A peculiar hallmark of luxury real estate: When you’re dealing with the finest homes on the planet, the listings always seem to get more extraordinary with each passing year.
2023 was no exception. Between an iconic trio of waterfront properties in Miami Beach, an elegantly styled manse poised on prime Beverly Hills acreage and a sprawling 500-acre Rocky Mountain retreat, the year delivered the kind of real estate that elevated our visions of what a home could be: deeply inspiring, sanctuary-like places with enough physical space for family, friends and maybe even animals.
Before we prepare for the next collection of luxury listings that await in 2024, let’s look back at some of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury’s most extraordinary properties for sale in markets around the world.
190 Palm Ave
Miami Beach, FL.
It’s been called “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” – and for good reason. Only recently listed in December, this trio of properties on ultra-exclusive Palm Island in the heart of Miami Beach caught headlines for its unprecedented offering and a price to match it: three Mediterranean-style villas spanning over two acres with 300 feet of pristine water frontage facing downtown Miami.
Listed by Cesar Powell, Coldwell Banker Realty in Miami Beach
1028 Ridgedale Dr
Beverly Hills, CA.
Another real estate stunner made its market debut in September at $85 million and immediately generated media buzz for its prized Beverly Hills location on 1.2 acres. Set on Ridgedale Drive, the impeccably designed and crafted New England-style traditional property boasts an impressive 12 bedrooms, a total of 18 bathrooms 24,325 square feet of living space across multiple structures – a rarity in deeply sought-after 90210.
Listed by Jade Mills, Coldwell Banker Realty in Beverly Hills
2755 Lake Wildcat Road
Snowmass Village, CO.
Traditionally it’s been Aspen that sets the records for real estate, but its sister town of Snowmass Village raised the bar this year with a 500-acre compound that would make any affluent adventurer swoon. Secluded behind the gates of Wildcat Ranch – “one of the most private and exclusive properties in all of the Roaring Fork Valley,” describes listing agent Chris Souki, the year-round Rocky Mountain escape is only minutes from Aspen and encompasses a “meticulously finished” 18,946 square-foot European-style stone chalet and 1,915 square-foot guesthouse designed by Bill Poss, plus a barn, multiple garages for cars and toys, a pool and pool house, a paddle ball court, five ponds, landscaped gardens and sweeping open land.
Listed by Chris Souki, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse
2455 S Ocean Boulevard
Highland Beach, FL.
Waterfront properties often command the highest prices, thanks to the law of limited supply. It is within this milieu that this Palm Beach County estate arrived. Sited on Highland Beach’s largest oceanfront lot (nearly two acres) in the “Estate Section” of Byrd Beach with 150 feet of private manicured beachfront, the property offers a 17,602-square-foot modern French-Eclectic style manse designed by Madey Architects with fortress-like construction by Mark Timothy Luxury Homes. Consider it the equivalent of a luxury lifestyle trifecta: of-the-moment luxury, exclusivity amd an A-list location minutes away from Atlantic Avenue and Boca Raton.
Listed by Jonathan Postma, Coldwell Banker Realty in Boca Raton
670 Hot Springs Road
New construction may be the most sought-after in the luxury real estate world, but historic restorations are in another category entirely and command their own reverence. Enter Far Afield in Montecito. Originally desigend by renowned Santa Barbara architect Francis T. Underhill, the 1917-era estate was meticulously restored and renovated over 15 years. The project included updating the Mediterranean Villa to modern-day structural and mechanical engineering standards and infusing the over 20,000 square-foot interiors with hand-crafted custom details and 17th and 18th-century reclaimed building materials curated throughout Europe. If that wasn’t enough to put this masterpiece in the legendary category, then its acreage certainly would: over 10 acres in Montecito.
Listed by Joyce Rey and Timothy Di Prizito, Coldwell Banker Realty in Beverly Hills
1525 Star Mesa Drive
As far as legacy compounds go, Aspen may have a corner on the market. Sky Mesa is a perfect example. Only recently listed in November, the ultra-private property is the epitome of sanctuary with over 36 acres and infinite views where the peaks of the Elk Mountains meet the horizon. Beyond the seven-bedroom main residence (masterfully executed to capture all-day sun and the stunning vistas via floor-to-ceiling glass in the great room and wrap-around decks), there’s a two-bedroom guest cabin, spa building and poolhouse, an agriculture barn and a breathtaking outdoor setting to match, complete with multiple ponds, wetlands, meadows and private trails.
Listed by Carrie Wells, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse
4610 Makena Rd
Add this idyllic Maui retreat to the list of rarified (and downright dreamy) beachfront real estate debuting on the market this year. Poised on coveted Makena Road, this Hawaiian oasis unites two oceanfront parcels totaling 1.43 acres with 148 feet of pristine beachfront hovering above the white sands of Makenas Poolenalena Beach. Also unique is its design, offering a true vacation compound with four distinct and meticulously designed dwellings, each exuding its own unique charm and offering a collective seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and two half baths.
Listed by Nancy Callahan, Coldwell Banker Island Properties
3639 Hunts Point Road
Hunts Point, WA.
Hunts Point is a peninsula east of Seattle with just 400 residents – easily one of the most exclusive enclaves on the shores of Lake Washington. Homes rarely come on the market here, and if they do, they tend to fetch a premium. A prime expression of this rarity arrived on the market in the form of a west-facing estate on nearly two acres with 130 feet of waterfront. The listing agents say that the property can serve as “a canvas for reimagining the existing home or a sublime setting for your dream estate.” A newly expanded, state-of-the-art dock designed for the yacht enthusiast is counted among its charms after the prestigious location, views and endless possibility.
784 Waterdam Rd
An architecturally distinct mansion. Sweeping grounds. Impressive equestrian facilities, where the horses can live as well as the owners do. “Oak Grove,” a 110-acre property in McMurray, Pennsylvania just outside of Pittsburgh, checks all of these boxes (and more) as listing agent Bonnie Loya calls it “one of the finest equestrian estates in the U.S.” The 2011-built European-style mansion, elegantly clad in Vermont Limestone, spans three stories and 11,000 square feet. Beyond, there’s a 23-yard golf fairway plus a putting green, a saltwater pool with a poolside villa and premium equestrian facilities including 13 stalls, tack room, wash bay, heated floors, kitchen/lounge, office, indoor and outdoor riding areas, fenced pastures, riding trails, groom/trainer quarters. Rounding it out, a six-car garage with heated floors.
Listed by Bonnie Loya, Coldwell Banker Realty in McMurray
The Residences at The St. Regis Cap Cana
Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
What happens when an iconic hotelier partners with a world-renowned developer on one of the most coveted beaches in the Dominican Republic? The answer: The Residences at St. Regis Cap Cana and this stunning $25 million beachfront penthouse, opening in the first quarter of 2024. As the first and only 5-star branded real estate offering in Cap Cana, The Residences at St. Regis Cap Cana offers the chance to sit back and enjoy the laidback Caribbean lifestyle plus all of the perks of new construction, secure five-star living and a cocktails-meets-concierge lifestyle managed by one of the most prestigious names in hospitality. Amenities include Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta Espada Golf Club, round-the-clock concierge service, butler service by the beach and pool, seven resort pools, seven restaurants, a signature spa, a rum and cigar lounge, a tapas bar, a beach and kids’ club, among many others.
The Palm Jumeriah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Forbes called Palm Jumeriah, Dubai’s iconic palm-tree-shaped artificial archipelago, “the gold standard for waterfront developments.” Properties on this tiny-yet-sought-after strip of land carry that same golden status, like this impeccably designed signature beachfront villa offered for sale at $25 million. Among its charms: dazzling views of the sea and both of Atlantis’ famous landmarks followed by six lavish bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a state-of-the-art gym and an impressive modern living space spanning approximately 13,397 square feet, all appointed with “an integrated smart home system to cater to your every need,” promises the listing description. Also awaiting you are amenities-galore: an infinity pool, spa and a private beach.
Listed by Abdelkrim Akib, Coldwell Banker UAE – Onyx HQ
11051 Witchcraft Court
Las Vegas, NV.
Homes in the Las Vegas valley don’t often command values upwards of $20 million – which is why this architectural marvel caught our eye when it was first listed back in the summer. The modern minimalist design makes the most of its sprawling one-acre setting overlooking the mountains, golf course and the spectacle of lights on the Strip. Pocket sliders glide open to create the ultimate indoor-outdoor living experience. Over 9,800 square feet of living space and nine total bedrooms make it an ideal hideaway for vacationing or living full-time. And then there’s the long list of amenities enticing one to stay for extended periods of time – a private attached 5-bedroom casita, an open-concept gourmet chef’s kitchen, luxe appliances, temp-controlled wine wall, a flex room, gym, roof deck and a resort-caliber backyard where you can enjoy not one – but two – zero-edge pool, spa and an outdoor kitchen equipped with a pizza oven and bar. A location in The Summit Club, one of Sin City’s most sought-after addresses, lifts it over the top.
Listed by Lillie Shines, Coldwell Banker Premier Realty in Henderson