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From providing recreation to reducing stress hormones, water is a mood booster: research shows that people need just as much blue space as they do green for peak psychological health. Lakes, rivers, bays, and oceans can all offer respite and a place to cut loose for anyone needing a bit of a breather. Whether your pastime is water sports or beach lounging, these are just a few of the perks that make the coastal lifestyle worth pursuing.

Along with water come some of the world’s most breathtaking views. Appreciate the scenery poolside at this Camp de Mar villa overlooking the soaring mountains of Mallorca. Known for its pristine beaches, this popular resort destination is seeing an upswing in its cultural offerings, from festivals to a flourishing food scene.

Or settle in to the spectacle at this well-situated home in the Algarve on Portugal’s southern coast. Rich in alcoves and direct beach access, this five-bedroom coastal property ensures you can watch the vista go by, whatever the time of day.

Relaxation in the City

You don’t have to trade the conveniences of metropolitan living for proximity to waterfront. Get away from it all while staying in the thick of things at this 10 Emerald Bay estate in California’s Laguna Beach neighborhood. Built on the second level of a private, crescent-shaped half-mile beach on the California Rivera, this property offers easy access to the restaurants and shops of Orange County while also keeping the rippling blue waters in sight at all times.

For those looking to pair the privacy of an island dwelling with the conveniences of an urban center, there’s this modernist Auckland abode. Four spacious bedrooms and a large formal lounge flow directly to the outdoor grounds overlooking the harbor, complete with lush subtropical gardens, wood-burning fireplace, and heated outdoor pool. And if you feel the urge to take a boat out for a spin, this home is just a short 10 minutes from the downtown of the City of Sails.

Tropical Breezes

While water comes in all shapes and temperatures, there’s something to be said for the tropical waterfront. Find tranquility on a tiny island in the Atlantic, where this one-of-a-kind manor house rests right on the cusp of Tucker’s Town, Bermuda. Epitomizing elevated island living, elegant English colonial-style interiors offer plenty of space for entertaining, while the spacious southerly patio gives guests prime real estate for lounging in view of the turquoise waters.

If the Indian Ocean is more your speed, take your ease at this five-bedroom colonial villa in Mauritius. Catch glimpses of the island’s astonishing wildlife at the 67-acre Île aux Aigrettes nature reserve, or stay closer to home to enjoy dips in your heated infinity pool next to infinite waves of blue.

Opportunities to Set Sail

It would be a remiss list that didn’t include boating as one of the supreme pleasures of being near water. Sailing enthusiasts looking to stretch their sea legs can do so at this New Providence Island home located in the Bahamian capital of Nassau. Dock at the property’s private slip capable of accommodating crafts of up to 40ʹ. Enjoy sunset strolls on the beach, or duck into town to try Nassau’s myriad restaurants and eateries.

Those who like their water unsalted can retreat to this New England berth, a sprawling Wolfeboro hideaway located on the largest lake in New Hampshire. Not your average lake house, this majestic home comes complete with a four-slip boat dock, three-bay mahogany boathouse with boat lifts, 600 feet of waterfront with views of soaring mountain resort ski slopes, and a private helipad for welcoming all weekenders.

Whatever your interests, there is always something to appreciate on the water. No matter how long you spend away, you’ll likely hear a serpentine coastline or sandy shore calling you back.

Find a property that suits your waterfront profile, and take up residence beside the sea, lake, or river of your choice.

Traditional Abodes

Whether a sturdy fishing cottage along the North Atlantic or a thatch-roofed abode in the South Pacific, homes on the shore have been adapted to suit their environs. Enjoy the slower pace of island time at this La Romana estate inspired by the surrounding natural environment. This home features Brazilian walnut detailing, a central palapa roofed in dried palm leaves, and seamless transitions from indoors to out. Artisanally crafted, this is a home that could only exist on the Caribbean coast of the Dominican Republic.

Centuries of tradition are on display at this sprawling Huahine estate. Some 32 bungalows scattered across the grounds are built on one of the oldest archaeological sites in the French Polynesian islands. The history of the grounds are preserved in the property’s traditional Polynesian decor and architecture, guaranteeing that a sense of place runs richly through this waterfront retreat.

Refreshed, relaxed, reinvigorated: the feelings that tend to accompany the end of an island retreat. But why save the island experience for fleeting vacations that can feel all too short? Life on an island is always enjoyed in the moment and to the fullest. From sun to sand to the stress-free pace of life, there are many reasons for booking a permanent stay.

A View for Tired Eyes

No matter north or south, few geographic locales can match the stunning natural environment of an island. Nestled into a dramatic cape surrounded by lush forests of cedar, Douglas fir, and spruce, this home on Canada’s West Coast scores high marks for its stunning vistas: walls of glass look out onto unobstructed views of the rolling mountains of Mount Baker and the San Juan Islands, and a spacious rear patio backs out onto 300 linear feet of ocean frontage. Whether you’re an up-for-anything adventurer or an indoorsy nester, this slice of island life could easily be your next paradise.

marvelous Mauritius villa tucked into a cozy island corner offers a decidedly more tropical backdrop. Walls of foliage create a sheltered private refuge, while both the indoor and outdoor spaces are designed to maximize views of the paradisal surroundings. An expansive terrace and sizable plunge pool overlooks swaths of abundant vegetation with the Indian Ocean in the distance.

A Beach to Come Home To

Untouched beaches are another one of island living’s primary calling cards. With powder-soft  sands set against some of the most vibrant turquoise waters on the planet, when it comes to beaches, Bahamian islands are some of the world’s best. This enchanting 20-acre private island located on the Sea of Abaco enjoys a secluded cove, perfect for snorkeling the crystal waters or sinking into a hammock amidst breezy palms.

Changing oceans from the Atlantic to the Pacific leads the shores of this Hawaii beach house situated on the northeast coast of the island. Whale watch from the comfort of your own living room, kitchen, or master bathroom, each boasting views spanning Anahola Bay and Kahala Point up the length of Aliomanu Beach. A 50-foot pool on an ocean-facing patio, steps from a private beach, ensures that whatever your method of relaxation, shoreline views are practically always in focus.

Bask in the Calm

A chance to set your clock to the unhurried pace of island time is a principal reason for putting down permanent roots. For a truly tranquil experience, travel back centuries at this rural Gozo idyll, located in one of the world’s smallest and most archaeologically-rich countries. House of Character offers a rare opportunity to acquire a portfolio of 25 traditional houses in Malta, an archipelago steeped in history in the Mediterranean Sea. Memories of a bygone era are instilled in stone walls and fireplaces, while sun-drenched patios overlooking rolling countryside call for long, leisurely meals in the sun.

Cross the Tyrrhenian Sea and you’ll find another magnificent and historic property among the Balearic Islands in Spain. Built in the 15th century, old-world touches abound at this Spanish country house, including exposed beams and a stone façade, while charming gardens, abundant olive groves, and sunny terraces offer plenty of inspiration for wanderings and reclining. With 14 bedrooms across several main buildings, this comfortable restoration is the perfect place to host extended island stays.

Sunsets Worth Staying For

Surrounded by water, island homes often gain unfettered access to the best sunsets on the planet. There are few places on the globe where magic hour is more memorizing than Mykonos, and this spellbinding villa gets a front-row seat to Mother Nature’s most brilliant display. The aptly-named White Vista stands in striking contrast to the bright blue of the Aegean Sea during the day, while at dusk becomes a mirror for the pooling gold and pinks of the sunset.

A Haven for Anglers

It’s hardly surprising that many islands—like Fiji, for instance—offer exceptional sport fishing. Cast your lines on the waters at this private tropical island located an hour’s drive from Vanua Levu. Spend your afternoons chasing a variety of different species, ranging from tuna to the wahoo, before enjoying the catch of the day on the oceanfront patio.

Life on an island is all about being present. From adventure to downtime, it’s easy to enjoy the stress-free pace by making the islands your permanent home.

Discover the best of island living among these private island listings, and secure your next waterfront address.

Showcasing the height of new luxury construction in some of the world’s most sought after locations, let’s explore an exclusive new development from our worldwide network.

Advanced and connected, Humaniti is Montreal’s first smart vertical community. A bold and distinctive architectural concept, the mixed-use complex includes 151 condominiums, 314 residential rental units, a Marriott’s prestigious Autograph Collection hotel, two restaurants, an innovative gym, two Sky Lounges, an office building, and commercial space.

Thanks to their concierge services, you will enjoy a resort-inspired life from the comfort of your own home – now with plenty of time for life’s precious moments.

Let Humanti take care of you; gastronomic meals delivered to your door, swimming pools and spa at your disposal, housekeeping available at your convenience, and valet parking are only part of the experience.

Humaniti Montréal is a project developed by Cogir Real Estate in partnership with le Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ.

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Nestling in the hills overlooking Port Andratx you find a unique new residential property developed by a London based Development Company that specialises in luxury homes. “Infinity” represents the ultimate in space, design and finish and benefits from breath taking views and amenities.

Designed by premier Architects García-Ruiz, Infinity is a project of infinite beauty. This is a dream come true for those keen on design, comfort and the Mediterranean lifestyle, in one of Mallorca’s most sublime locations.

Infinity blends the modern with the traditional creating a warm inviting atmosphere. It is situated in the exclusive Montport area and is an exceptionally high-quality construction. The location is superb, with inspiring views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the exclusive Port Andratx.

From the Spanish Coast to the island of Mauritius, discover luxury home tours from around the world on our brand’s YouTube Channel

Highlights from this week’s top news stories on luxury and global real estate, art, collectibles, and home.

Port Andratx, which is often described as the ‘St. Tropez of Spain,’ is a sophisticated fishing village off the coast of the celebrity-centric Balearic Island of Mallorca.

Mallorca’s Port Andratx is a Private Paradise on the Water – Mansion Global

A Rare Listing In the Hamptons Offers A Waterfront Compound With Two Houses For $94M – Forbes

Loretta Swit’s onetime hideaway is restored and ready for duty – Los Angeles Times

Use public relations to tell your property’s story – Inman

A Historic Home With ‘Seinfeld’ History – Wall Street Journal

Love the House—or Just the Couch? New Listing Pics Sell Both –

Top Property: Cape Cod Style Home Overlooking Lake Sherwood – Fox 11 LA

The Leading 100: The Top Performers In Bay Area Real Estate – San Francisco Magazine

Sotheby’s International Realty’s Executive Says Customizing a Home is Key – Mansion Global

6 unusual conversion homes – The Week

An 1882 Savannah Home With Southern Charm – Wall Street Journal

Making Moves: Sotheby’s VP Wins Realtor Of The Year – Boston Agent Magazine

Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty Hosts New Office’s Grand Opening – Houston Chronicle

House Hunting in … Mauritius – New York Times

Sotheby’s adds new exclusive, luxury decor to virtual staging app – Inman

Sunny Eichler with pool asks $830K near Los Angeles – Curbed

$1.5 Million Homes in Georgia, Arizona and Connecticut – New York Times

Qualtrics co-founder buys Newport Beach mansion for $35 million – Los Angeles Times

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler’s Nashville Mansion Is Now for Sale at a Major Discount – Observer

Pick up an art-filled ‘Mayan mod’ for $3.3M – Curbed

Sotheby’s Announces Closing Of Acquisition By Patrick Drahi – Yahoo! Finance

Banksy’s ‘Devolved Parliament’ sells at auction for a $12.2 million – CNN

As restrictions begin to lift all around the world, people are looking closely for investment opportunities. Placing their quality of life at the forefront of their decision making, some of these investments will inevitably mean relocation to a new home – and potentially even a new country. In this three-part series we’ll explore destinations around the world with benefits like residency and citizenship by investment programs, tax incentives, and more, as well as hear from local experts throughout the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand network along the way.


Long known as a gem in the crown of Mediterranean islands for its sunny climate and beaches, Cyprus also offers benefits like having the lowest corporate tax rate in Europe at 12.5% and along with an excellent education system, and fast routes to both EU and Cypriot residence with a €300,000 minimum real estate investment.

“Cyprus has always been a good place to invest,” says Anastasia Yianni, Managing Director, Cyprus Sotheby’s International Realty. “With nearly 340 sunny days a year, Cyprus is a natural choice for those interested in a higher quality of life. That, coupled with the fact that real estate-linked permanent residency and citizenship programs in Cyprus offer some of the most time-efficient ways to provide global mobility, the real estate market ultimately offers great return on investment.”

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A destination rich in history, culture, geographic diversity, and much more, Greece has long been one of the world’s most sought-after locales to live in. Here a €250,000 real estate investment sets you on the path to citizenship with access to all 26 Schengen countries. A low population density and reputation as an eco-paradise make Greece an ideal place for many to relocate – and there’s ample room to spread out – as only 277 of the 6,000 Greek islands currently inhabited.

“2020 can be considered one of great opportunity,” says Savvas Savvaidis, Owner and CEO, Greece Sotheby’s International Realty. “The reduction on property taxes and incentive of a 40% reduction in the cost of renovating or upgrading buildings is already having a positive effect on the economy – and with prices in premium areas such as the Akropolis or Athens Riviera starting at €5,000 per square meter and €10,000 for rare Parthenon views or seafront villas well below that of other prime Mediterranean destinations – Greece is establishing itself as an appealing investment and lifestyle destination.”

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The ex-patriot wonderland and unofficial melting pot of the Mediterranean, Malta’s 300 days of sunshine a year, ancient history, and official language of English make it a country where foreigners never feel out of place. With 0% tax on income from outside of Malta, and 15% tax on income from outside of Malta and brought into the country along with the €270,000 minimum real estate investment needed for residence qualification, even if you’re brand new to the island, learn why Malta is growing as relocation destination.

“We have impeccable resilience and creativity,” says Michael Zammit, Owner and CEO, Malta Sotheby’s International Realty. “Just recently Prime Minister Robert Abela announced cuts to the Stamp Duty (property tax), a move welcomed by real estate investors. The Maltese Islands have few hindrances. There is no lack of scenery, amenities, or talent, but there is a lack of space – and while the economic opportunities are growing, the island is only getting smaller – making now the time to begin your search in Malta.”

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Learn more about CyprusGreece, and Malta on – and return next week for part 3 where we’ll explore Latvia, Mauritius, and Montenegro.

This publication is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended, nor shall it be deemed, to provide or offer legal, financial or tax advice or guidance. The views and opinions set forth in this publication are not necessarily the views and opinions of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. You should always consult with your own advisor when dealing with any of the issues visited herein.

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Espral International Ltd, a land and property development company in Mauritius, has joined its luxury real estate network and will now do business as Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, which is represented by Gilbert Espitalier-Noel as chief executive officer, will be managed by Diane Watkins and Timo Geldenhuys and serve the high-end real estate market throughout Mauritius.

“Our expansion into Mauritius continues our commitment to providing access to the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s exclusive real estate services in key countries around the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Mauritius is a beautiful island nation in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of the African continent. Known for its blue seas, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels, the island is also home to significant luxury real estate offering a truly unique lifestyle.  We are proud to have this team of professionals represent us in this fine market. ”

According to Geldenhuys, Mauritius is a relatively small market with a very distinct seperation between local and international buyers. “International buyers are only allowed to purchase in dedicated government approved developments and hence the local market prices are not inflated by international investment,” he said.  “Cultural diversity within the local market demands the abilities of a skilled agent.”

“We boast a young and dynamic team, driven by passion and excellence, with a culture that favors communication and discussion,” said Watkins.  “We have an in-depth knowledge of the local market and our products. We believe the client always comes first and we go the extra mile to assist in finding the best fit for their needs.Now with the support of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand we can bring our extraordinary properties to the far-reaching corners of the world.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 16,500 sales associates located in approximately 760 offices in 60 countries and territories worldwide.  Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and their clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

“Referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ and renowned for its pristine beaches, lagoons and reefs, Mauritius has been a successfully colonized region by the Dutch, French and British until its independency was achieved in 1968. A tropical island with a myriad of sea and land produce, Mauritius showcases an encompassing urban life with contrasting beautiful mountainous interiors of rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and native fauna. Its 330 kilometer coastal line and in-land lifestyle make it a prime tourist destination and a heavenly island blessed with a multitude of cultural influences. Since 2004, the government opened up the island to foreign homebuyers with access to permanent residency, creating high demand for homes, giving rise to luxury residential developments. Access to golf estates, beachfront resorts, integrated villages and marinas make Mauritius an ideal market for the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand. We are truly excited about our investments here and our goal is to deliver exceptional customer service through our best in-class associates, whom reflect our prestigious brand position.”

Timo Geldenhuys, Director – International markets, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty

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Nestled in one of the most preserved region on a rolling hillside in a natural amphitheatre, Villas Valriche is one of the most beautiful golf development of the island set on 210 hectares. This residential estate surrounded by vast unspoiled nature reserves is unique in Mauritius as no other offers to buyers as much choice and flexibility. The whole development, which upon completion will host 288 elegant plantation-style villas, has been carefully planned to protect the natural beauty of the region.

All the Domaine de Bel Ombre’s wonderful sites, including an old sugar factory situated in the picturesque southwest and wrapped in nature as pristine as ever, can be enjoyed by the owners. At the heart of this environment lies the Chateau de Bel Ombre, dating back to the 1800s, which has been converted into one of the island’s finest gastronomic restaurants.

The residents also benefit from membership to C Beach Club and the Heritage Golf Club and have privileged access to the 5 star hotels, Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali and to the private Frédérica Nature Reserve that borders the estate.

With 145 villas already built and delivered to their owners, Villas Valriche gives foreign buyers the possibility to acquire a luxury freehold villa in Mauritius. In addition to the unique lifestyle and spectacular views that can be enjoyed at Villas Valriche, the acquisition of a property enables owners to obtain the Mauritian residency permit and benefit from the country’s advantageous tax system.

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As restrictions begin to lift all around the world, people are looking closely for investment opportunities. Placing their quality of life at the forefront of their decision making, some of these investments will inevitably mean relocation to a new home – and potentially even a new country. In this three-part series we’ll explore destinations around the world with benefits like residency and citizenship by investment programs, tax incentives, and more, as well as hear from local experts throughout the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand network along the way. 


Often considered to be the bridge between Russia and Western Europe, and the gateway to Central Asia, Latvia joined the European Union in 2004 and the Eurozone in 2014, the same year Riga, the country’s capital, was also named a European Capital of Culture. Latvian is the official language, though Russian and English are commonly spoken, the country is seeing many expats from Russia, Vietnam and Ukraine. A €250,000 minimum requirement real estate investment in Latvia will set you on the path to residence that includes free access to all 26 Schengen countries and a 23% flat tax on personal income.

“Purchasing activity in Latvia’s premium residential segment – apartments, private houses, land, are growing,” says Vestards Rozenberg, Owner and CEO, Baltic Sotheby’s International Realty. “As social behavior continues to change and people search for less urban destinations and ones with lower social density to relocate, places like Latvia – boasting the 4th lowest rate of population density in Europe, four distinct seasons, and access to picturesque Nordic nature – become much more sought after.”

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Mauritius, the island nation in the Indian Ocean, is home to turquoise waters, rare flora, a rich multicultural population and perhaps, most distinctively, the world’s most famous extinct bird, the dodo. Often referred to as the “miracle” nation, consistent growth and prosperity are the norm here. Between the $375,000 minimum required real estate investment for residency, 0% tax on capital gains, and its unrivaled tropical lifestyle, it’s no surprise that Mauritius is a top destination for those seeking a Golden Visa.

“The Mauritian government has announced various measures to encourage Foreign Direct Investment (FDI),” says Timo Geldenhuys, Owner and CEO of Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty. “The most notable measure is that with a real estate purchase of $375,000 an investor [and their family] can obtain permanent residency. That along with daily flights to India, China, Europe, UAE, and Australia this culturally diverse country is a great place to live all year round.”

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In recent years, some have begun calling the small nation of Montenegro the next Monte Carlo or Cote d’Azur. With the lion’s share of Montenegro’s most sought-after real estate locales along the Adriatic Coast, seaside towns like Budva and Sveti Stefan, and Tivat on the Bay of Kotor have seen recent upticks in development. With a €250,000 minimum real estate investment required for residency and an under three-month process to obtain citizenship, Montenegro offers those looking to relocate much in the way of incentives.

“Obtaining a passport in Montenegro is a three-month process that grants you free access to 130 countries,” says Niko Lakovic, Partner and CEO of Montenegro Sotheby’s International Realty. “On top of that, Montenegro is well on its way to joining the European Union (EU) – something we expect to happen by 2025. It’s a beautiful country, a short flight from major EU destinations, and with personal and corporate taxes at 9%, we’re attractive to foreign buyers.”

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Learn more about Latvia, Mauritius, and Malta on – and go back and view the other parts of this series.

This publication is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended, nor shall it be deemed, to provide or offer legal, financial or tax advice or guidance. The views and opinions set forth in this publication are not necessarily the views and opinions of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. You should always consult with your own advisor when dealing with any of the issues visited herein.

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