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Significant Sales | Volume II – Issue VIII

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From a timeless Port Royal estate in Florida to a striking contemporary home in Belgiumthis edition of Significant Sales also showcases homes from the United States and the Cayman Islands.

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In collaboration with Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty and several other resort Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates across the nation we present – LIVE Ski, an exclusive video highlighting the top destinations to live and ski in the U.S.  There are two versions of the video, one full length representing all participating SIR Affiliates (see video below and click on “LIVE” to play) and one short clip representing just Telluride/Telluride SIR (see video above and click on “LIVE” to play).

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The Escape of Ranch Living


 Your home can be a frontier: A place where retreat does not mean about-face departure but rather engagement and renewed focus. A space that is both wild and historical — where you free your soul and find your inspiration. It can be a place where horses run.

The properties below embrace cultural heritage, living legacies and untamed nature — environments where you can go both deep and wide. They are vast, with views to forever and traditions rooted in the way-back, designed for the present.

These are luxurious homes in rugged and rural places, with all the resources, access and amenities to provide year-round comfort and revelation — homes designed for hosting exploration and discovery.

1886 S Geneva Road

1886 S Geneva Road, Orem, Utah 84058, United States
Price: $19,500,000 | Beds: 9 | Baths: 15 | Partial baths: 5 | Square feet: 29,936 | Acres: 18.77 Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

It began as one family’s dream to create a place where memories could be made to last a lifetime. It became a stunning residence and recreational facility on nearly 20 acres in a private Utah enclave.

Situated between Utah Lake and the city of Orem, the property is its own microcosm. The main residence, a 20,000-square-foot home called The Barn, gracefully melds classic European design with an American Western aesthetic that reflects the area’s neighboring farms and history. It was built to the highest standards to last for centuries — European carpenters aided the construction. Some of the Barn’s highlights: timber frames; cathedral doors and ceilings; mountain views; a massive central fireplace; an indoor 3-D theater designed by Disney employees to feel alfresco; an indoor pub room with full bar, pool table and other parlor games; a private bathroom in every bedroom; highest-end features and appliances; a 1939 Bösendorfer imperial grand piano from a Vienna opera house; and far more, uniting luxury with fun.

Gracefully melding classic European design with an American Western aesthetic, this stunning home has everything the modern rancher could wish for.Photo Credit: Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

The property features an acre-large engineered pond (stocked with trophy-size fish), a boathouse (which includes changing/bathrooms and a lounge), a dock and boats. The outdoor swimming pool resembles an old rock quarry, with jump-off spots, an underground waterslide, multiple waterfalls, a hot tub, two water cannons, a kids’ pool and a secret passage into the rock face.

It also has a garage and hotel-style guesthouse; a motocross course designed by an industry pro, with a state-of-the-art motorcycle maintenance shop that houses a wet bar and full lounge amenities (could be a stand-alone apartment); two fire pits among the trees; a storybook tree house with AC and heating; a zip line; a “little red schoolhouse”; a ball court; and Utah’s largest private grove of sequoia trees, which add privacy. There is also a gated and tree-enshrouded “secret garden” that is wrought-iron fenced and surrounds a 19th-century fountain from a European church.

This estate can be the ultimate primary residence, vacation home or corporate retreat. Located a short distance from Brigham Young University, it is 20 minutes from Sundance Mountain Resort and less than an hour from Salt Lake City and Park City.


West Creek Ranch

West Creek Ranch, Gateway, Colorado 81522, United States
Price: $149,000,000 | Beds: 14 | Baths: 14 | Acres: 6,919 

One of the most significant listings in the American West, West Creek Ranch is a spectacularly diverse private land and estate property boasting one of the finest residences and environments in the world.

Located in Mesa County, Colorado (approximately 6,412 acres), and in Grand County, Utah (approximately 507 acres), the vast property encompasses four parcels of unique land formations, including the soaring Precambrian rock-cliff walls of Unaweep Canyon and magnificent views of Utah’s La Sal Mountains. Together, the residential structures of West Creek Ranch (including the main residence, guesthouse, stables and Sky Mesa cabin) contain a total of 14 bedrooms, 12 full baths and two half baths.

This home’s stunning views are matched only by its eclectic and unique design, which blends comfort with artistry.Photo Credit: LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

On-ranch treasures include a bear and mountain lion habitat, genuine dinosaur footprints and the historic ruins of Driggs Mansion. The main residence features exquisite finishes and craftsmanship throughout more than 22,000 square feet of indoor living space that contains an 800-pound-capacity elevator servicing all four levels, a great room, formal dining room, breakfast room, chef’s kitchen, spacious study with panoramic views, art studio, theater room, game room, gym, staff quarters and pool and spa, plus four water fountains, six fireplaces, a two-level circular stone library, interior marble archways and columns, and modern geothermal heating/cooling. Also included are an emergency power generator, irrigated equestrian and bison pastures, fishing ponds, a trout stream, a grass airstrip and hangar, a helipad, a five-car garage, stables and an astronomical observatory.

West Creek Ranch is conveniently accessed by nearby Grand Junction Regional Airport and is close to Gateway Canyons Resort, voted in 2016 by “Travel + Leisure” readers as the “Best in the West” and by “Condé Nast Traveler” as the Top Resort in Colorado and third Best Resort in the U.S.

The estate and the four distinct land parcels included in the sale are a collection of some of the most enduring and treasured natural geological wonders in the canyon lands of the American West, which, surrounded by natural, open space, will be preserved for years to come.


Elm Grove Estate

5453 York Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938, United States
Price: $10,000,000 | Beds: 10 | Baths: 9 | Square feet: 8,601 | Acres: 75.57 

Elm Grove Estate is one of Bucks County’s most legendary properties, having been a center of wealth and hunt-country heritage for hundreds of years. Offered outside the Paxson family for only the second time since 1680, this 75-plus-acre estate was part of the Colonial province of Pennsylvania.

The property began with a stone settler’s cottage and grew to include a circa 1700 stone manor house with later additions, a carriage house, barns, workshops and extensive stables used by the former owner. Well hidden behind a long, ivy-covered stone wall, the main house, outbuildings and the surrounding preserved countryside feel like an English estate. This property underwent extensive restoration and updates during the past 15 years, preserving its architectural details and manor-house proportions while also enabling it to serve as a comfortable family residence with modern amenities.

With its verdant hills and hunt-country heritage, this property evokes colonial America but with modern comfort and stylish décor.Photo Credit: Michael Colavita and Michael Hirsch

Built in three sections dating to 1700, 1739 and 1938, the main house is approximately 8,601 square feet. There are 10 fireplaces, high ceilings and a bounty of tall sash windows for great natural light. Its wide main entry hall is flanked by an intimate, formal reception room, the hunt room with walk-in fireplace and superb views, and an expansive formal living room that accommodates multiple seating areas and accesses a large rear patio.

Throughout its history, this home has hosted grand-scale events. The addition completed in 1938 contains an exquisite, formal, mansion-size dining room with a hand-painted ceiling and tall Jefferson windows with stunning views. Serving this area is a butler’s pantry and a true commercial-grade kitchen. Above are two floors of private quarters along with a library.

The carriage house is updated and offers complete, character-filled living spaces, with storage below. The house and dependencies overlook verdant, level fields with a stream, pond and forested hills beyond. Enchanting on a misty morning and as the night sets in, Elm Grove is a prime property that’s ready to add a new chapter to its long and storied history.


Eldon Farm

1097 St. John Road, Keswick, Virginia 22947, United States
Price: $6,950,000 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4.5 | Square feet: 4,300 | Acres: 199.32 

On 200 acres of gently rolling, lush pastures, Eldon Farm is a one-of-a-kind country estate in the heart of celebrated equestrian territory Keswick, Virginia. The estate’s multiple houses and barns have been meticulously renovated in keeping with its Virginia surroundings and European style by the current owners and renowned interior designer Jeannette Whitson, from Nashville.

Loving overhauls and new builds on the property include the main house, guesthouse, caretaker’s house, hunter barn, show barn and pool — all of which fuse tactile rustic with modern ease. The main home, built in 1940, features exposed-wood-beam ceilings, multiple fireplaces, exquisite Farrow & Ball wallpapers and paints, Carrara marble and Waterworks fixtures in all baths, and a Lacanche Sully dual-oven cooking range (with custom hood) and Sub-Zero and Miele appliances in the kitchen (plus a kitchen-side terrace with a custom-made Grillworks titanium wood-fired rotisserie grill). These and endless small flourishes mark a place designed to comfort and function with exacting precision.

This one-of-a-kind country estate has everything and more for the modern equestrian.Photo Credit: Adam Wayland Photography

In an area known for horse farms, Eldon Farm is an equestrian haven like no other. Along with its state-of-the-art barns, the extensive fencing throughout the grounds has been fastidiously maintained, and the property structures are equipped for both guests and business: The show barn, for instance, features a second-floor office and apartment, including a bath, large kitchen and bar above working ground-floor stables and two more offices, plus a trophy room (that can double as a conference space), a laundry room and a full equestrian lab — alongside a large outdoor riding arena. All stall and barn hardware was made by world-famous Lucas Equine Equipment. Two barns have backup generators, separate storage buildings (for tractors, hay or shavings), individual wells and watered paddocks.

Only a 25-minute drive from Charlottesville, Eldon has a painting-perfect tree-lined driveway that leads the way into its sprawling lawns, etched by natural features such as a year-round stream, two ponds and shade-tree stands. It also has classic-modern structures: a grand white trellis; a new, elegant 60-foot-long bluestone saltwater pool with a sun shelf and automated cover; and an oversized hot tub. This is a place for lovers of horses and extra-fine and functional country living.


Berman Buckskin Ranch

1305 Anderson Road, Telluride, Colorado 81435, United States
Price: $34,500,000 | Beds: 8 | Baths: 7 | Acres: 1,500 

The Berman Buckskin Ranch is one of the finest recreational properties in the Rocky Mountains. Located just 13 miles on year-round roads from the legendary resort town of Telluride, this ranch retreat offers everything outdoor-sports and nature lovers with fine taste can imagine.

The spectacular property was owned for generations by a regional ranching family until it was acquired by Hollywood producer Oliver Stone. Both Mr. Stone and the ranch’s present owner, gaming mogul and poker legend Lyle Berman, invested tens of millions of dollars in residential, recreational and equestrian improvements to the property, which has entertained scores of celebrity guests. Most recently, the equestrian facilities were used to train members of the cast for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

An outdoorsman’s dream, this contemporary ranch home has already accrued a rich history that’s matched only by its natural splendor.Photo Credit: Whit Richardson

The main house, commissioned by Mr. Stone, was featured in Architectural Digest. It is a contemporary version of a western ranch home, featuring soaring windowed spaces that frame the dramatic surrounding views from varied levels and vantages. The spaces are accented with clustered columns of steel and timber and the home’s great room is the place to congregate around a towering stone fireplace. The home and extensive outbuildings have been further expanded, updated and customized by Mr. Berman.

Along with its extensive grazing pastures, rolling flower-filled meadows, aspen forests encircled by 14,000-foot mountains (including the iconic Wilson Peak), and miles of private trails for hiking, biking, and snowmobiling, the ranch is a horse enthusiast’s dream. Its 32,000-square-foot equestrian facility offers a world-class 24-stall barn, indoor riding arena, paddocks and extensive corrals specifically designed to house and show horses, along with a top-of-the-line vet facility to care for animals in-house.

The property has two stocked fishing ponds, rich with cutthroat and brown trout, that have been carefully maintained for years and offer all-season angling. There is also an Olympic-quality sporting clays course with multiple stations for trap shooting.

The nearby historic town and ski resort of Telluride, Colorado, is recognized worldwide for its stunning alpine beauty, sophisticated charm, boundless recreational activities and the internationally important Telluride Film Festival.


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Art & Home | Speaking Volumes

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From the September 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso shows us that a library can be a true reflection of your best self.

Walk into a personal library and you enter a realm, not just a room. No other space offers as much insight into a homeowner’s preferences, style and intellectual curiosity. They can feel intimate and consequential.

Rhode Island

$2,500,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty 

In Newport, Rhode Island, the centerpiece of one sprawling condominium is a massive library with vaulted cedar-shingled ceilings, cherry and mahogany millwork and an imposing fireplace. Although it looks authentic to the home, the library was a meticulous 21st century reimagining by its current owners out of a space where coachmen once met. The condo, joined together from three units, is in a former carriage house built in 1852 that was once part of an estate owned by John Jacob Astor. Kate Kirby Greenman of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport calls the library “remarkable.”


$5,900,000 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty 

The 30 by 30-foot room, accessed by stairs or elevator, also has an adjoining butler’s pantry and wet bar which makes it ideal for entertaining as well as for quiet contemplation, notes Greenman. “People enter the library and are just awestruck,” she says. “It’s very peaceful, very beautiful and it just takes your breath away.”


$165,000,000 USD | Manalapan, Florida | Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

In a digital world, the idea of a space given over to actual hard-covered books might seem anachronistic if it wasn’t still so alluring. Even die-hard texters, tweeters and e-reader enthusiasts easily get swept up in rooms dedicated to stories, history and ideas. But without question libraries have evolved. Today, they’re a backdrop for entertainment and a showcase for art and design.


$16,950,000 USD | Paradise Valley, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 

“I love the way you can manipulate space with books,” says architect Susan Bower of Mitchell Wall Architect and Design in St. Louis, Missouri. Line a room with books and they can give the impression of wallpaper. Build freestanding bookcases and they become sculptural pieces. “They lend a presence and a depth to any room,” Bower says. “In a library, you have all these ideas captured between bindings. It’s just a wonderful repository of human thought.”

From glass houses to homes with captivating recording studios and music rooms, experience amenities and lifestyles in previous editions of Art & Home

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Art & Home | Imagination to Innovation

Posted on February 7, 2017


The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us to the forefront of design and innovation.

There are architects who design homes. And then there are visionaries who rethink the very definition of what a home is and how it should be experienced. 


$6,700,000 USD | Park City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

In certain circles, innovative architecture is a boundary-pushing test of one-upmanship. Architects are juxtaposing styles and exaggerating silhouettes to create what seems like newly invented forms. They’re embracing the element of surprise and a hint of playfulness. 


$5,995,000 USD | Austin, Texas | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

To be successful, however, innovative design has to do more than break with the past. It has to be functional. It is the architect’s responsibility to create designs that better the lives of the people who inhabit the home, says Dan Brunn, a Los AngelesCalifornia-based architect whose residences have incorporated pivoting walls to display (or conceal) artwork and zig zag-shaped balconies. Bringing shapes and spaces together, capturing volume and light, framing views and choreographing floor plans so that “forms comes alive” are the attributes of great architecture, Brunn says.   


3.500.000 € EUR | Saxony, Germany | Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

In areas like Scottsdale, Arizona, some luxury home buyers are shifting away from traditional Tuscan and Southwest Territorial styles. They’re opting for statement-making properties with striking contemporary lines that “contrast with our Sonoran Desert, yet balance with its natural setting in terms of aesthetics,” says Deems Dickinson, president and principal broker of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Scottsdale. A custom home located on the 17th fairway of the prestigious Mirabel Golf Club community, for instance, is a remarkable example of modern architecture that stands out in the openness of the desert surroundings. The home features an indoor atrium with a bamboo garden, a floating staircase and windows that extend from the floor to ceiling and beyond, becoming full-length skylights. 


$4,490,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Architecture that challenges conventions has the power to turn heads. But architecture that’s fueled by transformational design has the power to turn homes into instant landmarks.


$3,275,000 USD | Orange Beach, Alabama | Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty

See homes from around the world in previous editions of Art & Home

Forbes: Ski Resorts With Great Women’s Programs


Telluride, Colorado

Last year I covered several major ski resorts, including Beaver Creek, Jackson Hole and Keystone that had notable special programs for women or families. Fortunately, this is a growing trend and this year there are more women-friendly ski and snowboard offerings than ever before. Here’s a sampling (by no means comprehensive) of some great options.

Telluride, CO: I’ve been to Telluride summer and winter and just love the resort and town. Telluride claims its Women’s Week was the first women-only ski program in Colorado, and over the years it has grown to include many extras. It is offered in three and five-day versions and in addition to expert ski instruction includes yoga, meditation, wellness speakers, equipment fitting and après fun. There is one session monthly from January through March and packages are independent of lodging, though the camps offer discounts at a variety of local hotels. Telluride also offers snowboarders one three-day women’s camp, SheRide, annually in March. It provides lessons to all levels, from never evers to advanced double black riders. This is an adult specific camp for women 18 years and older.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort, CO: Crested Butte just added its new Women’s Tips on Tuesdays ski clinics this season. These half-day, women-only ski school sessions are led by top female instructors, and are ideal for ladies looking for a guided group session with instruction and an informal, fun vibe. Each clinic concludes with a glass of wine at the resort’s new on-mountain Umbrella Bar. Sessions run from 1:30 -3:30. The Women’s Tips on Tuesdays clinic is available to female skiers levels 3-7.

Sun Valley, ID: The nation’s first destination ski resort celebrates its 80th birthday with several new programs, including the Women’s-only Weekend (WOW, February 3 – 5, 2017). WOW emphasizes camaraderie and skills improvement and maximizes learning in a supportive environment. Small groups focus on technique with Sun Valley’s leading female instructors, along with après ski events and video analysis. Locals can also access DIVAS, a women’s only all-mountain experience for intermediate to advanced skiers. Developed for women, by women, the DIVAS program includes a 2.5-hour group lesson one day per week for eight weeks with Sun Valley’s top female athletes and instructors.

Alta, Utah: One of the classic lodging spots in American skiing, the beloved Alta Lodge teams up with top instructors from Alta’s Alf Engen Ski School for its popular annual Women’s Intermediate-Advanced Ski Camps. These offer three days of skiing, four nights of lodging, great food and camaraderie. Each day includes morning and afternoon instruction in a supportive, ability-specific group environment. This is followed by video and analysis of your skiing and an evening presentation. Camps are open to intermediates and above who can consistently use parallels turns and confidently cruise blue groomed runs. Three camps are offered in January and March and include meals and high performance ski demos. The hotel also has one annual Women’s Advance Expert Ski Camp in February for skiers who are already comfortable on all black runs in most snow conditions and enjoy venturing off-piste, into steeps and moguls. Alta Lodge is a European-style full-board hotel that is ski-in, ski-out.

Beaver Creek, CO: There may be no resort in the nation so fixated on families as Beaver Creek – which also happens to be the most luxurious destination in skiing. Again, I wrote in detail about its offerings last year, but the highlight is an industry leading two-hour daily free tour/clinic, a social and learning experience run by female ski ambassadors. Beaver Creek is not the only member of the Vail Resorts family focusing on the ladies: both Vail and Breckenridge, CO have women only offerings.

Conde Nast Reader’s Poll | The Best Small Cities in the US – Telluride Ranks, Again, in Top Ten

Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Poll | The Best Small Cities in the U.S.

by Katherine LaGrave
October 17, 2016
by CNT Editors

Condé Nast Traveler readers cast more than 100,000 votes for their favorite cities in the U.S. in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards survey—in fact, we got so much feedback, we had to divide our list in two. This roundup features the country’s smaller cities, with populations under 150,000.

Telluride, CO


Telluride, Colorado

Pristine alpine skiing meets luxury in Telluride, a picturesque former mining town. Grab a Local’s Lager at the Telluride Brewing Company, or learn more about the town’s history at the Telluride Historical Museum, located in a converted hospital built in 1896. Return in summer for the world-renowned Bluegrass Festival, where you can listen to live performances against the backdrop of the San Juan mountains.

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SKI Magazine | Top Ranked Western Ski Resorts, Telluride #4


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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J. Crew Men’s Designer Heads West This Summer With A Trip To Dunton Hot Springs

From J.Crew Blog:

J. Crew’s Dutch-born men’s designer, Frank, has always gotten ideas for their traditional American gear from the landscapes of the West. This summer, he headed to Colorado’s, Utah’s and Wyoming’s national parks to soak up (and share) some scenery. Here’s a sample of what he saw…and packed.

Arches National Park.
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park.
Frank at Taggart Lake in Grand Teton National Park.
Mesa Arch at Canyonlands National Park.


I’ve had pictures of Dunton Hot Springs [a rustic retreat located in a former ghost town in southwest Colorado] on my inspiration boards for years, so it was just a natural decision to finally go see it in person. Its rough-hewn look and location have always appealed to me. There’s something incredibly romantic about that part of the country. 


Arches and Canyonlands [national parks in Utah] never fail to impress, but my favorite part was watching a herd of bison in Yellowstone… It made me feel at one with nature but also reminded me that this part of the country belongs to the wildlife. Spotting some grizzlies was pretty cool as well! 


I almost always pack the same things: a lightweight windbreaker to keep dry, a fleece top to keep warm and some versatile shorts. Sturdy hiking boots are also a must. I wore mine on the plane to save space in my luggage. 


Go at the end of May, beginning of June, to avoid the crowds at Yellowstone. The wildflowers will be in bloom and a lot of newborn animals will be out for the first time. We saw bison and moose calves and grizzly cubs. 

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Sotheby’s Significant Sales Volume I, Issue II

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