A Total Eclipse of the Sun

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From Oregon to South Carolina, an estimated 500 million Americans will be able to witness one of nature’s rare and celestial wonders – a total solar eclipse. For the first time since 1991, August 21st will bring the eclipse to the United States. With a week to go, explore these five homes directly in the path of the 2017 solar eclipse.

Oregon will be the first state in the eclipse’s path.

Oregon$2,295,000 USD | Monmouth, Oregon | Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty

Epitomizing the wine and vineyard lifestyle in Oregon, enjoy this light-filled, two-story home with expansive deck, Jacuzzi and exceptional views. This prime vineyard property offers more than 20 acres of Pinot Noir.

IdahoPrice Upon Request | Ketchum, Idaho | Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty

Surrounded by over two million acres of Sawtooth National Forest, the three residences on 130 acres are at nature’s doorstep, where recreational opportunities and privacy are an understatement. Both elegant and inviting, the modern main home, designed by Lake/Flato Architects, is nestled like a jewel at the base of the second and third highest peaks in Idaho. With a landscaped courtyard at its core, each room offers its own particular surprise, with grand vistas and dramatic scenery from every window and angle.

Wyoming$5,750,000 USD | Jackson, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated on a stunning front row lot, this home is a vision of mountain style and sophistication. Intelligently designed and meticulously crafted, this turnkey property has never ending views of the Grand Teton, Teton Mountain Range and Sleeping Indian. Comprising of 5,200 square-feet of elegant living space, this home contains four bedrooms and four-and-one-half baths.

Tennessee$2,899,000 USD | Nashville, Tennessee | The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

This gracious, gated home nestled on nearly 30 private acres is truly a sanctuary. Enjoy a private wooded escape while still being 20 minutes from downtown. Featuring a 1,500-square-foot master suite, four en suite bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, home theater, exercise room, elevator, guest quarters with kitchen, studio, and plenty of entertaining areas that open to terraces and balconies.

Before exiting the United States’ sight lines, the eclipse’s path will end in South Carolina.

SouthCarolina$5,500,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

The Thomas Doughty estate is situated on over one-third acre in the heart of Charleston’s most desirable downtown area – Ansonborough. Painstakingly restored in 1994 by the current owners, this Carolopolis winning estate is designated as “valuable” to the city’s architectural heritage. With spacious formal living room, dining room, and library boasting ornate Adamesque mantles and original woodworking as well as graciously sized bedrooms and bathrooms, this exceptional brick home is a once in a generation opportunity.

Learn more about how you can safely enjoy the 2017 Eclipse from NASA

#TravelTuesday | Fall Getaways – Part I

This #TravelTuesday, explore properties in the best fall getaway destinations, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.  The Sotheby’s International Realty network boats branded offices in 13 of the top locations ranked worldwide.

Savannah, Georgia

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$2,625,000 USD | Savannah, Georgia | Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated within a gated community on the Vernon River, enjoy autumn in this custom-built southern estate.  Spanning 6,300 square-feet, the home offers both indoor and outdoor entertaining areas including a two-story great room with wet bar, a wine room, solarium, breakfast nook, a covered patio overlooking the river, and a covered dock with dining area.  The home also boasts a custom hand-painted mural by a well-known Savannahian artist.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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$10,250,000 USD | Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Revel in Jackson Hole’s favorable autumn climate in this sprawling mountainside log cabin.  The home, which stands three-stories tall, is constructed of Douglas Fir log rounds and dry-stack stone and features a game room, theater room and skiers’ lounge.  It is in close proximity to picturesque hiking trails and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Charleston, South Carolina

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$5,900,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Take in the season’s Charleston charm in this English-inspired gothic lakefront manor.  Enjoy the outdoors with the property’s pool, cabana, alfresco kitchen and loggia.  The home additionally boasts intricate finishes throughout including extensive mahogany molding and trim, reclaimed antique heart pine floors and beams, custom cabinetry and hand cut stone exterior finishes.

Acadia National Park, Maine

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$2,475,000 USD | Northeast Harbor, Maine | The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty

Located just a few miles south of Acadia National Park, this unique and rustic property offers the best of fall in New England.  The property’s landscape includes a variety of trees, perennials, paths, stone bridge, a restored farm road leading down to a rear meadow and is in close proximity to hiking trails that lead into Acadia.

San Francisco, California

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$6,000,000 USD | San Francisco, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

With fall being the off-season for San Francisco’s tourism, enjoy the metropolis from the Telegraph Terrace penthouse.  The captivating apartment features breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz and is in close proximity to many of the city’s main attractions.  The home spans 5,654 square-feet and includes grand entertaining spaces and seven outdoor terraces.

New York, New York

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$9,250,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Admire the beauty of autumn in New York City from this triplex penthouse overlooking Central Park.  Located on the Upper West Side, the apartment features three bedrooms, 10-foot ceilings and a 380-square-foot terrace ideal for entertaining and watching the leaves change colors.  The apartment is in a landmarked building with a full-time doorman and live-in superintendent.

The Great Outdoors | Art & Home

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! From thoughtfully landscaped grounds to immaculately manicured gardens, what lies just outside the front door is what makes a house a home, finds Iyna Bort Caruso.

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Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture, sought to channel the “genius of a place” in his projects. He believed every habitat had a spirit of its own and accessing that quality was the most meaningful way to connect with one’s surroundings.

At their best, designed landscapes appear spontaneous – an extension of nature’s best expression. On private estates, these elegant statements go beyond initial visual impressions or curb appeal. Gardens are a full sensory experience of colors, scents and textures. They lure you inside and guide you through multiple spaces that, by turns, can be meditative, enchanting and surprising. “Gardens are very experiential and very ethereal,” says Miami-based landscape architect Raymond Jungles, who has worked throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

In reinterpreting the environment, designers consider the site, orientation of the sun, climate and architectural style of the residence. Landscapes can also be used to camouflage flaws. For homes that lack strong aesthetic merit, “landscaping can become the dominant design element that allows residences to recede and fade into the environment,” says Jungles.

Gardens are points of personal pride and neighborhood identity. In cities like Charleston, South Carolina, where estates are known for their flourishing azaleas, oleanders, camellias, crepe myrtles and magnolias, “people spend a good deal of time outside on their porches and in their gardens,” says Daniel Ravenel of Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston. “It’s part of our way of life.”

Even in dense urban settings, rooftop gardens, courtyards and balconies enable residents to feel connected to nature. They soften the city’s hard edges while providing an oasis of calm.

Olmsted well recognized the effect. “Gradually and silently the charm comes over us,” he said on a trip to England in 1850. “We know not exactly where or how.”

Charleston$5,900,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina |Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International

This grand lakefront estate exudes the elegance and grace of an historic English manor. Charming gothic features throughout the home are tastefully and thoughtfully combined with the highest modern technologies to create the ultimate retreat. The expansive grounds are comprised of a unique synergy of lakeside views with sophisticated gardens.

BridgehamptonPrice Upon Request |Bridgehampton, New York |Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Combining the elegance of a royal European country estate with the amenities of a five-star resort, Three Ponds Farm offers an unparalleled private residence on nearly 60 picturesque acres. Meticulously designed and executed with the finest imported materials, the eight-bedroom, twelve-bath manor home with guest wing and staff quarters is a tour de force of custom luxury design and contemporary flair by renowned architect Allan Greenberg. The beautiful outdoor oasis includes magnificent formal gardens, a rose garden with orangery and over 7,000 specimen trees.

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

Built to the most exacting standards and exemplifying graceful and symmetrical design, the Rameses Estate took over five years to remodel. This singular property comprises a main residence of over 13,000-square-feet with six bedroom suites and nine bathrooms, as well as a private office, screening room, billiard room, art room and four-car garage. Venturing beyond the picturesque residence, guests find themselves in formal gardens that flow into expansive lawns, private walkways and romantic rose gardens.

Texas$24,500,000 USD | Magnolia, Texas| Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

With the planting of over 20,000 trees, shrubs and flowers through the years, the spectacular Emerald Lake Estate is a veritable paradise with a resort-like ambience. This meticulously developed estate boasts the private 25-acre Emerald Lake, a world-class bass lake with ten islands, a nine-acre Japanese garden and a seven-acre botanical garden with over 5,000 azaleas, both designed by landscape architect Keiji Asakura.

FrancePrice Upon Request | Côte D’Azur, France | Côte D’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

On the Golf de Biot, discover this sublime and rare residence designed by architect André Svetchine. This beautiful domain is entirely enclosed, offering exceptional living amidst French gardens, ponds and olive trees. The main property provides spacious living opening onto two terraces; one is covered and overlooks the French gardens while the other overlooks the park.

New York-based writer Iyna Bort Caruso has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsday, among others.

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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.

Charleston, South Carolina: Where Historic Meets High-tech

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Ruthie Ravenel, Sales and Marketing Director, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston, South Carolina.

For three consecutive years Charleston has ranked among the top 5 cities in the world in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In fact, this traditional low country city isn’t just attracting tourists to its sandy beaches and world-class resorts.

Kiawah Island SC$2,585,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Recently Charleston has been dubbed “Silicon Harbor” for the hundreds of technology companies that have set-up shop in the area. Many of these companies have recognized that Charleston’s temperate climate, emphasis on quality of life and superior amenities suit their employees lifestyle needs. From start-ups to larger, more established brands, Charleston’s growing tech sector is attracting an eclectic mix of new residents.

Historic Charleston 1$3,650,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

With the growing economic opportunities, Charleston is also booming with development projects. The hottest new development area is Upper King Street and the Upper Peninsula area. There have been several new hotels completed in the past year and even more condos and mixed use development projects being unveiled regularly. The restaurant scene has exploded on Upper King Street with countless new establishments like The Ordinary, which was recently named #1 new restaurant in The South by Southern Living Magazine.   Seafood and oysters are southern coastline staples and Charleston restaurants have some of the best menus for local fresh seafood.

Historic Charleston 2$1,695,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Foreign investors have also shown great interest in Charleston, particularly in the Downtown area. Downtown Charleston is one of the most European of all cities in America, because it has an incredibly well preserved historic center. This allows for a very pedestrian, urban experience with shops and restaurants intermixed with residential areas, such as the neighborhood of Ansonborough which attracts residents from international locales such as Italy and Switzerland.

Sullivans Island SC$3,499,000 USD | Sullivans Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

When Charlestonians are looking for a getaway, they escape to the nearby pristine beaches of Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Folly’s Beach and Sullivan’s Island for relaxation, boating, family activities and more. It is commonplace for Charleston residents to also own a beachfront property or deep water estate for weekend getaways to enjoy life on the water. With the blend of historic charm, trendy new developments and easy access to a relaxed beach lifestyle, Charleston is the perfect location for those who like to lay low while living large.

DR_FacebookMany thanks to our guest blogger, Ruthie Ravenel, Sales and Marketing Director, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty who specializes in luxury real estate in the Charleston, SC area.

 

Charleston, South Carolina: Where Historic Meets High-tech

For three consecutive years Charleston has ranked among the top 5 cities in the world in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In fact, this traditional low country city isn’t just attracting tourists to its sandy beaches and world-class resorts.

Kiawah Island SC$2,585,000 USD | Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Recently Charleston has been dubbed “Silicon Harbor” for the hundreds of technology companies that have set-up shop in the area. Many of these companies have recognized that Charleston’s temperate climate, emphasis on quality of life and superior amenities suit their employees lifestyle needs. From start-ups to larger, more established brands, Charleston’s growing tech sector is attracting an eclectic mix of new residents.

Historic Charleston 1$3,650,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

With the growing economic opportunities, Charleston is also booming with development projects. The hottest new development area is Upper King Street and the Upper Peninsula area. There have been several new hotels completed in the past year and even more condos and mixed use development projects being unveiled regularly. The restaurant scene has exploded on Upper King Street with countless new establishments like The Ordinary, which was recently named #1 new restaurant in The South by Southern Living Magazine.   Seafood and oysters are southern coastline staples and Charleston restaurants have some of the best menus for local fresh seafood.

Historic Charleston 2$1,695,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Foreign investors have also shown great interest in Charleston, particularly in the Downtown area. Downtown Charleston is one of the most European of all cities in America, because it has an incredibly well preserved historic center. This allows for a very pedestrian, urban experience with shops and restaurants intermixed with residential areas, such as the neighborhood of Ansonborough which attracts residents from international locales such as Italy and Switzerland.

Sullivans Island SC$3,499,000 USD | Sullivans Island, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

When Charlestonians are looking for a getaway, they escape to the nearby pristine beaches of Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Folly’s Beach and Sullivan’s Island for relaxation, boating, family activities and more. It is commonplace for Charleston residents to also own a beachfront property or deep water estate for weekend getaways to enjoy life on the water. With the blend of historic charm, trendy new developments and easy access to a relaxed beach lifestyle, Charleston is the perfect location for those who like to lay low while living large.

DR_FacebookMany thanks to our guest blogger, Ruthie Ravenel, Sales and Marketing Director, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty who specializes in luxury real estate in the Charleston, SC area.

Charleston, South Carolina Real Estate / Market Spotlight

With reputations such as the “best-mannered city” in the U.S. and “America’s most friendly city,” Charleston is annually ranked among the nation’s most visited cities. Located on the Atlantic coastline, Charleston is the second largest city in South Carolina, brimming with rich history, tradition and Southern charm. Charleston has become a major tourist destination due to its prominent art, music, food and fashion scenes, since its establishment over 300 years ago.

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The Historic Sword Gate House in South Carolina

Part four of our historic home series continues today with the Sword Gate House in Charleston, South Carolina (See which homes were featured in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the series).

Located in the heart of Charleston’s old walled city, Sword Gate House is an expansive home that was remodeled and renovated several times over the past two centuries. The earliest dwelling was constructed in 1808 with the finest moldings and mantles, many of which are still preserved in the home today.  A significant modification came in 1849, with the addition of the Sword Gates at the grand entrance to the home. These gates were originally hand crafted for Charleston’s Guard House at City Hall, but were deemed too fine and expensive for public use.

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$18,800,000 / Charleston, South Carolina / Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Throughout the home’s history it has operated as a school, a boutique inn, and has also been open to the public for tours.  From 1819 through 1848, the residence was a distinguished girl’s academy run by headmistress, Anne Talvande. According to a 1983 article in The News and Courier, a rather embarrassing incident for the notoriously strict Madame Talvande threatened to tarnish the school’s image. One night, a 15-year-old student and daughter of a wealthy local family escaped from the boarding school and eloped with a young New Yorker. Needless to say, Madame Talvande was most embarrassed when she learned of the marriage and was determined that it would never happen again. Even now, more than a century later, her spirit is said to keep a watchful eye on the property.

real_haunted_houseTomorrow concludes our historic home series with a country western signer’s former Fraternity house in Tennessee.