Jeff Bezos’ Parents Splurge $74M on Pair of Homes in Florida

Jeff Bezos’ Parents Splurge $74M on Pair of Homes in Florida

Published: August 9, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

The parents of Amazon honcho Jeff Bezos recently shelled out a cool $74 million for a just-add-water compound in South Florida. Jacklyn and Miguel Bezos, the mother and step-father of Jeff Bezos, set their sights on a pair of 21st-century Tuscan-inspired villas in Coral Gables. According to news reports, the individual properties sold for $34 million and $40 million.

One of the two houses is a Tuscan-inspired villa on 2.12 acres; it contains six bedrooms and eight baths across 8,713 sq. ft. of interiors. If research informs correctly, the second of the two homes sits on a cul-de-sac lot of 1.89 acres, and features modern-inspired interiors; it contains six bedrooms and seven baths.

Bezos is said to have helped foot the bill for the homes. Not terribly surprising; the past five years have seen the Amazon kingpin in heavyweight acquisition mode, putting together an estate in Washington, D.C., for nearly $30 million, spending about $120 million for a compound in the sky in Manhattan, and dropping over $250 million in Beverly Hills. Capping such a flamboyant run is his most recent purchase: an estate in Hawaii, which Bezos closed on for $78 million late last year.

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A one-of-a-kind setting in the heart of the Blue Ridge foothills!

9331 Old Turnpike Road Afton, Virginia 22920
A one-of-a-kind setting with stunning vistas in the heart of the Blue Ridge foothills!

Fox Horn Farm is the quintessential Virginia homestead, lovingly restored and maintained. The views are captured from every room in the house.

Inside features include 200-year-old maple banisters, original pine floors, built-in walnut cabinetry, historic doors and hardware, and a den with built-in cabinetry brought in and sourced dating back to the 1700s.

Modern updates have been made in all the right places including a cozy gourmet kitchen with a Wolf range and center island, an owner’s suite addition with vaulted ceilings, a laundry/mudroom with a soapstone sink, and counters, and a new pool house with a second kitchen.

48 acres can be divided and is not under easement. Mostly pasture with a stream running through it. Outbuildings include an indoor riding arena and a hay barn.

Listed by: Ann Hay Hardy and Frank Hardy of Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty.


East River // Mathews. Virginia

As summer draws to a close, Charlottesville and the surrounding areas continue to have some gorgeous homes on the market. Whether you prefer to be close to downtown, just outside of town with more land, or are looking for an easy weekend river retreat, this month’s roundup has it all.

East River – 68 Preston Point Road // Mathews, Virginia // Contact: Conor Murray, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.296.0134

The details: 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half bathrooms, 7,163 square feet, 22.92 acres

Features we love: This is the perfect weekend river retreat just two hours from Charlottesville! This beautifully renovated brick custom home on 23 acres has 950 feet of East River Frontage in Historic Mathews County. The interior boasts tall ceilings, dental moldings and wainscoting in almost all rooms, two kitchens, first and second story master suites, and a bright and spacious sunroom with fantastic wide river views. The star of the show is the incredibly peaceful and private waterfront acreage which also includes a dock with boat lift, a large barn, a freshwater pond, and beautiful gardens.

1360 Hilltop Drive // Charlottesville, Virginia // Contact: Murdoch Matheson, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.296.0134

The details: 3 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half bathrooms, 3,441 square feet, 0.64 acres

Features we love: This all brick home is located near UVA in the highly desirable Meadowbrook Hills neighborhood. This is a prime location and everything is in excellent condition. A beautiful lot with mature trees and beautiful boxwoods & azaleas, which can be enjoyed from the screened porch. Rooms are graciously sized and there is potential to add on in what is currently the walk-up attic. A must see, as in this location it will not last long!

Hillsboro Farmhouse – 6417 Hillsboro Lane // Crozet, Virginia // Contact: Ann Hay Hardy or Mo Covington, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.296.0134

The details: 3 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half bathrooms, 2,400 square feet, 1.41 acres

Features we love: This home provides historic charm with modern farmhouse amenities and boasts stunning mountain views just outside of the village of Crozet. Completely renovated from top to bottom the home features new oak hardwood floors, and custom kitchen and baths. In addition to the stunning farmhouse, the property features a detached 2 car garage, a shed, a barn with a chicken coop, and large barbecue terrace. Fabulous location, minutes from the many wineries, breweries and other attractions that this area has to offer!

Dramatic Doorways: 5 Homes With Colorful Front Doors

Everyone wants to make a good first impression. From the Hamptons to Houston and beyond, these homes feature front doors that greet guests with doses of welcoming, eye-catching color.

Welcoming Colonial in Greenwich

Michele KlossonSotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

On a quarter acre in the heart of Old Greenwich, this classic Colonial-style home offers five bedrooms, four full and one half baths, fluid light-filled spaces with honey-hued hardwood floors, a two-car garage, and a deck that overlooks the lush backyard. The cheerful red front door is a friendly reminder of a historic early American custom that signified to travelers that a home was a safe, welcoming place to stop and rest.

East Hampton Escape

Rylan Jacka & Dominique GarstinSotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

A consummate Hamptons retreat, this 1.2-acre estate includes a swimming pool and spa with a pool house, a tennis court, a half basketball court, covered and open-air patios, emerald grass, an alfresco wet bar, and an outdoor kitchen, and a seven-bedroom house perfectly suited for relaxed yet stylish living and entertaining. The location on a cul-de-sac just minutes from East Hampton Village and Georgica Beach affords enviable peace and quiet. The home’s blue front door echoes the cerulean hues of the skies above.

Light-Filled Houston Haven

Stormy Hayes-KnipeMartha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

In tranquil Braes Heights, this four-bedroom, 3,168-square-foot home offers a wealth of bright, inviting spaces, including living and dining rooms, a family room, an updated kitchen with a breakfast nook, and an additional game room, recreation room, or office. Primary and guest suites are well separated for privacy. The backyard beckons with its sunny patio and sparkling swimming pool. The bright yellow front door hints at the home’s welcomingly sunny disposition.

Wine Country Oasis

Daniel CasabonneSotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – Sonoma Brokerage

This enchanting two-bedroom, two-bath cottage in Sonoma is introduced by the storybook charm of a white picket fence and a cherry-red door that provides a pop of color amid the lush enveloping greenery and cool shade. The inviting interiors—which boast an updated kitchen with a Wolf range, 12-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, and a fireplace—open through sliding glass doors to a relaxing terrace and park-like grounds featuring majestic oaks, a rolling lawn, and colorful established landscaping. The Sonoma Plaza is only minutes away.

Hideaway Outside Houston

Jason Lee VillarrealMartha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

Equidistant from Houston and the Gulf Coast, this 4.77-acre estate includes a 2,668-square-foot residence, a fenced backyard with a refreshing pool and spa, an expansive covered terrace and alfresco dining area, a 550-square-foot pool cabana, guest quarters in a 5,000-square-foot “barndominium,” and an additional structure ideal for a workshop and storage of multiple vehicles. The main residence’s neighborly red front door creates an eye-catching contrast to the crisp, timeless black and white façade.

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Sip And Splash: 5 Homes With Outdoor Bars

It’s patio season! When the hottest venue is your private porch or poolside, every day is like a vacation, and summer seems endless. Unwinding with a sumptuous drink in hand and the sun arching overhead is a sensation and sentiment that knows no borders.

So take a sojourn through the outdoor seating and dining arrangement at these five international properties—and while you’re at it, treat yourself to one of their favorite local cocktails.

Pour a Paloma at the Riviera Maya

Sara Plaga – Riviera Maya Sotheby’s International Realty

To stroll along a stretch of the Caribbean Sea coastline is a delight; to own a stretch of that coastline is a dream. And that dream comes true at this exquisitely contemporary residence in Playa Del Carmen. Even better, the expanse of beachfront that serves as this home’s backyard also opens onto a stunning, east-facing patio with two pools.

There couldn’t be a better place to enjoy a paloma, perhaps Mexico’s most beloved cocktail. The tangy combination of tequila and grapefruit is a great way to stay cool on a hot day, and the fact “la paloma” translates to “the dove” fittingly alludes to the serenity of sipping this beverage on a beachside patio.

White Sangria Beneath the Barcelona Sunshine

Barcelona & Costa Brava Sotheby’s International Realty

Barcelona is a rarity—a major European center that also happens to be on the soft-sand shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s an exhilarating contrast that finds its purest expression in this downtown mansion. With a private pool, barbecue pavilion, spa-like shower, and bright solarium, this terrace offers the laidback lifestyle only attainable in a maritime city, despite its location in the affluent, metropolitan Eixample district.

After a day of urban excursions, picture returning to this outdoor oasis and serving up some white sangria. The drink is a descendant of the Spanish wine-based punches favored by the Romans as far back as 200 B.C.E., while the modern take has been the flavor of summertime ever since its unveiling at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City.

Mix an Ouzo Lemonade in Mykonos

Despina Laou – Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

Homeowners place a high premium on properties that create seamless, intuitive continuity between the furnished dwellings within and the natural world beyond. This peaceful hilltop residence on the Greek island of Mykonos raises this lifestyle to the level of art, with unobstructed views of the variegated blues that blend from sea to sky, gorgeous nooks built directly into the cliffside, and a swimming pool designed to simulate starlight.

While celebrities flock to fashionable parties in the center of town, this home’s patio provides a far-superior social space. Pour some ouzo lemonades—ouzo is an aperitif unique to Greece and Cyprus, known for its notes of anise and other spices—and host your own invite-only soirée away from the crowd.

Prickly Pear Margaritas to Celebrate Scottsdale

Dan Wolski and Troy Gillenwater – Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

Speaking of hilltop residences that elevate indoor-outdoor living, this estate spares no expense with its sun decks and spa, fountains and firepits, and negative-edge pool overlooking Desert Mountain. The property boasts 3,000 square feet of covered outdoor living space, with the Geronimo golf course just outside the door.Spend an afternoon on the green, and then take in a spectacular sunset with a drink that has become synonymous with Arizona: the prickly pear margarita. The plump, scarlet fruits that line the paddles of the prickly pear cactus are a local delicacy, and their sweet syrup is decadent in a cold, slushy cocktail.

Savor Zadar’s Local Twist on the Classic Mojito

Croatia Sotheby’s International Realty

Croatia’s coastline comprises more than a thousand idyllic islands, and the city of Zadar—where this chic, three-level villa is located—boasts incomparable views of their dynamic beauty. The home makes the most of this natural gallery with its glass walls, which slide aside to grant immediate access to the Adriatic Sea and leisurely lounges and amenities that outcompete a five-star hotel.

Because its waterfronts face west, Zadar is the ultimate destination for sunset lovers—so make one of these unique mojitos, one of Croatia’s most popular cocktails, and settle in to watch the day turn to dusk.

Your own outdoor bar provides a place to come together to celebrate with your favorite people, or seek solace from the noise of the world. A spirited dance party with a live DJ; an elegant garden gala with evening dress and canapés; a mindful moment in the company of your own thoughts. No matter the situation, there are few things in life more fulfilling than sitting on your own patio, sipping a delicious cocktail, and imbibing the sweet warmth of the summer sun.

No backyard is complete without a place to cool off in style. Take a look at these five stunning properties with some of the most splash-worthy pools around.

Mid Mod Mood: Three Timeless Midcentury Modern Homes

Fine examples of one of history’s most enduring architectural styles, these three homes feature clean simplicity, open floor plans, gentle organic forms and materials, and walls of glass linking their interiors with the outdoors.

Tarzana Treasure

Tarzana, California | Sue WalsmithSotheby’s International Realty – Calabasas Brokerage

This four-bedroom midcentury modern home in Tarzana has been remarkably re-imagined. The iconic elements of midcentury design pervade it, from the custom four-foot-wide entry door to the ash-clad Tesla charging station. Highlights include a well-equipped cook’s kitchen, Fleetwood windows and doors, a patio with a motorized louvered cover, a pool and spa with a Baja ledge, a fire pit with built-in benches, a covered outdoor kitchen, an alfresco grilling area, and a “wellness cabana” with a Nordic sauna, a steam room, and a snow room.

A Piece of Houston History

Houston, Texas | Cindy BurnsMartha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 

Esteemed architect Karl Kamrath—a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright—constructed this sophisticated midcentury modern residence as his personal five-bedroom home on a secluded hillside above lush wooded ravine. Nearly every space of the 4,691-square-foot floor plan displays midcentury modern’s characteristic dedication to warm, eye-catching wood surfaces, period brickwork, stained-glass, clerestories, and oversized windows and sliding glass doors that blur the lines between indoors and out. Multiple patios were designed for enjoyment of the surrounding gardens.

Montecito Magic

Montecito, California | Richard CheethamSotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Offering a rare blend of privacy, serenity, and proximity to hiking trails, parks, restaurants, shops, golf courses, and beaches, this three-bedroom midcentury-inspired ranch home enjoys an enviable location in the foothills of Montecito. The heart of the home is a spacious living area and a well-appointed kitchen, from which the three bedroom suites flow. Nearly every room opens to the bucolic grounds and gardens and the inviting outdoor entertaining areas.

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Pier Pressure: Five Homes With Boat Docks

Refreshing water-oriented diversions are minutes away at these homes with private docks, which offer access to ocean coves, harbors, sounds, and bays and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Mediterranean Reprieve on Hypoluxo Island

Keith Vanderlaan & Michael Massraf | Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

This majestic Mediterranean residence on Hypoluxo Island features a “grand room” with water views, a club room, a library loft, a fitness room, a chef’s kitchen, a wine tasting room, and an aquarium in addition to four upper-level bedroom suites and poolside guest quarters. Outdoor enjoyment is effortless thanks to inviting terraces, an alfresco dining room, a covered patio with a grill, a bar, a pool and infinity spa, and 110 feet of navigable water frontage with a private dock allowing for easy ocean access.

Stylish Sag Harbor Oasis

Dana Trotter | Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage

This new shingled six-bedroom home enjoys an enviable waterfront perch on a Bay Point peninsula. The heart of the six-bedroom residence is an open-concept kitchen, living, and dining room with a gas fireplace, walls of glass, and sliding French doors opening to a bluestone pool and spa patio. The generous lower level provides space for games, fitness, and movies along with a full bath, a den, and an office. The verdant lawn rolls toward Sag Harbor Cove and the property’s deepwater dock.

Striking Modern Greenwich Retreat

Joseph Barbieri | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

In the gated Mead Point association, this striking steel, cedar, stone, and glass home was designed by esteemed New York architect Constantin Wickenburg for maximum appreciation of serene water views. Walls of glass, rooftop terraces, decks, and an alluring pool blur the lines between indoors and out and encourage a dynamic flow of living and entertaining. The property, which includes 230 feet of shoreline on Indian Harbor, sits alongside a private five-acre park with a 160-foot deepwater dock allocated for the exclusive use of residents.

Secluded Waterfront Sanctuary

Harald Grant & Bruce Grant | Sotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

A bastion of light-flooded contemporary style, this unique six-bedroom home sits on nearly two acres at the confluence of Seatuck Creek and its namesake cove. Multiple decks allow for appreciation of the surroundings, and an expertly equipped outdoor kitchen accompanies the alluring heated swimming pool and spa. A lighted path leads through thriving native grasses and other flora to the estate’s 370 feet of water frontage and private dock.

Beach City Getaway

Geri Mills & Travis Manning | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 

Outside of Houston on the tip of Beach City’s coastline on Trinity Bay, this four-bedroom retreat benefits from views that stretch from Kemah to Galveston. It is filled with lovely custom details, including striking tilework. Encouraging outdoor enjoyment are two swimming pools, an alfresco dining pergola, and an impressive private 800-foot dock with lights and a two-level palapa with a bar and a built-in sound system

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Mavericks’ Spencer Dinwiddie Scores New Build in Calabasas for $6.9M

Mavericks’ Spencer Dinwiddie Scores New Build in Calabasas for $6.9M

Published: July 7, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

NBA guard and L.A. native Spencer Dinwiddie took time out this summer to pick up this investment residence in Calabasas. The Dallas Mavericks team member paid $6.87 million for the spec-built property. The seller was looking for $7.685 million for the property when it first hit the market in December of last year; by April and prior to the sale, it was tagged at $7.249 million.

A contemporary Craftsman, the 2021-built home makes for a refreshing change of pace for the place and time, and kudos to Dinwiddie for taking a bit of a chance and not going with the tried-and-true moody modern farmhouse and its almost guaranteed return. The architecture fits right into the property’s mountain backdrop, and the home’s interiors are warm, down-to-earth and optimistic.

Highlights of the elements at work in the home: the fireplaces, clad in weathered-finish masonry; the living room gets one, it’s perpendicular to the room’s full-length bar, and there’s one in the dining room. The last is in the 1,000 sq. ft. master, one of five suites in the home. The mosaic effect of the fireplace accent walls is picked up in the fine tilework of the outdoor spa, which is positioned on the upper patio.

Down the hill via a meandering staircase, a second patio with a fire pit. Why not? The property has 2.37 acres to stretch out on.More info

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello List Updated Villa in Beverly Hills for $19.6M

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello List Updated Villa in Beverly Hills for $19.6M

Published: July 19, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

Actors Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello put their renovated 2006-built villa in Beverly Hills up for sale this month. The new addition to the Los Angeles open market is priced at $19.6 million.

A flashy affair sporting a tasteful revision, the house strikes a serviceable balance between old Hollywood glamour and contemporary touches. The period feel that suffuses the 11,369 sq. ft. house is punctuated by the occasional concession to present-day taste, including a linear fireplace and a few of the light fixtures.

Some of the finer details include the dome ceiling that crowns the curving stairwell, the dentil crown molding in the living room, and the leaded glass windows illuminating the office’s vaulted beamed ceiling and teardrop tile floor. The French-inspired kitchen boasts a beamed ceiling — the timber is lightly stained in a natural tone, or left untreated — as well as candelabra chandeliers, a curved vent hood and a large island with a prep sink.

Amenities in the seven-bedroom, eleven-bath home include a suite in the basement, where a larger theater decked out with a quartet of recliners and a reclining sofa provide a suitably plush atmosphere, and a full-sized bar is positioned as a leisurely bit of recreational foreshadowing. Outside, a pool and BBQ provide the basics for a meandering outdoor living area.

Vergara is currently a judge on America’s Got Talent.

Manganiello’s upcoming projects include television series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.More info

Go Your Own Way: 3 Off-Grid Luxury Homes

To enjoy the most majestic landscapes on earth, you normally have to be willing to live rough for a few days. And the concept of living “off the grid” is certainly picturesque in theory, but cumbersome in practice.

But what if there was no need to compromise, and you could have your own sustainable, self-sufficient luxury accommodations situated near priceless natural treasures? Such properties do exist, and they have the best backyards on the planet. Have a look at three unparalleled off-grid luxury homes in the United States.

Catching Rays on the Mountains of Maui

Linda Jean Briske and Maeghan Pocock – Island Sotheby’s International Realty

Haleakalā is the massive shield volcano that makes up much of the island of Maui, and the name means “house of the sun”. Apt, since the slopes leading up to its summit — which are also a national park — offer what many consider to be the world’s most spectacular sunrises.

A breathtaking daybreak would be an everyday occurrence for the residents of this premier property, perched on 16 acres of private land at a 2,000-foot elevation. Affectionately known as the “art farm”, it spares no expense when it comes to the luxury lifestyle — including an infrared sauna to bask in after a day at the beach. Featuring a solar array consisting of 48 panels, a sophisticated catchment system for fresh water, and a propane-powered backup generator, the eco-friendly home was constructed to showcase the greatest gallery of all: the pristine environment and sublime ocean that surround it. 

A Minimalist’s Dream in the Texan Desert

Kumara Wilcoxon – Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

As the largest ecoregion of its kind in North America, the Chihuahuan Desert is a marvel. Although large swaths of it have been transformed by human activity, 800,000 acres of mind-boggling canyons and gullies have been preserved in their original state thanks to Big Bend National Park.

Not far from Big Bend is the peaceful city of Marfa, where the Chihuahuan Desert landscape captured the heart of the celebrated minimalist artist Donald Judd. It’s therefore fitting that this unique, sculptural residence has an aesthetic of harmonious simplicity and uninhibited openness, and curates the work of two acclaimed architects: the building that contains the chef’s kitchen and entertaining space was designed by Rael San Fratello, while the structure housing the primary suite, studio, and lounge was envisioned by DUST. Along with floor-to-ceiling windows offering ample natural lights, the property is fully powered by solar energy.

A Personal Retreat Nestled in Utah’s Pines

Thomas Wright and Kerry Oman – Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the most popular nature areas in the US. When you think about the recreation opportunities on offer, this isn’t a surprise — skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling in winter, along with hiking, biking, swimming and boating in summer. And urban convenience is never far away, as all of it is bordered by some of Utah’s liveliest towns and cities.

At an elevation of 7,250 feet, this exceptional country-cabin-turned-luxe-estate functions as a private ski resort, spread across 49 acres of newly-landscaped forest that complements the area’s stunning peaks and dazzling natural lakes. With its own onsite solar array, a commercial-grade backup generator, six propane tanks, and nearly 300 kilowatt hours of stored battery backup, this home wants for nothing. It doesn’t even need water to be supplied, as its filtration system and 1,000-gallon storage facility are world-class, and well-water rights ensure the trees and grass never dry out.

When you feel the irresistible impulse to immerse yourself in nature, you shouldn’t need to prepare for a long journey. And as you strive to shrink your carbon footprint, you shouldn’t have to limit your dream lifestyle. These properties serve as inspiration to live independently, indulgently, and sustainably, and to find ways to take indoor-outdoor living to the next level.

Feeling a little more of a vacation-inspired theme? Check out these three Mediterranean inspired villas.