This year’s Kips Bay Show House in New York City, New York, spotted on Sotheby’s, was the most magnificent ever – and the townhouse can be yours! It is located on one of Manhattan’s loveliest townhouse blocks, one filled with single family homes. 19 of the most prominent designers transformed this 20 foot wide, 5 story house with elevator, originally built in 1899, into a truly spectacular residence. Outstanding features include a state-of-the-art professional kitchen and lavish powder room on the ground floor which has not only a gorgeous planted garden, but a one-of-a-kind 2-story glass enclosed atrium. The expansive living room has soaring ceilings and the adjacent formal dining room overlooks the garden and atrium. There is a wine tasting room adjacent to the dining room. The master bedroom suite on the 3rd floor is exquisite, plus there are additional bedrooms on the 4th floor. The 5th floor has front and rear terraces, one with a gold fish pond, and a modern lounge/media room second to none. In the picture above, Andrew Suvalsky draped the front hall with a sheer black floral curtain.
This incredible designer showcase home is listed at $16,000,000, from here.
Mr. Suvalsky designed these cabinets himself. Above, a pair of photographs by Adrien Broom.
Mr. Suvalsky, who also colonized the foyer, said he is “equal opportunity” when it comes to color. The ’50s Italian sofa is from Gaspare Asaro. The painting is by Rainer Gross.
James Huniford designed this sofa in the atrium. The Josef Hoffmann chair came from Kimcherova; the fabric is from Maharam.
Bone and brass coffee tables by Enrique Garcel from Mondo Cane.
In Mr. Huniford’s room, a waterfall painting by Pat Steir from Cheim & Read. On the floor, a coyote skin rug and flooring made of recycled leather in a crocodile print.
In Mr. Suvalsky’s powder room, three shades of blue lacquer. It took three weeks, he said, to get the finish this liquid-looking. He designed the rug with Kyle Bunting. The “Chainon Mirror” is from Lorin Marsh.
Mariette Himes Gomez and Brooke Gomez made a monochromatic, mostly English sitting room. With the four-by-four-foot ottoman, it seats 14.
On a leathered drum table from Yale R. Burge Antiques, a wire sculpture from Maison Gerard.
Garcia/Maldonado Inc turned a bedroom into a stylish lounge. The Kate Moss photograph is by Russell Young. The Italian mid-century chandelier is from Bernd Goeckler. The walls are paneled in sueded buffalo.
Sara Story designed her living room to recall the shifting planes of a Cubist painting. The stylized bamboo wallpaper is from her own line; the sofas were custom-made, and the coffee table is 1940s French.
Ms. Story’s bathroom is an homage both to Andree Putman and to her own anxieties, she said. The bathtub is filled with crumpled paper, scrawled with words like, “Bamboo: Love or Hate?”
Eve Robinson’s family room is designed in lavender and gray. The vintage lounge chair is from Lorin Marsh.
In Ms. Robinson’s room, a table for Scrabble and lots of marshmallows. The hand-blown pendant lamps are by David Wiseman; the pair of photographs, from a series called “Tethered,” are by Randy West.
Ms. Robinson filled her stainless steel fireplace with silvery blown-glass logs by Suzan Etkin.
In Kristen McGinnis’s dining room, a neon, wood and string sculpture by Elliott Hundley. The painting is by Al Held, from Cheim & Read. The table and chairs are by Joaquim Tenreiro, from R 20th Century.
The Japanese bowls are from Sara Japanese Pottery. The Mepra flatware is from Barneys.
Above a leather bar by Dineen Architecture + Design PC, a photograph by Margaux Walter. The shell mask by Thomas Boog is from Maison Gerard.
In their sitting room, slipper chairs from Duane Modern. The huge Regency wine cooler is from Kentshire.
The mohair throw is by Susan Chalom.
Jack Levy designed this sitting room around the Fornasetti wallpaper. At the last minute, he sliced up a length of the brocade fabric he used for his pillows and stitched it to the back of the gray wool club chair.
Mr. Levy wanted the curtains “to look like water,” he said.
The Anglo-Indian bed in Kathryn Ireland’s bedroom is draped in her fabric collection from Scalamandre.
Stephen Mooney’s peaceful lady’s “writing room” has no computer. The wallpaper is from Scalamandre.
In the back yard, a balloon bench and balls of boxwood by Nievera Williams Design.
There’s a fish pond, and a bathtub from AFNY.
West Chin turned this outdoor fireplace into a terrarium.
He designed this white Corian birdhouse to look like a house he designed for a family in Long Island.
Mr. Chin draped moss over the back terrace wall (he said it reminded him of the “Lord of the Rings” movies); the knitted poufs are from Karkula.
High up among the treetops, on a self-contained Beverly Hills, California enclosure, 1201 Laurel Way is a true architectural masterpiece, nothing short of spectacular. Presented in the most cinematic way possible, the entirety of Downtown Los Angeles, Catalina, and the coastline of California is offered in one unobstructed, sweeping view. It’s the kind of view that inspired a team to build a six bedroom, ten bathroom home like no other with the utmost integrity. Visions of a house encased in glass, with effortless flow from room to room and from inside to outside, is the central ethos that guided the evolution and completion of this real estate gem.
This incredible piece of real estate is listed for sale at $36,000,000, from here.
632 Hudson Street, as spotted on Douglas Elliman, is an exquisite building with fascinating history, situated in the West Village, Meat Packing District, New York. In a class of its own stands this brilliant example of adaptive reuse, from sausage factory to palazzo, stunning in its intriguing complexity and fascinating in its alluring detail. This 8,000 square foot building comprises a sensational triplex with a central 40 foot atrium and a grand staircase and elevator leading up to a solarium and a magical roof garden, shaded by mature trees and flowering plants. Below the triplex, a charming bright floor through apartment replete with old world details high ceilings and a luxurious bathroom. It can be joined to the contiguous studio apartment next door. The pristinely renovated commercial ground floor overlooking lavish plantings offers a wide range of possibilities. Adjoining this floor below is a prohibition style licensed “speak easy”, well known in Event circles, and constantly rented.
Originally built in 1847 as a townhouse for the family of a sash maker, 632 Hudson Street was converted to a general store and produce market late in the 19th century by Hugh King. He operated an import business and general store, purveying fine whiskies, wines and brandies among other goods, and owned the buildings until the start of World War II. This particular owner left a clear imprint on the buildings; from across the street one can make out the faded letters of the words “fine whiskies and wine”, and “Hugh King 1881″ is visible on the pediment to this day. In the 1930′s, the building became home to an import export business and chorizo sausage factory, which it remained until 1992. Among the imports were Spanish nougat, guava products from Cuba, Canadian salt codfish, as well as rice and beans. Manufacturing mainly Spanish-style sausages such as sobrasada, butifarra and longoniza, the factory also produced Esteve brand olives, olive oil and capers.
In 1992, the current owner fell in love with the now derelict building and, with her mother, ended up purchasing it, determined to transform the vacant factory into a beautiful home. Whenever possible the original historical elements of the building have been preserved; old floorboards cleaned and treated and reused, beams and brick left exposed. In some cases it was necessary to get creative; the concrete of the “new” fireplace was rubbed by hand with coffee and mustard to give it an aged-by-time feel. The building is a never-ending labor of love for the owner, and for this reason it is full of fantasy, romance and imagination. Following the filming of The Real World’s 10th season within its walls, the owner took the opportunity to share her work with others, making the building available for photo and film shoots, celebratory events as well as for living. The personality and history of the building remain strong and ever-changing, growing with each new visitor.
This property is being sold for $22,000,000, from here.
This sprawling pre-war condo loft spotted on Elliman is rustic and chic, situated in Soho, New York. This incredible home is comprised of more than 4,100 square feet of architecturally-handsome space. Accessed directly via private elevator, enter through an intimate foyer into an expansive living room, beautifully illuminated from the east by a shimmering wall of industrial-style, over-sized windows. Outfitted with exposed brick walls, original wooden columns, and a gas fireplace, the loft features high ceilings, hardwood floors, and authentic structural details. The open chef’s kitchen, overlooking the living and dining areas, is outfitted with top of line stainless steel appliances, including dual Sub-Zero refrigerators, separate wine cooler, double ovens and a vented cooktop. The baths are newly renovated and spacious. The master is a retreat unto itself with an enormous dressing room and spa-like bathroom, complete with double sinks, separate shower, soaking tub, and water closet. A separate laundry room and abundant storage space complete the package. 30 Crosby is a 7 story 13 unit Condo built in 1890. The building features a 24-hour doorman, elevator, and an exquisite wine-room on the lower level.
Impressive yet cozy, and irresistibly charming, this luxury loft is located on one of Soho’s most enchanting and conveniently located streets, listed for sale at $8,950,000, from here.
This incredible modern home called the ‘Moebius House’ has been designed by leading architect Tony Owen, situated in Sydney, Australia. The home features high-tech design with panoramic city and harbour views. This home is comprised of spaces folded to maximize views, level-changes and indoor/outdoor connectivity, this future-focused home offers streamlined luxury and poolside entertaining. Fusing geometric forms with fluid curves and northerly light, the layout includes balconies, level gardens, top floor master retreat with four additional bedrooms, four bathrooms, open plan living/dining, stunning kitchen and family room. Signature elements include a fire-orb fireplace, fluid Corian staircase, Ferrari windows, polished concrete floors and boutique Italian joinery.
This fabulous, one-of-a-kind property is set to go to auction in late October, listed here.
Eastman Street residence is a stunning warehouse conversion situated in Northcote, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Formerly the Northcote Bakery stables, this superbly executed conversion offers expansive living on a vast double allotment 3,681 square feet (342 square meters). The property is unique in having a large side garden with louvred-roof dual covered parking which doubles as an outdoor entertaining space. The nineteenth-century stables building has been imaginatively reconfigured to incorporate a spectacular upper level living and dining space, commercial-style kitchen and bathroom. Downstairs, the entry area leads off one on side to a fitted laundry/utility room and a second bathroom; overlooking the garden is a spacious living room. Three bedrooms (the main with dressing room), a second bathroom and a large storage room complete an imaginative and thoroughly functional design. Interior details include the original trusses, wooden doors and Baltic floor and polished concrete floors. This remarkable property is listed for sale from here, while the link lasts!
The exquisite triplex penthouse atop Brooklyn’s iconic Clock Tower building, erected in 1915 on the DUMBO (District Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) waterfront, is one of the largest poured concrete buildings in Brooklyn, New York. What used to be a machine room for the clocks is now housing a 6,500 square foot penthouse apartment boasting a breathtaking quadrangular view of New York city. The custom kitchen, designed by Canova for a renovation by developer David Walentas, founder of Two Trees Management Company, embodies all the style and charm of Italian ingenuity. With Italian sense of aesthetics, the kitchen has been conceived both to perfectly suit a dream domus and to create a winning combination with the atmosphere of the four clocks. A provocative infusion where the kitchen stems out as a full-relief sculpture in the middle of this dream apartment. This penthouse was originally listed for $25 million in 2009, but was price-chopped down to $18 million by the Corcoran real estate team. If it sells, it would be one of the most expensive homes ever purchased in Brooklyn.
Some incredible features includes, solid rift quartered sawn 5-inch white oak plank floors; a custom glass-enclosed 3-story private elevator and architectural wraparound stairway.
The tower has four famous 14-foot-tall glass clocks encircling the apartment, offering one-of-a-kind 360-degree views.
A highlight to the home is the soaring ceilings, averaging between 16 and 50 feet high.
The entire penthouse measures at just under 7,000 square feet, so you would have tons of space for entertaining.
The home has 360-degree views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here you can see both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
The kitchen was custom designed by Canova with white lacquer cabinets, and sandstone and stainless steel countertops.
It also has top-of-the-line appliances by Gaggenau and Sub-Zero.
The home has three spacious bedroom with private baths, but this one is an obvious favorite with its his-and-hers sinks and gorgeous soaking tub. The master suite will delight you with views of lower Manhattan.
The en-suite bath offers fabulous views of the Manhattan Bridge to the Statue of Liberty from your soaking tub.
Additional features includes a recreational space, sky roof cabana and open deck which also showcases views from The Verrazano Bridge to the Empire State Building.
Nestled in a premier Montecito, California location rests this sophisticated property that captures the essence of the area’s indoor/outdoor living while stylishly providing every modern luxury. Extensively renovated in 2013 by noted real-estate design and construction company, Becker Studios, Casa Allende enjoys new systems and architecturally significant design elements throughout the spacious 3,600 square feet. On a quiet cul-de-sac off East Mountain Drive, impressive entry gates reveal a circular drive and a generous motor court surrounded by abundant olive trees and stone-lined succulent gardens. Wood doors open to the outdoor foyer, a lovely courtyard bathed in sunlight.
The original entry reveals the large windows of the home’s central great room, encompassing both living and dining spaces. Outfitted with the finest in low-maintenance materials to uphold the home’s natural character, a beamed ceiling, driftwood ash Oak floors and a sleek gas fireplace adorn the living room. The adjoining dining room enjoys a pitched ceiling and views of the vibrant entry courtyard. The open floor plan continues with a fluid transition into the designer eat-in kitchen. In keeping with the crisp and clean design, the kitchen’s generous center island and breakfast bar is finished with Spanish limestone, while combed basalt adorns the backsplash. Wired for extensive audio and video capabilities, the space perfectly doubles as a media room.
This masterfully renovated hacienda has been designed to uphold Montecito’s luxurious standards while basking in a coveted outdoor lifestyle, listed for sale at $4,695,000, from here.
This photo shows what the kitchen looked like before renovations began.
Wide-plank oak flooring has been used throughout the home, imported Spanish stone countertops in the kitchen.
Off the kitchen, natural light fills a spacious bedroom where French windows open to gardens and a separate entrance allows private access for guests. Through a set of lovely archways, the opposite wing of the home provides privacy for two bedroom suites, each enjoying baths with Lagos Azul limestone floors, an additional powder room, and the sumptuous master suite (pictured above). Designed to emulate the true relaxation of an ultra-luxury spa, the master suite enjoys French doors opening to a stone terrace overlooking the property’s enchanting gardens.
Designed to emulate the true relaxation of an ultra-luxury spa, the master suite enjoys French doors opening to a stone terrace overlooking the property’s enchanting gardens. The master bath is a peaceful refuge adorned in marble, with a pitched ceiling and walk-in shower, while a private outdoor bath is a heavenly escape. A large walk-in closet completes the impressive master suite.
An outdoor soaking tub is tucked in a very private space.
Iron and glass doors open completely flush to allow for idyllic indoor/outdoor living. Beneath a repurposed vine-covered trellis, an inviting herringbone brick terrace and stone fireplace overlooks the property’s pool and lush landscape of lawns and gardens.
The property’s grounds have been mindfully landscaped to take full advantage of Montecito’s idyllic climate. Lush lawns and gardens of succulents line an expansive brick terrace, which surrounds the 18-by-40-foot swimmer’s pool and a separate spa providing abundant seating and endless entertaining possibilities. Permitted for additional guest quarters, the property is plumed and wired for an approximately 650 square foot pool cabana with a bedroom, full bath, and kitchenette.
This historic pre-war single family home spotted on Sotheby’s is the perfect marriage of resort lifestyle and ranch living, recently restored to its former glory as a 1922 Spanish Hacienda in an exclusive area of Ojai, a village east of Santa Barbara, California. Hidden amongst 20 acres of organic oranges, stone walls and graced by the majestic Topa Topa Mountains, this magical three bedroom, three bathroom property offers hardwood flooring, home theater, spa / hot tub, bonus room, first floor master retreat and guest suite. Exterior features includes a spacious deck / patio, stunning gardens, swimming pool, guest house and terrace.
This fabulous ranch is listed for sale at $4,500,000, from here.
Spotted on Skeppsholmen, this charming small apartment is cozy and welcoming, featuring a fabulous rooftop terrace with stunning city views in Östermalm, Sweden. Comprised of 602 square feet (56 square meters) with a living room, kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom. The home was built with the highest standards with designed lighting and several site-built features. The kitchen has white countertops of Carrera marble and a dining area which can accommodate 4-6 diners. The living room offers plenty of natural light and access to the private terrace. The living room is flanked by a very cozy bedroom with separate walk-in closet. Lavish bathroom with underfloor heating, shower and wall mounted toilet. There is plenty of integrated storage solutions, as well as two closets, perfect for a small space!