You clicked and we calculated. Back by popular demand, here are the 10 most viewed properties on sothebysrealty.com for 2015! Take a tour around the world and see which properties topped this year’s list!
Number 10 – Nevada
This historic 130 acre Tahoe lakefront Ranch boasts vistas as grand as Montana and Wyoming, nearby ski resorts with Olympic heritage to rival Aspen and Vail, a lakeside golf course more intimate than Pebble Beach and a yachting paradise on par with the Caribbean. Shakespeare Ranch offers a preeminent year-round lifestyle like no other single destination in the world combined with Nevada tax benefits – all just four hours from Silicon Valley and under an hour by air.
Number 09 – Italy
Villa Il Forte is situated on the north part of the bay in Porto Cervo, the prestigious north shore of the island of Sardinia. The bespoke kitchen was done by BOFFI, the renowned Italian kitchen designer; it is outfitted with semi-professional appliances, making it perfect for entertaining and crafting unforgettable meals. Villa Il Forte is further exceptional as its one of the only seaside-facing villas with a private beach. The home also serves the boating enthusiast with a permanent private dock, long enough for an 18-meter long boat.
Number 08 – Colorado
The sophisticated creature comforts and the unmatched amenities offered in this property combine to create the quintessential mountain compound. The homes and cabins feature a total of 28 bedrooms, 25 baths, five half baths, state-of-the-art life safety, security and home automation systems, recreation and entertainment hall, indoor sports court, walk-in temperature and humidity-controlled wine room and multiple spas. Additionally, several aerated and trout-stocked ponds, breathtaking views and extreme privacy create an awe-inspiring experience enveloped in rustic charm.
Number 07 – California
Neverland Ranch is the ultimate ranch retreat and gated estate of approximately 2,698 acres located 5 miles north of the town of Los Olivos. Published in The Wall Street Journal, the home was designed by Robert Altevers for William Bone in a French Normandy-style and meticulously crafted to perfection. Nestled between extensively landscaped gardens and a four-acre lake complete with a waterfall, the home offers incredible pastoral and majestic mountain views. The ranch features 22 unique structures, including three separate guest homes, an approximate 5,500-square foot movie theater with stage, and several barns.
Number 06 – Grand Cayman
Though the Cayman Islands enjoy year round sunshine and a temperate climate, this benefit is eclipsed in most people’s eyes by the Islands’ offshore status. The Cayman Islands are well known as a financial center on the world’s stage and provide the highest quality of lifestyle available in a tax neutral environment, making it very appealing to people of high net worth to seek residency here. Castillo Caribe offers a rare opportunity to combine this with privacy, security, luxury and lifestyle all on a pristine white sandy beach overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Number 05 – New York
Atop the 1929 Art Deco Walker Tower sits Penthouse One, among the most important apartments in Manhattan. Penthouse One offers nearly 6,000 square feet of living space, with 13-foot-high coffered ceilings, a sprawling south-facing terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows framing 360-degree views from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building.
Number 04 – Florida
Just ten minutes by helicopter to Miami’s South Beach or by boat to Key Largo, Pumpkin Key is an extraordinary private island totaling 26 acres located in the Florida Keys. Self-sufficient with water and electric from the shore, the island currently features one main home with three bedrooms, two caretaker’s cottages, and a dock master’s apartment. The island also includes a 20-slip marina able to accommodate a mega-yacht, tennis courts that also serve as a helipad and golf cart paths that circle
Number 03 – New York
Built in 1901 and designed by the firm of Welch, Smith & Provot, the exceptionally grand and remarkably beautiful 1009 Fifth Avenue was constructed in the Beaux-Arts style and is rightfully regarded as an architectural tour de force. The residence stands as a splendid example of the extraordinary workmanship of that era and is one of the very few remaining along the Gold Coast of Fifth Avenue. Throughout the house, the interiors feature soaring ceilings, hand-carved wood paneling, gold leaf trimmed fixtures, and intricate plaster friezes. The sweeping staircase ascends five stories and is punctuated by vast windowed landings. The top floors also incorporate a dramatic skylight and are accessed by a separate staircase.
Number 02 – Georgia
Perhaps the most compelling private residence ever offered in the history of Atlanta, this home is situated on 17 private and pristine park-like acres with substantial Chattahoochee River frontage. The property offers a wide array of amenities including a resort-style infinity-edge swimming pool, lighted tennis court, fully equipped gym, spa, theater, hobby house, underground ballroom with catering kitchen, formal and informal gardens, entire estate generator, guard house, caretakers suite and Presidential-level security system with two gated and secured residential entrances.
Number 01 – Texas
The WT Waggoner Ranch is one of the largest and most famous ranches in the United States and was established in 1849. Never before offered for sale in 165 years of ownership, the sprawling Ranch estate includes more than 510,000-contingues acres spread over six North Texas counties, incorporating two main compounds, many homes and significant infrastructure, including a 10,000 square foot Ranch office headquarters in nearby Vernon, Texas. There are approximately 20 cowboy camps ranging from 10,000 to 40,000 acres each. The ranch is offered as a turnkey proposition with hundreds of quarter-horses, many thousands of head of cattle, with approximately 1,200 existing oil wells, as well as mineral rights and 30,000 acres of cultivated farmland. There are also a number of large lakes encompassing thousands of acres, waterways and creeks with approximately 400,000 acres of land remaining undeveloped for oil.