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Penthouse Profile | Sky-High Luxury at Waiea

There is no denying the magnetic draw of the Hawaiian Islands. Crystalline waters fade from aquamarine to turquoise to lapis. Stunning bays and shorelines are outlined in white, pink, red, olive green and even black sand beaches. Remnants of volcanic rock formations add an anthropological tone to any visit. Lush greenery is a welcome byproduct of the rainy season.

And while each of the eight main islands that make up the North Pacific archipelago have their own unique and alluring attractions—Maui has Haleakala and the Hana Highway; Kauai has Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast; the Big Island has the safe but active Kilauea Volcano; and so forth—Oahu has one of Hawaii’s most famous landmarks: Diamond Head. (Not to mention the Gold Coast, the bustling district of Waikiki and massive North Shore swells for surfing.)

And what better way to enjoy every bit of Oahu’s best than from a sky-high penthouse?

World-renowned architect James K. M. Cheng’s stunning Waiea tower is the unmistakable flagship of a 60-acre, master-planned coastal community known as Ward Village in Honolulu. Named “Master Planned Community of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders, Ward Village is a transformative urban development championed by the Howard Hughes Corporation, who are taking every opportunity to solidify Honolulu’s place as a stunning island metropolis.

Like the rest of Ward Village, Waiea is certified LEED-ND Platinum by the United States Green Building Council, a designation granted for energy-efficiency, numerous green spaces and sustainable designs. In fact, the Village is the largest LEED-ND Platinum project certified in the United States, and the only one in Hawaii. Even the building’s design speaks to a respect for Hawaii’s abundant natural elements. The building’s wave-like facade and reflective glass are a nod to the name Waiea, the Hawaiian term for “water of life.”

Waiea encompasses 174 residences, including 10 townhomes, 12 penthouses, and two otherworldly grand penthouses. Residents enjoy unrivaled amenities: a welcoming outdoor lounge area overlooking a spacious infinity pool with cabanas and outdoor grills; a children’s play area and dog park; the ultra-modern fitness center and spa; the library, theater room, indoor golf simulator, and chef’s kitchen with catering available to building residents. And while all those amenities easily topple lesser-stacked developments, upon taking a secure private elevator to the 35th floor grand penthouse, it’s clear there is more to see.

In the words of James Cheng, the penthouse is “a villa in the sky.” Between Cheng’s stunning architecture and the interior design efforts of iconic American designer Tony Ingrao, there is still a fantastic opportunity for the future resident to contribute, too. Discerning owners can take advantage of an available design credit, choosing customizable design finishings that have been carefully considered for a buyer set on living their best.

So, what does the living the best in Waiea look like, exactly? It’s a generous six bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms spread across 8,532 square-feet of living space. It’s swathes of rooftop lanai with a private, ocean-facing infinity pool—for swims under the bright Hawaiian sun or a blanket of stars at will. It’s floor to ceiling windows and 360-degree views of bright blue ocean, Diamond Head in the distance, Oahu’s lush mountains as well as the lively streets of Waikiki.

The grand penthouse is seamless outdoor living in its purest form, where preparing pineapple-glazed ham and season-less salads isn’t reserved for a chef’s kitchen tucked away down a corridor. Hosting friends and family without sacrificing privacy is effortless thanks to the spacious layout and patio area. Relaxing with a beach-ready page turner on an indoor sofa or poolside lounger is punctuated by the occasional, mid-chapter glance at an endless ocean-meets-sky backdrop.

Downstairs, Ward Village is ready to entertain with myriad walkways, shops and impressive restaurants (although dedicated shoppers may prefer nearby Ala Moana Center) if you ever decide to descend from the clouds, that is.

Honolulu, Hawaii | Mary WorrallNancy H. MaedaEsther H Park, & Yukiko Yang – List Sotheby’s International Realty 

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Third Week in March 2018

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

Del Mar, California | Eric Iantorno, Kathy Herington, Pilar Meza and Clinton Selfridge of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in the exclusive celeb-magnet town of Del Mar, just north of San Diego, the house is perched on an unusually large (for the area) half-acre piece of land. Sixty feet of ocean frontage gives the home a front-row seat to California’s greatest show: the pink and purple sunsets dipping beneath the horizon.”

Views from this San Diego Mansion – Coastal Living

Elin Nordegren Lists Home for $49.5 Million –  Wall Street Journal

Sotheby’s International Realty Posts Record $108B in Annual Sales Volume – Inman News

7 Historic Homes in Savannah, Georgia – The Week

New Villa in Barcelona Offers Elegance, Privacy and Stunning Views – Mansion Global

5 Residences with Serious Space for Cars and Outdoor Toys – Robb Report

A ‘Very Unusual’ Nautical House in California – Wall Street Journal

Hot Property: The Best of Suburbia – Financial Times

6 Newly Constructed Homes in the Desert – The Week

Why Holiday Home Buyers Are Warming to the Sweet Taste of Madeira – The Telegraph

A Home for Opera in Milan – Financial Times

House Hunting in… Mexico – The New York Times

Brooklyn Proving Most Popular Area in New York for Chinese Homebuyers – South China Morning Post

How Real Estate Agents Get the Best Homes – Wall Street Journal

New Story Unveils First 3-D Printed Home – Architectural Digest

Auction Preview: Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite at Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, April 3 – Blouin ArtInfo

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New Development Spotlight | The Pink Sands Villas on Harbour Island, Bahamas

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.

For the first time in its 65 year history, the famed Pink Sands Resort is offering a limited number of villas, cottages, and beachfront estate lots for private ownership on Harbour Island, Bahamas.

Architecture developed in the classical Bahamian vernacular by award-winning architect Kiko Sanchez is the founding principle for this real estate offering, with interiors inspired by acclaimed designer David Flint Wood, and where the casual-yet-elegant residences seek to pair the beloved British West Indies style of the ‘Old Bahamas’, with modern amenities and world-class service in an exclusive private setting.

Designed with expansive outdoor living spaces, hardwood floors, generous windows and garden swimming pools, each villa represents a contemporary approach to old-world island charm.

Situated on a dazzling three-mile stretch of powdery pink beach that has been named one of “The Best Beaches on Earth” by Travel + Leisure, The Pink Sands Resort is a chic tropical paradise, just steps from historic Dunmore Town and the waterfront, that has been a holiday favorite of the unassuming, affluent, and jet-setters for nearly three generations.

Villa owners at Pink Sands will have the opportunity to put their home into the resort’s vacation cottage program, allowing the team at Pink Sands Resort to cover all aspects of the hotel operation including marketing and property maintenance, and leaving the owner free to concentrate on the more enjoyable things in life, whilst helping to offset the costs of annual upkeep.

Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact James Malcolm for more information

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Video of the Week: Grand Romantic Villa in Paradise Valley, Arizona

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week

Paradise Valley, Arizona | Frank AazamiThomas O’LearyRuss Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 

This palatial Mediterranean-inspired estate is a master class in what can be achieved with the worlds finest materials, a renowned team of artisans, and an unlimited budget. Designed by Juan Sandoval following the format of 17th Century Colonial architecture, this residence respects a timeless aesthetic while offering every modern amenity.

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7 Panoramic Views Along the Côte d’Azur

To call a destination “colorful” is to offer it one of many roles. A hotspot brought to life by vibrant arts and culture. A destination famed for its bounty of natural colors. Or even a place whose bright, immovable memory remains etched in your mind.

For the French Riviera all three ring true. Whether indulging in the colorful streets of Vieille Ville in Nice, basking in the medieval history of Èze, or finding yourself awash in fields of flowers in Grasse, each lively experience culminates on the coast. The Côte d’Azur is, after all, where ocean meets sky in a not-so-coincidental shade of azure blue. Here are the best spots to take in its famed beauty.

Exclusive Avenue du Roi Albert Apartment, Cannes

Peter Illovsky Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

With Mediterranean blue as far as the eye can see, two impressive buildings comprising nine exclusive apartments rule the Avenue du Roi Albert, now home to Cannes’ chic 87 Soligny. Concierge service, security, 24-hour reception, and electronic entry are standard, adding welcome peace of mind to the incredible panoramas of each suite. Take in ocean waters from the rooftop pool, or from the privacy of your own residence—currently a blank slate with endless potential for your own signature look. 

Belle-Époque Mansion, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Peter Illovsky Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

True beauty never fades. Built in 1901, this Belle-Époque mansion has retained all of its historic splendor while undergoing a complete renovation to meet the needs of today’s most discerning resident. At four floors, six bedrooms and two living rooms, this tower in the skyline houses the ultimate in airy Côte luxury, with white walls guiding light into every corner, and sea views from nearly every window, the exceptions are a welcome wine cellar, cinema, and sensual Hammam sauna.

Prestigious Penthouse, Cannes La Bocca

Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

Triple exposure and three generous terraces mean the views never cease at this Croix-des-Gardes penthouse in Cannes. The perfect spot to soak up historic glamour, space is no object—16,110-square-meters house a spacious lounge, well-equipped kitchen, two en-suite bedrooms, and a home gym. Work up a sweat or a cool off with a refreshing dip while you gaze all the way out to Estérel.

Château de la Barben, Aix-En-Provence

Propriétés de Provence Sotheby’s International Realty

This property is as culturally significant as it is impressive. At more than 1,000 years old and holding court across a sprawling 307 hectares, Château de la Barben was once home to a king. Its lineage traces back to a first mention in 1064 via the abbey Saint Victor de Marseille registry, passing to King René before eventually being sold to the De Forbin family in 1474, with whom it remained for 500 years. Now, the exemplary estate is a crown jewel of the Riviera, crossed by two rivers and shrouded in romance.

Architectural Villa, Saint-Paul-de-Vence 

Peter IllovskyCôte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

Artistic flair and architectural vision collide above the sea in this remarkable home. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring sweeping views into this 7,500-square-foot property set on private, rolling grounds—complete with a bold take on the traditional koi pond. A generous kitchen and dining room are primed for fresh local fare, and a heated pool offers added after-dinner refreshment. An incredible master bedroom is just the place to retire after unwinding in the Riviera sunsets.

19th Century Château Soligny, Cannes

Peter Illovsky – Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

Swaying oceanside palms and ocean-to-sky blue greet you from the comfort of your bed in Château Soligny, where Rimbaud’s 1868 architectural plans retain their golden-era glow. Now completely renovated and expanded, this castle (officially deemed so in 1872), stretches across nearly two acres of prime seaside land. From wing to annex to winter garden, classical modern taste rules—evident in the rich ebony, grandiose marble, and leather floor details. 

Modern Hillside Villa, Éze

Peter IllovskyCôte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

View Medieval magnificence in the modern era. The rich history of Éze is an unbeatable addition to sweeping sea vistas at this prime hillside villa. Inside the 4,122-square-foot home, refined taste travels from the chic living room to the fully-equipped kitchen to the impressive master bedroom. Outside, a beautiful pool offers refreshment and privacy, and a south-facing terrace is the ultimate spot for dining al fresco.

Whether you favor the olive greens of countryside trees or the persimmon washes of historic buildings, whenever you’re home on the Riviera, glimmers of ocean blue will brighten your day.

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Sotheby’s | Fearless Now – A Celebration of the Art World’s Rule-Breakers

In advance of the May auction season in New York, Sotheby’s auction house celebrates brave and creative voices across time – from the pioneering Impressionists in the 19th century to groundbreaking Contemporary artists, collectors and institutions making their own rules today.

Throughout the month of May, a series of auctions will highlight works from the art world’s rule-breakers, including pieces from Pablo Picasso like his “Sleeping Muse,” which will highlight the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on May 15.

Pablo Picasso, Le Repos, 1932. Estimate $25,000,000–35,000,000

Fearless Now is dedicated to all the confident, daring, courageous, audacious and heroic painters and sculptors who challenge and inspire us.

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Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in March 2018

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

Houston, Texas | Kellie Geitner, Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty – Memorial Brokerage

“In Houston, a château-style home with a living room modeled after the Palace of Versailles has been relisted…”

Houston Mansion Lists for $30 Million – Wall Street Journal

Hot Property: Seven Homes for Antique Lovers – Financial Times

4 Homes That Will Make You Fall Head-Over-Heels for France – Robb Report

The Future of Augmented Reality | 2018 Mobile World Congress – Sotheby’s International Realty

Property of the Week: A Gallerist’s Penthouse Loft in Prague – The Spaces

Spanish Colonial Revival in Altadena Keeps Things Rooted in the 1920s – Los Angeles Times

A ‘Star trek’-Theme Theater and More Luxe Home Cinemas – Wall Street Journal

Privacy as Standard: Properties for Sale in Remote Destinations – Boat International

6 Beautiful Homes That Run on Solar Power – The Week

Jayma Mays of ‘Glee’ Puts Her Hip Modern Home in Los Feliz Up for Sale – Los Angeles Times

Austin’s ‘Weird’ Reputation Attracts Millennial Housebuyers – Financial Times

Homes That Sold for Around $750,000 – The New York Times

Zuma Departure Stirs Interest in Johannesburg Homes – Financial Times

Sotheby’s Notches a Robust $151.7 Million Contemporary Sale in London – Artnet 

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LIVE Golf | A Championship Round in Your Back Yard

When the idea of waking up to birdies conjures images of meticulously maintained greens and open fairways over sparrows and chickadees, you know you’re a dedicated golfer. Other signs? You’ve got a fair share of clubhouse and tour merchandise hanging in your walk-in, and you may or may not have a putter and a few balls at the ready in your home office—just for when you need a breather from some paperwork, of course. However it manifests in your home, there is no better way to pay homage to your sacred hobby than by moving next to a reputed track. Here are some fantastic properties with backyard links:

Oxshott, Surrey, United Kingdom

John Fisher – United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

More than 15 local courses and golf clubs surround this stately English manor, nestled on nearly three acres of sought-after Pachesham Park Private Estate. Through the tall gates that surround the property, a long gravel drive leads to a triple-garage – with plenty of room for your golf cart.

Inside, seven bedrooms and six bathrooms link across 5,767-square-feet of refurbished modern space. The mirrored entryway is an accurate impression of the light available throughout the home, from the sleek open kitchen to the inviting seating areas. Find time to brush up on swing tips in one of the two studies, replay your last putt over an Arnold Palmer in the second kitchen, or retire from your round with a dip in the outdoor pool and dream of tomorrow’s game.

Bel Ombre, Savanne, Mauritius

Manesha Soneea – Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty

Find a golfer’s paradise in Mauritius. A two-story private villa feels like your very own resort right next to the Frederica Nature Reserve. Relax on the patio between rounds or practice for tomorrow’s rematch at the on-property golf simulator, stacked with over 30 courses, including the Afrasia Open Heritage Golf Course.

Beautiful fairways can also be found at local courses inland, or a short car-ride away from your front door at the award-winning Heritage Villas Valriche championship course. On rest days, indulge in the best of your villa with a bottle of Mauritian rum, or a fine white from one of three wine fridges, fresh kabobs off the grill of your outdoor kitchen, and a rest in your hammock.

Casa De Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic

Sergio Llach – Sergio Llach Sotheby’s International Realty

You might be wondering where the check-in desk is when you arrive at this Caribbean golf-view mansion. With La Romana Country Club Golf Course right next door, there are plenty of opportunities to host worthy opponents.

Eight bedrooms with private balconies and en-suites offer welcome respite from warm days, as does a wraparound pool accessible from multiple wings. A 1,000-bottle wine cellar, private gym (complete with massage areas), NBA-rated basket court, and fully-equipped entertainment room round out the distractions for those rare days away from the course.

Emirates Hills, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Lana Gorbach – Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

Classical design with a modern twist comes to life in at this 18,358-square-foot golf-view property in Dubai. While the 19th hole may be the traditional post-round stop, you’ll be inspired to settle any bets with a pint in the comfort of your luxurious home instead. High-grade marble from Italy, carpentry details throughout, and smart home security cap off designer furnishings. Relaxing in the entertainment room or tallying your score next to towering Guadalupe palms is just the thing after a long day on the fairway.

Pylos, Messinia, Greece

Stephanie Michalopoulou – Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

Beautiful natural elements converge at this golf-front escape in south west Peloponnese, Greece. Situated within the award-winning five-star Navarino Dunes Resort, this five-bedroom villa sits on a hillside facing the manicured greens of the resort’s signature golf course, The Dunes. Indoor-outdoor living is seamless; with large openings pouring natural light into the residence. The Ionian Sea and Bay of Navarino are a breezy three-minute drive away by golf cart—but if you plan to stay in, the privacy of olive groves and the refreshing pool will do just fine.

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Joe Bushong & Chad Christian – Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Look out on the links from the unmatched comfort of your modern living room or the cooling waters of the outdoor infinity pool at this incredible desert oasis. Incredible Ricardo Legorreta–inspired architecture frames every element of the natural landscape, be it through seamless panes of glass or a Portuguese limestone wall complete with a fire feature outside.

Coined “Sundance” for the way the light flits through each room, this five-bedroom stunner encourages the best of golf course living. A courtyard-style water feature connects casual and formal dining and living spaces, while a generous kitchen offers more than enough prep space to cook up a tournament-size feast. Space is high on the agenda, with open bedrooms, bathrooms, and walk-ins a testament to the considered architecture that make this remarkable property a gimmie.

For those who hit the links on a regular basis, a home close to the course is right on par with living the golf dream.

Top Photo: Pylos, Messinia, Greece | Stephanie Michalopoulou – Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

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Video of the Week: Tropical Mountaintop Estate in the US Virgin Islands

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US Virgin Islands | Corby Parfitt – United States Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Le Chateau commands 360-degree views from  deep within the Virgin Islands National Park. Unique to such a dramatic hillside setting, the property allows for vast expanses of living seamlessly transitioning from well manicured lawns, sophisticated modern interiors, and wide open entertainment pavilions framing postcard views, capturing a number of St John’s most idyllic north shore beaches.

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Design Ideas to Change the Way You Live

There are certain times each year where we are prone to reflection and goal setting. New Year’s Eve brings the inevitable resolutions, birthdays remind us of the preciousness of each year, career or personal milestones end one chapter and begin another. So, we set goals and expectations for ourselves, hoping and planning for more energy, more time to explore and create, better health and vitality, or even just the ability to detach.

The home is at the heart of this concept. We are a product not only of the people we surround ourselves with, but of the spaces that surround us too. Regardless of where you spend your days, your home is the one place that can reflect your best intentions back at you. In the same way minimalist design principles champion pause, design can change the way you live. These five ideas will help you find and reaffirm your plans and purpose each time you walk through the door.

Create a Sensory Reset

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

Small design tweaks and the thoughtful placement of a few select accessories can help shift a space into a harmonious sanctuary. Add more reflective surfaces to extend natural light to every room and tune out life’s noise with a surround sound audio installation. A scent-memory connection can bring positive association to your space — use an aromatic diffuser to add a hint of calming eucalyptus or saje to the air. Careful planning and thoughtful palettes add a sense of meditation to the room.

Escape Without Travel

Kremmling, Colorado | Jack Wolfe – LIV Sotheby’s International Realty 

Privacy and a change of scenery are paramount when getting away from it all. However, for those times when schedules don’t allow for travel, the home can provide that much-needed retreat. Live by the credo “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Take advantage of streamlined storage solutions, unexpected built-ins and multi-functional furniture. Then, find your spot and turn it into your vision of an escape, be it a personal library with floor-to-ceiling shelving and a cozy a reading nook, a cafe-style spot with booth seating off the kitchen where you can drink wine and savor tapas, or a bathroom turned spa sanctuary with the addition of a steam shower and tropical plants.

Find a New Perspective

Shouson Hill, Hong Kong | Binoche Chan – List Sotheby’s International Realty 

Shake off stagnation with an injection of energy. But instead of a dramatic remodel or whole-home overhaul, refinish worn surfaces and revive lackluster palettes with a hit of color. That might mean swapping out white subway tiles for a brass backsplash or letting go of heirloom furniture to make way for contemporary pieces. And pillows, throws, and rugs offer an instant facelift, while a bold feature wall serves as an ever-present reminder of the positivity payoff from taking risks.

Make Space to Create

Midtown East, New York | Nikki Field – Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Whether you’re working in an artistic field or extolling the virtues of logic, everyone deserves a space for creative release. Instead of taking a trip to write that novel, lay down a track, or paint a piece; why not transform an area of your home into a creative annex? Consider durable surfaces, soundproofing, directional lighting and scale to really bring your creative energy to life.

But don’t stop there, go the whole hog and convert your home into a curated self-made gallery. Long hallways and corridors offer the perfect canvas for artwork, so you can give new meaning to the term “produced in-house.”

Take Action Every Day

Mallorca, Spain | Simon Jensen – Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty 

Everything is easier when you’re in good health, and maintaining good health comes down to consistency. Having access to everything you need at home will set you up for success. Refresh the kitchen to make home cooking a priority; set up a home fitness area with enough space to move freely; indulge in tech innovations such as remote temperature or humidity control; and find a spot for rest and recovery. Remember to keep spaces streamlined and functional to ensure excuses are out of the equation.

Your home is as malleable and open to change as you are. No matter how many times you assess and reassess where you are and where you’re going, there are always design solutions to help you get there.

Top Photo: London, England | Shereen Malik – United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty 

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