Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. – William S. Burroughs

More than a roof over our heads, our homes are our sanctuaries; even in ones ideal for hosting lively get-togethers, we all have a space that serves as a private getaway. Whether it’s curling up with a story in a favorite spot, allowing your mind and body time to recover in a home spa, or taking a dip in a serene pool, every Tuesday this month we unwind in incredible homes from around the world.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in December 2015

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


$1,250,000 USD | Alpine Meadows, California | Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty

“The exterior is sided with wood from a snow fence in Wyoming. The interior is a blend of rustic materials and clean, contemporary design. The floors are walnut, the ceilings are paneled with cherry and the walls are an off-white plaster throughout.”

$1,250,000 Homes in California, Kansas and Delaware – The New York Times

Tech Entrepreneur Kumar Malavalli’s Silicon Valley Compound Seeks $88 Million – Wall Street Journal

Homes with Captivating Kitchens – Sotheby’s

Montana: Why Buyers in the Big Sky State Want Small ‘Ranchettes’ – Financial Times

Home Spas That Rival Those in Big Hotels – Wall Street Journal

An Eco-Sanctuary Which Has Been Privately Owned for 15 Years Has Been Offered for Sale with a $2 Million Plus Price Tag – News.com.au

Call this $25M Miami Beach Penthouse Home – New York Post

Legendary Composer Burt Bacharach Falls For a Beach Pad in Del Mar – Los Angeles Times

B.C. Vacation Real Estate Snapped Up by Rich Albertans – HuffPost British Columbia

Chinese Pull Back from U.S. Property Investments – Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s Contextualizes Auction Lots in Menswear Influencer Series – Luxury Daily

Sotheby’s Spotlights Rare Books – Wall Street Journal

Luxury Living | Saunas & Spas

Whether it’s decompressing in a steam room or sauna, finding your Zen in a personal salt cavern or relaxing in the shower while taking in some of the most sought after views from around the world, the perks of having spa-equivalent amenities in your home are undeniable. Imagine yourself unwinding in one of these exclusive homes.

PolandPrice Upon Request | Wroclaw, Poland | Poland Sotheby’s International Realty

Poland – Nestled at the foot of the Sleza Mountain Range, this unique country estate sprawls over eight acres of parklands. Once a private enclave for renowned philanthropist, humanitarian and art collector Barbara Piasecka Johnson, this home enjoys a spa, sauna and bijoux salt cavern lined with mineral-rich Himalayan bricks among its offerings.

BVI$3,995,000 USD | Tortola, British Virgin Islands | British Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

British Virgin IslandsLocated on one of the most captured beaches in the Caribbean, Sunset Villa is in a highly sought after part of Long Bay. Imagine mesmerizing sunsets, panoramic views and the tranquil sounds of the surf at your doorstep. Enjoy unforgettable vistas from one of the en-suite spa showers at this island escape.

CaliforniaPrice Upon Request | Orinda, California | Bay Sotheby’s International Realty

CaliforniaEnter through the hand-forged iron gates into this majestic estate. The Hilltop offers a seemingly infinite offering of amenities including an entire separate sports complex complete with rock climbing wall, tennis, golf simulator and luxurious sauna and spa. Enjoy the views and meticulous craftsmanship of this home from the numerous indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.

Italy5.300.000 € EUR | Siena, Italy | Tuscany Sotheby’s International Realty

ItalyThis historic estate dates back to the 17th century. Its quintessential architecture and idyllic setting epitomize the Tuscan lifestyle while the wide array of amenities befits a modern one. Complete with a world-class spa, this rustic retreat spans well over four thousand acres of Italian countryside.

Sweden5.700.000 KR SEK | Skane, Sweden | Sweden Sotheby’s International Realty

SwedenPositioned on Kullahalvön’s majestic slopes, this inviting summerhouse is a private natural getaway. Floor to ceiling windows and sliding glass doors blend interior and exterior spaces through the property providing an organic living experience complete with incomparable sea views.