Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in March 2018

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

Houston, Texas | Kellie Geitner, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty – Memorial Brokerage

“In Houston, a château-style home with a living room modeled after the Palace of Versailles has been relisted…”

Houston Mansion Lists for $30 Million – Wall Street Journal

Hot Property: Seven Homes for Antique Lovers – Financial Times

4 Homes That Will Make You Fall Head-Over-Heels for France – Robb Report

The Future of Augmented Reality | 2018 Mobile World Congress – Sotheby’s International Realty

Property of the Week: A Gallerist’s Penthouse Loft in Prague – The Spaces

Spanish Colonial Revival in Altadena Keeps Things Rooted in the 1920s – Los Angeles Times

A ‘Star trek’-Theme Theater and More Luxe Home Cinemas – Wall Street Journal

Privacy as Standard: Properties for Sale in Remote Destinations – Boat International

6 Beautiful Homes That Run on Solar Power – The Week

Jayma Mays of ‘Glee’ Puts Her Hip Modern Home in Los Feliz Up for Sale – Los Angeles Times

Austin’s ‘Weird’ Reputation Attracts Millennial Housebuyers – Financial Times

Homes That Sold for Around $750,000 – The New York Times

Zuma Departure Stirs Interest in Johannesburg Homes – Financial Times

Sotheby’s Notches a Robust $151.7 Million Contemporary Sale in London – Artnet 

LIVE Golf | A Championship Round in Your Back Yard

When the idea of waking up to birdies conjures images of meticulously maintained greens and open fairways over sparrows and chickadees, you know you’re a dedicated golfer. Other signs? You’ve got a fair share of clubhouse and tour merchandise hanging in your walk-in, and you may or may not have a putter and a few balls at the ready in your home office—just for when you need a breather from some paperwork, of course. However it manifests in your home, there is no better way to pay homage to your sacred hobby than by moving next to a reputed track. Here are some fantastic properties with backyard links:

Oxshott, Surrey, United Kingdom

John FisherUnited Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

More than 15 local courses and golf clubs surround this stately English manor, nestled on nearly three acres of sought-after Pachesham Park Private Estate. Through the tall gates that surround the property, a long gravel drive leads to a triple-garage – with plenty of room for your golf cart.

Inside, seven bedrooms and six bathrooms link across 5,767-square-feet of refurbished modern space. The mirrored entryway is an accurate impression of the light available throughout the home, from the sleek open kitchen to the inviting seating areas. Find time to brush up on swing tips in one of the two studies, replay your last putt over an Arnold Palmer in the second kitchen, or retire from your round with a dip in the outdoor pool and dream of tomorrow’s game.

Bel Ombre, Savanne, Mauritius

Manesha Soneea – Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty

Find a golfer’s paradise in Mauritius. A two-story private villa feels like your very own resort right next to the Frederica Nature Reserve. Relax on the patio between rounds or practice for tomorrow’s rematch at the on-property golf simulator, stacked with over 30 courses, including the Afrasia Open Heritage Golf Course.

Beautiful fairways can also be found at local courses inland, or a short car-ride away from your front door at the award-winning Heritage Villas Valriche championship course. On rest days, indulge in the best of your villa with a bottle of Mauritian rum, or a fine white from one of three wine fridges, fresh kabobs off the grill of your outdoor kitchen, and a rest in your hammock.

Casa De Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic

Sergio Llach – Sergio Llach Sotheby’s International Realty

You might be wondering where the check-in desk is when you arrive at this Caribbean golf-view mansion. With La Romana Country Club Golf Course right next door, there are plenty of opportunities to host worthy opponents.

Eight bedrooms with private balconies and en-suites offer welcome respite from warm days, as does a wraparound pool accessible from multiple wings. A 1,000-bottle wine cellar, private gym (complete with massage areas), NBA-rated basket court, and fully-equipped entertainment room round out the distractions for those rare days away from the course.

Emirates Hills, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Lana Gorbach – Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

Classical design with a modern twist comes to life in at this 18,358-square-foot golf-view property in Dubai. While the 19th hole may be the traditional post-round stop, you’ll be inspired to settle any bets with a pint in the comfort of your luxurious home instead. High-grade marble from Italy, carpentry details throughout, and smart home security cap off designer furnishings. Relaxing in the entertainment room or tallying your score next to towering Guadalupe palms is just the thing after a long day on the fairway.

Pylos, Messinia, Greece

Stephanie Michalopoulou – Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

Beautiful natural elements converge at this golf-front escape in south west Peloponnese, Greece. Situated within the award-winning five-star Navarino Dunes Resort, this five-bedroom villa sits on a hillside facing the manicured greens of the resort’s signature golf course, The Dunes. Indoor-outdoor living is seamless; with large openings pouring natural light into the residence. The Ionian Sea and Bay of Navarino are a breezy three-minute drive away by golf cart—but if you plan to stay in, the privacy of olive groves and the refreshing pool will do just fine.

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Joe Bushong & Chad Christian – Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Look out on the links from the unmatched comfort of your modern living room or the cooling waters of the outdoor infinity pool at this incredible desert oasis. Incredible Ricardo Legorreta–inspired architecture frames every element of the natural landscape, be it through seamless panes of glass or a Portuguese limestone wall complete with a fire feature outside.

Coined “Sundance” for the way the light flits through each room, this five-bedroom stunner encourages the best of golf course living. A courtyard-style water feature connects casual and formal dining and living spaces, while a generous kitchen offers more than enough prep space to cook up a tournament-size feast. Space is high on the agenda, with open bedrooms, bathrooms, and walk-ins a testament to the considered architecture that make this remarkable property a gimmie.

For those who hit the links on a regular basis, a home close to the course is right on par with living the golf dream.

Top Photo: Pylos, Messinia, Greece | Stephanie Michalopoulou – Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

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Video of the Week: Tropical Mountaintop Estate in the US Virgin Islands

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US Virgin Islands | Corby Parfitt – United States Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Le Chateau commands 360-degree views from  deep within the Virgin Islands National Park. Unique to such a dramatic hillside setting, the property allows for vast expanses of living seamlessly transitioning from well manicured lawns, sophisticated modern interiors, and wide open entertainment pavilions framing postcard views, capturing a number of St John’s most idyllic north shore beaches.

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Design Ideas to Change the Way You Live

There are certain times each year where we are prone to reflection and goal setting. New Year’s Eve brings the inevitable resolutions, birthdays remind us of the preciousness of each year, career or personal milestones end one chapter and begin another. So, we set goals and expectations for ourselves, hoping and planning for more energy, more time to explore and create, better health and vitality, or even just the ability to detach.

The home is at the heart of this concept. We are a product not only of the people we surround ourselves with, but of the spaces that surround us too. Regardless of where you spend your days, your home is the one place that can reflect your best intentions back at you. In the same way minimalist design principles champion pause, design can change the way you live. These five ideas will help you find and reaffirm your plans and purpose each time you walk through the door.

Create a Sensory Reset

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

Small design tweaks and the thoughtful placement of a few select accessories can help shift a space into a harmonious sanctuary. Add more reflective surfaces to extend natural light to every room and tune out life’s noise with a surround sound audio installation. A scent-memory connection can bring positive association to your space — use an aromatic diffuser to add a hint of calming eucalyptus or saje to the air. Careful planning and thoughtful palettes add a sense of meditation to the room.

Escape Without Travel

Kremmling, Colorado | Jack Wolfe – LIV Sotheby’s International Realty 

Privacy and a change of scenery are paramount when getting away from it all. However, for those times when schedules don’t allow for travel, the home can provide that much-needed retreat. Live by the credo “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Take advantage of streamlined storage solutions, unexpected built-ins and multi-functional furniture. Then, find your spot and turn it into your vision of an escape, be it a personal library with floor-to-ceiling shelving and a cozy a reading nook, a cafe-style spot with booth seating off the kitchen where you can drink wine and savor tapas, or a bathroom turned spa sanctuary with the addition of a steam shower and tropical plants.

Find a New Perspective

Shouson Hill, Hong Kong | Binoche Chan – List Sotheby’s International Realty 

Shake off stagnation with an injection of energy. But instead of a dramatic remodel or whole-home overhaul, refinish worn surfaces and revive lackluster palettes with a hit of color. That might mean swapping out white subway tiles for a brass backsplash or letting go of heirloom furniture to make way for contemporary pieces. And pillows, throws, and rugs offer an instant facelift, while a bold feature wall serves as an ever-present reminder of the positivity payoff from taking risks.

Make Space to Create

Midtown East, New York | Nikki Field – Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Whether you’re working in an artistic field or extolling the virtues of logic, everyone deserves a space for creative release. Instead of taking a trip to write that novel, lay down a track, or paint a piece; why not transform an area of your home into a creative annex? Consider durable surfaces, soundproofing, directional lighting and scale to really bring your creative energy to life.

But don’t stop there, go the whole hog and convert your home into a curated self-made gallery. Long hallways and corridors offer the perfect canvas for artwork, so you can give new meaning to the term “produced in-house.”

Take Action Every Day

Mallorca, Spain | Simon Jensen – Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty 

Everything is easier when you’re in good health, and maintaining good health comes down to consistency. Having access to everything you need at home will set you up for success. Refresh the kitchen to make home cooking a priority; set up a home fitness area with enough space to move freely; indulge in tech innovations such as remote temperature or humidity control; and find a spot for rest and recovery. Remember to keep spaces streamlined and functional to ensure excuses are out of the equation.

Your home is as malleable and open to change as you are. No matter how many times you assess and reassess where you are and where you’re going, there are always design solutions to help you get there.

Top Photo: London, England | Shereen MalikUnited Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty 

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | March 2018

From an inspiring, modern home in New Zealand to a grand, suburban estate in London, England, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

Queenstown, New Zealand | Julian Brown & Mark Harris – New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Meticulous planning during the construction of this home has resulted in a truly inspiring property, one that cannot help but impress. Precise attention to detail is evident throughout this significant home; from the moment of your arrival, the awe-inspiring, modern lines of the home’s striking exterior leave a lasting and powerful first impression.

Tribeca, New York | Laurie Silverman – Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

140 Franklin Street is situated on the highly coveted corner of Franklin and Varick Streets and is considered one of Tribeca’s most important landmarked loft buildings – an architectural masterpiece built in 1887. Designed by Albert Wagner, the architect of the famous Puck Building, with a lobby specially commissioned by world-renowned artist Sol LeWitt, this exquisite home offers two master suites, four additional bedrooms, four full-baths, a karaoke room, and powder room for guests.

Portofino, Italy | Barbara Fregonara – Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Overlooking the beautiful Bay of Portofino, this villa is spread over multiple levels for a total surface of 750 square-meters, plus parkland of around 1,800 square-meters overlooking the sea. The property consists of large living room and dining room, kitchen and office, service area, three master suites with bathroom and wardrobe, studio, wellness area with indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, and fitness center.

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico | Marco Ehrenberg & Jhoanna Higuera – Los Cabos Sotheby’s International Realty

Bahia Rocas is a 12,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom estate within the gated community of Villas Del Mar. Exceptional Spanish architecture meets modern comfort and features wrought-iron fixtures, intricate tile work and colorful linens, all reflecting the artisanal skill and vibrant spirit of Mexican design.

London, England | Aree Rand – United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

This newly-built, 14,358-square-foot home is set on Ingram Avenue, a highly sought-after leafy road in Hampstead Garden Suburb, which is defined by absolute privacy by backing directly onto Turners Wood Bird Sanctuary. The property is within walking distance to Kenwood House as well as Hampstead Heath.

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The Future of Augmented Reality | 2018 Mobile World Congress

The world of Science-Fiction and pop-culture have long presented us with the promise of a connected and technology-enhanced future; for more than a century, the smartest minds in the world have been tirelessly working behind the scenes to make that fiction a reality.

Smart Phones & Tablets

Think back to the first time you held a cellular device and realized that it could do more than place a call or send a message. The future had arrived. We found ourselves connected to a whole new digital world; along with having new and unprecedented ways of communication at our fingertips, we had access to information, entertainment, and tools like never before.


It’s no surprise that video transitioned from the big screen to our TVs, to our mobile devices, but the “gold standard” of futuristic communication prior to the last three decades was video chat. TV, film, literature, and everything in between envisioned a future where distant family members, coworkers, and customer support could be delivered via two-way video communication. Video chat arrived in a big way on mobile through Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and the countless other apps available in the palms of our hands.

Virtual Reality

People have long been familiar with the concept of Virtual Reality as it has been prominently featured as something synonymous with “the future” throughout culture. As mobile devices and our digital connection with the world around us became part of our daily narrative, users began to seek out ways to interact and integrate in deeper ways with their content and tools. Gone now are early (and failed) attempts at recreating the magic of fictional VR; today deeply immersive video, training tools, games, and experiences transport us into new worlds using our mobile devices and headsets as gateways.

What’s Next?

This past week in Barcelona, in the midst of panels, demonstrations, and concepts from Mobile World Congress’ collective of technologically-innovative brands, we were there as Google announced that they’d be taking the ARCore Augmented Reality platform out of beta – placing their vision of Augmented Reality into the hands of millions of Android users around the globe.

Google announces app partnership with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand at the 2018 Mobile World Congress

Whereas VR transported us to new worlds, AR transforms the world around us. No headsets or glasses required, AR apps use your device’s camera to enhance your surrounding environment, granting you access to space manipulation, heads-up-displays (HUDs), and levels of simultaneous interaction with both real world and digital items in ways previously impossible.

Our relationship with Google is one that will leverage their ARCore platform to its fullest and introduce a ground-breaking, expertly curated app that visualizes different room interiors inside your home to users all over the world.

The depth of the relationships we have with the technology we carry has only begun to blossom – we can’t wait to show you what’s next.

Stay tuned for our official app launch announcement in the coming weeks.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in March 2018

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

Miami, Florida | Bernadette Lemoine, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty 

“Located at 8290 S.W. 120th Street, the modern homes’ floorplans include features like outdoor summer kitchens and double-height great room. The development’s amenities include a wellness center, children’s playground, and a digital concierge with seamless iPad and smartphone integration.”

Veridian Grove, an Enclave of 20 Luxury Homes, Just Broke Ground – Curbed

Sotheby’s International Realty Achieves $108 Billion in Global Sales Volume for 2017 – Sotheby’s International Realty

Singer Cody Simpson Looks to Get in Tune with a Buyer for WeHo Townhouse – Los Angeles Times

Hot Property: 7 Homes for Island Living – Financial Times

Moby Seeks $4.5 Million for Refreshed English Traditional Home in Los Feliz – Los Angeles Times

Financier Buys Contemporary-Style House Near Mar-a-Lago for $19.5 Million – Palm Beach Daily News

$22.65M Residential Compound a Record Sale for California’s South Bay – Mansion Global

Rome’s Desirable Suburbs Prepare for Foreign Influx After Poll – Financial Times

Tokyo’s Growing Yen for High-Rise Apartments – Wall Street Journal

Singapore Swing: Pent-Up Demand Boosts Property Prices – Financial Times

House Hunting in… Brazil – The New York Times

A Petite $69 Million Picasso Leads Sotheby’s Solid $189 Million Impressionist Sale in London – artnet News

Sotheby’s International Realty® Achieves $108 Billion in Global Sales Volume for 2017

Global Growth

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand also reported growth across its global network. At year-end, the network totaled nearly 950 offices and approximately 22,000 sales associates worldwide.

In the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved over $96 billion USD in sales volume in 2017 and added six independently owned and operated residential real estate firms to its network and 58 new offices. This past year witnessed continued significant growth by the brand’s existing affiliate companies through talent attraction as well as mergers and acquisitions, most notably increasing the brand’s market presence in the San Francisco Bay Area; Castle Rock, Colorado; and in Southern Florida and Key West. The brand also entered several key new markets last year, namely: Roseville, California; Avalon and Stone Harbor, New Jersey; the Central and Western Adirondacks regions of New York; Greater Greenville, South Carolina; and southeast Wisconsin.

Outside the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved over $12 billion USD in sales volume in 2017 while continuing to expand into key markets. In Europe, the brand grew its presence in Spain into the coastal cities of Valencia and San Sebastián, and in Belgium to Antwerp and Waterloo, as well as expanding to the Greek island of Rhodes. The brand also sold the rights to the Asian countries of Vietnam, Indonesia and Sri Lanka to establish a future presence, and grew within India to include the key markets of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Goa and Kolkata

Reaching the Consumer

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand website,, saw another record year with nearly 27 million visits, a 25% increase year-over-year, with 60% of visitors coming from outside the United States and 17.5% of traffic being from new users.

An exclusive alliance with the Nikkei, the most influential news publication in Japan, was launched in 2017. The alliance enables the brand to generate Japanese buyer interest through the Nikkei’s digital platform which reaches over 29 million monthly readers. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is the first real estate brand to present property listings outside of Japan to readers of the Nikkei, giving Japanese consumers access to residential real estate offerings in nearly 70 countries and territories.

“In 2017, the brand launched a dedicated effort to establish meaningful connections with the emerging affluent consumer,” said Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Data from indicates that we are already well-positioned among this demographic, showing that nearly half of the traffic coming to the site was from the 25-to-44-year-old age group. As personalization has begun its reign over the luxury mindset, the consumer journey has also experienced a shift; it is our mission, as a preeminent luxury residential real estate brand, to continue to identify and execute new and authentic ways to connect with discerning clients.”

Additional Achievements

In 2017, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand added to its senior leadership team. Thompson was appointed as the brand’s Chief Marketing Officer to oversee the marketing, advertising, and public relations initiatives worldwide. With an extensive background working with globally recognized luxury brands, Thompson set forth early in the year to create exceptional consumer experiences through the strategic use of marketing and branding. Later in the year, Julie Leonhardt-LaTorre, a proven global real estate and management leader, was appointed Chief Operating Officer to spearhead strategic growth plans for the brand.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s affiliated companies and sales associates raised more than $500,000 USD for New Story, the brand’s charitable partner and a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, by the end of 2017. The funds raised will go directly to the construction of new homes in Mexico. The highlight of the partnership came at the brand’s Global Networking Event, where affiliates of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand pledged funds for over 150 homes in just 32 hours.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was the No. 1 real estate brand represented in two of the six categories that comprise the 2017 REAL Trends/The Wall Street JournalThe Thousand” for the second year in a row. The brand claimed 46 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate brand, and had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category. In addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category.

Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, each brokerage firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.

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Video of the Week: Sophisticated Backcountry Home in Greenwich, Connecticut

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Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage | Contact Fran Ehrlich for more information

The sparkling water of Converse Lake is visible from virtually every room of this exquisitely designed home in the prestigious gated community of Conyers Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut. Developed from the 1,500-acre Converse Manor, Conyers Farm homes are on minimum 10-acre lots, set back from meandering country roads. It is the center of Polo in Greenwich, and horses can be seen grazing in fields.

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Open House | Step Inside an Architectural Gem

The notion of the classic American ranch has been exaggerated in pop culture— so much so that rarely do we find such a brilliant example of its modern interpretation. Here, in sun-drenched California, Rancho Santa Fe is not characterized by roaming cattle, rustic touches, and that trademark triangle dinner bell hanging on the front porch. Instead, it stands as an unconventional oasis—the ultimate dream home for architecture and design aficionados the world over.

Renowned architect Guy Dreier has conceived a structure as functional and impressive as it is striking. From the moment you arrive at the private gated drive, there’s a sense of the significance that composition played in developing the estate over seven years. Meticulous landscaping is backed by mountain and valley vistas in the distance.

At the residence, two-story walls of glass reflect the myriad pools and water features surrounding the home, while inviting warm California sun onto contemporary sculptures.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Nancy Dixon for more information

Through towering glass doors, a flowing and original open concept with soaring ceilings extends its greeting. Sail-like overhangs conjure images of the Guggenheim Bilbao, while elegant natural colors and materials provide a grounding presence. High-tech smart design allows the home’s glass walls to tuck away for the ultimate indoor-outdoor living. In addition to its open-air mastery, the ranch boasts stylish original furnishings and mixing blocked sturdiness with organic shapes, all designed by Dreier to complement the space.

The main living and dining areas play peek-a-boo through a fireplace with artistic and sculptural integrity. Strong stone floats between two stunning blocked columns above ambient, low-lying flames, standing as a living sculpture and focal point in this sweeping room. This magnetic design is not the only stunning fireplace in the home; the master suite also features a central stone mantel flanked by sleeping and lounging areas.

Elsewhere, glass and water envelop the guest bedrooms, offering a sparkling reminder of the pools outside. Loft areas offer privacy and escape, glass-encased walkways link comfort and repose, and significant blockade stairways offer their own impressive interior views. A massive chef’s kitchen dares you to open your home to incomparable celebrations—leaving the detached two-bedroom guest house for your most discerning guests.

Taking advantage of the Sunshine State’s progressive views and making the most of its ample natural resources, solar panels supply power, while a refreshing citrus grove and well-tended farmer’s garden ensure the busy kitchen will never be shy of fresh supply.

The wider grounds are punctuated with both exotic and local flora, handpicked by landscape architect Theresa Clark. And outdoor living is non-negotiable thanks to the stunning sports court, tennis court, private pavilion, and infinity pool. A separate high-tech, zero-edge lap pool with its adjustable water level provides for wave-making swims, minus the splashing.

Every square foot of the property is a nod to a love of art and museum styling as well as an appreciation of design principles, and a desire to dream bigger than most could comprehend. This ranch, then, is the pinnacle of a well-designed life.

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