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Significant Sales | Volume II – Issue VI

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From crystal-clear San Francisco Bay views to a modern waterfront masterpiece in New Zealandthis edition of Significant Sales also showcases homes from the United StatesPuerto RicoFinland, and Bermuda.

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | March 2018

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From an inspiring, modern home in New Zealand to a grand, suburban estate in London, England, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

Queenstown, New Zealand | Julian Brown & Mark Harris – New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

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.

Tribeca, New York | Laurie Silverman – Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

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.

Portofino, Italy | Barbara Fregonara – Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

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.

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico | Marco Ehrenberg & Jhoanna Higuera – Los Cabos Sotheby’s International Realty

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.

London, England | Aree Rand – United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

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.

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Art & Home | Through the Looking Glass

Posted on August 15, 2017


From the Summer 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us through the looking glass and into a world of homes that feature captivating glass structures.

For the last 16 years, Thomas Roszak has lived with his family in a glass home of his own design, and he’s already thinking of his next one. “I don’t see any other way to live.”

NewZealandPrice Upon Request | Auckland, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Roszak, a Chicago, Illinois-based architect, built his see-through home in the suburbs on an acre of land screened by 60 to 80-foot maples, oaks and honeylocusts to block the sun–and block prying eyes. It was his dream house, combining his ideas about how space flows from one room to the next and the changing play of light. At times the home is transparent, other times it is reflective, mirroring the environment and creating a habitat where the outside and inside become one.

Glass walls frame scenery like a mural. The more dramatic the backdrop, the greater the role glass plays as a design element. Mike Shapiro, chairman of HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport Beach, California, says, “Homeowners here spend millions for the view, so the more glass the happier they are.”

NewYork$19,995,000 USD | Bridgehampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Glass brings homeowners into nature with an aesthetic that fits in perfectly with the simplicity of modern design. Light, airiness and a sense of abundance are at the very essence of contemporary architecture.

Glass buildings are modern, but they’re not new. Today’s generation pay homage to icons like the Glass House by Philip Johnson built in 1949 in Canaan, Connecticut, and the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, completed in 1951 by Mies van der Rohe. Both are now operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and look as fresh and relevant as the day they were built.

California$24,000,000 USD | Carpinteria, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Upper Village Road Brokerage

The difference is that today’s glass structures are no longer plagued by the problems of earlier models such as condensation, leakage and energy waste. They don’t suffer heat loss in winter or heat gain in summer. Glass homes are now high performance structures. Thanks to advancements, glass is also being incorporated into residences in inventive new ways. Shapiro has seen a surge in glass used in interior bridges, flooring surfaces and negative edge pool walls. “The technology is extraordinary,” he says.

Arizona$4,495,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 

Glass homes as architectural curiosities are a thing of the past. “When we first moved in nobody on our street liked the house,” recalls Roszak. “Now 15 years later, everybody loves it. They talk about how they live on the road that has the glass house, so now they kind of made it their own.”  Roszak says it’s about education. “People don’t understand modern houses until they see them on the timeline of architectural history. As technology advances, aesthetics advance.  Art and architecture should always look forward.”

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Significant Sales | Volume II – Issue II

Posted on July 31, 2017

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From the award-winning Tower House in New York, to over 1,000 sprawling acres of rolling farmland in New Zealandthis issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United StatesMalta, and South Africa.

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New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | October 2016

Posted on November 3, 2016

From a sophisticated villa in Dubai’s Emirates Hills, to a regency-styled stucco home in Washington DC, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.


Price Upon Request | Emirates Hills, Dubai | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This Emirates Hills villa exhibits the most comprehensive collection of premier furniture and luxury finishes. The sophisticated home is not only a well-designed mansion with contemporary architecture by famous international architects, but also equipped with latest technologies in Home Automation and Security/Surveillance systems. Furthermore, the soft landscaping and the lake view lend a peaceful tranquility to this place amidst the busy bustle of Dubai City. It is a residence with intimate charm, elegance and style, without compromising the needs of a modern, contemporary house. From the kitchen, to dining area, to the living room, to all bedrooms and bathrooms, the style, the design and function is very consistent, luxurious and harmonious.


$23,499,000 USD | Dana Point, California | Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

One of the most desirable beachfront properties on the market, Casa Dall’ Oceano is a new-construction estate in the exclusive Strand at Headlands community. Built in a Modern-Mediterranean style, nearly every room in this three-story villa has been designed to take advantage of unobstructed, panoramic ocean views. Five bedrooms and eight spa-like bathrooms, expansive great room, theater room, kids guest bunk room, teen lounge, and indoor driving range offer luxurious comfort and family enjoyment. Streamlined indoor-outdoor living is yours through multiple terraces and an infinity-edge pool with spa overlooking the ocean beyond. Not to be forgotten are the community beach club, Ritz Carlton access, and Dana Point Harbor just minutes away.


Price Upon Request | Wanaka, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Consisting of 6,639 hectares, this unique high country station comprises 5,787 hectares of freehold land and 852 hectares of high altitude leasehold, held in four separate titles. From its elevated position, the property takes in breath-taking views over Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and the Clutha River, to the Wanaka Township, Mount Aspiring and the McKerrow and Buchanan mountain ranges.


$20,000,000 USD | Washington, D.C. | TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Modeled after early 18th century English precedents by such renowned architects as Sir John Nash, this new 13,500-square-foot house presents itself as a careful study in symmetry, balance and proportion. Finely detailed, load bearing Indiana limestone porches and accent details give the home a stately charm and presence on the street. The interior spaces feature hand carved stone mantels, custom millwork trim, cabinetry and details ensuring the vocabulary of the exterior flows through to the interior to create a seamless elegant experience that is timeless in style. Rarely if ever will one find a home constructed and designed with unparalleled materials and workmanship as this masterpiece. Extraordinary landscaping, pool and separate pool house complement this stunning property.

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Celebrating Cinema | From the Screen to the Streets

With the Sundance Film Festival coming to a close last month and the 2016 Oscars this coming weekend, the movies that are critically resonating most this year portray an undeniable realism. From Best Picture frontrunners Spotlight and The Revenant, to Sundance favorite The Birth of a Nation, it would indicate that true stories are where filmmakers are putting their focus.

Yet the 2015 (and early 2016) Cineplex had its share of colossal moments of grandeur and escapism for the masses. Jurassic World broke the opening weekend box office record in June, followed swiftly by Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattering that record again the week before Christmas. Despite Star Wars using every modern digital technique to bring the story to life, the filmmakers made a conscious (and heavily promoted) decision to ground the movie in realism by using 35 mm film instead of digital, using on-set animatronic creatures and costumes, and, just as imperatively, shooting on location to bring the many worlds of the galaxy far, far away back to audiences just like George Lucas first did in 1977.

One of the most exciting and exclusive ways for film fans to re-experience their favorite films are to visit those amazing locations themselves.

To Catch a Castle


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

The opportunity to actually own a piece of cinematic history comes rarely.  Even rarer are those items and locations touched by the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock. Yet, nestled prominently on the French Riviera, the grand La Croix des Gardes in which the classicTo Catch a Thief starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant was set is now for sale.

Do as the Romans Do


3.900.000 € EUR | Rome, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

Released just two years prior to the aforementioned Hitchcock classic is the quintessential romantic comedy Roman Holiday. Starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, two actors who define the phrase Movie Star, Roman Holiday has become one of the finest examples of Hollywood’s golden age. Set throughout the romantic and historic local of Rome, Italy, the film employs classing framing techniques by combining staged interior sets, rear projection to simulate Rome’s street, and on-location photography, all with a delightful and enjoyable tone.

Where the Magic is Made


Price Upon Request | Beverly Hills, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Sunset Strip Brokerage

If discussing classic Hollywood productions, the romanticism of European locales always come second to the capital of motion picture production – Los Angeles, California. The headquarters of every major (and most minor) production studios, the clear skies, modern culture and luxury living of LA have been the backdrops of hundreds of films. Of note is the 1997 film LA, Confidential. Winner of two Academy Awards and nominee for an additional seven, the Kevin Spacey and Kim Basinger-starring crime drama makes impeccable use of the City of Angles in service of throwback noir tropes with modern filmmaking style.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

For children of the 80s and 90s, there is no more influential filmmaker than the late John Hughes. And when discussing the works of the writer and director of classics such as The Breakfast ClubSixteen Candles, and Uncle Buck, it should incontrovertibly include his portrayal of the city of Chicago, Illinois. Often set among its suburbs, John Hughes’ loving portrayal the Windy City is most notable in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a travelogue of Chicago’s exciting cultural sites.


$3,099,000 USD | Winnetka, Illinois | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Also of note are his writing and producing credits on films not also directed by him. The Christmas classic Home Alone, written by Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, is yet another Chicago suburb-set picture. For those also looking to live steps away from film history, this gorgeous Nantucket-style home is down the literal street from the McAllister residence. Happily, the previous owners of this home were not victims of the infamous Wet Bandits, so any concerns of water damage are entirely unfounded.

Hope is a Good Thing

The ways in which movies are now experienced has drastically changed over the last several decades. From the advent of home video in the late 70s to the ubiquity of cable and premium TV, all the way to the adoption of DVD in the early 2000s and the recent evolution of on-demand streaming networks, the theater is becomes less and less essential to the cultural impact of modern films.

A quintessential example of this is the popularity of The Shawshank Redemption.

Released in 1994 and critically acclaimed at that time (it was nominated for Best Picture alongside Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction), it was a financial failure, garnering only a smattering of viewers in theaters. Yet over the years, through its VHS release and consistent scheduling on cable TV stations, The Shawshank Redemption became an absolute classic. As evidenced by its top spot on the IMDB Top Movies list, millions of home viewers experienced the final reunion of a freed Andy Dufresne and Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

St. Croix

$1,975,000 USD | St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands | United States Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

Interestingly, that final location was not actually filmed on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Instead, the filmmakers ended their story on the white, sandy shores of St. Croix. Contrasting with the greys and browns of the prior two-plus hours we spent with the characters, it’s fair to forgive the filmmakers for the slight of hand given how blue and bright the waters of the Caribbean shine.

One Location to Rule Them All

New Zealand

Price Upon Request | Queenstown, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Thousands upon thousands of films have made their indelible mark on cinema by embracing exciting locations around the world, yet none have been able to use a single destination to bring the audience to another world entirely as The Lord of the Rings. Shot throughout the country of New Zealand over the course of half a decade, Peter Jackson and his fellow filmmakers utilized locations ranging from the frozen peaks of Centerbury, to the rolling hills of Matakana, to the lush rivers and forests of Wellington, and the soundstages located in Queenstown. So absolutely bound is New Zealand to the cinematic legacy of The Lord of the Rings that many landmarks from the films have been made permanent to support the $15 billion in annual tourism, allowing movie buffs and sightseers to go there and back again many times over.

This post was provided by guest contributor, Christian Russo, Senior Interactive Marketing Manager for Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.

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