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When Art Finds Its Home: A Collection of Luxury Residences with Custom Art Pieces

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For the collector, art is a top of mind consideration when purchasing a home, whether it’s grand wall space, custom built-ins, or a dedicated gallery space to showcase select pieces. Some connoisseurs take their passion one step further, incorporating art into their home’s design through custom works of art crafted to perfectly suit a property. From stunning entryways and dining rooms to gorgeous outdoor entertaining spaces, explore a collection of luxury real estate offerings around the United States in which art truly meets home.

Washington1$9,400,000 USD | Bellevue, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

More than a residence, 4648 Yarrow Point is a gallery of life experiences, carefully curated to reflect the owner’s worldwide travels in a profound experience that tempts the senses. A signature collection of hand selected wall finishes and art pieces capture the feel of each individual room as a custom five-paneled art piece anchors the heart of the home.

Illinois$4,250,000 USD | St. Charles, Illinois | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Woodgate Estate refines the art of fine living, as an inspirational design guides one through a personal process of discovery in a journey through natural elements. Open the door to a custom water feature flanked by greenery that complements the home’s muted tones as grandeur meets a sense of tranquility. Once described as a “micro-climate for the soul,” this property is truly a piece of art in itself.

Colorado$9,500,000 USD | Cherry Hills Village, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

The ultimate modern estate in Cherry Hills Village, art meets nature in this spectacular residence, from the seamless, organic flow to breathtaking modern design that focuses on space, proportion and light. A water feature brings the outdoors in with an extension into the entryway, ample wall space is perfectly primed for a grand collection, and a flower wall sets the tone of the outdoor entertaining space.

DC$5,995,000 USD | Washington, DC | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

This impressive residence offers two spacious levels of living with abundant natural light to complement elegant interior design elements by renowned architect Barry Nixon. A private elevator opens to a flowing first floor plan as one moves from the entry gallery into the living room. Architecture becomes art as the custom backlit onyx wall offers a warm ambiance.

Utah$5,900,000 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Constructed in 1926 and restored for modern living, this home is perfectly situated in a park-like setting along Red Butte Creek. The European architecture features leaded and stained-glass windows and a two-story library with quarter-sawn oak built-ins. Revel in a formal living room complete with hand-painted ceilings that hearken to days past yet live for today.

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We would like to thank Amanda Westby, communications editor, at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty for supplying this feature.


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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in September 2017

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

$19,400,000 USD | Los Altos, California | Today Sotheby’s International Realty

“The house, which has four bedrooms, four and a half baths, and spans 5,440 square feet, was built in 1955 and includes a detached four-car garage, pool/guest house, and outdoor terrace.”

Yahoo’s First CEO is Selling His House for $19.4 Million – Bloomberg

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Hamptons Summer Rental Sells – Wall Street Journal

22 of the Most Beautiful Cabins for Sale in America – Architectural Digest

A Palatial Golf Course Estate in Southern Portugal – Mansion Global

Seven Waterside Homes – Financial Times

Katherine Hepburn’s Connecticut Home Sells for $11.5 Million – Forbes

12 Great Homes for Sale Near National Parks – Washington Post

Grand Summer Cottage in New Hampshire Asks $7.5 Million – Mansion Global

6 Luxurious Lake Homes – The Week

Former Astronomer’s $6.75M Georgetown Home on Sale for First Time in 110 Years – Curbed

Actor Tim Daly is Ready to Part With His Hip Santa Monica Condo – Los Angeles Times

12 of the Best Properties with Swimming Pools on the Market – Country & Town House

Since Revolutionary Times, Boston’s Beacon Hill Has Been a Coveted Area – Mansion Global

Sustainable Homes See Rising Demand in Region; Hong Kong a Laggard – South China Morning Post

5 Things to Know About Buying Property in Mallorca – Boat International

Burgeoning Guangzhou is No Longer Living in the Shadow of Beijing and Shanghai – Mansion Global

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

Vivien Leigh’s Diaries Recording Olivier Romance Up For Auction – Reuters


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Jacqueline Kennedy’s Historic Childhood Home in Virginia Listed for $49.5 Million

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One of the most beloved First Ladies and iconic historic figures, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ childhood home is for sale in McLean, Virginia for $49.5 million.

Recently reported by The Wall Street Journal, America Online (AOL) co-founder Steve Case is listing Merrywood – the sprawling, seven-acre estate on the Potomac River with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Nestled in the Washington DC suburb, the estate reflects a storied history, serving as home to several of America’s most influential political and business leaders.

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As the childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Merrywood was elevated to a position of prominence in the mid-1940s and has since continued to provide a celebrated venue to host presidents, business leaders, artists, and countless family celebrations.

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The exceptional brick and limestone main residence reflects the finest traditions of the Georgian Style. Inside, a gracious entry hall opens to public rooms scaled to accommodate both large gatherings and intimate family occasions. The interiors are the bespoke masterwork of renowned designer, Barry Dixon.

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The second-floor family quarters include an expansive master suite with his or her dressing rooms, a private study and an exercise room.

“I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful…with the river and those great steep hills,” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1944)

“I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful…with the river and those great steep hills,” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1944)

Four additional en-suite bedrooms grace this level. Upstairs, four bedrooms and three baths are comfortably scaled. On the lower level, there is an exceptionally fine, climate controlled wine cellar. An elevator services all four levels of the residence.

“I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful…with the river and those great steep hills,” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1944)

Outside, the formal gardens are reminiscent of the timeless work of celebrated 19th and 20th Century landscape architect, Beatrix Ferrand, reflecting a series of outdoor garden rooms for large scale entertaining, intimate al fresco dining, or simply relaxing and engaging the sweeping views.

Discover more of Merrywood on sothebysrealty.com


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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


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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third 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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$9,500,000 USD | Cherry Hills Village, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“If you’re a fan of architect Toshiko Mori, you’ll love this Zen Colorado retreat. Situated on 2.5 acres, the $9.5 million, 10,000-square-foot home boasts indoor-outdoor living spaces that highlight the surrounding natural beauty. “

This $9.5 Million Home Includes a Private Floating Meditation Den – Architectural Digest

For Sale: Six Homes Designed by Famous Architects – Financial Times

Japan’s Traditional ‘Minka’ Homes Gain a New Following – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… Montreal – The New York Times

Stars Lurk in the History of this Hollywood Hills Tudor – Los Angeles Times

A Home for Surfing in Ma’alaea Bay, Maui, Hawaii – Financial Times

Hamptons Preview – Mansion Global

A Look Inside the D.C.-area’s Most Expensive Homes for Sale – Washington Post

What $3 Million Gets You Outside the City – Boston.com

This Insanely Glamorous Old Florida Estate is on the Market – Coastal Living

Of Cays and Bays: The Serenity of Beachfront Living – T Brand Studio

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

Klimt Painting Expected to Fetch Well Over $45M at Sotheby’s Auction – The Guardian


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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in January 2017

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

germany€4.950.000 EUR | Berlin, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

“The historic villa has landmark status and was therefore very carefully restored in 2014 to preserve original features dating from the late 19th century.”

A Historic Mansion in a Quieter (and Greener) Part of Berlin – Mansion Global

Washington, D.C.’s Most Expensive Home is on the Market for $22 Million – Architectural Digest

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in California – Sotheby’s International Realty

What it’s Really Like to Live on a Private Island – Cosmopolitan

6 Gorgeous Homes in the Caribbean – The Week 

A Gatsby-Style Mansion in Grand Blanc, Michigan – Mansion Global

Five Homes with Top-Notch Security Features – Financial Times

For Sale: 6 Lovely Homes for Outdoor Enthusiasts – The Week

7 Stunning Private Islands You Could Actually Buy – Cosmopolitan

What Do You Dare Change When Updating a Home by an Iconic Architect? – Los Angeles Times

Mega-Mansions Are Popping Up in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village – Mansion Global

Homes Steeped in Jewish Heritage – Wall Street Journal

With its European Feel, Buenos Aires’ Recoleta is Chock Full of AmenitiesMansion Global

These 12 Color Trends are Dominating 2017 – HouseBeautiful

Alexander Hamilton Documents Fetch $2.6 Million at Auction – The New York Times


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#TravelTuesday | Fodor’s Go List 2017 – Part I

This #TravelTuesday, join us as we discover properties in cities ripe for travel this year, as ranked in the Fodor’s 2017 GO List.

Cape Town, South Africa

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R 35 000 000 ZAR | Cape Town, South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Fodor’s suggests planning a trip to Cape Town during its summer months – January through April.  With oversized windows surrounding the house, this contemporary estate boasts panoramic views across the Constantia Valley towards the mountains and False Bay.  The home is nestled on over an acre of land and features four bedrooms, a three-car garage and an outdoor pool.

Bordeaux, France

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€2.830.000 EUR | Bordeaux, France | Bordeaux Sotheby’s International Realty

Any time is a good time to take a trip to Bordeaux.  This historic chateau is situated on over 50 acres of land and overlooks the surrounding French countryside.  The residence comprises a five-bedroom main house with a guest wing, an orangery, an outbuilding and stables with eight loose boxes.  In addition, the property has immaculate gardens with topiaries and a water fountain and an outdoor pool.

Washington DC

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$6,950,000 USD | Washington, District of Columbia | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Washington DC is another year-round destination, but it is especially worthwhile in the early spring during the Cherry Blossom season.  A duplex penthouse in the heart of the city, this residence spans over 4,500 square-feet and has private elevator access.  The apartment has three bedrooms, formal dining room, expansive top-of-the-line kitchen and private outdoor space.  Additional amenities include an integrated audio system, high-tech climate control and motorized shades.

Denver, Colorado

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$3,999,000 USD | Denver, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Denver has 300 days of sunshine, making any time an ideal time for a visit.  This newly completed penthouse boasts breathtaking views of Downtown Denver, Pikes Peak and the surrounding mountain ranges.  Spanning over 4,600 square-feet, the apartment features an open floorplan, floor-to-ceiling windows, three bedrooms, state-of-the-art Creston system and an expansive, private skydeck.  In addition, the building offers underground parking, a fitness center and concierge services.


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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in January 2017

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

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$5,995,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

“The Walsh House, located in Telluride’s historic district, was built in 1999 as the British architectural designer’s first U.S. commission and features Pawson’s signature clean lines as well as elements of local mountain architecture.”

Majestic Minimalist Mountain House in Telluride Asks $6M – Curbed

Celine Dion Cuts Price of Jupiter Island Estate to $38.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

A Waterfront Italian-Style Villa in Florida’s ‘Cultural Capital’ – Mansion Global

House Hunting in… Auckland, New Zealand – The New York Times

You Can Live a Block from Both the Obamas and the Trumps for $5.75 Million – Bloomberg

A Modern Tropical Oasis on Maui – Mansion Global

Homes that Sold for $1.5 Million and Up – The New York Times

For Sale: 7 Amazing Penthouses – The Week

Gothic Tudor Mansion, Once Owned by Nicholas Cage, Asks $12 Million – Curbed San Francisco 

D.C.’s Most Expensive Home Hikes Price, Now Asking $22 Million – Mansion Global

Dock Your Yacht in the Front Yard at These Multimillion-Dollar Homes – Bloomberg

A Lake District Estate Where Peter Rabbit Roamed – The New York Times

An Enclave of India’s Capital City Popular with Business Tycoons and Politicians – Mansion Global

Alexander Hamilton’s Letters to be Auctioned in NYC – Chicago Sun Times


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Sotheby’s Institute of Art | Good Design Is Everywhere, You Just Need to Know Where to Look

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It’s an old truism that while art is essentially decorative, design has always been functional, even while it was regarded as a decorative art. Jonathan Clancy, MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design Program Director at Sotheby’s Institute of Art – New York, chooses his top five shows from 2016 that represent the best in historical design and contemporary craftsmanship.

“It helped too that all are brilliantly installed and well-curated, as it showcased the objects at their best and encouraged connection and dialogue” says Clancy. “That the institutions included vary in size and mission is deliberate: good design is everywhere, you just need to know where to look.”

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Museum of Arts and Design, New York

This show—the first solo exhibition in the United States of Job Smeets and Nynke Tyangel—was a revelation. The works were opulent, subversive, exquisitely crafted and rewarded close looking and repeated engagement. Their work, as that of many contemporary designers, defies neat classification and successfully blurs the line between artist and designer to such a degree that those terms become meaningless. I can’t say that I would want every piece in my house, but each piece challenged me, made me stop and think, and compelled me to look closer. At the end of the day, that to me is the joy inherent in good work.

You & i are … Earth
Wilton House Museum, Richmond

Sometimes, a show is so good—so well installed and conceived—that regardless of how off the beaten path it seems, you need to make it a destination. Michelle Erickson’s exhibit at the Wilton House in Richmond, Virginia was such a show. An exceptional ceramist who blends traditional craft practices with contemporary ideas about meaning and narrative, the show was thoughtfully installed in an 18th century house to create a dialogue not only between past and present, but between the objects and the home, and the visitor and original inhabitants. Erickson tackled difficult issues of race, of politics, and the poetics of the body in a manner that spurred dialogue and discussion.

Atmosphere for Enjoyment: Harry Bertoia’s Environment for Sound
Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Bertoia is a major creative force who is only beginning to have the recognition he deserves. What was particularly beautiful about this exhibition was that the Museum recognized that his sound sculptures—what he called sonambient works—are not simply static monuments of design, but need to be played to be understood, and they let you do just this. On the one hand, it fostered an engagement with the works, and on the other it transformed the gallery space into an acoustic experience that vibrated with motion, sound, and chance. It was mesmerizing.

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Global by Design: Chinese Ceramics from the R. Albuquerque Collection
The Metropolitan Museum, New York

Accompanied by an exquisite catalog replete with beautiful photography, it is easy—if mistaken—to think that a publication of such high quality could have done justice to such a carefully curated exhibit. While the catalog was in itself an achievement, the ceramics were simply too good in person to miss. The scale of them was lost in the photography, so too was their presence, from subtle, inscribed lines that cannot register in photographs to the dazzling enamel work which catches light and flickers as one moves to and from an object. I cannot stress this enough: anyone interested in Chinese ceramics needs to own this catalog: the scholarship is sound and the photography is brilliant.

Chinamania
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC.

While the Freer Gallery in Washington, DC is closed for renovations, the Sackler continues an ambitious program of contemporary exhibitions. In Chinamania, artist Walter McConnell juxtaposed Kangxi ceramics and three-dimensional printed replica vases arranged in monumental stupas. The interplay between historical forms, contemporary work and the balance he exposed between what we view as precious and what we view as mass-produced connects past and present in thought-provoking ways without sacrificing a unique and powerful aesthetic. You have until June 4, 2017 to catch this show.

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Sotheby’s Institute of Art is The Graduate School of Art and its Markets. Evolving from a small connoisseurship program started by Sotheby’s Auction House in 1969, Sotheby’s Institute is now the foremost leader in art business education and object-based learning. Its global faculty represent the best of almost every facet of the art world, helping students decipher and master the unique forces at play at the intersection of art and commerce.

With campuses in the cultural capitals of London, New York and Los Angeles, Sotheby’s Institute offers graduate level programs that have become more relevant than ever in an art world that is constantly seeking individuals with art historical scholarship and business acumen. Besides Master’s degrees, Sotheby’s Institute offers programs of study such as summer classes, 15-week semester courses, online learning and executive education. Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s programs provide the knowledge and credentials needed to achieve success in today’s worldwide art markets and cultural institutions.


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Art & Home | Living History

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The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us through homes steeped in history from around the world.

When considering exquisite luxury goods—paintings, sculpture, even fabrics, furniture and wine—we think of personal, highly curated items that make our living spaces distinctive and enhance the ambient experience of a particular home. In some cases, however, the home itself is the oeuvre d’art.

canada1 760 000 $ CAD | Victoria, British Columbia | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

In the art world, older isn’t always better, but revered older works do carry additional prominence, specifically the prestige of age and history that newer art hopes to acquire with time. Similarly, as beautiful homes and estates begin to acquire the patina that only decades or even centuries can bring, they take on an unmatched nobility and grandeur.

texas$2,500,000 USD | Round Rock, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

There’s a certain class of buyer and homeowner—patrons, if you will—that places a premium on properties graced by time. To them, living in a historic residence is akin to living within a famous piece of art.

At the cross streets of Luxury Real Estate and Fine Art, discover more in previous editions of Art & Home

“The discerning, affluent buyers in our marketplace want a sense of history, or a certain provenance in a historic home that doesn’t exist in a new house,” says Michael Rankin, Managing Partner at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Washington D.C.

washington$6,250,000 USD | Washington, DC | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

In addition to a notable pedigree, what buyers are looking for in older homes is character, and in particular preserved character. These individuals are typically knowledgeable about architectural periods and have a refined sense for authenticity. They demand the grand scale and proportion associated with previous eras—high ceilings, formal living rooms with entrance halls, double parlors with fireplaces—but also original features like restored trim work and molding; staircases with handcrafted balusters and banisters; and original hardware and wide-plank flooring. Kitchens and bathrooms may be updated, but otherwise the home should showcase the year and environment in which it was built.

finland2.750.000 € | Finland | Snellman Sotheby’s International Realty

“The people that buy an historic estate do so because they truly want to be the next steward of an architectural masterpiece,” Rankin explains. “They embrace the history and cherish the responsibility of being the caretaker of the home. In fact, they consider that undertaking a privilege.”

True, restoring and preserving an historic property can be a major endeavor, but for the right person it’s much more than labor—it’s a labor of love.

Continue reading this edition of Art & Home