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International Real Estate Feature: Exceptional Private Estates

Posted by Beth Dickerson on October 24, 2017
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As part of the Sotheby’s International Realty network I am very fortunate to often have a front row seat to preview some of the most exceptional homes in the world. As a company, we list some truly remarkable homes and we strive to provide the absolute best white glove service. Likewise, when you list your home with me your home is not just exposed to those within the Boston real estate market, but the world via my network of international affiliates.

In today’s blog post I’m going to showcase some exceptional private homes available through my network of affiliates. I hope you enjoy them.

Osterville, Massachusetts – Oyster Harbors is known for its extraordinary privacy, security and ambiance. On one of the most private, west-facing island sites, this sophisticated residence offers over 10,000 square feet of extraordinary living space in two buildings. The 5 bedroom main house features all the pleasures of a life well lived: exquisitely detailed craftsmanship, living room with upholstered walls and fourteen foot tray ceilings, a dining room with coffered ceiling, a chef’s kitchen that defies description and chilled wine storage room for the oenophile. A Ritz level in home spa, theater room, gunite pool, outdoor kitchen and bar all on beautifully landscaped grounds are just a few of the additional luxuries. A 2 bedroom guest house completes the picture. To see more of this exceptional estate, click here.

Longmont, Colorado – Spectacular executive ranch, both bucolic and regal. As you enter the grand foyer with its cascading staircase, elegance abounds. Enjoy entertaining in the billiards room, formal dining room or on the 3000 square foot deck overlooking the rolling meadows and mountains in the distance. The kitchen is open to the great room and breakfast room for entertaining. Stunning executive office and mahogany library with fireplace. Five en-suite bedrooms provide ample room for family and guests. Sumptuous master retreat with fireplace, sitting room, and exquisite master bath. Hang out in the media room or in the hot tub gazing at the mountains. A large unfinished basement provides additional space for storage or expansion. Equestrian lovers will find the 6 stall barn with runs, fenced turnouts, and pasture irresistible. The estate offers so much with its comforts, peaceful setting and attention to detail! To see more of this exceptional estate, click here.

Gladwyne, Pennsylvania – Rocky Crest is a grand dame of the Main Line, a very privately situated, c. 1908 estate on 15+ acres (5.9 are preserved for perpetuity) in Gladwyne. Built by a mining magnate in 1908, then purchased and expanded by the Pew family in 1919, its design reflects classic, timeless principles of scale, proportion and detail. Wind your way down the private lane, and it very much feels like you’ve arrived at a proper English country house, from the fancy wrought-iron gateway entry to the imposing, columned and pedimented front facade. Its setting, with landscape design by noted landscape architect Thomas W. Sears, consists of a mix of formal gardens and terraced lawns that roll out to sun-dappled expanses dotted by mature trees. Inside, a grand reception foyer runs front to back with access to a rear terrace — throughout the home’s formal and everyday living spaces, French doors provide ready access to grand-scale terraces able to comfortably host a large soiree with ease. While Rocky Crest’s formal rooms are magnificent, with exquisite millwork and moldings, fireplaces, soaring ceilings and oversized sash windows, its “everyday” spaces are eminently livable. The fully updated, custom kitchen features top-grade fixtures, finishes and appliances. It has a large dining area and also accesses a more informal dining/family room with fireplaces and a sunroom beyond. These rooms and a richly paneled study with fireplace are the heart of the home. They access a veranda where al fresco dining is the order of the day throughout the summer months. Private quarters (13 BR/9.3BA) are located on the second and third floors, accessible via a front, grand staircase, elevator or rear staircase. To one side is a series of five guest bedrooms, all very comfortably sized and all en suite. For convenience, a large laundry room is located here. The main bedroom suite comprises an entire wing of the house and therefore has its own, quite large sitting room with fireplace, a large office that could also be a nursery, sleeping quarters, well-designed dressing rooms with custom built-ins all around, and his and her baths, all updated. There are five bedrooms and two full baths on the third floors, plus a generous amount of storage, including a walk-in cedar closet. Notably, each and every bedroom has lovely views of the grounds. As a bonus, the lower level is finished in the “Rathskeller” tradition. A wet bar tucked away on the first floor hides a stairwell down to this finished space with huge fireplace and plenty of space for table games, a media room or fitness area. More recreational opportunities are available at the property’s nearly Olympic-sized pool, complete with pool house, and its tennis court. Well separated from the main residence is a carriage house/garage with two one-bedroom apartments above and stables now converted to a fun wine-tasting room complete with climate-controlled cellar able to hold 1,000 bottles. Rocky Crest, so magnificent in its repose, will rise to any occasion, whether used as a family house or a place to entertain — a must-have estate home for the buyer who wants the quality of old-world craftsmanship along with important modern updates. To see more of this exceptional estate, click here.

McLean, Virginia – This inspirational home boasts architectural details with a level of artistry scarcely found in the Washington Metro. Designed by celebrated architect, Mark McInturff, FAIA., impeccably finished throughout; structural stone walls and stunning wood beams, salt water pool and hot tub, gorgeous outdoor living, remarkable garage, wine cellar. Nestled in McLean VA’s coveted Turkey Run, minutes from DC. To see more of this exceptional estate, click here.

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