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10 Most Popular Properties of 2016

Posted on January 26, 2017

Millions of people visited homes all around the world on in 2016. Back by popular demand, we present the 10 most viewed properties from last year.

Number 10 – New York


$75,000,000 USD | Wainscott, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

Built in 2000 and published in Architectural Digest, the house was designed by architect Francis Fleetwood with interior architecture by Brian O’Keefe and interior design by Marjorie Shushan. Built with steel frame construction, the house features a double-height entry hall, 200-year-old antique flooring and wide water views from almost every room. The property features five principal bedroom suites plus three additional bedrooms in a self-contained guest wing.

Number 9 – Switzerland


Price Upon Request | Geneva, Switzerland | Cardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

The unique property is remarkable for its absolute tranquility, unobstructed view of the Alps and the peak of Mont Blanc, and an exceptional impression of spaciousness. The eight-hectare plot includes a number of leisure areas such as a private nine-hole golf course, a pool with pool house, a tennis court, a bowling court, a playground area in the woods with chalet, a vegetable patch and access to large wooded areas.

Number 8 – Florida

08-Pumpkin Key

$95,000,000 USD | Key Largo, Florida | Russell Post Sotheby’s International Realty

Pumpkin Key is an extraordinary private island totaling 26 acres in the tropics of Card Sound Bay located in the Florida Keys. Just 10 minutes by helicopter to Miami’s famous South Beach, the island currently features one main home with three bedrooms, two caretaker’s cottages, and a dock master’s apartment.

Number 7 – California


$125,000,000 USD | Montecito, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

The magnificent Rancho San Carlos is an approximately 237-acre estate property that, for nearly 100 years, has been under the ownership of one family. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a unique property of unprecedented grand scale, exceptional architecture, and prestigious historical significance. The sprawling hilltop Monterey Colonial manor was designed by noted architect Reginald Johnson in 1931.

Number 6 – New Jersey


$48,880,000 USD | Alpine, New Jersey | Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

This gated estate is approximately 30,000 square-feet built of solid granite and steel infrastructure, with 12 bedrooms, 19 bathrooms, indoor basketball court, movie theatre, 4000 bottle wine cellar, fitness center, three exquisite bars for entertaining, elevator, extraordinary details and ultimate privacy.

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Number 5 – New York


$50,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

This home is a five-story red brick and limestone mansion that stands as a superb example of Neo Georgian revival architecture in America. Prominently positioned on the very lovely and quiet, tree-lined block of 69th Street between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, the residence has the good fortune of being situated amidst a number of architecturally noteworthy neighboring houses. Erected in 1881 by Charles Buek & Co. and then purchased in 1900 by Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt, the house was redesigned in 1929 for Edwin C. Jameson, a prominent insurance executive, and then finally acquired by the English-Speaking Union in 1956.

Number 4 – Cayman Islands


$39,950,000 USD | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands | Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Without doubt Castillo Caribe is one of the finest beachfront estate homes in the world offering every luxury for modern day life with all the lifestyle options one would expect from the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean. Although the Cayman Islands enjoy year-round sunshine and a temperate climate, this benefit is eclipsed in most people’s eyes by the Islands’ offshore status. The Cayman Islands are well known as a financial center on the world’s stage and provide the highest quality of lifestyle available in a tax neutral environment, making it very appealing to people of high net worth to seek residency here.

Number 3 – France


Price Upon Request | Cannes, France | Côte d’Azur  Sotheby’s International Realty

Belonging to a collection of exclusive and legendary properties on the French Riviera, the ‘Castle of la Croix des Gardes’ is at once the largest estate in the area, and unequivocally the most outstanding.’La Croix des Gardes’ is positioned just a few minutes from the port of Cannes and the ‘Palais des Festivals’, and proudly stands overlooking the historic region that resonates with the glorious 19th century heritage of the French Riviera.

Number 2 – Turks & Caicos


$25,000,000 USD | Providenciales, Turks & Caicos | Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty

Turtle Tail Estate is a dynamic, spectacular compound to completely fall in love with and is without peer on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. The newly completed estate combines the personalization of a custom home with the amenities of an ultra-luxury resort, elevated on a magnificent private over four-acre peninsula all its own.

Number 1 – New York


$70,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

This spectacular 14-room duplex apartment is situated high atop the prestigious Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue. Featuring a meticulous triple mint renovation and boasting extraordinary 360 degree views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, this elegant trophy residence is absolute perfection.

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Significant Sales | Volume I – Issue X

Posted on January 30, 2017


From a waterfront retreat in Nantucket, to a glamorous East Side Manhattan townhouse, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Italy, South Africa, Taiwan and the Dominican Republic.

01 - Maury People

$15,000,000 USD | Massachusetts, USA | Maury People Sotheby’s International Realty

Discreetly nestled in a natural landscape on over two acres, this is one of the most extraordinary and rare waterfront settings on Nantucket. Bordering 68 acres of conservation land, this 10,000-square-foot home exudes warmth, elegance and sophistication, and includes 300 feet of waterfront and private beach stairs. An elevator services all three finished floors, showcasing the outstanding craftsmanship of this gracious home with five bedroom suites, a formal living room with replace, dining room, dramatic cathedral kitchen with replace, large butler’s pantry, wine tasting room, 500 bottle wine cellar, home theater/media room, and a dog bathing room. You can watch all boating activity coming and going from the grounds as well as enjoy magnificent Nantucket sunsets.

02 - Bridgehampton

$13,000,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Steps from the ocean, close enough to feel the ocean breezes, this cutting-edge 12,000-square-foot modern home constructed on three levels features an elegant façade with a glass entrance opening to an expanse of space and light. The house includes eight bedrooms, nine-and-one-half baths, a large home theater, bespoke wine cellar and three-car garage.

03 - San Francsico

$11,742,500 USD | California, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

The approximately 4,600-square-foot Grand Penthouse A is commandingly sited atop the iconic Four Seasons Hotel & Residences in San Francisco. Illuminated by large-walls of glass facing East, North and West, the triple-mint Grand Penthouse features panoramic “sunrise to sunset” views of landmarks such as the San Francisco Bay, SFMOMA, the Financial District, Alcatraz and City Hall. Elegant and thoughtfully designed, the Grand Penthouse oor plan enables elevated daily living and lavish entertaining. A dramatic Foyer and Gallery connect public and private spaces. An extraordinary great room with metropolitan views blends living, dining and library areas. Southwestern views and sunlight ood the eat-in kitchen neighboring a spacious, adjoining family room.

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Dominican Republic

Price Undisclosed | Dominican Republic | Sergio Llach Sotheby’s International Realty

Upon entering this palatial home you will enjoy the ocean view through the double height ceilings overlooking the pool and Dye Fore golf course. From the grand entry foyer and the polished travertine marble floors, to the large open kitchen equipped with the finest appliances and granite countertops, every possible luxury has been thought of and well executed within this refined residence. With a total of six over-sized bedrooms, two of which are master suites and both boasting expansive ocean views and a large private balcony, space is in abundance in this grandiose home. With over 17,222-square-feet of construction set atop a large home site, this contemporary villa is spacious enough for the grandest festivities or intimate enough for the most important of family events. The property combines sophistication, comfort, warmth and spectacular ocean and golf views to create a wholly unique experience.

Lew Geffen

R 7,000,000 ZAF | South Africa | Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated just over the hill from Sedgefield, this home is nestled amongst nature on a 37-hectare property and extends right down to the water’s edge. The property is easily accessed by a wide, redbrick road which leads to the expansive north facing home. A beautifully paved parking area, which can accommodate a number of parked vehicles, has access to four extra-large garages. The terraced garden leads down to a central covered courtyard which has a water element and stained glass insets in the ceiling. It is secured with handcrafted and ornate steel perimeter. The courtyard flows out to a separate, gourmet-styled, industrial-sized kitchen with granite counter tops and a serving hatch that gives you access to the dining room through stained glass doors.

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Conde Nast Traveler | Telluride Among Top 10 Best Family Ski Resorts in the US and Canada

Best for: Ages 10-16 and families who want off–mountain adventures

Why we love it: Skiing is a blast for older kids, but so are Telluride’s off-mountain offerings. For example? The roomy residential lodging at the Madeline Hotel, set in its own corner of the mountain village with an ice rink, Dylan’s Candy Bar and the hotel’s supervised kid gaming hangout for ages 5-16; the storied downtown area where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank; and snowmobile tours with Telluride Outfitters that take you straight into the old Alta Lakes ghost mining camp.

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FORBES | World’s Best Ski Resorts: Telluride Wows With Charm, Scenery & Great Skiing

Telluride Colorado

When it’s time to pick a ski vacation destination, there are tons of choices, and the industry’s big names immediately leap to mind: Vail, Jackson Hole, Park City, Aspen, Whistler, and so on. They all have great facilities, but Colorado’s Telluride often gets overlooked in this discussion. That’s a huge mistake: not only is it worthy of consideration, I could make a compelling argument that it is the single best ski vacation choice in the country. But no matter how you slice it, it’s near the top, with lots of strengths and very few weaknesses. In fact, in its 2016-2017 reader’s poll, industry leading publication Ski Magazine ranked it North America’s Best for Overall Satisfaction, and what do we want from our vacations if not the most Satisfaction? It also ranked Number One for both Scenery and Character.

While some ski resorts excel at one or two things, like cuisine, lodging, diversity, challenge, charm or convenience, Telluride excels across the board and is a near perfect gem. I say near perfect because it has two notable areas in which it is lacking, flaws to this diamond in the rough for certain customers, so I’ll get those out of the way up front. While Telluride has luxurious lodging options (Lumiere, Madeline, Hotel Telluride, Element 52), it has no true luxury hotel. If staying at a white glove 4-5 Star like a Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton or Fairmont is important to you, this is not your spot (though if swank luxury rental homes are your thing, you are in luck). It is also not a great choice for fans of retail therapy. It is arguably the best place in the country to buy both skis (Wagner Custom) and ski boots (BootDoctors), and there is no shortage of outdoor gear and Western stuff, but if your ski vacation must-do list includes the Prada or Moncler boutiques, scratch Telluride off your list. In general, pretension is not big here, and while the Kardashians are happily followed by cameras around Vail, the many A-list stars who favor Telluride come here to not be seen.

On the flipside, it blows many other resorts out of the water when it comes to what I consider the important stuff: quality of skiing, food, lack of crowds and just like Ski Magazine readers noted, scenery and unrivaled Charm – with a capital C.

Town of Telluride, CO

Ironically, in two decades of covering skiing and ski travel, the number one knock I hear over and over again is not lodging or shopping, it’s “Isn’t that hard to get to?” There seems to be a perception that Telluride is on a different planet than other Western ski resorts. This has always been a myth, and one that is especially odd in light of the three to four-hour traffic jams that routinely clog Colorado’s main ski thoroughfare for accessing other major resorts, I-70, every winter weekend. For years, getting to Telluride mainly meant flying into Montrose, which is considerably closer to the resort than many rivals are to their Denver gateway. But this winter commercial service reopened, albeit on a small scale, into the super convenient Telluride airport after a multi-year absence (on a United regional partner). If you are flying private, there’s no major ski resort other than maybe Aspen that’s easier to get to. Still, most visitors will continue to use Montrose, and as of this winter, it has more flights than ever, on all three major carriers from the largest cities coast to coast (including New York, LA, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Atlanta, Denver and Chicago). On my most recent visit, I tried getting to Telluride from Denver in the middle of major winter storm across Colorado, and while I was rerouted into Durango, the next closest choice after Montrose, the flights to every other Colorado ski country airport I saw on the departures board, including Eagle/Vail, Aspen, Gunnison/Crested Butte, etc. were cancelled. Bottom line? Telluride has always been a great place to visit, but now it is easier than ever to do that.

What makes it so good? The town, the ski mountain and the food.

As a destination, the big differentiator it is its uniquely split personality. Telluride has one of the most singular layouts of any mountain destination in the world, with the ski resort linking two distinct enclaves, Mountain Village and Town. The former is a purpose built, contemporary and pedestrianized village, in the style of Beaver Creek or Whistler, set midway up the slopes, high above town. This is where the bigger resorts, spas, golf course and sprawling multi-million homes are located. Town has the Butch and Sundance vibe – Butch Cassidy robbed his very first bank here – with Victorian Old West architecture and the bulk of the bars, restaurants and stores. The landmark New Sheridan Hotel sits on Main Street and oozes cowboy charm – it’s so named because the old one burnt down and was replaced – eleven decades ago. Zoning and preservation has been so strict that you can walk a two block stretch of Oak Street and pass two of the most beloved restaurants and a new hotel without noticing any of them, all tucked into historic Victorians with minimal signage. Many other western ski towns have mining and cowboy heritage, but today are a hodgepodge of historic buildings and incongruous modern hotels or parking structures. At the other end of the spectrum are towns that have really preserved the charm, like Crested Butte, but are much smaller. Like the Goldilocks story, Telluride is not too big, not too small, just right, the perfect full blow ski town loaded with great bars, restaurants and shops, masquerading as a sleepy historic community. Locating new construction in Mountain Village was a brilliant touch that allowed the town to keep its amazing frozen in time vibe and character, all surrounded with the most stunning mountain views in the nation – you have to go to Canada’s Banff to find better ski resort vistas (though Idaho’s Sun Valley is a close rival). Pretty much all of Mountain Village lodging is ski-in/ski-pout, and so is town itself – I had to walk at least five steps after taking of my boots to have lunch at one of my favorite Telluride restaurants. and the last hotel I stayed at was half a block – half a short block – from the main gondola. By the way, this gondola, built 20 years ago, was and still is the first of its kind in American skiing, a free public transportation system that links the town of Telluride and Mountain Village until midnight – finish your ski day down in town, stay for après, stay for dinner, have a few drinks and be whisked back to your resort in Mountain Village. Or vice versa. You can’t beat it.


Just by way of reference, since I keep comparing American ski resorts, expressing opinions, and making personal judgments, it’s worth noting that I have been to every true destination ski resort in the country with the sole exception of Taos, NM, most of them multiple times. I have a pretty good working knowledge of the subject.

How about skiing? To put it bluntly, Telluride has the most balanced assortment of terrain I’ve seen. While most big resorts claim lots of terrain for all abilities,  they usually lack something – not Telluride. I love Vail, but despite the immensity of its terrain, it lacks true expert challenge. Deer Valley is great for beginners and intermediates – enough said. Alta has excellent terrain and exceptional powder – but doesn’t allow snowboarding, period, end of discussion for many families. Jackson Hole is justifiably world famous for its extreme terrain, and surprisingly, is also a great place to learn, but it’s missing something in between. The most extreme example is Aspen mountain (Ajax), which to the surprise of many visitors each winter, does not have a single green beginner run on it. In comparison, Telluride has it all, taking it even further than the usual array you’d expect to find at a big resort in the Rockies: bowls, chutes, cliffs, and glades. Advanced intermediates are often overlooked, but here there is a self-contained canyon area full of double blue trails, a self-contained Mecca for such skiers and riders, who happily lap the high-speed chair all day.  There is intermediate glade skiing, also uncommon. The resort wows for expert terrain, from in-bounds double blacks to chutes and hike-to terrain as challenging as any in the Rockies, accessed more easily thanks to permanent metal stairs and rails. Want to go really out of bounds? Telluride Heli-Trax offers daily beyond the resort heli-skiing. Bump fan? The resort is home to some of skiing’s best mogul runs, famous names like Spiral Staircase and Kant-Mak-M. Skiing for everyone? Yes.

Skiing Telluride

Here’s the ultimate example of Telluride’s impressive terrain: there is not one lift that bears the sign, otherwise common in Western skiing, “This lift serves only advanced terrain.” At Telluride not only do beginners not have to worry about what chair they ride – there is a groomed easier trail down for every single lift – but they also have plenty to choose from, and unlike most resorts, where they are relegated to the base area, novices can enjoy the stunning vistas from the highest spots with good options to ski down. After all, what’s the point of big mountain skiing if you never get to experience the big mountains? Yet that’s exactly the case for less skilled skiers at many, if not most, other top resorts. Beginner terrain includes a 4 ½ mile run down from just below the summit, a rarity.

I could go on and on about the most charming town in American skiing, the best views, and the immense variety of excellent terrain but I’m running out of room so I’ll cover the final major attraction many travelers seek on their ski vacation: food. For a town this size, locals are spoiled by great choices, and like the terrain, it covers all the bases, not just the fine dining many rivals focus on. In fact, when it comes to “normal” ski town and après grub, Telluride is off the charts and home to the single best pizzeria (Brown Dog), single best barbecue spot (Oak BBQ), and single best taco eatery (Taco del Gnar) in American skiing. That’s saying something. A small hole in the wall burger spot here (Steamies) was rated Number One in Colorado. The ski resort itself has some of the best on mountain dining (Alpino Vino, Allred’s, Bon Vivant) you will experience, and both town and Mountain Village are loaded with choices spanning the spectrum. Here’s something to consider: no less than three completely unrelated local eateries born in this tiny mountain town have become so popular that they spun off locations in Denver.

Oh, and did I mention that it is never crowded, with lift lines virtually non-existent? On every visit over the years I’ve been shocked by how empty the mountain is. I skied it on a recent powder day and never waited more than four chairs.

The town’s tourist board just opened a new state of the art Visitor’s Center on Main Street, where guests can do everything from find where to eat to take 3-D video walk-throughs of popular local hiking trails using touch screens displays with amazing interactive technology.  To help you plan a trip, the visitor’s bureau also has a fully featured website.

Pray for snow!

CURBED | Majestic minimalist mountain house in Telluride asks $6M


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VIDEO | 404 East Columbia, designed by world-renowned architect John Pawson


Designed by world-renowned architect John Pawson, this remarkable Telluride residence offers truly inspired minimalism in a most dramatic alpine setting. The collaboration between seller and architect was his first commission within the U.S. and timelessly showcases the storied talent’s attentive focus on space, proportion, light and materials, while simultaneously capturing the rugged vernacular of Telluride’s rich Victorian mining era. Occupying two corner lots in a highly sought-after location within the town’s national historic district, the home’s clean lines, and soaring light-filled spaces gracefully frame the surrounding mountains, while lush landscaping and an elevated private deck offer the ideal place to savor the setting. For the most discriminating collector of contemporary minimalist design, this property offers the rarest opportunity to own a home that helped launch a movement in mountain design.

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | December 2016

Posted on January 2, 2017

From a nine-bedroom villa in St. Barth to a tranquil island paradise in Hawaii, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

Price Upon Request | Columbier, St. Barth | St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

This spectacular nine-bedroom 10-and-a-half-bathroom estate, located in Colombier’s exclusive gated Domaine known as Les Étoiles, offers sensational views of the incoming yachts, Saba, Statia and the sunset. This very private property cascades down the hillside; it features a five-bedroom villa, a two-bedroom villa, a caretaker cottage and three swimming pools. La Grande Maison des Étoiles is the perfect choice for buyers seeking a very private, luxurious retreat.


$50,000,000 USD | Chicago, Illinois | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

An unprecedented urban estate, this 25,000-square-foot masterpiece is located on Lincoln Park’s finest street. Sited on an enormous parcel totaling more than eight city lots, every step has been taken to provide complete privacy and tranquility. Manicured grounds with multiple fountains, reflecting pool, and hand-forged antique garden pavilion transport you to another world. Absolutely no expense was spared inside or out throughout this sun-filled mansion.


Price Upon Request | Venice, Italy | Venice Sotheby’s International Realty

An architectural historic of the highest level by Palladio from the mid 16th century – visually stunning and in perfect condition, only 40 minutes from Venice.


Price Upon Request | Makena, Hawaii | Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Simply stated, one of the most beautifully custom detailed homes to ever be built on the island. The home, perched on a lushly landscaped one-acre parcel of land, entertains endless Pacific Ocean views. With eight bedrooms and more than 10,000 square-feet of interior living, one can enjoy the true essence of Hawaiian indoor-outdoor living. The main home features a plethora of custom wood detailing, fountains, ponds, movie theatre and ocean views with privacy. An additional pool house provides more bedrooms, a full kitchen and a living room to enjoy Makena’s great weather while lounging around the resort-like setting. In the evening, an outdoor theatre rises from the pool deck, allowing for some of the most epic private cinema opportunities a residence can offer.

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“HAVEN” | Bill Fandel’s 2017 Listings Portfolio


Presenting Bill Fandel’s 2017 Listing Portfolio, “HAVEN”.

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