Nestled on Hawea Point, this stunning home was designed to seamlessly blend the interiors with the tropical gardens and the panoramic ocean views. From this vantage point, the views extend along the West Maui coastline from Kapalua Bay to the South, the Pailolo Chanel out to the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai to the West, and out to Honolua Bay to the North.
Perched high above the epicenter of the world blooms the only full-floor home in the southern tower of the world-renowned “Century Condominium.” Located on what is considered one of Manhattan’s finest blocks, Central Park West between W 62nd and W 63rd Street, upon the entering the building’s lobby, which has been restored to its original grandeur, one is heartened by the appeal of a bygone era, the 1930’s Art Deco period during which the Century was built.
A modern home with a well-thought-out recreation area and swimming pool, and outfitted with smart home systems, this house emanates a harmonious atmosphere. Its elements are assembled in such a way that you will find daily routines accessible; every morning swim, when the rising sun floods the space, and in the evening, when the sunset illuminates bedrooms with warm colors.
An exclusive property by the renowned architect De Groote in the top of Lo Curro neighborhood, this home offers an impressive panoramic view that dominates the city strip and mountain range. The property has a magnificent park of 25,000 square meters with large trees and careful landscaping for nature lovers. The pool space features a beautiful barbecue area with pool house, in addition to a paddle tennis court.
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
This modern Beaver Creek buildreinterprets 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.
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.
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
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 homein 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.
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.
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.
Classic and charming neo-Georgian architecture meets the finest modern interior design set on one of the most exclusive roads within one of the most exclusive postcodes in London. This beautiful home set over five floors of luxurious and generously proportioned accommodation enjoys a south-facing front that leads to a reception room and dining area following on to a contemporary kitchen with integrated state-of-the-art appliances looking out onto the beautifully landscaped gardens.
One of only three townhouses remaining on Central Park West, this thoroughly restored Queen Anne mansion affords luxurious modern living while paying homage to its distinguished past. The eye-catching façade is distinguished by an ornamental gate and restored museum-quality sandstone carvings. The grandeur of late-19th-century Manhattan fills the versatile interior, which has been updated with an open, airy ambience and 21st-century technologies and amenities.
Kai Moena, “House of the Resting Sea,” is a captivating oceanfront estate that reflects the skillful merging of modern architecture and luxury design. Inspired by Hawaii’s culture and climate, this expansive property totals almost 60,000 square-feet of land with over 250 linear feet of pristine white sand once owned by the storied Rothschild family.
Providenciales, Turks And Caicos | Nina Siegenthaler, Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty
Bajacu is a Caribbean masterwork, designed by renowned, Architectural Digest Top 100 Architect, Marco Aldaco who is known for his technical mastery of scale, color, and materials. Bajacu (“rising sun” in the language of Caribbean natives) sits proudly above the beautiful island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The ultra-private six-bedroom estate is situated on one of the island’s highest points, on an over eight-acre south shore site, with breathtaking views of the Caicos Banks.
Meticulous planning during the construction of this home has resulted in a truly inspiring property, one that cannot help but impress. Precise attention to detail is evident throughout this significant home; from the moment of your arrival, the awe-inspiring, modern lines of the home’s striking exterior leave a lasting and powerful first impression.
140 Franklin Street is situated on the highly coveted corner of Franklin and Varick Streets and is considered one of Tribeca’s most important landmarked loft buildings – an architectural masterpiece built in 1887. Designed by Albert Wagner, the architect of the famous Puck Building, with a lobby specially commissioned by world-renowned artist Sol LeWitt, this exquisite home offers two master suites, four additional bedrooms, four full-baths, a karaoke room, and powder room for guests.
Overlooking the beautiful Bay of Portofino, this villa is spread over multiple levels for a total surface of 750 square-meters, plus parkland of around 1,800 square-meters overlooking the sea. The property consists of large living room and dining room, kitchen and office, service area, three master suites with bathroom and wardrobe, studio, wellness area with indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, and fitness center.
Bahia Rocas is a 12,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom estate within the gated community of Villas Del Mar. Exceptional Spanish architecture meets modern comfort and features wrought-iron fixtures, intricate tile work and colorful linens, all reflecting the artisanal skill and vibrant spirit of Mexican design.
This newly-built, 14,358-square-foot home is set on Ingram Avenue, a highly sought-after leafy road in Hampstead Garden Suburb, which is defined by absolute privacy by backing directly onto Turners Wood Bird Sanctuary. The property is within walking distance to Kenwood House as well as Hampstead Heath.
From the October 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso shows us that mid-century modern architecture isn’t just having its moment. It’s having an extended renaissance.
“It’s as if the mechanism that refreshes cultural trends every few years has developed a glitch,” wrote The New York Times.
The modernist style began in the late 1930s and took hold after World War II as new materials and building techniques became available that allowed architects to break with the past. Decades on, mid-century modern continues to feel fresh. And not just because TV’s “Mad Men” glamorized the style. It’s because the clean lines, open floor plans and expansive windows that characterize the style emphasize the “modern” rather than the “mid-century.”
Price Upon Request | San Rafael, California | Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty
Carib Daniel Martin, an architect and self-described “modernist at heart,” renovated the mid-century modern house in the Washington, DC, suburb of Kensington, Maryland, that serves as both his home and office.
He says he’s attracted to the simplicity, the airiness and the way mid-century modern homes “nicely straddle two worlds. They have a modernist feel but are still connected to the more traditional idea of what a home is, which is why people feel comfortable in them.”
$1,900,000 USD | Amagansett, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage
Martin and his architect-wife, Gabriela Leniz, have worked on many renovation and expansion projects of mid-century modern homes. He says clients tend to be evenly split between those attracted by style alone and those who appreciate its historical context.
On the other side of the country, influential mid-century modern architects and builders left legacies in California, particularly in Palm Springs and the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael Dreyfus of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty in Palo Alto, California, says, “We are fortunate to have an inventory of homes built in the 1950s by developer Joseph Eichler, the pioneer who brought mid-century modern to the masses.” Buyers like the efficiency. “The homes were able to deliver so much in less space. You can get three and four bedrooms in a very small footprint,” he says.
$5,950,000 USD | New Canaan, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty
More recently, Dreyfus has noticed the trend of mid-century modern elements being incorporated into new construction. “There’s something about the style that’s captured people’s imaginations today,” Dreyfus says. “Younger buyers in Silicon Valley are more design-oriented, and mid-century modern really plays into the social fabric.”
$5,450,00 USD | Denver, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty
The love affair with mid-century modern is inescapable. Architectural walking tours sell out, museum exhibits trumpet its culture-shaping impact and events like Modernism Week, an 11-day festival in Palm Springs, routinely draws tens of thousands of devotees to the land of William Krisel, Richard Neutra and Donald Wexler. “Mad Men” may have inspired an obsession, but the resurgence of midcentury modern continues on, powered of its own accord.
Located in a private community called Gray Head, about 25 minutes from Telluride Ski Resort, the six-bedroom house measures about 13,000 square feet and has views of the surrounding mountains and canyon. It includes a screening room, gym, wine room, massage room and hair salon. Outside, there is a pond, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, two sunken lounges with fire pits, a hot tub and an in-ground trampoline. The home is being sold furnished, and includes pieces of art like an American flag made of toy soldiers and a 15-foot-high floating sculpture made of Velcro and about 7,000 Swarovski crystals.
The house belongs to retired commodities trader Steve Mawer and his wife, Donna. The Houston-based couple bought the 35-acre parcel in 2009 for $10.1 million, Ms. Mawer said, and have spent the past few years gut-renovating the home.
Ms. Mawer said she oversaw construction and decor, adding features like a floor-to-ceiling granite, steel and glass fireplace, where the flames surround a waterfall. In the massage room, she had a tile mosaic made in the image of Buddha.
The work was recently completed, but the Mawers decided to sell because their youngest child is heading to boarding school in the fall. “We didn’t expect to be empty nesters so soon,” she said. They’ve also put their home in Houston on the market, although they are keeping their Florida home for now.
Ms. Mawer said she enjoyed the process of building and decorating the home and likes the idea of possibly doing it again. “We just like new projects,” she said.
Listing agent Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty said most homes in Telluride are traditional mountain style, but contemporary houses are becoming more popular. Mr. Fandel is also listing the actor Tom Cruise’s Telluride home for $59 million.
The first edition of Art & Home is here, a new literary collaboration between Sotheby’s and Sotheby’s International Realty, showcasing all the elements of an extraordinary life. Eight times a year, it will engage readers with sophisticated content and beautiful images related to the art and real estate worlds. See below for the first Sotheby’s International Realty featured article, Altitude with Attitude.
Art & Home January-February 2015
Not long ago, modern mountain architecture was an aberration. Today, it’s a movement. Alpine architects are now in the rules-breaking business. They’re importing exotic materials and innovative ideas from around the world for a mile-high mash-up of contemporary design and modern sensibilities.
Refined is the new rustic.
Shed roofs are replacing complicated gables. Floating stairs are nudging out log staircases. Mini-skyscrapers are rising on mountaintops.
$7,995,000 USD | Edwards, Colorado | Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty
Modern mountain design encourages homeowners to toss aside notions of what a resort residence should be and redefine the vacation home experience. Advances in materials, construction techniques and engineering allow for more stylistic choices and greater personal expression in the most challenging locations and elevations. Those technical advances have also facilitated an important shift. Mountain residences no longer need be built as protective shelters against harsh environments. They can be inviting light-filled spaces animated by sun and brilliant vistas.
Imported materials, progressive designs and artisan crews come at a price, which is why avant garde architecture is typically found at the highest end of the market. “When you’re willing to pay $3,000 a square foot, that opens the door for craftsmanship and quality,” says Tye Stockton of Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty in Vail, Colo. “Affluent buyers are less concerned about budget and more concerned about the emotional feelings that gets stirred in them.”
Price Upon Request | Megeve, France | Propriétés de Megève Sotheby’s International Realty
Stockton is putting the finishing touches on his own modern mountain estate, one that hints at industrial design with steel I-beams and rolled steel decorative panels warmed up with imported reclaimed woods. The kitchen is sleek with stealth appliances and poured concrete countertops. Glass is one of modern architecture’s most fundamental materials, and Stockton employs it as a showstopper. A 10-foot-tall sliding glass wall system opens onto a quintessential Rocky Mountain panorama of jagged peaks and waterfalls. “In traditional mountain homes, solid walls are for hanging art. With modern, there’s expansive glass and the exterior is your art,” he says. “It’s magical.”
Modern is also unpredictable. And therein lies its seduction. “The more chances you take, the more creative the work,” says Stockton, “and the more exciting it is.”
Article provided byIyna Caruso exclusively for Art & Home.