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CONDE NAST | Telluride Rank #1 Among The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.

Over the last six years, we’ve asked our readers to rate a city’s “friendliness” in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey, especially with respect to where you felt welcome. Did an outgoing local show you the way? Was the city easy to navigate? Hundreds of thousands of people took the survey this year—see what you had to say about the friendliest cities in the U.S.

Telluride, Colorado

Telluride remains everyone’s favorite mountain town this year, and we can’t blame them. Pristine skiing meets luxury in this remote Colorado city—”by far the most beautiful and accessible ski resort in the country.” Even the summer months have massive appeal, with the epic Bluegrass Festival drawing laid-back crowds every year. Our readers couldn’t say enough about the lack of huge crowds and welcoming locals. That Colorado “chill” is is for real.

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MANSION GLOBAL | A Telluride, Colorado, Property with Design Inspired by Nature

Mountain views can be seen from every room

Listing of the Day

Location: Telluride, Colorado

Price: $16.9 million

If the natural beauty of white-capped mountains, design pedigree and the creature comforts associated with a private community intrigue, this jaw-dropping property in Telluride should be on your radar. Designed by the architecture firm of Hugh Newell Jacobsen, the structure itself is just one appealing part of the package. The location is another.

Telluride is special, said listing agent Bill Fandel. “The mountains are dramatic and lush. It’s a place that high-profile people come to escape. There are no paparazzi,” he said. “It’s lowkey [with] a lot of celebs and corporate chiefs.” A sampling from that list: Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Swank, Ralph Lauren, Dan Quayle, Meg Whitman and Bobbi Brown.

More: Aspen Luxury Market Cools During Off-Peak Ski Season

The house sits on a 35-acre parcel that’s one of 35 in the Gray Head development, a private community just seven minutes from the airport and eight miles from downtown Telluride—a National Landmark Historic District, cultural hub thanks to the Telluride Film Festival and an internationally renowned ski area.

The enclave was partly developed by Bill Ford, chairman of the Ford Motor Company, Mr. Fandel said. The development boasts a fishing lodge, trails, a stocked trout pond and tennis courts for residents.

Stats

This 6,561-square-foot house, which is actually a collection of connected pavilion-like, one-story structures, features four bedrooms, four full baths and one half bath.

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Design Pedigree

It’s one thing to live in a house, but it’s quite another to live in a structure designed by Jacobsen Architects. Hugh Newell Jacobsen is an iconic American architect who created a style all his own by using light as a guiding principle in architectural design.

Jacobsen’s design is also known to “nestle” structures with historic shapes and rooflines together, Mr. Fandel explained. “In this example, it’s a series of 10 different pavilions that are joined and nestled into this site.”

Each pavilion is one story and features vaulted ceilings and walls of glass that provide an open-air feeling. “They’re essentially side-by-side overlapping, and the spaces when you’re in them at any time of day, they’re designed to grab natural light,” Mr. Fandel said. “Each one frames a different view.”

The house is one of four Jacobsen commissions in Colorado, and was completed five years ago.

Structural materials include limestone, glass, steel and stone.

More: Secluded Colorado Ranch, Once Home to Denver Broncos’ Arabian Mascot, Asks $23 Million

Amenities

The house includes a screening room on the lower level as well as an outdoor spa area complete with whirlpool.

There is also a sophisticated environmental system in place with geothermal heating and cooling. Ever heard of air-conditioned floors? This house has them.

Agent: Bill Fandel, Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sales | August 2018

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From a private atoll in French Polynesia to Hawaiian-inspired home in Manhattan Beach, California, these are this month’s four featured notable properties for sale.

French Polynesia

Jacques Menahem, French Polynesia Sotheby’s International Realty 

The Nengo Nengo atoll is located at about 100 kilometers southwest of Hao and at about 775 kilometers east of Tahiti. This private atoll has an oval shape, and it’s vast and stunning internal lagoon spreads over some 67 square-kilometers. For the past twenty years, it has been the breeding waters of one of the world’s most beautiful gems: The Tahitian Black Pearl.

Ontario, Canada

Paul MarangerFran Bennett & Christian Vermast, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

A trophy property of the highest order, this home was designed for both formal business entertaining and extraordinary family gatherings. Without question, one of Canada’s finest estates, the nearly ten acres of direct waterfront on Lake Ontario are within easy highway reach of Toronto’s financial district and the international airport.

Fredericksburg, Texas

Gary Dolch & Michelle Dolch, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty 

The Arch Stanton Ranch is approximately 475 acres located just West of Austin, Texas and Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas – Gillespie County. This prime, live-water property is home to the largest collection of rare, historically significant restored US antique barns in the country, and likely the world.

Manhattan Beach, California

Jack GillespieClaire Gillespie-WaldronMaggie Gillespie-Wright & Barry Host, Vista Sotheby’s International Realty 

The finest resorts are created with one goal in mind, to transport you out of everyday life invoking a sense of tranquility. Renowned architect Louie Tomaro envisioned this home’s design to delight in every moment on the world-famous Strand. This Warm Island Contemporary dream home is unrivaled. The design was inspired by the incomparable Four Seasons, Hualalai – a decadent resort on the Kona Coast.

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Significant Sales | Volume 2 – Farm & Ranch

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Like a timeless work of art, farm and ranch properties are often iconic trophy and legacy investments meant to be passed down through generations. In this special edition of Significant Sales, we present the most remarkable Farm & Ranch properties that changed hands through our network in 2017.

See all 30 properties featured in this special edition of Significant Sales


Telluride Estate Designed by Award-Winning Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen Headlines This Week’s Real Estate News

 

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CURBED | Features Bill Fandel Listing of Hugh Newell Jacobsen Design

Minimalist home with jaw-dropping Rocky Mountain views asks $16.9M

Not for the faint of heart

This home in the Rockies boasts views that could be easy to get used to.
 Photos courtesy of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty.

Location: Telluride, Colorado

Price: $16,900,000

The American architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen has made a name for himself with his delightfully minimalist gabled houses, some of which we’ve covered here at Curbed before. But this sprawling residence in the Rocky Mountains? Jaw-dropping.

Sitting on a 35-acre parcel just outside Telluride, Colorado, the home is a whopping 6,561 square feet and comprises ten interconnected pavilions, resembling more of a backwoods cul-de-sac than one residence. The four-bedroom, four-bath home, designed by Hugh and Simon Jacobsen, looks out onto an idyllic, forested mountain range, the perfect scenery to gaze out onto as you sip your morning coffee.

The pavilions are clustered around a court accessed from a gravel road, and the residence’s outer edge features huge glass windows to ensure gorgeous views from literally every room. Each pavilion also has its own patio, so you can step outside no matter where you are in the house.

The home’s interior, with its vaulted ceilings and white walls, almost feels understated compared to its natural surroundings, and manages simplicity without being austere. There’s also plenty of communal space—enough that you might want to give your guests a map when they enter—a movie theater, and a hot tub, because why not?

This residence’s views aren’t for the faint of heart, and neither is its price tag. But if you’re in the market for a near-mansion in the Rockies, this isn’t a bad place to start: 1068 Wilson Way is on the market now for $16.9 million.

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sales | July 2018

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Singapore | Jonathan PAN, List Sotheby’s International Realty 

The Harbour View House is located on the northern of Sentosa Cove and enjoys a spectacular view across the sea towards the soon-to-be Greater Southern Waterfront of Singapore’s mainland. Designed by the renowned SCDA Architects, this two-story seaside home has two wings connected by an entry pavilion at its south, and in them sits a deep courtyard.

Coral Gables, Florida | Dennis Carvajal, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

An extraordinary Neoclassical waterfront estate in the exclusive guard-gated Gables Estates, this grand home sits on nearly two-and-one-half acres of abundant tropical landscaping, including over 600 different species of palms, trees, plants and flora all perfectly positioned to thrive. The estate radiates elegance with dramatic hallways to highlight the vaulted arches, arched doorways, and impact windows to allow for the natural light to emphasize the grandeur of the home.

London, England | Lee Koffman, United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

A stunning four-bedroom penthouse apartment positioned within this luxury development and accessed via one of two private passenger lifts, this engaging home benefits from an amazing wrap-around balcony offering breath-taking views across Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park, and the London city skyline. Inside, this penthouse apartment has an abundance of natural light flowing through each of the bedrooms, while the open-plan kitchen/breakfast/reception room invites family members or guests to unwind and enjoy the views.

Moscow, Russia | Elena Rudenkaia, Moscow Sotheby’s International Realty 

The timeless homes at Noble Row are located in the most prestigious area of Moscow near Ostozhenka; the project represents a completely new format of deluxe-class properties in Moscow. An international team of professionals who have received world recognition and authority such as Ralph Lauren Home, Gregory Tuck Architecture, Foly & Cox, and Christopher Peacock were among those involved, creating living spaces noted by architecture and design magazines Galerie and Departures, giving them their highest praise.

Salzburg, Austria | Dali Shoval, Austria Sotheby’s International Realty 

This striking property is located at the foot of the Gaisberg, one of the most exclusive locations in Salzburg. Above the rooftops of the festival city, the location features a magnificent view. The highest-quality equipment is featured throughout the house’s four floors, five bedrooms with bathrooms, master bedroom, and living area on the ground floor with fireplace and access to the terrace. A Valcucine kitchen including a Gaggenau wine cabinet/ice maker, equipped gym, sauna area, indoor pool and lounge are also featured in this home.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Ranks Among Nation’s Best in REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal Report

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand claimed 40 of the top 250 sales associates in the Individual Sales Volume category of the 2018 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “The Thousand.” In addition, 12 teams affiliated with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand were recognized as being among the top 250 teams in the nation by sales volume. The annual report ranks America’s top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2017 annual sales volume and transaction sides.

“The representation of Sotheby’s International Realty brand sales associates on this list validates their professionalism and market expertise,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are proud of their exceptional performance and commitment to the brand, providing the finest real estate services to garner a brand record of $108 billion in global sales volume in 2017.”

Click here to see the Sotheby’s International Realty brand affiliated sales associated represented on “The Thousand.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 22,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 950 offices in 70 countries and territories worldwide.  In 2017, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $108 billion USD.  Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.comglobal 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.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

The complete Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals list can be found on REAL Trends’ website, www.realtrends.com.

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Design Ideas | Create a Relaxing Haven at Home

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The best escapes aren’t always at a five-star hotel. A well-appointed home can be the place you let go, relax, and indulge in the good life in a style perfectly suited to your tastes. With these relaxing design concepts to spark your imagination, it’ll be easy to cultivate vacation tranquility, whether or not you ever leave the house.

Maximize Indoor-Outdoor Living

It’s scientifically proven that being outside lower stress levels, improves focus, and boosts your energy levels. So why limit yourself to one patio space when you can luxuriate on several? Have your breakfast on the terrace, watch the sun go down from the infinity pool, and leave the walls to your bedroom wide open to let the ocean air lull you to sleep.

British Virgin Islands | Maritha KeilBritish Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Look down on sparsely-populated white sand beaches over an end-of-day bottle of wine, brought up from your own private cellar at Katitche Point Greathouse in the British Virgin Islands. Pyramid-style roof designs let in extra ventilation, private verandas border the bedroom suites, and an interior courtyard outfitted with tropical landscaping offers secluded reflection. Find the ultimate relaxation in the master suite outdoor bath and shower, nestled amongst natural flora.

Argolida, Greece | Stephanie Michalopoulou,Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

The Aman Residences in Argolida, Greece make waking up to the Argo-Saronic Gulf spectacularly natural. With floor-to-ceiling sliding walls, tastefully-appointed rooms in your private villa turn into extended terraces with infinity pools flanked by beautiful countryside. Take advantage of the common spaces for fantastic outdoor dining and incredible open-air spa treatments.

Find Space to Play

Let home be the place that you indulge your childish enthusiasm. Of course you need the plush sleeping quarters and the lavish chef’s kitchen, but don’t forget about the power of a well-equipped games room, cooling lap pool, or a funky cocktail bar.

North Palm Beach, Florida | Cristina CondonTodd Peter, & Frances PeterSotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

In addition to an incredible indoor-outdoor set up, this 25,878-square-foot residence in North Palm Beach, Florida has a fun beachy vibe that carries throughout the house. Take a time out at the swimming pool complete with waterslide and spa, play 21 on the half court, practice your swing on the putting green, or play solids vs. stripes in your breezy billiard room, complete with a cold pint from your wet bar.

Rancho Palos Verdes, California | Chris AdlamVista Sotheby’s International Realty

Somewhere between the dramatic staircase, the nine fireplaces, and the 500-gallon fish tank, you’ll need to hit pause and take it all in at this custom-built California home. Best to bask in the glow of your 1,300-bottle refrigerated wine cellar or at the edge of your pool-adjacent bar, complete with swordfish motif. Then watch the sunset from the pool, and let your stresses melt away.

Use Natural Water-Blue Accents

One of the most calming color palettes there is, blue remains top of the list for invoking serenity. At once energizing and therapeutic, ocean blue is the ideal accent for your relaxing haven. And one step better than splashing it on walls or framing it in art is opening your doors to an endless water vista.

Anguilla | Scott HauserAnguilla Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

The ocean meets the sky in a brilliant shade of turquoise at this Anguilla property. Set yourself up to take it all in on a stunning glass terrace outfitted with bright white loungers overlooking the pristine beach below. When you need some shade, head inside and whip up something fresh in the gourmet kitchen.

Grand Baie, Mauritius | Nawsheen Herburrun & Nicolas Le MerleMauritius Sotheby’s International Realty

Let island living wash over you from the beautiful soaker pool at this Grand Baie villa on the isle of Mauritius. When you’re not off on a boat trip or snorkeling for the day, relax on the pool deck or sip slushy cocktails in the poolside gazebo. Wherever you are, the natural elements at this stunning villa will keep you distinctly unwound.

Let the Light In

Nothing does quite as much for design as the color white. Ask any design aficionado and they’ll tell you that the eye typically goes to the brightest part of a composition. And at home, when living areas are awash in pearly brights, the spaces to discover seem endless.

St. Martin | Lesley ReedSt. Martin Sotheby’s International Realty

This beachfront estate on the Caribbean island of St. Martin brings white outdoors to great effect. The property’s curtained pavilion offers a cooling respite from the Plum Bay sun, allowing for al fresco dining and sultry cross breezes. Take a dip in the heated pool after the sun goes down, or entertain guests in one of the property’s chic dining areas. The home’s features include a two-story master suite, two private balconies, and an easy 10-minute drive to the island’s international airport. Perched above turquoise waters, this oceanview gem offers the perfect spot to breathe deeply and enjoy the view.

Mykonos, Greece | George KasimisGreece Sotheby’s International Realty

In true Grecian style, the Argari observatory in Mykonos is outfitted in white to cast off an unrelenting sun. The property’s four independent houses are nestled in a pocket of privacy in the rocky hills, guaranteeing guests a peaceful retreat. Set yourself adrift in the infinity pool or stretch out under the shade of an outdoor veranda, taking in all the beauty the Mykonos hills have to offer while knowing you’re never more than 15 minutes away from the bustle of boutique shopping and the ease of fine dining.

The formula for your own relaxed haven is quite simple: a little light, some sea-blue accents, open-air living, and the potential for fun.

Glean more design insights from these tastefully-decorated homes and find your own piece of paradise.

6 Unique Homes You Can Own

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Among today’s burgeoning suburbs and made-to-order homes, a one-of-a-kind property catches the eye. Whether through a bespoke bamboo terrace or impeccably-preserved French Revolution-era décor, a truly unique home announces itself in the details, in unexpected flourishes and hidden charms that astonish and delight. When an original design comes along, prospective buyers stand up and take note. Never one to blend, these uncommon homes are full of the finishing touches you won’t find anyplace else, no builder catalog required.

The Upgraded Mountain Lodge, Beaver Creek, Colorado

Mick KellyLIV Sotheby’s International Realty

This modern Beaver Creek build reinterprets and transcends all the rustic, live-off-the-land grit of the traditional mountain home. Awash in American-country design, every room is warm, charming, and perfectly homey, even on the snowiest days. Of particular note: the three-level submersible pool with dramatic oceanic murals, crafted by Cirque du Soleil
engineers, and the 1,674-square-foot terrace offering sweeping mountain views.

The Incredible Equestrian Villa, Seville, Spain

Angeles GuerreroKristina Szekely Sotheby’s International Realty

Just 15 minutes from Seville stands this incomparable 3,000-square-meter cortijo, a window into the past. Across 152 hectares, the estate encompasses a bull ring with hand-carved Mexican woodwork, a beautifully-decorated hermitage for religious celebrations, and a pavilion complete with cinema, flamenco tablao, billiard area, decorated bar, sprawling swimming pool, and two dressage rings. Livestock, bullfighter costumes, and horse-drawn carriages come with the home, so you can revisit 1929 at your leisure.

The Revolution-Era Dream House, Chantilly, France

Alexandre AbitbolParis Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty

Romance is alive and well on the grounds of La Faisanderie du Grand Conde. Dating back to 1774, the property was inaugurated by the Duchess of Bourbon prior to the French Revolution in 1789. Today, the 17th-century details remain amongst modern upgrades, chandeliers and statues commingling with refurbished antiques, a magnificent French garden with ponds, multiple terraces, and a swimming pool.

The Modern and Tranquil Glass House, Hokkaido, Japan

List Sotheby’s International Realty

Whether  enjoying views of lush trees from the comfort of an indoor hinoki wood tub in spring or reading a book by the fire while the snow falls in the winter, you’ll be at one with nature in this custom-built home in Hirafu Village. A gorgeous blend of glass, concrete, and steel, this is a property that marries comfort and design (and was voted one of Japan’s top 200 homes for just that reason). Floor-to-ceiling windows let in much more than light—namely, panoramic views of Niseko and Mount Yōtei in the distance.

The Ultimate Beach Villa, Queensland, Australia

Joseph Lordi and Douglas TonkinQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty

Australia’s Sunshine Coast is unlike anywhere else in the world, and there’s no better way to experience it than inviting its rays and ocean breeze right in. Bright blue Pacific waters are just beyond the infinity pool perched at the edge of this hilltop house. Across four levels, indoor-outdoor entertaining is at its peak with a sprawling terrace overlooking the township below. Elsewhere, a retro breakfast booth, master suite spa, and 12-car garage make a masterful impression, as does the short-and-sweet walk to the beach below.

The Laid Back Coastal Gem, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Sabrina MajelloItaly Sotheby’s International Realty

Steps up the coastal rock of the famous Amalfi Coast, bathed in the light from the shining blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, waits Villa Pieds dans l’eau (feet in the water). This incredible home was once a rope factory, until the Chandon family turned it into a private residence under the careful watch of Spanish architect Julio Lafuente, who merged the factory building with a stone house in the back, once owned by Coco Chanel herself. A love of outdoor living was top priority for the Chandons, and the beautiful bamboo-roofed terrace remains the crown jewel of a beautiful home composed of natural rock walls, bright white and sea blue decor, and a spiral stone staircase leading to eight bedrooms, each with their own sea view.

These six unique homes blend history, design, and setting in unforeseen ways, making them some of the most sought-after properties in the world.

Find your own unique abode from among the best the world has to offer, and get the inside track on the latest show-stopping homes on the market today.

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