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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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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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Mansion Global: Here’s Where the World’s Richest Are Taking Their Private Jets, And What to Buy There

Art Basel, the Monaco Yacht Show and other fashionable events contribute to surges in private jet travel, and consequently, the purchases of second homes

New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | April 2016

From a bespoke escape in Switzerland to leafy-green garden views in Hong Kong, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale features homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

Switzerland

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

“Chesa Alta” is a prestigious address benefiting from nearly 600 square-meters of living space on three floors. The interior architecture and decoration are fully personalized and the home offers a private entrance and lift, large living room with high ceilings, dining-room with ceiling painted by a talented local artist, spacious kitchen and four en-suite bedrooms with bathrooms along with many other amenities.

California

$29,000,000 USD | Malibu, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Westlake Village Brokerage

Newly constructed, this unique Tuscan Villa overlooks Malibu’s world famous Zuma Beach with unobstructed whitewater, sand, coastline and incredible sunset views. Situated on approximately four acres and 440 feet of Zuma bluff frontage overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this gated compound features about 11,0000 square-feet with the finest materials and no expense spared.

Hong Kong

$208,000,000 HKD | Hong Kong | Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty

Embrace the serene natural environment and lush green views in this elegant residence. This majestic garden house in the leafy Shouson Hill is finished with strict attention to detail. Both the living and dining areas are part of a large open floor plan, accentuated with big chandeliers and green garden vistas through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

France

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

This waterfront contemporary style villa with a breathtaking panoramic sea view is located in a private domain near Monaco. This magnificent property of 500 square-meters is composed of a large living room with fireplace opening onto a terrace, a beautiful dining room offering the opportunity to dine either indoors or outdoors and five bedrooms with bathrooms. An entire floor of the villa is dedicated to leisure and well-being; a large billiard room with its own dining room for eight people, a gym, a room with a Jacuzzi and bar all invites you to enjoy moments of relaxation.

Colorado

Price Upon Request | Aspen, Colorado | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Located just four miles from downtown Aspen, the property is surrounded by an elk migration area where elk are grazing within a few hundred feet of the estate. The covered outdoor summer kitchen has a wood-burning fireplace and over 3,000 square feet of patio for summer entertainment and there are two ponds with water features as well as a 60-foot negative edge pool with a 12-foot waterfall. In the winter, a cross country ski trail provides ski-in/ski-out access to the Two Creeks and Buttermilk ski area lifts.

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Art & Home | Stairways From Heaven

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The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso showcases homes with captivating and architecturally significant staircases from around the world.

Staircases are among the oldest architectural elements, conceived in function and, in the most dramatic cases, elevated to an art object.

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

Their roles in literature and history are classic. Think the iconic staircase in Gone with the Wind, the red-carpeted staircase of the White House and the heart-shaped limestone staircase at Rosecliff, the great Gilded Age mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. Then there is the famed Tulip Stairs at the Queen’s House, the former royal villa in Greenwich, England. Its self-supporting spiral staircase reflects a brilliant harmony of mathematics and majesty.

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Price Upon Request | Lugano Carona, Switzerland | Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty

“Staircases add value,” says Diletta Giorgolo Spinola of Italy Sotheby’s International Realtywith offices in FlorenceRomeMilan and Como. “They are a status symbol. Throughout the ages, staircases have played an important role in giving a house a special style and elegance.”

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$8,900,000 USD | Park City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Staircases define the character of a home and set the tone for the interior design to come. In estates of distinction they can be the unexpected focal point, expressing power by their twists and turns. They long ago stopped being simply an answer to an age-old challenge, getting from point A on one level to point B on another. They are a showcase of innovation and ingenuity.

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$17,000,000 USD | Big Sky, Montana | Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty

Winding, curved, spiral, helical, flared, twin and seemingly gravity-defying are among the countless options and variations. Staircases are complex affairs. All parts need to interact structurally. Building codes ensure aesthetic considerations do not eclipse safety and functionality concerns.

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Price Upon Request | Paradise Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

While the evolution of technology has helped to turn staircases into architectural stars, they can function beyond visual showpieces. They can be experiential. Custom builder Ted Visnic of Visnic Homes in Rockville, Maryland, says some homeowners, for instance, ask that staircases be “tucked around a corner so you discover them, if you will.” Others request staircases be framed by a bank of windows to “wash the homeowners in natural light” as they ascend and descend the stairs, Visnic adds.

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$6,900,000 USD | South Barrington, Illinois | Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Shape, materials and finishes dictate pricing. One of Visnic’s current residential projects is an estate in which the staircase cost upwards of $120,000–not bad for a scene-stealing work of art.

Explore the latest edition of Art & Home here!

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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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NEW & NOTABLE LUXURY PROPERTIES FOR SALE | DECEMBER 2015

Beginning with a prestigious gated estate in New Jersey to a sprawling mountain manor in Switzerland, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale features homes in some of the world’s most sought after destinations.

New Jersey

$27,800,000 USD | Alpine, New Jersey | Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

New Jersey – Located in the prestigious and private gated Estates at Alpine, this magnificent estate home, among the most preeminent and elegant of its kind, is located on almost 13 acres. Only minutes from Manhattan, the estate includes a 13,000 square-foot English Manor-style residence, a carriage house, English gardens, aviary and a private stocked pond. Renovated twenty-five years ago, this home, with its classic Palladian influences, now affords the extraordinary opportunity to make it your own.

St. Barth

Price Upon Request | St. Barthelemy | St. Barth Sotheby’s International Realty

St. Barthelemy – Gouverneur Views is the combination of three villas; Villa Mirage is a three bedroom home with an oversized infinity pool and expansive pool deck, Villa Boudoir is one bedroom with an open-air kitchenette and a bar located on the pool terrace and Villa Reflet de la Mer is a gorgeous two bedroom villa that offers a contemporary take on traditional West Indies design and a breathtaking view of Gouverneur Beach. The pool is the focal point of the outdoor living space and the villas are just a short drive to pristine Gouverneur Beach and close to Gustavia’s shops and restaurants.

Beijing

¥350,000,000 CNY | Beijing, China | Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty

Beijing – The Powerful Mountain project is a quintessential masterpiece developed by R & F Properties Group. The mansion is a detached single house, a truly astonishing unrivaled estate in its scope and architectural form. The property is located within the second ring, the most lively area in Beijing. Inspired by the Baroque Era and imprinted with its signature sophistication, refinement and luxury, this home is surrounded by a Baroque garden and is completed by a indoor swimming pool, wine cellar and home theater.

Israel

₪ 160,000,000 ILS | Tel Aviv, Israel | Israel Sotheby’s International Realty

Tel Aviv – Located at the top of one of Tel Aviv’s best residential properties is The Penthouse, an over 16,000 square-foot residence surrounded by sea and skyline views. This masterful and magnificent redevelopment is set within the 19th-century buildings that once housed Jaffa’s French Hospital. Mindful of its heritage as one of Tel Aviv’s iconic historic landmarks, the project seamlessly blends the W Hotels’ signature amenities with architectural features from the original building. Designed by world-renowned architect John Pawson in collaboration with local architect Ramy Gill, the duo tastefully transformed the 2,000-year-old historic foundations uncovered during the construction into inviting public spaces. All of the residences are located in the newly constructed wing adjacent to the main hotel building with a private entrance and easy access to the diverse, high-quality services and amenities at the W Tel Aviv.

Switzerland

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

Geneva – This manor estate is surrounded by eight hectares of beautiful grounds. The property is remarkable for its absolute tranquility, unobstructed view of the Alps and the peak of Mont Blanc, and exceptional spaciousness. The property 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 and a playground area in the woods with chalet. The house offers almost 1,000 square meters of habitable floor area and a basement.

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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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