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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 sothebysrealty.com in 2016. Back by popular demand, we present the 10 most viewed properties from last year.

Number 10 – New York

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$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

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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

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$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

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$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

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$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

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$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

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$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

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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

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$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

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$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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RESIDE Magazine | Panorama Drama – Featuring Telluride’s “Paradiso”

From the pages of 2016’s second volume of RESIDE, discover homes with advantageous and captivating views in “Panorama Drama.”

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 “Does it have a view?”

It’s what buyers scouting properties in mountain resort communities want to know.

“That’s probably the most-asked question,” says Nels Cary of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty in Colorado.

The views that extend beyond property lines are as important to luxury buyers as the amenities within the homes.

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$39,100,000 USD | Telluride, Colorado | Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty

High altitude Telluride is set in the southwest corner of the state and surrounded by a cluster of “14ers” or 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains. “The significance of the view cannot be understated,” says Cary. “It’s everywhere and from everywhere.”

Mountain views have been called inspirational, mystical and sometimes sacred. And they affect homeowners in profound ways. “It’s one of those situations where people come here and they’re absolutely mesmerized by the natural beauty of the area,” says Cary. “They put themselves in the picture, seeing themselves with a cup of coffee in the morning enjoying the magnificent views or in the late afternoon taking in the sunset. It’s a big deal.”

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Price Upon Request | Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s hard to quantify the value of a great view, but it can certainly add a double or even triple-digit percentage premium onto the price of a home. In the Idaho panhandle city of Sandpoint, for instance, a five-acre property in a standard subdivision ranges from $100,000 to $150,000. The equivalent home with dramatic views of Lake Pend Oreille, the state’s largest lake, and vistas that span Idaho’s Schweitzer ski mountain as well as snow-capped ridges in Montana, Washington and Canada, recently sold for $1.1 million, according to Jeff Bond of Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty, with offices in Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene. “I happen to live on one of those views. I go home at night and sit on my front deck. It’s a lot better than watching TV,” he says.

Idaho

$1,550,000 USD | Sandpoint, Idaho | Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty

The most desirable homes are sited to take advantage of views from multiple rooms. If those views are unobstructed and look out onto protected lands that can never be developed, so much the better. Such is the case with many properties in Big Sky, Montana. It is a region focused on the conservation of native habitat, and its views of Lone Peak, Spanish Peaks and the surrounding wilderness area are iconic.

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$759,000 USD | Rivas, Nicaragua | Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty

When it comes to panoramas, Big Sky claims an added bonus. It is located in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in a corridor of migrating elk, moose, deer and bear. “To be in an area where you have that wildlife all around is very desirable,” says Cathy Gorman of Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty.

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$3,395,000 USD | Big Sky, Montana | Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty

And transporting.

“There’s the peace and the tranquility,” says Gorman. “To be able to see a herd of elk on the next ridge or a weather condition going by takes you away. In a world of hustle, bustle and tension, the views are a real de-stresser.”

Article provided exclusively to Sotheby’s International Realty® by Iyna Bort Caruso

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New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | January 2016

From a preserved historic property in Beijing to a mountain chalet compound in Switzerland, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

China

¥600,000,000 CNY | Beijing, China | Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty

The Class I key preservation zone of Beijing’s downtown area is rich in historical and cultural heritage. This property features a unique courtyard with a traditional artist painting from the landmark Forbidden City, modern interior decor, central air-conditioning, all floor heating, a both Chinese and Western-Inspired kitchen, sunken courtyard and inviting projected theater room.

Florida

$55,000,000 USD | Palm Beach, Florida | Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

Located in one of Florida’s most sought after destinations, this grand estate has six bedrooms and 11 baths in the main house and three bedrooms and three baths in the guest house. Meticulously designed and remarkably landscaped grounds surround the main house; some of the features offered are a wine cellar, movie theater, gym, sauna, steam room and five-car garage.

France

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

This property is located in the village of Beaulieu sur Mer which forms part of the area known locally as the “Golden triangle’. The villa is set over three principal levels; offering spacious family accommodation and including both an interior and exterior swimming pool, there are six bedrooms with bathrooms en suite, a fully equipped professional kitchen, an office and a large living room. From the living room you exit onto the terrace and gardens leading to the swimming pool where you also will find a BBQ, summer kitchen and storage room. There is also a cellar and cold storage room in the lower levels and, to complete this extraordinary property, the garage is fit for at least ten cars with a turntable to assist the entry and exit of the cars.

Australia

Price Upon Request | New South Wales, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Boasting one of the most incredible positions on Middle Harbour and qualifying as one of the largest waterfront holdings in Mosman, this impressive, magnificently appointed residence offers a rare opportunity. 38 Bay Street is an architectural masterpiece sitting on approximately 1514 square meters of gentle sloping land that stretches down to the water with private boat shed and jetty. Walls of glass highlight multiple living and entertaining areas, a central courtyard, a full separate master wing with walk in dressing room and ensuite that flows to a massive outdoor terrace with private spa.

Switzerland

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

This unique property in the Swiss Alps spans over 2,000 square meters of mountainside featuring a master chalet, an entertainment chalet and a guest chalet with a spa and leisure complex that rivals those offered in most luxury resorts. It consists of a 25 meter pool, Turkish bath, sauna, jacuzzi, gym, massage and treatment rooms among other amenities. The property also features an impressive garage for housing up to ten cars.

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