Smart Showings March/April 2015

Luxurious homes from around the globe...

New York City

When creating the lobby and the residential interiors at the Baccarat Hotel & Residences in Midtown Manhattan, the New York–based designer Tony Ingrao relied on a crystal-clear concept: “We used as many surfaces as possible that would play with light reflection—an homage,” he says, “to a crystal company that has been reflecting light for 250 years.” Naturally, each of the Baccarat tower’s 60 residences (model designed by Stephen Sills) boasts a Baccarat chandelier in the foyer and handles inlaid with Baccarat crystal on the ziricote wood entry doors. It was a challenge, Ingrao says, “given the constraints of [the tower’s] central elevator core, to still create grand spaces in a contemporary structure.” Floor-to-ceiling windows help to enhance the sense of an expansive maison in the clouds, as do ceiling heights of 14 feet on some floors and 20 feet in the penthouse. In addition to spectacular views, owners enjoy 24-hour concierge service and priority reservations at the hotel’s restaurant, as well as access to its 10,000-square-foot La Mer spa and 55-foot-long crystalline swimming pool. —Jorge S. Arango


SETTING: On the top 32 floors of the 50-story Baccarat tower designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, on West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

HOMES: The 60 residences offer from one to four bedrooms and include four full-floor condos and a five-bedroom duplex penthouse with a terrace

PRICE: From $5.15 million to $60 million

INQUIRIES: Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group, 212.765.5300, baccaratresidencesny.com

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Kenwood, California


SETTING: Four parcels (totaling about 159.5 acres) in Sonoma wine country’s Mayacamas foothills

HOMES: The offering includes Casa La Vid, a 5,800-square-foot home on 4 acres Casa Sol, a 6,100-square-foot home on 103 acres and two additional permitted homesites of about 47 acres and 6 acres, respectively. The two homes, both with swimming pools, were completed last year

PRICE: $22 million

INQUIRIES: Nicki Naylor, Alain Pinel Realtors, 707.953.9456, lavidsonoma.com

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Santa Fe, New Mexico


SETTING: On 16.6 acres in the Tesuque Ridge neighborhood

HOME: This property has all the earmarks of a gracious Southwestern estate, from formal living and dining rooms to guesthouse. Reclaimed walnut, hickory, and mesquite woods, as well as 13 fireplaces, lend a sense of warmth to the six-bedroom home’s more than 13,000 square feet of interior space 

PRICE: $13.65 million

INQUIRIES: Ray Rush, 505.577.5117, or Tim Van Camp, 505.690.2750, Rush/Van Camp Sotheby’s International Realty, knowingsantafe.com

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SETTING: The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, on 7 waterfront acres

HOMES: For his first full-scale architectural project in the United States, the Italian designer Piero Lissoni is setting a modernist tone. Boffi kitchens and baths, smart-house wiring, and other features will grace the property’s residences (111 condominiums and 15 villas), which will have two to five bedrooms and between 1,700 square feet and 11,000 square feet of living space. Amenities will include pools, private dockages, and a captained private day yacht. Completion is expected in winter 2016

PRICE: From $2 million to $40 million

INQUIRIES: The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, 305.953.9500, theresidencesmiamibeach.com

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Bilgola Beach, Australia


SETTING: Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in a northern suburb of Sydney

HOME: A collaboration between the Australian architect Walter Barda and the landscape designer Jamie Durie, this four-bedroom contemporary home on three levels includes a gym, sauna, and yoga room

PRICE: $4.65 million AUD (about $3.8 million USD)

INQUIRIES: Ken Jacobs, Christie’s International Real Estate, ken@kenjacobs.com.au, +61.2.8340.3406, kenjacobs.com.au

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Barbados, West Indies


SETTING: On about 1.2 acres at the beachside Sandy Lane resort in Saint James

HOME: A bridge over a koi pond leads to the entrance of this 7,800-square-foot Balinese-style house, named Alila, which has four bedrooms and a 56-foot-long swimming pool. The property comes with a cabana at the owners’ private beach facility, as well as access to the tennis courts and courses at the Sandy Lane Golf Club

PRICE: $7.95 million

INQUIRIES: Christian de Meillac, Knight Frank, +44.20.7861.1097, knightfrank.com

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Los Angeles 


SETTING: In the hills of West Hollywood, with expansive city views

HOME: A high-tech executive designed this 4,538-square-foot, three-bedroom house for himself, incorporating smart-house technology throughout. Automation extends to the home’s LED lighting, entry gates and doors, window shades, video intercom and security cameras, whole-house sound, and two entertainment-ready rooms with 70-inch TVs and surround sound

PRICE: $4.14 million

INQUIRIES: Yogen Dhanik, 323.505.9346, 2118beechknoll.com  

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