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

Good Sport | 6 Homes With Impressive Athletic Facilities

With favorable summer weather comes more opportunity for recreation, and it’s the fortunate homeowner who can hone their game both inside and outdoors. From basketball to tennis to horseback riding, challenging athletic pursuits can certainly be had at home. Here are six properties that bring sport within reach of any great staycation. 

Tranquil Outdoor Courts in Manalapan, Florida

Manalapan, Florida | Cristina CondonSotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

In addition to its close proximity to the beach, its 15 acres of private land, and its grand Mediterranean architectural features, this waterfront estate in Manalapan, Florida is well set up for the sports enthusiast. Surrounded by leafy tropical palms and fuschia hibiscus flowers, the property’s tennis court is a player’s oasis, and homeowners can choose from a myriad of other physical activities on the property, from shooting hoops on the basketball court to going for a swim in the pool to practicing their golf game on  the PGA-standard practice hole. A truly unrivaled property, this home is an adventure waiting to be discovered.

A Mountain-View Stable in Clio, California

Clio, California | Breck Overall & Jeff HamiltonSierra Sotheby’s International Realty

Set in the northern Sierra Nevada range, this elevated lodge in Clio, California takes full advantage of the region’s unparalleled pastoral and mountain views. Ideal for the equestrian, the property features a six-stall stable with adjacent grooming shed, tack room, storage space, and paddocks. The nearly 3,000-square-foot riding arena allows for both rider and horse to enjoy boundless physical activity. Miles of adjoining forest service land, grazing pastures, and stream-side paths provide plenty of space for rides, while ATV jumps and tennis courts provide activities for the entire household.

A Grassy Tennis Court in Southampton, New York

Southampton, New York | Harald Grant & Bruce GrantSotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

Named the “Ocean Dream,” this 80-year-old oceanfront estate appeals for its emphasis on outdoor living. Its nearly four acres comprises a swimming pool, manicured grass tennis court, and putting green. Start your morning off with a coffee on one of the home’s many covered porches before making your way down to the water’s edge, just steps away. The home’s traditional New England style, shingle roof, colonnade detailing, and French doors seamlessly transition the space from inside to out.

A Racquetball Court in Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico | Laura de la Torre de SkipseyMexico Sotheby’s International Realty

This Mexico City palacio winningly combines luxury with activity. The indoor squash court and golf simulator make the home as recreational as it is beautiful, while the swimming pool, sauna, and massage room gives athletes a place to relax after a long game. Paintings and stained glass pair with sports amenities in a home that balances physical activity and creative design.

An Indoor Climbing Wall in Edwards, Colorado

Edwards, Colorado | Kerry EndsleyLIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Colorado’s Vail Valley is known the world over for its excellent skiing and breathtaking wilderness, and this property makes the most of both. The Casteel Creek Retreat is a 439-acre mountain resort located between the town of Edwards, the Beaver Creek Ski Resort, and the Vail Mountain Club. With nearly 13 miles of paths for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, hiking, and biking, the property has been designed with the adventure-seeking owner in mind. In the off season, guests can enjoy the property’s five-story rock climbing wall and Olympic-size lap pool.

A NBA-Inspired Basketball Court in Purchase, New York

Purchase, New York | Wendy AlperJulia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Located within the exclusive Purchase Estates community, this 15,000-square-foot home is outfitted for the athletically-minded; complete with a multi-room sports complex that includes a golf simulator, fully-outfitted gym, and this New York Knicks-inspired full-sized basketball court. Outside on the nearly five acres of grounds you’ll find a pool and incredible views of the neighboring golf course.

As varied in design as they are in locale, these homes have one thing in common: they integrate an active lifestyle with luxurious living. For the adventurer and the athlete, staying local can be just as rewarding as discovering new terrain. 

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Three Reasons to Love this Astonishing Farm Estate

Gardner Farm

1. Location

Conveniently located within close proximity to several international airports and mid-Atlantic cities, the Gardner Farm is the ideal place for a countryside escape!

2. Privacy

Gardner Farm is an expansive retreat of 1,563 acres that offers the highest degree of privacy and bucolic tranquility rural Virginia can offer. Over 3.8 miles of the South Anna River traverses the property with approximately 20 miles in trails extending through forests of poplar and oak and several unique river crossings link this private parkland with numerous potential home sites.

3. Land

With  1,563 acres at your disposal, this property provides you with numerous potential home sites and 4 scenic ponds, including a 30-acre lake. Expansive pastoral views of hay fields and fenced paddocks, a comfortable colonial country home and an equipment shop are also included with this incredibly unique offering.

792 E Old Mountain Rd, Mineral, VA
3BD I 1.5BA I 1,563 Acres

Listed by Murdoch Matheson

Mid Mod Mood: 5 Exemplary Midcentury Modern Homes

With their open floor plans and walls of glass that link interior spaces with the outdoors, these homes are fine examples of a popular, enduring architectural style characterized by clean simplicity, gentle organic and geometric forms, and an integration with nature.

Sleek Southern California Sophistication

Los Angeles, California | John GalichSotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

This four-bedroom residence, surrounded by thriving greenery on a secluded cul-de-sac in the L.A. hills, has been impeccably restored and updated with contemporary amenities while respecting the crisp, clean lines and organic minimalist palette of classic midcentury modern style. The sophisticated interiors feature poured concrete floors, multiple fireplaces, luxurious baths, a chef’s kitchen, and retracting floor-to-ceiling walls of glass that afford enchanting views of the pool, gardens, and city skyline while creating an effortless indoor-outdoor flow.

Artful Living in Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, California | Jessica CanningMichael CanningNicholas CanningBrian Keck, & Ellen KrausseSotheby’s International Realty – Carmel Rancho Brokerage

Intermittent splashes of color and an inextricable link with the outdoors characterize this sleek four-bedroom home near the Lodge at Pebble Beach, re-envisioned to combine modern luxury with timeless midcentury style. Bathed in light thanks to plentiful skylights and west-facing walls of glass, it is an ideal setting for stylish entertaining, with an easy flow and captivating sunset views. The delightful backyard features an outdoor kitchen, a shady pergola, a sitting area with a gas fire pit, and a wraparound deck with a hot tub.

Paul László–Designed Residence

Houston, Texas | Walter BeringMartha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty 

Designed by the illustrious Paul László, this Old Braeswood home recalls the glamour of midcentury Hollywood, retaining all the desirable elements of its classic style while being updated for the finest contemporary living and entertaining. Hallmarks of the 3,069-square-foot light-flooded interiors include tall ceilings, sleek terrazzo floors, and walls of windows and sliding glass doors that overlook and open to covered and open-air patios, a refreshing pool, an emerald lawn, and spectacular gardens. The property also offers a detached studio apartment for guests.

Hilltop Oasis in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California | Carly MooreSotheby’s International Realty – Santa Barbara Brokerage

The unmistakable lines of midcentury design are on clear display at this striking home surrounded by palm and fruit trees on a hilltop in Santa Barbara. The four-bedroom residence enjoys sweeping views from nearly every room, including the spacious living area, which features an eye-catching period fireplace and floor-to-ceiling glass that blurs the lines between indoors and out. An inviting deck wraps around the home’s swimming pool, which is accompanied by a pool house with a half bath and a kitchenette.

Historic Hamptons Haven

East Hampton, New York | Rebekah C BakerSotheby’s International Realty – East Hampton Brokerage

Built in the 1960s for artist Hedda Sterne, this iconic home and its two generous barns combine to create a pastoral oasis on 1.36 acres. In addition to an enchanting open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area, the home offers a solarium-like space overlooking the grounds and an airy bedroom with an en suite bath. One barn, dating to the 1900s, served as Sterne’s studio. It includes a covered patio area for appreciating the idyllic property, which will include a new heated saltwater pool.

Whether it’s Mid-Century Modern, Historic, the height of Contemporary design or somewhere in between, discover luxury homes from around the world on

Inside a Private and Peaceful Farm Estate

This week’s featured home is an exceptional farm estate in Barboursville!

Conveniently located in Barboursville, this property was made for those looking for privacy and relaxation.

This private and peaceful 26 acre estate features an immaculate manor home, incredible carriage/guest house & high quality barn.

Glendarroch has the exclusivity of a farm estate while still being just a short commute away from Charlottesville. You get the best of country living with Charlottesville conveniences.

The grounds have been beautifully maintained and include rolling green lawns, formal garden, irrigation, trails, & pond.

The spacious & dramatic floor plan is ideal for entertaining & casual living. The gracious main level master suite features a newly renovated master bath with heated floors & large walk in closet. Additionally, the home includes vaulted ceilings, high end stainless kitchen appliances, wet bar, charming screened porch and a large garage.

The barn has power and water and could easily be finished as center-aisle with 5 stalls. All within walking/riding distance to miles of horse trails at Preddy Creek.

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4865 Gilbert Station Rd, Barboursville, VA
4 Bd | 4.5 Ba | 4,949 Sq Ft

Listed by Conor Murray

8 Women Changing Architecture Around the World

Universita Luigi Bocconi | Photo courtesy of Federico Brunetti

In March, for only the fourth time in its 43-year history, the Pritzker Architecture Prize was awarded to a woman—two women, in fact. Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara were named the 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates, a designation that reflects the important work being done by women across the world to bring new perspectives and boundary-defying vision to the buildings that influence our skylines. 

But women in architecture are not an exception to a rule: they have been changing landscapes for decades. Farrell and McNamara are co-founders of Grafton Architects, a firm they established in 1978. Specializing in rationalist architecture styles and sustainable design, their selected works include the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan—named the World Building of the Year in 2008—and the Medical School at the University of Limerick. They also served as the co-curators for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia in 2018.

To celebrate this moment in architecture and lift up other women of note, we’ve assembled a shortlist of the six women architects who—along with the recent Pritzker winners—are impacting the world around them with innovative design and groundbreaking ways of thinking about how we work and live.

Elizabeth Diller

The Broad | Photo courtesy of Iwan Baan

One of four lead architects of the firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Diller’s work has had an indelible impact on the field of architecture. Her firm was part of a group that designed New York City’s High Line, the 1.5-mile public park built above street level on an abandoned railroad, and she’s been shaping New York’s cityscape ever since, including the recent redesign of the Museum of Modern Art. With a focus on cultural and civic projects and a practice that considers the future of cities, Diller’s projects have included the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, the London Centre for Music, and Zaryadye Park in Moscow. Diller was the only architect named on Time Magazine’s Most Influential List in 2018.  

Raha Ashrafi

Atlas Medical Office Building | Photo courtesy of Farshid Nasr Abadi

United Design Architects, co-founded by Raha Ashrafi, is a Tehran and Portland-based architecture firm that includes among its projects the prospective Hamedan Chamber of Commerce, to be built in 2027. The many renderings of future and potential projects by UDA demonstrate Ashrafi’s deep understanding of the relationship between function and sense of place, an approach that is based on experimentation and collaboration. From residential towers to exhibition centers, the vision behind Ashrafi’s work is vast, influenced by Persian geometric theory and mathematical principles. In addition to large-scale architectural projects, the firm also works in design and academia.

Kazuyo Sejima

Grace Farms | Photo courtesy of Iwan Baan

A partner at Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates (SANAA) in Tokyo, Kazuyo Sejima was the second woman to ever receive the Pritzker Prize, in 2010. She has been involved in a range of projects including the New Museum in New York and the Louvre-Lens Museum in northern France, and her work is known for its attention to geometry and use of sleek, modern materials and forms. One of the firm’s more sinuous projects is Grace Farms, a cultural and community center in New Canaan, Connecticut constructed in the shape of a flowing river; the project won the firm the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize. 

Odile Decq

Antares | Photo courtesy of Sectorlight

Odile Decq founded her firm Studio Odile Decq at the age of 30 in France; now in her sixties, Decq’s work has been credited as refreshing the architecture scene in France and for supporting other women in the industry. Her projects are known for their rebellious and dramatic scopes, evident in her prominent works including the Phantom restaurant project in Paris’s Opéra Garnier, the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes, and the extension for the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma. In addition to her decades of innovative architectural projects, Decq founded the experimental Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture in 2014.

Brigitte Shim

Lake Kawagama Retreat | Photo courtesy of Scott Norsworthy

The winner of 13 Governor General Awards, Brigitte Shim is a Canadian architect at the helm of Toronto’s Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. Founded in 1994 with Shim’s partner A. Howard Sutcliffe, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects has worked on numerous residential projects, including the Integral House in Toronto. The famed home, with its iconic vertical glass walls and modulated oak panels, was built for mathematician and musician James Stewart in 2009 with the stipulation that the interior include a concert hall. Shim’s firm is currently designing the Ace Hotel in Toronto.

Frida Escobedo

La Tallera | Photo courtesy of Rafael Gamo

Harvard Graduate School of Design alumna Frida Escobedo was born and raised in Mexico City, where she founded her eponymous practice in 2006. For Escobedo, good design is not always beholden to high-end materials: her work uses concrete blocks and cement roof tiles in powerful arrangements to tease emotion from observers. Her projects include the temporary Serpentine Pavilion 2018 installation in Kensington Gardens, London, and the evocatively latticed Mar Tirreno building in Mexico City. Escobedo leads the way for the future of Mexican architecture by instilling values of sustainability and community into her projects.  

The pursuit of gender equity in the field of architecture is a work in progress. The accomplishments of these women stand testament to the fact that there are alternative narratives in the story and history of architecture, and that the women working today are shaping how we’ll think of the architecture of tomorrow.

Discover more prominent architects and groundbreaking design on our blog, Threshold!

Why this gentleman’s farm is the ultimate countryside home…

Welcome to Sweet Meadow Farm!
An exceptionally beautiful 171-acre gentleman’s farm. Located halfway between historic towns of Lexington and Staunton, Virginia, the home has close access to excellent public and private schools as well and 4 colleges.

The primary residence is a classic Virginia farmhouse circa 1850 and lovingly restored. The farmhouse aesthetic has been preserved while incorporating features and amenities for today’s lifestyle. Original heart pine floors, trim and hardware were salvaged and updated, mechanical systems were replaced or updated. Custom mill work was crafted to replicate the style of the nineteenth century home. There is an open floor plan on the first floor, a recent kitchen with soapstone counter tops, stainless steel appliances and custom wood cabinetry. Master bath has soaking tub and double vanities. There are generous front and side porches and patios.

The main house includes 2,750 finished sf with 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths. The original 2-story smokehouse has been converted to a guest house. The garden area around the house is professionally landscaped with mature trees and shrubs and stone retaining walls.

This 171-acre turn-key gentleman’s farm is a pleasant mix of pasture and woodland. There are numerous creeks and natural springs. A new 1-acre, 27-foot deep pond was added in 2015. there is a large wood barn with enclosed garage with 220V newly installed power and lighting structures. There are 3 stalls, tack room and enclosed storage area. There is an additional metal barn with power as well as 2 sheds, 4 livestock shelters, chicken coop, new Tarter Cattle-Masters series squeeze pen and sweep system with new cattle alleys.

New 5-board fencing encloses all horse pastures and new high-tensile electric fencing surrounds all cattle and sheep pastures. New jeep and horse riding trails with round pen have recently been improved. There is a private hunting camp on an elevated knoll, numerous hay fields and cattle pastures with excellent upland and bottom land grazing. Additionally, there is a 1-acre fenced garden/orchard area with multiple ergonomic standing height raised beds, improved soil and irrigation systems as well as an art/pottery studio. Over $360,000 or improvements have been recently added to enhance this estate.

The property is platted on 3 separate parcels with numerous dramatic building sites with long-range views down the Walkers Creek valley and Jump Mountain. The back of the property adjoins protected national forest land. It is not under a conservation easement, but would be a good candidate for one.

With a fully restored vintage home, beautiful setting, views and productive land, this is the quintessential Shenandoah Valley farm property.

4201 Walkers Creek Rd
Middlebrook Lexington, VA
3BD | 3BA | 2,750 SQFT I 171 Acres
Listed by Patricia Filer for $890,000

Three Reasons Why This Unparalleled Home Is Our Spotlight Sale Of The Week

This week’s featured sale is an exceptional Colonial in Charlottesville!

Conveniently located 10 minutes from UVA and downtown, this exceptional Colonial offers large living with 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, and 7,684 s.f. of open concept for easy entertaining

Luxurious main level master suite with walk-in closets, gracious walk-in tile shower, jacuzzi, heated floors, & more. Heated pool, guest house, and covered stone/brick patio with cathedral ceiling and outdoor fireplace overlooking the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains create a truly incredible living experience.

The first lot contains the main house, pool, & pool house, while the second lot, made up of a large run-in shed, hardwoods, riding trails, and mountain creek with waterfall, makes up your recreational playground while allowing for low maintenance.

518 Rosemont Drive Charlottesville, Virginia

Sold by Conor Murray

A Relaxing Day at King Family Vineyards

A trip to wine country in Virginia is something special. Although this year may be a bit different, we are still very excited to pay a visit to one of our favorites, King Family Vineyards. Located in Crozet, VA, this vineyard is certainly one of the best around. There are a plethora of things to do on your visit with regular activities including wine tastings and tours, food trucks, and polo matches!

King Family Vineyards was established in “late 1998, after a young man named Tom Vandenberg, knocked on our door and asked if he could lease ten acres for a vineyard. Sparked by his curiosity and research, we did our homework, and soon hired a vineyard consultant. A nursery in California had a few extra vines, so six months of hard work later, our first eight acres of vines had been planted.” As a family business they pride themselves in opening the farm to events, much like inviting family into your home.” Whether it is to celebrate a milestone or a marriage, their hope is to provide a warm, inviting venue to enjoy with family and friends.

With regular food truck visits in July, there are a plethora of options to pair that delicious wine with!


Wed/Fri 5:00pm- 8:00pm   |  Sat/Sun 11:00am – 4:00pm

July 24th – Delicias Marina

July 25th – FireflySun.

July 26th – Harvest Moon, Ignacio’s & Moe’s

July 29th – Firefly & Sliced Cake Bar

July 31st – TCO2Go

Let’s not forget that they also have Polo Matches on Sundays! A very unique experience for any visitor to the winery; gates open at 10:00 am, matches are free, open to the public, and begin at 12:00 pm. 

On polo season Sundays, Tasting Room visitors are invited to come out and enjoy field side to watch polo.

Note, they suggest you visit their Polo page, or Facebook Page on Sunday mornings between Memorial Day Weekend, and mid-October after 9:00 am to confirm that they will be playing or call (434) 823-7800.

As with any winery there are several tasting options available. For starters, there is the Classic Tasting where you can enjoy a tasting of five of their seasonally selected wines. Second, there is the Reserved Tasting, which is a more exclusive experience including a unique, guided tasting with a knowledgeable member of their team. And last but not least there is the Library Tasting for those seeking the full VIP experience which allow you to take a guided tasting behind the glass walls of their climate controlled Wine Library with a knowledgeable member of our team.

King Family Vineyard is a great spot for anyone looking for a relaxing day in wine country. Whether you are looking to go on a Sunday family outing for the Polo Matches or a romantic date in the countryside, this spot has got you covered!