Sotheby’s International Realty Significant Sales

Significant Sales | Volume I – Issue IX


From an elegant mansion in California, to a glamorous waterfront home in Florida, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Australia, Belgium, Dubai and the Bahamas.

01-today$34,500,000 USD | California, USA | Today Sotheby’s International Realty

This magnificent mansion built in 1939 has been completely renovated to meticulous standards. Situated on three level acres in Atherton’s most prestigious community, the estate welcomes one with unparalleled privacy and elegance. State of the art systems provide all the convenience and comfort of modernity while the original 1939 design features retain a dignified aristocratic ambience not found in contemporary architecture. A lovely pool house, ample garages for the auto collector, and majestic trees adorn the expansive grounds and gardens surrounding the home. A quiet, regal retreat in the heart of the dynamism of Silicon Valley.

04-kuper$21,835,728 USD | Texas, USA | Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

Located along the eastern edge of the bio-diverse Trans Pecos eco region, the Comanche Trail Ranch has stunning views of the Madera Mountains. The Chihuahuan Desert, the largest desert in North America, features grasslands that provide excellent habitat for wildlife and bird species. Tremendous infrastructure includes a home, hunting lodge, foreman’s home, maintained road system and fencing, while working pens, barns and sheds round out the headquarters for an excellent working cattle ranch. Large water tanks are strategically located throughout, with an extensive water system to troughs for both wildlife and livestock needs.

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06-southampton$13,000,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

This home features grand foyer with cathedral ceilings, living room with fireplace, floor to ceiling glass doors opening to the blue stone patio beyond, oversized kitchen/family room, formal dining and paneled library. There are a total of eight bedrooms including a ground floor Jr. master suite and a second floor master suite with sitting room, fireplace and private terrace, finished basement with media room, wine cellar & gym.

Noteworthy Sales from Around the World

damianos$35,000,000 USD | Bahamas | Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

Located in the exclusive community of Lyford Cay this spectacular family home is on a fabulous beach in the most private and secure of settings.  Los Pastores has a total of 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, five dressing rooms, dining room, games Room, TV Room, study/library, family kitchen and commercial kitchen, a large wood paneled Plantation drawing Room and elevator all on nearly three acres of private tropical landscaped grounds. Complete with spacious verandas and a beachfront Tiki bar with sundeck overlooking the sea and the overflow swimming pool, experience spectacular sunsets, morning swims or a jog on the beach all at your fingertips in a beautiful setting. Amenities include a gym, grass tennis court, staff accommodation, three-car garage and stand-by generator.

gulfAED 25,250,000 | Dubai, UAE | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

This residence features a 1,500-square-foot terrace that encompasses the entire apartment, which is the only one of its kind in the building. Located off the spacious living room, you step out and are instantly struck by the grandeur of the world’s largest tower, the Burj Khalifa. Directly below is the Dubai Fountain, which comes alive nightly with the dancing water shows. It’s also adjacent to the world’s largest mall, The Dubai Mall. Walk the length of the terrace and you are also greeted by unparalleled ocean views.

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Historic house, once home of 19th-century Newport mayor, sells for $2,847,500

Historic house, once home of 19th-century Newport mayor, sells for $2,847,500

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND – Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce the sale of “Swinburne”, an in-town home located at 115 Pelham Street in Newport’s Historic Hill neighborhood.  The property sold today for $2,847,500.Swinburne

“Swinburne” is sited on a half-acre lot with a 4,653 square foot main house and also offers guest quarters above a two car garage and an in-ground pool. The Greek Revival house was built in 1860 and sits across from Touro Park. It was the one time home of William Swinburne, a nineteenth century Mayor of Newport.

The listings agents were Jay Serzan and Jose Aguon and the cooperating agent was Christina West, also with Gustave White Sotheby’s.

The house was originally priced at $2,995,000. 34-pelham115-6-16-53 pelham115-6-16-7

MAD Architects Has Set Its Sights on the U.S.

The edgy buildings of MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, are energizing cityscapes from California to his native China



George Lucas, who plans to spend more than $700 million on a namesake museum of narrative art, could have chosen any architect he wanted. In the end the Star Wars creator picked the 40-year-old, Beijing-born talent Ma Yansong, whose buildings might look at home in a galaxy far, far away. In 2014 Ma and his firm, MAD Architects, unveiled designs for a tent-shaped structure to be built on Chicago’s waterfront. Litigation over the property’s land use ensued, and Lucas decided in June of this year to leave Illinois for California. That meant going back to the drawing board. But the filmmaker didn’t abandon Ma, who is now working on proposals for two possible locations.

After a period when Western firms such as OMA and Herzog & de Meuron were busy constructing landmarks in China, a select few Chinese architects are now building in the West. Ma has been the most buzzed-about since he surfaced with a pair of slinky towers near Toronto in 2012. This year he broke ground on his first project in the U.S. (a condo complex in Beverly Hills) as well as in Italy and France. Meanwhile, he continues to work in China, where one of his most daring commissions is under way. Called Fake Hills, it is a huge apartment community designed to resemble a mountain range, part of Ma’s effort to bring ersatz landscapes into urban environments. He sees himself as an interpreter of Chinese sensibilities, specifically the penchant for combining the natural and the artificial into “one continuous experience.”


Ma is full of contradictions. After studying at Yale, he landed a job with the late Iraqi-born superstar Zaha Hadid. His swirly opera house in Harbin, China, completed last year, reveals her influence, though Ma says his style has evolved. “When you look at her work,” he says, “the lines are very clean, the shape very perfect. My architecture is more random. Sometimes I sketch and then scan my sketch directly, to make the curves more freehand. I don’t want to make perfect industrial curves.”

Lucas remains enthusiastic. As Ma says of his client, “People think of him as a businessman, but he’s very emotional. He trusts his first reactions—and he trusts me.” It’s too early to say what the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will look like in its California incarnation. But, Ma promises, “it’s going to be quite an experiment.”

Fake Hills, a sinuous apartment complex now under construction in the coastal city of Beihai, China. The firm’s projects are surveyed in the new monograph MAD Works (Phaidon).


Photos: Xia Zhi/Courtesy of MAD Architects & Emilio Naranjo/EPA/Redux

Posted September 12, 2016
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A Day In The Life Of…

As one of Gustave White’s top selling agents, Michelle Drum has created a niche for herself within the Newport real estate market.  Though her work takes her throughout Rhode Island, Michelle has become an expert in selling historic homes in Newport.  She is a fashionista, historian and lover of all things eccentric, eclectic and unique, but above all, she lives the work she breathes.  Located in the heart of the historic district you can find the Drum’s home.

Michelle and her husband, along with their greyhound, Athena, live in an 18th-century schoolhouse on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Georgian style “Trinity School House” was erected in 1798 and then converted into the Shiloh Baptist Church in 1860.  The Drums have lovingly restored the property and created a stunning jewel box of a home.  Their current guest bedrooms have been transformed from former school rooms and the former choir loft is now a splendid master bedroom suite.  The Drum’s always welcome former parishioners into their home, happy to hear them sing their praises.

What is it like to live in a church/school house?  Following along with “A Social Life” as the Mele’s – Nick, Molly and little Johnnie highlight Michelle’s beautiful home.

Photo by Nick Mele


Legacy Properties Instagram Takeover

Greetings from Vacation Land!  Our affiliate friends in Portland, Maine at Legacy Properties are taking over our Instagram Account today.  Ready?!1-sea-street  A Midcoast Harbor family compound like no other. Located at 1 Sea Street in Rockport, Maine, this magnificent #oceanfront #home offers private #harbor frontage, #dock & easy access to #Penobscot Bay’s cruising paradise.  Offered at: $7,500,000 | MLS 1265508   #rockportme #maine #legacyssir #sothebysrealty #waterfront #familycompound #boatersparadise


Take a dip or sit by the #pool and watch the #boats go by.  This private, shingle-style home located at 1 Norumbega Drive in #Camden, Maine sits on 1.4 acres of land with 140’ of #waterfront.  Offered at: $3,200,000 | MLS 1282962 #maine #legacysir #sothebys #stonepatio #waterview


This seaside splendor located at 23 Aldis Lane in York, Maine is sited at the edge of the #Atlantic taking full advantage of 270° ocean #views! With decks, screened porches & thoughtful window placement, you can savor the #ocean vistas from almost everywhere! Offered at: $3,390,000 | MLS 1276362 #maine #legacysir #sothebys #rockycoast #mainerealestate


This exquisite #Maine estate was masterfully constructed with the finest materials including custom German hardwood #cabinetry, honed #marble countertops, walnut butcher block, & Fisher Paykel appliances! This home located at 350 Pemasong Lane in Yarmouth, Maine was gracefully designed and sited to enjoy the natural beauty of the lot and bordering 23 acres of conservation land. Offered at $3,885,000 | MLS 1220931 #legacysir #sothebysrealty #kitchen #luxuryliving #idealforentertaining


ONE Sotheby’s International Realty Instagram Takeover

Greetings from sunny Miami!  Wednesday September 21st, 2016  ONE Sotheby’s International Realty is took over our Instagram to showcase some of their most luxurious properties in South Florida. Are you ready?

10001 Fairchild Way Rd, Coral Gables


10001 Fairchild Way Rd., is a first-class, resort-style property. One of its most impressive features is the home theater, and wine display with a capacity for 256 bottles. It’s your own private paradise. Listing price: $ 6,750,000. Listed by @BenMossGroup #InstaTakeover #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #CoralGables #LuxuryHome

13150 SW 75th Ave, Pinecrest


Nestled between lush of foliage and palms, 13150 SW 75th Ave in Pinecrest boasts 5 spacious bedrooms impeccably designed with luxury finishes throughout. Listing price: $1,399,990. Listed by @mitbbhuta #InstaTakeover #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Pinecrest #LuxuryHome

 2980 Paddock Road, Weston


2980 Paddock Road in Weston has an impressive grand foyer, a gourmet kitchen, home theatre, billiard room, and a walk-in humidor with cigar & poker room. This home is definitely one for the books! Listing price: $4,000,000. Listed by @benwestby #InstaTakeover #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Weston #LuxuryHome

Aqualina – 7875 Collins Ave., Unit 706


Residence #706 in Aqualina is an exquisite beachfront corner unit with extended balconies and unbelievable views. If you’re looking for a resort lifestyle, this is idea the ideal home for you. Listed price:  $4,200,000.  #InstaTakeover #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Aqualina #LuxuryHome

800 Diplomat Pkwy, Hallandale


This Mediterranean masterpiece features 7,404 sq. ft. of interior living space more than 150 Sq. Ft of waterfront and ocean access.  Listing price: $2,850,000. Listed by  #InstaTakeover #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Hallandale #LuxuryHome

Segovia Tower / 600 Coral Way, Unit Penthouse & 15, Coral Gables


If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a sky-high residence with amazing views, this is your chance. This three-story penthouse has a breathtaking Mediterranean design with luxury amenities that include a wine cellar, library, billiard room, and much more. Listing price: $10,499,000. Listed by @Saddy_Luxury_Homes and Lourdes Alatriste. Thanks so much for joining us today, we hope you enjoyed our tour! #InstaTakeover #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #CoralGables #LuxuryHome

Newport’s Historic Swanhurst Carriage House – SOLD!

NEWPORT, R.I — Newport’s historic Swanhurst Carriage House, built in 1851 at 447 Bellevue Avenue, has been sold for $3,271,000.bellevue447-rr-8

The recorded sale of this historic and stunning residence took place on August 26thGustave White Sotheby’s International Realty’s sales associate Kate Greenman represented the seller during this transaction.

The historic stone carriage house has 4,550 square feet of exquisitely designed living space, beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds surrounding a Gunite pool and separate guest cottage.

The carriage house was once part of the Swanhurst estate, which included a manor house at 443 Bellevue Ave.
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What’s Trending?

What’s Trending?

Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty is excited to announce its upcoming Instagram take-over with local personalities and Instagram phenoms Nicholas Mele with A Social Life and Blair Flynn at Balance with B.  Over the next few months, Gustave White will highlight these homegrown Rhode Island characters in the extraordinary properties we represent.   Follow along on our Instagram and Facebook as we showcase our best real-estate offerings within Newport and its surrounding areas.

A Social Life – The Mele Family’s Photographic Adventures in Wonderland


The Waves – Photo by Nicholas Mele

Nick Mele is an East Coast based photographer whose photographs of America’s remaining “Grand Dames” among others have been featured in publications such as Vanity Fair, Town and Country, Quest and Manhattan Magazine.  Nick has recently begun documenting his family’s adventures in Newport and elsewhere in a tongue-and-cheek Instagram profile called: A Social Life.   Follow along as he spins clever and whimsical story lines featuring his wife Molly, son Johnny, and dog Bodhi as they visit Gustave White’s prestigious and exclusive listings.

Welcome Blair Flynn – Yoga, Wellness and Health Food Blogger

Photo by Maaike Bernstrom Photography

Photo by Maaike Bernstrom Photography

As a local Aquidneck Islander, Blair Flynn has a deep love and gratitude for her New England roots.  Blair was raised to appreciate Newport summers, soaking up every last ray of sunshine whilst swimming and boating.  Her recent journey into health and wellness has not gone unnoticed.  Blair has taken her newfound expertise to the next level.  Quickly becoming an Instagram sensation, Blair’s wholesome journey through Gustave White’s luxury properties can be followed here.

$2 Million Is Highest 2016 Portsmouth Sale Year to Date

A waterfront property at 179 Indian Avenue in Portsmouth, sold Wednesday for $2 million.

179 Indian Avenue - Portsmouth RI

This is the highest sale price in Portsmouth this year according to the Multiple Listing Service.

Sales associates Jay Serzan and Jose Aguon of Gustave White Sotheby’s represented the seller.

The buyers were represented by Dina Karousos and Nicki Lucenti also with Gustave White Sotheby’s.

The 1.92 acre property has nearly 190 feet of water frontage with a beach on the Sakonnet Passage.

The property was renovated in 2007 and has approximately 2,590 square feet of living space on one level plus a lower level guest space.

The property was listed in July of 2015 for $2,550,000 and was on the market for 308 days.

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How to Incorporate a TV in Your Decor

An article found in Architectural Digest – Designer Tom Stringer offers tips for displaying—or hiding—your TV

When it comes to your television, figuring out how best to incorporate it into the living space can be challenging. Should it be seen or concealed? While televisions have gotten slimmer, they can still be tricky to design around. “Deciding where to place a television is a big issue when it comes to decorating a room,” says Chicago-based designer Tom Stringer. “It becomes even more complicated when the same room has a fireplace, which already acts as a focal point.” The function of the room and whether it’s a formal or casual space will drive the decision to keep a TV on display or out of sight. Frequency of use is also a strong consideration: Occasional viewers can opt for clever hiding spots, while frequent binge-watchers may give their sets a prime location in open view. Follow Stringer’s simple guidelines to solve this modern design challenge.
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Consider the size of the room. “Generally, the closer you are to the screen, the lower and smaller it should be,” advises Stringer. This TV is mounted next to a fireplace mantel on a rotating panel that swivels out of sight.
If the TV occupies a bedroom or a formal space, or is watched infrequently, it’s best to conceal it. In this bedroom, two flat screens are mounted back-to-back inside the antique-looking trunk at the foot of the bed. “When raised, one TV faces the bed while the other set faces the sitting area,” says Stringer.
“For wall-mounted TVs, having the wall a deeper tone either in finish or paint color will minimize contrast with the screen,” says Stringer. Here, a pocket behind the fireplace masonry was created for a TV to slide out on a large panel.