Fields of Green | 5 Homes With Decorative Gardens

Tending to a garden has long been a preferred pastime for its ability to lift the spirits. As we all spend more time close to home, there has never been a better time to cultivate outdoor spaces that encourage relaxation and calm. 

These five homes, in addition to being stunning works of architecture, also feature skillfully landscaped grounds, inspiring hedge arrangements, and calming lawns that will inspire even the most lapsed green thumb to pick up a trowel and rethink their outdoor space.

Elegant Landscaping in Saint Tropez, France

Cote D’Azur, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

As would be expected for a villa in the South of France, this property in Saint Tropez fully embraces the warm climate with tiered landscaping and ample outdoor seating. Stone steps lead from the main home to three discrete levels of garden space—all the way down to the sleek swimming pool and lounge area. Instead of crowding the garden with tall trees, the landscape designer instead chose to plant low evergreen shrubbery of various types, keeping the sightlines open from the home out over the rest of the property. Save for the odd patch of lavender—an icon of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur countryside—and an established tree serving as the central focal point, the garden is a harmonious example of refined and timeless landscaping through greenery.

A Central Water Feature in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca | Alejandra VanoliMallorca Sotheby’s International Realty

This stately property in Palma de Mallorca was originally constructed in the 15th century, and its 1998 renovation managed to retain its historic charm. One of the most breathtaking qualities of the estate is the landscaped promenade, a tiered green space where a central water feature flows between the different levels. Tranquil pools provide the backdrop for pensive walks through the garden, which has been designed so that different forms of plant life are arranged in their own quadrants. A courtyard on the property follows the same principle of geometric garden design, with neatly groomed shrubs and small potted trees lining the stone walls—architectural details that hint at the property’s storied past.

An Tranquil Estate in Pennsylvania, USA

Gladwyne, Pennsylvania | Lisa YakulisKurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty 

This estate in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania exudes a European sensibility in a distinctly American countryside setting. The grounds are dotted with deciduous trees, a smart landscaping choice that delivers stunning orange leaves in the autumn and vibrant green through the spring and summer. A walk through the property is sure to instill a sense of romance thanks to details like ivy-covered brick walls and stone steps set amidst the green lawns. Reminiscent of a French palace, the home and grounds feature an aviary, tennis courts, and two swimming pools, but it’s the garden details, like the serene pond and strategically placed potted plants, that make the property one-of-a-kind.

Pristine Lawns in New Jersey, USA

Alpine, New Jersey | Dennis McCormack & Dolores McCormackProminent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Redefining what luxury looks like in the Northeast, this estate in Alpine, New Jersey is only eight miles from Manhattan and sits on six acres of lush grounds and gardens. The central lawn backs onto both a swimming pool and tennis court, with the kind of landscaping befitting a European villa. A pristine green is bordered by meticulously groomed shrubs, while bright pink flowers peek out of Grecian-style planters. Additional elements like a water fountain, marble steps, and an assortment of both deciduous and evergreen trees line the property, ensuring that the home feels enveloped in serene plantlife year-round.

Boxes of Lavender in Leinster, Ireland

Leinster, Ireland | David AshmoreIreland Sotheby’s International Realty

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of this property in Leinster, Ireland are the garden terraces overflowing with lavender and greeting guests with a calming and welcoming fragrance. The country home, built in the early 19th century, looks as if it belongs in a painting with its timeless pastoral backdrop. Climbing vines accent the façade of the home, while tiny flowers in shades of white, pink, and purple crowd the paths and stone walkways—their intentional-yet-organic placement gives the impression of wildflowers taking over the space on their own accord. The result is an enchanting garden exterior, further enhanced by the 27 acres set against the backdrop of the Dublin Mountains.

No matter the season or the acreage, it’s important that your home provides you with room to breathe deeply and appreciate nature. These gardens serve as spaces for contemplation and creative expression, allowing homeowners to reconnect with their own well-being.

For more garden inspiration, discover homes from around the world that provide ample room for growth and creativity.

Inside the Firm – Katherine Leddington

From the moment Katherine’s parents settled in the picturesque town of Charlottesville, Virginia, Katherine knew she was home. Katherine graduated from Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville and attended Oberlin College where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Law and Society.

After years of living in various places, such as Brooklyn and the Brazilian Amazon, Katherine began to yearn for the comforts and easy living of Charlottesville. In 2016, Katherine and her husband moved back to Charlottesville to raise their children.

The concept of home and community has always been a central theme in Katherine’s life and the work she pursues, which is what brought Katherine to pursuing real estate. Drawing on her childhood experience growing up on horse farms, her intimate role in families’ lives while working as a birth doula and her eye for architectural nuance developed through her photography, Katherine has a unique ability to work with families and individuals in finding their specific idea of “home”. Katherine is a dedicated and highly motivated agent who has the special skill of listening to her clients and is able to translate her client’s vision into a reality.

During her time off, Katherine can be found at her local yoga studio, hiking with her family in the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, or strolling through her eclectic downtown neighborhood of Belmont. Katherine has a passion for Charlottesville and all that it offers and brings that enthusiasm to all aspects of her work.

Inside the Firm – Conor Murray

Conor, a Charlottesville native, is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. With a longstanding passion for real estate and Virginia Piedmont properties, Conor brings more than 10 years of experience working with residential, farm, and country property owners in the greater Charlottesville area.

Most recently, Conor has worked as General Manager for one of Charlottesville’s premier land and farm management companies, leading projects from high end residential, to large farm and estate properties.

As a certified QDMA (Quality Deer Management) Land and Wildlife Associate, Conor is actively involved in the development of land, habitat, and farming properties. Although he has lived in Charleston, South Carolina, Washington D.C., and Encampment, Wyoming, he is proud to call Charlottesville his home.

Conor is committed to representing your best interests working closely with you throughout the entire process to deliver results and ensure a successful experience. In his spare time, he is an avid fly fisherman, enjoys spending time with family, and is a basketball and football fanatic.

Rustic Meets Refinement in These 5 Modern Farmhouses

Paying homage to one of the most enduring architectural motifs, these modern farmhouses—in desirable locations from Greenwich to California’s wine country—give bucolic inspiration a sophisticated contemporary spin.

Charming Wine Country Compound

Kenwood, California | Tina ShoneSotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage

Down a private lane in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon, this beguiling modern farmhouse features three relaxing bedroom suites, a welcoming great room with a well-outfitted kitchen, and a breezy wraparound covered porch with a mountain view. Furthering the feeling of a private farm are a charming one-bedroom guesthouse, a stylish barn with workshop and entertaining areas, a treehouse, raised garden beds, towering trees, and space for a swimming pool and animals, if desired.

Idyllic Amagansett Getaway

Amagansettt, New York | Rylan JackaSotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

One block from the ocean and a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Main Street, this sophisticated modern farmhouse offers seven bedrooms, living and dining areas, an inviting open kitchen, a family room, a wet bar, a theater, a gym, a screened porch, and balconies with ocean views. Secluded by tall privet hedges, the sunny backyard features a sparkling pool and spa, an outdoor shower, a chic pool house, perennial gardens, and a pergola draped in flowering vines.

Pastoral Inspiration in Sonoma

Sonoma, California | Gina Clyde & Daniel CasabonneSotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – First Street Brokerage

This light-filled three-bedroom home in Sonoma combines chic modern style with pastoral inspiration. It boasts an open floor plan, a chef’s kitchen with top-tier stainless-steel appliances, salvaged wood accents, and wide-plank oak flooring. The detached one-bedroom guesthouse enjoys its own kitchen and living room. The gated one-third-acre property features an emerald lawn, grandfather oaks, and manicured hedges enveloping an alluring pool and hot tub, a grilling area, and a spacious deck with a retractable awning.

Farmhouse Enchantment in Greenwich

Greenwich, Connecticut | Marilynne StrattonSotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

The very epitome of a classic New England farmhouse, this enchanting four-bedroom Greenwich home is surrounded by rugged rock walls, rolling lawn, and mature trees on 1.7 acres. Introduced by a quintessential wraparound porch, it offers formal living and dining rooms; a library with built-ins and a fireplace; a family room adjoining a fabulous chef’s kitchen; a spacious owner’s suite; and a playroom, an exercise room, and additional versatile space on the lower level. A private terrace is set amid the verdant grounds and gardens.

Ocean Farm

Point Richmond, California | Josh BurnsSotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Recently restored and delightfully updated, this 1906 farmhouse is perched on roughly a third of an acre—four distinct parcels—and its location on Point Richmond is steps from the waters of the San Francisco Bay. The traditional façade belies interiors that are decidedly minimalist and modern. Two decks and numerous windows afford enviable views of the city skyline and three bridges, including the Golden Gate. The property offers a chicken coop, multiple garden beds, and an orchard of mature fruit and nut trees.

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Inside the Firm – Murdoch Matheson

Murdoch Matheson is an Associate Broker of Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty with over 15 years of high achievement in the business.  His accomplished record of farm and estate sales speaks for itself; It’s possible no other broker could have sold as many signature properties as Murdoch in such a short period of time.

Murdoch has led the firm in sales in consecutive years. His success in business is reliant on a positive approach, local knowledge and information, responsiveness and communication. Murdoch is inherently familiar with the responsibilities of land ownership and stewardship required for country living in Virginia but represents and equal number of residential properties. For this reason Murdoch has worked with the most powerful clients in the area, ranging from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies to the worlds most prominent financial investors and titans of the entertainment world. All of these relationships are valued for the trust, discretion and confidentiality combined with critical information presented in the most professional way.

A graduate of Episcopal High School and Denison University, Murdoch has worked in every capacity in a Virginia farm environment. While the real estate business has always been a part of his life, his success in a short career has been a result of hard work and strategic thinking that combine in facilitating successful transactions.

A Virginia native, Murdoch has lived in the north east, west coast and traveled frequently internationally but Virginia will always be his home. Murdoch and his wife (Susie Matheson – The Scout Guide) live in Charlottesville with their three children, several dogs and horses.

Three Reasons Why This French Chateau is a Homeowner’s Dream


1. Privacy

If you’re looking for your own private getaway, Marrach might be the place for you to call home. This exquisite custom built French Chateau sits on 46 acres of pastoral countryside. “Peace and quiet” never felt so real.

2. Scenery

This property is set in the heart of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by unbelievable scenery. On the expansive stone patio, you can overlook a beautiful 5 acre pond with unobstructed 180-degree views. This is luxury uncompromised.

3. Amenities

The home features a beautiful copper roof, reclaimed timber beams, a gourmet kitchen, and wet bar. The elegant entryway opens up to a great room with soaring ceilings and custom hand painted walls. The home also offers a hot tub and exercise room, and 4 well-appointment bedrooms. With a first floor master bedroom and home office, this property has everything you need in one place.

862 Stevens Rd Troutville, Virginia 
3BD I 4BA I 7,963 SQFT

Listed by Conor Murray

The Global Resident | Part 3 – Relocation to Latvia, Mauritius, and Montenegro

As restrictions begin to lift all around the world, people are looking closely for investment opportunities. Placing their quality of life at the forefront of their decision making, some of these investments will inevitably mean relocation to a new home – and potentially even a new country. In this three-part series we’ll explore destinations around the world with benefits like residency and citizenship by investment programs, tax incentives, and more, as well as hear from local experts throughout the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand network along the way.


Often considered to be the bridge between Russia and Western Europe, and the gateway to Central Asia, Latvia joined the European Union in 2004 and the Eurozone in 2014, the same year Riga, the country’s capital, was also named a European Capital of Culture. Latvian is the official language, though Russian and English are commonly spoken, the country is seeing many expats from Russia, Vietnam and Ukraine. A €250,000 minimum requirement real estate investment in Latvia will set you on the path to residence that includes free access to all 26 Schengen countries and a 23% flat tax on personal income.

Jurmala, Latvia | Liga KohtanenaBaltic Sotheby’s International Realty 

“Purchasing activity in Latvia’s premium residential segment – apartments, private houses, land, are growing,” says Vestards Rozenberg, Owner and CEO, Baltic Sotheby’s International Realty. “As social behavior continues to change and people search for less urban destinations and ones with lower social density to relocate, places like Latvia – boasting the 4th lowest rate of population density in Europe, four distinct seasons, and access to picturesque Nordic nature – become much more sought after.”

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Mauritius, the island nation in the Indian Ocean, is home to turquoise waters, rare flora, a rich multicultural population and perhaps, most distinctively, the world’s most famous extinct bird, the dodo. Often referred to as the “miracle” nation, consistent growth and prosperity are the norm here. Between the $375,000 minimum required real estate investment for residency, 0% tax on capital gains, and its unrivaled tropical lifestyle, it’s no surprise that Mauritius is a top destination for those seeking a Golden Visa.

Black River, Mauritius | Jennifer HirstMauritius Sotheby’s International Realty 

“The Mauritian government has announced various measures to encourage Foreign Direct Investment (FDI),” says Timo Geldenhuys, Owner and CEO of Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty. “The most notable measure is that with a real estate purchase of $375,000 an investor [and their family] can obtain permanent residency. That along with daily flights to India, China, Europe, UAE, and Australia this culturally diverse country is a great place to live all year round.”

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In recent years, some have begun calling the small nation of Montenegro the next Monte Carlo or Cote d’Azur. With the lion’s share of Montenegro’s most sought-after real estate locales along the Adriatic Coast, seaside towns like Budva and Sveti Stefan, and Tivat on the Bay of Kotor have seen recent upticks in development. With a €250,000 minimum real estate investment required for residency and an under three-month process to obtain citizenship, Montenegro offers those looking to relocate much in the way of incentives.

Budva, Montenegro | Boris DarmanovicMontenegro Sotheby’s International Realty 

“Obtaining a passport in Montenegro is a three-month process that grants you free access to 130 countries,” says Niko Lakovic, Partner and CEO of Montenegro Sotheby’s International Realty. “On top of that, Montenegro is well on its way to joining the European Union (EU) – something we expect to happen by 2025. It’s a beautiful country, a short flight from major EU destinations, and with personal and corporate taxes at 9%, we’re attractive to foreign buyers.”

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Learn more about Latvia, Mauritius, and Malta on – and go back and view the other parts of this series.

The Global Resident | Part 2 – Relocation to Cyprus, Greece, and Malta

As restrictions begin to lift all around the world, people are looking closely for investment opportunities. Placing their quality of life at the forefront of their decision making, some of these investments will inevitably mean relocation to a new home – and potentially even a new country. In this three-part series we’ll explore destinations around the world with benefits like residency and citizenship by investment programs, tax incentives, and more, as well as hear from local experts throughout the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand network along the way.


Long known as a gem in the crown of Mediterranean islands for its sunny climate and beaches, Cyprus also offers benefits like having the lowest corporate tax rate in Europe at 12.5% and along with an excellent education system, and fast routes to both EU and Cypriot residence with a €300,000 minimum real estate investment.

Cyprus, Alexander SiominCyprus Sotheby’s International Realty 

“Cyprus has always been a good place to invest,” says Anastasia Yianni, Managing Director, Cyprus Sotheby’s International Realty. “With nearly 340 sunny days a year, Cyprus is a natural choice for those interested in a higher quality of life. That, coupled with the fact that real estate-linked permanent residency and citizenship programs in Cyprus offer some of the most time-efficient ways to provide global mobility, the real estate market ultimately offers great return on investment.”

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A destination rich in history, culture, geographic diversity, and much more, Greece has long been one of the world’s most sought-after locales to live in. Here a €250,000 real estate investment sets you on the path to citizenship with access to all 26 Schengen countries. A low population density and reputation as an eco-paradise make Greece an ideal place for many to relocate – and there’s ample room to spread out – as only 277 of the 6,000 Greek islands currently inhabited.

Greece | Maria GoumasGreece Sotheby’s International Realty 

“2020 can be considered one of great opportunity,” says Savvas Savvaidis, Owner and CEO, Greece Sotheby’s International Realty. “The reduction on property taxes and incentive of a 40% reduction in the cost of renovating or upgrading buildings is already having a positive effect on the economy – and with prices in premium areas such as the Akropolis or Athens Riviera starting at €5,000 per square meter and €10,000 for rare Parthenon views or seafront villas well below that of other prime Mediterranean destinations – Greece is establishing itself as an appealing investment and lifestyle destination.”

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The ex-patriot wonderland and unofficial melting pot of the Mediterranean, Malta’s 300 days of sunshine a year, ancient history, and official language of English make it a country where foreigners never feel out of place. With 0% tax on income from outside of Malta, and 15% tax on income from outside of Malta and brought into the country along with the €270,000 minimum real estate investment needed for residence qualification, even if you’re brand new to the island, learn why Malta is growing as relocation destination.

Mgarr, Malta | Malta Sotheby’s International Realty 

“We have impeccable resilience and creativity,” says Michael Zammit, Owner and CEO, Malta Sotheby’s International Realty. “Just recently Prime Minister Robert Abela announced cuts to the Stamp Duty (property tax), a move welcomed by real estate investors. The Maltese Islands have few hindrances. There is no lack of scenery, amenities, or talent, but there is a lack of space – and while the economic opportunities are growing, the island is only getting smaller – making now the time to begin your search in Malta.”

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Learn more about CyprusGreece, and Malta on – and return next week for part 3 where we’ll explore Latvia, Mauritius, and Montenegro.

The Global Resident | Part 1 – Relocation to Andorra, Portugal, and Spain

As restrictions begin to lift all around the world, people are looking closely for investment opportunities. Placing their quality of life at the forefront of their decision making, some of these investments will inevitably mean relocation to a new home – and potentially even a new country. In this three-part series we’ll explore destinations around the world with benefits like residency and citizenship by investment programs, tax incentives, and more, as well as hear from local experts throughout the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand network along the way.


Known officially as the Principality of Andorra and for its ranking as 5th Healthiest Country in the World, nestled between Spain and France, Andorra also boasts a close relationship with its natural surroundings – 90% of which comprises mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes. With a minimum investment of €400,000 in real estate required as a pathway to citizenship along with low tax rates, Andorra is rapidly becoming a sought after destination for those seeking to relocate.

La Massana, Principality of Andorra | Narcís Socías TomàsAndorra Sotheby’s International Realty 

“Investing in the Principality of Andorra is very attractive because it has no industry,” says Andorra Sotheby’s International Realty CEO, Narcís Socías. “We are surrounded by nature with great valleys and lakes to enjoy year-round. Taxation is very low – a maximum of 10% – and it is one of the safest countries in the world.”

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With the Atlantic Ocean to its west, and Spain to its east, the coastal country of Portugal offers an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, nearly 1,200 miles of coastline, and in 2019 its capital of Lisbon was voted the Best European Investment Destination by PWC. Here, a €500,000 real estate investment sets you on the the path to citizenship with free access to all 26 Schengen countries, and along with top Golden Visa applicants from China, Brazil, and Turkey – as a non-habitual resident, enjoy a flat 20% income tax and 0% tax on foreign sources of income.

Porto, Portugal | Pedro PinheiroPortugal Sotheby’s International Realty

“This is a great time to invest in Portugal,” says Miguel Poisson, CEO of Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty. “Despite the best efforts of 2020, this country maintains its distinguishing features: our weather, being recognized as the 3rd safest country in the world, access to five international airports, and attractive tax benefits such as our Golden Visa.”

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A storied country known for welcoming expat communities, Spain offers investors a mild climate, vibrant culture, world-class cuisine, and the Balearic Islands – a destination within a destination that continues to grow in popularity with locals and foreign investors alike as a burgeoning second-home market. A veritable renter’s paradise, Spain stands as the 3rd most popular tourist destination in the world, with approximately 81 million visitors in 2019. Much like neighboring Portugal, citizenship through real estate investment requires a minimum spend of €500,000 and comes with free access to all 26 Schengen countries.

Ibiza, Spain | Montse HernandezIbiza Sotheby’s International Realty 

“Focusing on quality of life has never been more important than it is now,” says Alejandra Vanoli, managing director of VIVA Sotheby’s International Realty in Spain. “Our country offers a strong healthcare system and [arguably] perfect climate. Spain is a popular holiday and second home destination for many investors – one where residential properties deliver robust rental yields. This is especially true in places like Mallorca and Ibiza, where investors can nearly guarantee returns.”

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Learn more about AndorraPortugal, and Spain on – and return next week for part 2 where we’ll explore Cyprus, Greece, and Malta.

This publication is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended, nor shall it be deemed, to provide or offer legal, financial or tax advice or guidance. The views and opinions set forth in this publication are not necessarily the views and opinions of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. You should always consult with your own advisor when dealing with any of the issues visited herein.

Four Reasons Why This Property is the Perfect Country Home


1. Location

This lovely historic manor house is just minutes from Charlottesville. Located 6 miles from Charlottesville and UVA, it is very close to the newly renovated Keswick Hall, with signature Jean George restaurant and spa on the way.

2. Renewed and Redefined

The house has seen significant renovations and updates and includes two dependencies and a party barn.

3. Space

This is an elegant country home with a generous master bedroom and bathroom and 3 additional rooms on the second floor and 2 more bedrooms on the 3rd floor which includes an office. There is a two bedroom apartment attached to the house the ‘Tavern’ and 2 additional cottages.

4. Outdoor Amenities

Gracious lawns and garden spaces, Country living in Virginia without the maintenance of a large farm.

3555 Keswick Rd Keswick, Virginia 
6BD I 7BA I 8,268 SQFT

Listed by Murdoch Matheson