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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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The Collector’s Edition | Wine Cellars

The Collector’s Edition | Wine Cellars
Posted on February 6, 2018 by sothebysrealty

Corkscrews, glasses, and decanters are all elegant, essential tools for wine-tasting; but for the true oenophile, nothing beats the holy grail of a unique, well-stocked wine cellar. Ready to impress guests—and yourself—in your own private tasting room? Here, we present six homes to house your wine collection.

Telluride, Colorado, United States
Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Bill Fandel for more information

There’s no quintessential après ski indulgence as beloved as a drink after a long day on the slopes. Paradiso in Telluride is an incredible contemporary home with an unbeatable mountain setting. The property includes a beautiful reflective pond, indulgent master and guest suites, and cozy living areas with impressive fireplaces, indoor and out. Grab a bottle from the glass wine cellar and cook something up in the Bulthaup-designed chef’s kitchen.

Sainte-Marthe, Quebec, Canada
Sotheby’s International Realty Canada | Contact Bea Jarzynska for more information

Unmatched equestrian pursuits rule this stately Quebec home just 45 minutes from downtown Montreal. Over 50 acres of manicured grounds offer plenty of room to ride. Inside, classic architectural detailing outlines every room. Between the luxe master suite (with its huge dressing room) and inviting common areas, there’s plenty of room to enjoy a post-ride Riesling in the inviting warmth of the wood-clad wine cellar.

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Samir Jhina for more information

Between the helipad and two-story pool house to the tennis court and heated pool, you’ll have plenty of reasons to open a bottle or two and relax at this grand South African estate. Marble flooring, detailed crown molding and cornice designs, one-of-a-kind finishing, and sweeping cherry wood set a tone of royal repose throughout.

The bar offers plenty of working space for arranging charcuterie boards to pair with your pinot noir, and landscaped fountains provide the perfect accompaniment to soak in the flavors of a South African Chenin blanc.

São Paulo, Brazil
Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Julio Cesar Rodrigues for more information

Good friends, good wine, good life—that’s the positive motto setting the tone at this lively apartment in Itaim, São Paulo. Quirky design choices and a fantastic location near Brigadeiro Faria Lima Avenue and Pinheiros Club make this home the choice spot for those seeking easy access to the warmth, food, and joie de vivre of Brazil. Pairs well with a spicy red blend.

Kampa Island, Prague, Czech Republic
Czech Republic Sotheby’s International Realty

The perfect palate cleanser: a historic, full-bodied house on Prague’s Kampa Island has undergone a clean, fantastic reconstruction. The character of the property has been maintained, with the original cellar now converted into an impressive, chic wine cellar. Stash bottles for an end-of-day sip after exploring the legendary Lennon Wall, neighboring Grand Priory Palace, and nearby French embassy.

Caesarea, Israel
Israel Sotheby’s International Realty | Contact Shelly Belzer-Smelzer for more information

Consider this stone wine cellar the fantastic, lingering note of this full-bodied estate in Israel. Gold leaf inlay ceilings and moldings, commissioned chandeliers, a private elevator, and in-floor heating make the 25-person dining room, 10 bedrooms, and grand master bedroom—not to mention the rest of this 1620-square-meter, four-story mansion—a standout in function and design. Enjoy a glass of your finest with guests as you take in the panoramic views and sunsets over the Mediterranean Sea.

When choosing the perfect pairing for the modern collector, it ultimately comes down to preference; but each of these stunning properties offers its own distinct style and complex, unique finish.

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CNN | 9 Ski Resorts You Can Fly Into

(CNN)The freedom found skiing on a mountain is often earned after lengthy journeys, airport hassles and time-consuming traffic.

But what if flying to the slopes was simple?
Certain ski resorts do offer this — and not just the ones involving a helicopter lift from the nearest international airport.
“The benefit of private jet travel for ski trips is as much about time saving and convenience, as it is about luxury,” says PrivateFly chief executive Adam Twidell.
Here are nine of the best ski resorts that can by flown directly to, with airfields less than 10 miles from the ski lifts.

Courchevel, France

Courchevel: A matter of yards from runway to slopes.

Courchevel is the queen of the crop when it comes to flying straight to the slopes. Europe’s highest tarmacked runway at 6,583 feet is just yards from the piste.
Skiing is only a matter of minutes away from landing. The steeply sloping runway — only 1,762 feet long — means pilots must power up on landing, a counter intuitive move.
“Get it wrong and the runway has to close while they get a tractor to come down and tow you up,” says Richard Lumb, director of Kaluma Travel. But make it intact, and the 372 miles and 166 lifts of the vast Les Trois Vallees ski area — shared with Meribel, Val Thorens and Les Menuires — are all conveniently close. So, too, are Courchevel’s seven Michelin-starred restaurants, galaxy of five-star hotels, such as the Cheval Blanc and Les Airelles, and constellation of ultra-luxury chalets.
Did you know? Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge chose Courchevel as the venue for a four-day ski break in March 2016.

Meribel, France

Meribel sits at the heart of the Three Valleys, a welcoming wooded buffer between the chic Courchevel and high-altitude Val Thorens. Its mini airstrip, nestling among the firs, is just 1,332 feet long and can only cater for light aircraft. The Meribel valley has 100 miles of ski runs, stretching from up to the mighty Mont du Vallon at 9,685 feet, with a mix of easy, intermediate and daringly difficult slopes such as the Saulire couloirs, some of which access Courchevel. Meribel was founded in the 1930s by Briton Colonel Peter Lindsay, who decreed all the building must be sympathetic to the environment, hence the predominance of timber and chalets. The sole five-star hotel is Le Kaila, with its Michelin-starred restaurant, while Hotel Le Grand Coeur and Spa is a long-time favorite for deep-pocketed visitors.
Did you know? Meribel hosted the ice hockey and the women’s downhill at the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics.

Gstaad, Switzerland

Sound of Music actress Julie Andrews reportedly once said “Gstaad is the last paradise in a crazy world.” Arrive quickly by plotting a course to Saanen private airfield — a VIP gateway just three miles from glamorous Gstaad, which clings to its earthy farming traditions while attracting the beautiful people with generous sprinkles of snow. This Swiss Shangri-La on the northern ramparts of the Bernese Oberland boasts 136 miles of runs split between five main ski areas. Glacier skiing up to 1.86 miles is available a short drive around the valley above Les Diablerets.
There are five five-star hotels including the castle-like Gstaad Palace (the Penthouse suite starts at $10,000 a night), the Park Gstaad and the new Alpina Gstaad.
Did you know? Gstaad regulars over the years are said to have included Louis Armstrong, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, Roger Moore, John Travolta and Roger Federer.

Zell am See, Austria

There's just two miles between landing strip and Austria's beautiful Zell am See.

There’s just two miles between landing strip and Austria’s beautiful Zell am See.
Two miles is barely enough time to apply sunscreen, but that’s how far Zell am See‘s airport is from the resort. The nearest lift, the Areitbahn, is just across the road.
Medieval Zell am See occupies a picturesque spot on the western shore of Lake Zell at the base of a horseshoe-shaped mountain, the Schmittenhöhe, with 48 miles of runs.
The new zellamseeXpress gondola has opened up an old run into Glemmtal with plans to extend further towards Saalbach-Hinterglemm. The total skiable domain is about 86 miles, including the trails on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier at 10,500 feet, which towers above Kaprun, and the family-friendly Maiskogel area. The historic Grand Hotel Zell am See sits on a lakeside peninsula, while the nearby Salzburgerhof has a five-star superior rating.
Did you know? The Steinerwirt is rated as Zell am See’s top restaurant on TripAdvisor, while the Crazy Daisy is a popular apres-ski spot.

St. Moritz, Switzerland

The term “jet set” could have been coined for the glitterati of St. Moritz. Private jets land at Samedan airfield in the Engadin valley, only four miles from the historic birthplace of winter tourism and the favorite alpine hangout for international moneybags, aristocrats and superstars. The 218 miles of ski runs and 58 lifts in the Engadin valley are centered around St. Moritz’s Corviglia area, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948. The resort also provided the setting for the skiing scenes in James Bond flick “The Spy Who Loved Me”. Gourmets are well catered for with a selection of fine-dining including La Marmite, the highest Michelin-starred restaurant in the Alps at 8,156 feet. Celebrated five-star hotels include the 120-year-old Badrutt’s Palace (Engadin suite from $5,328 per night), the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains and the Kulm Hotel. A two-night return from London’s Luton Airport to Samedan with a four-seater Citation Mustang is about $9,000 with PrivateFly. Otherwise it’s an almost three-hour trek from Zurich airport.
Did you know? St. Moritz is home to the infamous Cresta Run toboggan course, first built in 1884, and the nearby Olympia bob run, the world’s first and only naturally refrigerated bobsleigh track. The town also hosts an annual polo match and the “White Turf” horse race on the frozen lake.

Veysonnaz/Nendaz, Switzerland

Whisper it, but there’s a back door to Switzerland’s famed 4 Vallees ski area — jewel in the crown Verbier — and visitors can fly right up to the doorstep.
Sion airfield in the Rhone Valley is a Swiss Air Force fighter jet base (though they’re moving out next year), but it also welcomes limited commercial flights and private jets if the pilot’s qualified for the tricky approach through towering 13,000 foot peaks. Veysonnaz and Nendaz are traditional hamlets, eight and nine miles from the airport respectively, which connect into the circuit, Switzerland’s largest ski area with 248 miles of runs and 93 lifts. The high point is Mont Fort at 10,826 feet, with Mont Blanc and Matterhorn panoramas. The luxury Hidden Dragon chalet in Veysonnaz was built using Shinto and feng shui rituals to site the plot.
Did you know? Verbier’s La Vache mountain restaurant is co-owned by singer James Blunt, former England rugby union captain Lawrence Dallaglio and former Superbike world champion Carl Fogarty.

Aspen, USA

Pitkin County Airport, connected with dozen of US cities, is a convenient entry to Aspen town.

Pitkin County Airport, connected with dozen of US cities, is a convenient entry to Aspen town.
Everyone’s heard of Aspen, the Colorado silver-boom mining town done good — so good, in fact, it’s an A-list favorite with some of the most expensive real estate in the United States.
And its Pitkin County Airport is just a few short miles from the slopes. The airfield, which connects with dozens of US cities, is just three miles from the town of Aspen, surrounded by the ski area of Aspen Mountain (known locally as Ajax), Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Another ski area, Snowmass Village, is just six miles from the tarmac. Aspen, which features in several songs by late resident John Denver, claims a total of 319 miles of tree-lined Rocky Mountains trails. Common celebrity crash pads include the five-star Little Nell, Hotel Jerome and the St Regis.
Did you know? Aspen’s Buttermilk hosts the Winter X Games, while the 2017 FIS alpine skiing World Cup finals will be held there in March.

Revelstoke, Canada

A check for $9,890 will buy a round-trip ticket on a private charter from Vancouver to Revelstoke deep in the heart of powder country. The airport — which also hosts two scheduled flights a week (via Revelstoke Air) is just two miles south of town. Be rewarded with a vertical drop of 5,620 feet — the most in North America — and 64 runs among glades and high-alpine bowls on Mount Mackenzie. Revelstoke is also known for its heli-skiing. From the uber-luxury Bighorn lodge, step onto a chopper parked out front and be whisked from doorstep to deep powder in minutes.
Bighorn costs $79,160 for the lodge in a high-season week, excluding heli-skiing. The helicopter will clock up $1,223 per person, per day.
Did you know? Don’t forget to pack a snorkel — Revelstoke is blessed with 40-60 feet of snow annually.

Telluride, Colorado

This former mining town from the mid-1800s was the setting for Butch Cassidy’s first bank heist in 1889, but now Telluride rates as one of North America’s hottest ski locations. Telluride Regional Airport sits on a lofty plateau six miles west of town and is open to scheduled services via Great Lakes Airlines or private charters. This makes it possible to fly in and be cruising in the San Juan mountains within the hour. Telluride’s compact center, only eight blocks wide and 12 long, retains a boutique Wild West look with clapboard storefronts and Victorian-era homes. Famous residents have included Tom Cruise, Jerry Seinfeld and Oprah Winfrey. The ski area — 2,000 acres and 127 runs among aspen and spruce glades — is dominated by Palmyra Peak at 13,320 feet.
The Revelation lift whisks skiers up to a high point of 12,515 feet above Revelation bowl.
Did you know? The ski area at Telluride — thought to be a contraction of the phrase “To hell you ride” — was founded in 1970 with snowcat skiing for $12.50 a day including a sack lunch. The first lifts followed in 1972.
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SKI Magazine | Top Ranked Western Ski Resorts, Telluride #4

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4. Telluride, Colorado
Photo: Ryan Bonneau

No matter where you live, Telluride is “pretty remote,”
 “off the beaten path,” and some might say “a long way from civilization”. But that’s exactly what makes this southwestern-Colorado town so amazing. You won’t find a prettier spot in ski country: Readers rank Telluride, surrounded by “breathtakingly beautiful” peaks, No. 1 for Scenery. A free gondola makes shuttles between Mountain Village and downtown a cinch, and locals and visitors alike love that the slopes are “virtually empty.” While some might bemoan the high prices and want some cheaper dining, Telluride delivers a ski experience that “caters to all.” Families praise the well-run ski school, and strong intermediates will find the easy-to-access Revelation Bowl a dream, even if it does get tracked out quickly. Experts, take note: Whether you’re up for a 20-minute hike or you just want to stick to the lifts, Telluride offers “some of the best steep terrain in the country”. Hop on the Gold Hill Express or hike toward Palmyra Peak for plenty of fresh tracks, chutes, and steep lines. And while we can hardly wait for the ski area to replace the achingly slow Plunge lift, you can’t beat skiing into town after a long day 
in the alpine. Telluride’s growing reputation means it’s no longer the “best-kept secret in the world,” but this picturesque ski town “needs to be on every skier’s bucket list.” —Megan Barber

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Significant Sales | Volume I – Issue V

Posted on September 15, 2016

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From a sophisticated celebrity home in Atlanta, Georgia to a modern waterfront home in California, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Brazil, Mallorca, Australia and Canada.

$17,500,000 USD | Georgia, USA | Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Perhaps the most compelling private residence to ever be offered in the history of Atlanta, this mansion is situated on over 17 private and pristine park-like acres with substantial Chattahoochee River frontage. It offers an unrivaled amenity package, including a resort-style infinity-edge swimming pool, lighted tennis court, fully equipped gym, spa, theater, hobby house, underground ballroom with catering kitchen, formal and informal gardens, entire estate generator, guard house, caretaker’s suite and presidential-level security system managing two gated and secured residential entrances.

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$17,375,000 USD | Hawaii, USA | List Sotheby’s International Realty

Take in breathtaking views of Oahu’s famed Kailua coastline from every vantage point of this artfully designed home inside and out. This grand estate is nestled in a private gated setting, on over one acre and approximately 200 linear feet of white, sandy beach. This meticulously appointed home has five bedrooms and six-and-one-half baths, features a pool side cabana, fire pit, tiki torches, fountains, built-in BBQ and a state-of- the-art security and lighting system. A spa and a private outdoor granite bathtub provide the ultimate tranquil retreat. Natural elements include the use of gleaming hardwood throughout and lush tropical landscaping. Imagine hosting large scale events on the expansive grounds under the stars.

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$16,000,000 USD | California, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Down a tree-lined drive behind gates, this newly remodeled contemporary home of approximately 7,394-square-feet, built by Giffin and Crane, is situated on approximately three panoramic Montecito Valley and ocean view acres. Take advantage of Santa Barbara’s unique climate with stunning indoor/outdoor areas, including expansive living spaces, soaring ceilings, and large floor-to-ceiling French doors that open to modern loggias, and a luxurious outside lounge with pool retreat.

Noteworthy Sales from Around the World

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$20,000,000 CAD | Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

This 36,000-square-foot post and beam waterfront estate designed and built by Lepik Construction is quite simply a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Offering nearly 13,000-square-feet of living space over three levels, the home features five bedrooms, seven baths, over 4,600-square-feet of terraced slate decks, outdoor pool/hot tub, indoor swim spa/hot tub, indoor elevator system, geo thermal heating, 8,000-gallon front entry koi pond, five-car heated garage and an incredible 50-foot attached private yacht garage. A chef’s kitchen and cabinetry by Redl Kitchens, Brazilian cherry floors, and floor to ceiling glass are also featured.

mallorca

€ 8,700,000 | Mallorca | Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

“Ocean 34”, an architectural masterpiece in the luxurious marina Port Adriano, is the only contemporary home with open panoramic sea views in the area. This seafront property blends indoor and outdoor spaces with streamlined architecture and striking design elements. The interior living areas are completely open to the outdoor area, which features an infinity-edge pool and a large terrace, creating a natural flow between the two spaces.

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The Rise of the Multi-Homer

An increasing number of ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals are buying non-traditional homes outside their domiciles according to a new study by Wealth-X and the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand, released today.

Wealth-X has identified more than 211,000 ultra high net worth individuals globally – defined as those with US$30 million and above in net assets – and 79% of them own two or more residences.

The Wealth-X and Sotheby’s International Realty UHNW Luxury Real Estate: Multi-Homers Report reveals that these UHNW buyers look for residences that are environmentally sustainable, technologically sophisticated, or that fit better with their personal and family needs.

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Below are other key findings from the report:

  • The average UHNW Multi-homer is 63 years old, has a net worth of US$165 million and is married.
  • The United States is the most popular location for second homes among the ultra wealthy, followed by the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
  • Four types of luxury home types have emerged as favorites among the global ultra wealthy: Green Homes, Smart Homes, Private Islands, and Serviced Apartments. These types of luxury residences serve their needs, aspirations, and lifestyle considerations.
  • The Caribbean and the Mediterranean remain favorites among UHNW buyers for private island homes, but Southeast Asia, Canada, Belize and the United Kingdom are gaining popularity.
  • UHNW Multi-home buyers are fueling market growth in regions beyond global urban hubs such as London, New York City and Hong Kong. The report profiles Miami, Florida; Geneva, Switzerland; and Long Island, New York.

Wealth-X President David Friedman commented: “Wealth-X is pleased to partner with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand for this fourth joint report in 2015. This report underscores Wealth-X’s commitment to conducting ground-breaking research on the world’s ultra high net worth (UHNW) population. Expert commentary from Sotheby’s International Realty complements Wealth-X’s global intelligence on the world’s UHNW population, producing a report that demonstrates a true collaboration between the world’s leading UHNW intelligence provider and the global leader in luxury residential real estate.”

“Our partnership with Wealth-X has proven to be invaluable as we continue to explore the motivations of the world’s ultra high net worth,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, LLC.  “The research from our latest report uncovers current trends in home purchasing behavior and chief lifestyle considerations, helping us gain insight into investment strategies of the UHNW population.”

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New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | April 2015

From a California home on two peninsulas to a contemporary villa in Cannes this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

Laguna Beach

$75,000,000 USD | Laguna Beach, California | HOM Sotheby’s International Realty

California— Known as “Twin Points,” this Laguna Beach property is made up of nearly 2 acres and is bookended by two sandy beaches, Crescent Bay and Shaws Cove. The property has views of Catalina Island and the coastline and includes a three bedroom, three bathroom home and gust home. According to the Wall Street Journal, the former owner’s great-grandmother built a sea wall on the beach in the cove to create a saltwater swimming pool that fills with water at high tide. Such structures can no longer be built, so they are very rare.

France

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

France—This modern villa faces south to enjoy stunning sea views. With lines resolutely contemporary, it benefits from upscale amenities and top of the range services, providing the latest technology of home automation. The home also has a heated infinity mirror pool, two pool houses, outdoor fireplace and summer kitchen.

Canada

28 000 000 $ CAD | Toronto, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Canada— The home known as The Integral House—A house that changed the cultural landscape of a city. The finest craftspeople from around the globe collaborated to create this iconic dwelling using the best materials imaginable to create a work of art. Imagined around the concert hall, Integral House is all about entertaining. The home has a heated drive and indoor exercise pool and spa complex as some of its amenities.

Dubai

179,000,000 AED | Dubai, UAE | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

Dubai—This Emirates Hills home is beautifully positioned offering uninterrupted views of the Emirates golf course and the Dubai Marina skyline beyond. The villa offers a unique, contemporary design fused with traditional architraves and is designed with family living in mind. The seven bedroom home has two mirror image full height aquariums, a bespoke built study, fully equipped professional kitchen, wine room, and gym among its amenities.

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10 Most Popular Properties for 2014! (One is ours!)

You clicked and we calculated. Back by popular demand, here are the 10 most viewed properties on sothebysrealty.com for 2014! Take a tour around the world and see which properties topped the list!

10. Ibiza, Spain

Ibizia_Spain18.000.000 € EUR | Ibiza, Spain | Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in an easily accessible yet ultimately private location, this southeast facing mansion sits on the coastline with its own sea access and old light house. Exuding elegance and casual luxury, the main house has accommodation for 22 people, two separate guest houses for 14 guests and a staff house with 4 bedrooms, a unique infinity pool, spacious salons, various sea-oriented entertaining areas, a tennis court and luscious gardens.

9. Telluride, Colorado

Telluride$59,000,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled deep within the rarest assemblage of rolling meadows and mature forest just 12 minutes from the historic resort town of Telluride, Colorado, this property offers the ultimate retreat for those seeking privacy, scenic beauty and serenity. A warm and inviting main house and story-book guest house are situated upon a rise overlooking the regions towering 14,000-foot peaks. The property’s vast acreage is threaded by a private trail system providing gated access into tens of thousands of acres of surrounding National Forest.

8. Cape Town, South Africa

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Located in the heart of the unique enclave of Lions Head Nature Reserve in Cape Town South Africa, lies a Villa so spectacular in contemporary design, it is a true architectural feat. High above the cityscape this exquisite Villa enjoys unobstructed, panoramic views of Clifton’s four famous beaches and the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

7. Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Germany16.800.000 € EUR | Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany | NRW Immobilien Sotheby’s International Realty

One of Germany’s most beautiful historic properties, Burg Rheineck is located just 30 kilometers south of Bonn, the former capital of Germany. The castle is located on top of a hill overlooking Bad Breisig, known for its thermal springs and the beautiful promenade along the Rhine River. The castle has seen many famous visitors over the centuries including the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm, Mikhail Gorbachev, John F. Kennedy Jr., Yehudi Menuhin, Alexander von Humboldt and many others.

6. Mallorca, Spain

4000027390-spainPrice Upon Request |Mallorca, Spain | Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Son Vida, this unique villa enjoys breathtaking views of the sea, Palma city and its port. The Chameleon Villa boasts extraordinary light effects, consisting of the finest LED technology, which can be programmed to change colors on a whim. Comprised of three buildings, the main house is spread over three floors including a living area, library, TV room, bedroom suites, kitchen and wine cellar. In the second building are swimming pools, fitness and spa area. The third building is the guest house.

5. James Island, Canada

James Island_CanadaPrice Upon Request | James Island, British Columbia, Canada | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

James Island is a 780-acre private island prominently situated within Canada’s famous Gulf Island archipelago. The second largest privately owned island within the Gulf Islands, James Island is as rare as it is unique. Steeped in a rich and documented history, the island has had several lives: from agricultural settlement; to an industrial plant and company town; to its present incarnation as an exclusive retreat and a return to much of its natural state.

4. Olbia-Tempio, Italy

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Built by Prince Karim Aga Khan, this waterfront villa on the north shore of Sardinia boasts thirteen bedrooms and its own private beach. The home is situated above the bay of Porto Cervo to capture spectacular views while maintaining privacy with unmatched luxury. Plush couches and poolside lounge areas create comfortable outdoor living spaces for relaxation and entertainment.

3. Hobe Sound, Florida

Hobe Sound_Florida$72,000,000 USD / Hobe Sound, Florida / Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

Luxurious Bahamian-inspired estate designed and custom-built in 2010 by international superstar Celine Dion for her and her family. Located on the exclusive Jupiter Island, this 5.5 acre property with over 415 linear feet on the Atlantic Ocean is being sold turn-key with almost all its contents.

2. Water Mill, New York

Water Mill_New York$69,000,000 USD | Water Mill, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty- Southampton Brokerage

Villa Maria is a private and magnificent waterfront estate with stately gardens and glorious views of Mecox Bay. At 22,000 sq. ft., it has 11 bedrooms including a 6-room beautifully appointed master suite, a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase, a 60 foot living room with original fresco details a state of the art kitchen and a wine cellar. All principal rooms are brilliantly sunny and take advantage of the panoramic water views. The outdoor spaces feature a grand 2-story portico and a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay. There is a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a charming two-bedroom guesthouse.

1. Key Largo, Florida

Pumpkin Key$110,000,000 USD | Key Largo, Florida | Russell Post Sotheby’s International Realty

Just ten minutes by helicopter to Miami’s South Beach or by boat to Key Largo, Pumpkin Key is an extraordinary private island totaling 26 acres located in the Florida Keys. Self-sufficient with water and electric from the shore, the island currently features one main home with three bedrooms, two caretaker’s cottages, and a dock master’s apartment. The island also includes a 20-slip marina able to accommodate a mega-yacht, tennis courts that also serve as a helipad and golf cart paths that circle the island.

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