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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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.



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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.


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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.



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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.


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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.


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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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#WorldwideWednesday: A Virtual Tour of this Light-Filled Home in Kirkland, Washington

Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of this meticulously designed, completed in 2017, five-bedroom Houghton Lake view home.

On the first floor, find the great room, en suite, and true mud room; and upstairs, four beds plus a a bonus area. The luxurious master suite offers a spacious view deck and through closet access to the laundry room.

Perfectly located just a few blocks from Lake Washington and downtown Kirkland, the Cross Kirkland Corridor trail is just steps from your front door and Terrace Park at your backdoor.

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Posted on April 1, 2020

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Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of an Award-Winning Modernist Retreat in Williamstown, Massachusetts

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.

Williamstown, Massachusetts | Jeff Loholdt & Gladys MontgomeryWilliam Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty 

This sleek, stunning, award-winning Modernist retreat was designed by Williamstown architects Burr & McCallum and is privately set on 24 acres.

Here, the minimalist aesthetic and fluid communication between house and landscape combine to create the ideal sophisticated country escape, minutes from culinary, cultural and recreational amenities, including MASSMoCA, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Clark Art, and farms for artisanal cheese and fresh organic produce.

In recognition of its design, this home earned first prize in the Biennial Andrea Palladio International Design Competition and recognition by the editors of Architectural Record as a Record House. The 24 included acres comprises two lots (6 and 18 acres respectively) and the house can easily be expanded to more bedrooms if desired.

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Posted on March 25, 2020

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Get Smart | 5 Forward-Thinking High-Tech Homes

With environmentally responsible elements and the capability to manage entertainment and climate-control systems from anywhere in the world, these compelling homes set high—and high-tech—standards for luxurious modern living.

Contemporary Wine Country Compound

Napa, California | Ginger MartinSotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage

In addition to strikingly sleek contemporary style, four serene bedrooms—including two master suites—a 650-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar, a swimming pool, and an alfresco kitchen and dining area, this residence and guesthouse have been outfitted with an array of high-tech amenities and conveniences. Home automation is managed via a Control4 system, the media room and other spaces are outfitted to accommodate top-tier wide-screen televisions or monitors, and the sound system is state-of-the-art.

Artful Living in East Hampton

East Hampton, New York | Dana TrotterSotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

This custom-built modern minimalist home is a residential work of art distinguished by a series of sculptural arches that create separation in the public spaces while maintaining a sense of openness and classical grandeur. This is also an Energy Star-rated home boasting solar panels, high-efficiency water heaters, a generator, LED strip lighting, thermostats and a camera-equipped doorbell from Nest, and an electric-vehicle charger in the attached two-car garage. All the charms of East Hampton’s Main Street are minutes away.

Dynamic Modern Design

Los Angeles, California | Alison MacCrackenSotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

The layout, ambience, and dedication to top-tier materials and technology distinguish this 3,821-square-foot modern masterpiece. The interiors feature an ideal blend of wood, glass, concrete, steel, and light; while balconies, a patio, a lush lawn, and a rooftop deck encourage enjoyment of the outdoors. Outfitted with a wireless mesh network, the entire home—including Apple AirPlay, Hikvision cameras, an RTI sound system, Lutron lighting, Nest thermostats, and a DoorBird doorbell—can be managed via smartphone or tablet.

Sleek, Sophisticated Santa Fe Oasis

Santa Fe, New Mexico | David WoodardSotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – Main Downtown Brokerage

Santa Fe’s glorious natural light illuminates this majestic home, a bastion of striking modern Swiss style. Designed by acclaimed architect Jeff Harnar in 1998, it was impeccably reconceived and expanded to feature flowing open-plan living areas and four bedrooms secluded in separate wings. No expense has been spared in assuring consummate levels of convenience and style—the sleek, sophisticated spaces are impressively organized and are finished with the highest-caliber materials, cabinetry, appliances, media components, lighting, and fixtures.

California Charmer

Santa Ynez, California | Micah BradyMike Brady, & Jennifer NationSotheby’s International Realty – Santa Ynez Valley Brokerage

This three-bedroom contemporary Ranch-style home has an airy open floor plan and a wraparound covered patio, making it perfectly suited for indoor-outdoor living. Minutes from the restaurants and shops of Old Santa Ynez, it enjoys views of the Los Padres and Coastal Mountain ranges from its five-acre parcel, which features multiple barns, storage buildings, fenced pastures, and a swimming pool. Although classically charming, the home has eye toward modernity and technology, with environmentally conscious solar panels mounted on the roof.

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Posted on March 14, 2020

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First Impressions | 5 Homes With Incredible Doors


If the eyes are the windows to the soul, a door could be said to give a similar glimpse into a home’s personality. Though it may be just one detail amongst many, a front door creates a necessary barrier between the personal and the outside world, and allows homeowners to both welcome guests and retreat from public life. Likewise, interior doors can enhance the flow of a floor plan and act as sartorial support to a home’s other interior design elements. A considered door can make a statement—just take these five luxury homes as proof.

Gable Estates, Coral Gables, Florida

Coral Cables, Florida | Saddy DelgadoONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Ascend the palm tree-lined stairs and turn the handles to a Floridian oasis—this home’s contemporary glass door provides the perfect hint of what you’ll find in this property’s pristine interior. With six bedrooms, a six-car garage, an elegant floating staircase, and impeccable modern décor, this completely smart home sits on two acres and offers ample opportunity for rest and relaxation right in its own backyard. Simply slide open the back doors to private pools offset by lush greenery.

Albany, London, England

London, England | United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

A splash of color can often make a world of difference. That’s the case for Albany, a historic property off Piccadilly in Central London, whose stately exterior is perfectly enlivened with an accent of blue brilliance at its entrance. Built in the late 18th century, this address has boasted famous occupants including author Aldous Huxley and actress Dame Edith Evans. Enjoy the refurbished interior with its airy drawing room, classic library, and master bedroom with en suite.

An Equestrian Estate, Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

Kintnersville, Pennsylvania | Eleanor Miller & Patricia PattersonKurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

From the moment you open the large, sliding barn door in this Pennsylvania haven, you’ll be enveloped by the warmth and comfort of country living. An equestrian-lover’s dream, this barn-inspired home sits on 45 acres and includes a 12-stall stable, large outdoor ring, fenced pastures, and miles of trails—not to mention an outdoor pool and tennis court. Indoors, the open floor plan, wood flooring, and walls created out of old barn floorboards make the large space feel rustic and bright.

Johnson Lane, New South Wales, Australia

New South Wales, Australia | Michael PallierSydney Sotheby’s International Realty

If ample land, plenty of privacy, and a sprawling, light-filled home speak to you, step through the beautiful wooden door of this property in Wildes Meadow, New South Wales. Situated on 98 acres, this grand home impresses from the outside and has all the amenities needed inside—find seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms spread over three pavilions, expansive windows, fireplaces, a modern kitchen, and a wine cellar. Outdoors, the land is prime for farming, and for nature expeditions, enjoy the nearby Morton National Park and the many views it offers.

Vía Roja, Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile | Marcela GeisseChile Sotheby’s International Realty

Approach the impeccably-manicured entrance to this Chilean masterpiece and you’ll meet intricately carved wooden doors, which appropriately serve to prepare you for what awaits across the threshold—a truly luxurious property full of elegance and attention to detail. Though the marble floors, vaulted ceilings, and upholstered walls of this 12,378-square-foot house are enough to sate any homeowner’s appetite for drama, the décor is balanced by the more demurely landscaped garden complete with a pool and extensive panoramic views of both city and mountains.

Whether coming or going, visitors can take the measure of a house through its doors. As evidenced by these five luxury properties, a door can act as much more than just a beautiful detail—it’s a symbol of what’s inside, and a proper invitation to experience all the home has to offer.

Interested in more homes featuring unique, high-end details? Try these designer properties for entryway inspiration.

Posted on January 23, 2020

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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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Inside Musician Martin Johnson’s Hollywood Hills Home

It feels fitting for a musician like Martin Johnson—whose milieu is American rock and pop—to have settled here, in this modern cabin with a wide-open view of one of the  most iconic sights in the U.S., the Hollywood sign. Helmer of The Night Game and former frontman of Boys Like Girls, Johnson has also made career as a songwriter of multi-platinum songs. When he’s not touring, he retreats to this inviting haven, built in 1978 byaward-winning architect Tony Ngai and updated to reflect a modern sensibility with hints of timeless Scandinavian style.

Los Angeles, California | Patricia RubenSotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage

The interiors display an emphasis on clean lines, natural materials—including Swedish Kährs wood flooring and clear-cedar ceilings that mirror the home’s striking façade—and the maximization of natural light. This sort of warm modernism—relatable and appealing yet sophisticated—creates a deep-seated sense of comfort, furthered by such spaces as a cushioned “conversation pit” with a fireplace and a library with custom shelving and track ladder for accessing its upper reaches.

The charming and colorful Miele-outfitted kitchen features a cozy window seat and an adjoining dining area with doors to a balcony. Throughout, soaring ceilings contribute to an airy lightness, and oversized windows transform views of the surroundings into veritable works of art.

The home offers three restful bedrooms, four light-filled baths, and generous closet space—including a well-appointed room-size walk-in in the master suite. The master bath offers a soothing soaking tub, a relaxing steamshower, custom floating vanities, and—appropriately for the home of a musician—surround sound speakers.

Picture windows offer views of the enveloping canyons. The cabin’s enviable location—at the end of a cul-de-sac on a road less traveled—affords desirable privacy.

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Posted on November 12, 2019

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