Mood Board | Cottage Charm, Cabin Chic

When it comes to rural escapes, it can be easy to be pulled in several directions at once. A cabin in the woods, or an escape by the sea? The timelessness of a log cabin or the bright refinement of an English country cottage? Whatever your aesthetic, you’re sure to find a detail to suit your taste from these two approaches to the weekend retreat—whether you’re leaving home on an adventure or bringing fresh design to your existing space and staying put.

Cottage Charm

Farmhouse kitchens, whimsical gardens, and crisp whites are the hallmarks of the country cottage. A bright, light-filled sitting room, a stone-and-shingle home in Connecticut—these are the fertile grounds where cottage living is perfected. Bring this style into your every day with plush reading chairs, recreation fixtures and appliances, and oceanic blues as an accent. No matter how far you reside from the countryside, these touches create comfort to unwind in—wherever you may be.

Cabin Chic

If the decorous calm of cottage life is not quite for you, look to the rugged coziness of cabins instead. Here, think Muskoka and Colorado, ski chalets and pioneer homes. While exposed beams and ample paneling is conventional cabin décor, elevate this style with contrasting stonework and rich textures. The traditional cabin is small, but today’s iterations are bespoke and polished. Outfit even your weekday residence with the trappings of forest expedition—live edge woods, antlers, warm layers—and you’ll be able to feel remote wherever you are.

It’s possible to capture the romance of mountains, the mystery of the sea, and the allure of the rolling hills through a handful of purposeful design decisions. Collect your books and blankets, paint a room a pristine white, bring in some warm wood paneling, and see where your cabin and cottage remodel takes you.

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Distinctive Destinations: Welcome to the Greater Boston Area

It’s no secret that Greater Boston is home to one of the densest and most diverse real estate markets in New England and beyond, with varying market trends and distinct differences between surrounding towns and neighborhoods. Although the real estate market is certainly competitive, there continues to be a significant amount of activity in the Greater Boston area and there are plenty of opportunities for buyers and sellers.

Residents flock to the Greater Boston area for several reasons, but a few key traits stand out. Boston is home to some of the most prestigious and advanced medical facilities in the world, as well as being home to exceptional universities and other educational institutions. The Boston area is also known for housing some of the highest ranked towns in which to live, including Newton and Brookline. Boston’s small-town, historical feel and thriving sports culture are also attractive features.

The Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate in Greater Boston, Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, has three offices as a central hub for their surrounding communities, offering premier, highly-visible locations. Take a look at some of their listings below!

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NEWTON, MA – 24 Botsford Road
$2,199,000 | 4 Beds, 5.5 Baths
Listing Agent: Aurel Garban, 617.875.1914,

Beautiful new construction in Newton’s Chestnut Hill! Features include a finished lower level with a full bathroom, storage room, and a two car garage. Easy access to the Chestnut Hill Mall, The Street and Chestnut Hill Square, Wegmans and Route 9 for commuting.

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BROOKLINE, MA – 20 Chapel Street, Unit C611
$1,100,000 | 2 Beds, 2 Baths
Listing Agent: Thomas O’Connor,

Located in the heart of the Longwood Medical Area, and near Coolidge Corner, this rarely available two bedroom is just a quick jaunt to Trader Joe’s, a few steps to Hospitals (Brigham/Beth Israel/Children’s) and Green Line T. Emerald Necklace is right outside.

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JAMAICA PLAIN, MA – 51 Iffley Road, Unit 2
$689,000 | 2 Beds, 2 Baths
Listing Agent: Sean Preston, 617.855.8502,

High-efficiency new construction with private outdoor space, parking, and city views. This home is perfect for entertaining or as a soothing retreat. Close to the Orange Line and buses, many parks and recreation areas, and growing restaurant scene.

About the Affiliate

Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty is an independently owned and operated franchisee of Sotheby’s International Realty® Affiliates LLC, specializing in full-service real estate in Boston, Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Newton, and surrounding Greater Boston communities. The company’s unique approach to marketing, innovation, and reputation for servicing extraordinary homes, combined with my knowledge of the local market and high-quality customer service, allows us to offer clients an unmatched level of service.

For more information, we can work with our affiliate, Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, to help find you a home in Greater Boston.

Design Trends | How Texture Transforms Home Décor

Can’t decide what’s missing from your latest design project? Chances are, it’s texture. The texture is an all-important—and sometimes overlooked—element in transforming a space from flat to multidimensional, adding layers of depth and richness. Be it via countertops or flooring, creating the right atmosphere is all about choosing the right surfaces. Below, we feature nine trending surface textures and where to use them.


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Yolanda TejedaChile Sotheby’s International Realty

Industrial charm doesn’t have to be reserved for the factory-turned-loft space. Concrete is a low-maintenance (and economical) way to pour on some industrial chic when it comes to your space. Flooring is a particularly savvy use of the material, as concrete tends to require minimal upkeep, and any dings, dents, and chips will only add character.


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Monty RobertsDamianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Quartz is quickly gaining popularity as a low-maintenance alternative to sought-after surfaces like marble or soapstone. As a non-porous and stain-resistant material, quartz is ideal for kitchen countertops that see lots of entertaining. Comprised of parts of natural minerals bonded together with resin, it’s also one of the more environmentally sound options on the market, taking a greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts approach to delivering a beautiful end product.


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Peter IllovskyCôte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

With extraordinary, one-of-a-kind natural veining, marble in any space creates a striking, elegant effect. While the exterior of this surface is undoubtedly strong and beautiful, it’s important to keep in mind that marble has a soft side. A porous material, it’s possible for marble surfaces to be stained from acidic liquids (white wine, lemon), meaning a degree of maintenance is required. For those who love the look without the worry, consider using the material for bathroom countertops and flooring where acidic liquids are less likely to be used.


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Dali ShovalAustria Sotheby’s International Realty

The 1950s and 60s were a heyday for parquet flooring, but the origins of this mosaic method of arranging wooden planks in a geometric pattern dates back to the 16th century. Nowadays, parquet flooring is synonymous with elegant European interiors and Haussmann-era Parisian buildings. The more traditional parquet floors are usually arranged in chevron and herringbone patterns, cut in a range of different types of wood from oak to walnut. Despite its luxe look, parquet often surprises with its manageable options for installation and moderate price point.


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Poland Sotheby’s International Realty

Carpets are an easy way to add a layer of warmth to your home, particularly in the bedroom where it can be comforting to wake up to something soft underfoot. Unlike their predecessors, the best modern carpets are stain, dirt, and water-resistant, thanks to new advancements in manufacturing. When selecting the right carpet for your space, be sure to take traffic into account: plush, high-pile textures tend to work better in lower-traffic areas, while close-cut piles are hardier and easier to keep clean.

Wood Paneling

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Nina Siegenthaler & Joe ZahmTurks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

When it comes to textures in the home, why should walls be neglected? Wood paneling may have gotten a poor reputation during the mid-century era, when it covered everything from basements to bathroom walls; today, it’s the purposeful approach that makes a statement. Go all out with floor-to-ceiling paneling and tons of natural light to create a warm, modern effect, or play with thinner wooden planks in smaller proportions for geometric visual interest.



Faisal HalumBriggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s important to consider strength, crack-resistance, and temperature-retaining properties when selecting natural stone as flooring. One of the strongest natural stone options available, slate is an ideal choice underfoot as it is durable enough to go decades without needing to be replaced, providing proper maintenance is given. While this natural beauty is great at transmitting heat and cold, it is not so good at retaining it, making it ideal for homes in warmer climates or with radiant floor heating.

Moroccan Tile

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Joan EleazerBriggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Whether for backsplash or flooring, tiles are a fashionable way to elevate and add luxury to a space. Some of the most well-crafted options emanate from Morocco, where the art of zellige—a process of fabrication using individual geometric pieces—is still employed today. These pops of pattern are surfacing in homes as a vibrant alternative to neutral tiles and floors.



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For a rustic environment full of cozy charm, consider using ledgestone. This technique of stacking stone to showcase its edge as opposed to its face creates loads of rough texture, establishing a gritty focal point that works particularly well for a statement wall, backsplash, or fireplace treatment. The variating tones and raw edging of ledgestone adds stacks of visual interest to even the most minimalist modern of spaces.

When it comes to great design, it’s all about what’s on the surface. From glossy countertops to cozy fireplaces, inspired surroundings start with the right textures.




New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | October 2018

From an elegant stone residence in Quebec to an exclusive penthouse in Seattle that inspired a cultural phenomenon, these are this month’s four featured notable properties for sale.

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Liza Kaufman, Sotheby’s International Realty Quebec

This elegant stone residence is nestled into the mountain in one of the city’s most prestigious enclaves. The imposing façade is representative of the rich architectural heritage of Montreal’s Golden Square Mile. A veritable cultural icon, this stunning mansion was exquisitely reimagined and masterfully renovated by one of North America’s most exclusive interior designers.

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Michael Pallier, Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

A home of true international caliber, featuring globally sourced materials and world-class vistas, this architectural triumph completed in 2017 showcases an unparalleled aesthetic of contemporary grandeur and sophistication over multiple levels. Almost every aspect luxuriates in panoramic harbor district and city skyline views, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, while the finest of finishes in every room heighten the sense of indulgence throughout.

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Lee Koffman, United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty 

This incredible double-fronted detached residence situated in this most sought after road in Hampstead offers nearly 8,000-square-feet of living space. The property benefits from off street parking for four cars, an integral double garage and a beautiful west-facing garden. Oakhill Avenue is situated just off Redington Road, within easy reach of the shops and transports facilities of Hampstead Village.

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Scott Wasner, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty 

Live life elevated in the penthouse that inspired Fifty Shades of Grey – one of Seattle’s most iconic novel and film series. Walls of windows and a wraparound deck frame glimmering city views. Perched above it all, living spaces afford all one needs for a complete in-city experience. The home includes a media room, chef’s kitchen, sitting area, and a sumptuous master suite. Escala’s suite of amenities includes 24-hour concierge, spa, lap pool, gym, yoga studio, theatre, catering kitchen, and private dining.

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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.

Ready for an in-person tour? Contact Josi Van Horn today.


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

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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Living History | Own a Converted 40-Room Hotel in Jerome, Arizona

Built at the height of copper mining in Arizona by magnate James “Rawhide Jimmy” Douglas in 1919, the former Little Daisy Hotel has been converted into an astounding mansion.

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Jerome, Arizona | Donna Chesler, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 

When Lisa Acker and her late husband Walter decided to purchase the property in 1995, it wasn’t much more than a concrete husk of its former glory. As recently reported in Bloomberg, “by the mid-1950s, the mining economy in Jerome collapsed, and the hotel fell into disrepair, along with the rest of the area.”

“They sold all the windows and doors, even the tile roof. Everything was sold for salvage, and people just walked off with whatever they didn’t strip.” – Lisa Acker

Prior to the Acker’s purchase, the property’s ownership passed into the hands of atomic clock developer, William Earl Bell in 1969 as part of a massive deal encompassing adjacent land.

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Brought back to life by master craftspeople over nine years, the sprawling home is set on nearly three-and-one-half acres and offers over 12,000 square-feet of temperature-controlled living space, 2,900 square-feet of interior porches, 2,600 square-feet of garage/workshop, and 9,000 square-feet of rooftop gardens.

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Once comprising 40 rooms during its days as a mining hotel hotspot, the private residence now features every modern amenity but steeped in old world charm.

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Incredible views of the entire Verde Valley, Cleopatra Hill, and Jerome provide the perfect backdrop for an experience of a lifetime at The Little Daisy.

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Clean Living | 6 Eco-Conscious Waterfront Homes

Strong design is a delicate balance of form and function. Homes need to reflect more than just our aesthetic principles—they need to suit our values as well. As global concern for climate change grows, so do the number of “green” homes on the market. The challenge becomes finding an environmentally conscious home where the luxury experience is not lost. Here are six eco-homes that manage to be both mindful and magnificent.

History Meets Future on Ionian Islands, Greece


Savvas SavvaidisGreece Sotheby’s International Realty

Having played host to several mythic odyssey’s, the town of Corfu sets the stage for this Emerald Bay estate. Celebrating traditional Grecian architecture while incorporating eco-friendly amenities, this home makes the case for considered design and a minimized environmental footprint. Jet out on the Ionian Sea from your private mooring, or cool off with a dip in the infinity pool perfectly tempered by solar panels. It only takes one glance at this tranquil sea to realize this address is the crowning jewel of the Ionian coastline.

Thoughtful Living in Oeiras, Lisbon


Paula PenimPortugal Sotheby’s International Realty

Energy from the Oeiras sun is used to power this arty oceanfront villa. Complete with mid-century modern wood paneling throughout the home, its thoughtful detailing is continued beyond its interiors—solar panels provide a clean source of energy to assist in powering this home’s four bedrooms and seven bathrooms, in addition to providing heat for both outdoor and indoor pools. Spend your days reclining by the pool overlooking the Atlantic, or take your journey further inland to explore the region’s many blue and green spaces, including the sandy beaches of Paço de Arcos and Praia da Torre.

Finding Zen in Limestone Bay, Anguilla


Scott HauserAnguilla Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Find paradise at this airy Anguillan abode that pairs palace-like grandeur with modern eco-sensibilities. Regal columns and carved balustrades overlooking the Caribbean Sea create a scene fit for the silver screen, while overhead solar panels pull in energy from the Anguillan rays to power a heated pool in the home’s zen garden. Views are not lost on the home’s well-appointed four bedrooms and spacious living area, each producing vivid-hued views of the Technicolor waters—higher definition than any television.

Lakeside Living in Six Mile, South Carolina

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Justin WinterJustin Winter Sotheby’s International Realty

Time-honored materials and modern technologies are what make this South Carolina lake house eco-conscious. Situated on Lake Keowee, this property is dressed in natural materials including limestone and slate, while repurposed accents like a wrought iron door salvaged from Argentina add to the home’s sustainability. The home’s eco-friendly architectural features are further underscored by its use of geothermal, solar thermal, and solar photovoltaic technologies to reduce its energy demand, as well as a rainwater system for landscape irrigation.

Cerulean Caribbean Vistas in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

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Nina Siegenthaler & Joe ZahmTurks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

No matter which window you gaze out of, the views from this Turks and Caicos villa are nothing short of spectacular. Tucked into a hillside in Turtle Tail, enjoy Caribbean living at its fullest surrounded by vibrant-hued turquoise waters that appear simply surreal. Solar panels heat and pump a private lagoon pool mimicking the variants of blue from the ocean, while a backup generator and 500-gallon propane tank are on site for all eventualities. Ideal for entertaining, this serene home ensures all of your guests can retreat to their private quarters complete with their very own ocean vista.

River Views in New South Wales, Australia

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Rick Nolasco & Daphne SauvageSydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Two properties comprise this New South Wales waterfront address. With its covetable location on the Hawkesbury River, Sunny Corner boasts 180-degree views of idyllic waterfront and stunning hillside. Designed to facilitate an active life on the water, this Australian escape ensures you can venture out in your own pontoon, or stay closer to shore and enjoy kayaking, water skiing, and fishing from your secluded retreat. Shining when it comes to sustainability, this home utilizes solar panels to reduce environmental impact and heat all water on site.

When it comes to helping the planet, small choices can make a big difference. Whether you’re considering alternative energies or recycling your rainwater, choosing a home with eco features can make the work of living lightly that much easier.




RESIDE | Living the High Life

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Opting for vertical living has long involved tradeoffs: services versus square footage, turnkey versus autonomy, convenience versus community. But with highly equipped, low-density condominium towers, buyers no longer have to compromise: Distinctive architecture, oversized residences, and ultra-luxe services are turning high-rise structures into high-net-worth communities, with amenities fostering social interaction and a sense of place among affluent neighbors.


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Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 

Located just steps from the beach, Mystique is one of the last new ultra-luxury high-rise developments in the exclusive Pelican Bay enclave. Created for those who appreciate exquisite design, luxurious appointments, and technological innovation, Mystique offers 68 estates and four penthouses with expansive living spaces and terrace views toward the Gulf from most units. Residents will enjoy the amenities of Pelican Bay, including private beach access with beachfront dining.


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Art Collazo & Peter Angelo, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty 

Located in the vibrant River North district, the 15-story Bentham combines the privacy and comfort of a boutique building with the deluxe amenities of a larger, prestigious high-rise. It enjoys both prime views and location, as it stands at the crossroads of the best Chicago has to offer–bustling nightlife at Rush and Division streets, premier shopping on the Magnificent Mile and upscale boutiques and dining on the Gold Coast. Each unit features modern indoor-outdoor living and floor-to-ceiling windows, with access to the rooftop, with its pool, sun deck and fire pits, large fitness center and community room with a catering kitchen.


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Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty 

Discover a life of carefree bliss in a five-bedroom grand hilltop villa with sweeping, uninterrupted panoramic views across Muscat Bay and the Gulf of Oman. Located on the mountainside adjacent to the Jumeirah Resort Hotel and built on private plots with landscaped gardens of indigenous mountain plants, these regal residences are part of a gated community. They are designed to be at one with the land and offer a life less ordinary, filled with peace and seclusion, in a place of majesty and charm.

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Video: Sprawling Equestrian Estate in Lower Saxony, Germany

Lower Saxony, Germany | Alexander StehleHamburg, Sotheby’s International Realty

Links to the region are apparent in the details of the estate, including reed-thatched roof and the use of historic brickwork fired in the style of previous centuries. Trimmed with green and caressed by plant life, this secluded property is a private sanctuary.

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After crossing an emerald lawn adorned with granite stepping stones, swing open stately doors into the estate’s generous entry space. Highlighted by FarEast art, this is the start of a remarkable journey.

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Enjoy peacefulness across this luxurious property, from the turquoise pool to the tasteful interiors. Every detail speaks to the home’s calming atmosphere, away from the chaos of life’s hustle and bustle.

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Discover the difference in a real estate network spanning around the globe. Contact us today to begin your Sotheby’s International Realty journey.