!

Bahamas$8,250,000 USD | Harbour Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Bahamas New Year’s Eve

Relaxing on soft white sand with turquoise waters at a beachfront estate in The Bahamas is a great way to ring in the New Year but The Bahamas has even more to offer for someone looking to celebrate. Complete with music, street performers, costumes, and fireworks over the ocean, Bahamian Junkanoo street parades take place on New Year’s Eve and continue into New Year’s Day and are an excellent, festive way to ring in the New Year, island style.

Berlin2.100.000 € EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

Berlin New Year’s Eve

Around the world, Berlin has a reputation for its New Year’s Eve, or Silvester, celebration. People flock to fill “Party Mile” and enjoy live music and traditional wine and food fare. After taking in the celebrations, fireworks can be enjoyed at midnight in a city apartment overlooking the crowds below.

Maui$8,500,000 USD | Maui, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Maui New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day in Maui offers the opportunity to start the New Year with a hike up Haleakala and marvel in the beauty of an incredible sunrise. New Year’s Eve nightlife is also in full swing, whether it be fireworks on a catamaran dinner cruise, a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach or at a traditional Hawaiian luau—there’s something for everyone.

Vegas$2,888,888 USD | Las Vegas, Nevada | Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve

An obvious choice, the options for celebrations are limitless. From shows to concerts to nightlight that never sleeps, it’s a great place to kick off 2015. Come midnight, once you’ve taken in all the city has to offer, watch from above as fireworks go off throughout the city in a luxury penthouse in the heart of Las Vegas.

Striking Waterfront Home in East Hampton, New York | Video House Tour

This striking and sculptural contemporary is a modern cutting edge masterpiece, designed by award-winning architects Bates Masi. Perfectly situated on the water for magnificent direct sunsets, it overlooks 125 feet of supremely private Bay frontage.

$5,750,000 USD | East Hampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- East Hampton Brokerage

The Bahamas | Market Spotlight

Bahamas$13,990,000 USD | Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby´s International Realty

 “The political and socio-economic stability of The Bahamas, along with its tax-neutral laws, kept the high-end market humming throughout the global financial crisis. From 2008 through 2011, many wealthy Europeans and South Americans flocked to buy real estate in the Bahamas in order to establish residency and insulate themselves from volatile financial markets and inevitable tax hikes in their home countries. On the other hand, during this period we saw very few buyers in the midrange ($750,000 to $1 million) vacation condo market. However, that trend has changed significantly over the last two years. Vacation buyers from the United States and Canada have been snapping up beachfront and ocean view condos in Nassau and Paradise Island, as they see great value in comparison to other beach and resort destinations around the world. This increased activity has driven up transaction volume and price points 15 to 20 percent over the past two years. There is a sense of strong optimism in the Bahamas market, which has attracted a number of renowned international developers to initiate new projects throughout our islands. With top-quality inventory and favorable economic conditions, we expect demand and prices to continue to rise.”

– Nick Damianos, estate agent, Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

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