Monthly Archive: December 2015

Be Our Guest| Luxury Guesthouses

Grand homes with luxurious amenities, these homes are ideal for entertaining.  Even more ideal are the intimate guesthouses nestled along the property.  Discover captivating guesthouses around the world.

Guest House 1 - California

$21,950,000 USD | Atherton, California | Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty

California – A new construction by the Wise Building Company, this property features outdoor entertaining space with an adjacent guest house.  The entertaining space includes two outdoor fireplaces, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and a pool.  The main house boast six bedrooms across three floors, a media room, sports bar, spacious terraces and Carrera marble throughout.

Guest House 2 - Rhode Island

$7,595,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty

Rhode Island – A unique architectural design, this home features an interior bridge that crosses the infinity pool and leads to a separate guest quarters.  The guest area has an airy bedroom loft, fireplace and overlooks the outdoor pool and spa area.  The main residence has an open concept floor plan, spiral staircase, gourmet kitchen and five fireplaces.

Guest House 3 - Sydney

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

Sydney – Located within this Sydney estate’s Versailles-inspired garden is a self-contained, one-bedroom guesthouse.  The guest house overlooks the rest of the property including the pool and spa, poolside cabana with kitchenette, tennis court and the main house.  A two-story Federation mansion, the main residence has nine bedrooms, a grand lounge, dining room, domed music conservatory, billiards room, theatre, gym and children’s playroom.

Guest House 4 - Connecticut

$5,999,000 USD | Greenwich, Connecticut | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

Connecticut – A European-inspired manor set on over four acres of land, this property’s guesthouse is constructed in the same stone aesthetic as the main home.  Nestled next to the refreshing pool, the guesthouse spans 1,200 square-feet and is comprised of one bedroom and a full basement.  The main residence features a cathedral-ceilinged family room, first-floor master suite, chef’s kitchen and a four-car garage.


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Prestigious Penthouse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Video House Tour

د.إ 23,000,000 AED | Dubai | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This penthouse is considered one of the most exclusive properties in Dubai, especially in the Downtown area. Neighboring the iconic Burj Khalifa and the upcoming Opera District, this duplex takes over the top two floors of the prestigious tower.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC Rings the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange

Sothebys Realty at NYSE

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, whose parent company is Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), rang the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange yesterday to celebrate its 40th anniversary milestone in the luxury residential real estate brokerage business.  Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, was joined on the podium by members of the Sotheby’s International Realty network for the bell ringing ceremony.

“I am very proud of the journey we have taken together with our global luxury real estate network to bring the brand where it is today,” said White. “The Sotheby’s International Realty brokerage network was built to connect the finest independent residential real estate companies to the most prestigious and discerning clientele in the world,” said White. “We are honored to be celebrating this milestone by ringing the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 825 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide.   Each office is independently owned and operated.

To mark the event, Philip White additionally appeared on CNBC’s Closing Bell to discuss the luxury real estate market.


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Ringing in the New Year | Home Bar Rooms

Whether indoors as part of a home’s lounge area or game room, or outdoors and poolside, a home bar is the ultimate place to relax and unwind.  As 2015 comes to a close and we look forward to ringing in 2016, imagine celebrating the New Year at one of these luxurious home bars.

Bars 1 - Australia

Price Upon Request | Queensland, Australia | Gold Coast Sotheby’s International Realty

Australia – Called “Villa Blue Waters,” this grand residence in Queensland was designed for large-scale entertaining and features a commercial-sized granite cocktail bar.  The home also includes a St. Tropez-style marble entertaining area, Teppanyaki cabana, 40-foot resort-style mosaic pool and spa, surround-sound home cinema and a fully-integrated entertainment system and LED light system throughout.  In addition, there is a professional-grade chef’s kitchen with imported Gaggenau and Zanussi appliances.

Bars 2 - Indiana

$2,500,000 USD | Carmel, Indiana | Encore Sotheby’s International Realty

Indiana – The lower level of this 10,608-square-foot home boasts an intricate, antique bar circa 1800.  The bar is fully-equipped with a Sub Zero refrigerator, ice maker and beer tap.  The home additionally features a wine room set behind glass doors that is built upon slate floors and houses thousands of bottles of wine.  Ideal for entertaining, there is also a library, game room equipped with a full bar and a built-in TV screen, an authentic theater room, an outdoor pool and a patio overlooking the ninth hole of the nearby Pete Dye Crooked Stick Golf Course.

Bars 3 - Thailand

฿43,000,000 THB | Phuket, Thailand | Hunter Sotheby’s International Realty

Thailand – Located on the west coast of Phuket, this villa boasts both indoor and outdoor living space.  Adjacent to the private swimming pool is an outdoor sala, BBQ area and a poolside bar.  Inside, there are four en-suite bedrooms, a spacious living and dining area and a fully-equipped contemporary kitchen.

Bars 4 - South Carolina

$8,800,000 USD | Okatie, South Carolina | Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

South Carolina – This 12,905-square-foot estate is situated on 119 acres of land and features a replica of an Old English Pub just off the main residence.  The pub includes a re-assembled antique bar that was dismantled and shipped from England, Cedar shake roofing, cement stone exterior and a fireplace.  Across the property there is also a caretaker’s cottage, a barn, stables with an equestrian facility and a waterfront dock with private access to the nearby Harbor River.

Bars 5 - California

$45,000,000 USD | Laguna Beach, California | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

California – Situated atop a costal bluff and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the lower level of this opulent estate has a game room with a full bar and a glass-encased commercial wine cellar.  The home spans over 9,500 square-feet and has high-end finishes throughout including Wenge wood, onyx slabs, custom mosaic tile, natural stone, custom lighting, floating staircase and a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and exotic wood cabinetry.  One of 13 private homes in the Montage Resort, owners of the property have access to all resort amenities including concierge and housekeeping services, engineering support and full use of the spa and pool.

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Art & Home | Cellars Reach New Neights

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso explores homes featuring wine cellars; a functional centerpiece that showcase fine wine collections along with rich heritage, technology and design.

california$38,000,000 USD | St. Helena, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country Brokerage

The earliest archaeological evidence of wine production was found in Georgia (circa 6000 BC) and Iran (circa 5000 BC), so it should come as no surprise that wine cellars have also existed for thousands of years. In fact, just two years ago, archaeologists uncovered what is believed to be the world’s oldest wine cellar. Dating from 1700 BC and containing 40 broken jars, the mud-brick walled storage room was found during the excavation of an ancient palace’s banquet hall in present-day Israel.

Since that time, wine cellaring has become a science that aficionados have perfected on multiple levels. Advances in technology and design have raised the practice into an art, and as a result, wine collections are no longer exclusively subterranean; they are increasingly taking center stage as main-floor attractions.

Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 1.57.12 PMHK $220,000,000 | Hong Kong | Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty

“It’s on trend right now to display wines in different ways than we have ever seen,” says Ginger Martin of Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country, which serves California’s Sonoma and Napa counties. “Instead of going down into a dark room and pulling out a bottle, people are displaying their wines in beautiful ways,” adds Martin.

louisville$3,790,000 USD | Louisville, Tennessee | Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty

An excellent illustration of Martin’s observation is Napa Valley’s Whitehall Estate, one of the most talked-about wine-country properties currently under construction. One of its striking features is an all-gass wine room reimagined as a dramatic floating sculpture containing the owner’s bottle collection. “You can literally see through it, past the bottles, and out the window to the surrounding grapevines,” Martin says. “It is an artistic statement.” As is clear in Whitehall as in many other estates, wine rooms are now designed to combine high-tech and high style to create the ideal environment in which to easily access and savor one’s liquid assets. Once reserved for true oenophiles, cellars have come to be an “essential” amenity today, says sommelier and wine expert Paul Koder of WineTrend, a wine-consulting firm based in Richmond, Virginia. As Koder notes, luxury homeowners are increasingly integrating them into their entertainment and recreation specifications. Sometimes built at a cost topping six figures, these very personalized wine cellars are often less fussy and more free-flowing than those of the past.

montana$28,000,000 USD | Helena, Montana | Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty

They are a lot more fun too, frequently featuring fantastical plays of lights and electronic sommeliers that make short work of inventory management. International projects take Koder to high-growth markets like China, Thailand and Singapore, where he also finds that “when people display their wine collections to guests in a unique and original style, it gives them a sense of pride and empowerment.” These latest developments in a long history of technological, design and taste changes remind us that wine cellaring has come a considerable ways since ancient times.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in December 2015

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


$1,690,000 USD | Atlanta, Georgia | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

“The house is on two acres. There is a saltwater swimming pool surrounded by a stone patio. Walkways lead to a small pergola, then to a stairway that leads to a sitting area on the river.

$1,700,000 Homes in California, Virginia and Georgia – The New York Times

A Cliffside Home in Laguna Beach on Sale for $45 Million – Architectural Digest

Ranch Home Comes with a Piece of History – Wall Street Journal

The Promise of Virtual Reality is Starting to Look Very Real – CNBC

A Contemporary Mountain Home in Aspen is for Sale for $50 MillionArchitectural Digest

A Quintessential English Country House in Sussex – Wall Street Journal

Which States House Hollywood’s A-List Vacation Homes? – Hollywood Reporter

New York Businessman Leon Black Buys Bomberg Talmund for $9.3 Million – Tablet

Petrus ’89 Leads Sotheby’s Auction with Cote Rotie, Cheval Blanc – Bloomberg

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Significant Sales Volume 8 2015

The latest volume of Significant Sales features top sales from around the world beginning with a sprawling ranch in Texas. Also featured is an extraordinary property in California, a Teton masterpiece in Wyoming and more than twenty other properties from around the globe.

BriggsFreeman 31mPrice Undisclosed | Texas, USA | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Texas – Once owned by legendary cattleman Charles Goodnight, known as the “father of the Texas Panhandle,” the Bitter Creek Ranch is almost 36,000 contiguous acres that was once the Mare Pasture of the famed JA Ranch. The JA Ranch in Palo Duro Canyon was the Panhandle’s first ranch and could have been used for a variety of income producing uses, but the new buyer plans to continue it as a large cattle operation. Located on Highway 70 in Donley and Hall counties, Bitter Creek is well known for its hunting with extensive quail, dove, turkey, whitetail and mule and excellent fishing can be found in the ranch’s two stocked ponds. The extensive improvements include several homes, hunting lodges and camps.

141 Tuscaloosa, Atherton$31,000,000 USD | California, USA | Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty


California – This luxury estate is situated on two parcels totaling almost four acres. Spanning over 10,000 square feet, this gorgeous home incorporates grand-scale rooms including a foyer, formal living and dining rooms, media room with bar, family room and library. The personal accommodations consist of six bedroom suites and six-and-a-half baths including a ground-level in-law or au pair suite with eat-in kitchen. The elegant master suite has an adjoining office, luxurious master bath, walk-in closet and separate terrace.

Jackson Hole 20.4mPrice Undisclosed | Wyoming, USA | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Wyoming – This 72 acre property on Snake River has two enhanced creeks, ponds, Teton views, an elegant main home sprawling almost 8,000 square feet, a six bedroom guest home and a recreational home with observatory, squash court, climbing wall and gym.

United Kingdom 17m (2)$17,047,676 USD | United Kingdom | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

United Kingdom – Set in a prime location on one of the world’s most sought after private roads, this property is located just moments from Kensington Palace and offers three bedrooms, underground parking for three cars and a separate studio apartment within the development. Thoughtfully designed, this property is ideal for entertaining with spacious living areas that showcase exceptional views.  Enhanced safety and security features including Crown Estate security and a 24-hour concierge facilitate a comfortable lifestyle for this beautiful home’s inhabitants. 

East Side 16.350m$16,350,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York – This iconic brownstone, steps from Central Park, was built in 1891 by Gilbert Schellenger on a storied block, home to financiers Bernard Baruch & partners Samuel Goldman & Marcus Sachs. Visionary American fashion designer Perry Ellis oversaw a meticulous restoration of the original mahogany, cherry and oak details adding floor-to-ceiling French casement windows & Art Deco bathrooms from London’s Savoy Hotel.

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Classic Elegance in Wilmington, North Carolina | Video House Tour

$3,295,000 USD | Wilmington, North Carolina | Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty

This French Country inspired estate sited on almost one-and-a-half acres of impeccably landscaped grounds located within the gates of Landfall. The residence was designed by world renowned architect Jack Arnold and is the epitome of old world architecture and craftsmanship. The interior features antique timber beams, Pozzi impact glass windows, limestone Rumsford fireplaces and hand distressed walnut floors. The basement includes an expansive fitness area, game room and state of the art home theater. The exterior boasts concrete block construction, hard coat stucco and gleaming mahogany posts and trim. This home is truly a work of art that captures the ultimate in refined living with classic elegance.

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Luxury Gift Guide 2015

Explore our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide and spark your imagination to help find the perfect gift just in time for the holidays.

Apple Watch

In true Apple tradition, the Apple Watch Edition is a markedly standout product that defines its category. Enveloping a user-beloved operating system and top-of-the-line Apple engineering is a beautiful timepiece constructed of 18k rose gold and glass.

Apple Watch Edition, $17,000 USD


There is no better way to outfit a luxuriously crafted home theater than this; the Prima Cinema system allows its owner to experience first run films from the comfort of their personal theater. The system uses biometrics in order to access the films and screens full resolution films identical to the theater master in both 2D and 3D.

Prima Cinema, $35,000 USD


Perfect for staying warm in cold environments without losing function of your tablet or smartphone, Mujjo’s Leather Touchscreen Gloves are crafted of fine Ethiopian lambskin and comfortable inside and out. These gloves come highly recommended by notable Apple blog 9to5Mac.

Mujjo Leather Touchscreen Gloves, $110 USD


The “Secret Wonder” earrings by Harry Winston are comprised of over 500 diamond, sapphire and aquamarine stones set in platinum. Part of the “Secrets” collection, these earrings are reversible, showcasing a vivid, but classic design.

Secret Wonder by Harry Winston

Kimberly Cruise

True North offers luxury cruises in Australia. Sailing in 2017, a 13 night Ultimate Kimberly cruise in the explorer class offers once in a lifetime experiences in some of the most remote parts of Australia. Hiking, fishing, helicopter rides, fishing, diving and much more among the activities offered during the journey.

Ultimate Kimberly Cruise by True North, $29,000 USD

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