New & Notable Luxury Properties For Sale | December 2018

From a palatial estate in Chevy Chase, Maryland to a remarkable Art Deco villa in the center of Rome, these are this month’s four featured notable properties for sale.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland | Daniel Heider, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty 

The Corby Mansion, built in 1893 for Francis Newlands, is a landmark in America’s first planned suburb designed by Chevy Chase architect Leon E. Dessez. A Congressman and Senator from Nevada, Newlands named the estate “Ishpiming,” meaning “high ground” in Chippewa. Senator Newlands was the organizer and first president of the Chevy Chase Club as well as a developer with the Chevy Chase Land Company. This highly coveted landmark estate prompted official inquiries regarding the possibility of it serving as the Vice President’s residence. The estate was instead sold to “Mother’s Bread” heir William S. Corby in 1909.

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Moscow, Russa | Natalia Filipovskaia, Moscow Sotheby’s International Realty 

This 2,164-square-meter mansion is located on nearly 6,000 square meters of land. Among the offered amenities, this home features a combined hall-library, home cinema, and swimming pool. An additional building on the site showcases a garage for four cars.

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Bridgehampton, New York | Beate V. Moore, Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

This unparalleled oceanfront home was constructed in 2016 by master builder Ed Bulgin. Four luxurious ensuite bedrooms plus separate studio with bath give to breathtaking ocean views. The spectacular outdoor entertaining space surrounded by an oversized waterside gunite pool with spa, two grills, gas pizza oven, and fridge all overlooks the Atlantic. A three-car garage plus an additional one-car garage, two outdoor showers, and basketball hoop sit on nearly two beautifully landscaped gated acres.

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Rome, Italy | Vincenzo Lupattelli, Italy Sotheby’s International Realty 

This beautiful Art Deco villa is located in one of the most elegant districts in Rome, known as Ludovisi. Very close to the famous Villa Borghese park, Via Veneto, this residence is centrally located as it is only a few minutes from the Spanish Steps, Termini station, subway, and the shopping area. The villa has four floors and was built by the famous Roman architect, Carlo Pincherle.


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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Mexico

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates announced it’s expanding presence in Mexico with the formation of Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty.

Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty is located in the country’s capital of Mexico City and will serve the luxury residential real estate markets in the greater metropolis as well as the surrounding areas including the Metropolitan area of Puebla; Valle de Bravo and Malinalco in Estado de Mexico; and Cuernavaca and Tepoztlán in Morelos. The firm is owned and operated by Carlos Gonzalez.

“The luxury residential real estate market in Mexico City is experiencing tremendous growth,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The area has attracted many new developments, mainly luxury high-rise projects with top-of-the-line amenities, and has also seen an increase in overall inventory. We are proud to welcome Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty to our global network.”

“There are so many extraordinary communities and exciting areas in the Greater Mexico City area; it is our goal to be the ultimate guide for our clients, leading them to the Mexico City home of their dreams,” said Gonzalez. “Affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand allows us to connect to the brand’s prestigious real estate companies around the world and reach an international clientele.”

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty network now has nine independently owned and operated offices throughout Mexico; also operating in the country are Agave Sotheby’s International RealtyGuadalajara Sotheby’s International RealtyLos Cabos Sotheby’s International RealtyMonterrey Sotheby’s International RealtyQueretaro Sotheby’s International Realty, and Riviera Maya Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 22,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in 950 offices in 70 countries and territories worldwide. In 2017, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $108 billion USD. Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.


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European Escapes | 6 Idyllic Waterfront Homes

Surrounded by vast and beautiful bodies of water – the Arctic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Sea – Europe’s waterways are a thing to behold. There’s the Alboran Sea, Balearic Sea, Bay of Biscay and North Atlantic Ocean flanking Spain’s shores; the Tyrrhenian, Ionian and Adriatic Seas giving Italy’s famous boot its fashion-forward shape; the chilly Celtic Sea, English Channel, and North Sea sweeping past France, the United KingdomBelgium, the NetherlandsGermany, and so forth. Suffice to say, this beloved continent has no shortage of impressive waterfronts, and in turn, no shortage of fantastic waterfront properties either—whether seaside or lakefront.

New Golden Mile, Spain, Alboran Sea

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Kristina Szekely – Kristina Szekely Sotheby’s International Realty

The stilted majesty of this contemporary beachfront property on the New Golden Mile is immediately obvious. The white exterior stands bright and powerful, a fitting complement to the Alboran Sea. Its stature may have something to do with the fact that the property is situated on a double plot, giving homeowners an opportunity to entertain, and then some. Fourteen bedrooms, large lounge areas indoor and out, extensive sea views, two swimming pools, and even a home spa all meet the design criteria of relaxed and artistic. A steadfast vessel, indeed.

Navarino Dunes Beachfront II, Greece, Mediterranean Sea

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 Stephanie Michalopoulou – Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

Rich in amenities and blessed with abundant sea views, this six-bedroom beachfront villa in southwest Peloponnese, Greece is part of a limited collection of resort homes. As part of the Navarino Dunes resort, owners enjoy two golf courses, and Anazoe spa, 24-hour security, concierge service, and more than 20 dining venue options.

On property, the splendor is innate. Ample natural light floods in through entryways, adding to an already seamless indoor-outdoor living set-up: two large wings with a sea-view master and three additional en-suite bedrooms in one end of the home, and a living room, impressive kitchen, dining room, and elevator in another. The outdoor spaces are as inviting and comfortable as the indoor, and you’ll be hard-pressed to pull yourself away from the sea-salt air.

Villa Casa nel Porto, Positano, Italy, Tyrrhenian Sea

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Sabrina Majello – Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Casa nel Porto, perched in breathtaking Positano, easily encompasses verdant cliff-side living and traditional Italian charm. Privacy is the ultimate winner here, with the villa shrouded by incredible natural rock and lush local flora. Divided into two units, the house is of two minds, but one soul. The main house has a traditional side, with vaulted ceilings, earthy stone, and hand-painted doors. Each room leads to a gorgeous garden with an unbeatable outdoor dining area. The second unit is a quadruple studio–style layout, each with a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and large private terrace. A beautiful place to enjoy the waves with friends and family.

Laglio Estate, Como, Italy, Lake Como

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Luca D’Angelo – Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

This bright and elegant estate house encompasses the taste of Italy’s Lake Como. The inland spot is treasured by well-known and discerning individuals the world over. Fantastic old-world touches, from exposed-beam ceilings to intricate inlays to chandelier-style lighting are paired well with modern amenities, including an indoor pool, home cinema, and fitness area with spa. From the green grounds to the sun-drenched outdoor terrace and refreshing outdoor pool, every element of this property feels like a well-earned retreat—one made even sweeter thanks to its beautiful lake views.

Frankfurt Villa, Germany, Rhine River

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Olivier Peters – Peters & Peters Sotheby’s International Realty

A stroll across the grounds of this vineyard villa offers view after view of the incredible Rhine River. Mature trees dot the grounds, some over a century old, while the subtle estate beckons. Inside, parquet and granite floors commingle with sandstone and ornamental plaster work. High ceilings make every stately room feel grand but homey. A library, tennis court, billiard room, and wine cellar top off the picturesque outdoor veranda, which welcomes sunlight and afternoon repose.

Moisionrannantie, Mikkeli, Finland, Annilanselkå Lake

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Kenneth Katter – Snellman Sotheby’s International Realty

Bright and beachy modern architecture make this lakeside villa built for the Mikkeli Housing Fair truly a prize of a property. With three bedrooms and outfitted with a large terrace, this is a prime example of the streamlined comfort and taste for which modern Finnish design is known. Outside, a large balcony is outfitted with a jacuzzi for extra languid afternoons and evenings, and beyond, a private boat dock offers water-bound adventure. Inside, minimalism and purposeful living take center stage. An ideal retreat for those seeking simplicity.

The lure of waterfront homes is intrinsic—water is healing, calming, inspiring, and powerful, all at once. What better place to rest, revive, and reignite than a luxury retreat on the shoreline?

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Sotheby’s International Realty® Achieves $108 Billion in Global Sales Volume for 2017

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand reported growth across its global network. At year-end, the network totaled nearly 950 offices and approximately 22,000 sales associates worldwide.

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In the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved over $96 billion USD in sales volume in 2017 and added six independently owned and operated residential real estate firms to its network and 58 new offices. This past year witnessed continued significant growth by the brand’s existing affiliate companies through talent attraction as well as mergers and acquisitions, most notably increasing the brand’s market presence in the San Francisco Bay AreaCastle Rock, Colorado; and in Southern Florida and Key West. The brand also entered several key new markets last year, namely: Roseville, CaliforniaAvalon and Stone Harbor, New Jersey; the Central and Western Adirondacks regions of New York; Greater Greenville, South Carolina; and southeast Wisconsin.

Outside the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved over $12 billion USD in sales volume in 2017 while continuing to expand into key markets. In Europe, the brand grew its presence in Spain into the coastal cities of Valencia and San Sebastián, and in Belgium to Antwerp and Waterloo, as well as expanding to the Greek island of Rhodes. The brand also sold the rights to the Asian countries of Vietnam, Indonesia and Sri Lanka to establish a future presence, and grew within India to include the key markets of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Goa and Kolkata

Reaching the Consumer

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The Sotheby’s International Realty brand website, sothebysrealty.com, saw another record year with nearly 27 million visits, a 25% increase year-over-year, with 60% of visitors coming from outside the United States and 17.5% of traffic being from new users.

An exclusive alliance with the Nikkei, the most influential news publication in Japan, was launched in 2017. The alliance enables the brand to generate Japanese buyer interest through the Nikkei’s digital platform which reaches over 29 million monthly readers. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is the first real estate brand to present property listings outside of Japan to readers of the Nikkei, giving Japanese consumers access to residential real estate offerings in nearly 70 countries and territories.

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“In 2017, the brand launched a dedicated effort to establish meaningful connections with the emerging affluent consumer,” said Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Data from sothebysrealty.com indicates that we are already well-positioned among this demographic, showing that nearly half of the traffic coming to the site was from the 25-to-44-year-old age group. As personalization has begun its reign over the luxury mindset, the consumer journey has also experienced a shift; it is our mission, as a preeminent luxury residential real estate brand, to continue to identify and execute new and authentic ways to connect with discerning clients.”

Additional Achievements

In 2017, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand added to its senior leadership team. Thompson was appointed as the brand’s Chief Marketing Officer to oversee the marketing, advertising, and public relations initiatives worldwide. With an extensive background working with globally recognized luxury brands, Thompson set forth early in the year to create exceptional consumer experiences through the strategic use of marketing and branding. Later in the year, Julie Leonhardt-LaTorre, a proven global real estate and management leader, was appointed Chief Operating Officer to spearhead strategic growth plans for the brand.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s affiliated companies and sales associates raised more than $500,000 USD for New Story, the brand’s charitable partner and a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, by the end of 2017. The funds raised will go directly to the construction of new homes in Mexico. The highlight of the partnership came at the brand’s Global Networking Event, where affiliates of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand pledged funds for over 150 homes in just 32 hours.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was the No. 1 real estate brand represented in two of the six categories that comprise the 2017 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” for the second year in a row. The brand claimed 46 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate brand, and had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category. In addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category.

 

Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, each brokerage firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.

 

Luxury Real Estate Headlines: Second Week in February 2018

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

Can this Billionaire’s Row Apartment Beat the Odds, Resell for $70 Million? – Forbes

Dream Homes: Five Tempting Properties for Sale in Tuscany – USA Today

Mel Gibson’s Onetime Connecticut Mansion Lists for $22.5 Million – Wall Street Journal

Home on Lake Tahoe Compound Featured in ‘Godfather II’ Asks $3.7 Million – Curbed

A Warm and Sophisticated Ski Home on the Slopes of Aspen Highlands – Mansion Global

This Bermuda-Inspired Beauty on 30A is an Entertainer’s Dream (and it’s for sale!) – Coastal Living

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

The Power of Home: New Story Builds Shelter and Second Chances – RISMedia

10 Ultimate Waterfront Homes We’re Coveting Now – Elle Decor

Sotheby’s Set to Auction Rare, Flawless 102-Carat White Diamond in London – The Japan Times

New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | February 2018

From a Baroque-style penthouse in Israel to a private island in the Bahamas, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

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Israel Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Shelly Belzer-Shmelzer for more information

This grand, Baroque-style penthouse resides in the enduring Sea One – a post-modern tower ideally located on Tel Aviv beach, designed by Harald Klein. Guests and residents will enjoy outstanding accommodation, pool and wellness facilities overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, an exclusive gourmet restaurant, grand lobby with bar and management service of the highest standard.

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Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Andrew Ernemann and Craig Morrisfor more information

This state-of-the-art home in downtown Aspen offers over 18,000 square-feet of living space with smart home automation throughout. The home features three tennis courts that transform into skating rinks in the winter, a home theater, and a bowling alley/shooting range among its many amenities.

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List Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Tersa Lau for more information

This elegant three-level home in Pokfulam, Hong Kong offers a rooftop terrace, garden, and balconies. Two of the home’s three en-suite bedrooms feature incredible private balconies, and rooftop terrace enjoys sprawling views of the sea, with exquisite space for alfresco dining.

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Premier Sotheby’s International Realty ­| Contact Michael Lawler for more information

Offering unparalleled views of Doubloon Bay, this contemporary home in Naples, Floridafeatures a one-of-a-kind floating European White Oak staircase, floor-to-ceiling glass, hand-selected Calcutta Marble flooring, and all-glass wine room. Situated on the north side of Admiralty Point, the property is eligible for Port Royal Club membership.

Whale Cay

Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact George Damianos for more information

Whale Cay is a private island located in the fishing paradise of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. Situated between the Bahama Banks and the tongue of the ocean, the Berry Islands have long attracted visitors who enjoy fishing and boating, with great proximity to Florida and only 30 miles north of Nassau. The Island is primed for residential development, with more than 570 acres included in this listing. There are 12 miles of shoreline and 13 white sandy beaches totaling seven miles.

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5 Homes Ready for Super Bowl LII

One of the world’s most anticipated sporting events is once again upon us; Super Bowl LII will see the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles faceoff for the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy on Sunday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

While U.S. Bank Stadium can seat 65,000 die-hard gridiron fans, its estimated that more than 150 million viewers around the world will be in front of their TVs with friends and families to enjoy the game, the cinematic commercials and film trailer debuts, and show-stopping half time performance by Justin Timberlake.

From a modern home bar in the host city of Minneapolis to an outdoor piece of paradise in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, these five homes are ready for the big game.

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Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Julie Regan & Jeff Hornig for more information

Don’t miss a second of the action in this home in Minneapolis. It features a vibrant bar with multiple viewing options and seating for many guests, all while providing a thoroughly modern take on the sports bar experience.

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Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Bill Churchill for more information

This Tudor Revival-style home in Dallas’ esteemed University Park will make you feel like you have sideline seats; nestle into comfy leather recliners and bask in the glow of the 12’ by 7’ projection screen as this THX sound equipped home theater brings every moment to you.

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Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Frank Aazami & David Mayo for more information

Continue traveling west and you’ll reach this more than eight-acre estate in Scottsdale, Arizona. An athlete’s paradise with sport court, putting green and weight room among its amenities, enjoy the Super Bowl outdoors from a fully-equipped wet bar and kitchen.

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Queretaro Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Sara Salazar for more information

Hacienda Las Fincas in San Miguel de Allende is a modern-style ranch on nearly three hectares inside an exclusive gated community. While the spacious home does offer an equipped home theater inside, you can also take in every exciting moment while enjoying year-round favorable weather from the terrace – complete with bar, pizza oven, grill, and high-definition television.

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Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Josi Van Horn for more information

Touchdown! You won’t miss a second of the big game from the comfort of this 12,500 square foot home’s theater. Keep game day snacks in the conveniently located butler’s pantry just off of the theater, then enter into your private viewing room with sound-declining material lining the walls and ceiling, keeping the cheering inside the theater and no where else.

 

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Significant Sales

From a contemporary masterpiece on the California Coastline to a historic, Baroque-era Villa in the Czech Republicthis edition of Significant Sales also showcases homes from the United StatesNew Zealand, and Dubai.

Transform Your Space: Curating Art for Your Home

Your home serves as the outward expression of your inner-self, something of a vessel for your spirit. To capture that essence, clear structure, a thoughtful palette, and ambient lighting hold key roles; but it’s what you display in this space that makes it unique. Curating art for this blank slate is what makes a home uniquely yours.

Perhaps you’re a strategist, focusing on pieces with a kind of visual mathematical precision; maybe you’re a minimalist, preferring one or two bespoke pieces where the light hits them just so; or it could be that you’re a bona fide enthusiast, peppering your dwelling with an eclectic mix of oils and photography, not to mention a strategically placed sculpture or two.

If you’re unsure of where to start when it comes to art, you’re in luck—the home itself is one the best starting points when looking for curation clues. After all, everything from the white quartz of kitchen counters to industrial-chic finishing touches can inform your art collection. Consider your abode a look book for inspiration, and transform it from blank slate to bespoke gallery. No gallery-white walls necessary.

Identify Your Taste

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ONE Sotheby’s International Realty – Contact Alexa Iacovelli for more information

Some things in life speak to you, and you alone, and that can lead to feeling torn between aesthetic aspirations and authentic representation when decorating your home. In theory, you may love the idea of sharp, mod looks and lines, but in practice, find yourself choosing bold colors and organic shapes.

The same can be true of art curation. You may admire the broken grid gallery walls in a recent issue of Wallpaper*, yet in a gallery, you’re drawn to a single, enveloping piece commanding the space. Instead of trying to conform to an idea of what should be into your home, consider what instinctually draws you in.

Focus on Mood

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Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty – Contact Leigh Williamson for more information

How do you want to feel when you walk into a room? Elated? Relaxed? Inspired? Just as you took great care in finding a home with an infinity pool to end your days on a mellow note, equal attention should be given when seeking poolside art to complement it. Perhaps the wave-like quality of a smooth marble sculpture reminds you of peaceful shores, or maybe the mirrored shards of a mixed-media piece in the library help shift your focus to self-reflection.

You can embrace, amplify, or transform moods with the right curated collection. Art can shape not only how a room looks, but also how it makes you feel.

Play Matchmaker

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Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito Brokerage – Contact Suzanne Perkins for more information

You have this room in your house that’s truly magnetic. When friends and family are introduced, they immediately get it. There’s something about the way the furniture frames the window, or textures you’ve added throughout—it simply works. Now you just need to add some final polish by finding that perfect finishing touch.

When you’re searching for new pieces to fit the bill, bring mementos of your favorite rooms with you—think photos, fabrics, swatches, or even small hardware. Trained in the art of curation, gallery directors can help create an encompassing artistic voice for your space from similar textures, colors, or cues. Sometimes the smallest slice of similarity is a match worth marrying.

Frame it Right

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Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage – Contact Ginger Martin and Gregg Lynn for more information

Framing your new favorite piece isn’t simply about the physical frame. In fact, your burgeoning collection may not require wall mounting at all—it’s about how it works withinthe space. Great arrangements draw in the eye and invite it to explore nearby, but they continually loop you back to a focal point.

Decide what you want the focal point in your room to be. It doesn’t have to be the art, but it could be a breathtaking view, elegant handcrafted side table, or even a prominent lighting fixture. Wherever you want your eye to start and finish, frame it with complementary—but not overpowering—furnishings and works, so you keep coming back to your favorite spot.

However you decide to curate for your inner-sanctum, let it reflect your personality and show yet another side to how you love to live.

Play with Light

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Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty – Contact Josi Van Horn for more information

Lighting is more than just a regal lamp or sconce placed near a remarkable work of art. It brings the work to life, highlighting its most beautiful details. It can be a challenge to match the proper lighting element to the piece, but when done correctly, the lighting elevates the portrait into that of a masterpiece.

Play with the physical bulbs first – what color light shines the best light; white, yellow, or a soft blue perhaps? Then, discover the outer hold. A lamp, a tasteful sconce, or installed lighting from the ceiling can provide the perfect ambiance for your artwork. Be careful not too overdo the lighting, as it may take away from your luxurious pieces.

 

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The Best of Island Living

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

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$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.

Makena, Maui

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$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

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$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

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$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.

 

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