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These Flamboyant Properties Are Driving the Luxury Real Estate Market


From a majestic Central Park penthouse to a private 41-acre reserve in South Africa.

A stunning penthouse in Dubai’s Business Bay has been listed for nearly $50 million by Francesca AM of Luxhabitat Sotheby’s International Realty
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Demand for fixed assets as a refuge from stock market volatility continues to drive real estate appetite among the ultra-high net worth group.

But as we enter 2023, just one acquisition won’t be enough to differentiate asset bankers. Trophy properties have come a long way from Richard Branson’s Necker Island. A new wave of magnates is advancing in real estate suitable for the digital age.

A truly palatial penthouse atop the new Central Park Tower, New York’s tallest condo at 450 meters, is poised to become the country’s most expensive home as it hits the market for $250 million. In the south, Citadel tycoon Ken Griffin set a new Miami home purchase record with a $109 million scoop of his four-acre Coconut Grove campus.

An incredible $59 million penthouse at 2 Park Places in New York City, listed by Joshua Judge and Stan Ponte of Sotheby’s International Realty
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A famous haven for billionaires, Aspen’s Willoughby Road witnesses an influx of elite newcomers to its nearby enclaves. Imagine Wall Street West locked in equity through ski-in or outback access and privileged viewings.

Sotheby’s International Realty trend reports reveal a strong increase in demand for ultra-residence properties. Clients seek safety and sanctuary, but the winning bid must also carry the promise of a solid balance sheet.

In the world of Dubai’s prestigious real estate, there is no description that beats the pulse like Volante. At the top of this remarkable project rises a stylish duplex penthouse that spans four collapsing levels, capped by a two-level roof terrace and lap pool.

Private playground and safari lodge in South Africa listed for $36 million
(Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty)

A masterpiece of scale and steel, this four-bedroom residence offers a refined build quality that cannot be overstated, reflected in its $50 million list price. The interiors, large and inviting, feature cross-cut Navona marble walls, a grand staircase and a ten-seat cinema. A split-level roof terrace shows off a Mediterranean-style sanctuary and swimming pool with a heartwarming view of the Burj Khalifa.

For the light blue-chip visionary to a once-in-a-generation conservation gain, the rare opportunity to own a 41-acre private reserve in the heart of the Karoo, Eastern Cape, South Africa, is now $29 million a reality. If there’s any list made for the likes of Leo DiCaprio, this is it. The iSanti Big-5 Private Reserve anchors this enigmatic ecosystem, home to some of the world’s most endangered wildlife, including the world’s largest living Black Rhino.


The rugged Karoo landscape evokes vast horizons, landscapes and plains permeated by the vast deep sky. This detail could seal the deal, as the fintech giants seem eager to add a hotelier feather to their hats; The purchase price includes the Magic Hills Special Collection, three designer lodges built to host stylish and soulful safari experiences, and a luxury camp.

Private playground and safari lodge in South Africa listed for $36 million
(Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty)

Protection of the reserve can be supported by a variety of advantageous tax incentives. There is also the potential to expand to a point adjacent to Addo Elephant Park, creating the largest private reserve in South Africa.

Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty’s Kim Cooper, “iSanti actually offers not one but two sides of the commercial coin: the hotelier or hospitality operator and the conservationist.” “Globally, we are seeing peace become a commodity and clean, fresh air a privilege. For those who want to enjoy the rewards of their achievements, nothing compares to the vastness and sights of iSanti.”

Looking for a place to pin both your Spanish Arabs and your beloved vintage weekend whips? The Retreat in Moonstone Beach in central California is a 78-acre gated coastal retreat complete with dense forests and sprawling acres of equestrian open space. At the center of this impressive multi-level property is a 12,000-square-foot masterpiece residence, a Harry-Styles-songon-the-AirPods from Cambria’s storybook beaches.

Car collectors draw attention to the showroom storage space for up to 50 cars and the direct façade on the most dramatic section of the Pacific Coast Highway stretching towards Big Sur and Pebble Beach. Jump on it before Jay-Z decides his Maybach Exelero needs new digs and collects this smoke show.

The $40 million listed campus also includes a helipad, guesthouse, staff rooms, and two flexible function rooms with a total of 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and 33,270 square feet in all structures. Did we mention the six-acre Pinot Noir vineyard?

$29 million cliff edge in Seychelles listed by Tobias Schulze of Cologne Sotheby’s International Realty
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Lover of French Riviera elegance, meet the seaside villa with an enviable location near the multi-storey Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat lighthouse. Designed by acclaimed JA Architecture, this contemporary gem is impeccably styled to showcase cinematic views from any vantage point.

For those who favor privacy over showboat flash, the secure footprint is the real difference to the property and well worth its $33 million price tag. This is the second type of home where you spend all your time endlessly drawn to the southwest exposure, bestowing endorphin-raising light into the ascending living spaces.

It offers a massive master suite and bedrooms with four additional bathrooms, spread over four floors, all accessible by elevator. The garden is filled with a robust Mediterranean plant palette with private access to the coastal path, a stone’s throw from the venerable Club Dauphin of the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a renowned Four Seasons property.

It towers over a lush, tropical horizon like something craftyly constructed with revenue. Thomas Crown Relationshipstyle rip off is your chance to sip a chilled Sancerre in one of Seychelles’ largest villas. This magnificent campus sits on approximately 10 acres of property and is priced at $28 million. Indian ocean views meet Balinese-inspired architecture and combine high design with the amenities of an ultra-luxury resort.

The villa is divided into four sections containing superior residential blocks that offer 23 en-suite bedrooms, spa, gym, professional kitchen, restaurant, rooftop bar, swimming pools and an additional four bedrooms for staff. An architectural gem, framed by an ocean view, awaiting adventures in high hospitality, starring the famous granite stones of Seychelles.

A stunning 20-acre contemporary property in Ibiza, listed by Barbara Caprara of Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty

Prepared to be baptized by Perrier-Joüet’s many charms, the elegant new estate of three elegant residences is ready to dominate Ibiza’s west coast. Built in 2021, the campus offers 26,909 square feet of living space on a stunning 20-acre plot tucked into the hills of Sant Agustin.

Each of the houses features incredibly cool designer finishes that have been meticulously selected and precisely installed – think Gagosian Gallery travels to Ibiza. The original agricultural terraces have been restored with intact orchards. Each house has its own kitchen, living and dining rooms, and has beautiful views of the countryside or the sparkling sea. This plum feature has all the hallmarks of a passion project where developers and designers openly put their creative A-games (price upon request).

And for the first time, the Pinnacle Penthouse at Woolworth Tower Residences is available for purchase with the potential of an approved 49th-floor combination—think 12,131 square feet that spans the entire crown of this iconic Manhattan landmark. Highlights designed by renowned French architect Thierry W. Despont include 125 windows, 24-foot ceilings and a private elevator serving three en-suite bedrooms.

A stunning 20-acre contemporary property in Ibiza, listed by Barbara Caprara of Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty

At an asking price of $59 million, the loft will be delivered in designer-ready white box condition. Suffice it to say that this global rug of valuable properties currently on the market leaves little to be desired. While George Soros might be content to bankroll rural farmland en masse, sophomore billionaires on the scene might be looking for a little more sizzle across spreadsheets.

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