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Art & Home | Through the Looking Glass

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From the Summer 2017 edition of Art & Home, Iyna Bort Caruso takes us through the looking glass and into a world of homes that feature captivating glass structures.

For the last 16 years, Thomas Roszak has lived with his family in a glass home of his own design, and he’s already thinking of his next one. “I don’t see any other way to live.”


Price Upon Request | Auckland, New Zealand | New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

Roszak, a Chicago, Illinois-based architect, built his see-through home in the suburbs on an acre of land screened by 60 to 80-foot maples, oaks and honeylocusts to block the sun–and block prying eyes. It was his dream house, combining his ideas about how space flows from one room to the next and the changing play of light. At times the home is transparent, other times it is reflective, mirroring the environment and creating a habitat where the outside and inside become one.

Glass walls frame scenery like a mural. The more dramatic the backdrop, the greater the role glass plays as a design element. Mike Shapiro, chairman of HÔM Sotheby’s International Realty in Newport Beach, California, says, “Homeowners here spend millions for the view, so the more glass the happier they are.”


$19,995,000 USD | Bridgehampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

Glass brings homeowners into nature with an aesthetic that fits in perfectly with the simplicity of modern design. Light, airiness and a sense of abundance are at the very essence of contemporary architecture.

Glass buildings are modern, but they’re not new. Today’s generation pay homage to icons like the Glass House by Philip Johnson built in 1949 in Canaan, Connecticut, and the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, completed in 1951 by Mies van der Rohe. Both are now operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and look as fresh and relevant as the day they were built.


$24,000,000 USD | Carpinteria, California | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Upper Village Road Brokerage

The difference is that today’s glass structures are no longer plagued by the problems of earlier models such as condensation, leakage and energy waste. They don’t suffer heat loss in winter or heat gain in summer. Glass homes are now high performance structures. Thanks to advancements, glass is also being incorporated into residences in inventive new ways. Shapiro has seen a surge in glass used in interior bridges, flooring surfaces and negative edge pool walls. “The technology is extraordinary,” he says.


$4,495,000 USD | Scottsdale, Arizona | Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty 

Glass homes as architectural curiosities are a thing of the past. “When we first moved in nobody on our street liked the house,” recalls Roszak. “Now 15 years later, everybody loves it. They talk about how they live on the road that has the glass house, so now they kind of made it their own.”  Roszak says it’s about education. “People don’t understand modern houses until they see them on the timeline of architectural history. As technology advances, aesthetics advance.  Art and architecture should always look forward.”

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Architectural Digest | 20 of the Largest Homes for Sale in America

With homes upward of 57,000 square feet, you might struggle explaining to guests how to find their bedrooms

Just behind Russia and Canada, the United States is the third largest country in the world in terms of land mass. So it makes sense that some of the biggest homes in the world reside in America. But it’s not just the sheer size that makes these massive homes so majestic. It’s the exterior design, breathtaking scenery, and beautifully styled interiors that turn these mansions into something truly remarkable. From a $250 million, 38,000-square-foot home in Los Angeles to a Georgian Colonial Manor in New Jersey that’s surrounded by acres of trees, AD rounds up 20 of the largest homes in America for sale right now. Indeed, with these homes, amassing the money to buy them might be just as hard as finding your way through the grand interiors.
Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBuilt: 1988Price: $200,000,000Bed/Baths: 14 bedrooms, 27 full bathroomsInterior Sq. Footage: 56,500

Location: Los Angeles, California
Built: 1988
Price: $200,000,000
Bed/Baths: 14 bedrooms, 27 full bathrooms
Interior Sq. Footage: 56,500
Location: Montecito, CaliforniaBuilt: 1931Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 10 full and 3 partial bathroomsInterior Sq. Footage: 29,483Lot Size: 237 acres

Location: Montecito, California
Built: 1931
Price: $85,000,000
Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 10 full and 3 partial bathrooms
Interior Sq. Footage: 29,483
Lot Size: 237 acres
Location: Alton, New HampshireBuilt: 2004Price: $19,800,000Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 26 full bathroomsInterior Sq. Footage: 63,029Lot Size: 16.56 acres

Location: Alton, New Hampshire
Built: 2004
Price: $19,800,000
Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 26 full bathrooms
Interior Sq. Footage: 63,029
Lot Size: 16.56 acres
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New and Notable Luxury Properties for Sale | July 2017

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From a historic nineteenth century castle in Cannes, France, to a modern villa on Frond M of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, this month’s collection of exceptional properties for sale features some of the world’s finest locales.


Price Upon Request | Cannes, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

Ideally located on the prestigious Avenue du Roi Albert, east of ‘la Californie’ in Cannes, this unique nineteenth century castle was completely renovated and expanded, and faces the Lérins Islands, offering a magnificent view of the sea. Witness of a golden era, the house, by architect Rimbaud was completed in 1872, when Aristide Boucicaut, founder of “Bon Marche,” built two additional wings and various annexes such as a chapel and the winter garden.


$27,900,000 USD | Southampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

Nestled on more than six-acres with over 400 feet of frontage on Taylor Creek, this waterfront home offers access to Shinnecock Bay and the Atlantic Ocean from its private dock. Discreetly located on a highly prized and quiet lane, 11 bedrooms and ten baths are offered in the main house and attached cottages. Among the property’s features are a pool house and 50-foot heated pool, room for tennis, paddle board, kayak, sail or motor.


$25,000,000 USD | Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Deep Water Cay, a world-renowned bone fishing resort is located on the eastern end of Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas – just 130 miles from the east coast of Florida. The property sits on a unique 91-acre island with its own private, paved 4,200-foot airstrip, three beaches (totaling more than two miles), and is surrounded by beautiful ocean, islands and mangroves, with some of the best fishing and diving in the world.


$27,500,000 USD | Hamilton, Montana | Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty

In the Southwest corner of Montana, in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley, rests the exclusive Stock Farm Club. Within this private community, nestled on a stunning 17-acre plot, you will find the ultimate western farmhouse – the breathtaking 25,000-square-foot, 10-bedroom home features a four-stall horse barn, pond and artisan creek, grotto-style pool, and underground shooting range.


85,000,000 د.إ AED | Palm Jumeirah, Dubai | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This modern villa on Frond M of The Palm Jumeirah encompasses over 13,000 square-feet of living space, offering one of the largest available villas on the Palm. Significantly higher than the standard Nakheel offerings, this home is very prestigious; the location has its own private access gate, so in essence, the villa enjoys two points of security to keep your home safe, secure, and private.

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Telluride among Conde Nast Reader’s Best Small Cities – 2016


Telluride, Colorado

Pristine alpine skiing meets luxury in Telluride, a picturesque former mining town. Grab a Local’s Lager at the Telluride Brewing Company, or learn more about the town’s history at the Telluride Historical Museum, located in a converted hospital built in 1896. Return in summer for the world-renowned Bluegrass Festival, where you can listen to live performances against the backdrop of the San Juan mountains.

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Significant Sales | Volume II – Issue II

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From the award-winning Tower House in New York, to over 1,000 sprawling acres of rolling farmland in New Zealandthis issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United StatesMalta, and South Africa.

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28 of the Most Expensive Homes for Sale in America


From coast to coast, America is filled with beautiful homes. Much of what makes the structures—such as private oceanfront properties or 57,000-square-foot chateau-styled mansions—so stunning comes with a steep price tag. And quite frankly, the math is simple: The better the location, the larger the home, and the more over-the-top amenities equal sky-high listings. From the most expensive home in America (which includes a James Bond–themed home theater and a four-lane bowling alley) to homes situated roughly 1,400 feet in the sky, AD rounds up the 28 most expensive homes in America for sale.

Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBuilt: 2017Price: $75,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 21 bathroomsSq. Footage: 40,000Lot Size: 1.35 acres

Location: Los Angeles, California
Built: 2017
Price: $75,000,000Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 40,000
Lot Size: 1.35 acres

Location: Wainscott, New YorkBuilt: 2000Price: $75,000,000Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 12 full and 3 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 18,000Lot Size: 25.0 acres

Location: Wainscott, New York
Built: 2000
Price: $75,000,000
Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 12 full and 3 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 18,000
Lot Size: 25.0 acres
Location: Beverly Hills, CaliforniaBuilt: 2002Price: $129,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 5 full and 18 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 28,122Lot Size: 24.99 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: Beverly Hills, California
Built: 2002
Price: $129,000,000Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 5 full and 18 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 28,122
Lot Size: 24.99 acres

Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBuilt: 1990Price: $200,000,000Bed/Baths: 14 bedrooms, 16 bathroomsSq. Footage: 52,503Lot Size: 4.69 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate


Location: Los Angeles, California
Built: 1990
Price: $200,000,000
Bed/Baths: 14 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 52,503
Lot Size: 4.69 acres
Location: Lantana, FloridaBuilt: 2002Price: $165,000,000Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 15 full and 10 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 20,597Lot Size: 15.65 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby’s


Location: Lantana, Florida
Built: 2002
Price: $165,000,000
Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 15 full and 10 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 20,597
Lot Size: 15.65 acres
Location: East Hampton, New YorkBuilt: 1931Price: $140,000,000Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 9 full and 1 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 10,300Lot Size: 11.2 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: East Hampton, New York
Built: 1931
Price: $140,000,000
Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 9 full and 1 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 10,300
Lot Size: 11.2 acres
Location: New York, New YorkBuilt: 2015Price (for penthouse): $82,000,000Bed/Baths: 6 bedrooms, 8 full bathroomsSq. Footage: 8,255
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: New York, New York
Built: 2015
Price (for penthouse): $82,000,000
Bed/Baths: 6 bedrooms, 8 full bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 8,255
Location: Southampton, New YorkPrice: $145,000,000Bed/Baths: 22 bedrooms, 21 full and 2 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 22,000Lot Size: 3.7 acres
Photo: Jake Rajs


Location: Southampton, New York
Price: $145,000,000
Bed/Baths: 22 bedrooms, 21 full and 2 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 22,000
Lot Size: 3.7 acres
Location: Beverly Hills, CaliforniaBuilt: 1980Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 11 bedrooms, 17 bathroomsSq. Footage: 10,948Lot Size: 16 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: Beverly Hills, California
Built: 1980
Price: $85,000,000
Bed/Baths: 11 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 10,948
Lot Size: 16 acres
Location: Darien, ConnecticutBuilt: 2016Price: $175,000,000Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 9 bathroomsSq. Footage: 13,107Lot Size: 63 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s


Location: Darien, Connecticut
Built: 2016
Price: $175,000,000
Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 13,107
Lot Size: 63 acres
Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CaliforniaBuilt: 1973Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 4 bedrooms, 7 full and 2 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 8,148
Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s


Location: Rancho Santa Fe, California
Built: 1973
Price: $85,000,000
Bed/Baths: 4 bedrooms, 7 full and 2 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 8,148
Location: Kings Point, New YorkBuilt: 1928Price: $85,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 18 bedrooms, 6 full and 4 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 14,551Lot Size: 7.7 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: Kings Point, New York
Built: 1928
Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 18 bedrooms, 6 full and 4 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 14,551
Lot Size: 7.7 acres

Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBuilt: 2007Price: $85,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 14 full bathroomsSq. Footage: 35,378Lot Size: 2.2 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: Los Angeles, California
Built: 2007
Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 14 full bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 35,378
Lot Size: 2.2 acres

Location: New York, New YorkBuilt: 1910Price: $84,500,000Bed/Baths: 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathroomsSq. Footage: 2,500
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: New York, New York
Built: 1910
Price: $84,500,000
Bed/Baths: 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 2,500
Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBuilt: 1939Price: $88,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 17 bedrooms, 13 bathroomsSq. Footage: 30,000Lot Size: 2.81 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: Los Angeles, California
Built: 1939
Price: $88,000,000Bed/Baths: 17 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 30,000
Lot Size: 2.81 acres

Location: Los Angeles, CaliforniaBuilt: 1938Price: $32,876,098Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 9 bathroomsSq. Footage: 9,843Lot Size: 2.16 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: Los Angeles, California
Built: 1938
Price: $32,876,098
Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 9,843
Lot Size: 2.16 acres
Location: Chestnut Hill, MassachusettsBuilt: 1999Price: $90,000,000 

Bed/Baths:  8 bedrooms, 7 full and 5 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 26,623Lot Size: 13.86 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Built: 1999
Price: $90,000,000Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 7 full and 5 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 26,623
Lot Size: 13.86 acres

Location: Naples, FloridaBuilt: 2009Price: $65,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 15,996Lot Size: 4.08 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: Naples, Florida
Built: 2009
Price: $65,000,000Bed/Baths: 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 15,996
Lot Size: 4.08 acres

Location: Palm Beach, FloridaBuilt: 2015Price: $64,900,000 

Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 10 partial bathroomsLot Size: 1.39 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Built: 2015
Price: $64,900,000Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 10 partial bathrooms
Lot Size: 1.39 acres

Location: New York, New YorkBuilt: 1931Price: $96,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 7 bedrooms, 10 full bathroomsLot Size: 0.38 acres
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: New York, New York
Built: 1931
Price: $96,000,000Bed/Baths: 7 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms
Lot Size: 0.38 acres

Location: New York, New YorkBuilt: 2005Price: $85,000,000 

Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 8 bathroomsSq. Footage: 10,000
Photo: Courtesy of Trulia


Location: New York, New York
Built: 2005
Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 10,000

Location: Miami Beach, FloridaPrice: $65,000,000Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 10 full and 2 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 20,000Lot Size: 1.407 acres
Photo: Courtesy of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty/Alexa Iacovelli


Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Price: $65,000,000
Bed/Baths: 10 bedrooms, 10 full and 2 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 20,000
Lot Size: 1.407 acres
Location: Gateway, ColoradoPrice: $149,000,000Bed/Baths: 14 bedrooms, 12 full and 2 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 22,000Lot Size: 6.9 acres
Photo: Courtesy of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty/Whit Richardson


Location: Gateway, Colorado
Price: $149,000,000
Bed/Baths: 14 bedrooms, 12 full and 2 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 22,000
Lot Size: 6.9 acres
Location: Montecito, CaliforniaBuilt: 1931Price: $85,000,000Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 10 full and 3 partial bathroomsSq. Footage: 29,483Lot Size: 237.82 acres
Photo: Jim Bartsch


Location: Montecito, California
Built: 1931
Price: $85,000,000
Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 10 full and 3 partial bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 29,483
Lot Size: 237.82 acres
Location: Bel-Air, CaliforniaPrice: $250,000,000Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 21 full bathroomsSq. Footage: 38,000
Photo: Courtesy of Berlyn Photography


Location: Bel-Air, California
Price: $250,000,000
Bed/Baths: 12 bedrooms, 21 full bathrooms
Sq. Footage: 38,000

Transfer Warehouse winner named

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New York City firm LTL Architects won the hearts of community members and the Telluride Arts selection committee for its conceptual Telluride Transfer Warehouse design.

The designs of three architects were presented during a public open house Tuesday, according to a Telluride Arts news release. The LTL firm emerged the winner in a months-long design competition for the historic space.

All three finalists (Gluckman Tang, NADAAA and LTL) were in Telluride this week for the final stretch of the competition, which began in January. Each firm shared preliminary conceptual designs during the open house.

The priorities set forth for the competition by Telluride Arts included creating a flexible space within the warehouse for exhibitions and events, while allowing the historic stone to be exposed, and generating a flow between the inside and outside. The three designs were very diverse, but shared a similar approach in building a box within the walls to maximize the exposure of the historic stone on the inside, the news release explained.

Hundreds from the public, including Telluride Town Council members, attended the open house to view the drawings, models and computer animations. Those who attended were allowed to ask the architects questions before submitting their personal comments for consideration during the final decision process. The selection committee heard formal presentations by each firm, weighed the submitted public opinions and selected the winning team Tuesday evening.

“This is the most important building in Telluride of the modern era and the biggest asset to this community,” Telluride Realtor Rosie Cusack said in a previous interview with the Daily Planet.

“It’s the single, largest facility to provide space to gather and present artistic and community events. There is nothing else: The school is built, the library’s been built. This is it.”

It was clear both the public and committee members favored the LTL (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis) design, according to the news release.

“Most of these firms have worked on much larger projects,” Telluride Arts Director Kate Jones said in a previous Planet interview. “But this one is so special, and in such a spectacular setting, that it attracted a lot of interest. It was something we were hoping for, but not counting on.”

In reference to the tree that has been growing inside the roofless ruin for almost 40 years, LTL’s concept included an open atrium at the east entry of the warehouse, exposing the large tree through a retractable roof section that opens to the mountain views and air. Such sensitivity to the recent history of the building, combined with a warm, welcoming, intuitive design that uses a sustainably harvested wood material, won the favor of the community.

The LTL design is both contemporary and warm, with a wooden arc-type structure inserted into the interior of the stone walls that provides appealing spaces throughout the building, including a roof top deck, an underground event space, galleries and an entry courtyard that opens into the building at the first-floor level.

Steven Gluckstern, a local proponent of the project and selection committee member, aptly described the structure as a “cultural arc for our community,” the news release said.

The LTL team — represented by the firm’s principal architects, twin brothers David and Paul Lewis, and partner Marc Tsumuraki — also included Nancy Hudson, a structural engineer with Silman, who spoke in depth about the coordination of the historic restoration of the existing structure with the construction of the new interior.

Silman is a structural engineering firm that specializes in historic stabilization, that kept Frank Lloyd Wrights “Falling Water from falling into the water,” according to the news release. LTL’s projects include the Center for Contemporary Art in Austin, Texas, which shares some similarities with the Transfer Warehouse.

Over the next few months, the LTL team will be visiting Telluride to hone their designs through charrettes with the community. Restoration of the historic walls is planned to begin this summer, with construction slated for 2018-19. The designs will be on display at the Telluride Arts main office at 135 W. Pacific St. throughout next week.

For more information and to view the designs online, visit


Before its roof collapsed in 1979, due to too much snow, the building was a downtown garage and filling station. Farther back in time, in 1906, before the advent of the automobile, this cavernous, two-story space housed another form of horsepower. It was the barn for the local livery.

It was “the center of the Warehouse District that served the mining industry,” according to the story of the building’s history on Telluride Arts’ website. “It was a bustling hub where people and goods flowed from the trains, through the building, and out into the towns and the mines.”

Significant Sales | Volume II – Issue I

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From a nearly $50 million British Colonial oceanfront estate in Florida, to an architectural masterpiece in Vail, Colorado, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Australia, Portugal, France and Dubai.

$49,000,000 USD | Florida, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

This newly-built British Colonial oceanfront estate is situated on over three-and-one-half acres with 142 feet of ocean frontage. The elegant residence, designed by Smith and Moore Architects, o ers 28,500 square-feet of luxurious living space and spectacular ocean views. Combined, the main house, guest house and cabana have eight bedrooms, 12 full-baths and three half-baths. Other features include a wine cellar, movie theater, gym, sauna, steam room, elevator, full house generator, walk-in refrigerator and freezer, four replaces, six-car garage and much more.

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Price Undisclosed | Wyoming, USA | Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty

In a setting that boasts Jackson Hole’s most exquisite features, this incomparable 265-acre property encompasses both Fish Creek and Snake River frontages. Scenic ponds dot the property and red-tailed hawks are often seen on its custom wood perches, or soaring in the skies above. Moose nibble the willow buds along the creek while elk laze in the wide-open meadows. The property features eight parcels with develop- ment potential, and a riparian parcel. The main residence enjoys beautiful Fish Creek frontage and features a separate studio beneath a porte-cochere. Additional improvements include a guest house, a multi-use barn and a large equipment barn. The balance of the property features large swaths of pristine raw land.

$30,000,000 USD | California, USA | Healdsburg Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled in the heart of Sonoma County’s renowned wine country approximately 70 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Lytton Springs is an exceptional over 560-acre parcel with premier locality and historic signi cance. Last sold in 1904, this expansive property features a private 27-acre lake, 90,000 square-feet of existing buildings, and three natural springs which include Soda Spring, Mineral Spring, and Sweet Water Spring.

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AUD $5,600,000 | Australia | Melbourne Sotheby’s International Realty

Brivana – Designed and constructed to the highest standards by Gabor Hubay Esq, all rooms of this truly exceptional three-bedroom penthouse open seamlessly to a beautiful terrace with panoramic city views. The residence comprises a grand entrance hall that leads to formal sitting room and dining room, fitted study, magnificent kitchen, and family room. The penthouse also features a luxurious master suite with dressing room and bathroom, two additional bedrooms and bathrooms, powder room, laundry, triple parking plus store room with secure lift access. Situated only moments from the heart of Toorak Village.


€3,625,000 | France | Bordeaux Sotheby’s International Realty

Situated next to Bordeaux’s beautiful Public Garden, one of the most sought after areas in the city today, this hidden gem sits behind a classical 18th century façade. This rare 600-square-meter, one-family luxury townhouse, light filled and spacious, comprises 12 rooms, including seven bedrooms or full suites, three bathrooms, a den, a gourmet dine-in kitchen, a playroom, and workshop. It also features a heated swimming pool, a pool house, a caretaker’s house, a sizable garage, a suspended garden, and several terraces. The renovation was done tastefully in a dramatically contemporary style.

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Up, Up, and Away: Telluride Balloon Festival


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2016 Telluride Balloon Festival. Photo by Ryan Bonneau

Flying in the mountains is different than hot air ballooning across flat land. Even though the air is invisible, if you could see it, it would look a lot like water. And similarly to the way water interacts with varying terrain, swirling or “eddying,” currents rising and falling, so too does the wind when it travels across the rugged mountain landscape. So experienced pilots fly only in the very early hours after dawn, when the winds are still light and the passengers in the basket below the hot air balloon can enjoy a safe voyage. “Early in the morning, the winds are gentle and predictable,” says Gary Woods, the owner of San Juan Balloon Adventures and a longtime balloon pilot. “It’s a gentle adventure. We’re not riding the rapids.”

For most passengers, it’s an experience of a lifetime. It is sort of the opposite of the adrenaline rush of skydiving or bungee jumping—instead of falling out of the sky, you are floating aloft. There’s no steering wheel, so the only controls the pilot has is a valve and hot air to let the balloon go up or down, and the wind carries the balloon in whatever direction it’s going. Skilled pilots can read the winds and make small adjustments to the altitude to shift direction, but basically, the balloon is beholden to the sky.

A few passengers have a different kind of experience. Decades ago, Gary Woods was the sponsor of a balloon at a rally, and he was invited to take a flight with the pilot. He says it took about 30 seconds of that inaugural 10-minute flight for it to kick in, that obsession with the sport that inhabits certain people. “I was so captivated, I bought a balloon and started taking lessons immediately.”

Woods was indoctrinated into a tribe of enthusiasts, people who travel all across the country to balloon rallies, with crews of people to help them with the task of setting up and inflating the balloon and deflating and de-rigging it after the flights. They haul the baskets and the balloons, which can made up of 3,000 yards of fabric and weigh close to 1,000 pounds. But for the intrepid people who are fascinated by the sport of ballooning, the wanderlust comes naturally. Woods was the founder and producer of the Ridgway Balloon Festival, and was the “balloonmeister” of the Telluride Balloon Festival in 89-90, but he has participated in balloon rallies all over the San Juan Skyway and beyond: the invitation-only event in Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Phoenix, Gallup Red Rock Rally, and the world’s biggest ballooning event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. He still travels to a lot of events in the fall and winter, but since he operates the commercial business out of Ridgway, he spends his summer sharing that special feeling he gets from flying with his passengers. “Everyone should at least see one of these festivals. They’re really special, so scenic, so photogenic. The pictures just don’t do it justice.”

Telluride Balloon Festival takes place June 2. 

Bill Fandel among select top Sotheby’s agents at Santa Barbara’s Market Leader’s Forum

The Belmond El Encanto Hotel was home this past weekend for 45 of the top Sotheby’s International Realty agents from across the U.S. who gathered here for the Market Leaders’ Forum, a two-day event focused on best practices, collaboration and strategic growth within the global real estate space.

The intensive meetings and networking events were co-hosted by Montecito’s own, Suzanne Perkins and Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty, and proved the perfect opportunity to showcase the beauty, history and culture of the Santa Barbara and Montecito Coast. Those in attendance represented luxury markets throughout California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Texas, Washington, and Washington, D.C.


mtnfilm main streetThere are many film festivals around the world but there is only one Mountainfilm.

This “film festival” is the polar opposite of what most people picture a film festival to be. There are no paparazzi; the only cameras flashing are capturing the panoramic mountain views. There is no red carpet; the beige carpet (aka sidewalk) is covered by people waiting in line for the next film striking up thought provoking conversations. Festival-goers are not decked out in sparkly gowns and Louboutins; Patagonia and comfortable shoes are the attire of choice.

Welcome to Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride.  This is a festival that screens films that make you think and ponder “how can I make a difference in our world?” It is inspiring and can be a catalyst for change. It sheds light on really important subjects that often don’t get the attention they deserve. Mountainfilm opens your eyes, heart and mind to the crucial topics-some on the radar, others not-facing our world.

Since 1978, one of Telluride’s most beloved festivals has packed into four exhilarating days documentary films, outdoor movies under the stars, pioneering alpinists and incredible tales of adventure, a vibrant gallery walk, free ice cream social, wildly popular book fair and symposia. Above all, Mountainfilm has served as a one-of-a-kind gathering of artists, activists, change-makers, innovators and individuals.

Mountainfilm marks its 39th year as a documentary film festival this Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29. The symposium of this years festival is The New Normal, which has grown far beyond the symposium theme: It has evolved as a community-wide, grassroots effort to battle climate change and help bring the Telluride region to carbon neutrality. This is no small challenge because Telluride has a carbon footprint twice the national average.

“We believe that The New Normal can be a reset in the way we live our lives here in Telluride,” Festival Director David Holbrooke said. “So for us at Mountainfilm, The New Normal is to work assiduously — and collectively — toward reducing our impact by using the power of story to fuel innovation and community building.”

Mountainfilm staff has been busy all winter working with Durango consultant Rachel Landis to launch this bold initiative. The festival is asking its audience, a variety of local partners (including businesses, nonprofits and individuals) and its own staff and operations to take on five actions: education, reduction, offsets, advocacy and celebration. Mountainfilm has identified specific ways the Telluride community can take these simple, yet impactful, steps and will help track and recognize the entities that participate.

“We felt the first step toward The New Normal was a series of actions that people could take that would be impactful immediately,” Holbrooke said. “When we collectivize this broad array of stories about people who are changing their ways to reduce their carbon footprint, we think it will be extremely inspiring for our audience.”

Mountainfilm is also planning a host of 2017 festival programming in the vein of The New Normal, with an array of films about climate change and special guests, such as former White House Science Adviser John Holdren, environmental writer and thinker Paul Hawken, Climate Interactive’s Drew Jones and cultural anthropologist Alize Carrere, who researches climate adaptation around the world. Mountainfilm is also excited to host Garry Charnock, who spearheaded a citizen-led effort to become carbon neutral in the U.K. village of Ashton Hayes, which has garnered international attention. Holbrooke hopes the local sensibility of Ashton Hayes can provide a road map for Telluride.

As Holbrooke asked, “Can we do this? Can Telluride really go carbon neutral? We don’t know, but given what is clearly happening to our planet, we have to try. We are glad to have a model to follow with the good people of Ashton Hayes, who have had a lot of success. Local solutions have enormous potential, and if it works in Telluride our efforts can be replicable and scalable across the country.”

In that spirit, Mountainfilm is partnering with local experts and nonprofits, such as San Miguel Power Association, the Pinhead Climate Institute and EcoAction Partners, to create actionable steps for The New Normal. And, of course, The New Normal galvanized Mountainfilm to reexamine its own year-round operations and festival practices to identify where it can do more — or less. Since the beginning of the initiative, Mountainfilm has launched a community battery-recycling site, started office-wide composting, become certified as a Green Business through EcoAction Partners, and is offsetting the travel of its festival guests and staff who come from far and wide.

For more information and specific programs and actions related to the initiative, visit The New Normal pages on Mountainfilm’s website, which encourage local citizens and out-of-town visitors to sign up and join the ambitious effort. As Holbrooke pointed out, Telluride has a long, rich history of innovation: “Right now, the town has a chance to come together and lead once again.”

Mountainfilm contributed to this blog.
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