From a vast historic island estate in New York to a modern masterpiece in Dubai, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.
$125,000,000 USD | Glen Cove, New York | Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
Salutation is an exquisite 46-plus-acre island on the North Shore of Long Island. The land was granted by King George I and purchased by Peter Caverly in 1721 for two hundred pounds. More than 10 adjacent acres were granted with “underwater” rights, valuable for fishing, clamming and boating. The tranquil 28-plus-acre pond, which flows into the Long Island Sound, is home to oyster beds and many varieties of wildlife. The fortified 700-foot sea wall, a 250-foot dock that accommodates yachts and seaplanes, and a helicopter landing spot complete this phenomenal property.
36 200 000 $ CAD | North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Canada Sotheby’s International Realty
In total, this property comprises three separate titles, over 14 acres, a 9,000-square-foot custom-built West Coast home, another self-contained Guest House, working 12-stall paddock/barn, and Greenhouse. The main residence melds indigenous materials of stone, fir, and glass, spilling onto the maturely planted grounds of both native and specimen plantings, with natural and man-made water features. The homes are mechanically superior and the seamless marriage of West Coast architecture and Japanese influence create the perfect backdrop for this one and only retreat. Never before offered as one, the possibilities are endless and with RS3 zoning the future potential, this really could be the last of its kind and is truly a Lower Mainland trophy.
$16,000,000 SGD | Singapore | List Sotheby’s International Realty
This minimalistic bungalow-style home in Treasure Island’s Sentosa Cove features captivating, modern amenities such as a floating staircase, infinity edge pool with indoor access, open floorplan, and incredible views. The home also features a rooftop terrace, partially covered and ideal for entertaining.
Taking its name from surrounding Snowmass Mountain, Capitol Peak, Mount Daly and Mount Sopris, Four Peaks Ranch is the consummate mountain sanctuary. Once inside the gate, a world of unique splendor and beauty awaits. An outdoor paradise spreads out amongst the 876 pristine and unspoiled acres with 15 miles of alluring private trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, paintball, and cross-country skiing. Moreover, a stocked pond and private beach with cabana, abundant wildlife for an exceptional private hunting experience, a chipping and putting green, and even a private labyrinth make these outdoor activities unrivaled for a personal residence of this stature.
129,000,000 د.إ AED | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty
With an expansive 26,000-square-foot built-up area, this Emirates Hills villa exhibits the finest in architectural design and materials used to create a serene family home. From the moment you enter this full golf course-facing home, you feel a sense of tranquility. The oversized picture windows that are inserted into the structure, allows every room to enjoy fabulous views.
Your home can be a frontier: A place where retreat does not mean about-face departure but rather engagement and renewed focus. A space that is both wild and historical — where you free your soul and find your inspiration. It can be a place where horses run.
The properties below embrace cultural heritage, living legacies and untamed nature — environments where you can go both deep and wide. They are vast, with views to forever and traditions rooted in the way-back, designed for the present.
These are luxurious homes in rugged and rural places, with all the resources, access and amenities to provide year-round comfort and revelation — homes designed for hosting exploration and discovery.
1886 S Geneva Road
1886 S Geneva Road, Orem, Utah 84058, United States
It began as one family’s dream to create a place where memories could be made to last a lifetime. It became a stunning residence and recreational facility on nearly 20 acres in a private Utah enclave.
Situated between Utah Lake and the city of Orem, the property is its own microcosm. The main residence, a 20,000-square-foot home called The Barn, gracefully melds classic European design with an American Western aesthetic that reflects the area’s neighboring farms and history. It was built to the highest standards to last for centuries — European carpenters aided the construction. Some of the Barn’s highlights: timber frames; cathedral doors and ceilings; mountain views; a massive central fireplace; an indoor 3-D theater designed by Disney employees to feel alfresco; an indoor pub room with full bar, pool table and other parlor games; a private bathroom in every bedroom; highest-end features and appliances; a 1939 Bösendorfer imperial grand piano from a Vienna opera house; and far more, uniting luxury with fun.
The property features an acre-large engineered pond (stocked with trophy-size fish), a boathouse (which includes changing/bathrooms and a lounge), a dock and boats. The outdoor swimming pool resembles an old rock quarry, with jump-off spots, an underground waterslide, multiple waterfalls, a hot tub, two water cannons, a kids’ pool and a secret passage into the rock face.
It also has a garage and hotel-style guesthouse; a motocross course designed by an industry pro, with a state-of-the-art motorcycle maintenance shop that houses a wet bar and full lounge amenities (could be a stand-alone apartment); two fire pits among the trees; a storybook tree house with AC and heating; a zip line; a “little red schoolhouse”; a ball court; and Utah’s largest private grove of sequoia trees, which add privacy. There is also a gated and tree-enshrouded “secret garden” that is wrought-iron fenced and surrounds a 19th-century fountain from a European church.
This estate can be the ultimate primary residence, vacation home or corporate retreat. Located a short distance from Brigham Young University, it is 20 minutes from Sundance Mountain Resort and less than an hour from Salt Lake City and Park City.
West Creek Ranch
West Creek Ranch, Gateway, Colorado 81522, United States
One of the most significant listings in the American West, West Creek Ranch is a spectacularly diverse private land and estate property boasting one of the finest residences and environments in the world.
Located in Mesa County, Colorado (approximately 6,412 acres), and in Grand County, Utah (approximately 507 acres), the vast property encompasses four parcels of unique land formations, including the soaring Precambrian rock-cliff walls of Unaweep Canyon and magnificent views of Utah’s La Sal Mountains. Together, the residential structures of West Creek Ranch (including the main residence, guesthouse, stables and Sky Mesa cabin) contain a total of 14 bedrooms, 12 full baths and two half baths.
On-ranch treasures include a bear and mountain lion habitat, genuine dinosaur footprints and the historic ruins of Driggs Mansion. The main residence features exquisite finishes and craftsmanship throughout more than 22,000 square feet of indoor living space that contains an 800-pound-capacity elevator servicing all four levels, a great room, formal dining room, breakfast room, chef’s kitchen, spacious study with panoramic views, art studio, theater room, game room, gym, staff quarters and pool and spa, plus four water fountains, six fireplaces, a two-level circular stone library, interior marble archways and columns, and modern geothermal heating/cooling. Also included are an emergency power generator, irrigated equestrian and bison pastures, fishing ponds, a trout stream, a grass airstrip and hangar, a helipad, a five-car garage, stables and an astronomical observatory.
West Creek Ranch is conveniently accessed by nearby Grand Junction Regional Airport and is close to Gateway Canyons Resort, voted in 2016 by “Travel + Leisure” readers as the “Best in the West” and by “Condé Nast Traveler” as the Top Resort in Colorado and third Best Resort in the U.S.
The estate and the four distinct land parcels included in the sale are a collection of some of the most enduring and treasured natural geological wonders in the canyon lands of the American West, which, surrounded by natural, open space, will be preserved for years to come.
Elm Grove Estate
5453 York Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938, United States
Elm Grove Estate is one of Bucks County’s most legendary properties, having been a center of wealth and hunt-country heritage for hundreds of years. Offered outside the Paxson family for only the second time since 1680, this 75-plus-acre estate was part of the Colonial province of Pennsylvania.
The property began with a stone settler’s cottage and grew to include a circa 1700 stone manor house with later additions, a carriage house, barns, workshops and extensive stables used by the former owner. Well hidden behind a long, ivy-covered stone wall, the main house, outbuildings and the surrounding preserved countryside feel like an English estate. This property underwent extensive restoration and updates during the past 15 years, preserving its architectural details and manor-house proportions while also enabling it to serve as a comfortable family residence with modern amenities.
Built in three sections dating to 1700, 1739 and 1938, the main house is approximately 8,601 square feet. There are 10 fireplaces, high ceilings and a bounty of tall sash windows for great natural light. Its wide main entry hall is flanked by an intimate, formal reception room, the hunt room with walk-in fireplace and superb views, and an expansive formal living room that accommodates multiple seating areas and accesses a large rear patio.
Throughout its history, this home has hosted grand-scale events. The addition completed in 1938 contains an exquisite, formal, mansion-size dining room with a hand-painted ceiling and tall Jefferson windows with stunning views. Serving this area is a butler’s pantry and a true commercial-grade kitchen. Above are two floors of private quarters along with a library.
The carriage house is updated and offers complete, character-filled living spaces, with storage below. The house and dependencies overlook verdant, level fields with a stream, pond and forested hills beyond. Enchanting on a misty morning and as the night sets in, Elm Grove is a prime property that’s ready to add a new chapter to its long and storied history.
1097 St. John Road, Keswick, Virginia 22947, United States
On 200 acres of gently rolling, lush pastures, Eldon Farm is a one-of-a-kind country estate in the heart of celebrated equestrian territory Keswick, Virginia. The estate’s multiple houses and barns have been meticulously renovated in keeping with its Virginia surroundings and European style by the current owners and renowned interior designer Jeannette Whitson, from Nashville.
Loving overhauls and new builds on the property include the main house, guesthouse, caretaker’s house, hunter barn, show barn and pool — all of which fuse tactile rustic with modern ease. The main home, built in 1940, features exposed-wood-beam ceilings, multiple fireplaces, exquisite Farrow & Ball wallpapers and paints, Carrara marble and Waterworks fixtures in all baths, and a Lacanche Sully dual-oven cooking range (with custom hood) and Sub-Zero and Miele appliances in the kitchen (plus a kitchen-side terrace with a custom-made Grillworks titanium wood-fired rotisserie grill). These and endless small flourishes mark a place designed to comfort and function with exacting precision.
In an area known for horse farms, Eldon Farm is an equestrian haven like no other. Along with its state-of-the-art barns, the extensive fencing throughout the grounds has been fastidiously maintained, and the property structures are equipped for both guests and business: The show barn, for instance, features a second-floor office and apartment, including a bath, large kitchen and bar above working ground-floor stables and two more offices, plus a trophy room (that can double as a conference space), a laundry room and a full equestrian lab — alongside a large outdoor riding arena. All stall and barn hardware was made by world-famous Lucas Equine Equipment. Two barns have backup generators, separate storage buildings (for tractors, hay or shavings), individual wells and watered paddocks.
Only a 25-minute drive from Charlottesville, Eldon has a painting-perfect tree-lined driveway that leads the way into its sprawling lawns, etched by natural features such as a year-round stream, two ponds and shade-tree stands. It also has classic-modern structures: a grand white trellis; a new, elegant 60-foot-long bluestone saltwater pool with a sun shelf and automated cover; and an oversized hot tub. This is a place for lovers of horses and extra-fine and functional country living.
Berman Buckskin Ranch
1305 Anderson Road, Telluride, Colorado 81435, United States
The Berman Buckskin Ranch is one of the finest recreational properties in the Rocky Mountains. Located just 13 miles on year-round roads from the legendary resort town of Telluride, this ranch retreat offers everything outdoor-sports and nature lovers with fine taste can imagine.
The spectacular property was owned for generations by a regional ranching family until it was acquired by Hollywood producer Oliver Stone. Both Mr. Stone and the ranch’s present owner, gaming mogul and poker legend Lyle Berman, invested tens of millions of dollars in residential, recreational and equestrian improvements to the property, which has entertained scores of celebrity guests. Most recently, the equestrian facilities were used to train members of the cast for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.
The main house, commissioned by Mr. Stone, was featured in Architectural Digest. It is a contemporary version of a western ranch home, featuring soaring windowed spaces that frame the dramatic surrounding views from varied levels and vantages. The spaces are accented with clustered columns of steel and timber and the home’s great room is the place to congregate around a towering stone fireplace. The home and extensive outbuildings have been further expanded, updated and customized by Mr. Berman.
Along with its extensive grazing pastures, rolling flower-filled meadows, aspen forests encircled by 14,000-foot mountains (including the iconic Wilson Peak), and miles of private trails for hiking, biking, and snowmobiling, the ranch is a horse enthusiast’s dream. Its 32,000-square-foot equestrian facility offers a world-class 24-stall barn, indoor riding arena, paddocks and extensive corrals specifically designed to house and show horses, along with a top-of-the-line vet facility to care for animals in-house.
The property has two stocked fishing ponds, rich with cutthroat and brown trout, that have been carefully maintained for years and offer all-season angling. There is also an Olympic-quality sporting clays course with multiple stations for trap shooting.
The nearby historic town and ski resort of Telluride, Colorado, is recognized worldwide for its stunning alpine beauty, sophisticated charm, boundless recreational activities and the internationally important Telluride Film Festival.
From the October 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso shows us that mid-century modern architecture isn’t just having its moment. It’s having an extended renaissance.
“It’s as if the mechanism that refreshes cultural trends every few years has developed a glitch,” wrote The New York Times.
The modernist style began in the late 1930s and took hold after World War II as new materials and building techniques became available that allowed architects to break with the past. Decades on, mid-century modern continues to feel fresh. And not just because TV’s “Mad Men” glamorized the style. It’s because the clean lines, open floor plans and expansive windows that characterize the style emphasize the “modern” rather than the “mid-century.”
Price Upon Request | San Rafael, California | Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty
Carib Daniel Martin, an architect and self-described “modernist at heart,” renovated the mid-century modern house in the Washington, DC, suburb of Kensington, Maryland, that serves as both his home and office.
He says he’s attracted to the simplicity, the airiness and the way mid-century modern homes “nicely straddle two worlds. They have a modernist feel but are still connected to the more traditional idea of what a home is, which is why people feel comfortable in them.”
$1,900,000 USD | Amagansett, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage
Martin and his architect-wife, Gabriela Leniz, have worked on many renovation and expansion projects of mid-century modern homes. He says clients tend to be evenly split between those attracted by style alone and those who appreciate its historical context.
On the other side of the country, influential mid-century modern architects and builders left legacies in California, particularly in Palm Springs and the San Francisco Bay Area. Michael Dreyfus of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty in Palo Alto, California, says, “We are fortunate to have an inventory of homes built in the 1950s by developer Joseph Eichler, the pioneer who brought mid-century modern to the masses.” Buyers like the efficiency. “The homes were able to deliver so much in less space. You can get three and four bedrooms in a very small footprint,” he says.
$5,950,000 USD | New Canaan, Connecticut | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty
More recently, Dreyfus has noticed the trend of mid-century modern elements being incorporated into new construction. “There’s something about the style that’s captured people’s imaginations today,” Dreyfus says. “Younger buyers in Silicon Valley are more design-oriented, and mid-century modern really plays into the social fabric.”
$5,450,00 USD | Denver, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty
The love affair with mid-century modern is inescapable. Architectural walking tours sell out, museum exhibits trumpet its culture-shaping impact and events like Modernism Week, an 11-day festival in Palm Springs, routinely draws tens of thousands of devotees to the land of William Krisel, Richard Neutra and Donald Wexler. “Mad Men” may have inspired an obsession, but the resurgence of midcentury modern continues on, powered of its own accord.
October 17, 2017 – Condé Nast Traveler announced today the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
Not only do the 2017 Awards include a selection of local hotel and resort properties, but the historic mountain town itself, Telluride, Colorado, was among the winners (#7) in the category for “Best Small Cities in the U.S.” In addition to the #1 small city, Charleston, South Carolina, Telluride was joined on the list with other mountain resort towns Aspen, Colorado (#2) and Park City, UT (#9).
Over 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines, and 195 airports.
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers.
The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 24, 2017. The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca. Start planning your vacation to Telluride, www.tellurideskiresort.com. You’ll never forget your first time…
From a sprawling historic ranch in Hawaii to a historic palazzo in Rome, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale feature homes from some of the world’s finest locales.
$260,000,000 USD | Maunaloa, Hawaii | Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty
The Island of Molokai, central to the main Hawaiian Islands, has for generations been an oasis for Hawaiian royalty, tycoons and naturalists alike. Comprising approximately 55,575 acres and 35% of the island, Molokai Ranch is the most significant offering in the state of Hawaii. The successful new owner will be among the top five private landowners in the state.
$25,000,000 USD | Redondo Beach, California | Vista Sotheby’s International Realty
With over 62,000 square-feet of beachfront property on two parcels, this dramatic compound is almost impossible to duplicate. The main house comprises over 10,000 square-feet of exquisite living area, and the “companion house” has over 5,500 square-feet. Both homes are located behind gated entrances, both with direct access to the sand, a spectacular pool with spa, a private sand volleyball court, and a large yard. The views span from Palos Verdes through the beach cities, including the entire Santa Monica Bay.
$39,000,000 USD | Nassau, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty
Magnificent and one-of-a-kind, this grand 20,000-square-foot home is bespoke, sits on approximately one-and-one-half acres, with 246 linear feet of gorgeous sandy beach. Its southern border backs the 16th hole of the Ocean Club Estates Golf Course. This beachfront estate is equipped with resort-style amenities including an infinity-edged pool, pool deck, outdoor shower and professional tennis court with an air-conditioned pavilion.
$34,950,000 USD | New York City, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage
With 140 feet of Park Views on two levels, this incomparable Penthouse is one of the most significant to come to market; a renovation that took several years has transformed the home into an oasis above the Park. The Penthouse has a large terrace with a clear glass parapet wall on Central Park, spanning the entire 21st floor with access from magnificent French doors. The Penthouse offers approximately 3,974 square-feet of interior living 480 square-feet of terrace space.
Price Upon Request | Rome, Italy | Italy Sotheby’s International Realty
Palazzo Sacchetti is a late Renaissance building among the most beautiful of Rome. Its construction was carried out in 1542 by Sangallo, the architect of Palazzo Farnese and coadjutor of Raffaello in the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica. Sangallo built it for himself, dedicating the last years of his life to make it the “perfect building.” In 1608, it was bought by the Archbishop of Naples, who built the chapel frescoed by Agostino Ciampelli. Later, in the second half of the 17th century It was purchased by the Marquis Sacchetti of Florence. Palazzo Sacchetti is a pearl in the heart of Rome; not surprisingly it has been used as a set for some scenes in the Oscar-winning film The Great Beauty, of which the eternal city is the real protagonist.
Leather, wood and warm autumnal colors fill the 11 rooms and 18 “residences” at this boutique hotel. As do hickory floors, Egyptian cotton sheets and views of the San Juan Mountains. The residences, which vary in size from one to five bedrooms, offer chef’s kitchens and ample living space (the three-bedroom residences average 2,600 square feet).
So, bring all your friends — including the furry ones. Not only is the hotel on the slopes of Telluride Ski Resort, and thus mere steps from hiking trails, but it caters to pet owners with dog beds, bowls and treats.
Movie buffs should try to catch the eighth annual Telluride Horror Show ($150 for a three-day pass) from October 13-15. The film festival features a wide selection of hair-raising flicks — at a time when the town is awash in golden Aspens.
Lumière Hotel, 118 Lost Creek Ln, Telluride, CO 81435; +1 970 369 0400
From the September 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso shows us that a library can be a true reflection of your best self.
Walk into a personal library and you enter a realm, not just a room. No other space offers as much insight into a homeowner’s preferences, style and intellectual curiosity. They can feel intimate and consequential.
$2,500,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty
In Newport, Rhode Island, the centerpiece of one sprawling condominium is a massive library with vaulted cedar-shingled ceilings, cherry and mahogany millwork and an imposing fireplace. Although it looks authentic to the home, the library was a meticulous 21st century reimagining by its current owners out of a space where coachmen once met. The condo, joined together from three units, is in a former carriage house built in 1852 that was once part of an estate owned by John Jacob Astor. Kate Kirby Greenman of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport calls the library “remarkable.”
$5,900,000 USD | Salt Lake City, Utah | Summit Sotheby’s International Realty
The 30 by 30-foot room, accessed by stairs or elevator, also has an adjoining butler’s pantry and wet bar which makes it ideal for entertaining as well as for quiet contemplation, notes Greenman. “People enter the library and are just awestruck,” she says. “It’s very peaceful, very beautiful and it just takes your breath away.”
In a digital world, the idea of a space given over to actual hard-covered books might seem anachronistic if it wasn’t still so alluring. Even die-hard texters, tweeters and e-reader enthusiasts easily get swept up in rooms dedicated to stories, history and ideas. But without question libraries have evolved. Today, they’re a backdrop for entertainment and a showcase for art and design.
$16,950,000 USD | Paradise Valley, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty
“I love the way you can manipulate space with books,” says architect Susan Bower of Mitchell Wall Architect and Design in St. Louis, Missouri. Line a room with books and they can give the impression of wallpaper. Build freestanding bookcases and they become sculptural pieces. “They lend a presence and a depth to any room,” Bower says. “In a library, you have all these ideas captured between bindings. It’s just a wonderful repository of human thought.”
Imagine if you could bask in the glow of the Mediterranean sunshine, embrace the tranquility of the Dutch woodlands or behold the drama of the Rocky Mountains, all while reducing environmental impact and saving money?
Good news: With the following eco-friendly properties, you can. Located around the globe, each is on the cutting edge of living green by utilizing a range of technologies to increase energy efficiency and reuse valuable resources. At the same time, these properties offer the highest standards of luxury, proving that living with an environmental conscience doesn’t have to mean living without comfort.
851 Wilson Way, Telluride, Colorado, 81435 United States
Gracefully set upon one of the most dramatic 35-acre sites in the spectacular Telluride region, this masterpiece of eco-friendly design is exceptional in its setting, quality and accommodation. The home overlooks a reflective pond that mirrors views of a towering cirque of rolling meadows and 14,000-foot peaks, and its soaring spaces showcase the very best in sophisticated mountain living.
It’s the result of a collaboration between its owners and a team of talented design and build professionals. Featuring the very finest materials from all over the world, including custom-quarried marble from Italy, limestone from India, exotic granites, bluestone and native rock, the construction process was uncompromising in its commitment to efficiency and quality. In addition, the property leverages low-voltage lighting, recirculating water features and rooftop gardens with native plants to maximize efficiency.
Aesthetically, center-pivot glass doors wrap the home and give way to large outdoor spaces ideally suited for entertaining or quiet reflection. Sumptuous master and guest suites seamlessly blend intimate living areas with epic outdoor spaces. Amenities include a fitness room, spas, salon, home theater, wine room and outdoor fire pits. The kitchen is fit for a top chef with its suite of top-of-the-line appliances.
The sum of these remarkable efforts has created a striking and efficient sanctuary nestled gracefully in the mountains — the perfect balance between privacy and proximity.
This modern, spacious villa has stunning views that stretch beyond Ibiza’s Morna Valley to the island of Formentera in the distance. Located on a magnificent 64-acre plot, the property offers an eco-conscious approach to luxury living combined with absolute privacy and tranquility.
The property’s meticulously designed layout consists of seven bedroom suites structured around a substantial open-plan living area. State-of- the-art sliding window systems open on extensive terracing — complete with infinity pool — that provides breathtaking views of the Mediterranean landscape. Only the highest-quality fixtures, fittings and materials were selected to ensure luxurious standards of living. The property is largely self-sufficient, as it uses solar power and a private well. Native fruits and vegetables on the property are produced organically.
It consists of a double bedroom, living room and kitchen, and it offers an even more comprehensive view of the surrounding valley and the sea in the distance. The property’s other features include an outdoor bar, a barbecue and an all-around security system, adding up to the perfect blend of seclusion, efficiency and comfort.
IJzeren Veldweg 3, North Holland, 1272 PZ, Netherlands
Just a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam, on the edge of Huizen and in the Gooi Nature Reserve, lies one of the most unique houses in Holland. Built into the side of a hill called Mol’s Hoop, the home seamlessly blends with its woodland surroundings. The name is a play on words that references both the Dutch term for molehill and the hope for a greener future.
Garnering international press, the house is commonly referred to as Dutch Mountain. Due to its unique form and hyper-sustainable functionality, it’s been the subject of a documentary and has been featured in TV shows, as well as news articles. Now, eight years since the owners — a couple who work in architecture and art history — drafted the original plans, they are offering it for sale in order to take on a new project.
This self-sufficient house remains ahead of its time. With their creative and humorous approach to design, the owners used things that few would consider to create a state-of-the-art, but timeless, interior. Much of the home’s efficiency comes from being built into the adjacent hill, which allows it to store energy while using passive solar technology to heat the house through the prominent glass facade. Less obvious eco-friendly features include photovoltaics, LED lighting, wood pellet heating and more.
This, combined with the owners’ collection of acquired or created art and design — often made from recycled materials — complete the home’s organic aesthetic. A prominent feature is the 30-year-old Daimler Double Six automobile. After being driven by the owners for years, it has now been repurposed as a kitchen cupboard. The property also includes other custom-made furniture. With such a focus on its natural surroundings, wildlife is plentiful: foxes, owls, buzzards, woodpeckers, moles and bee colonies all live nearby. On three sides, the spacious garden merges with the woods and heaths of the Gooi Nature Reserve.
Built among the mysterious boulders of Spring Bay National Park, this property seems to melt into its stunning natural surroundings. Toad Hall Estate is graced with international character and charm, and it currently operates as a popular, secluded vacation rental. While conveniently located 10 minutes from the main ferry dock in Spanish Town, the estate imbues its guests with a sense of escape via the long private driveway.
Built in the original West Indian style with covered outdoor spaces, Toad Hall includes three enclosed bed/bathroom pavilions and one smaller studio pavilion. You’ll feel part of nature as the property’s unique indoor/outdoor layout allows for naturally cooling air flow. Rainwater is collected off the roof for greater efficiency, while water captured from the driveway is used for irrigation.
The estate was designed to allow guests their privacy inside personal pavilions, while having the option of congregating outside in the shared spaces, just steps from their bedroom doors. Inside these Caribbean-style houses, the rooms have been tastefully decorated with elegant, contemporary furnishings. Each pavilion features an outdoor shower built between large boulders, and fenced in for privacy. Kitchen and living areas are open-plan.
Taken as a whole, Toad Hall Estate is more than just an investment opportunity for deluxe rental accommodations: It is also a possible business venture for entrepreneurs who want to expand on an existing vacation villa. The villa includes its own on-site restaurant, Mad Dog. While the establishment is owned by Toad Hall Estate, the daily operations, finance and logistics of the business are managed by restaurateurs.
Renowned Residence at Troon Village
10989 E Tusayan Trl., Scottsdale, Arizona, 85255 United States
At an elevation of 2,600 feet, this eco-friendly masterpiece seamlessly integrates with the natural, boulder-strewn landscape of Troon Mountain. The 5,000-square- foot residence is located within the private gated community of Tusayan at Troon Village, and features extensive use of green technology. It is constructed of steel, concrete, stone and glass at different levels on the five-acre cul-de- sac lot. It boasts jaw-dropping views of the valley and mountain ranges, and it also features rooftop gardens and solar panels to increase energy efficiency.
Interwoven between the buildings are walkways, staircases surrounded by foliage, exterior patios, pergolas and cabanas. A canal-like waterway feeds the pool, which features a cantilevered negative-edge water feature, spa and rope swing. In keeping with its luxurious setting, the home’s rooms — including four bedrooms, den, library, separate workshop and game room — are comfortably and elegantly appointed. The large kitchen/dining room features vinegar-stained walnut cabinets, limestone counter tops, modern kitchen appliances and dual islands. Outdoor dining is a breeze, with multiple outdoor lounge areas that include a full outdoor bar with grill.
Among the eco-friendly features: clay walls, maximum ventilation with roof openings and transom windows, interior and exterior spaces designed to channel natural mountain air, solar energy, tankless water heater and decomposed granite driveway.
A true example of collaboration, research and forward-thinking eco-design, this is a one-of-a-kind property in North Scottsdale.
Whether it’s the comfort offered in a classic flavor or a famed modernist masterpieceby Andy Warhol, the Campbell Soup Company and their iconic can are pop-cultural and culinary staples. The Dorrance family represents the heirs to the aforementioned household name brand and, as recently covered by Mansion Globaland The Wall Street Journal, three of the family’s homes have recently come to market in the Northeastern United States.
$12,500,000 USD | Newport, Rhode Island | Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty
The first, known as “The Bird House,” is the former home Dorrance Hill Hamilton and can be found at one of the highest points in Newport, Rhode Island. State-of-the-art in every aspect, from geothermal heating and cooling to exquisitely crafted details and top-of-the-line amenities, the soaring two-story entrance hall and living room with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace enjoy panoramic ocean views.
Dorrance, or “Dodo” as she was known by her closest friends, passed away this past April at 88. Before her death, she spared no expense to create a beautiful sanctuary using all that modern technology can provide including Tischler custom windows and doors, three-stop elevator, radiant heated floors, whole house generator, and exquisite landscaping.
At nearly 10,000 square-feet of living space on over three-and-one-half-acres, the home bears it’s ornithological moniker from its many bird-inspired design elements throughout.
$16,500,000 USD | Gladwyne, Pennsylvania | Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty
The second home, named “Linden Hill,” can be found in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Designed between 1928 and 1931 by Edmund B. Gilchrist for stockbroker Rodman Ellison Griscom, this French Norman-Style home was owned by the Dorrance family for over 50 years.
Sprawling 67 acres, discover an initial courtyard formed by turreted caretaker’s quarters, a 10-car garage, stables and additional staff houses leads to the crest of a hill. At the end of a narrow-walled lane, the magnificent manor house reveals itself, a majestic example of inspired design of breathtaking scale and symmetry. Pass through the courtyard entry where brick chimney stacks on guest houses cleverly frame the main house, and behold a truly historic mansion, beautifully maintained with complete respect for its origins, yet offering every modern amenity.
Its grand-scale formal rooms offer elegant and easy, expansive or intimate entertaining spaces. Private quarters are equally inviting with family living quarters that accommodate guests for short-term or extended stays. Beyond the main house are two pools, a pool house, tennis court and a beautiful aviary, all set within absolutely stunning gardens and grounds.
$6,295,000 USD | Bar Harbor, Maine | The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty
Lastly, we find ourselves in Bar Harbor, Maine at “La Rochelle” – a captivating waterfront retreat and one of the village’s most treasured addresses. As covered in Mansion Global, the home is truly an iconic piece of Bar Harbor’s legacy.
In the early 1940s, the home belonged to Tristram and Ethel Colket; before marrying Tristram, Ethel bore the surname Dorrance as she was daughter of John Thompson Dorrance, co-founder of the Campbell Soup Company. Built in 1902, this Georgian Revival masterpiece was the village’s first brick summer cottage.
Looking out over Frenchman Bay, this sprawling home is an architectural and historic masterpiece; among its features are forty-one rooms in the 13,000 plus square-feet of living space, manicured gardens and lawn, and nearly three oceanfront acres.
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