10 Jersey Towns with Soaring Home Sales

As households flee urban areas in search of home offices, backyards and more space to ride out the pandemic, demand has gone “through the roof.”

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The pandemic turned Kevin Ostrowski and Laura Altmayer’s Lake Mohawk vacation home into a year-round reprieve from city life. Photo by Joe Polillio

Facing a Covid-19 lockdown in a New York apartment with two preschoolers, Kevin Ostrowski and Laura Altmayer moved last spring to Sparta, where they had recently bought a vacation house on Lake Mohawk.

“What was supposed to be a weekend house became our refuge in the spring, and our summer house in the summer,” says Ostrowski, a sales executive in the tech industry who is able to work remotely. The family loves lake living—the boys have learned to fish—and has decided to stay for at least the next year. 

Sherri Callahan, a tech-industry analyst, took a similar step, trading her Upper West Side apartment for a Tewksbury townhouse after concluding that a dense, urban environment put her at risk of catching Covid-19, and she might be happier in a greener landscape.

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Covid-19 concerns motivated Sherri Callahan to move from Manhattan to Tewksbury. Photo by Joe Polillio

“I just wanted to not be in a concrete jungle,” Callahan says.

Moves like these are supercharging home sales and rentals in New Jersey, as households flee urban areas in search of home offices, backyards and more space to ride out stay-at-home protocols. 

“This is the hottest market that I can remember. The demand has gone through the roof,” says Ron Giordano, a Cape May County real estate agent with 40 years’ experience.

“We have an exodus that I have not seen since the 1970s,” says Jeffrey Otteau of the Otteau Group in Matawan, a real estate valuation company that tracks home sales statewide. 

Most striking is the new popularity of exurban areas with a lot of breathing room, like Sussex and Hunterdon counties. That’s a reversal of long-term trends favoring more urban, walkable lifestyles in places like Hudson County and well-established suburbs on commuter rail lines. It reflects the expectation that, even after Covid-19 passes, many residents will be able to continue working from home, with less concern about commuting distances.

“Working remotely has made all the difference,” says Paula Anastasio, a Weichert agent in Hunterdon County, where some eager buyers have made offers after seeing homes only by video chat, not in person. 

Sale contracts were up 37 percent statewide in July 2020 over July 2019, with gains in all counties, according to an analysis by the Otteau Group. The five counties with the largest increases in July were Hunterdon, Sussex, Morris, Monmouth and Cape May—all outside the inner-ring counties that offer the easiest commutes.

Another surprise: Sale agreements for homes priced over $2.5 million—a small market that typically moves slowly—more than doubled in July compared with a year earlier as affluent, urban buyers, accustomed to high housing costs, decided they’d rather get more space for their money outside the city. 

“The luxury market is definitely stronger than we’ve seen in a long time,” says Eileen Meehan, an agent with Keller Williams Village Square Realty in Ridgewood. In Upper Saddle River, she said, two to four homes sell for over $2 million each in a typical year. This year, she expects closer to 12 sales in that price range.

Prices at all levels have been pumped up as the inventory of available homes has shrunk by 40 percent. Otteau forecasts an average 6 percent rise in home values statewide this year, and real estate agents describe bidding wars that blow right past asking prices. 

A four-bedroom, bi-level home in Ringwood, in northern Passaic County, for example, drew 18 offers in five days in mid-August and sold for $491,0000—$41,000 over asking price. 

“Anything under $500,000 is selling like hotcakes,” says listing agent Orly Steinberg of Coldwell Banker.

Even in urban Paterson, a three-bedroom with a big backyard and two-car garage, listed at just under $300,000, generated 32 offers. 

“Inventory has been tight for a while, and once May hit, the market exploded,” says Elisa Kolenut, the listing agent from Coldwell Banker in Butler.

Moving from Manhattan to South Orange in August, publicist Molly Barnett and lawyer Dave Larkin paid $836,000 for a five-bedroom ranch listed at $798,000. In this hot market, “making an offer at list price was not an option,” Larkin says. 

As expectant parents, Barnett and Larkin had decided to move even before the pandemic hit. But months of quarantine made it easier to leave the city. 

“All of a sudden, the idea of a backyard where you could be outdoors without a mask, and space for a home office, became much more important,” Barnett says. 

The pandemic has also increased the appetite for weekend getaways. Pearce DeLisle and Amy Hatton, marketing professionals living in Jersey City, recently bought a second home on Lake Hopatcong in Jefferson Township. 

After months of lockdown at home, they wanted a change of scenery and a place that felt like a little taste of vacation.  

“Remote work allowed us to think outside of proximity to New York,” De Lisle says. “We have options outside of a 1,000-square-foot condo. We could get space to entertain and space for ourselves.” 

Covid-19 had severely depressed New Jersey home sales in the spring, when unemployment soared and home showings seemed too risky. But activity rebounded strongly in June and July, wiping out the earlier deficit. In all, 4,158 more New Jersey homes went under contract this July than in July 2019, according to Otteau. Data indicates that by the end of August, year-to-date sales contracts in the state were up by 2 percent over the 2019 pace—despite an unemployment rate that might have been expected to drag down activity as much as 30 percent, Otteau says.

Before the pandemic disrupted the market, the demand for homes in New Jersey had been strong, as the large millennial generation took advantage of interest rates under 3 percent to buy first homes in the suburbs, says James Hughes, dean emeritus of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Otteau, who tracks housing sales statewide, identifies 10 spots where activity has popped in the Covid-19-fueled boom: 

Avalon/Stone Harbor

Cape May County

These Shore towns, which share a seven-mile barrier island, have a median home price upwards of $1.5 million. One of the largest mansions on the Jersey Shore sits atop Avalon’s dunes, a nearly 15,000-square-foot home (13 bathrooms!) built by the heir to the Pennsylvania-based Utz snack empire.

In Avalon, sale contracts rose from 22 in July 2019 to 54 in July 2020, a 145 percent increase. Stone Harbor sale contracts tripled, from 10 to 30 homes. Recent listings are mostly above seven figures, including a $10.7 million bayfront home. 

Only three blocks wide, the island is primarily a summer community for residents from Philadelphia and its Main Line suburbs. The year-round population generally hovers at about 2,000, but the summer season was extended this year when many schools went remote. The combination of coronavirus fears and social unrest in Philadelphia this summer increased demand for both sales and rentals, says Giordano, with Long & Foster Real Estate in Stone Harbor. “They’re flocking to fresh air.”

Find your next home in Avalon/Stone Harbor:  https://www.klsir.com/eng/sales/avalon-nj-usa/200-200037-2000370000019-2000370000505-loc

Colts Neck

Monmouth County

Think horse farms, country roads and a short shot to the beach. This Monmouth County hamlet holds great appeal for those looking for space; 1-acre-plus properties are common, and large swaths of land have been preserved from development.

Bruce Springsteen lives on a 400-acre horse farm here, and many of the homes run in the seven-figure range. But there are also choices under that million-dollar mark. Sale contracts were up 162 percent this July over last, rising from 13 to 34 homes, as buyers sought space and privacy.

Sales were brisk in other upscale Monmouth County towns as well, with people seeking beach houses in towns like Sea Girt and Spring Lake. The pandemic spurred an uptick in the sale of second homes and a shift by some city dwellers to spend more time in those homes, real estate agents say. And just west of the beaches, but not too far from the Garden State Parkway, families from New York City’s boroughs have flocked to suburbs like Marlboro and Manalapan, with their highly regarded schools.

Find your next home in Colts Neck:  https://www.klsir.com/eng/sales/colts-neck-nj-usa

Edison

Middlesex County

Home-sale contracts were 76 percent higher in July 2020 than in the previous July in this busy Central Jersey suburb. 

With a population of just over 100,000, Edison is a hub for the state’s growing Asian community and home to dozens of ethnicities. Recent listings reflect housing stock that’s as varied as the township’s demographics, ranging from converted 1960s-era garden apartments for under $100,000, to million-dollar new builds in the northern part of the township. 

The median home price is about $400,000; the most active price point recently is in the $500,000–$700,000 range, says Sanjeev Aneja, owner of On Track Realty.

Find your next home in Edison:  https://www.klsir.com/eng/sales/edison-nj-usa

Mount Laurel

Burlington County 

Demand has been high in this suburb of Camden and Philadelphia, with home-sale contracts up 69 percent in July 2020 over last year, rising from 74 to 125.

Philadelphia hasn’t seen a coronavirus exodus like New York City’s, but low interest rates, combined with pent-up demand following the housing crash a decade ago, have juiced the market in the past few years, says John Moore of Re/Max One Realty in the township.

Inventory is tight, in part because people are reluctant to list and show their homes during the pandemic, Moore says.

At the intersection of the New Jersey Turnpike and I-295, Mount Laurel is home to about 42,000 residents and has a wide range of housing. Single-family development commenced in the 1960s, followed by a spate of townhouse and condominium developments. Most recently, some larger seven-figure homes have been built. 

Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the township was also at the center of court battles that spawned the so-called Mount Laurel doctrine, which ensures that New Jersey towns zone for affordable housing.

Find your next home in Mount Laurel:  https://www.klsir.com/eng/sales/mount-laurel-township-nj-usa

Raritan Township

Hunterdon County

This sprawling, 37.5-square-mile township, population 22,400, surrounds the historic borough of Flemington like a donut around a hole. The township is a retail hub for Hunterdon County and is convenient to services like Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington.

“You’re closer to everything,” says Anastasio, a Weichert agent based in Flemington. Still, the township retains its rural roots: A total of 15.5 percent of its acreage consists of parks, open space or preserved farmland. And Delaware River recreation isn’t far away.

In July, 64 homes went into contract, double the number in July 2019, according to Otteau.

“Everything is selling within a week, and we’re getting multiple offers; I’m talking six or eight offers,” says Carol Ann Suddeath, a Re/Max broker in Bedminster and a resident of Raritan Township. Homes recently on the market ranged from a one-bedroom condo in a garden complex listed at $142,000 to a five-bedroom colonial to be built on 45 acres, listed at $1.6 million.

Find your next home in Raritan Township:  https://www.klsir.com/eng/sales/raritan-borough-nj-usa/200-200037-2000370001302-2000370001332-loc

Ringwood

Passaic County

This woodsy town of 12,000 is home to three lake communities, a state park and the New Jersey Botanical Garden at Skylands. 

Ringwood’s hilly terrain—the winding Skyline Drive is a major route in and out—poses commuting challenges in the winter. But with the explosion in telecommuting, pandemic-weary city residents have turned to northern Passaic County. Home contracts in Ringwood were up 76 percent this July over last, rising from 21 to 37, according to Otteau. 

“We’re seeing a migration out of the city—from Brooklyn and Manhattan—to areas that are close to nature,” says Steinberg, of Coldwell Banker in Ringwood, noting that the borough has more than 100 miles of hiking trails.

Homes with pools are in particular demand, and Steinberg has seen an uptick in people purchasing second homes, particularly in the lake communities—Erskine, Cupsaw and Skyline—which started as summer communities early in the last century before evolving into year-round neighborhoods.

Find your next home in Ringwood:  https://www.klsir.com/eng/sales/ringwood-nj-usa

Roxbury

Morris County 

With a population of 22,500 spread over 21 square miles, and located 46 miles from Times Square, Roxbury is “semi-rural without being too far out from the city,” says Bernard Goodman, a Re/Max broker in the Succasunna section of the township.

About 25 percent of current buyers are people moving from urban areas because of Covid-19, he says. Sale contracts more than doubled in July compared to a year earlier, with 58 contracts signed. Homes recently on the market included many in the $400,000–$700,000 range—affordable by Morris County standards. 

Roxbury borders Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s largest lake. The township doesn’t have a traditional downtown shopping district; instead, there are shopping centers along routes 10 and 46. The enclosed Ledgewood Mall in the township, built in the early 1970s, is being renovated into an open-air center called Ledgewood Commons.

Find your new home in Roxbury:  https://www.klsir.com/eng/sales/roxbury-township-nj-usa

South Orange

Essex County 

A diverse population, a lively downtown, an NJ Transit train connection to New York, and access to nature at adjacent South Mountain Reservation make South Orange popular with first-time buyers from New York City, says Victoria Carter, a Weichert agent in Short Hills. 

“It’s a very good transition town when you’re used to living in the city,” she says. She estimates that prices have risen 10 percent since Covid-19 hit, and that demand has halved the supply of homes on the market. According to Otteau, 39 homes went into contract in July, up from 17 in July 2019. 

“People are looking for outdoor space and interior space as well, for working and teaching at home,” Carter says. Recent properties on the market ranged from a two-bedroom condo listed at $249,000 to a six-bedroom colonial with a pool, listed at $1.35 million. 

South Orange, which has a population of 16,700, shares its public schools with Maplewood and is home to Seton Hall University.

Find your new home in South Orange:  https://www.klsir.com/eng/sales/south-orange-nj-usa

Sparta

Sussex County 

Since Covid-19 hit, demand for homes in Sparta has been “through-the-roof crazy,” with buyers from New York City, Jersey City and Hoboken, says Christine Tremain, a Weichert agent in the township. There were 68 home contracts in July, up from 36 in July 2019. 

Vintage 1930s homes in the popular Lake Mohawk community, with rustic details like fieldstone fireplaces, sell in the $300,000–$500,000 range. 

Four-bedroom colonials in other parts of the township, built in the last 25 years or so, sell in the $400,000-$600,000 range, and larger houses go for as much as $900,000, Tremain says. 

Schools are highly rated, and the township, which has a population of 18,575, offers a traditional Main Street shopping district and the quaint, Tudor-style White Deer Plaza, with a boardwalk overlooking the lake and establishments like Alpine Creamery, an ice cream shop, and St. Moritz Grill and Bar.

Find your next home in Sparta: https://www.klsir.com/eng/sales/sparta-nj-usa

Upper Saddle River

Bergen County 

This leafy borough, population 8,200, has spacious properties—much of the town has 1-acre zoning—and lofty home values, with recent listings in a broad $500,000–$4.9 million range. The borough doesn’t have a downtown, but proximity to routes 17 and 287 adds convenience.

There were 42 home-sale contracts in July, compared with 12 in July 2019. Some of the additional activity is the result of a new townhouse development on the site of the former Pearson Education publishing company, which moved to Hoboken several years ago as part of a trend away from suburban office locations. 

Meehan reports a spike in interest from young families who, in earlier years, might have raised their children in Hoboken or New York City, but now seek highly rated schools and more space. 

“Backyard pools have become almost a must-have,” Meehan says. “Summer camps were canceled, and what are you doing with kids who can’t go to school or camp? How do you entertain them?” 

Meehan says property taxes are relatively low because the borough sends high school students to Northern Valley Regional High School, and because the borough is served by wells and septic systems, rather than municipal water and sewers.

Find your next home in Upper Saddle River:  https://www.klsir.com/eng/sales/upper-saddle-river-nj-usa

By Patricia AlexKathleen Lynn | | November 18, 2020
Patricia Alex and Kathleen Lynn are New Jersey-based writers and editors. Both formerly worked for The Record of Bergen County.
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Fall Forward | 5 Homes with Dramatic Fall Foliage

Fall’s the time for sweaters, apple cider, and scenic drives to enjoy fall foliage. In locales from West Coast to East, these estates offer private showings, allowing for appreciation of autumn’s colors without leaving home.

The Crane Estate

Woods Hole, Massachusetts | John WeyandSotheby’s International Realty – Falmouth Brokerage

Perched on Nantucket Sound’s Juniper Point, this historic eight-bedroom residence has been updated and augmented with every desirable modern amenity. It offers 7,500 square feet of timeless living space on three levels and enjoys 380 feet of frontage on the water and a sandy beach. The striking lighthouse-like tower provides guest living quarters, a full kitchen, a window-wrapped aerie, and a wraparound deck for surveying all the sights on land and sea, including the swaths of trees, sporting New England’s legendary fall hues.

Oldfield Farm

Greenwich, Connecticut | Joseph BarbieriSotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

One of the most significant estates in Greenwich, 18.39-acre Oldfield Farm is a peerless property featuring a majestic 14,956-square-foot manor, a pool, tennis courts, and equestrian facilities. The dazzling landscaping provides year-round color: woodland perennials, herb gardens, flowering plants, and an array of mature trees, from maple and ash to dogwood, willow, cherry, and pear. The grounds have been configured to create a variety of enchanting outdoor living spaces with views of paddocks, the captivating foliage, and sunsets.

The Highlands Estate

Yorkville, California | Todd SheppardSotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage

Awash in the autumnal tones of mature trees, vineyards, fruit and olive orchards, and rolling golden hills, this classically charming 7,000-square-foot residence estate accommodates every need with six bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen, a formal dining room, a study, a great room, a gym, a billiards room, a wine cellar, a theater with stadium seating, wraparound porches, spacious decks, and a swimming pool. The 21.59-acre property also includes a pond and a delightful party barn.

Central Park West Penthouse

New York, New York | Kathryn SteinbergSotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

The pièce de résistance of this one-of-a-kind penthouse is its wraparound terrace, designed for appreciation of outdoor living and views that encompass the southern skyline, the Hudson River, and ever-changing foliage of Central Park. Other highlights include a living room with a vaulted ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace, and a set of arched windows facing the Park. Also on this floor are a dining room, a study, a library, a southwest inspired eat-in kitchen, and a restful owner’s suite. There are two bedrooms, a gym, ample closet space, and a bath on the lower level.

Classic Style on the Waterfront

Water Mill, New York | Pat Petrillo & Dawn PetrilloSotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

This delightful Shingle-style home and its charming one-bedroom guesthouse are nestled amid tall colorful trees on the banks of Mill Pond, an 85-acre lake perfect for sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. The home features a light-flooded living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, a large eat-in kitchen, an adjoining family room with a fireplace, a sunroom, and five lovely bedrooms. The three-acre property also offers an oversized two-car garage, gardens, a swimming pool, and two private docks.

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Pick Your Own Apples, Pumpkins Near Mendham, Chester 2020

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These local farms and orchards are perfect for some fall family fun, with many offering hayrides, corn mazes, and cider donuts.

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ — With autumn quickly approaching, it’s almost time for apple and pumpkin picking season. New Jersey is known for its beautiful apple orchards, and there’s no shortage of pumpkin patches.

We’ve complied a list of some of the best pick-your-own farms in the Morris County area for the fall of 2020; most offer other activities for families to enjoy, like hayrides and cider donuts. Did we forget your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Alstede Farms, Chester

This farm offers pick-your-own apples, pumpkins, potatoes, and more. Apple season starts in August and runs through the end of October; pumpkins start mid-September and wrap up around Halloween. There’s also cider mill tours, a giant corn maze, and other family-friendly fall activities. Visit their website: www.alstedefarms.com

Bader Farm, Pine Brook

Starting in September, you can pick your own pumpkins, apples, broccoli and more at this family farm. If you miss the fall fun, they also offer Christmas trees and poinsettias after Thanksgiving. Visit their website: www.baderfarm.com

Conklin Farm U-Pick, Montville

In addition to pick-your-own pumpkins, the farm offers hayrides (both haunted and not), a snack stand with warm homemade donuts, and a field of sunflowers. The farm opens for the season on Sept. 26 this year. (Note: there are no apple at this farm.) Visit their website: www.conklinupick.com

Donaldson Farm, Hackettstown

Activities include 9-acre corn maze, pick your own pumpkins, apples, Indian corn and raspberries, hay rides, corn cannon, duck races, farm animals and pony rides. The season kicks off Sept. 26. See their website: donaldsonfarms.net.

Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill, Chester

Right in historic, Downtown Chester, you can pick-your-own pumpkins and apples at this farm, and enjoy their cider donuts. There’s also a corn maze for the adventurous. They’re open Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their hours usually shift in December, and they close before Christmas. Visit their website: www.njcidermill.com

Middle Valley Farms, Mendham

Enjoy pick-your-own pumpkins and gourds, a corn maze, hayrides and more at this Mendham farm. They’ll open for the season on Sept. 26. Visit their website: www.middlevalleyfarms.com

Ort Farms, Long Valley

Known for their large hay maze, you can pick your own pumpkins at this Long Valley favorite. There’s also hayrides, an apple cannon, and monster truck and pony rides. They are open for the season now. Visit their website: www.ortfarms.com

Parks Farm, Chester

Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, and enjoy free hayrides. They also offer fresh cider donuts, winter squash, and decorations. Visit their website: www.parksfarmsllc.com

Riamede Farm, Chester

They offer pick-your-own apples and pumpkins at this farm. When you’re done picking, they offer free hayrides. Apple picking is underway, but they suggest you call before visiting for a variety report. Pumpkin field are set to open at “the end of September.” Visit their website: www.riamede.com

Stony Hill Farm Market, Chester

In addition to pumpkins and apples, you can also pick-your-own strawberries at this farm. There’s a corn maze, rope maze, and tile maze, plus gemstone mining. Visit their website: www.stonyhillgardens.com

Sussex County Strawberry Farm, Andover

Sussex County Strawberry Farm opens it’s gates for Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins the first week in October. The farm features pumpkins grown on location, hayrides every weekend in October, fresh local apples, corn stalks, Indian corn, gourds, mums, fresh local cider, carving supplies. For more details, visit the farm website.

Wightman Farms, Morristown

Hayride, pick your own pumpkins (from hayride field), giant corn maze, Mazeland Mazes, apple picking, tote bag, picnic play area (corn pit and pedal tractors), doughnuts and pumpkin slingshot. See the website for tickets and masking protocols.

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Tour the most beautiful houses that Jackie O lived in

Tour the most beautiful houses that Jackie O lived in

JamesEdition features the impressive heritage of Jacqueline Kennedy’s former homes. Jackie O’s Martha’s Vineyard house, Red Gate Farm, has been one of the most visited listings on our site throughout the last year. And, recently, Jackie Kennedy’s childhood house in East Hampton and the New York apartments in the compound where she lived in 1964 went live on our website.

All three properties are true real estate gems–no real surprise, given the background of their former owner.

So, let’s take a close look at these stunning homes, some of which still carry Jacqueline’s recognizable sense of style.

Jackie O’s house in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Jackie Kennedy acquired an estate called Red Gate Farm in the south of Martha’s Vineyard in 1979, falling in love with it irrevocably, says her daughter Caroline Kennedy who owns the property today.

3 bedroom apartment next door to Jackie Kennedy’s house in NYC. Other homes of Jacqueline (Jackie) Kennedy: Jackie O

Martha’s Vineyard estate, Massachusetts (US$65,000,000) View the listing

Jackie Kennedy’s Martha’s Vineyard house sits on a 340-acre Cape Cod-style estate. It was designed by Jacqueline herself in cooperation with Hugh Newell Jacobsen and Bunny Mellon, who earlier developed the marvelous White House Rose Garden and the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden in Washington D.C.

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Martha’s Vineyard estate, Massachusetts (US$65,000,000) View the listing

Initially, when Jackie O bought the Martha’s Vineyard house, there was only a hunting cabin. Two years later, this gorgeous, 6,456 square foot, cedar-shingled main residence and a cozy guest cottage were constructed, both overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Jackie O

Martha’s Vineyard estate, Massachusetts (US$65,000,000) View the listing

The floor plan is designed perfectly, so that all rooms (except for the dining room), overlook the beach and ocean. Later, the daughter of the former first lady continued to improve the interior and decor with the assistance of the Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, Deborah Berke.

Jackie O

Martha’s Vineyard estate, Massachusetts (US$65,000,000) View the listing

“The idea was to make rooms where the family could gather, where they could entertain a large circle of friends and be able to house guests,” Berke explained The Wall Street Journal.

The main level of Jackie Kennedy’s Martha’s Vineyard House starts with a formal sitting room with a fireplace and leads into a living room, library, dining room, and an expansive kitchen equipped with professional-grade appliances.

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Martha’s Vineyard estate, Massachusetts (US$65,000,000) View the listing

According to Architectural Digest, Jackie O’s Martha’s Vineyard estate also boasts a house pool, a tennis court, a treehouse for grandchildren, and even vegetable gardens.

Jackie O

Martha’s Vineyard estate, Massachusetts (US$65,000,000) View the listing

In terms of location, the Martha’s Vineyard’s home is undoubtedly unique. It nestles on a picturesque plot, from which you can easily reach the Hyannis Port via ferry. Currently, the acreage surrounding Jackie Kennedy’s house mostly is wild and borders the private Atlantic coastline for more than a mile, providing unrivaled ocean and dune views.

The island of Martha’s Vineyard remains a favorite spot for famous politicians such as the former US president Barack Obama, and Hollywood figures like David Letterman and even Oprah Winfrey.

Jackie O

Martha’s Vineyard estate, Massachusetts (US$65,000,000) View the listing

With a price of US$65,000,000, Jackie O’s  Martha’s Vineyard house is the most expensive real estate in Massachusetts listed on JamesEdition. And, if you are thinking of buying a property in this area, you will find numerous other homes for sale in Massachusetts as well.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s childhood home: Wildmoor Estate in the Hamptons, New York

Wildmoor is a property that was built in 1895 which the Bouvier family has owned for decades, and was the summer house of both Jacqueline and her father “Blackjack” Bouvier.

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Wildmoor Estate in the Hamptons, New York (US$7,500,000) View the listing

While her grandfather lived on the huge Lasata estate in East Hampton, Jackie spent much of her childhood with her sister Caroline Lee Radziwill, and parents at Wildmoor, a smaller family home located nearby.

Сompared to the other house that Jackie Kennedy also lived in during her childhood, the house in Marywood, this home was considered a modest one. Despite this fact, it easily accommodated the whole family and even occasional guests in its six, cozy, floral bedrooms; the family often hosted parties and weekend polo matches.

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Wildmoor Estate in the Hamptons, New York (US$7,500,000) View the listing

This classic summer house with its gabled roof, wrap-around porch and Palladian windows offers approx. 4,291 sq.ft. of spacious rooms, along with a stunning atrium, pergola-covered terrace, and a sunroom.

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Terrace in Wildmoor Estate View the listing

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Sunroom in Wildmoor Estate View the listing

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Bedroom in Wildmoor Estate View the listing

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Bedroom in Wildmoor Estate View the listing

The ideal seaside location on Apaquogue Road allows you to feel the breeze and hear the romantic sounds of the ocean waves.

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Wildmoor Estate in the Hamptons, New York (US$7,500,000) View the listing

If you are considering buying a home nearby, take a closer look at all homes for sale in East Hampton listed on JamesEdition.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Manhattan residence at 1040 Fifth Avenue, and two fantastic apartments for sale on the next floor

Shortly after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the former first lady and her children moved from the White House to her Georgetown home, where she lived for one year (until 1964).

She then decided to move to Manhattan and bought the fifteenth floor penthouse in a luxury residential housing cooperative: 1040 Fifth Avenue in the Upper East Side.

Three homes of Jacqueline (Jackie) Kennedy: Jackie O

1040 Fifth Avenue, New York

Jackie Kennedy’s house in NYC. Other homes of Jacqueline (Jackie) Kennedy: Jackie O

Jacqueline’s apartment on Fifth Avenue, New York

Built in the 1930s, 1040 Fifth Avenue has offered residents the highest levels of white-glove services ever since. Today, it houses only twenty-seven apartments, two of which are listed for sale on JamesEdition.

4-bedroom apartments at 1040 Fifth Avenue

The US$7.9M, sun-flooded, twelve-room duplex is an architectural masterpiece. And, just like Jacqueline Kennedy’s former home, it boasts spectacular Central Park views. The impressively large living room has two oversized windows facing west and a cozy, wood-burning fireplace.

4 bedroom apartment next door to Jackie Kennedy’s house in NYC. Other homes of Jacqueline (Jackie) Kennedy: Jackie O

4-bedroom apartments at 1040 Fifth Avenue (US$7,995,000) View the listing

Through the French doors just off the living room and the gallery is the formal dining room which provides the perfect space for gatherings.

4 bedroom apartment next door to Jackie Kennedy’s house in NYC. Other homes of Jacqueline (Jackie) Kennedy: Jackie O

4-bedroom apartments at 1040 Fifth Avenue (US$7,995,000) View the listing

Adjacent to the dining and living spaces is the gorgeous, wood-paneled library, which also overlooks the park.

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3-bedroom apartments at 1040 Fifth Avenue

Another apartment next door to the former home of Jacqueline Kennedy at 1040 Fifth Avenue, is this three-bedroom apartment.

3 bedroom apartment next door to Jackie Kennedy’s house in NYC. Other homes of Jacqueline (Jackie) Kennedy: Jackie O

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The welcoming corner living room is light-flooded and opens onto the dining room.

3 bedroom apartment next door to Jackie Kennedy’s house in NYC. Other homes of Jacqueline (Jackie) Kennedy: Jackie O

3-bedroom apartments at 1040 Fifth Avenue (US$3,995,000) View the listing

The oversized master suite is separate from the other two bedrooms and includes a huge, marble bathroom with shower and soaking tub, as well as endless custom closets.

3 bedroom apartment next door to Jackie Kennedy’s house in NYC. Other homes of Jacqueline (Jackie) Kennedy: Jackie O

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Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Expands Into Romania

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Artmark Historical Estate in Romania is the newest member of its global network and will now operate as Romania Sotheby’s International Realty. This addition marks the brand’s first affiliated office in the country and its continued strategic growth in Europe. 

Romania Sotheby’s International Realty is owned and operated by Constantin Prisecaru, who has practiced real estate in Romania for seven years. Monica Barbu is the chief executive officer for the company and brings more than 20 years of real estate industry experience in the region. Romania Sotheby’s International Realty will serve the luxury and residential markets of Bucharest and the surrounding region. 

“The modern real estate market in Romania continues to develop and flourish,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are seeing increased demand in Bucharest and its surrounding areas and the luxury market continues to expand as interest grows for holiday and weekend homes at the seaside or in the mountains. Constantin and his team have a passion for and strong grasp on the Romanian market, and we are proud to welcome them as an affiliate.” 

“Joining forces with Sotheby’s International Realty enables us to provide an added level of international exposure to our clients and listings,” said Prisecaru. “Our company culture is built on professionalism, heritage, and excellence. It was important that we aligned ourselves with a brand that values these same principles and one that actively works to highlight a property in its best light, bringing attention to landmarks, heritage, history, and architecture.” 

Romania Sotheby’s International Realty is located in Bucharest with six sales associates. The company and its sales associates are actively involved in promoting Romanian heritage and continue to work to bring attention to historical buildings throughout the country including palaces, castles, manors, and century-old villas. 

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 23,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in 1,000 offices in 72 countries and territories worldwide. In 2019, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $114 billion USD. Romania Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated. 

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Home Away from Home: 6 Enchanting Rentable Retreats

From a villa in Malibu to a tropical oasis in Palm Beach, these six rental properties prove that getting away can be as satisfying and stylish as staying home.

A Haven in the Hamptons

Wainscott, New York | Harald Grant & Bruce GrantSotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

A quintessential Hamptons getaway, this seven-bedroom Shingle-style residence is full of light and sophisticated style. Located on one of Wainscott’s most scenic streets, it dates to the 1920s and has been thoughtfully expanded and renovated. Highlights include living and dining rooms, an eat-in kitchen, a master suite with a balcony, a wine cellar, a gym, a media room, and an attached two-car garage. The lush 1.63-acre grounds offer a heated pool, a pool house, a tennis court, and multiple outdoor sitting areas.

Light-Filled Malibu Villa

Malibu, California | Shen SchulzSotheby’s International Realty – Malibu Brokerage

Bringing to mind a villa in the Spanish countryside, this elegant 5,500-square-foot home secluded at the end of a private road boasts light-filled spaces that are inviting and generously scaled. In addition to four bedrooms, it features a chef’s kitchen, a living room, a family room, a formal dining room, and a wet bar with a wine chiller. Multiple balconies and patios offer sunny perches for enjoying views of the surrounding hills, the dazzling swimming pool and spa, and the ocean.

Refined Greenwich Retreat

Greenwich, Connecticut | Steve ArchinoSotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

Amid the lush greenery of Greenwich’s gated Belle Haven neighborhood, this tastefully renovated 10,000-square-foot estate is an ideal vacation retreat with five restful bedrooms and an array of spaces for living, dining, entertaining, and relaxing. Among the many highlights are an impressive updated kitchen featuring a 14-foot island and a La Cornue range, a luxurious master suite with dual baths and dressing rooms, a new Wagner gunite swimming pool, and an expansive grassy lawn.

Cheerful Getaway in East Hampton

East Hampton, New York | Lawrence Ingolia & Jonathan SmithSotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

Steps from the amenities and attractions of East Hampton Village, this welcoming 3,000-square-foot summer retreat is enveloped by three emerald acres and undisturbed woodland beyond. Its cheerful, colorful interiors include two master suites, each with a private deck; an airy living room; a dining area with double glass doors to a terrace; a kitchen that is both charming and well-appointed; two guest bedrooms; and a gym. A sunny patio and a saltwater pool accompanied by a refreshing outdoor shower encourage alfresco relaxation and recreation.

Stylish Palm Beach Oasis

Palm Beach, Florida | Christine GibbonsSotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

A veritable private tropical oasis, this Mediterranean-inspired residence combines classical and modern elements in one stylish destination. The 5,983-square-foot interiors feature sophisticated living, dining, and kitchen spaces, and each of the impressively spacious bedroom suites has a sunny window or doors to a balcony. Multiple doors give way to a variety of covered and open-air patios surrounding a tile-accented swimming pool and spa accompanied by a cabana bar.

A Cape Cod Classic

Osterville, Massachusetts | Ellen ValentgasSotheby’s International Realty – Osterville Brokerage

A timeless charm pervades every space of this classic Cape Cod home, perfectly sited on 1.28 secluded acres. Beyond the traditional Shingle-style façade lie multiple airy living spaces filled with glorious sunlight, a sleek kitchen, a formal dining room with a fireplace, a colorful butler’s pantry, and five serene bedrooms, including two master suites. The tranquil backyard and its spacious patio allow for enjoyment of refreshing sea breezes beside the inviting heated pool.

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Posted on May 28, 2020

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3 ARTISTS AND THE PLACES THAT MADE THEM

TAKE A TOUR THROUGH CÉZANNE’S SOUTHERN FRANCE, DALÍ’S MADRID, AND POLLOCK’S HAMPTONS

Art lovers around the world have long been entranced by the icons Paul Cézanne, Salvadore Dalí, and Jackson Pollock. To fully understand and appreciate these masters, it helps to visit the places that nurtured and continue to display their talents. Each locale is a thrill to visit in its own right; add in these stops and you’ll come away with a newfound artistic education covering some of the art world’s biggest names.

Salvador Dalí’s Madrid
While Salvador Dalí was born in 1904 near the French border in Catalonia and spent his formative years there, the titan of Spanish surrealism casts an imposing shadow over Madrid.

In 1922, Dalí moved into the city’s Residencia de Estudiantes (Students’ Residence) and studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Today, both facilities are open to visitors looking to delve deeper into the artist’s background; the Residencia de Estudiantes, one of the oldest cultural centers in Madrid, hosts myriad conferences, panel discussions, concerts, poetry readings, and exhibitions.

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía allows Dalí fans to mix with Picasso lovers; the museum holds world-class collections from Spain’s two greatest 20th-century masters.

In 1985, the Madrid City Council decided to dedicate a public space to Dalí and commissioned the artist to create a work for the space. The Plaza de Salvador Dalí is dominated by the only urban monument in the world designed by the artist, a hulking granite dolmen (a single-chamber megalithic tomb). Within the 43-foot structure, in which an oval-shaped natural rock was placed on three carved granite pillars, resides a bronze sculpture of an abstract, masculine figure standing on a pedestal of polished black granite.

Visitors looking to tap into Dalí’s mind can stop by the Westin Palace Madrid, a historic property that was commissioned by King Alfonso XIII in 1912. Back when it was known as the Hotel Palace, Dalí enjoyed jazz nights with friends and preferred to stay in the suites overlooking the iconic Fuente de Neptuno (Neptune Fountain); the artist was notorious for making elaborate demands of the staff. Today, visitors to the hotel, which sits in the shadow of one of the world’s most famous art museums, the Museo del Prado, can enjoy a cocktail in the 1912 Museo Bar. (A case next to the bar holds a piece of hotel stationery bearing a note and poem penned by Federico García Lorca, and embellished with doodles by Dalí.)

Salvador DalÍ, reportedly enjoyed jazz nights while staying at what is now the Westin Palace Madrid
Salvador DalÍ, reportedly enjoyed jazz nights while staying at what is now the Westin Palace Madrid.
Salvador DalÍ, reportedly enjoyed jazz nights while staying at what is now the Westin Palace Madrid.
Salvador DalÍ, reportedly enjoyed jazz nights while staying at what is now the Westin Palace Madrid

Paul Cézanne’s Southern France

Perhaps no artist is more associated with the South of France than Paul Cézanne. The postimpressionist master, who spent much of his life in his native Aix-en-Provence, was one of the most influential 19th-century painters. (Both Matisse and Picasso reputedly said he was “the father of us all.”)

Cézanne was passionate about Aix-en-Provence—he was famously quoted as saying: “When you’re born there, it’s hopeless, nothing else is good enough”—and present-day visitors can walk in Cézanne’s footsteps. A well-marked pedestrian route allows visitors to discover the landmarks of Cézanne’s early years, including his childhood homes and schools, the addresses of his family and acquaintances, and other notable spots that shaped him.

To see one of the key places in Cézanne’s life, take a guided tour of his family’s manor house, the Bastide du Jas de Bouffan, where the artist established an atelier in the attic and often painted in the garden, looking out to the Montagne Sainte-Victoire mountain ridge from different vantage points. For the last few years of his life, Cézanne painted in his studio in Les Lauves, around an hour from Aix, and after his death it became memorialized as Atelier Paul Cézanne. Visitors can peruse models, furniture, and equipment as the artist left them in his studio.

Cézanne devotees head to the east of Aix to explore the labyrinthian Bibémus quarries. In 1897, the artist rented a cabin there and produced works based on the deserted landscapes; paintings like “The Red Rock” went on to inspire the cubist style.

Active types can take a hike up Montagne Sainte-Victoire, known by some as “Cézanne’s mountain,” which was the subject of more than 60 works by the artist. After a two-hour jaunt up the mountain, which is recognizable for its white limestone cliffs, visitors enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of the region and out to the Mediterranean Sea.

Paul Cézanne, painted the Sainte-Victoire mountain ridge in southern France.
Paul Cézanne, painted the Sainte-Victoire mountain ridge in southern France
Paul Cézanne, painted the Sainte-Victoire mountain ridge in southern France
Paul Cézanne, painted the Sainte-Victoire mountain ridge in southern France.

Jackson Pollock’s Hamptons
Some 60-plus years after his death, Jackson Pollock, the pre-eminent figure of abstract expressionism, continues to captivate. His wall-size drip-and-pour painting One: Number 31 has been bringing crowds to the $450 million expansion of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and his large-format works entrance audiences around the world.

Pollock acolytes commonly make pilgrimages to the Hamptons on Long Island, home to the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, a National Historic Landmark open from May through October (guided tours by reservation only). The house, built in 1879, is typical of the area’s 19th-century farmers’ and fishermen’s homes.

Pollock—who lived there with his wife, artist Lee Krasner—converted a barn into a studio. There, without heat or artificial light, he perfected his distinctive “drip” technique of using paint, in which he laid the canvas on the floor and walked around it, applying paint from all sides. The energy in the studio is palpable, especially whenever visitors spot the floorboards, which still bear original drips from Pollock’s very own brushes, sticks, and basting syringes.

A visit to Pollock’s Hamptons comes full circle at Green River Cemetery. After Pollock was buried there in 1956 (Krasner was laid to rest by his side in 1984), the cemetery became famous as a final resting place for notable artists and writers, with numerous headstones that resemble works of art.

Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, bought their home, now a National Historic Landmark, with help from art patron Peggy Guggenheim
Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, bought their home, now a National Historic Landmark, with help from art patron Peggy Guggenheim.
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GARDEN PARTY

EXEMPLARY LANDSCAPING MAKES A PROPERTY’S OUTDOOR SPACE PLEASINGLY RESTORATIVE

BY IYNA BORT CARUSO

 

Beautiful residential gardens are the green equivalent of surround sound. They envelop, intensify, and enrich the very experience of being. It’s like an embrace from nature.

The opportunity to interact with the landscape provides homeowners with a sense of belonging. “The more personal, the more meaningful,” says Edward Furner, landscape designer and horticulturalist at Mariani Landscape in Lake Bluff, Ill. “Engaging in the landscape—that’s the ideal scenario where homeowners are reaping the biggest benefit.”

It’s the same trend that Michael Dreyfus, a broker with Golden Gate Sotheby’s International in Palo Alto, Calif., is seeing in his region, particularly in the form of working gardens. “Simple vegetable beds have expanded into entire kitchen gardens,” he says.

A prime example is Dreyfus’ listing for a Tuscan-style country estate in Woodside, Calif., about 25 miles from San Francisco. Three-hundred-year-old terracotta roof tiles, limestone terraces and hand-carved doors transport you to the Italian country side. The entire property is landscaped as a large garden that includes native plants, expansive lawns, professionally designed lighting, and many options for recreation and entertaining. “The vegetable and cutting garden takes advantage of the mild climate to give you flowers and fresh produce that you can enjoy al fresco in the redwood grove dining area, lit by an outdoor chandelier, it’s so enchanting,” he says.

In new construction, landscape design firms work closely with architects to carry out the homeowner’s vision and complement the style of the home. As an example, Furner says “modern architecture lends itself to a relatively simple palette with a very geometric landscape design.”

Technology has automated many aspects of landscape design, particularly in the commercial sector, yet residential landscaping remains labor intensive. Furner counts among his company’s projects lakefront properties that required materials to be barged in because the topography around the home was too steep to negotiate.

More than ever, homeowners are looking for more flexible outdoor spaces, according to a trends survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects. They want to dine outdoors, watch movies under the stars, and sit around a fire. Refined design draws people out of their homes to a place that feels restorative.

“When we prepare homes for sale, landscaping is a huge part of what we do,” Dreyfus notes. Surroundings play heavily into the buying decision. “It’s where all the emotion comes in. If we don’t feel there’s an emotional quotient already there with the landscaping, we’ll put it in.”

Iyna Bort Caruso is a New York-based journalist.

Cap d’Antibes
France

In the heart of the exclusive Cap d’Antibes, benefiting from a prime location and sea views, this exceptional property of contemporary style has a protected and historic landscaped garden. Le Mas Fleuri offers 900 square meters of living space and features large reception areas opening onto terraces facing the sea, along with nine en-suite bedrooms. Set on 5,000 square meters of grounds with multiple terraces, a pool, and pool house, this magnificent property is a jewel of the French Riviera.

V6MRPT

€28,000,000

Property ID: V6MRPT | sothebysrealty.com

Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

Frederic Barth +33 (0) 492 921 288

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Escazú, San Jose
Costa Rica

At the Spiritual Home and Atelier, the wind sounds constantly and the trees dance incessantly in the immense gardens. A spring supplies the property with pure water, while ponds and waterfalls bring in wildlife. The ponds are also home to the Chinese-originated koi fish that shine with their orange colors—a symbol of abundance and wealth. The owner says this property of 3.5 acres is inspired by the three pillars of his life—nature, art, and meditation—making it a sanctuary of peace in the hills of Pico Blanco, Escazú. It is also privileged with a panoramic view of the Central Valley of Costa Rica with its three volcanoes: Poas, Irazu, and Barva.

$4,100,000

Property ID: BWEJ46 | sothebysrealty.com

Costa Rica Sotheby’s International Realty

Alejandra Ibarra + (506) 8400 4258

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Santa Barbara
California

As you pass through its antique wrought-iron gates, a classic 1912 Montecito Spanish revival estate is unveiled, featuring spectacular ocean and mountain views, with formal gardens on 2.72 manicured acres. The sprawling grounds showcase a pool, spa, koi pond, meditation garden, a well, and ocean views. The main residence has four en-suite bedrooms, of which three are upstairs, plus four full bathrooms and two half-baths. The formal dining and living rooms are accented with beautiful wood-paneled walls, great natural light, and breathtaking ocean vistas. The spacious kitchen, equipped with Viking appliances, has a cozy nook, a fireplace, and French doors leading out to a terrace that is perfect for entertaining and admiring the Santa Barbara coastline. The lower level hosts the gym, sauna, and a two-bedroom, two-bathroom guest apartment with an expansive living room, an individual entrance, and sweeping views of the Pacific. Nestled in Montecito, La Ladera Estate promotes tranquility and renewal—it’s truly a place that will make your heart feel at home.

XC5YT9

$9,850,000

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Sotheby’s International Realty—Montecito—Coast Village Road Brokerage

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Maureen McDermut +1 (805) 570 5545

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Woodside
California

An elegant, Tuscan-style, country estate expertly designed with unparalleled attention to detail. Stunning architectural elements imported from Italy add texture and a sense of history. The Italian villa built on this property was designed to take full advantage of the natural beauty of the setting, such as redwood groves, sun-dappled meadows, and a meandering stream. A lush garden flourishes in the mild climate, providing not only beauty but also fresh produce that can be enjoyed al fresco in the dining area set in the middle of the redwood grove.

$28,000,000

Property ID: X2Z4L4| sothebysrealty.com

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

Michael Dreyfus +1 650 485 3476

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X2Z4L4

Coco Casa, Waiheke Island
New Zealand

This is a luxurious estate where European sophistication and style are immersed in tranquility and timelessness. Perched high on the Awaawaroa ridge, Coco Casa is bounded by a nature reserve and its own regenerating native bush, overlooking the Poderi Crisci vineyards. With seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, including six en-suites, each generous bedroom has expansive views over the neighboring vines and tranquil valley, out to the harbor and Auckland city skyline. Step through a “Bond-style” hidden bookshelf to reveal private living quarters and a potager garden. Over 416 square meters of accommodation elegantly surrounds a tropical internal courtyard complete with a 15- meter tiled reflection pool at its center.

J2YXQ2

Price Upon Request

Property ID: J2YXQ2

New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Sharene Temple +64 27 224 6045

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Amongst the Trees | 5 Homes in Ancient Forests

It’s hard to argue with the appeal of a woodland view. And studies have shown that living in close proximity to forested land has major benefits, both for your health and for your sense of well-being. Spending time in nature has been proven to lower stress levels and, as a result, can actually make you happier—but forests in particular offer the most benefits.

Whether it’s the fresh air that a densely wooded area provides or the pull humans feel towards the natural world, it’s no surprise that living among the trees is a good place for us to be. Escape to your own enchanted forest home and draw inspiration from these properties that take full advantage of their verdant surroundings.

A Tranquil Estate on Orcas Island, Washington

Julie Biniasz & Sandy JustenRealogics Sotheby’s International Realty 

Set on the picturesque Orcas Island off the coast of Washington, this home is a one-of-a-kind retreat for those seeking natural beauty and tranquility. The Eagle Crest Estate sits on 126 private acres with 3,000 feet of waterfront; two English-style cottages, a mid-century modern beach house, barns, orchards, and sprawling gardens are all set against the backdrop of the wooded Pacific Northwest. The cottages take inspiration from the landscape, with designed wooden cross beams, winding wrought iron bannisters, and stonework incorporated throughout. The mid-century beach house is a more pared-back version of Pacific Northwest living: set close to the water, large wall-to-wall windows emphasize the pristine nature just outside.

A Modern Villa in Antwerp, Belgium

Henriette SiersemaAntwerp Sotheby’s International Realty

Enjoying a view of both the grassy Royal Antwerp Golfcourse and the towering trees surrounding the property, this modern home manages to be both contemporary and well-integrated with its natural surroundings. Sleek, geometric architectural details are complemented by modern interior elements—floor-to-ceiling windows, black marble surfaces, and gallery-white walls—making this home the perfect blank canvas for the design-minded homeowner. A serene, rectangular pool set among the landscaped gardens invites homeowners to appreciate the quietude of living amongst the trees.

A European-Style Chalet in Vail, Colorado

Tye StocktonLIV Sotheby’s International Realty

This premier ski-in/ski-out property boasts unobstructed views of the Vail Mountain Gore Range, a stunning natural wonder that will appeal to more than just self-proclaimed ski enthusiasts. The chalet was built in 1996, and while romantic architectural details like custom stone and woodwork give the property its ski-lodge charm, it’s the surrounding old-growth trees and world-class ski hills that really make this property shine. Immediately off the backyard, ancient aspen and spruce trees give way to chairlifts and the Golden Peak base area, while just steps from the front of the home, a gondola takes guests to the heart of Vail Village.

A Riverside Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming

Tom EvansJackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty’s 

Six breathtaking acres of land set along the banks of the Snake River are the setting for this handcrafted ranch-style home. With its legacy of both dude ranching and mountaineering, the area has served as a starting point for the design of this property, which has been constructed with spruce logs from Dixie National Forest and timber from reclaimed barns. The main living space is the heart of the home, where the A-frame structure is emphasized by rustic beams, a stone hearth, and large windows that look out to the surrounding forest.

A Coastal Mountain Retreat in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

Candice Dyer & Ross McGawSotheby’s International Realty Canada

Set between the urbanity of Vancouver and the rugged peaks of Whistler, this home in Squamish, B.C., is the epitome of coastal mountain living. The nearly six-acre property is set along a riverbed, giving homeowners easy access to kayaking or paddle boarding from their own shoreline. Built in a distinctive Pacific Northwest style, the home is stylishly integrated with its environment: breathtaking views of densely wooded forest and snow-capped peaks are best taken in from the swimming pool and hot tub, while a covered outdoor dining area is warmed by a stone hearth—perfect for year-round entertaining in a setting unlike any other.

A walk through the woods to clear your head, breathing in the fresh, evergreen-scented air, basking in the restorative qualities of mother nature—these experiences can be part of your everyday. From mountainside retreats to tranquil island homes, living among the trees has never been so stylish or curative.

From enchanted forest homes to desert hideaways to beachside bungalows, find your ideal nature-inspired getaway among these inspiring homes.

Posted on April 9, 2020

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