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

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

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

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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The 6 features your luxury seller should upgrade

Getting a luxury home into selling shape is all in the details…

Britt Klein, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty in Santa Fe

“Intimately understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your listing is essential for effective marketing,” says Britt Klein, Associate Broker with Sotheby’s International Realty in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “You want to place your listing in the strongest possible position for a sale.”

After all, buyers are quick to take things at face value. According to Jon Mand, Broker with Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty in Louisville, it’s crucial for agents be able to see a property from the buyer’s perspective so they know what to change. “The objective of my initial walkthrough is to view the home through the eyes of a potential buyer in order to accurately assess the current condition and marketability of the property,” he says.

Jon Mand, Broker, Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty

What are the first things he looks for? “Is the paint chipping? Is there visible water damage? Deferred maintenance is the first priority for our sellers to tackle. A beautifully staged room will quickly be overshadowed by heavily worn hardwood floors and drywall in need of repair.”

In some markets, what’s outside matters almost as much as the interiors. “My clientele are craving the ultimate indoor-outdoor living experience,” says Klein. “When possible, I encourage sellers to work with interior and staging specialists as well as landscape architects.”

 

So what are the upgrades agents need to stay on the lookout for? Here are our top six picks:

Take care of the basics

1. Refresh the walls
Paint chipping, water damage, and flaws in the drywall can steal the show from even the most elegant homes. Walls are a high priority, and they can be a quick fix — especially if the problem is simply the color. “Whether the home is $200,000 or $2,000,000, painting consistently remains the greatest return offered to sellers out of any pre-listing work or staging I recommend,” says Mand. While rich jewel tones are having a moment in design, for selling a home, neutrals still see the best return on investment in luxury properties: soft gray-blues, warm browns, and beiges create a blank canvas for allowing buyers to picture themselves in a space while conveying a sense of refinement. If the creative urge strikes, kitchen cabinets and bathrooms are places where a bit of color is less likely to deter luxury buyers.

2. Replace flooring
“Updating or refinishing flooring is a close second to walls,” continues Mand, “and can make a world of difference to a space.” Floors are a particularly nuanced feature because there are so many types to choose from. Hardwood remains appealing to buyers, although tastes regarding plank width vary between markets; in humid climates, ceramic and granite tile can provide sophistication without the risk of warping. Consistency in flooring throughout a house can matter more than type: sellers are well advised to choose an attractive option for the main rooms of their home in order to keep buyers from identifying flooring as a problem area.

3. Raise ceilings

Luxury Kitchen Interior

Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty

Along with walls and floors, ceilings are an oft-overlooked surface that can be improved in order to lift and lighten a space. Vaulted ceilings are highly sought after, and for luxury condo buyers, ceilings of at least 13 feet are in vogue.

“I once recommended several changes to a home, including a fresh coat of paint throughout, refinishing hardwood floors with a darker stain, and replacing an older dropped ceiling,” recalls Mand. “At that time, the clients decided to move forward with listing without making any improvements. The home sat on the market for several months before they decided to remove it and make the changes originally suggested. Upon reentering the market, we immediately received multiple offers and ultimately sold above ask.”

Brush up on the extras

4. Modernize the kitchen
When asked about the upgrades that bring the biggest benefits to sellers, both Klein and Mand are quick to mention kitchens. “As far as significant renovations go, sellers will see the most value for resale in a complete kitchen update,” says Mand.

This is an area of the home that builds up a lot of wear and tear; it’s also a space where buyers are especially concerned about having the latest features, whether it’s energy efficient lighting or a smart refrigerator.

5. Splash out on the master bathroom
Unlike the kitchen, homebuyers focus on the master bath as a luxury more than a necessity, but it’s another upgrade that Klein and Mand unanimously agree is one of the most important. It’s also one of the most likely to maximize the seller’s return on investment. Details like radiant in-floor heating, soaker tubs, and open-concept Italian showers can take a master bath from run of the mill to attractive oasis.

6. Design a tranquil outdoor space

Luxury home exterior at night

Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage

A property’s façade is the first thing buyers see when attending an open house; that’s why, for Klein, curb appeal is non-negotiable. “The exterior experience is among the most important upgrades, and provides a great return on investment,” she notes.

Landscaping, patios, and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle is even more critical in secondary home markets. “In Santa Fe, buying a luxury home is often a choice rather than a necessity,” she says. “Most secondary homebuyers need to emotionally connect with the property, and are willing to pay a premium for a move-in-ready residence that offers an idyllic Southwestern lifestyle.”

On trend or timeless?

When it comes to advising sellers on upgrades, it’s vital agents know what’s current. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to style, as long as you steer away from anything outdated. Mand advises his clients to focus on traditional aesthetics with wide appeal; Klein makes sure to identify and replace any features that have fallen out of fashion and may adversely affect marketability.

“Recently, I worked with a seller who had designed their Santa Fe residence with a dramatic French country theme,” she describes. “The home was exquisite and tastefully decorated; however, the design theme deterred buyers who wanted the Santa Fe experience. My sellers willingly replaced the antique crystal chandeliers with rustic wrought iron fixtures and restaged the home with a neutral theme. This rebranding broadened our audience, which resulted in a significant surge of activity and an immediate sale.”

Ultimately, your sellers are relying on you to tell them what requires an upgrade — whether or not they know the scope of work needing to be done. “Being an objective and knowledgeable third party during an often emotional and tiring process will make all the difference to your seller,” says Mand. In the end, superior service is what counts most in the luxury real estate space.

BY SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY


About Sotheby’s International Realty

Sotheby’s International Realty was founded in 1976 as a real estate service for discerning clients of Sotheby’s auction house. Today, the company’s global footprint spans 990 offices located in 72 countries and territories worldwide, including 43 company-owned brokerage offices in key metropolitan and resort markets. In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a franchise system. The franchise system is comprised of an affiliate network, where each office is independently owned and operated. Sotheby’s International Realty supports its affiliates and agents with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Affiliates and agents also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com.

The affiliate network is operated by Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, and the company owned brokerages are operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Both entities are subsidiaries of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC and Sotheby’s International Realty Inc., both fully support the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act.

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Relaxed Loft-Living | 5 New Homes

While secluded private islands certainly have their merits, you don’t have to venture to a far-flung locale to enjoy the privacy and relaxation island life affords. Even in urban centers, the splash of island light, the waving branches of island trees, and the slower pace of island life can be achieved. These airy lofts offer islands of luxury of their very own.

Tropical Hues in Manhattan, New York

Glenn Norrgard & John TenoreSotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

At the top of any New York apartment wishlist—right after square footage—you might find a request for an elevator that opens directly onto a private living space. At The Dance Building in the heart of Chelsea, take the lift to the 10th floor to find light streaming through the windows of this bright and cheery loft, evoking the breeziness of a vacation villa. During the day, sunshine floods the floor-to-ceiling windows lining the north and south sides of the property, while at dusk you can watch the pink glow of sunset fall over Manhattan. A large private balcony frames the south side of the home and offers a view spanning Hudson Yards to the Empire State Building, while inside a well-appointed luxury master bath outfitted with limestone flooring, Wetstyle tub, and Axor Starck fixtures offers all the trappings of a tropical island retreat.

Soothing Textures in Berlin, Germany

Berlin Sotheby’s International Realty

dreamy Berlin loft offers a perfect place for both work and play. A graphic contrast of gray and white creates a bold first impression, setting the tone for the rest of its carefully curated, tastefully minimalist aesthetic. Good lighting is a key fixture in any loft, and this 3,444-square-foot space benefits from well-designed window placement: a beaming skylight in the Scandinavian-inspired spa bathroom and oversized Georgian panes gracing the main living space. Architecture provides the artwork for the home, observable in vaulted beamed ceilings, exposed brick, and views of the neighboring rooftops from the sunny terrace. Shore up books and fruity drinks in this soothing space and imagine yourself far away from it all.

Waving Fronds in Denver, Colorado

Anne Dresser-KocurLIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Nothing says sanctuary like a private garden atrium teeming with lush plants. Indoor meets outdoors at this spectacular skyward loft space located in historic downtown Denver. Retreat to a life-sized terrarium awash in natural light and outfitted with a wood-planked deck and bubbling fountain. Space is no object across 5,500 square-feet of interior space, with a peaceful master suite occupying its own private wing. Enjoy all of the amenities of a private spa including his and hers master baths with skylights, oversized walk-in showers, and a jetted tub. A rare feature in a historic building, enjoy private access to your own roof space, perfect for hosting sunset gatherings with friends and setting a holiday tone.

A Bright Hideaway in Ivry-sur-Seine, France

Ana AbitbolPropriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty

Be invigorated by the radiant washes of white in this converted île-de-France loft in the Ivry-sur-Seine suburb of Paris. Daylight spills through triple-exposure windows and skylights, reflecting off of vaulted ceilings and glossy white floors to create a zen-like chamber of light. An ideal spot for an urban vacation, you’ll likely want to set down permanent roots once you take in the views from this home’s spacious deck, which offers the perfect place to create your very own skygarden. Close to shops, the metro, and the Seine, this home achieves a heady blend of European refinement and island bliss.

Indoor/Outdoor Bliss in Atlanta, Georgia

Annie BolandAtlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

A twinkling terrace and exposed brick walls make this sleek modern loft feel cozy, inviting, and tranquil. Sitting pretty in heart of the Peach State, light pours through the open-concept layout of this Atlanta address through three spacious windows, while retractable screen doors allow for balmy breezes to drift through 24/7. A spacious outdoor entertaining space is this property’s primary calling card. Perfect for hosting twilight gatherings, enjoy an al fresco dining space, grilling station, and a roomy seating area prime for post-dinner golden hour relaxation.

Sometimes the modern comforts of the mainland outweigh the remote draw of the offshore oasis. The next time you’re searching for a private space to call your own, instead of looking further afield, just look up.

Search for your next cosmopolitan retreat from among these luxury lofts, and bring the serenity of island living into your everyday space.

Posted on August 27, 2018

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Stunning Custom Retreat in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

55 Mount Airy Road

A long private drive leads you to this extraordinary secluded custom contemporary residence in Basking Ridge. The home, renovated in 2007, has a Zen-like feel to it, with its open-plan layout and exceptionally light and airy spaces. Beamed vaulted ceilings and skylights are enhanced by lustrous wood floors and wood supports, exuding sophistication without pretension. Many of the rooms open to decks that overlook the property’s three acres of woodlands and a storybook-setting stream.

The main level of the four-bedroom, five-bathroom house is architecturally dramatic, with walls of windows, elevated transoms, and open stairwells. The natural light and generous use of wood suggest the cheerful exuberance of a Vermont home. The master suite, with French doors to a deck, is on this floor. Here you will find his and her closets, a skylit bathroom featuring a jetted tub, stall shower and a separate water closet. The stunning main level kitchen, which opens to a deck through French doors, is awash with light, thanks to a vaulted ceiling and multiple upper level windows. A granite island, soapstone farmhouse sink and countertops complement the Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Dacor appliances. The charming adjacent breakfast room has built-in bench seating for casual comfort. Also on this level are the dining room with a brick-hearth fireplace, a living room with skylights, and a wonderful family room with French doors to a deck and a loft area for overflow guests—all connected by gleaming hardwood flooring. The upper level of this imaginative custom home overlooks the main living level and offers multiple seating areas, for study, TV, and relaxation, as well as a bathroom. The walk-out lower level, including three family bedrooms and two full baths, could be its own self-contained living space, with a large second kitchen and den. Long-stay in-laws or guests or children/grandchildren will enjoy the space and privacy this level offers. Also on this level are a wine room, studio for multiple uses, laundry, and convenient mudroom access to the attached two-car garage.

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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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Colorful Beaches Around the World

Take the time to look around and be inspired by the vibrant colors naturally found across planet Earth. Explore homes near the world’s most colorful beaches.  We can refer you to sales associates all around the world.

Hawaii

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By jonny-mt – Own work, CC BY 3.0

Papakōlea Beach is a green sand beach located on the southeastern end of the island of Hawaii.  The olivine-colored sand is said to come out from the erosion of a collapsed cinder cone.

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$1,599,000 USD | Captain Cook, Hawaii | MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

 Just north of Papakōlea Beach, nestled upon three private acres, lies this tranquil island retreat.  The property has unique finishes throughout including Mexican Saltillo tile floors, mosaic tile designs and a fireplace built with hand-picked smooth lava beach rocks and a driftwood mantel.  A five-bedroom oasis, the home offers unobstructed views of the Hawaiian coastline.

Bahamas

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For pink sand beaches, look no further than Harbor Island in the Bahamas.

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$1,650,000 USD | Harbour Island, Eleuthera, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

 A historic colonial home originally built in the 1800s, this Harbor Island property offers a cozy island lifestyle with easy access to the beach.  The home was renovated in 2013 and honors the property’s architectural past with mahogany windows and doors, cedar siting interiors and a shingle roof.  The home has three bedrooms and additionally features an outdoor dining area and sitting porch, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living.

Malta

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Located on the Maltese island of Gozo, Ramla Bay boasts unique, orange sand beaches.

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€2.500.000 EUR | Xewkija, Malta | Malta Sotheby’s International Realty

 Less than 15 minutes inland from Ramla Bay, in the village of Xewkija, sits this historic, 18thCentury estate.  Spanning over 13,000 square-feet, the meticulously restored property comprises a main house, outdoor entertaining area, swimming pool, large garden with lawn area and a two-car garage.  Four of the five bedrooms feature original frescos on the walls with the fifth bedroom boasting an adjacent terrace.

Australia

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Hyams Beach in New South Wales, Australia holds the Guinness World Record for whitest sand in the world.

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Price Upon Request | Sydney, New South Wales, Australia | Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty

 This sprawling, 50-acre estate is located north of Hyams Beach.  The property comprises an elegant main house, separate pool house, double lock-up garage with additional parking for up to 10 cars and a farm with cattle yard, two dams and a shed.  The home also features a heated self-cleaning oxygen pool and lush professional landscaping with gardens including date palms, olive trees, flame trees, wisteria and magnolia, among others.

Hawaii

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By Ken Lund from Reno, Nevada, USA – Punalu’u Beach, Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, CC BY-SA 2.0

Punalu’u Beach, located on the island of Hawaii, is a black sand beach, formed from lava flowing into the ocean and then cooling.

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$2,500,000 USD | Volcano, Hawaii | MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty

North of the Punalu’U Beach is this historic, volcano property built in the early 1900s.  The private estate is nestled upon more than 13 acres of gated land.  Lying 3,800 feet above sea level, the property has been fully renovated and restored and comprises a main house, turnkey guest house and an art studio.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Global Website Integrates New Technologies

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Sothebysrealty.com Adds 3D Tours with Virtual Reality Capability for Property Detail Pages

MADISON, N.J. (October 10, 2016) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that its global website, sothebysrealty.com, now supports 3D Tours on its property detail pages allowing real estate consumers the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in homes listed by the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand. The 3D Tours will also feature a Virtual Reality Tour (VR) experience that can be viewed through a compatible device such as an Android phone or VR headset. The 3D and VR Tours are produced by strategically placing specialized cameras throughout a home to create a result that transforms the traditional way people view homes online. The 3D and VR Tours add an additional layer of content to the existing property detail pages on sothebysrealty.com which also provide a written description, high-resolution photographs and high-definition videos. At launch, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand will have 3D Tours available on over 1,000 properties that are viewable on desktop, tablet or smartphone. “Introducing 3D and VR Tours on sothebysrealty.com is just another example of how we are keeping the Sotheby’s International Realty brand on the cutting edge while creating an immersive experience for consumers,” said John Passerini, global vice president, interactive marketing at Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Distance can present a challenge when looking to buy a home and virtual reality has provided a provocative solution. This technology is allowing buyers to purchase homes without having to physically travel to view them, which is especially relevant to the global clientele we serve.” The sothebysrealty.com site experienced 16 million user sessions in Q1-Q3 of 2016, a 60% increase yearover-year. Property detail pages on the brand site support Matterport, a past winner of the 2014 Realogy FWD innovation summit, and additional compatible 3D Tours. In coordination with this announcement, Sotheby’s International Realty is also a real estate launch partner for Matterport’s CoreVR release— the largest collection of virtual reality content across multiple disciplines. With the adoption of CoreVR, Sotheby’s International Realty will be able to offer both a 3D and VR experience. Additionally, Sotheby’s International Realty property listings on Mansion Global, the digital luxury real estate destination from Dow Jones, will also be equipped with the 3D Tour feature.

Click here for an example of a 3D Tour as shown on a current luxury property listing on the Sotheby’s International Realty website.

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