Carvill SIR Listing: 6 Vacation Homes You Can Own for $800,000

Whether it’s a log cabin nestled deep in the Montana woods or an upscale beach cottage in the Bahamas, sometimes you just need a place to get away. These properties all offer an escape from the ordinary for $800,000. Choosing the right location and making a smart financial decision for your vacation home can seem a tall order, but the six properties below are striking in their balance of both.

Londonderry, Vermont, USA

Lee Brown & Bobby WaiteFour Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

Set on 30 acres in the Vermont countryside, this early American-style homestead is the perfect pastoral getaway. Built in the late 1700s, this multi-building country cape has been outfitted with modern amenities including in-floor radiant heating and a new gas range. Start the day with a bath in the master ensuite’s deep soaking tub, and take your morning coffee outside to enjoy the view of distant Bromley Mountain on the stone-tiled patio—this retreat is undeniably about taking it slow. The reclaimed post and beam style living space features tall, A-frame ceilings and an antique wood-burning stove. After skiing in the nearby mountains or exploring the property’s trail system, ease yourself into the sauna or fully-tiled hot tub.

La Romana, Dominican Republic

Jolanthe SuchySergio Llach Sotheby’s International Realty

Stop dreaming and start living your beachside idyll in this enchanting Dominican home away from home. The property is located in the tranquil beachside neighbourhood of Los Lagos, just steps from Playa Minitas beach. The east-facing, three-bedroom home is the ideal locale for those looking for a relaxing tropical getaway, but also has the potential to generate extra income as a vacation rental. Vaulted ceilings and whitewashed walls translate to a serene space that blends seamlessly with the tiled patio and turquoise pool just outside. With an outdoor brick oven and spacious seating area surrounded by palm trees and tropical flowers, you’ll be tempted to spend every spare moment here.

Lakemont, Georgia, USA

Yetty ArpAtlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Escape to the South with this contemporary retreat custom-designed by renowned interior designer Jill VanTosh. The open-concept living space features exposed beams and floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the space, bringing the majesty of the outdoors in. Spend the day lakeside, tend to the property’s garden, or lounge on the wraparound terrace and soak up some of that Southern sunshine. In the evening, build a bonfire in the fire pit and settle in to easy Adirondack chairs for stellar stargazing.

O’ahu, Hawaii, USA

Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty

Hide away in this snug vacation property on Hawaii’s O’ahu island. Situated alongside preservation land and perched on a tropical hillside, the residence is one of only four single-family dwellings in a two-acre condominium project. Step outside onto the private balcony and enjoy the view of the Kaneohe Bay and Kualoa Ridge—or just open the wall-to-wall sliding glass doors that lead into the main living space and let the tropical breeze inside. The neutral-toned kitchen, with built-in koa cabinetry and terra-cotta-toned tile work, features picture windows that look out to the lush flora surrounding the oasis. Bonus: it’s an easy commute to all that nearby Honolulu and Waikiki have to offer.

Whitefish, Montana, USA

Sonja BurgardGlacier Sotheby’s International Realty

Sitting on 11.3 acres on Montana’s Whitefish Lake, this cabin is a quintessential forest getaway. With expansive views of the lake and the woods beyond, this charmingly rustic log cabin is a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world: take a seat on the porch as the sun rises, saunter through the spellbinding woods, spend the day on the lake, and come home to soak in the tub bathed in natural light. The property also features a level building site for those looking to expand, as well as a dock with shared lake access and boat slips. This is the place to bask in the restorative influence of the wilderness.

Elbow Cay, The Abacos, Bahamas

Jane PattersonDamianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Things really do slow down in the Bahamas, especially at this upscale beach cottage located in the Abaco Islands. Aptly named the Abaco Rum Punch, this little oasis features three bedrooms, cypress wood walls, and ceramic floors to keep you cool in the tropical heat. The main living space spills out to the balcony, leading to a private pool and deck. Walk barefoot down to the beach, just minutes away, and soak up the sun or partake in the area’s excellent surfing—it’s all about taking your time.

Everyone needs to get away from the everyday. Whether you prefer the woods or the beach as your chosen escape, these properties all offer a space where you can recreate in style.

With an option for every portfolio, find your next beach escape or country address with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.

Article Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty Extraordinary Lifestyle Blog.
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Kailua Beachfront Estate sells for nearly $16M

This beachfront estate at 210 N. Kalaheo Ave. in Kailua, Windward Oahu,  sold for $15.65 million. The property has three homes — an eight-bedroom, eight-bath main house, a five bedroom, five-bath “villa,” and a three-bedroom, three-bath guest house.

A beachfront estate in Kailua that was on the market for nearly five years and was the subject of a foreclosure lawsuit has sold for $15.65 million.

The sale of 210 N. Kalaheo Ave., which was listed for $18.9 million and had been in escrow since Feb. 28, closed on Thursday. Jonah Kogen of Hillside Realty & Development represented the seller, while Scott Carvill of Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty represented the unnamed buyer.

In May, HSBC Bank USA filed for foreclosure alleging the owners of the property had defaulted on a 2010 mortgage that had an original principal of $16 million. Kogen previously told Pacific Business News that the sellers were working with the bank.

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The property consists of three parcels between Kalaka Place and Kamani Kai Place with the addresses 206, 208 and 210 N. Kalaheo Ave., that were sold as one property with three homes — an eight-bedroom, eight-bath main house, a five bedroom, five-bath “villa,” and a three-bedroom, three-bath guest house.

The property had been featured in The Wall Street Journal’s “Home of the Day” in 2014, when the combined property was listed for $24.95 million and the beachfront house alone was available separately for $18.5 million.

 

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Augmented Reality App Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty Now Available on Apple iOS

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty(SM), the first real estate-branded augmented reality (AR) app, is now available on Apple iOS-enabled devices, iPhone and iPad.  Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty allows consumers to visualize a home as their own before purchase by taking virtually staged images from a flat, 2-D screen into the house itself through the power of AR.

“The launch of Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty has generated excitement throughout our global network and we are proud to see our sales associates adopting this technology and using it as we intended,” said John Passerini, global vice president of interactive marketing, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “There are nearly one billion active iOS devices worldwide.  Making the app available on this platform was a high-priority for us, increasing the reach we have to our core audience.  We look forward to continuing enhancements on Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty to better empower our sales associates and potential homebuyers.”

The app, originally built with ARCore, Google’s AR Software platform, was launched in the Google Play Store earlier this year.

In addition to expanding to iOS, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand has also partnered with luxury furniture and accessories marketplace Viyet to launch shoppable AR scenes within the app.  The partnership with Viyet, a subsidiary of the Sotheby’s auction house, will be ongoing with new, custom-created scenes added regularly to reflect the marketplace’s current inventory.

Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty is powered by roOomy.  To learn more about the app, click here.

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The First Permitted 3D-Printed Home Unveiled

Last month the first ever permitted 3D printed home in America was unveiled at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The project was the inception of the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand’s charitable partner New Story and their construction technology partner, ICON.

The 3D printer is expected to accomplish the following goals:

  1. Significantly decrease the cost of building a home in the developing world. Currently, it costs $6,500 for New Story to build a home. The printer will significantly cut the cost to $4,000 a home with potential for it to continue to become more affordable.
  2. Make home construction faster. Homes can be built in 12-24 hours with the printer.
  3. Improve the quality of the final home.

A defining factor of this new technology is that it will be used first in the developing world, in El Salvador, for people who are currently living without shelter, a basic human need. The printer can fit on a truck so it’s easily transportable, it’s durable and it uses a mortar that can be found anywhere.

“We made the decision to partner with New Story in 2017 because we agree that the home is the epicenter of your life. New Story’s desire for continued innovation to drive change is remarkable,” says Lindsey Scharf, Director PR & Communications Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The launch of the 3D printer will make a huge impact in their mission to provide homes for families in the developing world and we are proud to be aligned with them in this venture.”

“We are incredibly proud to help advance New Story’s mission to transform people’s lives by providing the foundation of life, a home,” says John Passerini, Global VP Interactive Marketing, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Their innovative approach to not only building homes but entire communities has already made an incredible difference for so many people and with their introduction of a 3D printer, they will be able to streamline the process like nobody has ever done before.”

The 3D printer received significant media coverage including Architectural DigestFast CompanyWiredThe VergePBS and BuzzFeed to name a few.

Take a closer look at the 3D printer in action

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Seaside Escapes in Australia

With a nickname like the “land down under” and an expansive Outback as one of its primary calling cards, it’s easy to picture Australia as another world. But the universal mantra “home is where the heart is” could not ring truer than when in Oz. With the giant sandstone rock formation Uluru at its spiritual heart, the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef in its care, and unmatched beaches like Bondi and Whitehaven in its pocket, Australia offers more than a few havens to fall for.

Watsons Bay, Sydney, New South Wales

Michael PallierSydney Sotheby’s International Realty

Waterfront living at its best: breathtaking harbor views complement this original Michael Suttor design in the heart of Watsons Bay. The home is a brilliant study in indoor-outdoor living, with high ceilings, a northerly terrace, and covered balcony making the most of every available inch of natural light and gust of sea breeze. In addition to en-suites throughout, the home features a gym, cellar, six-car garage, family-size pool, and meticulously-manicured gardens.

Château de Rêves, Gold Coast, Queensland

Vivian YuQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty

Long sandy beaches, peak surf spots, and cosmopolitan comforts make the Gold Coast home to some of Australia’s most sought-after real estate, and Château de Rêves is no exception. A premier waterfront property that includes 85 meters of frontage, this 4,000-square-foot masterpiece features seven bedrooms with ensuites, two studies, two kitchens, sky-high ceilings, contemporary finishes, and sustainable marine-grade technology. Your average day might include a round of tennis on your private court, a Turkish steam and massage, and a boat excursion from your front yard, rounded out by an aperitif from your wine cellar.

The White House, Cairns, Queensland

Paul ArthurQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty

In Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is at your doorstep. White sand, the crystal waters of the Coral Sea, and a beach-style design by Stephen Kidd make The White House your own seaside oasis. You’ll have seamless outdoor living thanks to sliding windows, constant pool access, and a ground floor made for entertaining. Fire up the outdoor grill and watch the waves roll in before jetting off to Dunk, Bedarra, or Hichinbrook Island to watch the sunset.

The Boulevard, Queensland, Queensland

Malcolm LiQueensland Sotheby’s International Realty 

With sweeping vistas and luxury finishes, this Moreton Bay property is a concrete coastal dream. Encompassing three levels of soaring ceilings and open-plan family rooms, this home boasts three bedrooms with en-suites, a gym, and a rooftop deck complete with gazebo for enjoying a beverage in view of the glistening bay. Whether cozying up to the gas fireplace during the winter or beating the heat with fully-automated air conditioning, you can rest easy in this beautiful retreat.

Coto De Casa, Sydney, New South Wales

Michael Pallier & Toby O’NeilSydney Sotheby’s International Realty 

A nautical gem on the Pittwater that includes a generous waterfront license, Coto De Casa is a mariner’s paradise. Rigged for deep water boating, the property includes a boathouse and private dock, making ocean excursions an easy everyday affair. Inside offers relaxed living is at its finest, with sailing artifacts bringing the outdoors in. Entertain on the terrace on a warm day, and finish with a refreshing dip in your waterfront pool.

Once you’re settled in to an easygoing beach house on the edge of the Australia’s treasured coastlines, cities, and Outback, you’ll feel right at home.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Mexico

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced its expanding presence in Mexico with the formation of Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty.

Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty is located in the country’s capital of Mexico City and will serve the luxury residential real estate markets in the greater metropolis as well as the surrounding areas including the Metropolitan area of Puebla; Valle de Bravo and Malinalco in Estado de Mexico; and Cuernavaca and Tepoztlán in Morelos.  The firm is owned and operated by Carlos Gonzalez.

“The luxury residential real estate market in Mexico City is experiencing tremendous growth,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The area has attracted many new developments, mainly luxury high-rise projects with top-of-the-line amenities, and has also seen an increase in overall inventory.  We are proud to welcome Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty to our global network.”

“There are so many extraordinary communities and exciting areas in the Greater Mexico City area; it is our goal to be the ultimate guide for our clients, leading them to the Mexico City home of their dreams,” said Gonzalez.  “Affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand allows us to connect to the brand’s prestigious real estate companies around the world and reach an international clientele.”

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty network now has nine independently owned and operated offices throughout Mexico; also operating in the country are Agave Sotheby’s International RealtyGuadalajara Sotheby’s International RealtyLos Cabos Sotheby’s International RealtyMonterrey Sotheby’s International RealtyQueretaro Sotheby’s International Realty, and Riviera Maya Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 22,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in 950 offices in 70 countries and territories worldwide.  In 2017, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $108 billion USD.  Mexico Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.