This Architecturally Significant Home Just Sold

Every decade or so, a home comes on the market that everyone desires. This Italianate Waterfront Estate on over half an acre includes a spacious guest home, all three water lots, dock and a 60-foot heated lap pool.

Redefined with 21st-century amenities it is often referred to as “one of the most architecturally significant homes” in the St. Petersburg area. On a premier location within minutes of downtown St. Petersburg, the landmark two-story estate stands tall overlooking the spectacular sunrises, waterfront and beautiful gardens. A wall encompassing the home’s magnificent elevation highlights the property’s stature and generous outdoor spaces.

Built like a proverbial fortress, with extremely thick brick walls clad in stucco that is dappled in the sunlight, it has a full-size basement, a Ludowici tile roof, beautiful gardens, courtyard and pool area and manicured lawns. Timeless and timely, the 1920’s home has been extensively renovated while remaining sensitive to its architectural design and qualities. Its presence, quality and grandeur could not be replicated today.

There are generously sized entertaining rooms, high ceilings with crown moldings and beautiful hardwood floors. The courtyard terraces, both covered and uncovered, offer grand-scale outdoor entertaining areas. Enjoy the convenience of being located close to downtown and 25 minutes to Tampa International Airport. This home has recently been sold.

1800 North Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704

Exclusive: Inside Villa del Sogno

The enchanting Villa del Sogno stands behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club in a separately gated enclave of eight private beachfront estates. The residence centers its attention on the Gulf of Mexico with its vivid sunsets and dynamic vistas.

Visitors proceed through elegant double gates to the circular drive and ascend the broad staircase to a two-story portico and grand mahogany-and-glass double doors that lead to a marble foyer. The grand staircase brings you to a formal living room with a marble fireplace, formal dining room, central kitchen and catering kitchen, master en suite and wood paneled office.

Custom appointments abound as discerning owners demand. An imperial staircase, in itself a dramatic work of art, spectacularly frames the entryway.

The entry foyer also leads to a family room, four guest suites and a guest kitchen opening to the infinity pool, spa, gazebo and terraces overlooking the pristine beach and azure sea.

This beachfront residence is located in the most coveted, gated neighborhood on Florida’s west coast and is the only property in the enclave to become available in almost a decade. There has just been a price adjustment and this home is now available for $18,490,000, come enjoy one of the best views on Longboat Key today!

For more information on Villa del Sogno, click here.

Instagram Takeover | One Sotheby's International Realty

Today, One Sotheby’s International Realty took over our Instagram to show us some of the most beautiful properties in Miami. Here are the highlights from the Instatakeover.

355 N Hibiscus Dr.,  Miami Beach

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Located on the exclusive Hibiscus Island, this property offers maximum privacy and comfort, with a private dock, infinity edge pool, and 60 ft. of water-frontage. Listed price: $7,900,000. Listed by Farideh Shantiai #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Instatakeover #MiamiBeach #LuxuryRealEstate

3003 Seminole St., Coconut Grove

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Meet “Woodsong”, a signature creation by famous architect Alfred Browning Parker. Hidden in between one of Florida’s premier palm gardens, this magical estate features 3 pavilions connected by a spectacular 90 ft. lap pool. All these exceptional features along with its Koi lagoon, waterfall, sauna & cabana shower make it one of the Top 10 Homes in the world. Listing price: $2,775,000. Listed by Sylvia Cherry-Olozaga and Gary Hecht. #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Instatakeover #MiamiBeach #LuxuryRealEstate

5004 N Bay Rd, Miami Beach

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5004 N Bay Rd is a resort-style, ultra luxurious home featuring world-class interiors, cutting edge architecture, and an overall pristine design.  With its 7 rooms and 10 bathrooms, 2 swimming pools, and over 17,055 sq. ft. of living space, it’s definitely a dream come true. Listing price $35,900,000. Listed by Mirce Curkoski #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Instatakeover #MiamiBeach #LuxuryRealEstate

615 Bayshore Dr., Unit PH 701, Fort Lauderdale

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This beautiful intracoastal 2-story penthouse, located in Fort Lauderdale Beach Community, features an open floor plan with amazing views of the ocean and the city skyline, 1800 sq. ft. of balconies, and 4 bedrooms with 3 ½ bathrooms. Listing price $2,990,000. Listed by @SusanRindley #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Instatakeover #MiamiBeach #LuxuryRealEstate

RIVA Penthouse

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Last but not least; The Riva Penthouse features over 5,000-7,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space with ocean & city views, sunrise & sunset terraces, rooftop spas, private foyer, personal elevator between your own floors, guest suites, summer kitchens, 2-car garage, and boat slip. #ONESIR #OnlyWithOne #Instatakeover #MiamiBeach #LuxuryRealEstate

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For more information on any of the properties showcased today, simply click on the property photo.

Doors to the Extraordinary

Doors are the keepers of some of our favorite spaces. They welcome guests, making the first statement about what is inside. They are also the keepers of some of our favorite memories, as they witness the comings and goings of everyday life. To newlyweds, crossing the threshold represents new beginnings; to kids, the back door represents the world of adventure just outside; and to parents and grandparents, doors secure their nest and welcome friends and family. To almost all, doors represent coming home–and that is always extraordinary.

To view more of what is beyond each of these doors, simply click on the photo.

Escape to Hidden Harbor

Designed to transport residents and guests to a Mediterranean villa, Hidden Harbor is an old world-inspired estate located on the Gulf waters of Sarasota Bay. This exquisite home affords the ultimate in privacy, idyllically situated on a peninsula of 1.5 acres of paradise.

The grounds of Hidden Harbor are exquisite. Enter through the electric teak gates up the cobblestone drive to an elegant Mediterranean estate. Behind the antique wrought-iron fence, coquina pathways journey among the palms, fruit trees and oaks, revealing a putting green for a little practice, or continue to journey to the private, protected mooring constructed for a 75-foot yacht. With the sparkling Bay on three sides, feel transported to the Mediterranean coastline among the Italian stone patios.

The romance of Hidden Harbor’s old-world influences is palpable inside and out. The owners took great care in researching the design and materials selected to adorn this time-machine estate. Thick stucco walls were carefully aged by an expert architectural artist to resemble the walls of the time, and Cuban roofing experts affixed the antique, imported tile roof from a Spanish monastery. Custom metal doors were crafted to mimic Tuscan cellars, and hinges were created to match those found in old-world homes. A hand-carved Dominican stone pavilion appoints the edge of the pool outfitted with Venetian-glass tiles.

Inside, Mediterranean elegance abounds with pecky cypress beams, teak and tumbled Italian stone floors. Under the cypress beams are the meticulous touches that heighten the charm including hand-painted murals and vaulted ceilings. The old world design is modernized by a home monitoring system.

In the creation of Hidden Harbor, no detail was spared in remaining as true to the era’s design as possible. Its charm has welcomed guests at cocktail parties, provided a backdrop for a formal U.S. Marine wedding and inspired photo shoots by Lilly Pulitzer and GQ Magazine.

For more information on Hidden Harbor, click here.

Property Feature | Contemporary Living in South Tampa

This award-winning, South Tampa house iconically blends contemporary design with coastal, Florida living. The clean lines and open spaces of the design pair ideally with the natural light afforded by the abundance of skylights and walls of windows.ST-Living

The main living area offers three-story cathedral ceiling skylights opening the contemporary home to the beauty of the outdoors. Indoor-outdoor living is further emphasized with numerous sliders leading to a spacious pool and spa area, a large open patio and a coveted fenced backyard.

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Click here to view more information on this South Tampa residence.

Asheville Office Now Open

13434880_604343483076489_1400777724077917313_nThis past week, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty officially opened its Asheville office location. The office houses 10 associates and is under the direction of managing broker Terry Tincher. With an astounding $72 million in active listings, this team has hit the ground running. Despite working remotely for the last six months while construction of the new office space was completed, they have collectively closed $20 million in sales. It’s expected that this team will only further set the bar for extraordinary results.

Along with impressive numbers, the Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Asheville office has set record-breaking sales:

SOLD The highest condominium sale in Asheville in over 10 years.

UNDER CONTRACT The largest residential sale in Buncombe, Henderson and Polk counties.

UNDER CONTRACT The largest residential sale in Transylvania County in 3 years.

To view properties listed with the Asheville office, click here.

Luxury Real Estate Headlines | May 2015

Highlights from the month’s top news stories in the global marketplace of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

 201 Barefoot Beach Boulevard | Bonita Springs, Florida

The shallow waters, gentle surf and seashells make it ideal for families with young children. The habitat also hosts sea turtle nesting sites over the summer. The protected gopher tortoise also calls the preserve home.”

Dr. Beach names Barefoot Beach in top 10 U.S. beaches for 2015 — CNN


Pelican Bay parcel fetches $80 million — high-rise planned Naples Daily News

Naples condo prices jump 21% Business Observer
Unique Amenities: What’s New in Today’s Market? — The South Florida Cooperator®
Home sales and prices both rise Herald-Tribune
Tampa Bay home sales soar again in April as condo market sizzles Tampa Bay Times
Vanguard Lofts latest project to break ground in downtown Sarasota — Herald-Tribune
Manatee County riverfront real estate sells in rare $2.5M deal Bradenton Herald

April was a massive month for Sarasota luxury sales Herald-Tribune

House Hunting: 2011 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., #21, Carriage Club in The Moorings Florida Weekly

HFF closes sale of Mercato mixed-use retail lifestyle center in Naples, Florida MarketWatch

How art became real estate’s hottest sales tool New York Post

Seller’s Market in Venice: Low Inventory, Prices Up Herald-Tribune

The New Age of St. Pete Sarasota Magazine

Naples shopping destination sold Business Observer

North Naples high rises selling fast Naples Daily News

Market Snapshot: Siesta Isles Herald-Tribune

How the Master Bedroom Took Over the House The Wall Street Journal

House Hunting: 2011 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., #21, Carriage Club in The Moorings Florida Weekly

Rosie O’Donnell sells Casey Key home for $5.3 million Herald-Tribune

Art & Home May 2015 Edition Sotheby’s International Realty

Deck The Halls | Holiday Home Tour

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3255 Buffalo Run, Tarpon Springs, Florida

This magnificent Mediterranean 16-acre estate is ready for a visit from Santa. The 21,000 square-foot main residence provides a stunning backdrop for elegant holiday entertaining, while the 6,200 square-foot guest house treats visitors to the ultimate luxury accommodations. Those escaping the North Pole will find refuge in the resort-like water park purported to be the largest residential pool in Florida, with 14 tumbling waterfalls and a lazy river.