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5 Homes Ready for Super Bowl LII

One of the world’s most anticipated sporting events is once again upon us; Super Bowl LII will see the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles faceoff for the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy on Sunday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

While U.S. Bank Stadium can seat 65,000 die-hard gridiron fans, its estimated that more than 150 million viewers around the world will be in front of their TVs with friends and families to enjoy the game, the cinematic commercials and film trailer debuts, and show-stopping half time performance by Justin Timberlake.

From a modern home bar in the host city of Minneapolis to an outdoor piece of paradise in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, these five homes are ready for the big game.

Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Julie Regan & Jeff Hornig for more information

Don’t miss a second of the action in this home in Minneapolis. It features a vibrant bar with multiple viewing options and seating for many guests, all while providing a thoroughly modern take on the sports bar experience.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Bill Churchill for more information

This Tudor Revival-style home in Dallas’ esteemed University Park will make you feel like you have sideline seats; nestle into comfy leather recliners and bask in the glow of the 12’ by 7’ projection screen as this THX sound equipped home theater brings every moment to you.

Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Frank Aazami & David Mayo for more information

Continue traveling west and you’ll reach this more than eight-acre estate in Scottsdale, Arizona. An athlete’s paradise with sport court, putting green and weight room among its amenities, enjoy the Super Bowl outdoors from a fully-equipped wet bar and kitchen.

Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Sharon Kurtz for more information

Nestled on two gated acres in Alpine, New Jersey, enjoy Sunday’s matchup in regal fashion inside this French-inspired estate. The majestic theater space showcases a vaulted ceiling with a Tromp L’oeil masterpiece and is ideal for grand scale entertaining.

Queretaro Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Sara Salazar for more information

Hacienda Las Fincas in San Miguel de Allende is a modern-style ranch on nearly three hectares inside an exclusive gated community. While the spacious home does offer an equipped home theater inside, you can also take in every exciting moment while enjoying year-round favorable weather from the terrace – complete with bar, pizza oven, grill, and high-definition television.

Watch Super Bowl LII Sunday at 6:30pm ET on NBC


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Art & Home | Speaking Volumes

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(Cover photo) Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty


 

From the September 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso shows us that a library can be a true reflection of your best self.

Walk into a personal library and you enter a realm, not just a room. No other space offers as much insight into a homeowner’s preferences, style and intellectual curiosity. They can feel intimate and consequential.

Rhode Island$2,500,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty 

In Newport, Rhode Island, the centerpiece of one sprawling condominium is a massive library with vaulted cedar-shingled ceilings, cherry and mahogany millwork and an imposing fireplace. Although it looks authentic to the home, the library was a meticulous 21st century reimagining by its current owners out of a space where coachmen once met. The condo, joined together from three units, is in a former carriage house built in 1852 that was once part of an estate owned by John Jacob Astor. Kate Kirby Greenman of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport calls the library “remarkable.”

Utah$5,900,000 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty 

The 30 by 30-foot room, accessed by stairs or elevator, also has an adjoining butler’s pantry and wet bar which makes it ideal for entertaining as well as for quiet contemplation, notes Greenman. “People enter the library and are just awestruck,” she says. “It’s very peaceful, very beautiful and it just takes your breath away.”

Florida$165,000,000 USD | Manalapan, Florida | Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

In a digital world, the idea of a space given over to actual hard-covered books might seem anachronistic if it wasn’t still so alluring. Even die-hard texters, tweeters and e-reader enthusiasts easily get swept up in rooms dedicated to stories, history and ideas. But without question libraries have evolved. Today, they’re a backdrop for entertainment and a showcase for art and design.

Arizona$16,950,000 USD | Paradise Valley, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 

“I love the way you can manipulate space with books,” says architect Susan Bower of Mitchell Wall Architect and Design in St. Louis, Missouri. Line a room with books and they can give the impression of wallpaper. Build freestanding bookcases and they become sculptural pieces. “They lend a presence and a depth to any room,” Bower says. “In a library, you have all these ideas captured between bindings. It’s just a wonderful repository of human thought.”

From glass houses to homes with captivating recording studios and music rooms, experience amenities and lifestyles in previous editions of Art & Home


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Art & Home | Through the Looking Glass

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From the Summer 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us through the looking glass and into a world of homes that feature captivating glass structures.

For the last 16 years, Thomas Roszak has lived with his family in a glass home of his own design, and he’s already thinking of his next one. “I don’t see any other way to live.”

NewZealandPrice Upon Request | Auckland, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Roszak, a Chicago, Illinois-based architect, built his see-through home in the suburbs on an acre of land screened by 60 to 80-foot maples, oaks and honeylocusts to block the sun–and block prying eyes. It was his dream house, combining his ideas about how space flows from one room to the next and the changing play of light. At times the home is transparent, other times it is reflective, mirroring the environment and creating a habitat where the outside and inside become one.

Glass walls frame scenery like a mural. The more dramatic the backdrop, the greater the role glass plays as a design element. Mike Shapiro, chairman of HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport Beach, California, says, “Homeowners here spend millions for the view, so the more glass the happier they are.”

NewYork$19,995,000 USD | Bridgehampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Glass brings homeowners into nature with an aesthetic that fits in perfectly with the simplicity of modern design. Light, airiness and a sense of abundance are at the very essence of contemporary architecture.

Glass buildings are modern, but they’re not new. Today’s generation pay homage to icons like the Glass House by Philip Johnson built in 1949 in Canaan, Connecticut, and the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, completed in 1951 by Mies van der Rohe. Both are now operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and look as fresh and relevant as the day they were built.

California$24,000,000 USD | Carpinteria, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Upper Village Road Brokerage

The difference is that today’s glass structures are no longer plagued by the problems of earlier models such as condensation, leakage and energy waste. They don’t suffer heat loss in winter or heat gain in summer. Glass homes are now high performance structures. Thanks to advancements, glass is also being incorporated into residences in inventive new ways. Shapiro has seen a surge in glass used in interior bridges, flooring surfaces and negative edge pool walls. “The technology is extraordinary,” he says.

Arizona$4,495,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 

Glass homes as architectural curiosities are a thing of the past. “When we first moved in nobody on our street liked the house,” recalls Roszak. “Now 15 years later, everybody loves it. They talk about how they live on the road that has the glass house, so now they kind of made it their own.”  Roszak says it’s about education. “People don’t understand modern houses until they see them on the timeline of architectural history. As technology advances, aesthetics advance.  Art and architecture should always look forward.”

From Castles to Music Studios, Discover More From Previous Editions of Art & Home


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The Allure of the Ruby: From Precious Gemstone to Glittering Luxury Real Estate

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A beloved precious gemstone, the ruby is a fiery and captivating talisman often associated with passion, protection and prosperity. Though its enjoyed some popularity for hundreds of years, the latest global jewelry trends indicate the exquisite crystal is emerging as a staple of any connoisseur’s collection, as Carol Elkins, senior vice president of Sotheby’s Jewellery reports that colored gemstones have seen significant upward trends in the last decade. In a celebration of the ruby, discover homes that embody the spirit and color of the precious gemstone.

WashingtonBainbridge Island, Washington  |  $1,395,000 USD  |  Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Sweeping views and dramatic contemporary style create a stunning effect in this one-of-a-kind design by Cihan Anisoglu, AIA. The home astounds as its ruby colored exterior shines from a distance, complemented by soaring windows and light-filled spaces that overlook the harbor, ferries and out across Puget Sound.

ArizonaTucson, Arizona  |  $829,000 USD  |  Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

The most historic home in downtown Tucson, Rubi Mansion is a true gem situated in the heart of a vibrant Commercial and Infill District. Stepping up onto the front porch is a glittering experience, as a bright red exterior meets hand painted concrete tiles displaying the original City of Tucson Seal, and give way to a ruby inspired entryway.

WisconsinGreen Bay, Wisconsin  |  $1,395,000 USD  |  Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Sometimes the allure of the ruby is found in the natural environment, as this custom-built home showcases views of the bay and a gorgeous jewel toned sky from nearly every room. Located on the Niagra Escarpment, the luxurious Wisconsin skyline meets over 7,000 square feet of modern and unique open living spaces.

CaliforniaSan Clemente, California  |  $63,500,000 USD  |  Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Punctuated by bright red exotic flowers and budding roses from the private gardens down to the oceanfront, the flora and fauna of La Casa Pacifica evokes the fiery spirit of the ruby. The bright red floral hues catch one’s eye and complement the manor’s Spanish design, which features white stucco walls and hand painted tiles.

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Discover rubies and other precious gemstones in the Sotheby’s Jewels Auction, July 20th to August 3rd, which showcases jewels from Marjorie S. Fisher’s collection. The lot offers a range of selections, including a stunning pair of ruby and diamond brooches set with a cluster of round rubies, over a scrolling motif set with round and baguette diamonds.

realogicsWe would like to thank Amanda Lybeck, communications editor, at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty for supplying this feature.


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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in April 2017

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

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$1,500,000 USD | Prescott, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

“Known as the Falcon Nest, the 124-foot-tall residence is on the market for $1.5 million and includes three bedrooms, four baths, and uninhibited views of the surrounding valley. “

The Tallest Single-Family Home in the U.S. is for Sale – Architectural Digest

House Hunting in… Cape Town – The New York Times

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in India – Sotheby’s International Realty

Coastal Blairgowrie Home is an Entertainer’s Dream – News.com.au

Nutley, N.J.: A Place to Land and to Stick Around In – The New York Times

Sotheby’s International Realty Makes a Push into Asia, Starting with Singapore – CNBC

‘Nip/Tuck’ Star Julian McMahon Cuts Loose from Colorful Malibu Home – Los Angeles Times

Lovely Colonial in Berkley Returns to Market for $2.2M – Curbed

Homes That Sold for Around $1.5 Million – The New York Times

Broadway Hitmaker’s Former Townhouse Selling for $19.5 Million – Mansion Global

The Coolest Eco-Friendly Homes on the Market Right Now – Elle Decor

From Chateaux to Sea Cliffs: The Romance of Castle Living – T Brand Studio

Material World: Sotheby’s Announces Autumn Design Auction – Wallpaper*

Most Valuable Earrings to Appear at Auction Could Fetch $68 Million – Forbes


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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in February 2017

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

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$6,795,000 USD | Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

“Having spent more than a century as a church building, this circa 1810 Italianate-style home in Georgetown is once again a private residence.”

A Former Church Building in Georgetown is a  Private Home Once Again – Washington Post

Mediterranean-Style Mansion Near the Mountains – Wall Street Journal

$29.9 Million Florida Home will Transport You to ‘Star Trek’ – Mansion Global

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Dominican Republic – Sotheby’s International Realty

Expanded Traditional Home in Bel-Air Builds on ’30s Roots – Los Angeles Times

Country Homes with Falling Water – Wall Street Journal

Oscar-worthy: Five Properties with Links to the Movies – Financial Times

6 Spectacular Homes for Skiers – The Week

Rocker Pat Benatar Sells Maui Hideaway – Wall Street Journal

Off with a Bang? L.A. County Sees Two Sales of $30 Million or More in Early February – Los Angeles Times

Market Spotlight: Toronto – Mansion Global

Monaco to London: How Far Will $1M Go When Buying Prime Property? – Financial Times

House Hunting in… Lisbon – The New York Times

The Coolest Eco-Friendly Homes on the Market Right Now – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s Launches Virtual Reality Surrealist Paintings – The Telegraph


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Art & Home | Imagination to Innovation

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The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us to the forefront of design and innovation.

There are architects who design homes. And then there are visionaries who rethink the very definition of what a home is and how it should be experienced. 

Utah$6,700,000 USD | Park City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

In certain circles, innovative architecture is a boundary-pushing test of one-upmanship. Architects are juxtaposing styles and exaggerating silhouettes to create what seems like newly invented forms. They’re embracing the element of surprise and a hint of playfulness. 

Texas$5,995,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

To be successful, however, innovative design has to do more than break with the past. It has to be functional. It is the architect’s responsibility to create designs that better the lives of the people who inhabit the home, says Dan Brunn, a Los AngelesCalifornia-based architect whose residences have incorporated pivoting walls to display (or conceal) artwork and zig zag-shaped balconies. Bringing shapes and spaces together, capturing volume and light, framing views and choreographing floor plans so that “forms comes alive” are the attributes of great architecture, Brunn says.   

Germany3.500.000 € EUR | Saxony, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

In areas like Scottsdale, Arizona, some luxury home buyers are shifting away from traditional Tuscan and Southwest Territorial styles. They’re opting for statement-making properties with striking contemporary lines that “contrast with our Sonoran Desert, yet balance with its natural setting in terms of aesthetics,” says Deems Dickinson, president and principal broker of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Scottsdale. A custom home located on the 17th fairway of the prestigious Mirabel Golf Club community, for instance, is a remarkable example of modern architecture that stands out in the openness of the desert surroundings. The home features an indoor atrium with a bamboo garden, a floating staircase and windows that extend from the floor to ceiling and beyond, becoming full-length skylights. 

Arizona$4,490,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Architecture that challenges conventions has the power to turn heads. But architecture that’s fueled by transformational design has the power to turn homes into instant landmarks.

Alabama$3,275,000 USD | Orange Beach, Alabama | Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty

See homes from around the world in previous editions of Art & Home


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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in February 2017

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

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€28.000.000 EUR | Roundwood, Leinster, Ireland | Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty

“‘Luggala,’ an 18th century ‘gothick’ hunting lodge that overlooks a lake in the Irish wilds, isn’t exactly a hidden gem. Long a home for heirs to the Guinness beer fortune, the castle, which is tucked into valley, boasts battlements, crenellations, and quatrefoil windows and was featured in numerous glossy home-design book.”

How to Live Like Royalty in Four European Countries – Bloomberg

Five Homes for Opera Lovers – Financial Times

In Turks & Caicos, A Seaside Retreat with 1,400 Feet of Water Frontage – Mansion Global

$1,900,000 Homes in California, Colorado and Pennsylvania – The New York Times

Vintage Craftsman Interiors Get an Update in Pasadena – Los Angeles Times

An Italian Wine Estate with a Medieval Castle and Hunting Reserve – Mansion Global

This $5 Million Desert Mansion Comes with Built-In Art – Bloomberg

For Sale: 6 Homes with Incredible Views – The Week

A French Norman-Style Manor Once Home to a Campbell Soup Heir – Mansion Global

Contemporary Cow Hollow Home Seeks $7.5 Million – Curbed San Francisco 

Self-Sufficient Boltholes Tempt Global Super-Rich to New Zealand – Financial Times

University Park, Considered an ‘Inner Suburb,’ is Still Plenty Bustling – Mansion Global 

Houston, Texas: Influx of Youth Helps Property Market Bounce Back – Financial Times

RM Sotheby’s Offers 1928 Bentley 4 1/2-Liter at Amelia Island Auction, Estimate $6.5 to $7.5 Million – Forbes


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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in January 2017

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

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$15,200,000 USD | Sedona, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

“Once owned by the Wrigley family, this oasis in the West is now on the market for $15.2 million. The property spans a massive 173 acres and partially borders a National Forest that cannot be developed, making it the perfect untouched retreat.”

The Wrigley Family Once Owned this $15.2 Million Ranch – Architectural Digest

A Compound Fit for a Cowboy – Wall Street Journal

Restored House in Los Feliz Embraces its Modernist Roots – Los Angeles Times

A Modern Irish House that Feels Victorian – Mansion Global

The His-and-Hers Kitchen – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Aruba – The New York Times

Massive Colorado Mountain Ranch with Everything You Need Asks $28.5 Million – Curbed

‘Vampire Slayer’ Star Alyson Hannigan Settles on Contemporary Lair in Encino – Los Angeles Times

A Mediterranean-Style Villa in Larchmont, N.Y. – Wall Street Journal

In Midrand, a Suburb of Johannesburg, Equestrian Estates Reign Supreme – Mansion Global

Year’s First Big Home Sale: $4.9 Million in Winnetka – Crain’s Chicago Business

House Hunting in… Montevideo, Uruguay – The New York Times

Sotheby’s Institute of Art | Good Design is Everywhere – Sotheby’s International Realty

For last week’s Real Estate Headlines, click here.


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Farm & Ranch | In a Modern Space

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While most Farm & Ranch properties share defining categorical features, architectural style is something that can group homes into their own subset. In our first installment of Farm & Ranch, let’s take a look at the sleek, striking and modern spaces that have come to redefine the rural, Farm & Ranch lifestyle.

Explore the other installments in our Farm & Ranch Series

arizona$15,200,000 USD | Sedona, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Steeped in history, this spectacular ranch was once owned by the Wrigley family and later by members of the Hills Brothers Coffee family. The house, built in 1994 by one of the Wrigley heirs, sold to the Hills Brothers heirs. The main residence showcases luxurious and impeccable Southwestern-style with 6,700 square-feet of perfect outdoor living with mild climate featuring a lap pool and spa, gym facility, terraces, entertaining patios, a 1,350-square-foot guest house and 1,575-square-foot caretaker’s quarters. Engage in dressage equestrian riding and ranching here too. Highlights of this quintessential ranch includes: Box Stall Barn; Corral Barn; Working Barn; three Arenas; Hay Barn; two Corrals, a Park, with two grass areas, picnic tables, bandstand and stone fireplace; park area accommodates up to 600 for special events.

newyork$1,225,000 USD | Climax, New York | Select Sotheby’s International Realty

A mid-century structure reimagined as a country modern home on 148 acres with stunning views of the Berkshires. The light-filled, open layout of the main residence is elegant and understated. It offers 2,700 square-feet of living space with a modern kitchen and a living room with high ceilings, alluring fire place, and windows overlooking the sprawling landscape. An inviting pool, rambling paths, a pond, sculpture garden, green house, and a barn complete the picture. The home is stylish and unassuming, allowing it to commune with the extraordinary landscape, perfect for farming or the equestrian.

Find Farm & Ranch homes in previous stories on the Extraordinary Living Blog

canada1 050 000 $ CAD | Alberta, Canada | Canada Sotheby’s International Realty

Capturing picturesque views, this serene two-acre parcel in Phase I of Carraig Ridge is positioned on the transition between meadow and woods. Build your dream home or work with the existing design for this spectacular home site. There are just 44 lots on 650 acres of secluded Canadian landscape that are becoming a new center of innovative contemporary residential design. The landscape of rolling hills, lakes, ponds, woodlands and grasslands are framed by vistas of the Rocky Mountains to the west and south.

greecePrice Upon Request | Peloponnisos, Greece | Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

A perfect away-from-it-all sanctuary country house with exquisite modern architectural designs and functional areas where minimalism speaks, “less is more.” Walk through the main door and unwind in one of the sitting areas or by the immense swimming pool. Indulge yourself in 750 square-meters divided in three levels connected by a staircase. Bedrooms and bathrooms are of the highest standard and with attention to every possible detail, while the kitchen is a chef’s dream and fully equipped with electrical appliances and furniture. Plentiful seating in all areas of the house promises timeless moments of entertainment and social events that you can host. Outside, agricultural easements welcome plentiful sustainability.

Discover more Farm & Ranch properties from around the world