Art & Home | Thoroughly Modern Mid-Century


From the October 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso shows us that mid-century modern architecture isn’t just having its moment. It’s having an extended renaissance.

“It’s as if the mechanism that refreshes cultural trends every few years has developed a glitch,” wrote The New York Times.

The modernist style began in the late 1930s and took hold after World War II as new materials and building techniques became available that allowed architects to break with the past. Decades on, mid-century modern continues to feel fresh. And not just because TV’s “Mad Men” glamorized the style. It’s because the clean lines, open floor plans and expansive windows that characterize the style emphasize the “modern” rather than the “mid-century.”

1Price Upon Request | San Rafael, California | Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 

Carib Daniel Martin, an architect and self-described “modernist at heart,” renovated the mid-century modern house in the Washington, DC, suburb of Kensington, Maryland, that serves as both his home and office.

He says he’s attracted to the simplicity, the airiness and the way mid-century modern homes “nicely straddle two worlds. They have a modernist feel but are still connected to the more traditional idea of what a home is, which is why people feel comfortable in them.”

imagereader.aspx$1,900,000 USD | Amagansett, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

Martin and his architect-wife, Gabriela Leniz, have worked on many renovation and expansion projects of mid-century modern homes. He says clients tend to be evenly split between those attracted by style alone and those who appreciate its historical context.

On the other side of the country, influential mid-century modern architects and builders left legacies in California, particularly in Palm Springs and the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael Dreyfus of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty in Palo Alto, California, says, “We are fortunate to have an inventory of homes built in the 1950s by developer Joseph Eichler, the pioneer who brought mid-century modern to the masses.” Buyers like the efficiency. “The homes were able to deliver so much in less space. You can get three and four bedrooms in a very small footprint,” he says.

imagereader.aspx-3$5,950,000 USD | New Canaan, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty 

More recently, Dreyfus has noticed the trend of mid-century modern elements being incorporated into new construction. “There’s something about the style that’s captured people’s imaginations today,” Dreyfus says. “Younger buyers in Silicon Valley are more design-oriented, and mid-century modern really plays into the social fabric.”

imagereader.aspx-2$5,450,00 USD | Denver, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty 

The love affair with mid-century modern is inescapable. Architectural walking tours sell out, museum exhibits trumpet its culture-shaping impact and events like Modernism Week, an 11-day festival in Palm Springs, routinely draws tens of thousands of devotees to the land of William Krisel, Richard Neutra and Donald Wexler. “Mad Men” may have inspired an obsession, but the resurgence of midcentury modern continues on, powered of its own accord.

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

This article was provided by Iyna Bort Caruso exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty®

Property Lifestyles | Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer

This week, we continue exploring the findings unveiled in the “Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer” report.  When it comes to purchasing a home, emerging luxury consumers are particularly interested in pursuing certain property lifestyles including waterfront, metropolitan and historic.  Discover trending locations for these popular property lifestyles, based on data compiled from


The waterfront location with the highest year-over-year increase in search is New Hampshire.

New Hampshire

$2,649,000 USD | Moultonborough, New Hampshire | Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

Waterfront properties available in New Hampshire include this custom-built estate on Lake Winnipesaukee.  The home includes 7,500 square-feet of living space, a 1,000-square-foot carriage house ideal for guests, 200 feet of shoreline and a deep-water U-shaped docking system.

Europe has also seen an increase in searches for the waterfront lifestyle, with three trending locations being the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany.

Waterfront lifestyle destinations that have maintained a trending position year-over-year include Turks & Caicos, Australia, and Malibu, California.


The metropolitan location with the highest year-over-year increase in search is Denver, Colorado.


$2,299,000 USD | Denver, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Metropolitan properties available in Denver include this townhouse in the exclusive Riverfront Brownstones development.  Located in Downtown Denver, the residence spans over 4,000 square-feet and features floor-to-ceiling windows, master suite with a private balcony, plenty of outdoor living space and an attached three-car garage.

Additional trending metropolitan locations around the world include Boston, Massachusetts; Tokyo, Japan; Portland, Oregon; and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

New York City is consistently one of the most popular metropolitan searches with trending neighborhoods including SoHo and the Upper East Side.


 The location for historic homes with the highest year-over-year increase in search is the Hudson Valley region of New York State.

Hudson Valley

$1,775,000 USD | Grandview, New York | Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty

Historic homes available in the Hudson Valley region of New York include this 19th-century cobblestone, craftsman-style estate.  Known as “Willow Knoll,” the home was built in 1891 by Joseph Ellicott, the inventor of the air brake and first commodore of the Tappan Zee Yacht Club.

Additional trending historic home locations around the world include New Orleans, Louisiana; Venice, Italy; India; Atlanta, Georgia; and Portugal.

For more information on the confidence of emerging luxury consumers, download the complete “Global Affluence: The Emerging Luxury Consumer” report by clicking here.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in March 2017

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


$6,000,000 USD | Superior, Montana | Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty

“They purchased the property for a little more than $1 million in 2003 and over the next decade set about gutting every building on the 255-acre site and adding several more, including a 9,500-square-foot home with four bedrooms and six bathrooms.”

A $6 Million Montana Ranch that Comes with Its Own Saloon – Bloomberg

New Hampshire Estate with Observatory Asks $9.95 Million – Wall Street Journal

A Hillside Estate in St. Bart with ‘Sensational Views’ Listed for €53M – Mansion Global

A First Look at the Woolworth Tower’s New Apartments – Bloomberg

This Historic Castle is Located on the Highest Point in Newport, Rhode Island – Architectural Digest

House Hunting in… Rome – The New York Times

A Greenwich Mansion for Family and Art – Wall Street Journal

‘Scandinavian Zen’ on the Lake Superior Shoreline in Minnesota – Mansion Global

For Sale: 6 Beautiful Mediterranean-style Homes – The Week

The 5 Most Expensive Homes in Denver – Curbed

A Historic Restoration Fronting San Francisco’s Alamo Square Park – Mansion Global

Modernist Treehouse Blends into its Studio City Hillside – Los Angles Times

Manhattan Residential Real Estate Market Heats Up – Wall Street Journal

Miami Luxury Developments: Tides are Changing for the Better – Mansion Global

Homes that Sold for Around $1 Million – The New York Times

10 Vineyard Homes You Can Actually Move Into – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s to Offer Patek Philippe Caliber 89: Will it Smash the $24 Million Record? – Forbes

Raja Ravi Varma’s Painting Fetches Rs 11.9 cr at Sotheby’s New York Auction – The Economic Times

#TravelTuesday | Fodor’s Go List 2017 – Part I

This #TravelTuesday, join us as we discover properties in cities ripe for travel this year, as ranked in the Fodor’s 2017 GO List.

Cape Town, South Africa

1 South Africa

R 35 000 000 ZAR | Cape Town, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Fodor’s suggests planning a trip to Cape Town during its summer months – January through April.  With oversized windows surrounding the house, this contemporary estate boasts panoramic views across the Constantia Valley towards the mountains and False Bay.  The home is nestled on over an acre of land and features four bedrooms, a three-car garage and an outdoor pool.

Bordeaux, France

2 France

€2.830.000 EUR | Bordeaux, France | Bordeaux Sotheby’s International Realty

Any time is a good time to take a trip to Bordeaux.  This historic chateau is situated on over 50 acres of land and overlooks the surrounding French countryside.  The residence comprises a five-bedroom main house with a guest wing, an orangery, an outbuilding and stables with eight loose boxes.  In addition, the property has immaculate gardens with topiaries and a water fountain and an outdoor pool.

Washington DC

3 Washington DC

$6,950,000 USD | Washington, District of Columbia | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Washington DC is another year-round destination, but it is especially worthwhile in the early spring during the Cherry Blossom season.  A duplex penthouse in the heart of the city, this residence spans over 4,500 square-feet and has private elevator access.  The apartment has three bedrooms, formal dining room, expansive top-of-the-line kitchen and private outdoor space.  Additional amenities include an integrated audio system, high-tech climate control and motorized shades.

Denver, Colorado

4 Denver

$3,999,000 USD | Denver, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Denver has 300 days of sunshine, making any time an ideal time for a visit.  This newly completed penthouse boasts breathtaking views of Downtown Denver, Pikes Peak and the surrounding mountain ranges.  Spanning over 4,600 square-feet, the apartment features an open floorplan, floor-to-ceiling windows, three bedrooms, state-of-the-art Creston system and an expansive, private skydeck.  In addition, the building offers underground parking, a fitness center and concierge services.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in September 2016

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


Price Upon Request | Venice, Italy | Venice Sotheby’s International Realty

“Just in time for the Venice Film Festival, a former vacation home of film actress Sophia Loren has come up for sale in Venice, Italy, for about $6.6 million.”

Former Venice, Italy, Vacation Home of Sophia Loren Seeks $6.6 Million – Los Angeles Times

Retired NFL Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Cuts Price of Oregon Home – Wall Street Journal

5 Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods in Denver to Look for a Home – U.S. News & World Report

Homes that Blur the Line Between Indoors and Out – Architectural Digest

Five Canalside Properties for Sale – Financial Times

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspires Estate in Wine Country – SF Gate

Mucinex’s John Q. Adams Sr. Seeks $16 Million for Colorado Property – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… the Bahamas – The New York Times

A Colorado Contemporary with Rocky Mountain Views – Mansion Global

A 19th-Century Island Home in South Carolina – Wall Street Journal

A Lovely, Expansive Home in the Art Village Wants $3.36M – Curbed Hamptons

For Curb Appeal and Making Impression, a Palace Suffices – The New York Times

Modern and Charming: These Country Mansions are the Best of Both Worlds – Elle Decor

Muskoka, Canada’s Vacation-Home Haven, Gets a Modern Makeover – Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s is Now Streaming the World’s Best Galleries into Your Living Room – The Memo

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in August 2016

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


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

“The 5,200-square-foot house sits on just over an acre. There are four bedrooms in the main residence, in addition to a bedroom in the attached guest suite. There’s also a two-car garage with a workshop.”

In Alabama, a Contemporary Residence with Bayou Views – Mansion Global

A Horta House in Belgium with Art Nouveau Appeal – International New York Times

For Sale: 6 Cool Geometric Homes – The Week

A Modern Home Rises in Denver’s Cherry Creek Neighborhood – Mansion Global

For Ceilings, What a Difference a Foot Makes – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Lima – The New York Times

Sneek Peek: This Villa in Goa Worth over $1 Million is Elegant, Luxurious and Even has an Infinity Pool – Business Insider India

In Suzhou, a Garden-style Home with a Modern Twist – Mansion Global

A Prized Location, with Culture, on French Riviera – International New York Times

Emmy-winning Director Paris Barclay Lists his Valley Village Home for Sale – Los Angeles Times

Want More Peace and Quiet? Move into these 10 Secluded Spaces – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s HK to Auction Unique Old and New World Wines this September – Blouin ArtInfo

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in June 2016

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

st augustine

$2,000,000 USD | St. Augustine, Florida | Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty

” A Colonial Revival mansion that dates back to the late 1800s. It sits in the city’s Abbott Tract Historic District which is on the National Register of Historic Places.”

A Florida Mansion with a Hitching Post and a Carriage House – Wall Street Journal

Annie Potts’ Former Home is the Most Expensive Listing in Los FelizLos Angeles Times

Getting Away from it All: Five Properties in Remote Locations – Financial Times

Here’s Where the World’s Richest are Taking Their Private Jets, and What to Buy There – Mansion Global

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Drops $7.7 Million Cash on Ultramodern Home in Miami Beach – Los Angeles Times

Luxury Townhouse in North Arlington Lists for $1.5 Million – Washington Post

Home Prices Soar Again; Some Buyers Camp Out to Lay Claim to a Future Condo – The Seattle Times

House Hunting in… Mexico – The New York Times

‘Monk’ Star Tony Shalhoub Catches a Buyer for his Windsor Square Home – Los Angeles Times

How to Get the Best Price on a Downtown Denver Condo – U.S. News & World Report

Want a Home in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa? Be Prepared to Wait –  Financial Times

Chinese Artwork Fetches More Than HK$1 Billion at Auction so Far this Year – South China Morning Post

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in May 2016

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

Costa Rica

$3,495,000 USD | Guanacaste, Costa Rica | Costa Rica Sotheby’s International Realty

“Perched on a hill on Costa Rica’s northwestern coast, this eco-friendly retreat has no glass windows or air conditioning. Instead, its walls open to the outdoors, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the Pacific Ocean.”

This Eco-friendly Retreat in Costa Rica Overlooks the Pacific Ocean – Mansion Global

Connecticut Home of Edgar Bronfman Sr. Seeks $7.995 Million – Wall Street Journal

Beverly Hills Home of Gary Collins and Mary Ann Mobley is up for Sale – Los Angeles Times

Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Welcomes Napa Valley Firm – Sotheby’s International Realty

This $10 Million Home in Hawaii Has 350 Feet of Sandy Beachfront – Mansion Global

A Remote Retreat in the Philippines – Wall Street Journal

7 Homes with Extraordinary Tile – Sotheby’s

This $4.75 Million Apartment Has Some of the Best Views of Denver – Architectural Digest

Actor Thomas Middleditch Finds a Home with History in Hollywood Hills – Los Angeles Times

$1 Million Can Get You a Lot of Home in Belize – Mansion Global

Here are 7 Gorgeous ’80s-era Homes for Sale – The Week

Historic Homes Around the World – Architectural Digest

$35 Million ‘Beach House’ is One of the Most Expensive Listings in Miami – Mansion Global

Brooklyn on the North Fork – The New York Times

Is Now the Perfect Time to Buy a Home in ‘Affordable’ São Paulo? – Financial Times

Massive Lesedi la Rona Diamond, at 1,109-carats, Expected to Fetch $70M at Auction Next Month – UPI

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in April 2016

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


$4,750,000 USD | Denver, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“It took two years to design and rebuild the home, one that is light, bright and airy, and makes the most of the tower’s sweeping city views.”

Listing of the Day: A Sky-high Home for Two Airport Designers – Mansion Global

Alchemy Brings in Sotheby’s International Realty Inc. to Ramp Up Sales at the Woolworth – The Real Deal

Go Insider Chris Hemsworth’s New $3.5 Million Malibu Home – Architectural Digest

Listing of the Day: A Modernist Home in Raleigh – Mansion Global 

Rooms with a View: Five Homes for Sale with Incredible Vistas – Financial Times

For Sale: 6 Charming Victorian Homes – The Week

Up for Auction: A Santa Barbara Compound Built for Play – Wall Street Journal

Listing of the Day: An Architect’s Modern Tree House – Mansion Global

15-Acre Estate on Lake Agawam Wants $59M – Curbed Hamptons

Tour 12 Dazzling Rooms in the Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse and Auction – Architectural Digest

House Hunting by Helicopter Takes Off – Wall Street Journal

Summer Buyer’s Guide: Portugal – Mansion Global

Zaha Hadid-designed Apartments are Up For Grabs in Miami – Elle Decor

15 Features that will Help Your Home Sell Faster – and for More Money – Country Living

A Preserved Kayak Floats an Exhibition in Alaska – The New York Times

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in December 2015

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

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$5,890,000 USD | Cherry Hills Village, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“With mountain views, the house has an elevator, a wine room, a home theater and a fully equipped gym embellished with a Rockies logo. The gym’s equipment, including a treadmill and weights, is also included in the price.”

Toronto Blue Jays’ Troy Tulowitzki Lists Colorado Home for $5.89 Million – Wall Street Journal

French Castle for Sale Includes Murals by Artist Pablo Picasso – Los Angeles Times

Hobby Vineyard, Entertainer’s Backyard in Wine Country –

Tuscan-Style Home in Alpine, N.J. – Wall Street Journal

6 Perfect Homes for Warm Getaways – The Week

Actress Kerry Washington, ex-NFL Pro Nnamdi Asomugha List in Hollywood Hills – Los Angeles Times

Celebrity Homes for Sale: Nyjah Huston Sells His Home in San Juan Capistrano – Realty Today

Real-Estate Agents’ Over-the-Top Gifts for Home Buyers – Wall Street Journal

Spanish Home Prices Rise Most Since 2007 as Recovery Takes Hold – Bloomberg

Sotheby’s Launches App for New Apple TV – Blouin ArtInfo

Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche Sells for $1.76 Million – CNN Money