Happy Halloween 2017

Happy-Halloween

Whether it’s a spine-tingling tale, donning fantastical guises with family and friends, or attending a parade, Halloween is celebrated in different ways around the globe. While its origins are contested, its undeniable that this spooky and celebratory holiday has taken the world by storm; carve up a pumpkin, turn down the lights, and enjoy five homes from New York City to Mexico City that are near world-famous Halloween celebrations.

New York$3,200,000 USD | Greenwich Village, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

This year marks the 44th annual Halloween parade through New York’s Greenwich Village. This residence, perched high atop 136 Waverly Place, is situated in the heart of the parade’s route. Featuring dancers, floats, special guests, and hundreds of costumed participants and spectators, it is truly a sight to be seen and something to experience; the parade is one of the most famous ways to celebrate and enjoy Halloween.

London£2,095,000 | London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

This two-bedroom home in London’s Iverna Court is situated on a prime Kensington square in close proximity to High Street Kensington Underground station and a short trip to one of the world’s most popular Halloween attractions. London Dungeon has been frightening audiences since 1976. The Dungeon offers 14 shows and three rides, delivering a truly terrifying selection of experiences for those who dare to enter.

Toronto7 988 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Originally built in 1915, this one-of-a-kind residence in Toronto shares its home with Halloweek and the After Dark Film Festival. A weeklong celebration of costuming, ghoulish dining tours, and Jack-O’-Lantern carving contests, and a celebration of horror, sci-fi, and thriller films from around the world respectively, whether it’s in a theater or enjoying the atmosphere outdoors, Toronto is a city that gets into the Halloween spirit.

Mexico$3,750,000 USD | Mexico City, Mexico | Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in the heart of Mexico City, this modern masterpiece is poised to enjoy Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead;” this is how Halloween is celebrated in Mexico. More than 300,000 people are expected to attend the holiday’s events today for Mexico City’s parade – clad in sugar skull makeup, participants honor and celebrate the lost lives of family and friends.

Salem$369,000 USD | Salem, Massachusetts | By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty

This open-concept penthouse loft takes us to Salem, Massachusetts – home of the annual Salem Witch’s Ball. The small New England town is known for the historic Salem Witch Trials and themes its yearly Halloween celebrations around its past; the ball includes live performances and costume contests among its activities.

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Enlightening Studies

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American Astronomer Maria Mitchell once said, “The greatest object in educating is to give a right habit of study.” With the end of August comes the start to yet another year of learning as schools around the world prepare for and start new sessions. Take the study from the classroom to the comfort of your home in these enlightened studies from around the world.

Texas$4,850,000 USD | Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty – Briar Hollow Brokerage

This home is warm and inviting with artisan-quality craftsmanship. Features include pecan and hickory wide-plank flooring, multi-panel mahogany doors, and detailed crown moldings throughout. The home also features a sparkling Waterford crystal chandelier in the foyer, multiple living areas, a study with mahogany walls and a coffered ceiling, two wet bars, an elevator with mahogany clad walls, a large cedar closet, a library, and sumptuous master suite with two master bedrooms, two bathrooms and an exercise room.

AustraliaPrice Upon Request | Sydney, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

In the heart of what is generally considered to be Woollahra’s finest community complex, this exceptional dual level penthouse apartment is a haven of unquestionable distinction. Dominated by panoramic views, the spacious interiors are flooded with the light of a northern aspect. Opening to embrace vistas that stretch down the valley to Double Bay and across the harbor to Bradleys Head and Little Manly in the distance, views also extend to the city skyline and the majestic arch of the Harbor Bridge.

Take a break from studying and relax in these homes with captivating bedrooms

Colorado$4,850,000 USD | Cherry Hills Village, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Find privacy and serenity within Cherry Hills Village’s most exclusive enclave; this incredible property features 24-Hour guard-gated entrance, wide-open floor plan, executive office with complete privacy, expansive great room with vaulted ceilings, and backyard patios running the width of the home. All of the home’s rooms are large and spacious with an indelible sense of elegance.

Canada2 988 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Ontario | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

This home was designed to take in the view of magnificent treetops from each triple-glaze window. When you enter this traditional home, wood wainscoting frames the foyer; double designer-etched glass paneled doors add style and privacy separating the library/office from the kitchen on opposite sides. A limestone wood-burning fireplace in the library can be seen from the kitchen, casting light on rich wood paneled walls, bookcases, flooring and matching wood shutters. Whether looking out on the beautiful green streetscape from the office or relaxing by the fireplace, this very special home has a resort-like feeling to it.

New York$4,100,000 USD | Rye, New York | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Sited on over one-half-acre within walking distance to Harrison railroad, Rye Golf, and award-winning Osborn Elementary, this six-bedroom, seven-bath home features a fresh transitional interior design maximizing light, space, and flow. Offering nearly 10-foot ceilings on the first floor and nine-foot ceilings on second floor, signature amenities include, bespoke cabinetry, exceptional mill work, two powder rooms, large mud room with built-ins, three fireplaces, and a fully-outfitted chef’s kitchen.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in August 2017

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

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$12,500,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty

“Built in 2012, the six-bedroom, nearly 10,000-square-foot house is located in the Ocean Drive historic area, famous for its elaborate estates, and sits on 3.67 acres overlooking the Atlantic.”

Newport Home of Campbell Soup Heiress Asks $12.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

Southampton Compound with Three Acres Comes on the Market, Asking $25M – Curbed

Kate Walsh’s Encino House Sells for Well Over the Asking Price – Los Angeles Times

Living Large in Truly Tropical Panama City – Mansion Global

Buy Your Own Private Island in Montana – Robb Report

Incredible Tuscan Villa Can be Yours for $1.15M – Curbed

Wedged Between the Ocean and the Mountains, Rio’s Leblon Draws the City’s Elite – Mansion Global

Rhodes ‘Golden Visas’ Lure Buyers to Ancestral Home – Financial Times

Carmel Highlands: An Upscale Bohemian Spot That’ll Appeal to Whale Watchers – Mansion Global

House Hunting in… Toronto – The New York Times

Cannes’s La Californie is a Leafy Area with Sea Views and Easy Access to Top-Notch Shopping and Dining – Mansion Global

10 Vineyard Homes You Can Actually Move Into – Elle Decor

Found: Oldest Known Photo of a U.S. President – The New York Times

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in June 2017

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

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$2,950,000 USD | Milton, Massachusetts | Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

“The 6,800-square-foot property includes six bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. The second level offers a guest wing with private bedroom and en suite bathroom, as well as a small fitness area.”

A Contemporary Country House Just Outside Boston – Mansion Global

Football’s Paul Kruger Lists Multi-Sport Colorado Estate – Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Tops Individual Sales Volume Category in REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal Report for Second Year in a Row – Sotheby’s International Realty

Famed Playboy’s $19 Million New York Triplex Hits the Market – Bloomberg

28 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale in America – Architectural Digest

A Hamptons Bungalow for All Seasons – Wall Street Journal

Five Homes for Tennis Enthusiasts – Financial Times

Historic Houston Estate of Late Tootsies Owner to Hit the Market – Chron.com

A Greek Revival-Style Mansion Near the Water in Connecticut – Mansion Global

For Sale: 7 Properties for Boat Enthusiasts – The Week

10 Dream Homes that Take City Dwelling to a Whole New Level – Elle Decor

A Single-Family House in Toronto’s Rosedale Neighborhood May be the City’s Best Status Symbol – Mansion Global

House Hunting in… Frankfurt, Germany – The New York Times

Sotheby’s Sells Andy Warhol’s First “Selfie” for £6MBlouin ArtInfo

Unwind | Pools

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There are many ways to find ways to relax in the comfort of your own home and whether you are young, old, or somewhere in between, the draw of crystal blue pool waters has long been synonymous with rest and relaxation. In our first installment of Unwind, join us poolside as we experience homes in five different countries with enticing pools.

Italy1.750.000 € EUR | Terni, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

This sprawling property is built on a knoll top with an exceptional view of the town of Orvieto and the surrounding country landscape, all in perfect harmony with nature. The villa is enveloped by an exquisite patio overlooking the blue of the infinity pool and the 40 hectares of land that include 2,000 olive trees divided into six orchards, a vineyard, 1,000 almond trees and 200 pistachio trees. The Villa itself is a private, elegant, silent escape from reality.

Texasjpg$8,400,000 USD | Houston, Texas | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty – Memorial Brokerage

Rigorous renovation and exacting restoration and reproduction have returned this landmark home to its original, late mid-20th-century-style splendor. An integrated floor plan, along with refined décor equipped with high-end modern appliances and systems help to define this home’s unrivaled DNA. Outdoor amenities include a pool cabana, summer kitchen and large yard.

Vancouver5 800 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

With unobstructed views from Coal Harbor to Vancouver Island and English Bay, this over 2,400-square-foot, two-bedroom estate features gorgeous details throughout; hardwood flooring, top of the line appliances and geothermal heating/cooling are among them. Amenities include valet parking, 24-hour concierge, security, fitness center, outdoor pool, hot tub, screening room, library and access to fine dining.

TaiwanNT$900,000,000 TWD | Taipei City, Taiwan | Taiwan Sotheby’s International Realty

This serene, light-filled villa finds its peace in Yangmingshan, Taipei City. Complete with its own yard, open hall on the first floor, a spa, indoor pool and a parking area, this quiet home features 24-hour security and is part of Yangmingshan National Park, offering views of many ecological preservation areas.

Anguilla$2,300,000 USD | Black Garden Bay, Anguilla | Anguilla Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Jeet’s Joy is located in Black Garden Bay with access to its own secluded beach on the tropical island of Anguilla. With over 4,500 square feet of lavishing living space, this contemporary villa features sweeping views of the Caribbean from every room. Enjoying al fresco meals on the spacious pool terrace is the perfect way to take in the spectacular views of the ocean while relaxing and reconnecting with friends and family.

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Architectural Spotlight | Thoroughly Modern Homes

Modern homes are the tangible results of imagination and perseverance; their masterfully executed design highlights the use of minimalism, striking angles, open layouts and spaces that seamlessly fuse indoor and outdoor spaces. Join us as we walk along the bleeding edge of architectural design and explore four modern homes from around the world.

Luxembourg4.000.000 € EUR | Luxembourg | Luxembourg Sotheby’s International Realty

This exclusive loft-style apartment enjoys a unique architectural style and design. Distributed over four open levels, the surface features high ceilings and oversized windows which welcomes ample sunlight and seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces. The east-facing terrace offers a breathtaking view over the preserved environment next to the Grünewald forest and its protected, three-century-old-trees.

Canada1 800 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Ontario | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

This luxury penthouse from the Thompson Residences Collection is located in the heart of King West and comprises a two-story one-bedroom apartment complete with study and revealing floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing unobstructed views of the city skyline. Bathed in natural light and outfitted with high end finishes, this home also includes an integrated entertainment system.

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Colorado$7,100,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Truly spectacular in every way, this masterpiece of contemporary design speaks volumes with its architectural brilliance and unsurpassed craftsmanship. Every room is bathed in natural light, creating a seamless transition from indoor living to outdoor experience and the open layout offers a tremendous amount of space throughout the living areas.

Mallorca8.500.000 € EUR | Bendinat, Mallorca | Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

This villa is located in the highest part of the Bendinat Golf residential complex, and boasts beautiful panoramic views of the sea, golf course and Bendinat Castle. The villa has been constructed with the highest quality materials, and its design is a mixture of modern and Mediterranean styles.

From Georgian Colonials to Castles, discover previous installments of Architectural Spotlight

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in February 2017

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

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$6,795,000 USD | Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

“Having spent more than a century as a church building, this circa 1810 Italianate-style home in Georgetown is once again a private residence.”

A Former Church Building in Georgetown is a  Private Home Once Again – Washington Post

Mediterranean-Style Mansion Near the Mountains – Wall Street Journal

$29.9 Million Florida Home will Transport You to ‘Star Trek’ – Mansion Global

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Dominican Republic – Sotheby’s International Realty

Expanded Traditional Home in Bel-Air Builds on ’30s Roots – Los Angeles Times

Country Homes with Falling Water – Wall Street Journal

Oscar-worthy: Five Properties with Links to the Movies – Financial Times

6 Spectacular Homes for Skiers – The Week

Rocker Pat Benatar Sells Maui Hideaway – Wall Street Journal

Off with a Bang? L.A. County Sees Two Sales of $30 Million or More in Early February – Los Angeles Times

Market Spotlight: Toronto – Mansion Global

Monaco to London: How Far Will $1M Go When Buying Prime Property? – Financial Times

House Hunting in… Lisbon – The New York Times

The Coolest Eco-Friendly Homes on the Market Right Now – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s Launches Virtual Reality Surrealist Paintings – The Telegraph

Market Spotlight | Tour of Canada

Canada is well known for it’s vast natural landscapes and cosmopolitan cities, these offer a quality of life that consistently make it rank amongst the world’s best places to visit and live. From west to east, some of Canada’s most significant destinations and cities are featured here:

West Vancouver, British Columbia

westvancouver$19,900,000 | West Vancouver, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realy Canada

Set against the striking scenery of the North Shore Mountains, West Vancouver offers easy access to nature, along with luxurious urban amenities and real estate. The community comprises neighborhoods renowned for their prestigious homes and estates, and sweeping views of Howe Sound.

This architectural concrete, glass and steel masterpiece emits both style and grace. Not merely built on the waterfront but rather carved into the rock-face so as to be perfectly set into the property. Additionally, this brilliance in design provides interesting rock-face features in the interior. Steps to the 190 feet of waterfront include multi-platforms for outdoor activities, and at the same time, total and complete privacy from the world.

Whistler, British Columbia

whistler$4,388,000 | Whistler, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Located in British Columbia’s spectacular Coast Mountains, Whistler is one of North America’s premier four season resorts, internationally renowned as the site of the alpine and Nordic venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Its epic skiing and snowboarding, vibrant alpine village and majestic mountains haven’t just captured the attention of visitors— Whistler real estate has also attracted buyers and real estate investors from across British Columbia and around the world.

Sitting above Creekside, Ursa Minor, or Little Bear, is located in sought after and exclusive Bear Creek Estates. This very tasteful and well thought out custom built West Coast contemporary Whistler chalet has everything one could want in a mountain retreat. Overlooking Alpha Lake, this five-bedroom, 4500 square foot property boasts endless views, covered patios with hot tubs, outdoor fire places and most importantly, a cozy living room to retreat to when the snow starts to fall.

Calgary, Alberta

calgary$30,000,000 | Calgary, Alberta | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at the intersection of the Bow and Elbow rivers, Calgary, Alberta exudes innovation, energy and a uniquely Western Canadian hospitality. As the largest metropolitan area between Vancouver and Toronto, Calgary is home to over 1.1 million people. It’s a global energy leader and a welcoming frontier for business and investment, which has helped the robust Calgary real estate market expand rapidly.

Kestrel Ridge Farm is framed by awe-provoking terrain, this world-class equestrian facility offers a magnificent natural backdrop for horse fanatics, aspiring riders and enthusiastic mountaineers drawn to the captivating beauty of Calgary. Warmth and charm can be felt throughout this spacious, grand estate with extensive modern amenities custom designed for family function with six bedrooms, six bathrooms, six-vehicle garage, carriage house, greenhouse, outdoor sport court, indoor salt-water swimming pool, enclosed summer kitchen and separate 3,700-square-foot guest house that doubles as staff quarters.

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Toronto, Ontario

toronto$5,475,000 | Toronto, Ontario | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

With its rich history, breathtaking architecture and cultural diversity, Toronto, Ontario is Canada’s financial and business capital, a cosmopolitan city that has turned heads on the global stage both for its economic influence and its reputation as one of the safest, cleanest and greenest cities.

This Theatre Park penthouse features four Bedrooms, a library, two sweeping wrap around terraces with panoramic views of Lake Ontario and Downtown Toronto.

Muskoka Lakes, Ontario

muskoka$3,195,000 | Dwight, Ontario | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Located just two hours north of Toronto, Muskoka is a popular cottage country destination for vacationers from across Ontario. With more than 2,000 sparkling lakes covering 14,000 kilometers of shoreline, Muskoka is an ideal destination for boaters, fishers, swimmers, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Carved into the granite of the Canadian Shield, this one of a kind lakefront home has an open concept living, dining and kitchen area encased in floor to ceiling glass walls that reveal breathtaking lake views and stunning western exposure sunsets.

Westmount, Quebec

westmount$18,500,000 | Westmount, Quebec | Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

Westmount, a prestigious enclave of Montreal, is situated on the southern face of Mount Royal’s southernmost peak, and extends from its summit to the plateau at the foot of the mountain. Within this area of just four square kilometres are some of the most prestigious homes and real estate in Canada. Its majestic Victorian architecture is so notable that in 2012, Westmount was added to Canada’s list of historically significant sites.

The landmark and storied Timmins Estate near the peak of Mount Royal offers not only panoramic views of the entirety of Montreal and beyond, but is also seen as this city’s premiere property.

Comprised of the main house (10 bedrooms, nine bathrooms, three powder rooms) and an attached coach house and sitting on 43,000 square-feet of land, this majestic Jacobean stone mansion was designed by famed architects Ross and Macfarlane and built in 1910 for Lieutenant-Colonel Charles A. Smart.

From the study of art and artists to market spotlights around the world, explore previous guest entries on the Extraordinary Living Blog

sir_canada_facebookThis guest blog was provided by Adam Nagy of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.

Architectural Spotlight | Classic Georgian Homes

One of the most persistent and well-liked styles in the United States, Georgian-style homes can actually be found all over the world. With ties to historic English architect, Sir Christopher Wren, Georgian homes are applauded for the use of symmetry, decorative design elements and classic proportions in their construction. Let’s explore a few exclusive Georgian homes from around the world.

virginia$12,800,000 USD | Crozet, Virginia | Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty

With dramatic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this extraordinary country estate in the heart of Central Virginia offers 870 acres of flawless natural beauty. The brick Georgian main residence has 10,797-square-feet of elegant living space generously spread over 20 rooms, all thoughtfully arranged on four floors. A heated indoor pool area offers year-round enjoyment and a large fireplace. The main residence is complemented by a collection of guest and staff properties which include a renovated 4,754-square-foot, four-bedroom farm manager’s home, frame house, farmer’s house, tenant house, and cottage on the hill. Mount Air is an operating farm that is well suited for livestock, equestrian, vineyards and ecotourism.

south-africaR 32 000 000 ZAR | Guateng, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

This modern Georgian home is a perfect symmetry of proportions with double volumes and an exquisite array of top quality finishes throughout. Five spacious reception areas including a formal lounge, family room, dining room that opens to an enormous patio, pool and manicured, low-maintenance garden are among this residence’s offerings.

connecticut$29,500,000 USD | Greenwich, Connecticut | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

Set on over five-acres, this magnificent stone Georgian resides on coveted Clapboard Ride Road, in Greenwich. Architectural details and tasteful refinements suggest Pre-war substance and quality, while the house features modern amenities spread out over four floors. The property features an elegant living room with two fireplaces, paneled library, formal dining room and family room with vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace.

canada6 300 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Encompassing nearly 5,400-square-feet of living space, this gracious Georgian home speaks of refined family living. Sophisticated living and dining rooms can be found on the first floor, while six-bedrooms, paneled library and office are upstairs. The home also features an urban garden and covered stone terrace on the grounds.

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Luxury Living | Modern & Contemporary Interiors

With the use of glass, steel and concrete along with imaginative, striking lines, modern and contemporary interiors are bright and inviting spaces. Join us on a trip around the world as we experience some of the most captivating and inspiring modern and contemporary interiors from Sydney, to the Gulf Coast of Alabama.

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

Sited close to the entrance of Ono Island, this private, 5,200-square-foot waterfront home features unparalleled craftsmanship and detailing throughout. The home features Italian Terrazzo tile, Wolf, Miele and Sub Zero appliances, a bespoke spiral glass staircase, stacked limestone fireplace, automatic shades and a separate guest suite among its amenities.

argentina$4,000,000 USD | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Ginevra Sotheby’s International Realty

This is a unique 375-square-meter property in Chateau Puerto Madero features a private entrance hall and grand living and dining rooms with views to the river and ecological reservoir. There are four separate suites, where the master encloses a double walk-in closet, and there is also a family room and eat-in designer kitchen and a service room. Enjoy breathtaking cityscapes from nearly every room.

canada5 475 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

The “Theater Park Penthouse” features four-bedrooms and a library over approximately 3,270-square-feet of indoor living space. The over 2,000-square-feet of wrap around terraces feature unrivaled panoramic views of the lake and city while the interiors feature top-of-the-line finishes and bespoke design elements that capture the abundant natural light.

finland4.250.000 € EUR | Uusimaa, Finland | Snellman Sotheby’s International Realty

Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s beach house in Jamaica, the architect Iiro Mikkola has combined Italian design and the beauty of the archipelago into a beautiful dream-like design.The villa provides unique views to the archipelago and the sea, while fantastic plot stone walls and pine trees, captures the beauty of Finland all in one place. The additional sauna-building, also designed by Iiro Mikkola, is only a few steps away from the main house and was completed with state-of-the-art media equipment, amenities and access to waterfront views.

sydneyPrice Upon Request | Sydney, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in one of Sydney’s most prestigious coastal enclaves with sublime views over Bronte Beach, this light drenched penthouse apartment provides the ultimate beachside sanctuary designed for luxurious living and entertaining. Enhanced by a sleek contemporary design and the finest of finishes, it reveals an expansive open plan living and dining area enjoying an effortless flow to an entertainment terrace and captivating outlooks. There is a gourmet CaesarStone island kitchen equipped with top-of-the-range European gas appliances and concealed fittings. To the rear of the home is a sparkling glass fenced swimming pool followed by a generous sun drenched courtyard which is perfect for intimate soirees by day or by night.