Monthly Archive: October 2016

Luxury Living | Happy Halloween

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While primarily an American holiday in the way it’s celebrated, Halloween has spread over the globe and has been adopted by many cultures in many countries. One of the most popular traditions of the holiday is to celebrate all things that go, “bump in the night,” so with that, join us on a journey around the world  as we discover homes in places associated with some classic tales.

Baltimore, Maryland

Home of Edgar Allen Poe

Famous for The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher and many other chilling short stories and poems, Poe lived his entire life in Baltimore. His stories have been adapted for film and TV countless times including memorable vignettes on The Simpsons annual Halloween special. He was also the inspiration for the city’s NFL team (the Ravens) when they moved in a little over 20 years ago.

baltimore$4,600,000 USD | Baltimore, Maryland | Monument Sotheby’s International Realty

London, England

Home of Mary Shelley

The mother of some of horror’s most iconic characters, Mary Shelley penned Frankenstein in 1822 and gave generations of audiences Doctor Victor Frankenstein and his titular Monster. The story inspired dozens of film adaptations dating back to the advent of the modern cinema and helped launch the career of the legendary Boris Karloff as one of the original Universal Studios monsters.

england£6,995,000 GBP | London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

Tokyo, Japan

Home of Koji Suzuki

Koji Suzuki’s Ring (Ringu) series was instrumental in introducing international audiences to the J-Horror sub-genre and inspiring 2002’s American film, The Ring, by Gore Verbinski. In the wake of its success, The Ring opened viewers up to a steady stream of terrifying J-Horror stories for many years to come. It will be reimagined for the screen again in 2017.

japan¥250,000,000 JPY | Tokyo, Japan | List Sotheby’s International Realty

Dublin, Ireland

Home of Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847. Originally published in 1897, his most famous work, Dracula took the world by storm and brought vampires out of the shadows and into our homes. Count Dracula has since become a household name and continues to be, nearly 120 years later, one of the most famous and frightening monsters of all time.

dublin5.000.000 € EUR | Dublin, Ireland | Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty

New Orleans, Louisiana

Home of Anne Rice

Author of the renowned Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice adapted the concept of vampires for a modern audience. Lestat, one of the vampires at the center of Rice’s stories, was portrayed by Tom Cruise in 1994’s Oscar-nominated film version of Interview with a Vampire alongside Brad Pitt and Kirstin Dunst.

new-orleans$1,683,000 USD | New Orleans, Louisiana | Dorian Bennet Sotheby’s International Realty

Mexico

Home of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Our journey ends in Mexico with the Day of the Dead celebration on November 1st. While there is no specific author tied to this particular celebration, images of “sugar skulls” and deeply-rooted practices of honoring deceased family and friends on the Day of the Dead has been featured in numerous stories across both print and film. Disney’s Pixar Studios will be bringing the holiday to life in their upcoming 2017 film, Coco.

mexico$3,800,000 USD | Nayarit, Mexico | Guadalajara Sotheby’s International Realty

 

Art & Home | Arrive in Style

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The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso welcomes you through some of the most captivating home entrances from around the world.

Fine design is about the creation of memorable spaces, and when it comes to entrances, architects have one shot to get it right.

virginia$2,695,000 USD | Henrico, Virginia | The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty

 “An entrance is the starting point from which everything begins to unfold,” says Chris Whitehead, managing director of Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty in Dubai. It “dictates the way the property talks to visitors,” he adds. “The feeling generated in the entrance echoes throughout the house.”

dubaiPrice Upon Request | Emirates Hills, Dubai | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

The power of that initial perception can feel like the difference between a welcome mat and a red carpet arrival. 

Entrance halls convey the character and attitude of a residence and the people who live in it.  They can exude boldness, quietude, history, hospitality, strength or drama. They are also portals with mood-altering capacity to affect one’s outlook and signal a sense of anticipation by offering a hint of what’s to come. 

colorado$8,999,000 USD | Sedalia, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“When someone opens the door and walks into a space that is inspirational, has great proportion and incorporates beautiful materials, you don’t know why you love it but those are the elements you savor,” says Nancy Ruddy, co-founder and managing principal of the architectural firm CetraRuddy in New York and a 2015 inductee into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. “Those are the things that make a space memorable.” 

southhampton$39,500,000 USD | Southampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – South Hampton Brokerage

A grand entrance is more than a matter of soaring ceilings. Today’s foyers are warmer, more nurturing and embracing with a greater interplay of natural materials like stone and wood. Art is more prominent, too. The entrance of one of Whitehead’s most memorable estate listings features sculptures set in an infinity edge reflecting pool. 

new-york$3,395,000 USD | West Harrison, New York | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Ruddy frequently incorporates her clients’ art in entryways calling them ideal spaces to showcase an art collection and project one’s personality. “As one client told us, ‘I never tire of coming into my home. There’s something amazing when you open the door.’ That’s what we call poetry.”

Article provided by Iyna Bort Caruso exclusively for Art & Home

Discover more in October’s issue of ART & HOME

 

 

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in South Carolina

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that the Tidelands Company in South Carolina has acquired local brokerages DeBordieu Colony Real Estate, Inc. and Prince George Sotheby’s International Realty, and the newly combined entity will now do business as Peace Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm is owned and operated by Hampton and Perry Peace, seasoned real estate professionals who have been in the business since 1993.  With this transaction, the Sotheby’s International Realty network will expand into the market of Horry County, while continuing to serve the luxury residential real estate markets in Pawleys Island, Georgetown and the private community of DeBordieu Colony.  Carol Jayroe and Phillip Lammonds, former owners of Prince George Sotheby’s International Realty, will remain with Peace Sotheby’s International Realty as sales associates.

“The coastal South Carolina towns in this market offer both timeless luxury homes and rich history,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “We are proud to welcome Hampton and Perry Peace and their team to our brand, and we appreciate how well their commitment to provide a high quality level of service to home buyers and sellers aligns with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand.”

“We pride ourselves on providing a best-in-class experience which complements our passion for customer satisfaction,” said Hampton Peace, broker/owner Peace Sotheby’s International Realty. “We look forward to presenting our extraordinary properties to the global audience of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.”

In addition to Peace Sotheby’s International Realty, the Sotheby’s International Realty network has three independently owned and operated member companies throughout the state including: Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty in Bluffton; Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston; and Justin Winter Sotheby’s International Realty in Sunset.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 19,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 850 offices in 65 countries and territories worldwide.  Peace 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.

 

 

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in October 2016

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

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10.000.000€ EUR | Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

“The 9,146-square-foot villa, in a lush park of 4,000 square meters, has 12 bedrooms and 10 full bathrooms; is set over five floors, has two-car garage a and a parking lot for five further cars nearby.”

Channel Your Inner Hollywood Icon at this Italian Riviera Villa – Mansion Global

A Massive Castle in Colorado Seeks $17.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

For Sale: 7 Unique Homes in Hudson Valley – The Week

Sotheby’s International Realty Chief Talks Emerging Markets, Changing Millennial Tastes and More – Mansion Global

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in South Carolina – Sotheby’s International Realty

Home on Pebble Beach’s 18th Hole Seeks $25.75 Million – Wall Street Journal

For Sale: 6 Amazing Homes for $650,000 – The Week

The Great Lakes Escape – Wall Street Journal

Homes That Sold for $1.5 Million and Above – The New York Times

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

Lakeville, Conn.: A Norman Rockwell Kind of Place – Wall Street Journal

Edvard Munch’s ‘Girls’ May Fetch $50 Million at Sotheby’s Sale – Bloomberg

 

 

Luxury Living | Inside the Rock Spring Estate

“Rock Spring” stands as a brilliant example of meticulous restoration and exquisite care. With historic ownership records dating back to the original land grant to William Penn by King Charles II of England, the story is as enchanting as the property itself. Perched high above the Brandywine river and set high on the lot, away from the entrance’s stone gate house, this over five-bedroom estate overlooks the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley.

imagereader-aspx$4,300,000 USD | Montchanin, Delaware | Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Francesca Rudin says she and her husband found it terribly dreary, with little light or notable architectural details to speak of when they bought it nearly fifteen years ago.

“Our goal was to bring it into the 21st century and to let in a lot of light because it was a dark house.  Architect Peter Zimmerman had a vision of how to do that, so now it’s a very bright and airy house,” Rudin recalls. Except it wasn’t an irrational dream, for in addition to having Zimmerman on their team and Rudin herself having a special eye for distinct interiors and art. The Rudins have renovated the estate “from top to bottom, the complete interior.”

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Interestingly, it was during this time that Rudin says they came upon personal artifacts from the previous owners. The coolest object? An original Du Pont scale, discovered in the attic, that she and her husband then restored and embedded in their master bathroom. “The mechanism is in the wall, but you just stand on the bed of the scale, which is embedded in the floor.”

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Prior to the Du Ponts, the property had at one point been owned by an Irish farmer. “My husband got the documentation on the property and it turned out that we’re the fifth owners since the King of England.”

Rudin’s design of the interior includes a vintage BMW motorcycle in her dining room. Some of her collectibles are found throughout the estate.

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“The house is an expression of our personality,” she says, noting that while it’s sizable, it remains relatively formal.

“We live like a modern family. The decor is quirky in some ways; it’s not modern, but it’s transitional, style-wise, and I like to include low-brow and high-brow.  It’s very much a storyboard for our lives.”

Explore the historic Rock Spring Estate

Market Spotlight | Chinatowns in the United States

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As a country marked by waves of immigration from citizens around the world, the United States has long been home to enclaves that offer new residents a sense of “home” among those who share in their culture as they transition into American life. Since the establishment of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the mid-1800s, these neighborhoods have become staples for American cities around the country. Visually defined by a fusion of Western architectural styles with traditional Asian elements such as gilded ornaments and tiled-roofs, Chinatowns in the U.S. have emerged as popular neighborhoods where residents and visitors enjoy vibrant cultural offerings in the form of cuisine, art and events.

San Francisco

In 1848, the first Chinatown in the United States was born, and has since grown into a symbol for the city. Representing the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, it is a staple of tourism for the Bay Area. Locals and tourists enjoy visiting Ross Alley, which houses the popular Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory and provides a haven for artists as murals throughout the area offer a glimpse into the daily lives of Chinese Americans.

sanfranSan Francisco, California | $2,500,000 USD | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Open the door to a true oasis within the coveted Golden Gateway Commons, with vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and a contemporary aesthetic. Flooded with natural light, there is a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living. Four south-facing outdoor terraces lend themselves to a Zen consciousness with views capturing the downtown skyline, Coit Tower, the Embarcadero and beyond. A convenient location offers ease of access to the Ferry Building and Financial District, as well as a short five minute drive to Chinatown.

Seattle

In Seattle, the establishment of Chinatown grew into what is now The International District, a neighborhood that incorporates Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, African American and Vietnamese influences. A popular destination is Kobe Terrace Park, with blossoming Cherry trees by spring that are complemented by a stunning stone lantern sculpture gifted by Kobe, Japan, Seattle’s Japanese sister city. In recent years, The International District has seen large-scale development projects that have drawn more businesses and residents to its bounds.

seattleSeattle, Washington | $610,000 USD | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

The Urban Loft is a signature residence nestled in the heart of Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. An open entertainer’s floor plan meets high-end industrial aesthetic, from the 24” old growth beams and 11 foot ceilings down to the concrete countertops and stainless steel appliances. Take in cityscapes from the rooftop deck or indulge in a quick 10 minute walk to all that The International District offers.

Chicago

Occupying much of Armour Square, Chicago’s Chinatown has traditionally catered more to commercial interest, though recent years have seen more residential projects that have drawn those looking for an urban and culturally rich lifestyle. Attractions include Chinatown Square, a mall with a design inspired by the Chinese Imperial Court complete with statues for each of the 12 Chinese Zodiac symbols. A cornerstone of the community is the Pui Tak Center, which represents the first structure in the neighborhood to be erected in traditional Chinese architectural style.

chicagoChicago, Illinois | $665,000 | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

An exquisite condo that exudes sophistication and comfort with a priceless view. High-end upgrades and custom-made features include picture framing walls, hand-painted Scalamandre Wallpaper, French shutters, PARIS ceramics, surround sound, a fireplace, Marble & Wenge hardwood floors, a Carrera Marble island, and much more. Breathtaking vistas of Millennium and Grand Park, Buckingham Fountain, boats on the lake, and the city skyline. A fifteen minute train ride hearkens in the South Loop and all that the cultural center within Chinatown affords.

New York

Second only to Asia, New York City is home to the largest ethnic Chinese population and the state houses at least 12 Chinatowns. The Manhattan Chinatown is known for its open markets, restaurants and night life. It draws residents both for the authentic Chinese culture and the excellent transportation system, with a convergence of subway lines to easily pivot across the city. Among the top destinations is Prosperity Dumpling, a Chinese restaurant offering premier cuisine whether it’s for its namesake dish or a sesame pancake.

newyorkManhattan, New York | $999,888 USD | Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

No detail was spared in the renovation of this bright and open apartment as brand new 5” Butternut wood floors meet thoughtful updates including state-of-the-art kitchen appliances and Carrara Quartz countertops. Skyline views from every room complement sunny southwestern exposure and unobstructed views of Freedom Tower from the living room. An enviable location with the vibrant culture of Chinatown Manhattan at your doorstep.

Inspired by the sense of community and convenience afforded to those who both reside in and visit Chinatown, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty established the Asia Services Group, a team of independent brokers fluent in foreign languages, customs and the logistics necessary for working with foreign homebuyers.

Since the formation of the Asia Services Group, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has further cemented itself as an opinion leader on foreign investment in the Pacific Northwest through unique initiatives that include a feature documentary entitled East Meets West and the all-Mandarin Seattle Luxury Living Magazine, which targets affluent Chinese consumers both within the United States and overseas.

The Life Aquatic | Living Lakeside

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Found in the heart of some of the world’s most sought after destinations, there are approximately 117 million lakes on Earth. This week, The Life Aquatic takes us from Michigan to New Zealand to discover truly extraordinary lakeside homes.

michigan$40,000,000 USD | Saugatuck, Michigan | Signature Sotheby’s International Realty

Approximately 314 acres in Saugatuck Township, Michigan, bordering Saugatuck Dunes State Park on the north and the Kalamazoo River on the south, this property features uninterrupted views to north and south horizons and approximately 1,800 feet of frontage on clear-water Lake Michigan. The iconic 5,589-square-foot beach house looks out over Lake Michigan with an adjoining 1,304-square-foot guest cottage.

new-zealandPrice Undisclosed | Southern Lakes, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Hunter Valley Station is a large scale high country property positioned at the head waters of Lake Hawea in the Queenstown Lakes District. With over thirty kilometers of lakefront access encompassing both Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka, the property also encompasses approximately thirteen kilometers of frontage on the Hunter River. The station offers a truly majestic setting with mountainous terrain that adjoins Mount Aspiring National Park, a World Heritage Area. The property itself has close to 6,500 hectares of land plus currently an additional special lease comprising 2,950 hectares in the adjoining Cameron Valley.

texas$18,750,000 USD | Magnolia, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

This spectacular 185-acre private and gated Estate is located in Magnolia, Texas, approximately 40 miles northwest of Houston. Meticulously developed, this estate boasts the private 25-acre Emerald Lake, a world class bass lake with 10 islands, a 9-acre Japanese garden, a 7-acre botanical garden with over 5,000 azaleas. In addition, there is private helipad access located on the lake and a tropical sandy beach. The grounds are exquisitely manicured which gives them a resort-like feel and appearance all year round. Located within the upscale golfing and equestrian community of High Meadows Ranch, this property offers something for everyone.

italyPrice Upon Request | Como, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Villa Pavia is a prestigious nineteenth century residence located on the shores of Lake Como, in a dominant position with wonderful views of the lake and the mountains. The property is surrounded by a beautiful botanical park of 6,000 square-meters characterized by a great variety of century old trees, flowers and comfortable paths that make it easily accessible. Modern amenities of the highest standard such as underfloor heating, a dehumidification system, a lift that connects the ground floor with the two upper floors and Internet, are already in the house.

imagereader-aspx-8$2,499,000 USD | Alton, New Hampshire | Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

Take in the sunrise or summer sunsets from the grand, open mahogany porch or the screened in living space of this Lake Winnipesaukee home. Design meets function in the detail oriented open floor plan featuring antique oak floors, wainscoting, cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, natural wood and stonework. The home benefits from quiet privacy, while also being in close proximity to local amenities and attractions.

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Architectural Spotlight | Cavalier Castles

Guarding walls, soaring turrets, large rooms and outbuildings help define castle architecture. Throughout both history and fiction, castles have housed royalty and hosts of dignitaries before being updated with modern amenities and passed on to future generations. Join us on a journey around the world as we discover castles in some of the most sought after locales.

germany5.796.000 € EUR | Hessen, Germany | Peters & Peters Sotheby’s International Realty

Medieval ambiance coupled with modern hotel facilities await you in the middle of the scenic World Heritage Site “Upper Middle Rhine Valley”. Freshly renovated, the impressive castle radiates the venerable splendor of bygone days. The great hall, a vaulted cellar, seminar rooms, the castle courtyard, a tower room, the castle chapel, a medieval skittle alley that is a protected historic feature and even its own registry office. The castle offers abundant space and rooms for every occasion amidst a one-of-a-kind ambiance.

idaho$3,400,000 USD | Boise, Idaho | Group One Sotheby’s International Realty

Live a fairy tale life of luxury in an extraordinary residence. Let your hair down as you sit on the rooftop turret overlooking the courtyard and foothills beyond. The best is yet to come with whole house geothermal radiant heat flooring, iron gated entrances, Idaho sandstone walls, portcullis, towers, and one of a kind everything you can imagine. Entertain with style at the rooftop terrace using torchlights, fire pit, hot tub, kitchen, bar area that seats 6 and a green house.

australiaPrice Upon Request | Melbourne, Australia | Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty

Perched high above Mornington Peninsula’s most exclusive enclave of luxury properties is a splendid apartment within the 9-acre Delgany Castle estate. Comprising three bedrooms, including a fine master suite with walk in robes secluded on the ground floor, two internal living areas, alfresco deck and oversized terrace ideal for hosting large parties. A full outdoor kitchen, bar, lounge and dining area embody the sky-high terrace which wraps around two bedrooms on the upper floor. Overlooking Portsea Golf Course, the endless vista hints at the serenity enjoyed by the original owner when the residence was built in 1923.

france7.350.000 € EUR | Centre, France | Orléans Sologne Sotheby’s International Realty

This castle in France, just over two hours from Paris via motorway is in the heart of the Loire Valley 15 minutes from Tours and 30 minutes from the Tours-val de Loire airport. The exceptional domain is composed of 1,112 acres, including an 18th century castle and large outbuildings. All of the structures have been completely restored along with the 15th century manor house. The domain’s grounds comprise an exquisite French-style garden, an orchard, 840 acres of forests and woodlands, 247 acres of meadows and two lakes. Additional amenities include a pool, cellar and kennels.

Browse more Castles on sothebysrealty.com

 

 

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in October 2016

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

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$14,000,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Mr. Lynch, who retired in 1990 after running the Fidelity Magellan Fund for 13 years, said he has lived in the Boston area for much of his life, but he and his wife fell in love with Arizona while driving across the state on their honeymoon.

Investor Peter Lynch Lists Scottsdale Retreat for $14 Million – The Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in … Poland – New York Times

Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Releases Perspectives 3/2016 – Sotheby’s International Realty

In the Hamptons, a Home That’s an Investment in Peace and Quiet – The Wall Street Journal

This Berlin Neighborhood is Cosmopolitan, With Easy Access to Green Space – Mansion Global

Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty launches “Geek Home of the Week” – Geek Wire

Stunning contemporary Potrero Hill home – Curbed

Magnificent Renaissance-Style Cliffside San Francisco Residence – Haute Living

For Sale: The Homes of Music Legends – The Wall Street Journal

New properties coming to market in Monaco could affect London prime market – PropertyWire

K-pop star T.O.P adds millennial appeal to record Sotheby’s auction – CNN

Chinese Emperor’s Seal Leads $281 Million Sotheby’s Asia Auction – Bloomberg

 

 

Luxury Living | The Thunder Mountain Wildlife Estate

Mark and Delia Owens, zoologists and conservationists, spent 23 years in Africa living with and studying endangered species. They have authored best selling books and have been the subject of articles in respected publications such as The New Yorker, Life, and Sports Illustrated to name just a few. After searching for a stateside locale in which to settle, they decided on North Idaho. They have spent over 20 years at their current residence, Thunder Mountain Wildlife Estate, in Moyie Springs, creating a 720-acre wildlife sanctuary.

thundermountain$4,495,000 USD | Moyie Springs, Idaho | Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty

“Our home is nestled in the forest at the edge of a restored marsh, which is part of more than a square mile of our own private nature preserve in the Curley Creek Valley near Moyie Springs, Idaho,” says the Owenses. “Just across the meadow and marsh east of our home the Purcell Mountains rear up along the Idaho/Montana border.”

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“Before beginning construction, we spent three years collecting more than 250 tons of rocks from our property and from the Yaak River Valley seven miles farther east across the mountains.  We used these to build our five fireplaces and the walls of our dining room.”

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“We also deconstructed two 80 year old barns and recycles nearly all of the wood in the construction of the door and window frames, the posts and beams in the kitchen and under the catwalk,  in the bathroom vanities and in the kitchen cabinets under the granite island. Mark also milled a large spruce log for the living room fireplace mantle, which took nine men to hang, while the other four fireplace mantles are made of barn beams.”

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“One of the greatest joys of living here for the past 20 years has been the utter quiet and lack of artificial light from any direction. We can sit in our hot tub at night and know that we will only see star and moonlight, and hear the sounds of Nature, including the rasping cries of juvenile Great Horned Owls waiting to be fed; the howls of wolves, and the yips and yaps of coyotes.  It has been a grand consolation for us after having given up our beloved Africa, where we lived for 23 years in isolated splendor among wild animals who had never before seen humankind.”

See more of Mark and Delia Owens’ The Thunder Mountain Wildlife Estate