Take Care | 5 Ways to Balance Working from Home and Homeschooling

During the course of a typical day, parents juggle many tasks between home and work. These unprecedented times have parents stretched further than before—adding homeschooling to their long list of roles. As we all work through this new reality together, here are five ways to help manage your child’s educational needs while also working from home.

Set a Schedule

Whether your child is in pre-school or high school, they’re no doubt accustomed to being on a schedule inside the walls of their school – and there are benefits from that. Write the day’s schedule in a highly visible and highly trafficked place or use devices powered by Alexa or Google to set reminders. Among other things, this sets clear expectations for what can be expected for the day. 

Take Breaks

Every household will be different – just like every child. It’s important to tailor your schedule and workload to what works for your family. That being said, everyone needs breaks. Grab a snack, cup of coffee or a breath of fresh air with your child to break up your day; enjoy the quality time. Studies show that taking breaks help our brains perform better.

Lean on Virtual Assistance

Managing screen time is a point of contention when it comes to the age of your child and how often they’re on their phone/tablet, but in these times it’s important to get help from where you can. Let people like renowned children’s author and artist Mo Willems teach art class, let celebrities handle story time, or call on Les Mills to proctor gym class. There are also a plethora of worksheets available from places like Lakeshore to keep the activities going while you get some work done.

Mix it Up

Schedules and a catalog of resources are great, but variety will keep your learners engaged and stave off the much-maligned sentiment of, “I’m bored.” Talk to your child and determine what’s working – and what’s not – before venturing out of comfort zones. Is your child an avid reader? Try Oxford Owl to foster some alone-time with an age-tailored story. Looking for a more hands-on task? Make organizing socks, toys, pencils, or the pantry into a game.

Lower Expectations

At the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you and your family and that means you can’t guarantee anything. Don’t live in a world of absolutes – if a schedule that has treated you well falls apart for a few days, don’t fret; staying flexible will keep both you and your child more content in the long run.

We are not the experts here – we’re all in this together. Learn more about succeeding at this balancing act from MoneyThe Atlantic, and the BBC. Share what’s working for you in the comments.

Posted on April 14, 2020

 

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Furnishing Your Home for Extended Remote Work

New York, New York | Nikki Field & Benjamin PofcherSotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

For many people, the “office” isn’t a corner office in a high-rise building—it’s at home. With the current global health crisis shaking up how business is done, more and more people are finding themselves working from their living spaces.

Working from home can be a tough transition for those unfamiliar with and unprepared for it, but there are a few ways to furnish your home for a better remote work environment. From rearranging furniture and seeking out more ergonomic solutions to creating an inspiring and motivating space, these tips will help the remote worker set boundaries between home life and work life, even if they’re both happening within the same four walls.

Upgrade Your Desk and Chair

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

The right equipment can make a home office a sanctuary. When it comes to selecting a good chair, it’s best to choose one that has been designed to maximise good posture and suits your body type. Chairs with adjustable lumbar support—as well as a flexible seat and armrests—let you choose the most comfortable settings, while materials like high-tech mesh provide full support and help to regulate body temperature. You’re likely to spend a lot of time at your desk chair: pick something that is both functional and stylish.

When it comes to desks, work surfaces with adjustable height capabilities allow you to take much-needed breaks from sitting, while materials like marble and reclaimed wood will keep work stations from feeling too corporate. In your home office, comfort should be your top priority, and finding the right chair and desk is an investment in your health and wellbeing that will help keep you at your best, most productive self.

Prioritize Your Tech Setup

Perugia, Italy | Diletta Giorgolo S.Italy Sotheby’s International Realty

As meetings and conference calls move from in-person to online, a good tech setup becomes a home office necessity. Check that you have a strong internet connection, upgrade your service if needed, and work with your employer to ensure you have all the technology required to do your job well. Working with a monitor and keyboard will be much better for your posture than a laptop, especially if you’re able to configure the screen for eye-level work.

If you’ll be making frequent conference calls, make sure your computer is up-to-date and has the right software and capabilities for programs you’ll be using often. Now is also a good time to move to using virtual desktops and implement cloud-based document storage, if you haven’t already, so you’ll be well-equipped to work from wherever you are.

Good lighting is essential in a home office: assess the amount of natural light that your space receives throughout the day, and install soft, flattering overhead lights. Avoid fluorescents. In a home with more than one working family member, create spaces so that you can all take calls comfortably—this may mean commandeering a walk-in closet or den as an overflow work space.

Add Inspiring Artwork and Decorative Plants

Dallas, Texas | Jennifer LeLashBriggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

As much as an at-home office space needs to be functional, it should also encourage creativity and foster mental wellbeing. Painting the walls a soothing color and hanging art will contribute to a calming work environment. Choose abstract pieces in muted shades, images of landscapes that remind you of favorite places, or framed children’s drawings—these will serve to brighten your workspace and turn it into a space you actually want to spend time in. Forgo the basic home office supplies for more design-forward essentials, like sculptural brass tape dispensers or minimal marble clocks.

Bringing greenery into your home office is also a good way to improve focus and mental outlook. Whether you opt for a large potted tropical plant or a collection of small cacti for your desk, bringing nature into your workspace has been shown to improve productivity, reduce stress, and boost oxygen levels.

Establish a Fitness Corner

Beverly Hills, California | Angela Roessel & John GalichSotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

One of the best ways to boost your energy levels during a remote workday is with movement. It can be easy to lose focus or become distracted at home, especially when starting a new routine in a new space, so allowing yourself scheduled activity breaks will help you keep your attention where it needs to be.

If possible, find a spot in your office where you can establish a fitness corner and furnish it with your favorite equipment. If lifting weights helps you process your thoughts, add a bench and weights in varying sizes for a quick 10-minute lift session. For yoga enthusiasts, find a permanent spot for a mat; for fans of virtual fitness classes, create a dedicated space in front of your computer so you can join in without needing to reconfigure the room every time. By adding a fitness space into your work area, you’ll give yourself permission to take a much-needed pause, while replacing movement between meeting rooms or to colleagues’ offices with other exercise throughout the day.

Making a home office work for you is as much about inspiration as it is about functionality. Good office design contributes to an overall sense of well-being and improves effectiveness, something that all remote workers can benefit from right now.

Discover more reasons to stay motivated and inspired at home with these library-focused listings.

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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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6 Museums You Can Tour from the Comfort of Your Own Home This Weekend

While staying at home and practicing safe social distancing are the best courses of action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean we have to miss out on cultural landmarks around the world. Thanks to the Google Arts & Culture Project, from New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, to Rijks Museum in Amsterdam, here are 6 museums you can tour right now from home.

MoMA, New York

The first museum founded to showcase modern art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York has been doing just that for more than 90 years. From Picasso to Van Gogh, the MoMA is home to incredible pieces of history from the world of contemporary art.

Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City

Tour La Casa Azul, the former home of world-renowned artist Frida Kahlo – and current home to the museum honoring her life and legacy. Visible here are not only works from Kahlo, but also numerous personal belongings including her clothing and a body cast she famously painted while ill.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

On display at the Musée d’Orsay, you’ll discover famous works from French artists who lived and worked between 1848 and 1914. Paintings by Monet, Gauguin, and Cézanne – among others – are featured on this Parisienne art tour.

La Galleria Nazionale, Rome

With just about 500 of its approximately 20,000 artworks digitized for this virtual tour, La Galleria Nazionale in Rome features everything from antiquities to seminal pieces representing the Futurist and Surrealist art movements.

Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe

Honoring one of America’s preeminent artists, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum settled in the same New Mexican desert she once called home. It is dedicated to enriching visitors in the incredible legacy left by the late artist with its collection of her paintings; of which 30 can be viewed online.

Rijks Museum, Amsterdam

One of the more thoroughly digitized experiences is Rijks Museum in Amsterdam. With over 145,000 works available to view virtually, enjoy incredible works from artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Verspronck, to name a few.

Looking for more? Travel + Leisure offer more digital tours of incredible art museums

Posted on March 27, 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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Putting Down Roots | How to Settle in to a New Home

Boca Raton, Florida | John Poletto & Mark NestlerONE Sotheby’s International Realty

There’s a difference between a house and a home. It can take time to personalize the interior of a new house with your own sense of style and décor, making it a welcoming place that becomes a family’s central hub. To help give any new house a head start, or refresh during an extended stay at home, we’ve compiled a few simple tips to make your new property feel distinctly yours.

Start Organized

Bluffton, South Carolina | Renee MeighanCelia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty

The best way to start off in a new home? Make sure you’re organized from the get-go. To make unpacking a breeze, ensure boxes are clearly labeled and organized by room, and that any furniture is placed in its proper spot from the very beginning. You’ll receive an instant sense of familiarity when you walk into your new house and see all of your belongings close to—if not perfectly—where they’re supposed to be. If you’re having renovations done, like painting or decorating, schedule them in advance to avoid chaos as much as possible.

Add Some Greenery

Riverside, Connecticut | Steve ArchinoSotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

Bringing a touch of the outdoors inside is a sure way to make a new space feel fresh and welcoming—and plants have the added benefit of purifying the air. To spruce up your new home, try large potted plants like palms and ferns to brighten entranceways and living rooms. And if you’re looking to instantly achieve that at-home feeling before you’ve settled on more permanent plants, add some fresh bouquets of flowers to the kitchen on your first day in your new abode.

Making Scents

Chicago, Illinois | Tim SalmJameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Smell is a powerful vehicle for nostalgia. Just a hint of a certain scent can transport us to a memory of a vacation or a moment with friends. Whether through a candle, incense, diffused essential oils, or your go-to soap, adding fragrance to your new space makes it even more welcoming. If you’re looking for new scents to christen your new home, try light florals in the living room, something fresh and herbal in the kitchen, and relaxing lavender in the bedroom to aid sleep.

Sounds Like Home

Singapore | Veniz KwongList Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s hard to resist a thrill when a favorite song comes on the radio. Bring that magic mood into your new home by listening to curated music as you settle in. Make a playlist, press play, and let the music of your life fill your new space as you decorate and adjust to your new environs. Creating new memories through sound can smooth the adjustment process.

Fill in the Blanks

Beverly Hills, California | Eric LaveySotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

Unless you’re planning for a minimalist design in your new house, blank walls can be a deterrent in making your space feel homey. That’s not to say you should rush to add permanent artwork: while you decide on your chosen pieces, adding family photos and favorite decorative items from another home can quickly make your new space feel comfortable in the meantime.

Turn on the Lights

Beverly Hills, California | Almila GozenSotheby’s International Realty – Brentwood Brokerage

Lighting is crucial for setting ambiance in a new home. Consider if you need to make any updates to the placement and types of lighting in your house before you move in, so that rooms are cozy and welcoming when you arrive. Lighting candles can also set the tone for those first special evenings in a new space.

Stock the Kitchen

Wellington, Florida | Thomas BaldwinEquestrian Sotheby’s International Realty

The kitchen is the soul of the house, so your new address might not feel like much of a home while it remains empty. Fill your fridge upon arrival, whether you pre-order for delivery or pick up fresh produce on the way. Cooking a meal in your new kitchen is also a great way to feel settled. Invite some family and friends over for a casual meal in the early days of your residence: a celebration with company can make any house a home almost instantly.

Moving into a new space, whether as a permanent residence or a seasonal getaway, is always an exciting time. You may be looking forward to a change of scenery or the chance to create more memories with familiar faces. Regardless of the type of property or how much time you’ll be spending there, these simple ideas go a long way towards making your new home feel like you’ve lived there for years.

Find the perfect setting for your next personalized home in one of these luxury properties.

Posted on March 23, 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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