Monthly Archive: December 2017

Designing the Perfect Minimalist Home

Silence is golden. So is subtlety. There is a fantastic mystery attached to minimalism. In real estate, this applies not only to a property, but to its owner as well. It could be that these contemporary home designs feel as though they are devoid of clues. Perhaps there are fewer pieces of statement-making art, or the sentimental treasures we collect over the years are hidden in shelving that requires a knowing push or pull where a knob might otherwise expose the secrets within.

Minimalism encourages reflection, thought, restraint, and smart conversation. This is especially true when it comes to designing an impressive minimalist home. Where so often there is a tendency to fill a space, clean, contemporary residences rely on the consideration of light patterns, conservation, and intuition, among other details.

Spacial Philosophy

$4,650,00 USD | Amagansett, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Finding an identity or philosophy for a new space can come about a few ways. It may be rooted in a historical or local context, maybe it stems from an entire culture—like Elysium, a “place of happiness”—or perhaps it comes from a design principle such as wabi-sabi, which encourages its subjects to embrace the beauty in imperfection (cracks, scratches, and a warm, visible wearing-out process are encouraged).

Deliberate Materials

Price Upon Request | Mykonos, Greece | Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

Time and again we hear of fine materials being sourced from all over the globe. While craftspeople and artisans are not easily centralized for our convenience, there is something to be said for going on a hunt for local, raw materials. It is an investment in time, which can be more rewarding than originally thought. If you do outsource, do your research and look for texture—this will add a richness to your space.

Natural Elements

8.800.000 € | Costa Den Blanes, Mallorca | Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

Pay attention to when the light lands in your space and where. Take care not to uproot foliage unless absolutely necessary. Minimalism doesn’t necessarily speak to a starkness, but an interest in working with what is simplest. When it comes to landscape architecture, or even window treatments, that may mean leaving a towering oak exactly where it is. Working greenery into a recessed wall facade or interior courtyard is also welcome.

Spatial Focus

8.800.000 € | Costa Den Blanes, Mallorca | Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

Eliminating distraction is paramount to clean spaces, and paring down display items allows time for eyes to rest, shoulders to drop, and guests to take in what is there. Not to say that one feature piece should steal the room, but rather that the items of visual interest displayed allow for pause.

Scale and Form

$10,000,000 USD | Jaffa, Israel | Israel Sotheby’s International Realty

Layout is a chief element in minimalist homes, even in small spaces (an apartment may be tall instead of wide or feature a loft bedroom). In larger spaces, flow is secondary to purpose-led rooms and circles back to philosophy. How are we living in our spaces? How much time do we spend there? What elevates these rooms, hallways, or yards? Light, sound, openness? Long hallways allow for more movement; the soft curve of a staircase brings in organic form; scattered floating shelves nod to a love of linear art.

Additional design direction may seem more obvious: with pared-back color and a love of neutrals, natural materials will shine. Carry this style throughout your space (metal accents, lighting design, fabric choices). In these simple spaces, distraction is gone; we tap back into ourselves.

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


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.


Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in December 2017

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


$4,900,000 USD | East Hampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

“Perhaps unsurprising for a home inspired by a five-star resort, the residence includes a variety of amenities that give it a luxurious air for both the homeowners and their guests. “

An East Hampton Home Inspired by an Adirondack Lodge
– Mansion Global

Do Your Homework: Five Homes with Inspiring Studies
– Financial Times

House Hunting in… Poland
– The New York Times

Over-the-Top Home Bars That Will Warm Your Spirits This Holiday Season
– Robb Report

Manhattan Townhouse Built on Site of Gas Explosion Asks $32.5 Million
– Wall Street Journal

Two Bridges: Once Quiet, Now at the Edge of Change
– The New York Times

House of the Week: Zaha Hadid’s Miami Home

Over-$10M Properties Help Boost Manhattan Sales
– Mansion Global

6 Lovely Homes on Private Islands
– The Week

From Chalets to Ski Slopes: The Wonder of Winter Living
– T Brand Studio

10 Vineyard Homes You Can Actually Move Into
– Elle Decor

Blue Diamonds and Sapphires are Tops at Sotheby’s New York Auction
– Forbes

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Sotheby’s | Condé Nast Luxury Editor Talks Favorite Wine, Watches, and Cars

Join RM Sotheby’s automobile specialist Jake Auerbach as he shares a glass of wine with Condé Nast luxury editor Matt Hranek. The two discuss their favorite watches
and cars
from Sotheby’s upcoming A Life of Luxury
. Learn more about the wine they’re drinking at Sotheby’s Wine

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Video of the Week: Peaceful and Charming Home in Brussels, Belgium

Price Upon Request | Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

This inviting house just a stone’s throw from the Boghossian Foundation on Franklin Roosevelt Avenue. Nestled on a plot just shy of six acres, this five-bedroom residence looks out over a lush garden and green house. The area of the Bois de la Cambre is quiet and green; it is known for its quality of life and is ideally located away from the city bustle while still being close enough to take advantage of its amenities.

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New Development Spotlight | Carraig Ridge in Alberta, Canada


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.


660 acres of secluded Canadian landscape are becoming a new center of innovative contemporary residential design. Carraig Ridge is situated across south and west-facing slopes, ridges, lakes and woodlands, where landscape designers and architects have worked to ensure the houses will have minimal impact on their surroundings.


Only 44 unique homes will be built on lots between one and five acres, preserving over 500 acres of this beautiful wilderness.

From the slopes of the Western United States, to shores of the Mediterranean, experience captivating New Developments from the Sotheby’s International Realty network

Carraig Ridge is in the foothills adjacent to Alberta’s Ghost Lake and the Ghost River. On the horizon to the south and west, the land rises up to form the spectacular peaks of the Rocky Mountains. It is conveniently located between the outdoor amenities of Canmore, Kananaskis Country, Banff National Park and the growing city of Calgary.


Carraig Ridge itself offers dozens of kilometers of walking and biking trails, lakes and ponds, woodlands and grasslands in a rolling landscape shared with wildlife large and small. Carraig Ridge combines conservation with innovation. Design, craft, materials, and technology will ensure the existing landscape is given prominence, providing a permanent retreat for future generations.

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | November 2017


From a family country home in the Netherlands to a secluded island paradise in Roatan, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

NetherlandsPrice Upon Request | North Holland, Netherlands | Netherlands Sotheby’s International Realty

This impressive, architect-designed, family country home built in 1930 has a thatched roof and a south-facing garden. Located in truly extraordinary surroundings with direct access to the Gooisch nature reserve ‘De Westerheide’, it is just a short distance from the charming center of Laren. Access to the country house is through an electric gate featuring an intercom and camera security system.

NewYork$73,800,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

A historic masterpiece of its time, the Crown Penthouse at 212 Fifth Avenue is in a class of its own and the most magnificent trophy residence on Madison Square Park. Designed by Pembrooke and Ives and spanning three floors, with over 10,000 square-feet of living space and 5,730 square-feet of terraces, this five-bedroom penthouse has the majestic proportions of a palace.

St.BarthPrice Upon Request | St. Bathelemy | St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Elegant and luxurious, this three-bedroom villa is as stunning as its sweeping vistas of the sea, Corossol Beach, and Gustavia’s iconic harbor. The spacious living room has glass walls that, when closed, frame the view allowing guests to enjoy it in climate-controlled comfort. Opened, the indoor and outdoor space, with its expansive palm-tree studded deck, merge seamlessly. Furnished for relaxing and dining in the sun or shade, the terrace’s focal point is an extra-long heated infinity pool.

California$25,000,000 USD | Laguna Beach, California | HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty

Located on the prestigious shores of Victoria Beach, the Pacific Ocean and living spaces effortlessly blend in this four-bedroom, four-bath home, which is thoughtfully designed to take full advantage of ocean and Catalina Island views, sea breezes and waterfront amenities. Walls of windows and sliding glass doors open to beachfront patios, with spaces for comfortable gatherings, an open kitchen clad in warm woods that overlooks the dining area and great room, and a separate living area for entertaining.

RoatanPrice Upon Request | Roatan, Honduras | Roatan Sotheby’s International Realty

This magnificent 567-acre piece of property is located in Port Royal and New Port Royal. On this property, you will find deep water bays with rather wide and deep navigation entrances. The opening of the bay is protected by cays and shoals along the edge of the reef that extends the length of the entire southern coastline of the island. The water depth immediately south of the reef is over 200 meters deep.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: First Week in December 2017

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


€1.290.000 EUR | Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Sotheby’s International Realty

“Interior designer Jerome Lescrenier (founder of practice Demo Design) gave its 2,690 sq ft penthouse apartment a make-over earlier this year. The property is set over two levels, and blends industrial features with contemporary design.”

Property of the Week: The Penthouse of an Art Deco Factory in Brussels – The Spaces

A Palazzo in the Heart of Rome is an Art Lover’s Fantasy – Mansion Global

House Hunting in… Croatia – The New York Times

Raise the Bar: Homes for Celebration – Financial Times

6 Spacious Homes in Wyoming – The Week

On the Market in the New York Region – The New York Times

5 Homes with Panoramic Ocean Views – Robb Report

8 Striking Ski Chalets for Sale in Europe Right Now – The Spaces

Homes that Sold for Around $600,000 – The New York Times

California Dominates 2017 List of America’s Most Expensive Zip Codes – Forbes

Be Loire Abiding in a French Chateau – Financial Times

Buying a Vacation Home is About Putting Down Roots – Not Making an Invest – Mansion Global

10 Homes that Are Modern Living Goals Inside and Out – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s to Auction Couture Fashion Jewelry by Shaun Leane – Forbes