Light-Filled Modern Farmhouse in Bedford, Massachusetts

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This light-filled, modern farmhouse-inspired home is nestled in almost two acres of wooded views. You’re greeted by a spacious mahogany front porch, stone walls, thoughtful plantings, and a private setting designed for casual elegance and comfortable living.

Bedford, Massachusetts | Barret Sotheby’s International Realty 

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Spacious rooms are flooded with natural light. The versatile ‘one of a kind’ floor plan was designed for extended family. The dramatic Chef’s kitchen with grand center island is perfect for entertaining.

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The kitchen extends to a great room w/ built-in cabinets & gas fireplace. A cozy living room with fireplace, guest/in-law suite, office, and laundry room/mud room complete first floor. The second floor includes a luxurious master suite, three additional bedrooms, and a family room/library with access to a hideaway loft space.


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Featured Listing | Lake Michigan Waterfront Masterpiece

Dreaming of an entirely unique Lake Michigan beach home? Look no further than this inspired oasis, providing a private lifestyle situated near South Haven’s quaint downtown. Take a look into this contemporary beach home where luxury abounds.

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77280 South Beach Drive, South Haven, MI| $2,495,000

Whether you seek an inviting lakeshore home for entertaining friends and family, or a peaceful environment to soak in the summer sun, this custom-built retreat is your escape from the every day.

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The main level makes entertaining a breeze with a state-of-the-art kitchen, dining, hearth room and living room. The covered patio is ready for an afternoon BBQ, with a sprawling lawn opening up to the beach below.

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The impressive trim details, including inlaid ceilings and classic built-ins, complement the refreshing coastal flair and underscores the meticulous construction of Mike Schaap Builders.

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Reserved for rest and relaxation, the upper level provides accommodations for overnight guests, as well as a majestic master suite. Opening up to the deck, enjoy morning coffee or an evening sunset over the water.

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Awake to the calming sound of the waves. Waterfront amenities abound, including a beach bathroom and outdoor shower to keep sand at bay.

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Spend all your days on the shore of Lake Michigan or take a short bike ride into downtown South Haven, a hub of fine dining, shops and more. From morning until dusk, your lakefront residence will house your Lake Michigan memories for years to come.


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LIVE Cinematic | 6 Homes with Private Theaters

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Whether it’s binge-watching the latest Emmy-winning TV show, enjoying the latest blockbuster, indie film, or a favorite sporting event, there is a lot that can be experienced in a home theater. We aim to live our best lives in our home, and sometimes that means indulging in some well-produced escapism; explore these six homes with jaw-dropping home theaters.

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Atlanta, Georgia | Chase Mizell & Josh Reeves, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty 

Secured behind two gated entrances on 17 acres, this sprawling riverfront home features this textured and cavern-like theater. The residence also offers a resort-style 70,000-gallon infinity-edge swimming pool, lighted tennis court, fully equipped gym, spa, indoor resistance pool, wine cellar, guest house, underground ballroom with catering kitchen, and formal and informal gardens.

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Kilauea, Hawaii | Danette Andrews, Oceanfront Sotheby’s International Realty

This sprawling Anini Vista home invites you to take an elevator to the lower level and welcomes you into the Golden Age of Hollywood; the portraits, red carpet, velvet reclining seats, murals, and golden accents conjures nostalgia for what most imagine when they close their eyes and think of Hollywood and the history of film.

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Sisters, Oregon | Pam Mayo-Phillips & Brook Havens, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty 

When you’re not out enjoying the Cascade Mountain backdrop on the R&B Ranch’s 507 acres, retreat inside to an elegant and intimate home theater. With plush leather recliners in the main seating area and balconies flanking the screen, take a seat, dim the lights, and start the movie!

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Dubai, UAE | Leigh Williamson, Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

A gem in the private Palm Jumeriah, the beachfront palace features a state-of-the-art, modern-designed home theater. Offering 16 seats, surround sound, and projection, you won’t miss a single play, piece of dialogue, or note of the score. This home also enjoys its own 200-person nightclub and indoor pool to follow-up your theater experience.

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Aspen, Colorado | Eric Cohen & Craig Morris, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty 

This never-before-offered legacy ranch is nestled in the West Buttermilk ski area on 61 private acres. Before you ski-out, (or after you ski-in) grab a comfortable seat in this charming home theater that is in-line with the rest of the home’s rustic design aesthetic.


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Distinctive Destinations: Welcome to Queensland, Australia

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G’day from Queensland, Australia! We partnered with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty for Distinctive Destinations, a series that highlights a selection of properties from our global affiliate partners in the Sotheby’s International Realty network. They’re taking over our blog and social media today to show you the amazing real estate that Queensland has to offer.

Wharf Street

From time to time the privilege arises to purchase a one-of-a-kind property, and this is it. Introducing 1 Wharf Street, Port Douglas, an unrivaled north-facing oceanfront estate and exquisitely presented residence. 

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1 Wharf Street, Port Douglas     Listed with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

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The home was conceived as an uncompromisingly luxurious family home with the capacity to transform into a corporate retreat entertaining from two to more than 100 guests. Constructed 30 years ago to impeccable standards, the 940 sqm interior underwent a contemporary makeover adding almost every conceivable modern convenience.

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Sought after north-facing oceanfront with 180-degree views across the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef Low Isles to Thornton Peak.

Glass House

Listed for $4,795,000 – $5,795,000 the Glass House at Bargara is a multi-award-winning dream beachfront retreat on Queensland’s beautiful coast, a strong focus on natural materials connects the three-story home to its extremely private Kelly’s Beach site.

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51 Woongarra Scenic Drive     Listed with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

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One of the best houses in the country, The Glass House at Bargara is a multi-award winning dream beachfront retreat on Queensland’s beautiful coast.

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A central open-plan kitchen is equipped with a large range of commercial-grade Gaggenau appliances including a coffee machine, oven, induction cooktop, Teppanyaki plate, steamer, deep fryer, and two wine refrigerators.

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Swim all year round off your back doorstep, stroll along the esplanade of a morning, feed fish at The Basin, or play a game of golf at the nearby Bargara Golf Club. A paradise at the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, The Glass House is positioned in a popular seaside community only 14kms through lush sugarcane fields from Bundaberg.

Platinum on the Beach

Our last property, Platinum on the Beach, is listed for $2,450,000. The entire 7th level of this boutique beachfront tower offers the rarest of opportunities. Every facet of its design reflects the exclusivity of the location, overlooking the beach and ocean just a stroll from Central Surfers Paradise. 

Platinum on the Beach

7/15 NorthCliffe Terrace     Listed with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty

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Surfers Paradise is a suburb within the local government area of City of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Colloquially known as ‘Surfers’, the suburb has many high-rise apartment buildings and a wide surf beach. The feature of the heart of the suburb is Cavill Mall, which runs through the shopping and entertainment precinct.

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In the spacious formal living area, floor-to-ceiling windows look out over the beach, with south-east views stretching to the state border.

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Quality and craftsmanship are apparent throughout in finishes of high-gloss timber, stainless steel, and polished Italian marble. The kitchen features granite benchtops, abundant storage, and European appliances. Plantation shutters add a tropical air to the adjoining family TV lounge.


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Architectural Spotlight | Wright, Johnson, and Warnecke

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It goes without saying that architects leave indelible marks on our lives; they are the masterminds behind the homes we live in and the homes we aspire to. From time to time, architects soar above the baseline notoriety of their peers, pushing the envelope, and creating pieces of live-in art that alter the landscape of their industry.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, and John Carl Warnecke, all American-born, are among the names of architects gilded as legends in their craft. In Connecticut, Alberta, and Arizona we experience four homes that exemplify their creators’ expertise and unforgettable artistry.

Frank Lloyd Wright

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Phoenix, Arizona | Bob Hassett, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 

Thought to be a precursor to his work on New York City’s famed Guggenheim Museum, the David and Gladys Wright house was completed in 1952. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the concrete block home sits on nearly six acres overlooking Camelback Mountain.

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Recently restored, the home’s interior features reproductions of the signature ”March Balloons” carpet designed by Wright for the living room along with a dining table and chairs.

Philip Johnson

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New Canaan, Connecticut | John Hersam & Inger Stringfellow, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty 

Philip Johnson’s Wiley House in New Canaan, Connecticut is a quintessential piece of mid-century modernism. Built in the 1950’s, the double-height glass pavilion with its living room and subtly hidden but generous galley kitchen cantilever out over the field stone base.

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The slope of the land allows the lower-level rooms with the light marble floors full views of the property. The vintage swimming pool with its original diving pad is a twin to the circular pool at Johnson’s world-renowned Glass House.

John Carl Warnecke

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Alberta, Canada | Christopher Vincent & Laura Wright, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Originally completed in 1946 by John Carl Warnecke, the designer of president John F. Kennedy’s “Eternal Flame” at Arlington National Cemetery, the 8,000-square-foot home rests alongside the Bow River in Banff.

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While the home has been meticulously remodeled over the years, it still remains a significant piece of Warnecke’s legacy as it is believed to the be the only work of his in Banff. Privately nestled in Canada’s first National Park, this incredible residence embodies the grandeur of the surrounding Canadian Rockies.


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Distinctive Destinations: Heed the Call of the Water in These Seattle Waterfront Homes

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We partnered with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) in Seattle, Washington for Distinctive Destinations, a series that highlights a selection of properties from our global affiliate partners in the Sotheby’s International Realty network. The team at RSIR shared a collection of waterfront homes from the Puget Sound region that prove life on the Sound, as well as its neighboring straits and harbors, lakes and archipelagos, offers all the pleasures and adventure that draw people to the water’s edge.

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Seattle, WA   |   Represented by Mary Norris & Paige Norris

Positioned within the historic Seward Park neighborhood of Seattle is WillowDon Estate, an impeccable offering situated upon Lake Washington with 174 feet of low-bank waterfront and nearly two acres of tasteful gardens designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers. Fully restored to its legacy, the home offers state-of-the-art technology and a Stuart Silk designed carriage house to flawlessly accommodate guests. Single-family homes along this coveted coastline rarely come available for ownership and once sold they often remain in families for generations.

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Camano Island, WA   |   Represented by Alex Thomas

A collaboration of art and nature, this Architectural Masterpiece invokes serenity through its natural surroundings to capture expansive 160-degree west-facing views of the Saratoga Passage as eagles soar above and whales migrate below. An internationally inspired design complements over 120 feet of waterfront with walls of windows that frame magnificent sunsets and open toward an expansive entertaining deck for taking in the splendor. Camano Island is known for its spectacular seafood, and people often dig in the sand for butter clams or find mussels on the rocky shoreline.

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Winthrop, WA   |   Represented by Jay Kipp & Peter Phillips

A singular combination of spectacular location and thoughtful contemporary design by Prentiss Balance Wickline, Big Valley Ranch is a premier year-round destination in the Methow Valley defined by meticulous attention to detail. Located off North Cascade highway, the property offers valley views protected on all sides by state land and a 142-acre conservation easement. The grounds include three ponds connected by a creek, abundant wildlife, and one mile of riverfront for premier private fishing opportunities.

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La Conner, WA   |   Represented by Brian Hawkins & Cyrus O’Bryant

Located at the edge of the Swinomish Channel, Heron House is primed for the water enthusiast with a commercial boat launch and a private dock for taking advantage of aquatic adventures atop the 11-mile saltwater channel and beyond. Take in the beauty of this stunning area through floor-to-ceiling lift and slide French doors that unfold onto a full-length patio for seamless entertaining amidst iconic Pacific Northwest views. Recreation extends beyond the length of the property, with easy access to the Anacortes and Lopez Island Ferry, golf courses and more.

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Eastsound, WA   |   Represented by Peter Phillips

Cormorant Bay Estate is truly a legacy property beyond description, with stunning Northwest Contemporary architecture influenced by the iconic design of Frank Lloyd Wright. The grounds include a private golf course, deep-water moorage within a tranquil cove and 2,300 feet of waterfront with a sandy beach. Perched upon Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands, Cormorant Bay is well-suited for the yachter, with an ideal location allowing one to easily pivot north to Vancouver, BC; south to Seattle, WA; and beyond.


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7 Homes Near World-Class Dive Sites

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With roughly 70% of the earth’s surface covered by water inhabited by some 230,000 documented species of marine life, there’s a whole world under the sea waiting to be explored. If you’re interested in regular dives becoming part of your lifestyle, consider setting up a permanent home base nearby. Take a look at some of the best scuba destinations on the globe.

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Rosa CalderónRiviera Maya Sotheby’s International Realty

Get up close and personal with the largest extant fish species in the world when you take the plunge in the waters of Isla Mujeres. During the summer months, fleets of hundreds of whale sharks gather north of the island to feast in the plankton-rich waters. Swap your scuba tank for snorkelling mask, as these pelagic swimmers often stay close to the surface to keep warm. Despite their enormous mouths, these sharks pose no risk to humans—meaning a real swim with the sharks is possible. Then take a weekend trip down the coast to Cozumel, where you’ll find a healthy Caribbean reef and dives for every level of skill.

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Eloisa GarcíaRiviera Maya Sotheby’s International Realty

Recount your under-the-sea adventures over dinner on the terrace at this Isla Mujeres manor located just a short distance from North Beach. With breathtaking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea available from each window, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. In need of a little more R&R after an exhilarating dive? Travel a little further down the coast and retreat to this Playa del Carmen property—complete with its own private spa and pool.

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Barbara WolveridgeQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s hardly surprising that the Great Barrier Reef has been a top aspiration for many a diver. Over 2,900 individual reefs and 300 coral cays comprise this vastly diverse UNESCO-listed landscape—the only living structure on earth observable from outer space. Alongside more than 1,500 species of fish, navigate through kaleidoscopic displays of brightly colored coral, crustaceans, and other critters.

Beach, eat, sleep, repeat might just become your new routine at this coastal Queensland home. Often considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the city of Cairns plays host to this glamorous oceanfront home, situated on a dramatic beachfront on the northeastern shores of Queensland. After descending the depths of the Coral Sea, cap off your adventures by sinking into a hammock suspended between two palms, or sunning on the deck of the spacious saltwater swimming pool.

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Gayle ChingMacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

A Manta Ray Night Dive should definitely be on every diver’s bucket list. Kailua-Kona, located on the west coast of the Big Island, is one of the few destinations in the world where it’s possible to experience a nocturnal swim with these gentle giants. Safer than their stinging counterparts, manta rays pose no harm to divers. After taking in the blazing Kona sunset, enter the depths to see these 16-foot creatures hunt for plankton. Use this gated Hawaiian residence as a launch pad to explore all that the Big Island has to offer, from crashing waterfalls to tropical rainforests.

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Karen DavidsonLIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Follow the barks of sea lions to the small volcanic island known as Anacapa in California, one of North America’s best diving sites. Drift through lush kelp beds and watch the harbor seals putting on their finest acrobat routines. Life is but a California dream at this oceanfront beach house located just a few nautical miles northeast of the island, with secluded decks perfect for entertaining or soaking in every moment of sunset.

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Donna MedreaPacific Sotheby’s International Realty

SoCal is home to still more first-class diving sites: La Jolla Underwater Park, a short distance from San Diego, guarantees sightings of a wide range of marine life including sharks, nudibranchs, and octopi. Explore the depths of nearby Wreck Alley, featuring the remains of eight different ships, including a 366-foot Canadian Mackenzie-class destroyer known as the Yukon, and the Ruby E, a 165-foot Coast Guard cutter. Enjoy all the sights and sounds of the ocean with all of the grandeur of Old Hollywood from this sprawling 1940s-era La Jolla Estate.

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Michelle Bess Bellegarde & Pierre BellegardeSt. Vincent and the Grenadines Sotheby’s International Realty

When it comes to photographing marine life, the reefs off the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are among some of the world’s most camera-friendly. Forests of black coral, haunting sea caverns, and a wide range of photogenic sea creatures including reef sharks, Hawksbill turtles, and seahorses offer an abundance of subjects and backdrops. A nearby Pirates Cove escape provides location for discerning adventurers looking to explore the archipelago, with close proximity to dive sites and volcanoes.

There’s so much more to oceanfront living than what can be found on dry land. You never know what you might encounter when you explore the depths of the world’s most fascinating underwater ecosystems.

Source your own beach home or private island to ensure that your next scuba excursion is just a short distance from your door.