Timeless Luxury | North America’s Finest Victorian Manors

If ever there were an antithesis for contemporary design, Victorian architecture would be it. From turrets and towers to spindles and brackets, ornamentation is the telltale characteristic of these cherished homes.

Victorian manors can often be found cheering up neighborhoods, with warm and whimsical colors inviting visitors and residents alike to cozy up in more traditionally defined rooms.

Their complex roof lines—with distinctive gingerbread trims—are each their own unique blend of playfulness, timely elegance, and grandeur. As North America embraced this architectural era without abandon, it plays host to some particularly stunning estates.

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Andrew Ernemann and Craig Morris for more information

Something truly unique, this home in Aspen’s West End neighborhood hinges on sleek, modern construction to annex a classic Victorian home. Spanning over 3,800 square-feet of living space, the original Victorian residence was thoughtfully woven into the remodel and expansion of this captivating property.

An open layout, high ceilings, exposed beams, and seamlessly blended indoor and outdoor spaces complement each other to create a one-of-a-kind experience where the future and past coalesce gracefully.

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada | Contact Alex Irish for more information

Modern refinements completed in 2016 ushered this Oakville charmer into a new era. With over 9,200 square-feet of living space, an elevator connecting to all four levels, and a self-contained coach-house, it’s easy to see why this landmark property stands as one of the area’s finest estate homes.

From the bright bay windows and stained-glass features to the built-in cabinetry and sky-high ceilings, each room in this manor features something special. Keep an eye out for the glass conservatory, marble master en-suite, and herringbone pattern oak hardwood.

Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States

First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Joe Cutajar for more information

Artfully designed and lovingly cared for, the Chadwick House was built in 1883 by a prominent local mariner. Its Queen Anne–style wood frame is set atop brick piers, adding a smart sturdiness to its delicate exterior.

Inside, yesteryear details include carved wood banisters, original fireplaces, heart pine flooring, and original windows with stained detailing. Well-considered updates (granite counters and custom cabinets, among others) leave the rich history of this charming home intact.

Atherton, California, United States

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Jakki Harlan for more information

Worlds collide in affluent Atherton. After all, it’s here that Silicon Valley’s elite nest in historic Victorian homes, a mere stone’s throw from high-tech innovation. The perfect example can be found in this circa-1885 build, complete with incredible four-story guest tower.

A stunning front porch and upper balcony frame picturesque windows with decorative railings. Inside, warm hardwood flooring and vaulted ceilings traverse a stately library, billiards room, and courtly bedrooms. Added refinement arrives with the carriage house, lush local flora, artist’s studio, and multiple fireplaces.

Somewhere between a bygone era and a love for great detail are the perfect residents for these modern Victorian manors, ready to usher in a new chapter for some much-loved neighborhood icons.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in January 2018

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

$3,950,000 USD | San Francisco, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

“Featuring three beds, two and a half baths, 2,189 square feet, 1035 Vallejo comes with a walkout garden, private terraces, and elevator accesses to both levels starting at the underground two-car garage.”

Tony Russian Hill Townhome Asks $3.95 Million – Curbed

One of Silicon Valley’s Biggest Properties Asks $30 Million – Wall Street Journal

Wealthy Millennials are Changing the World, Says Sotheby’s International Realty’s Marketing Chief – Mansion Global

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence to the Southern Oregon Coast – Sotheby’s International Realty

The 10 Most Ridiculous Home Sales of 2017 – Bloomberg

Despite Slowing Market Overall, Australia Saw Eye-Popping Real Estate Deals in 2017 – Mansion Global

Hot Properties: Five Homes in the Winter Sun – Financial Times

Film Director’s Modern Miami Abode Hits Market for $22M – Mansion Global

Liftoff for Luxury Home Sales – Santa Fe New Mexican

From New Zealand to New York, Character Tests May be Required to Buy a Home – Mansion Global

Walk-Through: Tech-savvy 3-bedroom in Burlingame – San Francisco Chronicle

Actress Molly Parker Gets Top Dollar for Echo Park Bungalow – Los Angeles Times

2017: A Year of Uncertainty and Record-Breaking Real Estate Deals – Mansion Global

Auction Preview: RM Sotheby’s: Arizona, Phoenix, Jan 18 & 19 – Blouin ArtInfo

Trend to Watch | In-Law Suites

When it comes to home amenities, a wish list can include anything from a swimming pool to a bowling alley, but recently, another home amenity has become a growing trend as a consideration in new construction and as an addition to older homes; an in-law suite. Also known as mother-in-law suites or accessory-dwelling units, these additions have been popping up in homes with increased frequency and variation—from a finished basement or an added room, to a detached building or apartment. Not only does this growing trend allow for aging parents to live comfortably with family, it’s also shown to increase the property value of the home, according to The Wall Street Journal. Explore four luxury homes for sale in the U.S., complete with a space perfect for parents and in-laws.

California$14,850,000 USD | Woodside, California | Sotheby’s International Realty- San Francisco Brokerage

This English-inspired compound in California sits on seven acres and features a main residence in addition to two separate cottages for family and friends. The gracious single-level design boasts embellished millwork, custom light fixtures, rare wide plank hardwoods, volume ceilings, and soaring light-filled windows. The beautiful vista overlooks the resort quality pool, putting green, garden, and exceptional acreage which allows for potential equestrian activities.

Connecticut$3,999,000 USD | Westport, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty

This private Connecticut oasis is set on over three acres of manicured grounds, and includes a gym, home theatre, wine cellar (3,000+ bottles) with tasting room, pool, pool house, outdoor fireplace, and multiple terraces. The 18 room home also features a library, billiard room and the added amenity of an in-law suite.

Florida$3,497,000 USD | Amelia Island, Florida | Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty

This six bedroom, six full bath Arthur Rutenberg designed home also includes a mother-in-law suite. The mother-in-law suite or private apartment features a private entry off the first floor guest wing and can be completely separated from the rest of the home. The residence boasts incredible marsh views from the private community of Long Point at the prestigious Amelia Island Plantation in Florida. Additional home amenities include a five hundred bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar plus a full wet bar, a saltwater pool, an entertainment room, a billiards table and a media area with reclining stadium seating perfect for movie nights.

Washington$1,895,000 USD | Woodinville, Washington | Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty

This 5,753 square-foot lodge located in Washington is set on 14 acres of wooded privacy and effortlessly balances luxury and rustic. Landscaped grounds surrounded by mature cedar, fir, alder, maple and hemlock trees offer peacefulness and serenity. The four bedroom home is complete with a mother-in-law suite having its own independent entrance and a Juliet balcony. The home exceeds both “Built Green” and “Energy Star” specifications with high efficiency HVAC systems, programmable five-zone thermostats, low flow faucets and plumbing fixtures, engineered wood products, and high performance Pella windows.

Artisan Green Home in California / Video House Tour

Artisan luxury together with green construction is presented in this stunning estate with breathtaking views. Designed with antique and reclaimed materials sourced from around the world, this home is Platinum LEED certified and operates with an almost zero net energy footprint.

$5,995,000 USD / Atherton, California / Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty

Silicon Valley Real Estate / Market Spotlight

silicon valley luxury homes for sale

$14,995,000 USD / Atherton, California / Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty

“Our real estate market continues to respond to our strong tech economy and the extraordinary individuals it brings from all over the world,” said Michael Dreyfus, chief executive officer and broker, Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Prices in Palo Alto’s upper end neighborhoods finished the third quarter 60 percent higher than the same quarter median price two years ago, according to MLS data, courtesy of BrokerMetrics. The adjacent towns of Menlo Park and Atherton also continue to show strong upward price movement across all price points. Inventory continues to be extremely low and multiple offers are common in pricepoints under $4 million. Strong demand for land has been a theme of our market as buyers purchase older inventory to tear down and build new. Land sale prices of $300-$450 per square foot have occurred in the better locations and we feel a building boom is about to begin.”

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5 Luxury Green Homes

Today’s Eco-friendly homes involve more than the just sustainable products, recycled materials and energy efficient systems. These homes strive to create a lifestyle where modern day conveniences meld harmoniously with the home’s natural surroundings. Take a peek at five unique luxury green home currently on the market.

madrid spain luxury homes for sale

Price Upon Request / Madrid, Spain / Kristina Szekely Sotheby’s International Realty

Madrid – Located in the exclusive Madrid suburb of La Moraleja, this brand new luxury home comes fully-equipped with high-end electro domestics, uses renewable energy with geothermal heating throughout, including the pool and the entire house can be controlled by an iPhone or iPad. The four levels are accessible with a glass elevator and includes six bedrooms, a home cinema, gym and spa.

silicon valley eco friendly homes

$5,995,000 USD / Atherton, California / Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty

California – Located in California’s Silicon Valley, this unique house is one of the most energy-efficient green homes built in the United States. Completed in 2009, the home is Platinum LEED certified with a rare, residential 115.5 rating.  This modern Spanish-style home features hardwood floors made from reclaimed Civil War-era Tennessee barn wood, century-old reclaimed terracotta roof tiles from Southern Spain and solar sourced radiant and central heating.

Luxury Homes for Sale Lake Michigan

$13,900,000 USD / Elk Rapids, Michigan / Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty

MichiganPine Hollow was created out of a deep appreciation and profound sense of belonging among the lakes and landscapes of northern Michigan. This exceptional dwelling is made of local stone and timber. From the major elements to the smallest details, only the best materials were used – local granite and limestone, white oak timbers, glacier-scraped stone floors, solid teak windows, and grey one-inch standing seam zinc metal for the roof. Despite its impressive form, Pine Hollow is intimate, comfortable and offers quiet elegance throughout, all in a natural setting offering breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.

Luxury Modern Eco-friendly Homes for Sale

$36,000,000 USD / Carmel, California / Sotheby’s International Realty-Carmel Rancho Brokerage

California – Innovative and stylish, Tres Paraguas, was designed by noted architect Ron Mann who specializes in integrating structures with the terrain and utilizing environmentally sustainable building practices, including recycled woods, locally harvested stone and natural materials. Tres Paraguas is Spanish for  ‘Three Umbrellas,’ representative of the five house complex that covered by three corrugated Corten steel roofs aka ‘umbrellas.’ Voluminous and airy, the modern-style Pueblas property creates a large, enclosed courtyard with a pool, cantina and spa.

Seattle waterfront homes for sale on the Puget Sound

$1,325,000 USD / Seattle, Washington / Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Seattle – Located on the shores of Seattle’s Puget Sound in the Fauntleroy community, is this eco-friendly creek-side retreat. This custom home underwent an extensive rebuild and total restoration of Fauntleroy Creek which combined create the ultimate Northwest living experience. The owners salvaged much of the original structure including reusing the original old growth cedar siding, and added sustainable products including a new metal roof, metal clad wood windows and a rain-water collection system.  Since the completion of the creek restoration in 2007, the Coho Salmon have returned in abundance. Otter and eagle also frequent the grounds and the sunsets and moonsets never disappoint.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters California’s Palo Alto Market

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Dreyfus Properties in Palo Alto, Calif., is the newest member of its luxury real estate network and will operate as Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty.

Michael Dreyfus is broker and owner, and the firm’s main office is located in Palo Alto, with an additional office in Menlo Park, Calif.  The firm joins the Sotheby’s International Realty® network’s nearly 70 other independently owned and operated offices throughout California.

“For 13 years, Michael Dreyfus and his firm have worked to develop a deep local knowledge and a custom approach to real estate sales and marketing for their clients,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “We proudly welcome them to the Sotheby’s International Realty network and look forward to bringing our brand’s broad reach to this important luxury real estate market.”

According to Dreyfus, his team has witnessed a large increase in interstate and international buyers in the heart of Silicon Valley.  “Those clients now can benefit from the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s global marketing initiatives and media partners that can showcase our listings to an international audience,” he said.  “We are connected to the fiber of our community.  The pace of our market places a high demand on our agents to be both extremely knowledgeable in the nuts and bolts of what they do, savvy in technology and perceptive of diverse world cultures.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 13,000 sales associates located in approximately 670 offices in 49 countries and territories worldwide.  Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and 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.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in May 2013

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

A-rod sells miami mansion

A-Rod Sells Miami Mansion for $30 MillionSotheby’s International Realty

Mayi de la Vega and Arlene Susy Dunand of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty – South Florida’s real estate firm that dominates the ultra luxury home market – today announced that they represented baseball icon Alex Rodriguez in the sale of his $30 million estate.

What Can $8 Million Buy You? 6 Bedrooms, 1 Golf Barn – Washingtonian

SF high-rise condo has spacious floor plan, city views and hotel amenitiesSan Francisco Chronical

Silicon Valley historic home includes a secret roomNBC News

Malta Bene! Luxury house prices that can’t be beatenThe Telegraph

10 big, booming [US] citiesCNN Money

Suburbs Show New Life With Sunbelt Growth After Housing CrashBloomberg

Realogy picks 15 companies as finalists for innovation summitInman News

Sotheby’s to offer a first edition of The Great GatsbyArtdaily.org