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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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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The Madness is upon us; beginning tonight you can catch the first games of the March Madness season. Whether you’re sold out for collegiate basketball or just a bandwagon fan, we’ve put together a brief history on one of the most competitive times in sports. While some in our office are a little bias (Go Wolverines AND Spartans!), tell us which team you’re rooting for in the comments!
March 27, 1939 – The NCAA hosts its first college basketball championship featuring only eight teams. This small bracket continues for the first 12 years of the tournament. At the inaugural game, the University of Oregon defeats The Ohio State University 46-33. Schools like Indiana, Wisconsin, Stanford, and Wyoming go on to win the tourney in the next few years’ of competition.
1951 – The NCAA’s basketball tournament gains more and more national attention, now hosting 16 teams. In 1982, CBS broadcaster Brent Musburger helps coin Henry Porter’s signature phrase ‘March Madness’ during game coverage.
1985 – The now modern format of a 64-team tournament shakes up college basketball. In 2001, the tournament shifts into four regions of 16 teams. The winning teams from these regions now meet in the host city for the Final Four, developing this once humble tournament into a sell-out.
So while you’re watching the big games this year, realize you are taking part in quite a seasoned history – one that will continue to shape athletes for years to come. With that being said… let’s watch some basketball!
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Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles and home.
A Former Coal Baron’s Mansion is Up for Sale – Bloomberg Pursuits
Mel Gibson’s Onetime Connecticut Mansion Lists for $22.5 Million – Wall Street Journal
A Warm and Sophisticated Ski Home on the Slopes of Aspen Highlands – Mansion Global
A Condé Nast ‘Cottage’ Asks $12.5 Million – Wall Street Journal
Home Where Jackie and John Kennedy First Met to Hit Market – Mansion Global
House Hunting in… Hong Kong – The New York Times
Former Baseball Star Jimmy Rollins Hits a Record Price with Mansion Purchase – Los Angeles Times
High Tech Boom Leads Bay Area Prices to Soar – Mansion Global
Alpine Ski Chalet with the Stamp of European Royalty Beckons Hong Kong Investors – South China Morning Post
10 Ultimate Waterfront Homes We’re Coveting Now – Elle Decor
Turquoise waters, breezy sea air, sun soaked beaches and lush greenery are part and parcel for the idyllic island jaunt, but there are tropical escapes, and then there are tropical escapes.
Once you decide to own a slice of paradise, the details of island living become that much more nuanced. It becomes about sun and shade cycles, open-air living, a welcome dose of privacy, and views whenever possible. Warm wood adds a beach-hut feel, sweeping white walls offset pops of topical color, and washed stones evoke nearby shorelines. Couple those trappings of good taste with resort-like amenities and you may never leave the island.
Castillo Caribe, Grand Cayman
$39,950,000 USD | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty
The Caribbean’s year-round sunshine and bright culture are nearly eclipsed by the oceanfront majesty of this Cayman Island retreat.
Castillo Caribe’s boutique hotel–like features make it an unforgettable spot to retreat with friends. A grand front hall presents woven-style ceiling details, recessed lighting, and a sweeping wood staircase, all of which get a splash of the island’s natural elements via indoor palms and two-story floor-to-ceiling windows.
Here, classical features and decor outshine typical nods to beach living: a long table dining hall with elegant chandeliers, an expansive chef’s kitchen with multiple prep areas, and a master bedroom with beautiful wood ceiling inlay. Then there’s the wine cellar, games room, home theatre, gym, outdoor pool and private grotto. Cap that off with the Cayman Islands’ tax-neutral environment for the ultimate break from normalcy.
$26,995,000 USD | Makena, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty
Look out across the endless Pacific Ocean from one of the most beautifully constructed, custom-detailed homes in Maui. Perched upon one acre of land, this 10,500-square-foot residence is an exemplary model of indoor-outdoor living.
Custom wood detailing runs through every area, including the eight bedrooms. Rippling fountains keep relaxation dialed, and a home theater is at the ready when you need a break from the sun. Or maybe you’ll prefer to soak up that movie in the open night air—an outdoor theater rises from the pool deck.
The nearby pool house accommodates any additional guests, and the nearly 4000-square feet of deck is perfect for large celebrations and star-gazing alike.
Sentosa Cove, Singapore
$19,900,000 SGD | Singapore | List Sotheby’s International Realty
Incredible modern architecture defines this rare oceanfront residence in Singapore. The lure of a marina resort meets high residential integrity here—a marriage of raw wood, polished steel, fair-faced concrete, and tropical sea air.
Views of the water rush into grand rooms at the rear of the home, while front rooms face the waterway. Flow, light, and open space are abundant, as is indoor-outdoor living. A timber bridge intersects the main staircase, giving way to a covered terrace so you can comfortably enjoy the local climate out of the sun’s rays (a dip in the pool will also do nicely). Sliding and folding glass doors expand the living and dining spaces for breakfasts and dinners al fresco. Whether you’re upstairs in a private, inviting bedroom or taking in the tranquility of the courtyard, this Sentosa Cove stunner is open and alive.
Mahoe Bay, Virgin Gorda
$23,000,000 USD | Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands | British Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty
Beachfront living just doesn’t get any better than this. Stunning local stonework, warm woods, Travertine marble, and sandy shades of upholstery line the rooms of the villas at Aquamare.
Three 8,000-square-foot villas, equipped with 30-foot vaulted ceilings and beautiful indoor-outdoor detailing—including hammock seating—can house up to 12 guests each. Each also has its own private waterfront infinity pool with clear views of Drake’s Channel and upscale beachside lounging. A manager’s villa is partnered with the property, making large celebrations and group gatherings easy.
Elevated island homes offer the ideal blend of private retreat and resort living, where tempos slow and lapping waves provide the soundtrack to your days—your own personal paradise.
Happy New Year! In light of 2018, let’s take a look back at some of the favorite blogs, videos, and homes featured in 2017.
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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
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“The individual who buys a private island is very often looking for a secluded place that offers great freedom and status,” says Benoit Bernard of French Polynesia Sotheby’s International Realty in Papeete, Tahiti. “The show is there facing you. It’s forged by nature for eternity.”
Acquiring an island is a passion project in which emotions can edge out bottom line considerations. The market is narrow and the outlay considerable. “In terms of pure investment, it is often very difficult to evaluate its profitability,” says Bernard, but a real estate professional will consider all costs and constraints to help prospective buyers “minimize the risks as much as possible.”
Uncertainty aside, the payoffs of being a sovereign of one’s own sanctuary are many: privacy, exclusivity and, sometimes, the chance to create a legacy.
According to Russell Post of Russell Post Sotheby’s International Realty in Key Largo, Florida, the opportunity to establish a family compound is “probably the most attractive part of owning an island. Buyers want their extended generations to come and visit, and they envision the buy as a legacy property to be passed down.”
Technology has made it easier to turn a sandy spit of land into a slice of paradise. “The development of renewable energies, satellite links, water treatment and rainwater recovery systems are new technologies that are simplifying island life and management,” says Bernard.
Nevertheless developing and maintaining a secondary property a sea away remains a complex undertaking. Wish lists meet reality checks. Even the most experienced property owners find themselves in unfamiliar territory. Questions that need to be asked by would-be island buyers touch upon issues that are not typically concerns in the traditional housing market: Are there major weather hazards to be aware of? How are the routes to bring in supplies? How close are medical facilities? Are there opportunities to generate revenue through rentals or commercial development? If purchasing an island in another country, how stable is the government?
Private islands are available all over the world, but inventory is limited. Post has a listing for a private island called Pumpkin Key priced at $95 million, just a 10-minute boat ride from the prestigious Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. Post says it’s only the second private island he’s seen come to market in the Upper Florida Keys in a decade.
Pricing an island involves a challenging set of calculations since there are no true comparables. And despite scant supplies, it’s not unusual for an island to be on the market for years. It takes patience on both buyer’s and seller’s parts for a perfect match. Some countries have restrictions on international purchases or permit only lease options rather than outright buys. Leaseholds can run as long as 99 years.
While local laws and regulations apply, it’s the closest anyone can ever gets to feeling like the ruler of their own kingdom. Says Bernard: “The world is theirs to shape according to their desires without any constraint.”
Article provided by Iyna Bort Caruso exclusively for sothebysrealty.com
You say it’s only Tuesday, we say the weekend’s only three days away! That means it’s time to start making plans to soak up every last drop of sunshine the summer has to offer. Why not hang out in Holland? There’s a number of events happening from August 11-13. Have a personal favorite? Tell us which event you’ll be attending in the comments!
Looking to visit some of Holland’s attractions? There’s always our sugar sand beaches, a trip to Dutch Village, or even a pleasant walk near Mt Pisgah. However you choose to spend your time this weekend, consider spending it in Holland!