Extraordinary Heights | 6 Castles to Call Home

East Flanders, Belgium | Dirk HoebrechtsAntwerp Sotheby’s International Realty

Is there anything grander than a castle? While often the stuff of fairy tales and history books, there are real castles across the globe waiting to be called home—you just have to know where to look. If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a castle, these six properties can turn that aspiration into a modern-day reality.

An Enchanted Castle in Granite Bay, California

Tricia RossiGateway Sotheby’s International Realty

It doesn’t get more magical than this 15,440-square-foot estate in Northern California, close to Sacramento. Swan Lakes Castle boasts the traditional designs elements familiar to castle enthusiasts, including cathedral windows, a sweeping staircase—perfect for making an entrance—bridges over the property’s waterways, and an elegant fireplace. With 10 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, and over four acres of manicured gardens, this contemporary castle can make any gathering an occasion.

A Belgian Estate in East Flanders, Belgium

Dirk HoebrechtsAntwerp Sotheby’s International Realty

While this estate outside of Ghent, Belgium appears to be plucked from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, it offers plenty of modern amenities. Restored in 2013 and located on 37 acres, this five-bedroom, five-bathroom castle welcomes residents with a pool, sauna and jacuzzi, heated floors, state-of-the-art surveillance, and a home cinema. The castle is equally magnificent from the outside—with its moat bridge, car lift, spacious terrace, pavilions, and partially renovated farm, even a leisurely stroll of grounds becomes a leap into rich European history.

The Château of Aubiry, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Catherine JousselinTerres d’Oc Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

It doesn’t get more luxurious and impressive than Castle of Aubiry, found in Perpignan in Southwest France. Host the ultimate dinner party in this 26,909-square-foot Art Nouveau masterpiece that stands tall on a base of pink marble from the Pyrenees. While the grounds delight with charming ponds, an orange grove, and greenhouses, it’s the inside that has stood the test of time—just one step into the foyer reveals intricate frescoes, gold mosaics, marquetry, and elegant fireplaces, all illuminated through the glass roof. With 14 impeccably decorated bedrooms, a music room, pool room, and multiple reception areas, no detail is overlooked.

A Lakeside Estate in Kansas City, Missouri

Andrew W. DielmannDielmann Sotheby’s International Realty

For a taste of European flair in the American South, visit this custom Kansas City masterpiece located lakeside. Inspired by Ashford Castle in Ireland, this property features all the beauty of a historical property, including 100-year-old Carthage marble, soaring 18-foot ceilings, oak floors, and original stained glass. Enjoy five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 350 feet of shoreline, and at the end of the day, gather in the dining room in view of a 200-year-old hand-sculpted fireplace mantle.

Sauerburg Castle, Wiesbaden, Germany

Jennifer PetersPeters & Peters Sotheby’s International Realty

This regal, mountainside property located in Wiesbaden, near Frankfurt, is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Erected in the 14th century, the medieval exterior tells of this 7,965-square-foot castle’s stately history, but the interior was renovated in 2004. With 23 bedrooms and TV and LAN connections installed, this property is fully functional and is a wonderful space for conferences, weddings, business events, and other special occasions. But step into the vaulted cellar, chapel, great hall, courtyard, or tower room and you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time.

Oceanfront Fortress, Melbourne, Florida

Dave SettgastTreasure Coast Sotheby’s International Realty

A beachfront castle? In sunny Melbourne, Florida, it’s a reality. This five-bedroom, four-bathroom brightly hued castle complements the vibrant white sand and turquoise water of Melbourne Beach. Custom built in 2004, it might have less history than more traditional listings, but it exudes contemporary flair: amenities include a pool, hot tub, bar, beach access, and a rooftop deck perfect for stargazing—and perhaps even seeing rockets launch from Cape Canaveral.

Whether you’re looking for a property that exemplifies the established definition of a castle or are open to the unique benefits of a more contemporary take on royal living, there are a plethora of stately options available to you. From France to Florida, Kansas City to Belgium, the storybook appeal of classic castles awaits.

Inspired to make your next home a turreted one? Search for more fantastic castles from among Sotheby’s International Realty’s luxury listings.

Posted on December 19, 2019

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Fit for a Pop Star | The Former Home of *NSYNC Singer Joey Fatone is Back on the Market

Since arriving on the scene as a member of 90s pop group *NSYNC, Joey Fatone has left his mark on popular culture. He’s appeared in the Hollywood hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, competed as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, and opened a signature hot dog shop. Now his former Florida home, which he sold for $3.3 million in 2011, is once again on the market.

The 12,370-square-foot home sits on 4.36 acres in Orlando, Florida. Complete with a resort-style pool, lighted tennis court, and six-car garage with turntable, the estate is fit for pop royalty—or for those looking to live like a star.

Elevated Grounds

Orlando, Florida | Suzi KarrPremier Sotheby’s International Realty

Built in 1999, the estate was custom-designed to accommodate the luxe tastes of Fatone and his wife. The home and grounds, which are privately gated, still retain this sense of grandeur and exclusivity: the expertly landscaped grounds, complete with Florida’s iconic palm trees, lead the way to numerous fitness and leisure amenities, including a full-size lighted tennis and basketball court and a guesthouse currently furnished as a workout center. Entertaining is par for the course here, where the million-dollar resort-style pool wraps around a grotto-style lounge and bar. The grounds also feature a private boat dock with access to the Butler Chain of Lakes.

Made to Entertain

The interiors of the home are as grand and entertainment-ready as its grounds, and fine details like the wood-paneled walls, curved entryway staircase, and sparkling chandeliers hint to the property’s lasting appeal. A formal dining room complements the ornate kitchen, where a large center island makes a space ideal for the home cook, while hardwood floors and crown moldings give the home a sense of history. A billiards room with wet bar is the perfect space for welcoming guests, and the in-home theater is outfitted to celebrity standards.

A Bespoke Retreat

More than its starry pedigree, this estate is a feat of luxurious design in its own right. The five-bedroom home features classic interiors, with a fireplaces taking center stage in the main living area and office. In the living room, French doors open out to a patio and the verdant gardens beyond, while in the master bedroom, a coffered ceiling and wrought iron chandeliers lend warmth and gravitas to the space. The room features a 700-foot walk-in closet, and the master bathroom offers a Grecian-inspired soaking tub, sauna, and steam room.

Absolutely no detail has been overlooked at this enchanting, once-in-a-lifetime estate. Fatone’s former life as a boy band heartthrob garnered him fame worldwide, and now the pop star’s legacy carries on with this exceptional home.

Find your own place among the stars from among these elegant estate listings.

Posted on December 17, 2019

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2020 Pantone Color of the Year | Classic Blue

Since 2000, color matching powerhouse Pantone® has welcomed in the New Year with its Color of the Year announcement—a prediction about the hue and themes that will influence us over the next twelve months. The selected shade not only reflects the feeling and tone of the time, but surfaces in fashion, home décor, and graphic design as everyone from illustrators to tastemakers finds something fresh in the color of the moment.

Pantone has looked to the horizon for 2020 and forecasted PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, which the company says instills calm, confidence, and connection, and “highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Whether through paint, ornamental accents, or exterior elements, this rich blue takes pride of place in the eight properties below: find a rising trend to incorporate and welcome in the new decade with a splash of something new.

Camelot Estate in Brisbane, Australia

Glenn GracieQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty

With 10 bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a twelve-seat cinema, a tennis court, an outdoor kitchen, a guesthouse, and lush manicured gardens, this inviting Australian home is more of a modern-day palace than a house. The crowning jewel? The beautiful, Pantone Classic Blue resort-style pool surrounded by entertaining spaces and offering endless serenity.

A Restored Townhouse in New York, New York

Roberta Golubock & Mark Thomas AmadeiSotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

This bright five-story townhouse in Greenwich Village is the perfect Manhattan assembly point. Enjoy 6,750 square feet of elegance, including landscaped gardens and terraces and a rooftop garden with mesmerizing city skyline views. The entire home exudes warmth, but a bedroom featuring a beautiful Classic Blue accent wall adds a hint of cool sophistication and creates the ideal atmosphere for rest and relaxation.

A Palace Wharf Townhouse in London, England

United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

If you’d prefer to dip your toe in the blue rather than wade in fully, this 1,875-square-foot London townhouse is the perfect example of how to incorporate the trend with a deft hand. The crisp, airy living room with Classic Blue accents scattered thoughtfully throughout complements the fabulous views of the River Thames beyond the patio.

A Spectacular Golden Mile Estate in Montréal, Canada

Joseph MontanaroSotheby’s International Realty Quebec

With inspiration drawn from Mediterranean Villas, this estate in the heart of Montréal offers 10 bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and is said to be the only house outside of the United States designed by architect Charles Platt, who famously worked on properties for the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Among this estate’s many amenities is an inviting basement lounge, complete with a Classic Blue accent wall and velvet club chairs to set the tone for a refined evening’s entertainment.

A Classic Kitchen in Roslyn Estates, New York

Shahla (Golie) OhebDaniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

Equally at home in the kitchen as the bedroom, Classic Blue brings a splash of opulence to an otherwise white space in this four-bedroom family home in picturesque Roslyn Estates. Paired with hints of gold and brass, this home’s blue kitchen cabinets are a talking point complemented by a white tiled backsplash and tastefully understated dining area. A blue stone patio, vaulted ceilings, and a designer bath round out this home’s timeless appeal.

Overboard Residence, Tucker’s Town, Bermuda

Margaret YoungRego Sotheby’s International Realty

Is there a more iconic warm-weather duo than blue and white? See them at their best on this Bermudian home, where Classic Blue shutters complement brilliant white walls. If it’s more shades of blue you’re after, turquoise ocean waters are at your toes at this 5,250-square-foot waterfront property, which also includes a private patio, outdoor pool, and a covered terrace for al fresco dining while taking in the sunsets.

A Mediterranean Villa in Admirals Cove, Jupiter, Florida

Todd Peter & Frances PeterSotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

In a place as sunny as Florida, indoor/outdoor living is an expected luxury. With Classic Blue elements integrated on a covered terrace at this Admirals Cove property, the outdoor space becomes a serene extra living room. At 11,974 square feet, there’s plenty of space for sunning; additional amenities include a waterfront pool, dock, and golf cart parking spot—not to mention all the entertainment options offered by the Admirals Cove community, including golf courses, dog parks, restaurants, dog parks, and a marina.

A Contemporary Villa in Vandoeuvres, Geneva

Alan BazbazCardis Immobilier Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in Vandoeuvres near one of Geneva’s premiere golf clubs, this five-bedroom, seven-bathroom Swiss villa boasts modern architecture and elevated design. A lofty, elegant sitting room features Classic Blue artwork that matches the space’s contemporary grandeur—it’s the perfect place to lounge with friends and family after enjoying a soak in the heated swimming pool.

PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a color that evokes feelings of calm, which is welcome news for the year ahead. It also carries with it a certain level of stately presence, which lends itself well to luxury design: it’s no wonder this rich shade is already present in many of the most coveted properties around the globe. Keep an eye out for the classics as you design your year; according to Pantone, we’ll all be singing the blues.

Looking to be inspired by more splashes of color? Ensure you’re always close to the blue in one of these waterfront homes.

Posted on December 16, 2019

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