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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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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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

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.



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.


Property ID: BWEJ46 | sothebysrealty.com

Costa Rica Sotheby’s International Realty

Alejandra Ibarra + (506) 8400 4258

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Santa Barbara

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.



Property ID: XC5YT9 | sothebysrealty.com

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


Maureen McDermut +1 (805) 570 5545

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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.


Property ID: X2Z4L4| sothebysrealty.com

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

Michael Dreyfus +1 650 485 3476

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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.


Price Upon Request

Property ID: J2YXQ2

New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Sharene Temple +64 27 224 6045

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