Inside A Sophisticated Wine Country Aerie

In ancient mythology, Aurora, the goddess of dawn, would dance across the sky announcing the arrival of the sun each day. An address on Aurora Lane, then, feels fitting for this one-of-a-kind home, which with its southern orientation and walls of glass revels sunlight from morning till night.

Glen Ellen, California | Charles LampGina Clyde, and Courtney KeatingSotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – First Street Brokerage

Measuring some 5,000 square feet, the dazzling residence is integrated into a golden grassy hillside dappled with the shade of tall oaks. Throughout the chic spaces, the sleek, clean lines of consummate contemporary style harmonize with the softness and warmth of organic hues and surfaces, found in stucco, white-washed cedar ceilings with rugged beams, Moroccan tile, Roman Clay walls, wide-plank French white oak floors, and prevalent other creative uses of wood and stone.

Feeling lofted above the hill and valley below, the home’s highlight is a kitchen where walls of Fleetwood glass open to a spacious deck, erasing the line between the interiors and their breathtaking view. Fitted with custom-crafted cabinetry and quartz countertops is an impressive island that seats six and is accompanied by a Bertazzoni Heritage series six-burner gas range, two Bosch dishwashers, and both an undercounter freezer with an icemaker and a full-size refrigerator from Sub-Zero. Nearby is a butler’s pantry with dual-zone 138-bottle wine chiller.

The nexus of soigné living and entertaining is a great room anchored by a fireplace framed by Venetian plaster and eye-catching stone. Adding to the appeal are an inviting dining room with a distinctive modern chandelier, a library with custom white oak cabinetry and Arteriors lighting, a media room, a wine cellar with a capacity in excess of 1,000 bottles, and a soothing cedar sauna.

Many of the bedrooms and baths are serene aeries that also seem to float above the terrain. Although the idyllic view can take center stage in the owner’s bedroom, remote controlled blackout drapes create consummate privacy when desired. The en suite bath is the paradigm of luxury, with heated floors, a soaking tub, an airy glass-walled shower, and a custom-outfitted cherrywood walk-in closet. One of the two restful guest suites benefits from its own deck.

Visitors will relish the similarly sophisticated freestanding guesthouse featuring one bedroom, a full bath with a soaking tub, a kitchen with knotty alder cabinetry and a five-burner gas range, private laundry facilities, its own two-car garage, and a deck for appreciating the vistas.

A variety of covered and open-air outdoor spaces—one with a gas fire pit—have been designed and perfectly positioned for maximum enjoyment of the stunning Valley of the Moon vistas and wine country’s legendary weather. Just down the hill, via paths crafted from French limestone pavers, is a refreshing saltwater swimming pool with an integrated spa and an accompanying outdoor kitchen pavilion with a built-in grill, sink, and refrigerator.

The estate’s rarefied 15-acre location—minutes from the historic Sonoma Plaza and an hour from San Francisco—is highly private and secure. Abundant conveniences and amenities—Wi-Fi enabled exterior lighting and irrigation controls, CAT 5 wiring, cable and satellite service, high-speed internet access, tankless water heaters, and two heating and air-conditioning systems serving three zones—prove that despite an address that brings antiquity to mind, the estate is firmly rooted in luxurious modernity.

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Three Don’t-Miss Keswick Homes

From a charming manor, to a lavish contemporary, to a golf-lover paradise, check out these elite homes in the much-desired Keswick, VA!

A Charming Manor

2571 Palmer Drive Keswick, Virginia 22947

Charming manor style home sited beautifully on a sloped 2.7 acre lot. The brick exterior is complimented by a wood shingle roof with intersecting gables. Traditional interior layout features main level master off the large living/dining room and an eat-in kitchen that all surround a beautiful bluestone porch off the back. Three additional generous sized guest rooms upstairs all with en-suite baths.

A Lavish Contemporary

2559 Palmer Drive, Keswick, Virginia 22947

Elegant design and inspired architectural details balance with function to deliver a stunning contemporary home in Keswick Estate. A thoughtfully crafted floor plan features main level master, laundry room and study along with spacious secondary bedrooms upstairs. The open-concept with double height great room and entry hall transitions seamlessly between the indoor and outdoor spaces. This beautiful Keswick Contemporary exemplifies quality design and craftsmanship!

A Golf-Lover’s Dream

935 Club Dr Keswick, Virginia 22947

Be at home on the golf course in beautiful Keswick Estate! This light-filled home has plenty of room for family, guests, and entertaining with large picture windows and a great flowing floor plan. With 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths, this home also boasts a bonus room, a sun room accessible by the master bedroom and living room, and an office for all your ‘work from home’ needs. Internet speeds in the community are excellent.

If the beautiful vistas of the Southwest Mountains and the Full Cry golf course aren’t enough, 7 red clay tennis courts and the expansion of Keswick Hall with all its amenities are promise of the incredible resort lifestyle that awaits.

ON THE MARKET // CHARLOTTESVILLE AUGUST 2021 REAL ESTATE LISTINGS

This month’s roundup features several stunning homes in Charlottesville proper and just outside of town. Whether you are looking for a new build with modern farmhouse vibes or a stately brick colonial with stellar views, read on to find your next dream home.

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585 Ragged Mountain Drive // Charlottesville, Virginia // Contact: Conor Murray, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.964.7100

The details: 5 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, 1 partial bathroom, 8,490 square feet, 2.85 acres
Features we love: Nestled away in prestigious Ivy, this Ragged Mountain estate has the benefit of being only minutes from downtown Charlottesville, while still providing future owners maximum privacy. The interior of the residence has been completely renovated and features upgraded finishes throughout, including heated floors, 5 fireplaces, custom cabinetry, and a state-of-the-art kitchen. Enjoy sweeping Blue Ridge Mountain views from the stone patio, take a walk through the rolling lawn, or delight in equestrian pursuits at the horse riding area and stables.

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10291 Old Ridge Road // Ashland, Virginia // Contact: Frank Hardy, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.296.0134

The details: 5 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, 1 partial bathroom, 6,000 square feet, 114 acres
Features we love: Built on 114 acres of Virginia countryside, this alluring home will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to the Hill Country of Texas. Wood and stone throughout the exterior and interior create a warm and cozy ambiance, while still feeling spacious and contemporary. Outdoors, hay fields, an expansive covered porch, and multiple barns with horse stalls, will delight those that are looking to be one with nature.

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Wild Air – 1007 Winery Lane // Roseland, Virginia // Contact: Katherine Leddington, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 646.593.0333

The details: 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 1 partial bathroom, 4,000 square feet, 11.29 acres
Features we love: Savor panoramic views of the mountains and Rockfish Valley from this lovely colonial-style home. It’s an elegant country home, with a generous primary bedroom and bathroom, finished basement, wine cellar, and two-level porch, ideal for relaxation. Eleven acres of gracious lawns and garden spaces, this home brings the elegance of country living in Virginia without the maintenance of a large farm.

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Queensland Estate – 0 Dogwood Drive // Kents Store, Virginia // Contact: Conor Murray, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.964.7100

The details: 200 acres
Features we love: Conveniently located between Charlottesville and Richmond, Queensland Estate is ready to be your countryside escape. Endless possibilities for development, farming, hunting, or a family retreat in bucolic Kents Store.

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601 Old Forge Way // Madison, Virginia // Contact: John Kelly, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 443.690.6290

The details: 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 4,404 square feet, 7 acres
Features we love: A charming brick home in the heart of Madison, with three bedrooms and three full bathrooms, make this an ideal homestead for a young family or retired couple. The attractive floor-plan is highlighted by a spacious den with cathedral ceilings, screened porch, finished basement, and recreation room. Enjoy al fresco meals under the cedar pergola in the backyard, while relishing in the privacy provided by the seven acres of forested lot this property sits on.

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195 Red Hill Road // Orange, Virginia // Contact: Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.296.0134

The details: 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, 3,750 square feet, 1.33 acres
Features we love: A well-appointed home, located in a quiet neighborhood about 30-miles northeast of Charlottesville. The recently replaced circular driveway, mature landscaping, and an elevated lot creates ample curb appeal. Inside, an updated kitchen with custom cabinetry, farmhouse sink, and new appliances, will inspire even the most hesitant of home chefs. The spacious family room features three walls of windows, looking out onto the serene tree-lined lot.

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Keswick English Country Manor – 2571 Palmer Drive // Keswick, Virginia // Contact: Murdoch Matheson or Yates McCallum, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.981.7439 or 434.296.0134

The details:4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 1 partial bathroom, 4,080 square feet, 2.7 acres
Features we love: Located in the highly desirable neighborhood of Keswick Estate, this striking home is situated on a wooded 2.7 acre lot. The traditional interior layout features a spacious main level primary bedroom off of the large light-filled living/dining room, and an eat-in kitchen that all surround a beautiful bluestone porch off the back. This inviting home designed by DGP Architects and built by Element Construction presents a modern adaptation of an English Country Manor.

MY CHARLOTTESVILLE // ANN HAY HARDY OF FRANK HARDY SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

Photography by Meredith Coe
Photography by Meredith Coe

We recently checked in with Ann Hay Hardy, Associate Broker at Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International, to get the low-down on her favorite places around town. A Charlottesville native with a love for all things local, read on to see where Ann shops, sips, and socializes in her free time.

What brought you to Charlottesville? I’m from Charlottesville, born and raised. I loved growing up here but decided to do some exploring when it was time for college. After being away for almost 10 years, I realized how much I missed home and that Charlottesville is hard to beat!
Favorite thing about the town. I love the small town vibe with a city feel. Our restaurants, nightlife, businesses, and people keep things fun and interesting. Being a Realtor, I always love meeting and learning why people are coming to our special city to make a life.
Season. Fall. My father always said it should be illegal to leave Virginia in October and I agree. I got married in October.
Neighborhood. That is hard. I grew up in Western Albemarle and live there now. I love the proximity to town but the country setting. The views are beautiful. I used to live Downtown and thought I would never leave. Being able to walk to everything is so convenient. I also lived off Rugby near the University, which I felt was the best of both worlds. You could be tucked away in a quiet neighborhood and yet five minutes from everything.
Breakfast. Bodo’s
Lunch.Roots Natural Kitchen
Special night out. Little Star
Comfort food.
Wayside Chicken
Hang out.Brazos Tacos
Late-night.Common House
International.Peter Chang China Grill
Place for a drink.Quirk Rooftop
Juice Bar. The Juice Laundry
Bakery.
Found Market
Event.
City Market outings, Charlottesville Restaurant Week, wineries, peach picking, Montpelier Races… I may just be listing things I like to do rather than events!
Winery.Pippin Hill or King Family
Day trip/Road for a scenic drive. Garth Road to White Hall— on the way to Sugar Hollow.
Place to take a dip.Farmington Country Club
Hair.La Vie en Rose at Coterie Suites
Spa.Neroli
Vet.Monticello Animal Hospital
Shopping.Scarpa & Eloise for shoes and clothes. Louise for accessories and home goods.
Food/Wine.Foods of All Nations and Market Street Wine.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in central Virginia, contact Ann Hay Hardy. And don’t forget to tell her The Scout Guide sent you.

Ann Hay Hardy | Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty | 202.297.0228 | ahhardy@frankhardy.com

Sotheby’s International Realty Continues To Expand In Caribbean!

Sotheby’s International Realty today announced its expanding presence in the Caribbean with the opening of St. Kitts & Nevis Sotheby’s International Realty. The addition signifies the brand’s continued growth in the region, bringing its total number of Caribbean offices to nearly 30. The announcement comes at a time when the Caribbean market is experiencing tremendous growth as the ability to work remotely spurred increased interest in second home and investment properties.

St. Kitts & Nevis Sotheby’s International Realty is owned and operated by Neil Paine. The company possesses more than 25 years of real estate experience and is headquartered in Belmont Garden, Nevis, and will service the dual islands of St. Kitts and Nevis.

“The Caribbean continues to generate significant growth and interest,” said Philip White, president and CEO, Sotheby’s International Realty. “Many of our existing affiliates in the region have reported record-breaking sales volume and history-making average sales prices in 2020 and the first quarter of 2021. St. Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island Caribbean destination, often considered a hidden sanctuary, that is seeing its luxury market expand due to increased interest from ex-pats, pre-retirees, high-net-worth individuals, high-profile athletes, and investors, thanks to its golden visa program. We look forward to supporting Neil and the entire St. Kitts & Nevis Sotheby’s International Realty team.”

“When someone asks us to list their home or to help them find their dream property, they are inviting us to partner in a powerful step in their future,” said Paine. “The incredible topography and landscape of the islands is what defines the real estate market in St. Kitts and Nevis and luxury buyers have a tremendous opportunity to select from beachfront properties or mountainside estates, set in lush rainforest environments. Our affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty enables us to give St. Kitts and Nevis the exposure and attention that it deserves.”

St. Kitts & Nevis Sotheby’s International Realty is actively involved in the non-profit group Siembra Vida which aims to lift vulnerable communities throughout the Caribbean and Latin America through farm-to-table experiences.

The announcement of St. Kitts & Nevis Sotheby’s International Realty supports the brand’s strategic growth plans for the Caribbean and follows the brand’s recent expansion in Antigua & Barbuda late last year.

The Sotheby’s International Realty® network currently has more than 24,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 1,000 offices in 74 countries and territories worldwide. St. Kitts & Nevis Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

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Three Reasons Why This Property is the Ideal Country Residence

Stones Throw

1. Location

If you’re in the market for a property with immense privacy and extraordinary views, then Stone’s Throw is for you! This exceptional country residence and equine facility is only a short 10 min drive east of Charlottesville and other amenities. Close to bike paths, the lake, and mountain views, this lovely home is in the perfect peaceful location while still being close to town!

2. Incredible Design

The stucco and stone 6-bedroom residence, built in 2005, has all that could a buyer would hope for in an open floor plan suitable for modern living! This property includes a first floor Master suite, private wood paneled office, open kitchen and French doors walking out to a rear porch facing SW designed to take in the views and sunsets, not to be believed!

3. Abundant Amenities

This exquisite home features an exercise room, media room, infinity pool, hot tub and pavilion, gardens and lawns, 7-stall stone stable and riding ring. The home also offers a 2 detached garage spaces, 2 guest quarters, large pond, gated entrance, and fenced paddocks on all sides. You can truly have it all!

2141 Fox Hunt Dr Charlottesville, Virginia

6 BD | 6/3BA | 42 Acres

$2,950,000

Listed by Murdoch Matheson

On the Market: Charlottesville July 2021 Real Estate Listings

2884 Palmer Drive, Keswick, Virginia
2884 Palmer Drive, Keswick, Virginia

With summer in full swing, longer, slower-paced days are inspiring many to seize the opportunity to reassess their surroundings before the start of a busy fall season. This month we have two gorgeous homes that exude bucolic charm, as well as land to build your dream home on. Read on to discover your next home.

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9089 Liberty Mills Road // Somerset, Virginia // Contact: Murdoch Matheson, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.981.7439

The details: 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 2,952 square feet, 4.47 acres
Features we love: Nestled in the countryside of Somerset, this delightful Victorian farmhouse is the quintessential family home or weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Set on the Rapidan River, on nearly 4.5 acres of rolling hills, this historic farm is steeped in history, while still providing modern conveniences.

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Keswick Country Retreat – 2884 Palmer Drive // Keswick, Virginia // Contact: Murdoch Matheson or Yates McCallum, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.981.7439 or 434.296.0134

The details: 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, 4,118 square feet, 4.15 acres 
Features we love: Located in the charming neighborhood of Keswick Estate, this striking home was designed by renowned architectural firm, DGP Architects, and builders Element Construction. A lovely stone fireplace, coffered ceilings, herringbone brick floors and thoughtful custom built-ins throughout the home add to the overall luxury design aesthetic. Two laundry rooms, a grand primary suite complete with spacious spa-like bathroom, and walk-in closet lend an air of serenity and ease of living to this country retreat.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones List Manhattan Apartment for $21.5M

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones List Manhattan Apartment for $21.5M
Listed by Sotheby’s International Realty agent Serena Boardman

Married actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones put their Manhattan pied-a-terre up for sale this summer.  The Upper West Side property is priced at $21.5 million.

The original 15-room property was converted into 9 rooms; Zeta-Jones and Douglas commissioned Thierry Despont to design the interiors. Interior design and architecture mavens will recognize the name; Despont was the creative behind the Plaza’s Palm Court and the designer of the residential tenor of the Woolworth Building project. He was also commissioned by Calvin Klein to orchestrate the interiors of the fashion designer’s Hamptons modern.

The revision makes the library, living room and dining room one extended space; the current owners have placed a billiards table between them, and the layout puts this central living space on the park side of the unit. The residence also features a kitchen that’s a paragon of utility and optimism: bright white walls and ceilings, commercial appliances, and a sunny attached dayroom.

Glossy hardwood runs throughout the apartment, with herringbone popping up in the living room, library, and entrance gallery. The master bedroom is of course corner-positioned; its bath boasts a subtle black-on-white color scheme and an alcove tub, and a pair of walk-in closets is featured in the layout. Two additional bedroom suites and a staff room complete the accommodations.

Last year, Zeta-Jones and Douglas listed another interesting property: the couple’s 250-acre vacation estate in Mallorca. The duo’s residential acquisitions of the recent past include their 2019 purchase of a 1920s red brick mansion in Westchester.

Douglas’ upcoming projects include Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania; the Marvel superhero film also stars Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer.More info

Iggy Azalea Picks Up Hidden Hills Spread for $5.2M

Iggy Azalea Picks Up Hidden Hills Spread for $5.2M
Sale represented by Sotheby’s International Realty!

Iggy Azalea is the new owner of this revised ranch in Hidden Hills. The rap star had to shell out $5.2 million for the 5,228 sq. ft. property, which comes with five bedrooms and five baths, guest house included.

The exterior architecture and materials inject some midcentury modern elements and red brick into the façade, enough to betray the house’s early 1960’s vintage. Indoor living spaces include a gem of a living room with a fireplace flanked by French doors and series clerestories, and a cathedral ceiling accented with exposed timber.

The kitchen’s another gem, a large space with exposed beams and a combination of a pale pea-green country-house island and natural stone tinged with beiges and subtle yellows, while the dining room is given character by way of a whitewashed masonry fireplace accent wall with a raised hearth. The home’s layout puts the bedrooms in their own wing, with the master packing in a sitting room with a fireplace, a large bath with a spa-like feel, and a walk-in closet. On both floors, scraped hardwood plank is used, exclusive of the baths.

Inside the guest house, there’s a lot to like. The shared living spaces are both rustic and urbane, with modern linearity tempered by a great deal of wood, and a loft-like feel; all told, the two-level cottage would make a great studio. The 1.06 acres of grounds feature walking paths, arbors, gardens, and a stone pool and patio area.

Azalea has sold over 48 million records worldwide. Her third studio album, titled End of an Era, is expected to be released this summer.

Story courtesy of American Luxury

Home Away From Home: 5 Dreamy Summer Rentals

From a farmhouse-inspired haven in the Hamptons to a Spanish-style villa with views of Southern California beaches, these five alluring vacation rentals prove that getting away is as stylish as staying home.

Villa Delle Fontane

Pacific Palisades, California | Enzo RicciardelliSotheby’s International Realty – Pacific Palisades Brokerage

Secluded behind an ornate gate and a curtain of mature oaks, this Mediterranean-style residence is the perfect hideaway for relaxing and reveling in dramatic sunset views. Filled with a unique style that marries modern sophistication with Old World elegance, it offers formal living and dining rooms, a comfortable family room, spacious cook’s kitchen with a breakfast area, a library, and an attached guesthouse. An iron-railed balcony overlooks the property’s numerous courtyards, colorful gardens, and fountains and gazes out through the trees into the Palisades Hills.

Classic Coastal Getaway

Osterville, Massachusetts | Jennifer McCartinSotheby’s International Realty – Osterville Brokerage

Minutes from the harbor in Osterville Village, this former ship captain’s home is the quintessential New England coastal retreat. Its classically detailed interiors feature formal living and dining rooms—each with a fireplace—a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a delightful breakfast area, a family room, a lower-level game room, five bedrooms—including an owner’s suite with a soaking tub—and a breezy covered porch. A seemingly endless swath of glorious, lush lawn surrounds a secluded deck designed for private outdoor grilling, dining, and lounging.

Sagaponack Idyll

Sagaponack, New York | Harald GrantSotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

A sense of spaciousness and light pervades this 5,900-square-foot farmhouse-inspired haven set amid the rolling greenery of Sagaponack and just minutes from Atlantic beaches. It offers a living area and kitchen with walls of windows and soaring vaulted ceilings, a den, and four bedrooms, all featuring one-of-a-kind reclaimed woodwork, fixtures, hardware, and finishes. A deck is ideal for appreciating the lush surroundings and the wide-open blue sky. Near the refreshing outdoor pool, the former chicken coop houses a 55-foot indoor lap pool and sauna.

Mediterranean Oasis in Malibu

Malibu, California | Josh SpiegelSotheby’s International Realty – Malibu Brokerage

This alluring Spanish-style villa enjoys ocean views from its location on 1.6 landscaped acres in an exclusive gated neighborhood. Highlights include four bedrooms; a gourmet kitchen; living, dining, and family rooms; and a bar—all with impeccable designer furnishings. The primary suite benefits from a private entrance and boasts a fireplace, two closets, and a generous bath with a spa tub and a steamshower. Numerous patios and a rejuvenating pool with vibrant tile allow for consummate alfresco living and entertaining.

Sleek Southampton Serenity

Southampton, New York | Holly HodderSotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

Beyond the shingled façade of this striking contemporary Southampton retreat are impressively sleek and chic modern interiors. Oversized windows and glass doors admit lovely light and provide idyllic views throughout. In addition to open living, dining, and kitchen space—which features a fireplace, an island with counter seating, and a wine chiller—it offers three bedrooms and baths, an inviting den, and multiple enviable decks for relaxing outdoors while overlooking the sparkling heated swimming pool.

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