Monthly Archive: November 2016

Luxury Living | Dining Together

Today in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving –  a special day reserved for us to gather with friends and family to celebrate all of the things we are thankful for. While the holiday itself may not be universal, the tradition of coming together over a meal with those we care about is something that can be appreciated anywhere in the world. Join us as we travel from New York to Sydney as we discover luxury homes with perfect spaces to dine together.

newyork$28,900,000 USD | Southampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

Sited in Southampton’s private ocean-access Murray Compound on almost two acres, this brand-new Hamptons traditional residence, designed by revered Fleetwood & McMullan architects encompasses some 15,700 square feet of total living space. With interiors conceived of, built, and installed by renowned Italian Achille Salvagni Atelier, this home is offered fully furnished. An infinity-surface, heated Gunite pool, pool house, sunken all-weather tennis court, and numerous patios and covered decks occupy the stunningly landscaped grounds.

Discover the inspiration for your next meal in Houseguest Episode IV as Chef Joe Cicala experiences Italy and shares his latest recipe!

tci$7,900,000 USD | Providenciales, Turks & Caicos | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

Long Bay House is a unique beachfront estate, situated on over two acres in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Set amidst Providenciales’ most luxurious properties and within the beachfront neighborhood of Long Bay, the property has been beautifully landscaped and also benefits from over 157 feet of coveted white sandy beach to enjoy with endless turquoise ocean views. Spanning approximately 8,700 interior square feet the two-story villa boasts six beautiful bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms and private balconies.

colorado$20,000,000 USD | Woody Creek, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Enjoy incredible privacy from this classic Colorado style custom home on over 16 acres of beautifully manicured grounds with a pond, reflecting pools, meadows of wildflowers, covered patio with wood-burning fireplace and amazing views. The spectacular outdoor spaces are complemented by the gracious indoor spaces that are luxuriously furnished. Amenities found throughout the home include five bedrooms with private master and guest master suites, five full baths, three half baths and a gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook and butler’s pantry. The formal dining room, recreation room with billiards and wet bar and home theater are ideal for entertaining.

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

A grand entrance into this discreetly tucked away quintessential family home is made via a dramatic sandstone staircase. Peacefully nestled among perfectly manicured gardens lies an inspiring, fully operational Japanese tea room. Set on over 2,000 square-meters of land and brilliantly designed, all the rooms in this magnificent home have impressive three-meter-high ceilings, ensuring an abundance of natural light. Enjoy the outdoor dining area, perfect for taking in the surrounding environment.

Explore more homes with extraordinary dining spaces



Apple TV | The Next Big Thing is Here


We are incredibly excited to announce the release of the Sotheby’s International Realty Apple TV app, which is available for download on the tvOS App Store today.

As portrayed in our previous blog post, the opportunities that the tvOS platform provide are tailor-made for experiencing our amazing properties in the best way possible – in the comfort of your own home, exploring these inspiring homes with your friends and family. The app has been created to take full advantage of the largest high-definition displays, allowing you to immerse yourself in the global reach of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.

Designed to reflect the look and feel of while simultaneously optimizing elements for the unique navigation and display on Apple TV, the home screen features a rotating assortment of properties from the world over with a combination of stunning high-resolution photography and high-definition filmmaking.


The Properties area of the app allows you to:

  • Search by city, state, and country using the Siri remote voice dictation to easily arrive at your destination.
  • Filter by price, lifestyle or bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Keep an eye out for the video icon on the lower-right corner of properties that have an HD video available.
  • Swipe left and right to quickly page through the high-resolution, professionally shot photography of each property.
  • Click the touch pad at any time to view more property information.
  • Organize your preferred properties by selecting the Favorites icon on the right hand menu.
  • Share the property via email, or request more information directly from the agent.

As always, our featured lifestyles take front stage for those who are looking to find properties that compliment your unique interests.

In the eGallery section, you can choose the Gallery view to be presented with a rotating selection of the very best high-resolution property photos from across our network. Enter the Game Mode to guess the location of our featured properties from around the world, and filter by Lifestyle to customize the experience.


You can access your three most recent location searches under the Favorites menu, as well as all of your favorited properties.

Finally, we encourage you to move the Sotheby’s International Realty app into your Apple TV “Top Shelf,” which allows you to access your recent searches and favorites right from your Apple TV home screen.


Powered by the amazing visuals produced by our local affiliates the world over, the Sotheby’s International Realty Apple TV app allows you to share the pleasure of browsing our outstanding properties with your friends and family in the comfort of your own home. A premium real estate experience unlike any other.

Download it today from the Apple TV App Store by searching for “Sotheby’s International Realty”.


Sotheby’s International Realty® | Houseguest Episode IV – Chef Joe Cicala


Houseguest” is the new custom video series presented by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. This series follows influential and inspirational people as they become a houseguest in a home represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and meld their life with the unique lifestyle found with their extraordinary accommodations.


As the Executive Chef at Le Virtu, and the Co-Owner and Culinary Director at Brigantessa in Philadelphia, Joe Cicala regularly travels to Italy to feed his passion and research authentic local flavor that he will infuse into his cuisine. In this awe-inspiring episode of Houseguest, Joe visits Via di Cappello, a secluded villa nestled in the Florentine countryside. Watch as Joe finds inspiration for his latest recipe: Tagliatelle with Tuscan Pork Sausage and Mushroom Ragu.

Want a taste? Craft Joe’s Tagliatelle with Tuscan Pork Sausage and Mushroom Ragu at home with the below recipe:

Ingredients for the pasta:
2 cups flour
3 whole eggs
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Ingredients for the ragu:
3 T extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
2 pork sausage links, casings removed
1/2 pound fresh porcini mushrooms, sliced
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1/2 cup pasta cooking water
1/3 cup heavy cream
Salt, to taste
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Toscano
1 small black truffle

On a flat surface, form a “well” with the flour. Add eggs and olive oil in the center and start to beat with a fork. Slowly incorporate the outer layer of flour into the egg mixture until dough starts to form. Discard the fork and knead the dough for three minutes until it becomes firm. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for one hour. On a floured surface, roll the dough by hand until it’s 3mm thick. Fold the sheeted dough in half and in half again. Using an 8″ chef’s knife, slice the dough into 1/4″ pieces. Unfold and form the noodles into “nests.” In a large pot of salted boiling water, drop the pasta, cooking for 4-6 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through yet retains a firm bite (about 2 minutes after the pasta floats). Drain the pasta and add to the pan with the prepared ragu (see below).

In a large sauté pan, add the olive oil and garlic cloves. Cook over medium heat until the garlic is browned on all sides. Discard the garlic. Add sausage to the pan and caramelize well. Add the porcini mushrooms and rosemary, and cook in the pork fat until tender. Deglaze the pan with the pasta water and loosen the brown bits on the bottom of the pan by scraping with a wooden spoon. Add the cream and reduce by half. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss or mix well with a fork and spoon to incorporate the sauce throughout the pasta. Add the Pecorino Toscano and do the same. Slice fresh black truffle on top of the dish and serve immediately.

Learn more about the house:

Price Upon Request | Florence, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in the late 19th century by Giuseppe Poggi, one of Florence’s greatest architects, the 1060-square-meter villa is to the south of the city and just outside the town of Impruneta, famous for its terracotta and olive oil. Fifteen minutes from the center of Florence and thirty minutes from the airport, this impressive Florentine country estate is the unusual combination of a wonderful rural location with easy access to a magnificent renaissance city. The estate, enjoying fantastic south-facing views over the Chianti landscape, is accessed by a cypress-lined private drive. Set on a hillside with commanding views over formal gardens and the surrounding countryside, the property reveals astonishing views of the Chianti landscape.

Learn more about the Guest

From roaming buffalo over the skies of New York City to the crystal azure waters of Turks & Caicos, open the door to discovery and explore the Houseguest series.


Art & Home | Sound Design


The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us through homes with harmonious music rooms in some of the most sought after locales around the world.

Some rooms beckon. Libraries coax with books. Home theaters lure with entertainment. And music rooms summon with sound.

balticPrice Upon Request | Jurmala, Latvia | Baltic Sotheby’s International Realty

For centuries in aristocratic circles, music rooms were essential in large estates, part of a suite of specialized spaces dedicated to leisurely pursuits like billiards, dancing, even smoking. A dynamic musical life was a cultural imperative. People gathered to play–or simply to applaud those who did–in surroundings that often took their decorative cues from the great concert halls of the world.

north-carolina$2,199,950 | Charlotte, North Carolina | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

These days dedicated music rooms are rare, according to Frank de Biasi, a New York-based interior designer whose residential portfolio includes projects in Europe, America and the Middle East. Instruments are often integrated into studies or media rooms or treated as objets d’art that are elevated to statement pieces in living rooms, dining rooms and dens.

seattle$4,500,000 USD | Seattle, Washington | Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

In residences where homeowners do carve out prime footage, the 21st century rebooted music room is about versatility as an entertainment and performance space. Rooms are being designed to accommodate multiple layouts. It could be an intimate cocktail party for 10 around the piano one night and a VIP guest performance for 100 the next with different configurations of chairs, sofas and banquettes to match the social event. De Biasi designed a music room that’s part fantasy, part lounge for a Palm Beach, Fla., client. Upholstered walls and dark stained finishes give it a nightclub feel. “When you walk in the room you just want a drink in your hand,” de Biasi says.

Music is the legacy of a Corte Madera estate located about 10 miles north of San Francisco. The property, co-listed by Isobel Wiener and Danielle Chavanon of Sotheby’s International Realty in San Francisco, was once owned by legendary concert promoter Bill Graham. A subsequent owner hired architect Sim Van der Ryn to design a new residence on the 11-acre compound, one that’s come to be known as the Guitar House for the way a long corridor, reminiscent of the neck of a guitar, leads to a music room shaped like the instrument’s body. “The spirit of Bill Graham lives on,” says Wiener.

california$29,000,000 USD | Corte Madera, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Adds Chavanon: “It’s memorable. The way the passion for music is expressed in the property absolutely gives it another dimension.”

Article provided by Iyna Bort Caruso exclusively for Art & Home

Discover more from this issue of Art & Home



#TravelTuesday | Fall Getaways – Part I

This #TravelTuesday, explore properties in the best fall getaway destinations, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.  The Sotheby’s International Realty network boats branded offices in 13 of the top locations ranked worldwide.

Savannah, Georgia


$2,625,000 USD | Savannah, Georgia | Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated within a gated community on the Vernon River, enjoy autumn in this custom-built southern estate.  Spanning 6,300 square-feet, the home offers both indoor and outdoor entertaining areas including a two-story great room with wet bar, a wine room, solarium, breakfast nook, a covered patio overlooking the river, and a covered dock with dining area.  The home also boasts a custom hand-painted mural by a well-known Savannahian artist.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming


$10,250,000 USD | Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

Revel in Jackson Hole’s favorable autumn climate in this sprawling mountainside log cabin.  The home, which stands three-stories tall, is constructed of Douglas Fir log rounds and dry-stack stone and features a game room, theater room and skiers’ lounge.  It is in close proximity to picturesque hiking trails and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Charleston, South Carolina


$5,900,000 USD | Charleston, South Carolina | Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty

Take in the season’s Charleston charm in this English-inspired gothic lakefront manor.  Enjoy the outdoors with the property’s pool, cabana, alfresco kitchen and loggia.  The home additionally boasts intricate finishes throughout including extensive mahogany molding and trim, reclaimed antique heart pine floors and beams, custom cabinetry and hand cut stone exterior finishes.

Acadia National Park, Maine


$2,475,000 USD | Northeast Harbor, Maine | The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty

Located just a few miles south of Acadia National Park, this unique and rustic property offers the best of fall in New England.  The property’s landscape includes a variety of trees, perennials, paths, stone bridge, a restored farm road leading down to a rear meadow and is in close proximity to hiking trails that lead into Acadia.

San Francisco, California


$6,000,000 USD | San Francisco, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

With fall being the off-season for San Francisco’s tourism, enjoy the metropolis from the Telegraph Terrace penthouse.  The captivating apartment features breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz and is in close proximity to many of the city’s main attractions.  The home spans 5,654 square-feet and includes grand entertaining spaces and seven outdoor terraces.

New York, New York


$9,250,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Admire the beauty of autumn in New York City from this triplex penthouse overlooking Central Park.  Located on the Upper West Side, the apartment features three bedrooms, 10-foot ceilings and a 380-square-foot terrace ideal for entertaining and watching the leaves change colors.  The apartment is in a landmarked building with a full-time doorman and live-in superintendent.


Luxury Living | Urban Retreats

Hidden in plain sight and tucked away in the quiet corners of our world’s bustling metropolises, these urban retreats are perfect environments for reflection, relaxation and escape without leaving the city. From Washington D.C. to Tokyo, let’s unwind and retreat from the metropolitan hustle in these exclusive hideaways in some of the most renowned urban destinations.

washingtondc$4,700,000 USD | Washington D.C. | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

This spacious residence features four bedrooms and five-and-half bathrooms with an embassy scale living room and adjoining amply sized formal dining room. Offering a combination of lovely views of the Potomac River, generous public and private areas, access to Ritz-Carlton’s unsurpassed services and convenience to Georgetown’s vibrancy, this property is the ideal residence for those seeking a luxury urban retreat.

tokyo¥69,800,000 JPY | Tokyo, Japan | List Sotheby’s International Realty

A spacious family home setback in a quiet cul-de-sac and a one-minute walk to the American School in Japan, this three-story house features a 5SLDK hybrid Western-Japanese layout with open LDK occupying most of the second floor, three western-style bedrooms, and two Japanese-style bedrooms, a secluded office and adjacent dressing room with moisture and acoustic insulation. The property has been meticulously maintained and recently updated.

saopaloR$ 16.000.000 BRL | Sao Palo, Brazil | Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty

A perfect union of exclusivity, luxury and urban retreat, this duplex penthouse, with 900 square meters of space located in front of the Burle Marx Park, features a panoramic 360-degree view of the city. Fully decorated by renowned interior designer, this home features a tech-savvy entry accessible by two elevators and biometric systems for access control.

sanfrancisco$849,000 USD | San Francisco, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

A bright and spacious loft located in the heart of the vibrant SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco, this home is filled with natural light, features soaring ceilings and massive windows, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a flexible floor plan that allows the city dweller to have the perfect urban retreat. The living room has a built in window seat, gas fireplace and hardwood floors. Retreat to your large mezzanine level bedroom overlooking the courtyard or go up the open staircase to your second bedroom and en-suite bath.


New Development Spotlight | Villas Valriche – Mauritius

Showcasing the height of new luxury construction in some of the world’s most sought after locations, let’s explore an exclusive new development from our worldwide network.


Nestled in one of the most preserved region on a rolling hillside in a natural amphitheatre, Villas Valriche is one of the most beautiful golf development of the island set on 210 hectares. This residential estate surrounded by vast unspoiled nature reserves is unique in Mauritius as no other offers to buyers as much choice and flexibility. The whole development, which upon completion will host 288 elegant plantation-style villas, has been carefully planned to protect the natural beauty of the region.


All the Domaine de Bel Ombre’s wonderful sites, including an old sugar factory situated in the picturesque southwest and wrapped in nature as pristine as ever, can be enjoyed by the owners. At the heart of this environment lies the Chateau de Bel Ombre, dating back to the 1800s, which has been converted into one of the island’s finest gastronomic restaurants.


The residents also benefit from membership to C Beach Club and the Heritage Golf Club and have privileged access to the 5 star hotels, Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali and to the private Frédérica Nature Reserve that borders the estate.

With 145 villas already built and delivered to their owners, Villas Valriche gives foreign buyers the possibility to acquire a luxury freehold villa in Mauritius. In addition to the unique lifestyle and spectacular views that can be enjoyed at Villas Valriche, the acquisition of a property enables owners to obtain the Mauritian residency permit and benefit from the country’s advantageous tax system.



Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in November 2016

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


10 800 000$ CAD | Ontario, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

“Even the most die-hard city slicker might have a hard time resisting the urge to hightail it to Canada’s 11-acre Bass Island after seeing this architecturally impressive waterfront home located on Ontario’s peaceful Lake Muskoka.”

A Luxurious Waterfront Retreat on Ontario’s Peaceful Lake Muskoka – Mansion Global

Watefront Home on Miami’s Star Island Asks $65 Million – Wall Street Journal

Five Properties for Mountain Living – Financial Times

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Washington State – Sotheby’s International Realty

Tinder CEO Sean Rad Sells Wilshire Corridor Penthouse for $7.75 Million – Los Angeles Times

Island Fantasies Heat Up Among Luxury Property Buyers – Mansion Global

An Artist’s Studio Grows into a House – Wall Street Journal

House Hunting in… the United States Virgin Islands – The New York Times

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters St. Vincent & the Grenadines – Sotheby’s International Realty

The Place Capote, Carson and Cronkite Called Home – Wall Street Journal

Bronxville: Picture-Perfect Homes, Hard-to-Beat Commute to Manhattan – Mansion Global

For Sale: 7 Beautiful Waterfront Homes in Virginia – The Week

Home of the Day: Classic Curb Appeal in Silver Lake – Los Angeles Times

Six Courtyards with Classic Appeal – Architectural Digest

10 Modern Homes that Get Luxe Mountain Living Right – Elle Decor

Toronto’s Home Sales and Prices Soared Double Digits in October – Mansion Global

Sotheby’s Plans Auction of Alexander Hamilton Memorabilia – Playbill



Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Washington State


Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Windermere Real Estate/Tri-Cities in Kennewick, Washington is the newest member of its network and will now operate as Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty.

Owned and operated by Dave Retter, the firm has over 75 affiliated sales associates and has been servicing the luxury residential real estate market in Kennewick since 1992.

“Kennewick is situated along three major rivers and known for its favorable climate,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “The area supports an active lifestyle offering ideal conditions for hiking, fishing, golfing and biking and also has an internationally recognized wine industry.  We are proud to welcome Dave Retter and his team, who have been expertly servicing the real estate needs of this community for the past 24 years, to our global network.”

“Our company was founded on the basis of integrity and character to provide our clients with the highest quality service and deliver results,” said Retter.  “To us, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand represents quality, luxury and the utmost professionalism and we are honored to be a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate  in our local community.”

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand now has eight independently owned and operated companies throughout the state of Washington.

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.  Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the 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.