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Frank Sinatra’s Farralone Estate in L.A. Up for Grabs for $12.8M

Frank Sinatra’s Farralone Estate in L.A. Up for Grabs for $12.8M

Published: October 11, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

Farralone, the Los Angeles estate that seminal jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra called home for years, relisted on the open market this autumn.

The historically significant property is currently asking $12.795 million, although its pricing history is something of a wild ride, likely due to the inclusion or exclusion of additional acreage. Back in 2018, Farralone was put up for sale tagged at $12.5 million; a little over a year ago it appeared for sale with a $21.5 million ask. According to public records, it last sold in 1999, when it closed at $1.5 million.

The house at Farralone was completed around 1950. It contains six bedrooms and eight baths across its 6,166 sq. ft. of interior living area. Its front doors are presently canary yellow, the use of vibrant color striking against the almost ethereal white treatment and abundant glass of the indoor spaces. Amenities include a 50-foot pool, while materials used in the home include terrazzo and honey-toned hardwood. A long arcade — a classical twist through a modernist lens — is among the property’s more remarkable features of William Pereira’s architectural vision.

The 7.97 acres of grounds offered in the sale is a prime feature, of course. All that space allowed for the languidly romantic driveway, which measures nearly two-thirds of a mile, to act as a preamble to arrival at the mansion. The property is situated on a hilltop that offers stunning panoramic views of the Chatsworth Nature Preserve, Los Angeles, and the ocean; Farralone is also known as Byrdview.

The property has frequently been used as a filming location over the years; its purebred midcentury modern style made it an ideal residential enhancement for the Mad Men universe, but it also made appearances in many feature films, including mid-2000s musical Dreamgirls.

Sinatra has sold over 150 million records worldwide. His first No. 1 hit is 1940’s “I’ll Never Smile Again,” which sold 900,000 copies. It is, incidentally, the first No. 1 hit on the Billboard chart.More infoFor more information, contact Anthony Giordano of Compass and Barrie Livingstone of Sotheby’s International Realty

Reaching New Heights: 5 Homes With Vaulted Ceilings

From an Easthampton estate with an enviable artistic pedigree to hideaway above Ojai, these homes feature lofty vaulted ceilings that conjure volume, light, and drama.

Hillside Haven in Napa

Hillary Ryan | Sotheby’s International Realty – St. Helena Brokerage

In a secluded picturesque location, this 11.5-acre estate comprises a four-bedroom home, a two-bedroom guesthouse, two swimming pools, a new sports court, multiple outdoor entertaining areas, and its own vineyard. The main residence features a primary suite with a spa-like bath, two offices—one with a wet bar—a media room, a wine cellar, a fitness room, and a sophisticated open living and dining room with a soaring vaulted ceiling, plentiful windows affording commanding views of Napa Valley, and glass doors to a terrace.

Ojai Oasis

Rosalie Zabilla | Sotheby’s International Realty –Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Nestled amid mature trees above Ojai, this enviable 110-acre estate encompasses a main residence, a four-bedroom guesthouse, a 1,000-square-foot art studio, and a screened-in dining gazebo—all with spectacular views—as well as an oil-producing olive orchard and plum, nectarine, and apricot trees. The home offers an impressively equipped kitchen; a primary suite with a peaceful bedroom, French doors, a walk-in closet, a workout room, and a luxurious bath; and a magnificent great room with an inspiring 20-foot beamed ceiling.

Expansive Southwestern Escape

Darlene Streit | Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe Brokerage

Perfectly positioned on 40 acres to take advantage of Santa Fe’s dramatic vistas, this magnificent 11,681-square-foot residence is a bastion of innovative Southwestern architecture. Highlights include an owner’s suite with dual suite baths and dressing areas, generous guest quarters, an extensively outfitted chef’s kitchen, a wine room, an office or library, a media room, numerous portales and patios, an indoor pool, and a variety of living and entertaining areas, many with soaring ceilings and a remarkable sense of airiness and light.

Serene Santa Fe Sanctuary

Francesca Stedman and Naomi Hirsch | Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe Brokerage

In a prestigious Santa Fe location, this striking modern residence exudes a contemporary Southwestern ambience and enjoys majestic views indoors and outs. Each of the three bedrooms—one of which currently functions as an office—has an en suite bath, fine finishes, and access to the outdoors. In the living room, windows and French doors gaze out toward the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, admitting light and opening to a stylish portal, while a pitched ceiling with exposed beams creates an open, airy, inviting feel.

Waterfront Artist’s Home

Rebekah C Baker and Liz Carey | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

This distinctive Hamptons estate consists of a unique three-bedroom residence designed by esteemed architect Charles Forberg and sculptor Phyllis Baker Hammond’s 2,400-square-foot studio. The stylish modern spaces of the home feature cedar shake and poured concrete construction as well as striking pitched rooflines—most notably the lofty-ceilinged great room, which enjoys breathtaking views of Accabonac Harbor and Gardiners Bay. A waterside swimming pool, generous decks, and lush expanses of lawn encourage appreciation of the outdoors.

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Off The Beaten Path: 4 Rural Retreats

From an enchanting off-grid getaway in New Mexico’s “O’Keeffe Country” to a chic contemporary aerie in California’s illustrious wine country, these rural retreats enjoy plentiful privacy, inspiring views, and living spaces that are as diverting as their surroundings.

Rancho Cielo Vista

Patty Murphy | Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Ynez Valley Brokerage

This scenic 20-acre ranch retreat offers a stylish 6,400-square-foot residence with three bedrooms, an attached two-bedroom guest suite, and separate staff quarters adjoining the four-car garage; an alluring pool and sauna; a duck pond; and a renovated three-stall barn that includes two guest or staff apartments—all enjoying dramatic mountain views. The peaceful private location in the equestrian community of Woodstock Ranch is only minutes from the charming town of Los Olivos and other attractions.

Meadow View Ranch

Neil Lyon | Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe Brokerage

This enchanting 248-acre off-grid oasis is surrounded by national forest and the stunning landscapes captured in the works of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. The delightful residence features four bedrooms, living and dining areas, a well-appointed kitchen, numerous patios and portales, and an outdoor kitchen. A versatile detached building offers a studio, an apartment with a three-quarter bath, a root cellar, and a five-car garage with solar panels. The heart of the ranch is its large fenced garden area that includes an established orchard and a greenhouse.

Dry Creek Valley Aerie

Jessica Wynne & Sheri Morgensen | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Perched atop a ridgeline affording awe-inspiring views of the famed Dry Creek Valley, this chic four-bedroom contemporary home sits at the heart of 22 majestic acres in Sonoma County wine country, just 15 minutes from Healdsburg and some 70 miles north of San Francisco. Towering ceilings and walls of windows create a sense of airiness throughout and blur the lines between indoors and out. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to an infinity-edge pool and spa as well as expansive decks ideal for alfresco entertaining and lounging.

Diamond Spur Ranch

Tim Grimes | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

In the lush countryside northwest of Houston, Diamond Spur Ranch is an exceptional equestrian and cattle estate encompassing gently rolling pastures, a lake, ponds, and state-of-the-art equestrian facilities that include covered and open arenas, multiple stables and paddocks, a vet and breeding station, and stalls finished with fans, automatic water troughs, and fly spray systems. The main residence features soaring ceilings, stainless steel appliances, and a pool that overlooks the stately terrain. The 216.2-acre property also offers four additional homes perfect for managers, trainers, or guests.

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Raise A Glass To These Four Stylish Wine Rooms

Both practical and alluring, these modern wine rooms go beyond mere function, providing proper storage and temperature while incorporating eye-catching materials and details.

Georgian Grandeur in Greenwich

Fred Danback | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

Perched on 4.18 acres in the desirable Round Hill neighborhood of Greenwich, this Georgian-style residence was designed with luxurious living and entertaining in mind. Outdoor enjoyment is effortless thanks to an infinity-edge pool and spa, a pool house, an alfresco kitchen with two Viking grills and a pizza oven, a bocce court, and a zipline. Interior highlights include eight bedroom suites, a spa room, a theater, a gym, a billiards room with a bar, and a wine cellar with abundant storage and room for tastings.

Spectacular Showplace in Texas

Diane Kingshill & Ashton Martini | Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

This magnificent seven-bedroom residence in the exclusive community of Hidden Falls, northwest of Houston, is replete with refined spaces. In addition to a rare professional-caliber music room with a raised stage and integrated wiring, it features a chef’s kitchen with a butler’s pantry; a great room that opens to a covered pavilion with fireplace, a summer kitchen, fire pits, and a waterfall pool; a media room; a gym; and a temperature-controlled 1,000-bottle wine room with iron orb chandeliers and stone walls.

The Burr House

Janet Feinberg Schindler | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Occupying more than a quarter of an acre that includes verdant gardens, this San Francisco landmark was commissioned by Ephraim Willard Burr, the ninth mayor of San Francisco, for his son Edmond and daughter-in-law Anna. Grand proportions and painstakingly preserved architectural details are the hallmarks of a modern home that also offers a variety of living, dining, and entertaining spaces; a well-appointed kitchen; a gym; and a generous wine room. The property also offers a one-bedroom cottage and a freestanding two-car garage.

Stylish L.A. Hideaway

Eric Lavey | Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

This sleek, stylish five-bedroom contemporary home in a desirable L.A. location boasts generous spaces displaying exceptional discernment in the choice of details and palette. The sophisticated open living, kitchen, and entertaining space opens to a fabulous backyard with an alfresco kitchen, a swimming pool, and a distinctive fireplace. Among the exceptional appliances, appointments, and amenities is an artful wine room near the great room and formal dining room.

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Billionaire Stewart Butterfield Seeking $19.8M for Contemporized Victorian in San Francisco

Billionaire Stewart Butterfield Seeking $19.8M for Contemporized Victorian in San Francisco

Published: September 24, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

A seven-bedroom mansion in San Francisco owned by Flickr and Slack co-founder Stewart Butterfield and Away CEO Jen Rubio popped up on the open market this month. The Presidio Heights property appeared with an asking price of $19.8 million. According to public records, the home last changed hands for less than $10 million for it in 2019.

The heavily renovated Victorian triple-decker retains original details in a way that complements the changes effected in the interiors; the revisions are likely the work of the present owners. More striking details include the foyer staircase, a remarkably beautiful installation which features a ground level set of steps that suggests Art Deco design with decorative glass panels inset into the ceiling as a complimentary touch.

Espresso-toned stained oak floors run throughout the common areas, in plank and grain-contrasting herringbone pattern; as ballast for all that darkness, walls and ceilings are treated in a fairly bright shade of white, and the kitchen is expressed as a buoyant, spring-like series of beige, white marble, and natural wood tones.

The home’s family room features an original tin ceiling, a pared-down fireplace design and oversized sets of French doors capped with fanlight windows. The master features another pared-down fireplace, and its upper-level position combines with the lot situation to offer wonderful views of the city from the graceful window bay.

A rooftop deck, second family room and garden level, and guest room with a semi-vaulted ceiling inset with skylights complete a look at this recent addition to the San Francisco open market.

Butterfield’s net worth is around $1.2 billion, per Forbes.More info

Bound To Impress: Five Handsome Home Libraries

Few things compare to the experience of turning the pages of a good book. In homes from New York to California, these four libraries are ideal for displaying and enjoying a collection of treasured volumes.

Sophisticated Riverside Loft

Debbie Korb | Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

Walls of windows and plentiful skylights admit floods of sunlight and enviable views in this full-floor penthouse loft in one of Tribeca’s most desirable cooperative buildings. Its serene private terrace is perfect for outdoor relaxation and recreation and affords spectacular views of the Hudson River. The airy, open floor plan includes spacious living and entertaining areas, four bedrooms, a well-outfitted double-height kitchen, and a library with built-in bookshelves and a woodburning fireplace.

Classical Elegance in Pacific Heights

Carrie B. Goodman | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

In the heart of prestigious Pacific Heights, this extraordinary two-level home is an ideal venue for entertaining. Rejuvenated in 2011, it is filled with lavish details that recall San Francisco’s golden age and features formal public spaces, up to five bedrooms—including a primary suite with two baths and closets and an office—abundant storage, a walk-out patio and garden, a charming carriage house that currently serves as a gym, and a handsome wood-paneled library with a fireplace and a gracefully curving bay window.

Magnificent Upper East Side Townhouse

Serena Boardman | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Impressively renovated, this stunning six-level residence on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is filled with light and sees to every comfort and convenience. Highlights include seven peaceful bedrooms, a lower level with a gym and a 28-foot swimming pool, gardens, three landscaped terraces—among them one on the rooftop—a sunroom, formal living and dining rooms, a wet bar, a kitchen and breakfast room, an office, a den, and a quiet library with a fireplace, ample built-in bookshelves, and a window seat.

Southern California Classicism

Wendi Chandler | Sotheby’s International Realty – Brentwood Brokerage

Designed by a prominent Los Angeles architect as his private residence, this classic Monterey Colonial Revival home is suffused with a timeless elegance. Its inviting spaces include an updated kitchen with an island and a fireplace, five restful bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, and a library with a wood-burning fireplace that echoes the enveloping greenery with its vibrant hue and opens to the grounds—which boast topiary hedges, organic cutting and rose gardens, tranquil fountains, and a refreshing swimming pool.

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Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus Selling Manhattan Townhouse

Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus Offering Manhattan Townhouse for Below-Purchase $11.5M

Published: September 20, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

The New York City townhouse Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus purchased in the summer of 2018 is back on the market. The actors paid $11.75 million for the 3,850 sq. ft. West Village property, and initially listed it in the spring of this year, asking $12.5 million. The relist includes a price reduction that takes the four-bedroom, four-bath residence’s ask down to $11.5 million.

Listing information dates the red brick building at 1910, but it could be considerably older. It contains four bedrooms and four baths across 3,650 sq. ft. and three floors. Interior details include neutral and soft cool tones, plank floors—some appear to be original—original fireplaces with white-painted or black-painted brick, a beamed ceiling or two and, in the baths and kitchen, subway tile and marble. The roof has been converted to an outdoor living area with a fireplace.

The couple’s other real estate adventures include a very engaging home on the other coast: a 1920s-vintage residence in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood Hills. The couple closed on the house in early 2020, paying $8.5 million for it, and passed it on to its next owner for $8.9 million last summer.

Kruger’s upcoming projects include Marlowe, with Liam Neeson, and A Circus Story & A Love Song, with Eva Longoria.More info

5 Timeless Features That Never Go Out Of Style

For any form of design—architectural, industrial, interior, fashion—the word “timeless” should never be used thoughtlessly. A look can only be considered truly timeless if it continues to inspire, century after century, without passing into the passé. 

Only a small selection of styles achieve this, so when choosing a property, or choosing how to present a property, it’s always wise to focus on those few that do. Five areas that deserve heightened attention include indoor and outdoor living spaces, the kitchen and bathroom, and the overall curb appeal of the home. Here are timeless aesthetics showcased through top-of-the-line properties that span the continent and across the Atlantic.

Interior Living: Improve Tone and Texture with Plaster Walls

Nicholas Canning and Michael Canning – Sotheby’s International Realty – Carmel Brokerage

To invigorate an interior, consider changing the walls to plaster. This material has been held in high regard for millennia—from the lime and gypsum mixture found in the tombs of pharaohs, to the iconic stucco buildings of Ancient Rome, to the marmorino made with crushed marble and lime that originated in Renaissance Italy.

Plaster walls were a mainstay until the middle of the 20th century, when drywall’s affordability made it a popular alternative. But for interior designers, this didn’t last long. Plaster was back in vogue with modernism, and has been prized for its beauty, durability, and the depth of its hues ever since—which is why it was the obvious choice when building this premier property in California’s renowned Pebble Beach resort community.

For the Kitchen: Embrace the Ever-Essential Shaker Cabinet

Neill Bassi – Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Though shaker cabinets feature prominently on home improvement shows, this isn’t a recent trend. They hearken back to the 18th century, when the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing—known as the “Shaking Quakers” for their ecstatic style of worship—broke away from the larger Quaker movement and began to establish “dwelling houses” across the United States.

With an ethos revolving around honest labor and expert craftsmanship, the Shakers’ simple but exceptional furniture became a must-have for households from the 19th century to the present day. That’s on full display in this design-forward San Francisco house, where the kitchen also plays host to Miele appliances, a marble island, and a retractable glass wall that leads to a dedicated deck for outdoor grilling and dining.

For the Bathroom: Bask in Style with a Classic Clawfoot Tub

Chase Mizell – Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

If freestanding tubs ever went out of style, it was because cost-effectiveness took precedence over aesthetics and quality. Built-in tubs were cheap and easy to clean, and had a brief heyday when showering became people’s preferred mode of washing. But the clawfoot tub has been an iconic bathroom fixture since the mid-19th century.

The timelessness of the clawfoot tub is right at home in this exceptional Georgia residence, where the stone masonry and brickwork hearkens back to centuries past, but state-of-the-art amenities and solar panel arrays point confidently to the future. The soaker tub completes the primary suite adorned with a limestone fireplace, beamed ceiling, and a walk-in closet fit for a world-class tailor.

Curb Appeal: Bring on the Bold with Black-Framed Windows

Jeff Perkins and Stephanie Oliver – Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty

Sometimes the classic spawns from humble beginnings, such as black-framed windows. Though they look stylish and modern, they originated in the industrial architecture of the 19th century. As old mills and manufacturing facilities were later appropriated for low-rent artist lofts, workshops, and other creative spaces, they retained their versatile and visually striking black-framed windows.

This aesthetic works as well on a modern farmhouse as it does on a modern art gallery, and it augments the view the same way a bold black frame augments a photograph. That’s certainly the case for this glamorous rural estate in Missouri, which includes both a main house and a guest cottage nestled among the trees of an 8-acre nature preserve.

Exterior Living: Relax Regally in Your Rattan Patio Furniture

Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

A porch, garden, or gazebo outfitted with rattan furniture holds perpetual panache—but what historical period does it reference? The modernist resurgence of natural colors, textures, and materials in the 1960s and 1970s? The Victorian embrace of exotic imports in the 1800s? Or even the 1700s, when Viennese braided chairs became well-established across central and Northern Europe? The answer is: all of the above.

Perhaps that’s why rattan décor looks so perfectly situated next to the pool of this magnificent mansion in Nice. The architecture, which blends the aristocratic majesty of the Côte d’Azur with gorgeous contemporary finishes, complements exterior patio furnishings whose popularity and heritage has encompassed multiple geographies and eras.

The features found in these five homes demonstrate that the best designs have long histories, broad appeal, and continued influence. And by incorporating them into your own home or next property search, you can create a living space that’s as perennially relevant as it is radiant.

Searching for more design inspiration? Check out these five sustainable trends that make the most of natural materials.