This past week, the best in the business gathered at the Wynn Las Vegas for the annual Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT. Amidst extensive networking, engaging workshops and diverse panel discussions with the top real estate agents in the world, members were able to gain insight in all things luxury. And of course, there’s no shortage of fun when our incredible agents get together each year!
With such distinguished speakers as New York Times bestselling author and former chief evangelist of Apple Guy Kawasaki, two-time James Beard Foundation Award winning chef Paul Bartolotta, renowned graffiti artist and keynote speaker Erik Wahl and Federico Pratesi of the ultra-luxurious Pratesi Linens, the exclusive event brought experts from all facets of luxury together in a world-class setting. By giving top luxury agents from around the world a chance to connect and learn from one another, Luxury Portfolio members are better equipped to serve their global clientele and stay in tune with the wants and needs of today’s savvy affluent consumer.
Thank you to all of our members for making this the most successful Luxury Portfolio SUMMIT to date!
Isn’t it a luxury to have great neighbors? It’s even better to have great neighbors who keep their place pretty and cause very little commotion. Here in the U.S. we have fantastic neighbors to the north and we’ve spotted a few homes that have us singing, “O Canada!” Take a peek at some of our favorites.
Located in Dufferin, New Brunswick, this One-of-a-Kind Oasis overlooks the idyllic St. Croix River, offering ever-changing views and total seclusion. Spanning 22,000 square feet, this six-bedroom/ten bathroom (plus one half-bath) home features modern amenities and the finest materials and finishes.
The architectural details are nothing short of exquisite; from the dramatic staircase that greets you upon entering or the inviting indoor pool with panoramic views, this home has plenty of wow factors. The at-home chef will delight in the spacious and perfectly appointed kitchen; guests will enjoy nature’s breathtaking show from any one of the outdoor seating areas.
Situated in Toronto, this Award-winning masterpiece is a stunning work comprised of steel and glass. The architect’s industrial materials provide a fascinating contrast set against the ravine vistas. A collection of intimate spaces flooded with light provide drama and ambiance; of particular note is the two-story living room and den featuring floor-to-ceiling windows.
The four bedroom/three and a half-bath home has a totally renovated kitchen, a private drive with four parking spaces, two fireplaces and a fully finished basement. Perfect for entertaining, guests will enjoy the large roof terrace, wine cellar, plunge pool and sauna.
Nestled in picturesque Whistler, BC, this striking mountain contemporary invites you to discover a world of luxury and natural beauty. The sleek lines of concrete and glass are perfectly juxtaposed against the rugged mountain terrain. With majestic views of Whistler Mountain, the seven bedroom/seven bathroom home offers extensive outdoor living space and massive sliding glass doors to enjoy the sublime views.
As part of Whistler’s finest, exclusive neighborhood, residents enjoy ski-in/ski-out access with a private gondola. After a day on the slopes make tracks to the spectacular chef’s kitchen and prepare a feast for a crowd; with dual ovens and dishwashers you’ll have ample resources. Après ski gatherings are a must on either of the two outdoor patios or better yet, invite that group to sit around the fire pit. Who says you can’t pair s’mores with cocktails?
Are you looking for a decidedly cool Canadian residence? How about visiting Luxury Portfolio today, eh?
You might be located in a part of the world suffering through some rather miserable weather. From the “Polar Vortex” in the U.S. Midwest or the scorching-hot temperatures recently recorded in Australia, is seems that lately there is a strong case for staying indoors. That being said, we’ve discovered a few homes guaranteed to provide inside fun.
Forced hibernation might amplify your artistic side; this Fully Custom-Built Masterpiece is a crafter’s dream come true. Nestled in the heart of Burning Tree, this Bethesda beauty spans three perfectly-maintained acres. Replete with stunning finishes like reclaimed lumber from Idaho, limestone and fieldstone, this unique home has ample character.
While the outside of this six-bedroom/seven-bathroom (plus two half-bathroom) home is truly stunning you certainly won’t mind spending time inside. Get moving in the indoor tennis facility; get cozy around one of five fireplaces or get crafty in the inspirational craft suite. The imaginative space has a pitched ceiling and skylight, offering optimal atmosphere to get those creative juices flowing.
You fancy yourself more sporty than crafty? Do a few laps where the lap of Luxury is at its finest. Three stories of indulgence can be enjoyed in this colonial manor. Completed in 2006, this sprawling New Jersey property has 14,000 square feet of interior space on 1.54 acres of land backing onto a golf course.
Not to be missed in this six-bedroom/six-full bathroom (plus four half-bathroom) manse is the spectacular indoor pool with water slide. Other elements that make a big splash include a home theater, outdoor tennis court, expansive patio/outdoor entertaining space and a perfectly appointed indoor entertaining space with a convivial bar.
Lastly, perhaps the luck of the Irish can help you with your pool game. Knockabbey Castle, a historic gem in Ardee (County Louth), Ireland is as charming as it is spacious. With three distinct eras of architecture on display, this property is a feast for the eyes with fantastic details around every corner. Tucked away from the street and enjoying bucolic views of the splendid gardens, its grandeur is matched only by its warmth.
Vaulted ceilings, stone flagged floors and a stained glass roof light are just a few of the enchanting particulars of this castle. Located in the Queen Anne section of the home is the Billiards Room, a perfect spot to relax and unwind, especially on a rainy day. Other fascinating elements of this home include a wood-paneled library, an interpretive room, a museum room and a Thai bedroom.
While it’s always nice to get a breath of fresh air, it’s a luxury to find a place to hide when Mother Nature isn’t on your side. Discover many properties that offer indoor entertainment at Luxury Portfolio.
Contemporary design is often associated with urban living and rightly so, with its sleek lines and modern materials. Characterized by strong geometric shapes and sharp, distinct rooflines, contemporary homes have a decidedly manmade, almost industrial, look. There’s really nothing organic about them in appearance, yet some of the most intriguing homes we’ve come across are contemporaries set in a rural location. Following are a few of our favorite homes that merge natural and manmade beauty to provide the ultimate secluded sanctuary.
This first luxury villa near Brussels, Belgium strikes a masterful balance between its modern façade and wooded setting. From the outside it exhibits an asymmetrical aesthetic with extensive windows, typical of such architecture. Inside the 11,800 square foot home walls of glass frame the lush scenery and create an inexplicably harmonious relationship with the pristine lines of the interior. With five bedrooms, a swimming pool and an eight car garage, the luxury home brings the best of modern living to a private, tranquil location.
Next to awe us with its thoughtful design is an award-winning contemporary home in Rye, New York. Benefitting from a spacious six acre lot with rich vegetation, the home employs various geometric shapes and seamlessly connects the indoor living spaces to the swimming pool, tennis court and rolling lawn. Designed to perfection, the interior enjoys an open layout and complements manmade comfort with pastoral views.
Finally, this luxury home in Quebec, Canada is one of the most unique we’ve ever come across. Originally designed by prominent architect Roger D'Astous (who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright), the dramatic structure sits on a private peninsula with expansive lake frontage. Douglas fir beams and stone walls integrate with the surrounding glass walls to emphasize the breathtaking views, while such features as a suspended, circular staircase provide the open floor plan with stunning visual interest.
Be sure to check out the Contemporary Homes section on Luxury Portfolio to see more modern masterpieces!