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Smart Showings November 2013

Park City, Utah

Life at Montage Deer Valley is far from clichéd. Owners of the resort’s vacation homes do not reside among plaid-upholstered furnishings or the other ubiquitous trappings of typical mountain retreats. Instead, buyers can opt for one of the luxury property’s fully furnished condominiums, which, with overstuffed leather sofas, plush beds, and dark wood accents, showcase the Montage’s mountain-luxe aesthetic, or they can choose from well-appointed designer models that also are anything but predictable.

The latest three designer models (nine have been finished over the past three years) are by Barclay Butera, Tori McBrien, and Beth Ann Shepherd, respectively. Shepherd, who is president of the Los Angeles–based firm Dressed, blended contemporary Italian pieces and midcentury modern styling in a two-bedroom, three-bathroom unit that affords views of Deer Valley’s forested slopes.

Owners at the ski-in/ski-out property have access to all of the resort’s amenities, including the 35,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. And the professionals at Compass Sports, the Montage’s activities hub, assist residents with everything from warming their ski boots in winter to arranging impromptu mountain biking and fly-fishing excursions in summer. 


Setting: Mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort, adjacent to the Ruby, Empire, and Lady Morgan ski lifts; about a 5-minute drive from Park City and roughly 40 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport

Homes: Three designer residences, each offering two or three bedrooms and measuring between 1,886 square feet and 2,251 square feet

Price: $3.095 million to $3.425 million, furnished

Inquiries: Montage Residences Deer Valley, 435.604.1850, www.montageresidencesdeervalley.com

Victoria, British Columbia


Setting: A 3.24-acre

estate in the Uplands, a garden suburb designed by John Olmsted in the early 1900s

Home: Built in 1914, the 10,649-square-foot manse underwent a multimillion-dollar restoration, completed in 2009, to combine Victorian details

with modern conveniences. The home and a guesthouse sit on an ocean cove with more than 700 feet of beachfront, three small islands, and a dock

Price: $11.9 million (CAD)

Inquiries: Scott Piercy and James LeBlanc, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, 866.599.3933, www.luxurybchomes.com

Montecito, California


Setting: On almost an acre, a short walk from hiking trails and San Ysidro Ranch

Home:This California casa boasts 3,600 square feet with four bedrooms on a single level. Becker Studios, of Santa Barbara, Calif., completed a renovation earlier this year. The interiors feature driftwood-hued oak

and Lagos Azul limestone floors, Sub-Zero and Bertazzoni appliances, and iron-and-glass doors that open to the outdoor entertainment area

Price: $4.695 million

Inquiries: Riskin Associates, Village Properties, 805.565.8600, www.riskinproperties.com

Santa Fe, New Mexico


Setting: On 2.26 acres in Las Campanas, a private golf community

Home: Villa de Piedra is a 12,000-square-foot, five-bedroom adobe home, with 2- to 4-foot-thick walls, vigas supporting the ceilings, and Anasazi and Pueblo design influences. Custom works in iron, glass, and wood are on display throughout, and of particular note are the nine fireplaces and a curved, kiva-inspired glassed-in dining room

Price: $5.97 million

Inquiries: Paula Berthelot, Sotheby’s International Realty, 505.695.1000, www.villadepiedra.com

Snowmass, Colorado


Setting: Outside Aspen, on 876 Rocky Mountain acres

Home: Seven bedrooms, a glass elevator, a theater, and an indoor/outdoor pool are among the many features of this 18,000-square-foot Craftsman-style home, which was built in 2007. A heated guest tepee sits outside. The property features more than 15 miles of hiking trails and three waterfall-fed ponds, complete with a beach

Price:$65 million

Inquiries: Joshua & Co., an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, 970.925.8810, www.joshuaco.com

Dominican Republic


Setting: On a 3-acre peninsula in the Caribbean Sea, in the Punta Minitas neighborhood of the Casa de Campo resort

Home: A striking palapa with a 30-foot ceiling gives Casa Palapa its name. The 12,917-square-foot compound, designed by the architect Marco Aldaco, includes a three-bedroom main house, a three-bedroom guesthouse, an oceanside pool, staff buildings, a dock, and two private beaches

Price: $16.5 million

Inquiries: Cesar Herrera, 809.697.5117, www.casa-palapa.com

Laguna Beach, California


Setting: Oceanfront, on more than an acre in the gated Irvine Cove neighborhood

Home: The Mediterranean-style estate, built in 2010, comprises 24,000 square feet of structures. The main house includes formal living and dining rooms, a screening room, a wine cellar, a billiards room, and four bedrooms including a master suite with an ocean-facing sitting room. A glass guesthouse holds a fifth bedroom. An oceanfront loggia and fireplace and a poolside cabana are outside

Price: $65 million

Inquiries: Rod Daley, 949.494.6208, www.roddaley.com

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