Monthly Archive: January 2018

5 Homes Ready for Super Bowl LII

One of the world’s most anticipated sporting events is once again upon us; Super Bowl LII will see the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles faceoff for the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy on Sunday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While U.S. Bank Stadium can seat 65,000 die-hard gridiron fans, its estimated that more than 150 million viewers […]

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Video of the Week: Modern Farmhouse in Danville, California

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Maribel Cribb & Anton Danilovich for more informationExtensively rehabbed, this contemporary craftsman in California combines craftsman-inspired curb appeal with an up-to-date floor plan for modern lifestyles. Inside, you’ll see the open floor plan with an inviting central kitchen, a splendid great room, and a modern master suite. Experience luxury homes […]

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Significant Sales | Volume II – Issue V

Equine Excellence | Living the Equestrian Lifestyle

Buying an equestrian property is unlike any other real estate purchase, and owning it is unlike any other way of life. There is an emotional component, sometimes even an aspirational one.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Bernie Uechtritz for more information

“It’s of one of great love,” says Paul Wooldridge of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty in Dallas, Texas. “Love for life and for nature. We’ve found horse lovers are some of most passionate people in the world. They’re also very disciplined people and very hard working. The lifestyle is one of luxury but it’s not about having the right clothes or horse blankets or saddles.”

We’ve found horse lovers are some of most passionate people in the world.
Paul Wooldrige, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

While love for the animal drives the lifestyle, it takes more than passion. Maintaining a horse farm, even a small property for hobbyists, requires specific knowledge. Is there access to a water supply? Is the land too sloped or too marshy? What about the balance between the size of the property and ease of upkeep?

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Bernie Uechtritz for more information

Wooldridge’s office has a ranch and land division that specifically caters to equestrian property buyers. Most serious horse people come in already schooled on four-legged matters, he says, and many have a history with the equestrian lifestyle. “It’s in their blood.” Buyers already know whether they want a modest horse-friendly lot with a small barn, a weekend getaway with caretaker’s quarters or an iconic cowboy country trophy ranch on thousands of acres where horses can be stabled and run free. Wooldridge’s buyers come from California, Colorado, even Miami and the Northeast. It is often their second or third home. Demand for equestrian properties in Texas is strong. The state leads the country in horse population followed by California and Florida.

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The characteristics that make for a particularly good location are based on personal preferences but typically involve an area having a range of horse properties to choose among, an extensive trail system, comfortable riding weather and a vibrant horse culture such as Lexington, Kentucky and Wellington, Florida.

Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact David Welles for more information

The equine hub of Wellington is known as the Winter Equestrian Capital of the World. ”There’s a joke that Wellington is where people live on their horses,” says Thomas Baldwin of Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty. The village hosts the 12-week long Winter Equestrian Festival, the largest and longest running horse show in the world, as well as other equestrian competitions and polo tournaments. Competition is performed at the highest levels. Olympic Trials for the U.S. Equestrian Show Jumping Team were held here.

Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact David Welles for more information

Baldwin says that as in all real estate, location is extremely important.” The closer to competition venues, the better. Horse properties start at two acres and average around five per farm, Baldwin says. The majority of buyers are from the Northeast although Wellington draws a large international presence. Credit three major airports, all of which allow horses to be flown in and out, great weather and an elite community of equine aficionados.

No matter the location, equestrians have one thing in common: they love every single minute of the lifestyle, says Wooldridge. “They balance modern day living with the pure pleasures of nature.”

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Last Week in January 2018

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

€5.950.000 EUR | Loule, Algarve, Portugal | Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty

“The property, built in 2013, offers ‘total privacy and the refinement of a modern luxury house with amazing views over the greens of Quinta do Lago and the blues of the ocean in the horizon’”

A Contemporary Villa Close to Algarve’s Best Beaches and Golf Courses – Mansion Global

Sotheby’s International Realty’s Kevin Thompson: The New Luxury Consumer – Forbes

What’s on the Market in Bend, Ore. – Wall Street Journal

Ice, Ice, Maybe: Five Homes That Offer Winter Sports – Financial Times

Here’s Your Chance to Live in a Medieval French Village – Robb Report

Hamptons Home Built in 1895 Returns to the Market with $12.95 Million Price Tag – Mansion Global

Our Top 5 Properties of the Week – The Spaces

The Grey Gardens Carriage House is Up for Sale for the First Time in 56 Years – Architectural Digest

House Hunting in… Quebec – The New York Times

Millennial Buyers Have Real Purchasing Power and Expect to be Wowed – Mansion Global

Woodstock’s Stock Rises with Supply of New Homes – Financial Times

Buying a Home in San Francisco is About to Get Even Harder – Bloomberg

Homes That Sold for Around $1 Million – The New York Times

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

Sotheby’s Acquires Thread Genius to Build its Image Recognition and Recommendation Tech – TechCrunch

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Virtual Reality Tour of the Month: Tropical Modernism in Miami Beach, Florida

Explore homes from around the world from the comfort of yours with our virtual reality tour of the month.

ONE Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Alina de la Vega for more information
World-renowned architect Kobi Karp’s translation of luxury tropical modernism boasts Pine Tree Drive’s only direct ocean view estate. The ingenious, elevated design inspired by Le Corbusier, coupled with nearly 44,000-square-feet of wide-open land along Indian Creek Waterway, creates a unique oasis to capture coastal breezes.

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Video of the Week: Ancient Abbey with Medieval Tower in Orvieto, Terni, Italy

Italy Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Valentina Hall for more information

The beauty of this ancient dwelling lies in its history, in fact, caverns were discovered nearly 100 years ago underneath the villa facing south. During the middle ages a five story defense tower was built and remains today. Surrounding the villa was a monastery founded and maintained by the Grey Friars up until the middle of the 18th century, and in the following 200 years, the remaining buildings, churches, and chapels that had been built were used by farmers of the former owner.

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Transform Your Space: Curating Art for Your Home

Your home serves as the outward expression of your inner-self, something of a vessel for your spirit. To capture that essence, clear structure, a thoughtful palette, and ambient lighting hold key roles; but it’s what you display in this space that makes it unique. Curating art for this blank slate is what makes a home uniquely yours.

Perhaps you’re a strategist, focusing on pieces with a kind of visual mathematical precision; maybe you’re a minimalist, preferring one or two bespoke pieces where the light hits them just so; or it could be that you’re a bona fide enthusiast, peppering your dwelling with an eclectic mix of oils and photography, not to mention a strategically-placed sculpture or two.

If you’re unsure of where to start when it comes to art, you’re in luck—the home itself is one the best starting points when looking for curation clues. After all, everything from the white quartz of kitchen counters to industrial-chic finishing touches can inform your art collection. Consider your abode a look book for inspiration, and transform it from blank slate to bespoke gallery. No gallery-white walls necessary.

Identify Your Taste

ONE Sotheby’s International Realty – Contact Alexa Iacovelli for more information

Some things in life speak to you, and you alone, and that can lead to feeling torn between aesthetic aspirations and authentic representation when decorating your home. In theory, you may love the idea of sharp, mod looks and lines, but in practice, find yourself choosing bold colors and organic shapes.

The same can be true of art curation. You may admire the broken grid gallery walls in a recent issue of Wallpaper*, yet in a gallery, you’re drawn to a single, enveloping piece commanding the space. Instead of trying to conform to an idea of what should be into your home, consider what instinctually draws you in.

Focus on Mood

Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty – Contact Leigh Williamson for more information

How do you want to feel when you walk into a room? Elated? Relaxed? Inspired? Just as you took great care in finding a home with an infinity pool to end your days on a mellow note, equal attention should be given when seeking poolside art to complement it. Perhaps the wave-like quality of a smooth marble sculpture reminds you of peaceful shores, or maybe the mirrored shards of a mixed-media piece in the library help shift your focus to self-reflection.

You can embrace, amplify, or transform moods with the right curated collection. Art can shape not only how a room looks, but also how it makes you feel.

Play Matchmaker

Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito Brokerage – Contact Suzanne Perkins for more information

You have this room in your house that’s truly magnetic. When friends and family are introduced, they immediately get it. There’s something about the way the furniture frames the window, or textures you’ve added throughout—it simply works. Now you just need to add some final polish by finding that perfect finishing touch.

When you’re searching for new pieces to fit the bill, bring mementos of your favorite rooms with you—think photos, fabrics, swatches, or even small hardware. Trained in the art of curation, gallery directors can help create an encompassing artistic voice for your space from similar textures, colors, or cues. Sometimes the smallest slice of similarity is a match worth marrying.

Frame it Right

Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage – Contact Ginger Martin and Gregg Lynn for more information

Framing your new favorite piece isn’t simply about the physical frame. In fact, your burgeoning collection may not require wall mounting at all—it’s about how it works within the space. Great arrangements draw in the eye and invite it to explore nearby, but they continually loop you back to a focal point.

Decide what you want the focal point in your room to be. It doesn’t have to be the art, but it could be a breathtaking view, elegant handcrafted side table, or even a prominent lighting fixture. Wherever you want your eye to start and finish, frame it with complementary—but not overpowering—furnishings and works, so you keep coming back to your favorite spot.

However you decide to curate for your inner-sanctum, let it reflect your personality and show yet another side to how you love to live.

Opening image: Israel Sotheby’s International Realty – Contact Shelly Belzer-Shmelzer for more information

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Pastoral Living | 4 Modern Farmhouses

We often associate rural living with simplicity, quiet, and escape. The notion of farmhouse living conjures images of a small home perched atop a hill, overlooking acres of grassy pastures while horses or other livestock roam the open fields.

Today’s modern farmhouses, however, take all the benefits of breathtaking landscape, vast natural surroundings, and wide-open spaces and marry them with the trappings of luxurious amenities, contemporary design, and plain-old good taste. These pastoral charmers are shining examples of just that.

Woodland, Utah, United States

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Warm, rustic design meets a penchant for adventure in this cabin-style property by award-winning architect Fred Babcock. Traditional American farmhouse features—a table by the hearth at the edge of the kitchen, a welcoming front porch, and provincial windows —receive an updated twist from details like the sturdy granite countertops and ambient outdoor lighting.

Stunning woodwork is present throughout, from the beams supporting the vaulted ceilings to inviting hardwood flooring passing throughout the common areas and seven bedrooms. Outside, an open pavilion plays host to a generous, circular fireplace with room for handmade chairs, a three-quarter acre pond is stocked with rainbow trout, and a 500-square-foot barn houses your prized sorrel with room to spare.

Contact Matt Mullin or Will Lange for more information

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Pastoral living isn’t constrained to rustic country style—proof of which is in the minimalist details and comfortable open rooms of this pavilion-style residence in New South Wales. The decor is earthy but lively, reflecting the spirit of the area and fluidity of its indoor-outdoor living.

A 25-meter mosaic-tiled pool is flanked by lush greenery and an outdoor cooking area, complete with wood fire pizza oven. Inside, the master suite steals the show, with its own walk-in courtyard and garden. Other modern trimmings to adore: a gourmet kitchen, impressive wine cellar, home theatre, and boat room, among others.

Contact Harriet France for more information

Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Let snow-capped mountains and scenic lake views turn up your expectations of farm living. Sitting within a solid 24 hectares, this New Zealand property is as private as it is picturesque. Inside the Sarah Scott–designed home, a ceiling of incredible truss-style wood radiates warmth throughout. The expansive open-concept main room is comprised of a sleek chef’s kitchen overlooking a cozy living area, complete with inviting fireplace.

The finishing touch? An organic wrap-around deck that brings the outdoors in to every room and with it, unrivaled vistas of the night sky.

Contact Craig Myles for more information

Texas, United States

Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

At this incredible Texas ranch, unrivalled stone columns and wood beams crisscross over 10,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space. With over 105 acres to call home, the property makes good use: two guest houses, a main barn, caretaker’s house, tennis court, fishing lake, and horse barn pepper its stunning grounds. (Definitely not the typical pasture land, although it has that too.)

Once known as “The Briarpatch”, the ranch has played host to parties and events attended by sports legends and the Hollywood elite, who often arrived via private plane or helicopter.

Contact Ron Marshall or Joyce Marshall for more information

Modern developments are changing the face of farm properties, bringing creative opportunities for the contemporary homeowner keen on the trappings of pastoral life without having to sacrifice creature comforts. And while these impressive estates may offer luxurious retreats miles from hectic city living, they also sit miles out of the ordinary.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in January 2018

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

$23,000,000 USD | Dallas, Texas | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

“This 1964 11,387-square-foot house, designed by Johnson in the Preston Hollow neighborhood, was restored and renovated between 2000 and 2008. The 6.45-acre property includes a media house, swimming pool and tennis courts.”

Midcentury Modern on the Market – Wall Street Journal

This $9.8 Million Italian Villa Was Owned by Napoleon’s Sister – Bloomberg

This Anguilla Estate Comes with a Private Beach and Infinity Pool – Robb Report

Storied 1780 Home on Market for the First Time in 100 Years for $1.85M – Curbed

Shape Up: Five Homes for Fitness – Financial Times

Buy Another Piece of Grey Gardens History – WWD

Be the Ruler of Your Own Castle for $2.8M – Curbed

Sellers Add Art to Sweeten $74M Penthosue Deal – New York Post

Popular Midcentury Modern Homes are Fetching Top Dollar – Wall Street Journal

Want to Be in a New Vacation Home by This Summer? Buy Now. – Mansion Global

House Hunting in… Germany – The New York Times

Santiago’s Vitacura is Near the City’s Business Center But Feels a World Away – Mansion Global

How to Buy a Holiday Home in Belize – The Times

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

10 Gorgeous Homes That Get Luxe Mountain Living Right – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s Displays Surrealist Magritte and Rare Works by Other Artists – Reuters

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