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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Warm Contemporary Elegance in Niagara On The Lake, Canada | Video House Tour

The early 1900′s Craftsman style exterior of this lakeside home was sympathetically restored and enhanced, while the interiors have been completely transformed to create a calming, comfortable and soothing residence. Dramatic windows on all sides provide abundant natural light from all directions creating a constantly changing ambiance. Spacious backyard and patio spaces make this home ideal for entertaining.

1 395 000 $ CAD | Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario | Canada Sotheby’s International Realty

Living in The British Virgin Islands: Sun, Sea and Stability

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Fall 2014 Caribbean Edition

The history of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is the stuff of epic tales. Norman Island, at the southern tip of the chain, is said to be the setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.” Nearby caves once hid riches plundered by pirates. The ocean floor is a graveyard for sunken ships.

Yesteryear’s swashbucklers are today’s sailors and divers. The sheltered waters of the BVI’s Sir Francis Drake Channel attract wind-chasing yachters, and the exotic marine world draws divers from all corners of the globe.

BVI 2$7,775,000 USD | Tortola, British Virgin Islands | British Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

More than 60 islands and cays make up the BVI. Less than a third are inhabited and those that are have managed to avoid the kind of overdevelopment seen in some parts of the Caribbean. BVIslanders, as the locals are called, are protective of their resources, and it shows in the pristine beaches, sapphire waters and palm-treed skyline. There are no high rises or casinos. For crowds, look elsewhere.

Tortola is the largest and the most populated island in the chain–which isn’t saying much in a territory with a total population of fewer than 30,000. Across the Channel lies Virgin Gorda, a secluded destination of yacht clubs and exclusive resorts ideal for those who value privacy. One of the BVI’s most famous sites is here: The Baths, a geological wonder of granite boulders that forms pools, grottos and swim-through caves. More adventurous types head to get-away-from-it islands like Jost Van Dyke, Great Camanoe and Anegada, which is the only coral island in the BVI’s volcanic chain. Divers love it here. The Caribbean’s largest barrier reef surrounds it, which explains old shipwrecks on the sea floor. It’s a virtual amusement park for underwater explorations.

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$2,750,000 USD | Tortola, British Virgin Islands | British Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

The architecture of the BVI is in keeping with traditional Caribbean style. Residences are typically concrete construction with wide verandas, high ceilings and bright colors. The incorporation of pergolas, lush landscaping and local stone and woods softens the hard edges of the concrete. The choicest homes accentuate a sense of place. “If a home has a Caribbean Sea view with a vanishing-edge pool, everything else is forgiven,” says Dietmar Lichota, sales agent with BVI Sotheby’s International Realty in Tortola Lichota.

The vacation market is a consistent one: slow yet steady. Many international investors scout the second-home market on buying trips of the Caribbean. For those who decide to purchase in the BVI, economic and political stability is a big reason. Although self-governing, the BVI is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. “You’re looking at $750,000 minimum to buy here–not an inconsiderable amount to invest in a foreign country thousands of miles from where you live,” says Lichota. “The stability pretty well guarantees it’s a safe place to invest.”

Virgin Gorda BVIPrice Upon Request | Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands | British Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

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2015 Color of the Year | Marsala

Pantone Marsala

Last week, Pantone®, the global color authority announced PANTONE® 18-1438 Marsala as the color of the year for 2015.

According to Pantone, Marsala can be viewed as a unifying element, a full-bodied color that is strong enough to be used alone as a statement color, or as an accent to other complementary colors like blues, greens, off-whites and browns.

Marsala is a seductive shade that exudes warmth and comfort in its surroundings, thus when incorporating this color into a room design, Pantone recommends it be considered for textured surfaces such as rugs and furniture. Both hearty and nurturing, Marsala is also a great color to accent in the kitchen and dining areas.

Explore places and spaces with hues inspired by Marsala.

Montana Window Marsala$2,548,000 USD | Bigfork, Montana | Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty

This lakeside estate has the feeling of a cozy lodge getaway. Sitting on its own private lake frontage, the home has its own boat dock, wine room and exercise room. Marsala hues are laced throughout each room in the home from paint to décor. Additional warmth comes from details such as exposed beams and accent lanterns.

North Carolina Dining Marsala$2,899,999 USD | Banner Elk, North Carolina | Mountain Sotheby’s International Realty

The South Beach Summit embodies the casual elegance of a mountain home. Floor to ceiling windows offer endless mountain range views and capture the sun as it both rises and set, connecting with nature in many rooms of the home. Use of marsala hues in the home complement the blues and greens of the outdoors.

California Living Room Marsala$19,995,000 USD | Dana Point, California | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

A landmark on the cove, this stately oceanfront residence captures 270-degree panoramas of the beach, fairways, ocean and sunsets. Designed for entertaining and ease of living, the home is surrounded by ocean view terraces, mature gardens and includes a plunge pool, an outdoor fireplace and kitchen.

Dallas Theater Marsala$19,500,000 USD | Dallas, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the most noted homes in Dallas, this stately gated estate exudes masterful design that is both elegant and liveable, with luxuries including a brick wine cellar, plush media room and multiple living areas. Warm and inviting, no detail was spared in the design of the home, making for a glamorous yet graceful lifestyle.

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West Indies Inspired Masterpiece in Wilmington, North Carolina | Video House Tour

This West Indies inspired masterpiece is set high on a bluff overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. Old world architecture and precision craftsmanship can be found in every finish of this magnificent home designed by renowned architect Charles Dietsche.

$5,500,000 USD | Wilmington, North Carolina | Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty