Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in June 2017

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


$49,500,000 USD | McLean, Virginia | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

“Located on the banks of the Potomac River, the 7 acre estate is about 8 miles from downtown Washington. Its Georgian-style house measures about 23,000 square feet with nine bedrooms”

AOL’s Steve Case Lists Historic Merrywood Estate for $49.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

A Seaside Nantucket Compound Moonlights as the Perfect Summer Getaway – Mansion Global

Five Homes for Tree Lovers – Financial Times

8 of the Most Expensive Properties for Sale in Bermuda – Boat International

Homes Where You Can While Away the Hours – Wall Street Journal

A Penthouse on Lake Como with a Musical History – Mansion Global

NYC’s Delightful ‘Pumpkin House’ is Back for $4.25M – Curbed

For Sale: 6 Stunning Single-Story Homes – The Week

18 of the Oldest Homes in America for Sale – Architectural Digest

A New York Townhouse, Typewriter Included – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Luxembourg – The New York Times

A Home for Literature in Prague – Financial Times

Milan’s Brera Neighborhood is Artsy Cool – and Upmarket, Too – Mansion Global

The Art of Living With and Within Art – T Brand Studio

10 Vineyard Homes You Can Actually Move Into – Elle Decor

Andy Warhol’s First Self-Portrait is on the Auction Block – Architectural Digest

The Life Aquatic | Living Lakeside


Found in the heart of some of the world’s most sought after destinations, there are approximately 117 million lakes on Earth. This week, The Life Aquatic takes us from Michigan to New Zealand to discover truly extraordinary lakeside homes.

michigan$40,000,000 USD | Saugatuck, Michigan | Signature Sotheby’s International Realty

Approximately 314 acres in Saugatuck Township, Michigan, bordering Saugatuck Dunes State Park on the north and the Kalamazoo River on the south, this property features uninterrupted views to north and south horizons and approximately 1,800 feet of frontage on clear-water Lake Michigan. The iconic 5,589-square-foot beach house looks out over Lake Michigan with an adjoining 1,304-square-foot guest cottage.

new-zealandPrice Undisclosed | Southern Lakes, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Hunter Valley Station is a large scale high country property positioned at the head waters of Lake Hawea in the Queenstown Lakes District. With over thirty kilometers of lakefront access encompassing both Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka, the property also encompasses approximately thirteen kilometers of frontage on the Hunter River. The station offers a truly majestic setting with mountainous terrain that adjoins Mount Aspiring National Park, a World Heritage Area. The property itself has close to 6,500 hectares of land plus currently an additional special lease comprising 2,950 hectares in the adjoining Cameron Valley.

texas$18,750,000 USD | Magnolia, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

This spectacular 185-acre private and gated Estate is located in Magnolia, Texas, approximately 40 miles northwest of Houston. Meticulously developed, this estate boasts the private 25-acre Emerald Lake, a world class bass lake with 10 islands, a 9-acre Japanese garden, a 7-acre botanical garden with over 5,000 azaleas. In addition, there is private helipad access located on the lake and a tropical sandy beach. The grounds are exquisitely manicured which gives them a resort-like feel and appearance all year round. Located within the upscale golfing and equestrian community of High Meadows Ranch, this property offers something for everyone.

italyPrice Upon Request | Como, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Villa Pavia is a prestigious nineteenth century residence located on the shores of Lake Como, in a dominant position with wonderful views of the lake and the mountains. The property is surrounded by a beautiful botanical park of 6,000 square-meters characterized by a great variety of century old trees, flowers and comfortable paths that make it easily accessible. Modern amenities of the highest standard such as underfloor heating, a dehumidification system, a lift that connects the ground floor with the two upper floors and Internet, are already in the house.

imagereader-aspx-8$2,499,000 USD | Alton, New Hampshire | Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

Take in the sunrise or summer sunsets from the grand, open mahogany porch or the screened in living space of this Lake Winnipesaukee home. Design meets function in the detail oriented open floor plan featuring antique oak floors, wainscoting, cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, natural wood and stonework. The home benefits from quiet privacy, while also being in close proximity to local amenities and attractions.

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Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand to Expand Luxury Brand Presence across Italy


€35.000.000 EUR | Salerno, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s existing affiliate brokerages Milan, Lake Como, Rome and Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty will now do business as Italy Sotheby’s International Realty under the current managing partners, Lodovico and Clemente Pignatti Morano. With this agreement, Italy Sotheby’s International Realty plans to provide residential real estate services throughout the country, focusing on Italy’s major cities and key markets such as: Argentario, Amalfi Coast, Forte dei Marmi, Lake Garda, Sardinia, and Portofino/Santa Margherita. The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is also represented in Venice by Venice Sotheby’s International Realty, which is owned and managed by Ann-Marie Doyle. The two brokerage companies plan to work cooperatively together to service customers’ needs throughout the country.

“Increasing the Sotheby’s International Realty brand presence in Italy is yet another example of our commitment to providing our network’s exclusive real estate services in luxury property destinations around the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Italy has an important position in the luxury market in Europe and this coordinated initiative provides a stronger and wider footprint in one of the most beautiful and historic countries in the world.”

“The Italian luxury real estate market provides strong opportunities in major cities and second-home destinations throughout the country in terms of both sales and rentals. We are thrilled to represent the Sotheby’s International Realty brand under the name Italy Sotheby’s International Realty. It means being able to service and advise our global clients willing to own their personal Italian dream whilst, in the process, confirming our market leadership,” says Lodovico Pignatti Morano‎, managing partner for Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Italy is now officially out of its longest recession in history, having passed a number of key economic reforms and with more in the pipeline. Institutional reforms have paved the way for the long-awaited political stability, and World Expo 2015, held in Milan, perfectly symbolizes this new beginning for Italy,” said Clemente Pignatti Morano, managing partner for Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has approximately 17,000 sales associates located in approximately 800 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide.  Italy Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and their clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.


Colorful Homes

Vibrant and unique, a colorful exterior is the perfect way to express your home’s individuality while making a captivating first impression. Full of character, these are some of the most colorful homes from around the world:

Lake Como REYW6VPrice Upon Request | Como, Italy | Lake Como Sotheby’s International Realty

Lake Como – This bright green waterfront villa is a 13,000-square-foot sprawling estate on Lake Como, Italy.  The property is comprised of a three-story main building, guest house, porter’s lodge, garage and small private harbor with three docks for boats.

Georgia Y23MJX$8,950,000 USD | Sea Island, Georgia | DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty

Georgia – A Mediterranean and Moroccan-style home, this colorful residence in Sea Island, Georgia features a main house, detached guest suite, garage, lap pool and bocce court.  Originally owned by Colonel Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Hudson, co-owner of the New York Yankees in the early 1900s, the home was recently renovated and restored and includes replica stain glass Spanish windows, heated stone floors and an irrigation system.

Maine W4HCB7$475,000 USD | Willimantic, Maine | Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Maine – Aptly named The Pink Lady, this pink and white cottage is located along the shores of Sebec Lake in Willimantic, Maine.  With additional pink touches around the home, including pink Adirondack chairs on the dock, the home is move-in ready and available fully furnished.

Florida 2XPZ7P$6,650,000 USD | Naples, Florida | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

Florida – Designed in a classic Bermudan architectural style, this bright home in Naples, Florida sits adjacent to the Naples Bay.  The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom residence was recently renovated and includes tankless water heaters, whole-house water filtration, pre-conditioned mitigation systems, whole-house surge protector and a new high-speed boat lift.

California MKG46T$8,000,000 USD | Redwood Valley, California | Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty

California – This yellow Victorian-style mansion is located in Redwood Valley, California and overlooks the Mendocino wine country.  The classic home has five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, wrap-around porch and detached garage.  Situated on more than 1,745 acres, the property includes 24 miles of roads, pasture and free range cattle areas, camping areas and year-round springs and ponds.

Bahamas Y7LJDQ$3,495,000 USD |Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Bahamas – With blue touches both inside and out, this four-bedroom, four-bathroom estate is located in the gated community of Old Fort Bay in the Bahamas.  The property is comprised of a main home featuring more than 2,050 square-feet of covered porches and balconies, a guest cottage and an 80-foot dock.  In addition, the home boasts high ceilings, travertine and hardwood flooring, quartz countertops, multi-jet showers with rain heads and cedar-lined closets. Outside there is a swimming pool, hot tub, gazebo and two-car garage.

Colorado F2X96ZPrice Upon Request | Aspen, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Aspen, CO – Located in Aspen’s West End, this vibrant Victorian home sits on an oversized corner lot.  The property has historic designation and comes with additional buildable square-footage.  Currently comprised of four bedrooms and two bathrooms, the estate features south-facing Aspen Mountain views.


Lake Como, Italy: Glamorous and Unique

Post provided by guest contributing blogger, Laura Benaglia, Marketing and Communications Manager at Milan Sotheby’s International Realty in Milan and Lake Como, Italy.

The glamour, the beauty, the intrigue that can only be found in Lake Como is experienced through its unique lifestyle. It is not only the spectacular views of the meandering water through parallel mountain chains or the picturesque villages nestled along the coastline – some right on the water, others perched on the hillside. It is certainly not only the proximity to the global fashion and cultural capital that is Milan or the very cosmopolitan atmosphere, the legendary Villa d’Este hotel or George Clooney. Lake Como has a lifestyle all unto its own and for which is best enjoyed on the water.

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.Villa Le Magnolie / Carate Urio, Italy / Price Upon Request

Only on Lake Como can you have breakfast on a large terrace overlooking the Lake, spend a few hours waterskiing between the mountains, drive your boat to Bellagio for an afternoon stroll, then to the other shore for an aperitif in Menaggio, and return home in time for a sunset dinner. Lake Como is nothing short of a glamorous dream and buyers from all over the world come to Lake Como seeking to own a piece of that dream. It is access to Lake Como’s lifestyle for which Lake Como Sotheby’s International Realty was established, the new luxury real estate offering servicing the Lake Como region.

Lake Como Sotheby’s International Realty offers its international and local clientele a wide selection of luxury properties on Lake Como. Located in the heart of Como, Lake Como Sotheby’s International Realty is ideally positioned to offer the right properties catering to individual client needs. Its competent, multilingual staff is delighted to introduce their clients to the marvels of high-end property in one of Italy’s most enchanting destinations.

The most exclusive homes include very large villas right on the Lake with a personal boat shed and ultimate privacy. For the more modest buyer, Lake Como offers quaint apartments with enchanting views over the lake.


Como, Italy / €1,700,000 EUR

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Many thanks to our guest blogger, Laura Benaglia from Milan Sotheby’s International Realty. Located in the heart of Como, Italy, Lake Como Sotheby’s International Realty offers its international and local clientele a wide selection of luxury properties on Lake Como and surrounding villages.