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January 26, 2023

Island Living Redefined in Honolulu’s Diamond Head

The majestic Cove area of Diamond Head is the perfect setting for this new and exceptionally private beachfront contemporary estate. Every detail has been designed and crafted for luxury and comfort. With Diamond Head as a backdrop, the four-bedroom home’s expansive views take in the infinity pool, lush gardens and the ever-changing panorama of sky, sea and sunsets. For grand-scale gatherings or intimate moments, the home’s main living area is a modern masterpiece of state-of-the-art design. The double-height foyer provides the first of many dramatic sightlines to the horizon, including a tantalizing glance through a stunning glass-sided wine-storage fixture. With magnificent custom cabinetry, a large marble-topped island, professional quality appliances and a butler’s pantry, the sensational chef’s kitchen anchors one end of the elegant living/dining/family room. This luxurious space opens fully to the private oasis that is the poolside lanai, deck and outdoor lounge, complete with a full outdoor kitchen, built-in barbecue and bar seating. There is also a spacious office on this level. The upper floor, accessed by elevator or gorgeous floating staircase, is home to a huge lounge/game room and bedrooms, including the gorgeous primary suite. This blissful retreat, with its own sitting area, divine spa-style bath and walk-in closet, enjoys serene ocean views and tranquil indoor-outdoor comfort, with a wide deck overlooking the pool. As private sanctuary and grand entertaining space, the property is complemented by whole-home technology with many additional features, including exquisite custom lighting, surfboard and outrigger storage, a three-car garage, direct beach access and the convenience of nearby surfing, hiking and all the glamour of exclusive beachfront living. View the complete listing by Beth Chang of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties in Honolulu. The post Island Living Redefined in Honolulu’s Diamond Head appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

By Alyson Pitarre

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January 19, 2023

10 Over $10 Million: January 2023 Edition

From Aspen to Florida’s Golden Beach and all the way to the hills of Tuscany, the first new $10 million+ listings of 2023 offer up a picture of luxury living in every setting. Mountain. Ocean. Vineyard. City. The Coldwell Banker Global Luxury program offers you a little taste of it all. 1020 E Hyman Avenue, 1 & 2 Aspen, CO. $10,000,000 Views, privacy and comfort come together in this spacious Hyman Avenue duplex, just a five-minute stroll from the heart of Aspen. Each two-bedroom, two-bath unit enjoys a riverside setting with perfect views of Aspen Mountain. Includes plans by Rybak Architecture and Development to convert duplex to single-family home. Listed by Brian Hazen of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse in Aspen 172 Tarnwood Court Breckenridge, CO. $11,500,000 Towering walls of glass frame perfect views of lake, ski slopes, trees and vibrant sunsets in this dramatic Rocky Mountain contemporary masterpiece in Breckenridge. Exceptionally high ceilings and steel beams offset clean lines and luxurious finishes. With private lake access and an attached boathouse, this rare estate offers the ultimate in luxury and privacy. Listed by Kari Canfield and Leah Canfield of Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties in Breckenridge 900 W North Street Aspen, CO. $18,900,000 Close-in, convenient and designed for year-round living and indoor/outdoor entertaining, this West End cul-de-sac estate highlights elegant spaces with gorgeous features and finishes. French doors open to terraces, gardens, patios and lawns. There are five plush en-suite bedrooms upstairs plus a lower level with lounge, media room and wine cellar. Listed by Carrie Wells of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse in Aspen 18 Ship’s Point Way Belle Terre, NY. $20,999,999 Built on a grand scale for a lifestyle of generous entertaining and unreserved luxury, this remarkable residence is built on five floors with magnificent views from almost every room. Seven bedrooms, ten fireplaces, indoor lap pool, private dock, two barns, second house, exceptional privacy, spectacular views and easy access to golf, country club, beaches, dining and more. Listed by Gina Marie Bettenhauser of Coldwell Banker Distinctive Homes in Shoreham via di Moggiano Sarteano, Siena, IT. $16,978,110    Set on over 61.5 acres in the heart of western Tuscany, historic Villa Travertino honors the region’s style and materials with beautifully updated comforts and amenities. Live and entertain among working vineyards, olive groves, parkland, swimming pool, bowling alley, tennis court, wine cellar, tasting rooms and wonderful views of the magnificent Tuscan landscape. Listed by Moira Mancini of Coldwell Banker Chianti Heritage in Siena 9570 Sunset Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA. $15,000,000 Resort-style luxury and seamless indoor-outdoor flow offer the perfect setting for sophisticated entertaining and blissful relaxation in this Beverly Hills modern oasis. Sleek lines, a spacious, open floor plan, high ceilings, walls of glass, marble floors and top-of-the-line features enjoy views onto huge decks, pool and gardens. Primary suite is a stunning retreat with a huge private balcony. Listed by Vangelis Korasidis of Coldwell Banker Realty in Beverly Hills 213 Kaalawai Place Honolulu, HI. $26,995,000 Exceptionally private, this new beachfront contemporary estate in the majestic Cove area of Diamond Head comes complete with elevator, spacious lanai, infinity pool, outdoor kitchen, lush gardens and non-stop panorama of sky, sea and sunsets. A modern masterpiece of state-of-the-art design that is both private sanctuary and grand entertaining space. Listed by Beth Chang of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties in Honolulu 191 Miller Park Road Milford, NJ. $18,000,000 Sited for optimum views of valley, mountains and sunsets, 125-acre Windward Farm is a tranquil custom estate of almost unimaginable luxury and fine craft, from the hand-carved entry doors and blue stone terraces to the triple-height ceilings and lustrous wood floors. Manor house plus two historical barns, new pole barn, utility building, tennis court, solar array, squash/basketball court. Listed by Jackie Hillgrube and Deborah Summer of Coldwell Banker Hearthside in Newtown 610 N Island Golden Beach, FL.   $23,900,000 Renovated to perfection in 2022, this majestic Bali-inspired estate by architect Cesar Molina enjoys 100 feet of luxurious waterfront on the Intracoastal waterway of Golden Beach. Gorgeous natural light, superb amenities and finishes plus sensational landscaping offer the perfect setting for lavish indoor-outdoor entertaining. Listed by Jonathan Mann of Coldwell Banker Realty in Miami Beach 5875 Stone Creek Way Southwest Ranches, FL. $14,995,000 An incomparable compound of immeasurable luxury, this dramatic 20,000 square-foot Rick Bell-built residence commands a spectacular private estate of 5 acres complete with resort-style amenities and spaces worthy of royalty. Entertain on a grand scale and enjoy the unlimited comforts of a lifestyle surrounded by exceptional beauty. Listed by Jill Hertzberg and Jonathan Mann of Coldwell Banker Realty in Miami Beach The post 10 Over $10 Million: January 2023 Edition appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

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January 19, 2023

The Orient Express Cruise Line to Set Sail in 2026

More than a century after the debut of its first luxury trains, the iconic Orient Express will expand into the cruise world with the debut of Orient Express Silensea. The very first Orient Express sailing ship and “the largest sailing ship in the world” will set sail in 2026 and push “the limits of the possible,” according to a press release recently unveiled by French hospitality group Accor and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, a leader in the construction of cruise ships. Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, Accor, promises the ship will “offer unparalleled service and spaces with refined designs, reminiscent of the golden age of legendary cruises” – not unlike the luxury trains for which the Orient Express name is best known. Part innovation in luxury and part innovation in yachting sustainability, the 220-meters-long Orient Express Silensea will boast three SolidSail rigs, a revolutionary 1500m2 unit sail propulsion system and a hybrid propulsion running on liquefied natural gas (LNG).  Laurent Castaing, Managing Director, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, calls it “the benchmark ship in environmental terms” and “a sailboat of the future.” Rendering by Maxime d’Angeac and Martin Darzacq for Orient Express, Accor. A Legend that Began on the Sea Inspired by the golden age of the French Riviera, Orient Express Silenseas will recall the time when writers, artists, painters, sovereigns and movie stars discovered between Monte-Carlo, Saint-Tropez, Cap d’Antibes, Cannes and its Croisette, a refinement tinged with carelessness and joie de vivre, calling for escape. The ship comes by its history honestly. In 1867, founder Georges Nagelmackers discovered the United States by boarding transatlantic ships from Europe to America. On these ships, he found luxurious suites for travel with sumptuous decor, the social life of the restaurants and a unique atmosphere of the lounges, libraries and places of entertainment. This experience of sea travel would inspire him later to launch his legendary train, the Orient Express, in 1883. Life on the Silensea Rendering by Maxime d’Angeac and Martin Darzacq for Orient Express, Accor. Bringing together the best French talents, theOrient Express Silensea will “celebrate the Art of Travel” thanks to the vision of architect Maxime d’Angeac, who designed the interior layout and the decorations, and the Nantes design agency, Stirling Design International, who designed the exterior lines. The vessel will have 54 suites measuring an average area of ​​70 square meters, including its monumental Presidential Suite of 1,415 meters square meters (including 530 square meters of private terrace). Two swimming pools, two restaurants and a speakeasy bar “will add to the quintessence of luxury.” For entertainment, guests will be invited into the Amphitheatre-Cabaret and a private recording studio. Spa treatments, meditation sessions and stopovers for cultural discovery allow a complete escape from the mundane world. Sailboat of the Future Orient Express Silenseas will sail using sails with a revolutionary “SolidSail” technological design: three rigid sails with a surface area of ​​1,500 meters each will be hoisted on a balestron rig, with 3 tilting masts culminating at more than 100 meters high, able to provide up to 100% propulsion in suitable weather conditions. For a more environmentally friendly voyage at sea, a hybrid formula will combine wind power with a state-of-the-art engine running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and will allow the use of green hydrogen once technologies accepted for an ocean-going passenger ship. The Orient Express Silensea will join the hospitality brand’s first hotels, Orient Express La Minerva in Rome and Orient Express Palazzo Donà Giovanelli in Venice, which are anticipated to open in 2024. Another hotel project is also planned for Riyadh, followed by the launch of the Orient Express La Dolce Vita (a luxury train journey across Italy) and the return to the rails of the legendary Orient Express train, also in 2024. More information is available at www.orient-express.com. The post The Orient Express Cruise Line to Set Sail in 2026 appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

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January 19, 2023

New Beginnings

As we move into a new year with anticipation for the opportunities and challenges ahead, I think of these sentiments, once attributed to Seneca: “Every new beginning comes from another beginning’s end.” The year 2023 signifies the official closing of a wild, unexpected chapter in real estate history: two years of unprecedented, frenzied homebuying and rapid home price appreciation caused by a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. In 2022, the ground began to shift for the luxury residential sector; the market will continue to find its footing this year until it reaches a more normal, balanced state. The cyclical nature of real estate means that the agent must always accept and adapt to new beginnings. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Property Specialists are encouraged to do one better: accept, adapt and move forward. Moving forward is exactly what the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury team is doing. We’re not waiting to “see what the market does” in January. We’re taking action now to get a new batch of business resources out to you so that you can better serve your clients in this moment. In a matter of weeks, we’ll be mailing out our newest issue of Homes & Estates magazine – another stunner that covers every inch of the modern luxury lifestyle from travel to interior design. Even if your clients are feeling extra cautious right now, they still want experiences they can remember, both outside and inside their homes. It turns out that the “seize the day” spirit that started during the pandemic is not so easily lost. Our expanded cover customizations could provide you with the perfect opening to reconnect with a client or simply remind them that you’re thinking of them. Even better – go the extra mile and enclose it with your name and a handwritten personal note! The Report 2023, our annual global luxury real estate market outlook, will also be forthcoming later in the first quarter. This year, we expanded our survey to gain a larger share of agent insights. Our goal with this report, like all others before it: to always deliver the most relevant, up-to-date data that you can actually use and apply to your business. We are also excited to add some new features and information that we think will have practical applications for you as you look for creative ways to allay your clients’ concerns about the future. Expect more social media assets that you can download, more options for customizing for your local marketplace and more editorialized design. We want The Report to have a long shelf life, ensuring that it will always be able to “grow” with you, whether you’re a print fan or a digital devotee. If you’ve never used The Report to promote yourself as a luxury real estate authority in your market, now is the time. Be the answer to your clients’ questions and be their guide. Embrace this new year and a new beginning. Let’s move forward.     The post New Beginnings appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

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January 18, 2023

The Luxury Log Cabin: Sounds like a Juxtaposition, Lives like a Dream

Abraham Lincoln famously spent his early years in a one-room log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky, moving with his family to another in southern Indiana several years later. But despite their association with the 16th president of the United States — ever heard of the game Lincoln Logs? — the earliest log cabins have their roots in northern Europe, not America. When the humble structures started popping up stateside, they were courtesy of Finnish and German immigrants. Given their history, and their rough-hewn materials and primitive building techniques, it’s not surprising that log cabins are largely thought of as informal, humble abodes. But many of today’s structures are anything but humble, as you can see by these luxury log homes. 505 E Dog Wood Ln Dutch John, UT 5 Bedrooms 7 Baths Spectacular construction meets superior location in this one-of-a-kind Flaming Gorge log cabin on one acre of wooded property. From the hand-carved front doors to the covered wraparound porch, to the gorgeous views of the Flaming Gorge throughout, this is the ultimate in rustic luxe. Features of this log manse include a custom gourmet kitchen with professional appliances and a beautifully detailed copper sink; a great room with vaulted ceilings and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace; and a resort-worthy primary suite with a sitting area and fireplace, a private covered balcony that looks out onto the Gorge, and a spa bath with a copper soaking tub. This home also features a massive walkout basement with a covered patio; a gaming area; a fireplace; and a full kitchen. There is also separate guest space with a gaming/entertainment area and two bedrooms over the garage, plus covered boat storage. Even better – the sale includes the current owner’s boat! This property is listed by Jayanne Ivins of Coldwell Banker Farm & Home Realty Inc. for $15,000,000. 1263 Lake Terrace Dr Three Lakes, WI 2 Bedrooms 2 Baths 1,347 Square feet What this quaint cabin lacks in square footage, it more than makes up for in charm and expansive outdoor space. The log exterior opens to a magical interior that is almost entirely sheathed in wood, including the kitchen’s custom birds-eye maple cabinets and counters. Full-width logs travel up and across the soaring ceilings in the living spaces and large loft. This home includes a stone fireplace in the living room; a 30-foot x nine-foot screened-in porch; a detached garage with a two-bedroom, one-bath apartment above; and an unfinished basement. But the most exquisite features: the 45 acres of pristine, land and 563 feet of level frontage on the Three Lakes Chain of 28 Lakes. This property is listed by James Mulleady of Coldwell Banker Mulleady Inc., Realtors for $2,100,000. 1009 E 800 N LaPorte, IN 3 Bedrooms 3 Baths 1,856 Square feet Who knew you could live the log cabin life just an hour from downtown Chicago? Though, this is no standard log cabin. The original one-bedroom, one-bath cabin has been merged with contemporary construction, the finished exterior marrying logs and stone with clean lines and a night-hued façade. Inside, it’s modern all the way, with a sleek eat-in kitchen; gorgeous hardwood floors; updated bathrooms; designer light fixtures; and an infrared sauna. You’ll relish the 20+ acres of wooded landscape and the nature views from nearly everywhere in the home, including serene vistas of the pond from the private primary suite and its large cedar deck. This property is listed by Chad Gradowski of Coldwell Banker Realty for $1,450,000 27675 Alpen Drive Lake Arrowhead, CA 4 Bedrooms 5 Baths 3,552 Square feet A departure from the more traditional log house, this gracious California mountain home has smooth interior walls with cleverly designed rustic elements including half-log rounds encasing the windows and doors. You’ll undoubtedly spend countless hours in the incredible great room, with a huge living space centered in front of a stone fireplace; a large dining area topped by an antler chandelier; and a gourmet kitchen with a huge island, stone counters, and high-end appliances including a double Wolf range. Step out onto one of the home’s three expansive decks and luxuriate in the mountain air while enjoying panoramic lake and ridgeline views. This ideal log home also boasts a large bunk room; a game room with gas fireplace; dual primary suites; a wine room; and lake rights. This home is listed by Michelle Calkins of Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty for $1,675,000. 63 Dream Catcher Blue Ridge, GA 6 Bedrooms 5 Baths Large expanses of glass and stone accents complement the massive display of logs on the exterior of this impressive luxury cabin. Inside, the use of wide wood planks is as spectacular as the verdant views. It’s on the floors. It’s on the walls. It’s on the ceiling. And it’s joined by a beautifully hewn half-log staircase and rail and hand-peeled log rails. Gather in front of the great room’s grand stacked-stone fireplace, at the mountain stream, or among the extensive covered and uncovered outdoor space in the treetops. This home also offers a large loft/office; a wet bar/game room; a central vac system; and a four-car garage with a 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment. This home is listed by Michael Miller of Coldwell Banker High Country Realty for $1,175,000. The post The Luxury Log Cabin: Sounds like a Juxtaposition, Lives like a Dream appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

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January 17, 2023

Gables Estates Oceanfront Mansion Is a Yachting Paradise

A study in symmetry and grace, this stunning Gables Estates residence blends formal elegance with exceptional comfort. Every detail of the 12,102 square foot waterfront estate is designed and crafted with exquisite care, from the Dutch- and Island-influenced exterior to the grand-scale rooms and the manicured landscaping of the resort-style, palm-fringed grounds. Paired gates and a circular motor court lead to the breathtaking entry, where a palatial double-height chandelier foyer welcomes visitors with a generous lounge flanked by a graceful dual staircase. With the three levels served by an elevator, the interiors are detailed with finely crafted wood, marble and tile to complement the timeless serenity of large rooms in which each window is placed for the enjoyment of verdant scenery and maximum privacy. Along with two fireplaces, six bedrooms, family room and library, the estate features sublime formal living and dining rooms, an eat-in chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and expansive cabinet space, and a luxurious primary suite with two walk-in closets and a sparkling spa-style bath. The spectacular grounds, which are ideal for both informal and sumptuous entertaining, are complete with a pool, covered terraces for lounging and dining, and shapely lawns. The wide expanse of waterfront provides direct access to Biscayne Bay with no bridges. With a four-car garage and ample guest parking, this stately residence is both welcoming and private – a home with all the rewards of waterfront living in Gables Estates. View the complete listing by Judy Zeder and Nathan Zeder of Coldwell Banker Realty in Coral Gables   The post Gables Estates Oceanfront Mansion Is a Yachting Paradise appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

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January 15, 2023

The Luxury Log Cabin: Sounds like a Juxtaposition, Lives like a Dream

Abraham Lincoln famously spent his early years in a one-room log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky, moving with his family to another in southern Indiana several years later. But despite their association with the 16th president of the United States — ever heard of the game Lincoln Logs? — the earliest log cabins have their roots in northern Europe, not America. When the humble structures started popping up stateside, they were courtesy of Finnish and German immigrants. Given their history, and their rough-hewn materials and primitive building techniques, it’s not surprising that log cabins are largely thought of as informal, humble abodes. But many of today’s structures are anything but humble, as you can see by these luxury log homes. 505 E Dog Wood Ln Dutch John, UT 5 Bedrooms 7 Baths Spectacular construction meets superior location in this one-of-a-kind Flaming Gorge log cabin on one acre of wooded property. From the hand-carved front doors to the covered wraparound porch, to the gorgeous views of the Flaming Gorge throughout, this is the ultimate in rustic luxe. Features of this log manse include a custom gourmet kitchen with professional appliances and a beautifully detailed copper sink; a great room with vaulted ceilings and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace; and a resort-worthy primary suite with a sitting area and fireplace, a private covered balcony that looks out onto the Gorge, and a spa bath with a copper soaking tub. This home also features a massive walkout basement with a covered patio; a gaming area; a fireplace; and a full kitchen. There is also separate guest space with a gaming/entertainment area and two bedrooms over the garage, plus covered boat storage. Even better – the sale includes the current owner’s boat! This property is listed by Jayanne Ivins of Coldwell Banker Farm & Home Realty Inc. for $15,000,000. 1263 Lake Terrace Dr Three Lakes, WI 2 Bedrooms 2 Baths 1,347 Square feet What this quaint cabin lacks in square footage, it more than makes up for in charm and expansive outdoor space. The log exterior opens to a magical interior that is almost entirely sheathed in wood, including the kitchen’s custom birds-eye maple cabinets and counters. Full-width logs travel up and across the soaring ceilings in the living spaces and large loft. This home includes a stone fireplace in the living room; a 30-foot x nine-foot screened-in porch; a detached garage with a two-bedroom, one-bath apartment above; and an unfinished basement. But the most exquisite features: the 45 acres of pristine, land and 563 feet of level frontage on the Three Lakes Chain of 28 Lakes. This property is listed by James Mulleady of Coldwell Banker Mulleady Inc., Realtors for $2,100,000. 1009 E 800 N LaPorte, IN 3 Bedrooms 3 Baths 1,856 Square feet Who knew you could live the log cabin life just an hour from downtown Chicago? Though, this is no standard log cabin. The original one-bedroom, one-bath cabin has been merged with contemporary construction, the finished exterior marrying logs and stone with clean lines and a night-hued façade. Inside, it’s modern all the way, with a sleek eat-in kitchen; gorgeous hardwood floors; updated bathrooms; designer light fixtures; and an infrared sauna. You’ll relish the 20+ acres of wooded landscape and the nature views from nearly everywhere in the home, including serene vistas of the pond from the private primary suite and its large cedar deck. This property is listed by Chad Gradowski of Coldwell Banker Realty for $1,450,000 27675 Alpen Drive Lake Arrowhead, CA 4 Bedrooms 5 Baths 3,552 Square feet A departure from the more traditional log house, this gracious California mountain home has smooth interior walls with cleverly designed rustic elements including half-log rounds encasing the windows and doors. You’ll undoubtedly spend countless hours in the incredible great room, with a huge living space centered in front of a stone fireplace; a large dining area topped by an antler chandelier; and a gourmet kitchen with a huge island, stone counters, and high-end appliances including a double Wolf range. Step out onto one of the home’s three expansive decks and luxuriate in the mountain air while enjoying panoramic lake and ridgeline views. This ideal log home also boasts a large bunk room; a game room with gas fireplace; dual primary suites; a wine room; and lake rights. This home is listed by Michelle Calkins of Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty for $1,675,000. 63 Dream Catcher Blue Ridge, GA 6 Bedrooms 5 Baths Large expanses of glass and stone accents complement the massive display of logs on the exterior of this impressive luxury cabin. Inside, the use of wide wood planks is as spectacular as the verdant views. It’s on the floors. It’s on the walls. It’s on the ceiling. And it’s joined by a beautifully hewn half-log staircase and rail and hand-peeled log rails. Gather in front of the great room’s grand stacked-stone fireplace, at the mountain stream, or among the extensive covered and uncovered outdoor space in the treetops. This home also offers a large loft/office; a wet bar/game room; a central vac system; and a four-car garage with a 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment. This home is listed by Michael Miller of Coldwell Banker High Country Realty for $1,175,000. The post The Luxury Log Cabin: Sounds like a Juxtaposition, Lives like a Dream appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

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January 13, 2023

From Mega Yachts to Wine: Italy’s Vincenzo Poerio

Vincenzo Poerio is undoubtedly one of the main protagonists of the Italian nautical industry. Formerly, Tankoa shipyard’s CEO – specialized in the construction of mega yachts – he has launched some of the most iconic jewels of the sea that currently sail on every ocean in the world. But above all, his greatest achievement is transferring his great experience, in terms of quality and passion for work, to the realization of another ambitious dream. This time not on the sea, but on the terraces of the Tuscan hills. Vincenzo Poerio “I wanted to build a place to live and work the land, produce wine, oil, and other products of the countryside,” recalls the former CEO of Benetti Yachts. “A project born from the encounter of four visionary friends, which took shape in Sarteano, in the province of Siena, in the rolling hills of Val di Chiana.” Here, in a carefully restored old farmhouse, surrounded by ancient Sangiovese vines, which produce the prestigious Chianti Riserva Bludivigna blossoms, the Poerio family has created the Poggio Mori farm. A dream come true. Immediately followed by yet another that is coming to life: producing high-quality and also organic wines. Thus, alongside the ancient rows of Sangiovese, the manager of nautical creations and design introduced Bordeaux vines, in the name of sustainability and commitment to the environment. From sea to land. From water to wine. Each stage of Vincenzo Poerio’s career has always been built following a single main path: total attention to detail and almost maniacal care for aspects related to aesthetics and luxury. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury You are considered a top manager of Italian boating, how was your passion for the sea and boats born? Vincenzo Poerio I am Neapolitan, and therefore the sea has always been part of my life. Boats have been my great passion since I was a child. I attended the Nautical Technical Institute with the dream of becoming a captain, although then I continued my studies by graduating in mechanical engineering and becoming a naval researcher. After several working experiences in the construction of large boats, I went on to build them myself in 1993. I took the historic Benetti brand back into my hands, revaluing it on the market and bringing it close to one billion euros in turnover. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury You specialize in 30-meter plus megayachts, who can buy these boats? Vincenzo Poerio Obviously, the buyers are people who have almost unlimited wealth. We are referring to a few thousand people around the world, or at most a few tens of thousands. Some are in Europe and America; most are in Asia and the Middle East. For these ultra-wealthy buyers, contracts range from 25-30 million to over 400 million euros. The largest yacht I built was 180 meters, basically like two football fields. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury From boats to clothes, to furnishings, your extreme attention to luxury is known. What definition would you give of this word?. Vincenzo Poerio There are products where wealth must be apparent and conveyed through every detail. It is this quest for absolute perfection that distinguishes a luxury product from anything else. However – unlike real estate – the biggest problem on boats is resolving the conflict that arises by trying to make this luxury coexist with technology, in a space that is still limited, even within dimensions ranging from 200 square meters to over three thousand. It is a challenge that only the best architects can solve. The interiors of these boats are among the most beautiful you can imagine because a yacht of a certain size is the most expensive luxury asset in the world. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Is the Italian style still victorious when we talk about these jewels of the sea?. Vincenzo Poerio Italian style is always victorious in the world. Unfortunately, unlike what the French do, for example, we hardly manage to team up to enhance our brands abroad as they deserve. This penalizes us greatly, especially in the eastern and emerging markets. I travel abroad a lot and I can say that according to the general public, Italy is still the richest place in charm in the world, the country of beauty and goodness. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury You expressed satisfaction with the establishment of a Ministry of the Sea. Why? What are your expectations of this institution?. Vincenzo Poerio It was important to emphasize the protection of the sea, including its economy. The hope is that this Ministry can interpret not only the business of maritime transport, shipping, port, and pleasure boating, but also aquaculture, marine biology, and everything that concerns the activities of our Mediterranean. Much has been done in terms of sustainability, but much still remains to be done. If once, the only thing that counted for companies was profit, today we can say that the real turning point will come when we can find a perfect balance between these three factors: economic, social, and environmental, which will need to coexist perfectly symbiotically. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury From sea to land, your Poggio Mori farm is an excellence of the Tuscan hills. Where does your passion for wine come from?. Vincenzo Poerio It is a passion inherited from my father, who traded wines. However, only when I moved to Tuscany did I decide that it would also become a job. Hence the idea of buying and restoring an old farmhouse surrounded by over forty-year-old vineyards. A dream that has come true thanks to some visionary friends like myself … Coldwell Banker Global Luxury How do you produce good wine?. Vincenzo Poerio With the same attention to detail required when producing a luxury 40-meter yacht. Because even if the product changes, the recipe for excellence remains the same … This article has been reprinted from Homes & Estates Italy magazine.  The post From Mega Yachts to Wine: Italy’s Vincenzo Poerio appeared first on Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Blog - Luxury Home & Style.

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