New & Notable Luxury Properties For Sale | May 2017

From a 15-acre ocean-to-lake estate in Florida to a Mediterranean-Inspired vineyard in France, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.

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

Gemini, a 15-acre ocean-to-lake estate, is a true family compound. The estate offers a 12-bedroom main residence; two four-bedroom beachside cottages; the seven-bedroom Mango House; and a guest or staff house comprising four studios and apartments. In total, there are more than 30 bedrooms, a series of formal and informal living and dining areas, a media room, libraries, offices, numerous terraces, an expansive wine cellar and two elevators. The centerpiece main residence offers 62,200 square-feet of living space with both ocean and lake views.

NewYork$65,000,000 USD | New York, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

The Stanhope Penthouse is a five-bedroom penthouse duplex with spectacular terraces and captivating city views, bathed in extraordinary light. Perched high atop the Stanhope, this sun-drenched residence boasts tremendous garden-like terraces laid out by the brilliant landscape designer, Madison Cox. The triple mint condition aerie boasts an amazing 72 linear feet of frontage directly on Central Park and 10-foot high ceilings.

DubaiPrice Upon Request | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This architecturally magnificent beach palace is located in the privately gated community, Palm Jumeirah. With over 46,000 square-feet of interior living space, this bespoke villa finds itself in a truly a special location, with the best beachfront available for a private residence in Dubai. The beachfront provides full ocean and skyline back to the Burj Al Arab and the Dubai Marina. The villa offers ideal spaces for entertaining, sunbathing and watersport activity.

St. BarthPrice Upon Request | Columbier, St. Barthelemy | St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

This sprawling nine-bedroom, 10-and-one-half-bathroom estate, located in Colombier’s exclusive gated Domaine known as Les Étoiles, offers sensational views of the incoming yachts, Saba, Statia and the sunset. This very private property cascades down the hillside; it features a five-bedroom villa, a two-bedroom villa, a caretaker cottage and three swimming pools. La Grande Maison des Étoiles is the perfect choice for buyers seeking a very private, luxurious retreat.

France39.000.000 € EUR | Saint Tropez, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled in an exclusive, sought-after area, the Mas du Figuier is five minutes from the village of Saint-Tropez, the Place des Lices, the port, and the beaches of Pampelonne. With the architecture designed to blend the elegant interior with the olive, fruit and vineyard-rich exteriors, the Mas du Figuier offers a main residence of approx. 460 square-meters, a four-bedroom guest pavilion with its own swimming pool, a three-bedroom caretaker’s house, an independent wellness area, Pétanque field, and a tennis court among its amenities.

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3 Must-Ask Questions for Your New Jersey Home Inspector

No doubt about it — home inspections can be scary. You’ve already made an offer on a home, which means you’re probably already falling in love with it. Now comes the moment when the home inspector is either going to alleviate or confirm your worst fears. To make matters worse, with home inspectors, it’s “buyer beware” — even in a regulated state like New Jersey. To ensure you’re getting the best, fairest and most accurate report possible, here are three must-ask questions for your New Jersey home inspector.

1. May I see your home inspector license?

In New Jersey, home inspectors must be tested and licensed, and they must renew their license every 2 years. If your home inspector either can’t produce a license or has one that has been expired for some time, don’t trust them or pay for their services. You have a right to make sure the home inspector is duly licensed and trained. Likewise, a legitimate inspector won’t be offended by the question, and will gladly produce the license. While you’re at it, feel free to ask the inspector about any associations they belong to (for example, the New Jersey Association of Licensed Professional Home Inspectors). Associations like these help raise the bar of excellence even further for home inspectors, so if yours is a member, all the better.

2. How is the home’s foundation?

Your home inspection may reveal any of a number of issues, both major and minor. Some of these you’ll be willing to fix yourself, while others you may want to negotiate on with the seller. However, if the house has a bad foundation, this is most likely going to be a deal-breaker because foundation repairs are quite expensive and don’t always solve the problem. Your inspector is likely to tell you about any foundation issues, but be sure to ask just the same.

3. What are the radon levels?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. It is released naturally from the earth and is normally not found in dangerous levels except when it accumulates indoors, usually seeping in through the basement. Much of New Jersey falls within a high or medium potential risk area for radon, so if the seller doesn’t produce a recent radon report, it’s worth the extra money to have radon levels tested. If they are too high, talk to the seller about ventilating the affected rooms, be willing to invest in ventilation yourself, or walk away. Don’t risk your health.

When you know the right questions to ask, you can be sure that your New Jersey home inspection will help you make a more informed decision. To learn more, call Kienlen Lattman today at 908.696.8600.

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Sotheby’s New York | The Collection of David & Laura Finn

The collection of David and Laura Finn offers a glimpse into the development of European Post-war sculpture. A collector and esteemed businessman, David Finn also imbued these sculptures with emotion through his photography. Discover the collection built upon the Finns’ affinity for art before it is offered in Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale tomorrow night, May 16, in New York.

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