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RESIDE® Magazine | Where to Eat and Drink in Rome in 2017

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From the Summer 2017 issue of RESIDE® Magazine, writer Katie Parla shows us where to enjoy fine dining and spirits “when in Rome.”

With a city nicknamed Caput Mundi—Capital of the World—it’s only natural that Romans are accustomed to seeing their home as unrivaled in matters of history, culture and food. And while it’s true that traditional local cuisine holds a sacred place at the table, Rome is hardly impervious to change. The city’s classics, from carbonara to cacio e pepe, are still universally beloved, but Rome’s dining and drinking culture, like that of all cities, is in a constant state of evolution (albeit at a glacial pace compared to New York, Paris or London). Recently, tightening purse strings, transitioning food systems and changing palates have conspired to create exciting new ways of dining, drinking and shopping for food.

Roscioli – Via Dei Giubbonari 21

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The Roscioli family, famous for its bakery (Antico Forno Roscioli) and coffee shop (Roscioli Cafe), opened this restaurant/wine bar/deli near Largo Argentina in 2005. Purchase wine, cheese, fine pasta and cured meats to take away, or enjoy a proper meal at one of the tables. Book several days in advance for dinner and request a ground-floor table near the back of the dining room. Start with burrata paired with semi-sundried tomatoes, butter with Cantabrian anchovies on toast and mortadella with 36-month-aged Parmigiano Reggiano. Follow these dishes with carbonara or cacio e pepe, or both! Skip the main dishes and dessert—they will bring cookies at the end of the meal anyway—but don’t overlook the extensive grappa and amaro list. Solo diners can book a spot at the bar; Roscioli is one of the few places in town offering bar seating.

Al Moro – Vicolo Delle Bollette, 13

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Tucked away in an alley near the Trevi Fountain, Al Moro is among Rome’s most historic trattorias. Helmed by four successive generations of Romagnolis since the 1920s, the place began humbly, slowly building a reputation among actors at the nearby Teatro Quirino, but over the years it has become a favourite of Roman aristocracy and well-heeled travellers. Go for local classics, which have virtually vanished from the city’s tables: lumache alla romana, snails cooked in a sauce spiked with anchovies, chili and mint; fegato di vitella, tender pan-fried liver; and tagliatelle con le rigaje, fresh pasta with a tomato sauce enriched with chicken innards. There are plenty of mainstream dishes, too. In the spring, try roasted abbacchio (suckling lamb) with potatoes. Year-round, enjoy spaghetti alla Moro, the house version of carbonara featuring a pancetta-enriched egg sauce seasoned with red pepper flakes.

Mercato Centrale – Stazione Termini | Via Giolitti, 36

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Mercato Centrale, Rome’s newest food hall, resides among the limestone arches trimming Stazione Termini’s southern perimeter. The marketplace occupies three floors, but the action is on street level where over a dozen stalls sell food according to theme. Start near the main entrance where Gabriele Bonci’s bakery serves stellar pizza by the slice, then grab a glass at the wine bar next door, which has a great selection of small producers and glasses starting at just €4.50 ($4.82 U.S.). At the far end of the market, Trapizzino serves thick triangular sandwiches filled with meaty Roman specialties like stewed chicken or simmered oxtail. For a sweet finale, circle back to the main entrance for two scoops at Gelateria Cremilla. The second floor has a restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Oliver Glowig.

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Spiritual New Zealand: Walking with the Maori

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From the pages of Summer 2017’s issue of RESIDE®Kathy Ullyott explores New Zealand and discovers a land rich in spirituality and culture.

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It was still light when Bill Matthews, looking more like a sheep rancher than a Maori sage and storyteller in his black oilskin duster and work boots, picked me up at the Copthorne Hokianga Hotel on New Zealand’s northwest coast.

By the time he stopped the SUV at a dizzying height above Hokianga Harbour, the sun was beginning to slide into the sea. Matthews killed the engine, we got out and he swept his arm to encompass the platinum mirror of the bay below.

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There’s probably nothing more authentic than a Maori-inspired tattoo, which historians believe European sailors to the South Pacific brought back to the western world in the 16th century.

“A thousand years ago, the great chief of the mythical land of Hawaiki set out in pursuit of a giant wheke, or octopus…” he began. The chief, Kupe, eventually vanquished the octopus and discovered a new land called Aotearoa, “land of long white cloud.” He departed from the very bay below but vowed to return, which he did. His descendants, the Maori, have populated Aotearoa ever since.

In the liquid subtropical twilight, it wasn’t hard to imagine the carved red waka (canoes) drifting to the beaches below, their wide-eyed passengers overwhelmed by the wild lushness of their new home. But this lookout wasn’t our destination, and the story of the coming of the Maori to New Zealand was just a prologue.

At the verge of the fabled Waipoua Forest, a primeval rainforest and sanctuary for the vast native Kauri trees, the last light filtered through the silver ferns, symbol of New Zealand and as big as rooftops. After cleaning our shoes to prevent introducing any plant diseases, we ducked into the underbrush. Matthews, walking several feet ahead of me, began a low chanting prayer to greet the ancient gods.

It’s not surprising, really, that the misty ranges, bubbling hot springs and vast forests that were such inherently sacred sites for the Maori have, in more recent years, inspired and attracted pilgrims of all spiritual stripes.

Lonely Planet’s guide to “experiences of a lifetime”—Lonely Planet Code Green—includes Footprints Waipoua, for which Matthews acts as guide, as one of its 82 most life-changing experiences in the world.

Before we met Te Matua Ngahere, Father of the Forest, Matthews asked me to stop while he chanted a blessing. As if summoned, a light rain began, silencing the cries of the kiwi and tui birds that had been keeping us company.

“ You are a seed. Even though you are small, you have value.”

Then there was the tree itself: 3,000 years old, 52 feet/16 metres around and as wise and silent as a vast monk. The Maori believe that the giant trunks of the Kauri trees hold up the sky and, indeed, Te Matua Ngahere gleamed like a temple. We watched and waited in silence as the rain filtered through the ferns.

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A benefactor suggested she also give visitors a taste of New Zealand from a Maori perspective. Many awards later, she is still imparting Maori traditions to Maori youth and giving Pakeha hands-on experience of Maori activities, perspectives and spirituality. Guests stay in the Marae, a traditional ancestral meeting-house, visit historical pa (power) sites and participate in activities such as ax- weaving, poi-making and mau rakau (martial arts).

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“The name for afterbirth in Maori is whenua,” Ranson said in a TEDx Waiheke presentation. “The name for land is [also] whenua. It shows the direct connection between us and the land.”

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In fact, according to traditional Maori belief, the land was Papatuanuku, the earth mother; Ranginui was the sky father. In the beginning, “Papa and Rangi” weren’t separated but clung tightly together, shutting out all light and making it impossible for their six sons to see. The sons squabbled among themselves about how they might separate their parents. Finally, Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest, New Zealand’s largest known living Kauri tree, braced his head against the earth and pushed mightily against the sky with his feet until the two parents were pushed far apart, light flooded in and the humans they had parented were revealed.

$22,000,000 NZD | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Tane Mahuta still dwells in Waipoua Forest, and I was on my way to meet him.

After Matthews and I offered a final prayer to Te Matua Ngahere, we followed the forest path in silence until he asked me to stop once again while he chanted a greeting. Ahead, Tane Mahuta stood in a clearing. Standing at nearly 170 feet/52 metres and with his head lost in the night sky, he wasn’t hard to imagine as an ancient creative force. Although the rain had stopped, the forest was quiet. Matthews drew a piece of hardened resin from his pocket and lit it with a lighter while he said another prayer. The forest seemed to let out a sigh as Matthews extinguished the smoldering resin and handed it to me. But he had one more gift. He leaned over, felt the ground for a kauri seed and presented it to me with a traditional ancient Maori message: “You are a seed. Even though you are small, you have value.”

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RESIDE® Magazine | Autumn in Vermont

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From the pages of 2016’s northeast Fall edition of RESIDE® Magazine, explore the natural beauty of Vermont in Autumn.

How is it possible that autumn in Vermont is both dazzling and sublime? The blaze of fall foliage, the misty Green Mountains, the warm harvest colors and the charming country towns here have a way of simultaneously exciting the senses while calming the mind. No wonder people throughout the Northeast turn to Vermont as their second home destination.

“At a certain price point, luxury buyers can purchase property just about anywhere,” says Laird Cameron Bradley, Principal Owner-Broker at Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty in Woodstock. “So they do make an active decision to choose Vermont because it resonates with them.”

With boating, fishing and paddling on its many lakes including Lake Champlain, hiking and mountain biking on the state’s network of trails and some of the region’s east’s best skiing, Vermont is a four-season attraction. Autumn synthesizes the best of each.

vermont2$11,250,000 USD | Reading, Vermont | Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty

“People come here for the unspoiled beauty and outdoor lifestyle, but they’re also looking to be part of something unique,” says Alan DiStasio, EVP and Managing Director at Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty. That might mean plugging into Vermont’s independent communities of small farmers, artists, brewers and makers of cheese, wine, syrup or honey. “You can go to almost any small town in the fall and find a harvest festival or a fair,” he says. “That artisan ethos is absolutely a part of the local character, and fall is a great time to celebrate that creative energy.”

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Luxury property—particularly mountain or lakefront homes with acreage and views—exist throughout the state, but they’re rarely very far from a ski resort or quintessentially rural Vermont hamlets like Woodstock, Manchester or Dorsett. Even places like Shelburne, near the more urban Burlington, retain an unhurried New England sensibility.

“Some of Vermont’s growth policies have essentially slowed development, so there are still a lot of places that remain true to the virtues of how they were originally conceived,” says Bradley. The emphasis on preservation and historical integrity helps ensure a sense of authenticity and reflection, and an ability to make personal connections with others.

vermont1$9,000,000 USD | Woodstock, Vermont | Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

Decisions on where and what to buy, however, are typically made viscerally.

“It could be simply a patchwork of fields,” Bradley says, “or how the sun hits the hillside that will make someone feel at home and give them comfort and a sense of peace.”

And that can happen virtually anywhere in Vermont, particularly when the leaves are turning and the scent of fall is in the air.

vermont4-a$3,275,000 USD | Woodstock, Vermont | Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty

“If it’s a good year and the colors are popping, there’s really nothing like it,” says DiStasio. “There’s something especially beautiful about Vermont that’s always stood the test of time.”

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RESIDE Magazine | Panorama Drama

From the pages of 2016’s second volume of RESIDE, discover homes with advantageous and captivating views in “Panorama Drama.”

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“Does it have a view?”

It’s what buyers scouting properties in mountain resort communities want to know.

“That’s probably the most-asked question,” says Nels Cary of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty in Colorado.

The views that extend beyond property lines are as important to luxury buyers as the amenities within the homes.

Telluride$39,100,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

High altitude Telluride is set in the southwest corner of the state and surrounded by a cluster of “14ers” or 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains. “The significance of the view cannot be understated,” says Cary. “It’s everywhere and from everywhere.”

Mountain views have been called inspirational, mystical and sometimes sacred. And they affect homeowners in profound ways. “It’s one of those situations where people come here and they’re absolutely mesmerized by the natural beauty of the area,” says Cary. “They put themselves in the picture, seeing themselves with a cup of coffee in the morning enjoying the magnificent views or in the late afternoon taking in the sunset. It’s a big deal.”

FrancePrice Upon Request | Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s hard to quantify the value of a great view, but it can certainly add a double or even triple-digit percentage premium onto the price of a home. In the Idaho panhandle city of Sandpoint, for instance, a five-acre property in a standard subdivision ranges from $100,000 to $150,000. The equivalent home with dramatic views of Lake Pend Oreille, the state’s largest lake, and vistas that span Idaho’s Schweitzer ski mountain as well as snow-capped ridges in Montana, Washington and Canada, recently sold for $1.1 million, according to Jeff Bond of Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene. “I happen to live on one of those views. I go home at night and sit on my front deck. It’s a lot better than watching TV,” he says.

Idaho$1,550,000 USD | Sandpoint, Idaho | Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty

The most desirable homes are sited to take advantage of views from multiple rooms. If those views are unobstructed and look out onto protected lands that can never be developed, so much the better. Such is the case with many properties in Big Sky, Montana. It is a region focused on the conservation of native habitat, and its views of Lone Peak, Spanish Peaks and the surrounding wilderness area are iconic.

Nicaragua$759,000 USD | Rivas, Nicaragua | Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty

When it comes to panoramas, Big Sky claims an added bonus. It is located in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in a corridor of migrating elk, moose, deer and bear. “To be in an area where you have that wildlife all around is very desirable,” says Cathy Gorman of Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty.

Montana$3,395,000 USD | Big Sky, Montana | Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty

And transporting.

“There’s the peace and the tranquility,” says Gorman. “To be able to see a herd of elk on the next ridge or a weather condition going by takes you away. In a world of hustle, bustle and tension, the views are a real de-stresser.”

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RESIDE Magazine | Block Island: New England’s Quiet Resort

From the pages of 2016’s first volume of RESIDE, discover Block Island: New England’s Quiet Resort.

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The Block Island experience is about transition, from the high octane mainland life to the low key island life.
As the crow flies, the summer colony in the Atlantic Ocean is nearly equidistant from 
Long Island, NY and mainland Rhode Island, of which it is a part, and accessible by ferry, catamaran, boat charters and air service. It is quieter than other resort communities along the Eastern Seaboard. Block Island draws vacationers from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and, increasingly, Washington, DC, looking to escape more crowded and commercial resort areas. People easily join in island life without feeling the need to over-schedule their days. 

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$1,900,000 USD | Block Island, Rhode Island | Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty
Block Island is especially popular with families, many of whom follow a familiar pattern. They rent homes during the summer season and return year after year. When the time is right, they turn into buyers. “They get pulled in and really want to make this place a significant part of their lives and become part of the community,” says Cindy Pappas of Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty on Block Island. 

It is a destination that breeds devotion. Islanders are loyal. The children who grow up spending carefree summers swimming, clamming and crabbing at the shore want to give their own children those same experiences. The island is approximately 10 square miles. It has no traffic lights, no big-box stores, no chains of any kind and only one municipality, New Shoreham, with a singular distinction: it is the smallest town in the smallest state. “It’s a real New England village,” says Pappas. “Because it’s so intimate, we’re easier to get to know.”

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$2,500,000 USD | Block Island, Rhode Island | Sullivan Sotheby’s International Realty
Despite its size, Block Island hasn’t escaped the attention of the Nature Conservancy, the nonprofit environmental organization which put it on its inaugural list of “Last Great Places” in the Western Hemisphere. Approximately 44 percent of Block Island’s acreage has been set aside as protected land thanks to aggressive conservation efforts. The water quality, ocean quality and air quality are pristine. Most attractions are centered around the outdoors. Seventeen miles of white sand beaches include many that are delightfully isolated, even in the thick of the season. Rolling hills lure bikers and moped riders who navigate the near-rural terrain. And then there are the towering bluffs, more reminiscent of Ireland than New England. 

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RESIDE Magazine | Hawaii: A Paradise of Choice

From the pages of the 2015 Fall Edition of RESIDE, discover the ultimate island paradise of Hawaii.

Island$7,750,000 USD | Kapalua, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Hawaii possesses a magical allure, its volcanic islands rising triumphantly from the ocean, each ringed in colorful beaches and bestowed with lush tropical rainforests, gushing mountain rivers, a beautiful native population and surfing spots that would be mythical if they weren’t real. A true paradise for world travelers, the question is not whether to buy property in Hawaii, but on which island? “Each island is unique with its own character and characteristics,” says Paul Maclaughlin, Principal Broker and Owner of Island Sotheby’s International Realty, who has lived on Maui since 1975. “For different reasons clients almost always end up falling in love with one particular island or another.” Oahu is home to Honolulu, Hawaii’s largest city, and is the state’s com­mercial and cultural hub. It offers a balance between world-class beaches and oceanfront living, a full roster of metropolitan amenities and a thriving high-rise condominium market driven by Asian buyers. “You can fish, dive and surf, and the towns have great dining and nightlife,” says Scott Carvill, Principal Broker/Owner of Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty in Kailua. “You get a little bit of all of Hawaii on Oahu.”

SleepingGiant$5,300,000 USD | Kilauea, Hawaii | Sleeping Giant Sotheby’s International Realty

Myra Brandt, Principal Broker at LIST Sotheby’s International Realty in Honolulu agrees: “We see people who thought they wanted an easier lifestyle moving back from the outer islands to Oahu where they can still have the resort lifestyle but added cultural activi­ties, shopping and city stimulation.” Maui, home to many of the most prestigious resorts, represents an upscale but more relaxed lifestyle. In ad­dition to waterfront property, Maui offers large estates, ranches and equestrian properties with extraordinary views along the slopes of 10.000-foot Mt. Haleakala. Large pieces-and a more rustic, rural tempo can also be found on Kauai. Called the “Garden Island,” it’s a stunning geological wonderland with Hawaii’s most mature beaches, vast nature preserves, rivers and water­falls cutting through dense rainforests and the stunning Waimea Canyon.

Carvill$6,900,000 USD | Kailua, Hawaii | Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty

“We’re more country and quiet here,” says Debra Blachowiak, Principal Broker at Sleeping Giant Sotheby’s International Realty, noting that only seven percent of Kauai is available for residential development. No single island is more diverse than Hawaii, or The Big Island. Nearly two times as large as the other Hawaiian Islands combined, it offers stunning beaches, world-class golf courses, rainforests ideal training environments for triathletes, high-country deserts, cowboys and cattle ranches, artist communities, coffee plantations, the continually erupting Kilauea volcano and even snow and winter skiing on the state’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea.

MacArthur$11,950,000 USD | Kamuela, Hawaii | MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

“From extraordinary oceanfront to mountaintop properties, the Big Island is a captivating place to call home,” says Amicheli Salyer, Director of Marketing for MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty. One can only imagine the possibilities here and on each of the islands. Because in Hawaii, there’s a paradise for everyone.

LIST$2,190,000 USD | Honolulu, Hawaii | LIST Sotheby’s International Realty

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RESIDE Magazine | French Polynesia: Lush Life

From the pages of the 2015 Fall Edition of RESIDE, explore the tropical beauty of French Polynesia.

It is a two-hour climb to the top of Mount Temehani on the sacred French Polynesia island of Raiatea to glimpse a variety of gardenia that grows nowhere else on Earth. According to one legend, the five delicate petals of the Tiare Apetahi flower represent the hand of a young Tahitian girl who fell in love with the son of a king she was forbidden to marry. The flower blooms at dawn with a muffled crack. Some say it is the sound of her broken heart.

Property 11.248.700 € EUR | Tahiti, French Polynesia | French Polynesia Sotheby’s International Realty

French Polynesia is far more likely to steal one’s heart than ever break it. Overseas territories of France, French Polynesia consists of 118 islands spread over five archipelagos and scattered over an area as large as Western Europe. It is roughly halfway between Los Angeles and Sydney as well as Honolulu and Auckland. The most visited are Moorea, Bora Bora and the largest island, Tahiti, the population and power hub.

Property 22.999.000 € EUR | Bora Bora, French Polynesia | French Polynesia Sotheby’s International Realty

“One feels blessed to live in French Polynesia, far from the concerns found in most major capitals today,” says Jacques Menahem of French Polynesia Sotheby’s International Realty. “The very, very low crime rate affords all its inhabitants a profound sense of security and safety.” The Tahitian language has just 13 letters, but the territory’s mystique has inspired literary masterpieces by the likes of Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, W. Somerset Maugham, Jack London and James A. Michener. Its music is deemed sacred, and dance is a ritualized art form. Paul Gauguin came to Tahiti to live “in ecstasy, calm and art.” He found all three and painted some of his greatest works here.

Property 31.990.000 € EUR | Moorea, French Polynesia | French Polynesia Sotheby’s International Realty

The islands enchant visitors because their breathtaking natural beauty has been protected, and ties to the indigenous Polynesian culture remain strong. “France’s influence has been supportive and very sensitive to what has been called the ‘specificity’ of French Polynesia, which recognizes the spirituality embodied in certain aspects of life and nature,” Menahem says. French Polynesia is a place of great discoveries, where yachters can take advantage of easterly trade winds to find secluded anchorages. Where foodies can have a beach picnic of poisson cru, the national dish of marinated raw fish soaked in coconut milk. Where adventurers can go shark diving. And where romantics can hike a mountain to see a rare flower bloom.

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RESIDE Magazine | Northeast Fall Edition

The Fall 2015 Northeast Edition of RESIDE® magazine has arrived! Read our featured article, Maine: Memories and an Enduring Mystique below.
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It’s remarkable how many people, especially on the East Coast, have a connection to Maine. Maine’s population is just over 1 million, but the brilliant scenery, vivid New England character and quiet pace of life create deep and lasting impressions on residents, former residents and those who’ve spent summers or winters here. The mood it inspires is exponentially greater than what numbers can measure.
“Maine has this sort of mystique,” says Christopher Lynch, Owner of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Portland. “People have a vivid sense of the rugged coastline, the lighthouses, the foghorns, bald eagles and seals and the overall incredible beauty.”
Linda Briggs, President/Owner of Anne Erwin Sotheby’s International Realty in York, agrees. “People remember growing up here or coming to visit, and we so often see that person coming back later in life and looking for a place to purchase,” she says. “That desire absolutely relates to an experience they had in their life.”
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$2,595,000 USD | Deer Isle, Maine | The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty
For many, those memories involve Maine’s mountain and lake regions — summer hikes, winter skiing or the explosive color of fall foliage. Others are called to the coast, a stunningly varied geological showcase of warm Atlantic sands, monolithic granite outcroppings at Acadia National Park and sleepy harbors and fish- ing villages near the Canadian border. It’s one of the country’s most diverse and breathtaking backdrops for waterfront living. Briggs says the southern coast’s ocean and beachfront communities, just over an hour north of Boston, have been popular destinations for Northeastern families for generations. “We have lovely, vast stretches of sandy beaches that you just don’t get much past Kennebunkport,” she explains.
A resurgent Portland—hip neighborhoods, thriving arts, new restaurants—is the state’s hottest market with condominium prices up 40-percent the last two years, according to Lynch. The Midcoast region is paradise for boating and water enthusiasts, with charming seaside towns, long forested peninsulas that taper into islands and secluded homes and estates that offer acreage, privacy water access and every conceivable view of the countless capes, coves and bays.
The sheer drama of the coast intensifies as it continues east into what Kimberly Swan, Owner of The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty, calls “the true rocky coast of Maine.”
imagereader.aspx-2$2,795,000 USD | Camden, Maine | Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty
Gilded Age tycoons, seeking a more rustic alternative to Newport, built mansions here in Bar Harbor and across Mount Desert Island. The vision of these “cottages” sitting atop craggy inclines, waves crashing below, is elemental to the majesty of this part of the state. Plus, Swan says, “We have Acadia National Park, and that beats everything.”
It’s obvious why those intimate with Maine’s value and diversity come back: you can leave Maine, but Maine doesn’t leave you.
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RESIDE Magazine | Summer 2015

The Summer 2015 Mountain Edition of RESIDE® magazine has arrived! Read our featured article, Skiing into Summer below.

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From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Summer 2015 Mountain Edition

Mention places likes Aspen, Vail, Telluride or Park City to almost anyone and the images that come most readily to mind are freshly powdered ski runs, joyous crowds in winter wear and bustling blocks of winter-lit restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Skiing has always defined the “in” season for the West’s most desirable mountain communities, to the point that the entire rest of the year is often just thought of as the “off ” season.

Increasingly, however, buyers have realized mountain destinations typically have more to offer in the warm months than they do with snow on the ground. New residents may initially come for the skiing, but now they’re staying for the summer.

JacksonHole-1$22,000,000 USD | Jackson, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

“In the last five years we’ve not iced a trend I’ve never seen before – buyers searching for properties exclusively for summer use,” says Tye Stockton, Founder and Real Estate Advisor at Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty in Vail. “We used to never hear that.”

Stock ton says luxury buyers are placing a premium on locations where everyone in the family will be happy. And in the summer there are not just more activities for everyone – biking, hiking, white-water rafting, golf, fishing, children’s camps – but also more multi-generational activities that can be enjoyed by grandparents, parents and kids.

Some mountain regions already carry established year round reputations: Lake Tahoe, on the CaliforniaNevada border has been a summer retreat for wealthy Bay Area families since the late 1800’s. “The summer has always been the high season around Tahoe because of the lake and the mountains,” says Peter Strand, President of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty. Yes, Tahoe offers elite skiing, but the lake also possesses some of t he world’s finest freshwater beaches as well as beautiful hiking and biking trails, private golf communities and numerous casinos. With such diverse recreation, “We’re finding there really isn’t a shoulder season anymore.” Strand says.

The summers are equally attractive in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, particularly due to the proximity of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Vail-1$18,500,000 USD | Vail, Colorado | Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty

“Our winter residents often come back during the summer, specifically because they hear how beautiful it is, and to experience the parks.” says Donna Clinton, Broker and Chief Operating Officer at Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty. “Then they discover that the weather is truly fantastic and there’s actually more recreation in the summer months.” Clinton says homes with amenities like large terraces and patios with fireplaces and outdoor cooking spaces help owners maximize the summer experience.

Skiing will always be the cultural and economic driver of many of the West’s premier mountain communities, but summer living has never been more in-demand. Off-season, as they say, is the new in.

View the digital version of this issue here: The Summer 2015 Mountain Edition of RESIDE® magazine

Article provided by Derek Duncan exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty®


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St. Martin | Living the Perfect Balance

From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Spring 2015 Northeast Edition

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When exploring the possibility of life beyond Earth, astronomers seek out Goldilocks zones, potentially habitable regions surrounding stars that possess “just right” atmospheric pressures and neither too hot nor too cold temperatures for terrestrial planets like ours to potentially exist. Second-home buyers exploring the vast constellation of beautiful but diverse islands of the Caribbean similarly seek out locales with conditions optimally suited to their particular needs.

While most Caribbean destinations offer inviting climates, dazzling beaches with ocean views and a complete sense of decompression and retreat, there still exists a broad range of cultures and languages, as well as degrees of sophistication and lifestyle ranging from rural and relaxed to the ultra luxurious. Among these choices, St. Martin—34-square miles of paradise roughly 200 miles east of Puerto Rico—has become one of the Caribbean’s most complex and well rounded.

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“We have a little bit of everything, so we’re attractive to a wide variety of clients,” says Lesley Reed, Owner/Broker of St. Martin Sotheby’s International Realty.

St. Martin is divided between two European jurisdictions, the French on the north side, and the Dutch territory on the south side, creating a rich cultural interplay. In addition to the 39 beaches that circle its perimeter, the English-speaking St. Martin is known for the Continental outlook and boutique shopping in the French city of Marigot, excellent cuisine in its popular cafes and restaurants, a thriving nightlife based around clubs and casinos on the Dutch side, and quiet, contemplative coastal nooks overlooking secluded coves and bays.

St. Martin’s stable affiliation with its parent nations provides an additional layer of reassurance to property owners from traditional markets in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Also reassuring is the ease of access, with direct flights from a number of major international cities. “Our buyers like the idea that they can come directly in on a four-hour flight from Toronto or Montreal or New York and in most cases be at their property within an hour of landing,” Reed says.

Informed investors know that the most prestigious oceanfront and hillside villas, which begin around $3 million, are located on the island’s French side in enclaves like Baie Longue Beach, Baie aux Prunes and Baie Rouge Beach in the Terres Basses near Marigot, or around Orient Beach on the island’s east coast. Meanwhile, Cupecoy Beach, on the southern coast, is home to a majority of the island’s luxury high-rises.

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Add these elements together, and more buyers now than ever are discovering in St. Martin an almost perfectly balanced atmosphere. With stunning ocean-view properties, direct flights, a strong European lineage and eclectic range of cultural and entertainment diversions, it’s a destination that feels just right.

Article provided by Derek Duncan exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty