Smart Showings January 2014

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Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
The Scottish Riviera, as the country’s southwest coast is sometimes called, is touched by the Gulf Stream and has a microclimate that is Scotland’s mildest. Besides its dramatic coastline and white-sand beaches, the area is known for its sailing. Atop a cliff overlooking this scene is a cutting-edge property suitably named the Edge.

The house, which was completed in 2012, has won four design awards for its architecture and for its energy-efficient technology. Oak, stone, and stainless steel predominate in the open interiors, and the extensive use of glass—including on the master bedroom’s deck balustrade—lets in all the available light. For practicality, the utility area off the kitchen serves as a wine chiller, a plant room, and a dog shower for canines in residence.

The surrounding landscaping is designed for high impact with low maintenance, and a treetop-level boardwalk leads to an outdoor entertainment deck, which has the requisite plumbing and wiring for a hot tub. Nearby are quaint seaside villages and 18-hole golf courses that round out the resort-like picture.

Setting: On a quarter acre overlooking the Irish Sea, near Sandyhills beach on Scotland’s rural southwest coast
Home: The 2,540-square-foot home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The open floor plan downstairs is bounded at one side by a sleek chef’s kitchen with an island that appears to float just above the floor
Price: £1.5 million (about $2.4 million)
Inquiries: Sharon Zaremski, Strutt & Parker, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, +,

St. Barts, French West Indies

Setting: At Le Sereno, a beachfront hotel on the island’s northeast end
Home: Christian Liaigre kept it chic and relaxed when he designed this villa with weathered exotic woods. The 7,500 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space includes four bedrooms (three with ocean views), a glass-walled main salon, and a private pool. The owners have access to the hotel’s beach club and other amenities
Price: $9.75 million furnished (subject to a management contract with Le Sereno)
Inquiries: Tom Smyth, St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, 508.570.4481,

Paradise Valley, Arizona
Setting: On 2.8 gated acres
Home: Owners can enjoy this estate’s two-tiered pool and also keep their horses close at hand in a three-stall barn with a riding arena. The 19,475-square-foot Casa que Canta, built in 2009, exhibits custom millwork, ironwork, and tilework throughout. The main house has five bedrooms, and a gallery leads to a guesthouse
Price: $13.75 million
Inquiries: Walt Danley, Walt Danley Realty, 480.991.2050,


Setting: On the Bund, along the banks of the Huangpu River, adjacent to the Peninsula Shanghai
Home: These residences are the first offered by the Peninsula Hotels group, and buyers can choose from 39 two-, three-, or four-bedroom apartments ranging from 2,260 square feet to more than 4,300 square feet. The interior styling by Pierre-Yves Rochon taps art-deco influences
Price: From $7.37 million furnished
Inquiries: Vanessa Liu,,

Bora-Bora, French Polynesia
Setting: On a roughly half-acre beachfront parcel at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Home: A 3,228-square-foot, two-bedroom residence is one of two beachfront villas recently offered for sale for the first time. Traditional touches like teak furnishings, a thatched roof, and Polynesian artwork grace the home, and outside there is an enclosed garden with a private swimming pool
Price: €3.5 million furnished (about $4.7 million)
Inquiries: Monique Davidson, Macdonald Realty, 604.366.3115; or Jim Jacobson, California West Partners, 415.378.5751;

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